Thursday, April 1, 2010

Great Adventures into the GFCF World

Seriously. The reason bread is made from wheat in the first place is because it works.  This rice-bread stuff is not going to fool me one bit.  Let alone my dear son Owen, who can be finicky at the best of times.

We are launching into the wild and crazy world of a Gluten-Free Casein-Free diet for Owen.  This has been long thought out and I am in no illusion that it will cure his autism but there are other health issues we are hoping this will help.  We are working with a naturopath and with any luck, all of our health and well-being will be improved, if it doesn’t kill us first. 

Yesterday I attempted to make my own rice bread in the bread maker from a mix.  I am trying not to be put off by the note on the package that the dough will look a little like toothpaste and that it looks a little gray.  I mean, really.  What normal food is supposed to be gray in colour anyway?! To my great surprise, it DSC02599smelled, well, like bread baking.  Awesome! … Then I looked.  There is a brick in my bread maker.  Yum.  Slicing reveals an undercooked, bland and dense bread-like product.  Well, it’s not dry, and it’s a start.  It is also definitely not edible.  Owen gets wheat bread for breakfast this morning and I go back to the drawing board.   What shall my experiment be today?

I’m willing to try anything once and am open to suggestion.  If you have any great links or recipes, do send them!


  1. Two of my good friends on our street do gluten-free, and we did for a while when we were trying to pinpoint the Captain's allergies, so we talk about it often. I just heard from them that there is a new kind of bread maker on the market (can't recall the brand name, I'll ask them next time I see them) that has a "gluten free" button on it. It comes with gluten-free recipes to use with this button and apparently the results are amazing. One of my friends has borrowed the machine and is definitely going to go out and buy it because it's amazing.

    I would recommend finding out from the Natural Food Pantry or Rainbow Foods when their bread delivery day is. I know Natural Foods used to be on Fridays. They get lots of really good gluten-free bread in, but it sells out really fast, like within hours. If you find a kind of loaf you really like, you can call Natural Foods and have them hold it for you on delivery day.

    I used The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook for a lot of baking when we were doing tests on the Captain, and I liked it. I know my neighbour has two other books she swears by, though, I'll ask her for the titles.

    Gluten free is tough, but a lot easier than it used to be and definitely worth a try. Just remember it takes a while on the diet -- probably a couple of months at least -- to really see if it is having any effect at all.

    Good luck!

  2. Yum, gray toothpaste bread. :) Sorry babe, I got nothing but empty cheers -- buck up, keep on keepin' on, give a hundred and ten percent. And do what Lynn said.

  3. I finally got a hold of one of my gluten-free neighbours, here's what she had to say:

    Here are the books I like to use: Wheat Free, Gluten Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults by Connie Sarros, Incredible Edible Gluten Free Food for Kids by Sheri L. Sanderson, 125 Best Gluten Free Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt.

    I good tip [our other neighbour] gave me is to use Coconut flour when baking, pancakes, waffles. I use Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour. It is a little pricey but you don't have to use a lot in recipes.. Another good guide is Gluten Free Diet, A Comprehensive Resource Guide by Shelley Case a Canadian Dietitian.

    The Natural Food Pantry has lectures and gluten free days often. So if you go to their website and sign up for emails they will notify you when they are.

    Hope that helps!

  4. Thanks Lynn! Very helpful info.

    On the plus side, I made some amazing GF brownies the other day. Too good. I ate most of them. But then I guess I am setting a good example, right? :-)

  5. Oh Pam, not easy at all to go GF, but if you all do it with Owen (at least in front of him) it may make it a bit easier on all of you. I have never cooked anything GF, but Lynn gave you some awesome suggestions.