So far everything is going pretty well with the Gluten free challenge during Coeliac Awareness Week, however that’s probably more related to me being in complete control of where and what I am eating. This means that you are able to limit the opportunities for contamination or lack of suitable food options.
The only point yesterday where I thought – ooh I can’t make that, was when I was cooking my dinner. I had a lovely dinner last night of steamed vege (zucchini, carrots, broccoli and leeks), GF pasta and steak. When I was cooking my steak I had a bit of a look around trying to see if there was anything suitable in the house to make some sort of sauce with… There wasn’t. Bistro (or gravy granules) contains wheat, stock cubes contain wheat…. you name it if its some sort of sauce that would typically be in the kitchen, chances are it contains wheat. Ahhh well not to worry, lots of cracked pepper and the steaks’s own juices went down a treat!
To be honest I can’t really even remember all that much of what I ate yesterday… sort of shows you how (un)reliable food dietary recalls and diet histories are doesn’t it… when a dietitian can’t remember what she ate!
Oh yeah. Now I remember! I had GF cereal and a banana with milk for breakfast – was absolutely STARVING by about 10am (I eat breakfast before 7) and had an orange, lunch was leftover GF pasta and the mince from the night before (tomato, carrot, zucchini, spinach etc). I had plain yoghurt with berries and psyllium for afternoon tea, a handful of potato chips while making dinner and a hot chocolate when I was out at an open mic in the evening. Think thats it! oh no, I also had some celery and peanut butter that I’d made on Monday and forgotten to eat. Which explains why I had a peanut butter jar out on monday!
While I was out though, it made me think about eating out options again. The bar that we went to (Leaf on Bold St for any of those Liverpudlians out there..) has got GF options, but they are limited in number and as always would depend on your tastes and what you feel like on the day. I would have totally eaten a brownie or something but there weren’t any GF ones. Leaf make the most amazing brownies!!
I’d just like to show off my dinner here a little bit.. how good does this pizza look!! I’d had pizza on the mind and walked into the house with the smell of pizza wafting around the place. Unfortunately it was a normal pizza and I was left to my own devices to make my own. Not to worry!! This one was made with a Glutafin base which is pretty thin so went nice and crispy, plus it was handy that they come packaged separately because I couldn’t really eat two pizzas in one go!!
I put about a tbsp of tomato puree on the base, then a big spoonful of basil pesto, zucchini (courgette) slizes, capsicum (peppers), baby tomatoes, a couple sundried tomato chopped up, some feta cheese and a sprinkle of herbs (oregano and basil). yum yum YUM! I can happily say this seriously tastes as good as it looks. Not that I’m bragging or anything…
My other dietary intake today was again GF cereal at breakfast with banana and milk, two pieces of GF toast with butter (there wasn’t anything else in the fridge to put on it) at morning tea when I was again starving, lunch was a salad I made with baby spinach, rocket, red cabbage, cucumber, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. That was good too! The remains of another work lunch were on offer as well – people are slowly learning that I am doing GF this week. They offer you something, then say ‘oh right you can’t have that can you.’. Thanks! Actually I did get a bit there because there was a platter of fruit so I had some pineapple, rockmelon and kiwifruit. Then my pizza!! 🙂
For those based in the UK, while scouting around checking out places that do GF food I’ve come across a few. I haven’t tried them myself so this is not a vouch… just a suggestion if you’re out and about, hungry and looking for something GF to eat!
- Cafe Nero have just introduced a GF chicken salad and pesto roll
- Pizza Express have just made their kitchens go all GF with a wide variety of starters, mains, pasta/pizza and even a brownie
- Bella Italia have gluten-free pizza (and I believe pasta) available upon request
- Le Bistro Pierre have a GF menu if you are in the mood for French Food
Thats all for now…