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Member Since 14 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Feb 24 2007 05:52 PM

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In Topic: Breads?

24 February 2007 - 05:52 PM


Sounds weird, I know, but it's actually rather tasty - they have good texture and flavour right out of the fridge. Lots of people use a mix, but they can be rather sweet. The best set I've had came from a recipe on this site - 1c flour, 1c milk, 1 egg, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp oil, and 1 tsp baking powder. Mix everything together and cook in a hot dry skillet. They fluff up about a quarter inch (just like the old non-gluten-free pancakes!) and make a nice dense half to a sandwich. I'd cut back the sugar to about 2 tsp if you want to use them with savoury or spicy fillings instead of sweets (being a pb&j girl, I never worry about the sweetness).

In Topic: Shortbread Cookies

24 February 2007 - 05:32 PM

I've not used that particular recipe, but I'm betting that the problem was the halving - shortbreads are tricky recipes to tinker with, and halving rarely works well with them. (I mentioned your problem to my nan, who makes to-die-for shortbreads. . .sadly not gluten-free. . .and she suggested this as well). If you must halve them, you need to slightly-more-than-halve the fat, and slightly-less-than-halve the flour. Alternatively, you can make flourless cookies with almond butter (1c almond butter, 1c sugar, 1 egg and 1 tsp baking powder) which have the right flavour and texture but without the dairy and the hassle.

In Topic: Diagnosis Trouble In The Uk

24 February 2007 - 05:26 PM

Start with your doctor - make an appointment, take a copy of your private results with you and explain that you have been diagnosed privately as celiac, and ask your doctor what, if anything, you need to do to get the celiac diagnosis into your medical records. Personally, I didn't even have to show my doctor anything (though she has since requested my complete medical records from when I was living abroad for other reasons), I explained that I was diagnosed as celiac, and on a strict gluten-free diet and that was that.

If your doctor refuses to do anything (either to test 'you' or to accept the external results), you need to ask him or her to put their refusal in writing. Once you have this, call your primary care trust (you can get the number from the NHS website) and ask about the procedure for making a complaint against a doctor. Make a formal complaint about the doctor's refusal to treat/test you for a recognised medical condition which has the potential to be life-threatening if untreated (and which you have proof you have). Once you do this, your PCT has a legal obligation to provide you with a physician who will treat you or run the necessary tests to obtain treatment for you.

A word of warning - if you are students and registered with a university GP, you most likely need a new GP (again, call your PCT for suggestions). . .my university GP was such crap that when I went in to get antibiotics for a sinus infection he asked if I was allergic to any drugs, and I said yes, Penicillin. Three guesses what he prescribed.

Don't give up! There are excellent GPs out there. . .(though to be honest, the 'financial support' is virtually nonexistent, and you'll probably learn more from this site than you will from a dietician on the NHS. . .they just don't see enough of them.) BTW, it is perfectly possible to eat gluten-free in the UK on a tight budget without NHS support. . .I did it. Think lots of fresh veggies; and rice is an awesome staple. . .cheap cheap cheap (skip the boil-in-bag stuff. . .I promise you'll get the hang of cooking it really quickly) - put milk and sugar on it and eat for breakfast! Pad Thai noodles are usually gluten-free and almost as cheap as real pasta, and check your local pharmacy - some of them double as 'health food' shops and sell the same stuff they give out on prescription, but for not much money. Dove's Farm does an excellent flour mix (the gluten-free bread flour is better than the baking flour), and usually cheaper than buying bread (I make a dozen muffins most weeks - the bag of flour costs 1.60 and usually lasts three or four weeks. . .I think about 8 cups of flour per bag).

In Topic: What Do You Eat For Breakfast?!

24 February 2007 - 04:59 PM

What do I eat for breakfast? Anything in the fridge.

As far as I'm concerned, if it's in the fridge, it's food and it's appropriate for breakfast. Because I work insanely unpredictable hours, I need my meals to last - sometimes up to eight hours (though I try to keep it to four or five). This week, for example, I had pork stir fry on Monday, leftover rice with milk (plus nuts, raisins and dried fruit. . .high protein, high carb, long lasting) on Tuesday, leftover roast lamb with boiled potatoes on Wednesday, plain dry pancakes with apple and peanut butter on Thursday, Friday was cranberry pecan muffins, and this morning I had cereal with dried fruit and milk.

Ever since I lived in Austria, I've been addicted to rice flakes - they're rolled rice (think rolled oats). . .they look a bit like flaked cardboard, but they taste yummy, particularly with dried fruit and milk (though NOT raisins, for some reason. . .). A very good gluten-free substitute for all those ex-granola junkies out there. Only problem is they can be a bit tricky to locate. . .I'm in heaven since my little local health food shop started carrying them all the time.

In Topic: Celiac And Peripheral Neuropathy

24 February 2007 - 02:24 PM


I can't personally answer your question, but I recommend that you visit this site:


as there will be people there who can. . .they are the experts when it comes to celiac disease and its neurological side effects.

Best of luck, (and please, I know how hard it is to do this, but please keep your daughter on gluten until you see the GI. . .if you're lucky, the doc can test for celiac disease then and there, and then you can take your daughter gluten free)


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