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Married with one teenager. Love reading most genre, ok not scary stuff!!! Interested in genealogy. Have been tracing my family history since 1985. If you come across any errors or inconsistencies on this blog, please contact me so that I might look at correcting it or at least make a note that there are inconsistencies (which unfortunately happens)

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Gluten Free Recipe #1 - Mums Potato Cakes

Mums Potato Cakes

When we were kids Mum used to make us potato cakes with lots of tomato sauce for dipping them into. We loved them as kids and couldn't get enough of them. I have given them to my daughter over the years and they are still a favorite of hers.

You can make them plain as my Mum did, or add 'stuff ' as my daughter likes to, but no matter what you do they always taste great!

This morning instead of rice porridge my daughter felt like eggs. Now normally I would just make eggs and toast with a side serving of baked beans or bacon. But since she isn't fussed about the gluten free bread or for that matter bread as a whole, we decided to make plain old potato cakes.

So I took 3 smallish potatoes (each a little bit bigger than a large egg) and also a piece of sweet potato about the same size, and grated them all into a bowl.

Once grated, I added one (1) egg to the bowl and then some gluten free cornflour, before mixing them all together.

Meanwhile I placed a frypan on to heat with a bit of oil to make sure they didn't stick (as you can see I used two small pans today).

I put a small palm sized dollop into the pan and watched them cook. You want them nice and brown before you flip them over.

Once they are browned on both sides, plate them up and enjoy!!

Mums Potato Cakes 

1 x egg
3 x smallish potatoes (a bit bigger than your largest eggs)
1 x piece of sweet potato 
2 1/2 tablespoons Gluten Free Cornflour (mum used normal plain flour)
salt and pepper to season
1 -2 tablespoon of oil for frying pan

grate a small piece of zucchini into the mix
grate a little bit of red onion into the mix
use chia seeds instead of egg 

Grate the potatoes, add the egg and GF cornflour and mix well. Add to heated frying pan and flip once browned on one side. Once both sides are nicely browned, serve up with a fryed egg and beans on the side (we used Heinz baked beans which are gluten free). This serve made eight potato cakes, but on other days.....!!!  Hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Coeliac Disease: pass on and share

So a few things that we have discovered that I want to share.

  • the thought of going gluten free is scarier than the fact
  • staying simple with recipes and home cooking is easier than dining out
    • make the same recipes but swap out ingredients that have gluten and just tweek them where necessary!
  • if you do dine out, always ask and ask again - is this gluten free?
    • and don't assume because it was a week or a month ago - ask each and every time
  • don't assume that because you now know what gluten is, that everyone else does - especially staff at restaurants, cafes, bistro's etc.
    • educate them by asking questions and making sure you re-clarify
    • your stomach will tell you if they got it wrong!
  • we have been told that most take away Indian food is gluten free - but ask and make sure
  • sushi is partly gluten free - watch the mayo, soy sauce and the decorative toppings - oh and the wasabi as well!
  • potatoes are gluten free - but not hot chips - crazy hey!!? 
  • in Australia - Oats are usually excluded from a gluten free diet
  • the one thing that you don't normally eat, is the one thing that you will crave - my daughter is craving ice cream!!!  Can we find a nice gluten free one that she likes??
  • join your local Coeliac Association and educate yourself and your family
  • the symptons don't go away as soon as you start a gluten free diet - we have been told it can take from 6 months to 2 years
  • if you are at the beginning of this journey
    • see your doctor for a blood test and if that comes back positive, then you will need a colonoscopy and maybe a gastroscopy before final diagnosis -  you must continue to eat gluten throughout this process
    • I recommend seeing a specialist for follow up care once you receive a positive diagnosis - we see a gastroenterologist
      • you will feel empowered and in control of your diet/life choice
  • if in doubt look up the Coeliac Association website near to you and call them - they can help you
  • Coeliac Australia link 
  • Coeliac Western Australia
  • and remember to smile and the whole world will smile with you! :)