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  1. I'm sure everyone knows this already but it's my favourite so I'll post it anyway, 

    Tomatoes ( I always use the big ones but it is just personal taste.)

    Red onion




    Lime Juice


    Basically cut up the tomatoes into small pieces and then dice the onion and chop coriander. Mix them in a bowl with the other ingredients and a bit of olive oil. Sometimes I use lemon juice instead of lime or add a bit of crushed garlic. 

    No real quantities of each it depends on personal taste, I always add loads of coriander but that might not be to everyones taste. 

    Also it can be fairly watery but if you don't use the tomato pulp it is a bit "drier" 

  2. If you live in UK then just ignore all the below as is only about general places. 

    . Was in Blackpool very briefly earlier this year. There is a Pizza Express there, I didn't go to that specific one but tried others throughout England and the gluten-free pizzas are some of the best I've ever tasted, I even had to check the gave me the right one. Otherwise try to find a Marks and Spencer (food version) or Tesco Sainsburys. Also Mcdonalds fries were ok when I was in Uk last. ( only four months ago but best check). There is a chain called Gourmet Burger Kitchen- they have gluten-free burgers but I'm not sure if the veggie patties were gluten-free, but they might do a salad. 

  3. It could be because the fries are coated in flour or they have been cooked in the same vat as something that has gluten, like the fish patties. Check the website- just make sure it is the one for your country as even with brands/products that are world wide the ingredients vary and what may be gluten-free in one country is not in another.  I know that Mcdonalds UK site lists if items are fried in the same oil as other things. 


    Always check before eating as gluten can be in places you wouldn't expect. As far as eating goes, it is really a personal choice. Unless you are going to a dedicated gluten-free place there will always be a bit of risk of things getting contaminated.

  4. hi. Welcome to the forum. As you might have seen we have a aus/nz thread. There is not as many of us as there used to be but will.try to help you where we can. As previous poster mIentioed, product ingredients can be very different.depending on country they were made in so always mention you are in aus (alternatively post in au/nz thread). A good example is m&ms. The ones made in au are not gluten-free but.some from countries such as usa are.

    A little tip: try to focus on all the things you csn eat rather than those you can.t. It might seem hard right now but it willl help.

    Also, try to distingush between things you don't like and things that don't taste good due to lack of gluten. For example I really don't like coconut biscuits. this is regardless of the gluten content. Not explaining very well but I'm trying to say is if you ne er liked chocolate cake, then don't think of it as a thing you can't have or that the gluten-free version is not the same.

  5. I was Dublin last year. They have wagamama which is an Asian fusion place. Mostly the options end up been rice noodles and meat/veg without the sauces but they are still tasty.

    There is a place called the counter, which did gluten free burgers when I was there. Also a few restaurants around Temple Bar area that serve gluten-free.  

  6. I also take my own, more because it gives me something to eat if the meal isn't loaded. I suspose having paid so much for flights it would be nice be provided with the same as everyone else. Also as this is usually like a little bag of chips or something they could easily have ones that are gluten-free and could be given to everyone.   Very minor thing though and would much rather they get the main meal part right than the snacky  thing. I suppose on the flight I did there was only the main meals and snacks so it just meant a bit longer between food if you didn't take your own. Another time I flew to UK, the airline I went with provided a in between service, I got fruit or salad, when other passengers were offered sandwiches biscuits, which was nice. That airline still didn't have any gluten-free for the other little snacky thing though.


    As I said above- the food I did get on Emirates was fine and edible.

  7. I flew with Emirates last year from Australia to London and Dublin to Aus. I didn't have a problem except from Singapore to Australia. At Singapore airport I had asked to change seats. I informed ground staff that I needed a special meal and was assured the change of seat not effect my meal.  Turns out the change did not go through and my meal was given to someone else. They were able to find me some fruit but I guess the lesson is always check with flight crew.  


    As far as the gluten-free meals I got, they were edible and I even got a  proper dessert on one of the legs to London. It was a nice change from a extra fruit salad.  On long haul flights I have sometimes gotten a brand of salad dressing or topping for bread that I knew wasn't gluten-free. It's no big deal, if I know it is not safe or suspect so I just don't eat it. Something that does annoy me is the mini snack offered between meals (crackers etc), usually this is not gluten-free and there doesn't seem to be a gluten-free thing offered.


    Next week flying 14 hours straight with BA, Hope my meal gets loaded!

  8. You should check out Gluten-Free UAE. They are a great resource about all things gluten-free in the UAE and have a lot of information about Dubai. 


    When you are in London, look for groceries in Tesco and Marks & Spencers. They both have their own gluten-free food line. In London, they call gluten-free "Free From" foods. Be sure to look for those. 


    Gluten-Free Mrs D is a London-based blogger who has a lot of information. 

    Just check that it says free from gluten. I think 99% of products in free from ranges are gluten-free but I have on occasion seen something Free from that might just be dairy and soy freee for example. 


    If you find yourself in Brixton Market, check out the gluten-free cafe. I wouldn't make a trip there speciifically to go to the bakery though. The food is great but they cook it all fresh so go to early and there won't be much choice.


    Marks and Spencers are good- they have their own small gluten-free range but they also note on packaging of some of their regular ranges if it is gluten free.


    I went to Borough Market  a day that only half of it was open, but there were stalls that did gluten-free.

