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sunflower

Member Since 20 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active Aug 05 2006 10:14 PM
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In Topic: Isn't It Ironic...

10 January 2005 - 05:08 AM

A variation that the family used to make (unfortunately I didn't get the recipe for the filling) was to use poppy seeds instead of ground walnuts.

tyki,

there is a similar Polish cake with poppy seed filling. It is called makowiec (pronounced makovietz), though I'd translate that as "poppy seed cake" rather than "bread"... It is also a traditional Christmas cake in Poland.

Here are a few recipes that I found on the Web, although they are not gluten-free, I think you could try making them with a gluten-free flour substitute ( I never had enough patience to try to make gluten-free yeast dough myself, but the filling should be OK ;) ).

here's a recipe for makowiec and for the poppy seed filling (and for a few more Polish cakes):
http://www.recipezaar.com/r/15/192/173

and a recipe for potica ;)
http://www.razzledaz...ipes/potica.htm

I hope you enjoy it ;)

In Topic: Soy A Problem Too?

30 November 2004 - 08:13 AM

Oh, yes, Richard is right -the marinated eel, too (the marinade contains soy sauce). I forgot about this one.
To complete the list, obviously any sushi topped with any breaded seafood is a no-no, too.
I'm wondering about the mayo that they put in some rolls - it would be good to check ingredients of this one, too ;) (seems like lots of fun is awaiting the staff of the sushi place you are going to go to next time :) )

In Topic: Soy A Problem Too?

30 November 2004 - 08:03 AM

I agree with both posts above. Sadly, many cereals, even if they are made of gluten-free grains, are flavoured with gluten- containing malt or they have some other ingredients which are not gluten-free.

The crab is something I would have never guessed myself until I read about it some time ago somewhere on this board. Then, the next time I was in a supermarket, I found some frozen crab sticks and I read the ingredients list, which was very educative indeed. Basically, the ingredients were: white fish meat, wheat flour and lots of flavor enhancers and color additives. Yum! :angry:

As far as sushi goes, you should also beware of anything that contains soy sauce, which would mean: the japanese omelettes (they contain soy sauce), marinaded vegetables (they have slightly brown color, that's because they are made with soy sauce), the salmon roe (again flavored with soy sauce) and sometimes even nori (the seaweed used for wrapping) can (but do not always) contain soy sauce flavor (the plain yakinori, or roasted nori, does not contain soy sauce, from my label reading experience). I think eating sushi is possible, only you'd have to find some reliable place where they would check ingredients and make sure your sushi does not contain anything with gluten. (BTW, even if a waitperson/ chef is a native Japanese, be warned that many Japanese do not know that soy sauce contains wheat! The most recent funny remark I heard from a Japanese whom I tried to convince that I cannot have anything containing soy sauce was "Oh no, surely the GOOD, ORIGINAL soy sauce brands cannot contain wheat!" :) I had to literally point him the "wheat flour" on the ingredients list of his "good, original" soy sauce bottle ;) )

I hope you find the source of your problems and that it will turn to be some hidden gluten, not soy!

In Topic: Craving Sweets...

30 November 2004 - 05:52 AM

Hi guys,

I can relate - I have the same problem. Have you ever considered yeast (Candida) overgrowth as the reason of craving sweets?

There are threads about it on this site:

http://www.glutenfre...t=0

and

http://www.glutenfre...wtopic=1411&hl=

In Topic: Gluten-free And Sugar-free

30 November 2004 - 05:44 AM

Thank you all for your posts and your encouragement! And sorry for my late answer.

In the meantime, I've been to the natural medicine specialist, but I'm a bit disappointed and confused. Yes, he agreed this can be either Candida, or some undiscovered allergies, and so he tested me for several allergies and discovered about a dozen or so, including milk, eggs, pork, carrot, oranges and God knows what else. He told me to eliminate them from my diet for a month and then come back for a blood test by which he can define if I have yeast problem and what kind of homeopatic treatment I should have. Only I'm somehow not convinced by the allergy "testing" which consisted of waving a copper rod over me (it was some kind of machine for testing allergies using magnetic waves). OK, some people might believe it, but I need a more solid proof to start an elimination diet as strict as that one. So I'm planning to do some "proper" allergy tests (like blood tests) and see if I get the same results. Well, it seems like it's still a long way to success for me.

Anyway, I noticed one good thing - after severely reducing sugar for the last couple of weeks, the sugar craving is almost gone! Maybe my yeast are dying out ;) Or maybe it's just a matter of getting used to a different diet? I did not manage to cut out sugar completely yet, but I think I made some progress.

Whitelacegal,
Did you take any medicines apart from the diet? Or did you get rid of yeast just by sticking to the diet? The 8 month perspective seems like such a long time, but at least I can hope for a light somewhere at the end of that tunnel... ;)
Also, do you have a list of forbidden products from the yeast diet that you followed? I've seen some candida diets on the Internet, but some are stricter than the others, and I am wondering to what extent I should limit myself?

Kabowman,
In my case, I don't know if I have yeast intolerance, but I do think I have yeast overgrowth, because of frequent yeast infections which can be cured with drugs, but only for some period, and sooner or later they would reappear. I also have the sugar craving, I'm often tired without reason (even though I stick to the gluten-free and milk free diet) and for many years I was often treated with antibiotics. From what I read in the Internet, this seems like the perfect picture for yeast overgrowth.

Tammy,
This is what I decided to start from :) I greatly reduced the sugar, and I feel so much better now. I'm wondering about cutting it off completely, but I guess I need someone more experienced to tell me that this is absolutely what I must do to get rid of the problem.

Tarnalberry,
According to some diets I found on the Internet, the only allowed fruit are the non-sweet ones like grapefruits or kiwis. I don't like either of them very much, so I still continue to eat small amounts of apples, oranges, etc.