    Lots of cafes in England do jacket potatoes and you can pick the fillings. Not always ideal but a potato with some tomato and onion and cheese is better than nothing. Obviously just check that they haven't done anything strange to the potato- like coating it in flour.

  9. Hiya,


    sorry for the late reply.


    I eat A LOT of fruit and veg so that wasn't a problem. I never really liked plain meats, I always like flavoring with them so I've been a bit "blah" on the meat side. I'm eating it but it's dry so I've been looking at alternative for like sauces and stuff. So far I've found nothing and haven't had a lot of time to make any from scratch.


    Then I just at bread, pasta, pizza occasionally and other things. But I like the pasta. Not the bread/pizza though but I'm not too bothered. 

    My main issue was what I could have with things, like meats and things to make meals a little less boring!



    For side dishes- maybe veggies with things on like honey carrots or you can add different things to mash.


    Links to free from section for online groceries-  a good way to see what's available. Just ensure it gluten-free though as some might just be nut/dairy free.








    If you want to flavour meat you could make your own spice rub. You will probably find that some pre done ones are ok, even if they don't say gluten-free on the label. The same with some marinades. Once you get used to reading labels things get a little easier.

  10. Hi. I live in Aus but have been to England a few times - I love the variety of gluten-free that you have.  I'll start by listing some of the products I liked over there.


    Genius- they make breads, crossiants, pan aui chocolate and pizza bases. The brown and multigrain bread are some of the best gluten-free I've had

    Livwell- They make bread roll/crumpets and a few other bakery type things

    Purebred (irish company, not sure if available in England)- Bread and the most delicous gluten-free long rolls. All these are available in supermarkets here- I buy these despite the distance they travelled because I think they are the best.


    Nak'd bars are raw food bars that come in different flavours. 

    I've also tried some the tesco/ sainsbury own brand gluten-free things that are good.


    Marks and Spencers and Starbucks offer gluten-free sandwiches. La Tasca have a lot of dishes that are gluten-free. 


    Unfortunetly most gluten-free food is expensive- but if you never ate a lot of processed foods to begin with you may not find it so much of an issue.


    You mentioned the difference in taste. Again even some of the best gluten-free will have a different taste. I think it is important when you try something to work out if is a lack of gluten that makes you not like it or if it's just not to your personal taste. To give an example: I don't like coconut biscuits even when made with gluten, so there not point me buying the gluten-free ones.  Remember just because something is gluten-free doesn't mean you have to like it.


    Maybe if you give examples of the kind of things you used to eat, people will be able to suggest alternatives for you?

  11. Mermaids is now called Grill on the Square. Dinned there twice. The first time I ordered gluten-free fish and chips but I knew by looking at it that they had given me the regular one. I questioned it and they were happy to fix it for me. The second time I had no problem.  Also try La Tasca.  It a tapas chain. Lots of gluten free options and ideal in a group, just take a note of what everyone orders and don't eat the not gluten-free ones. The gluten-free dishes aren't obviously gluten-free in taste, so dinning companions (and you!) won't feel your missing anything.


    Most Starbucks offer a gluten-free sandwich. They only seem to have one option a day, but the bread they make it on is nice.  A few times I haven't been near a supermarket or a place saying they can do gluten-free, so been greatful for the starbucks.


    Marks and Spencer also now do gluten-free sandwiches, which I had for lunch many times. I also like that they label alot of their stuff that is gluten-free by ingredient on the pack. They seem to do this especially with a lot their desserts. It saves time and they don't jack up the price, although they are probably a bit more expensive than other places, even on the regular food.

  12. London is good for gluten-free.  I've been twice. On my second trip I found a whole foods near Picciadilly- I'd read that they have good gluten-free but was dissapointed in the end.


    The food hall at Slefridges has some good gluten-free stuff. Also there is a little Bakery in Brixton Market that only do gluten-free. I went about 10am and they literally only had one pie and and one cake available ( as in one individual pie and one individual cake). When I went back a little while later they had more options. I guess it is good in a way because what you end up with is really fresh, but if you are going to go I would plan to do a few other things in Brixton rather than just going for that.


    I will have to try honest burgers on my next trip.  I ate at Leon a few times on my recent trip. Would be a bit weary of the Soho branch though. When I tried to clarify if a sauce was gluten-free and was told it probably was, the staff that were on seemed to be a little annoyed I wanted them to check but they did. I shouldn't judge they might just have been having a bad night.


    Also there is a muffin shop in Covent garden that do really nice gluten-free muffins and soup. It's in one of the side streets away from the market- as you are walking toward the tesco.

  13. My 18 year old daughter is about to move to Melbourne for 4 months.  She has celiac disease.  I'd like to ask the same question missGfree asked 3 years ago.  Any tips to help her transition.  Does anyone know if they have gluten free Chex cereal?  Shaar pasta?  What's the best bread for sandwiches to take to school?  Thanks for any tips.


    I don't live in Melbourne so can't really help much with eating out. Crust Pizza, Grill'd and Muffin break mentioned above are national chains though and still offer gluten-free.


    I don't think we have gluten-free chex here. There a gluten free cereal available in the health food section of supermarkets. Freedom foods has a large variety, they also do gluten-free Muesli bars and biscuits.


    As for bread Coles stock Livwell, Purebred and Genius. They are imported from the UK, Livwell and Purebred products are defrosted before been put on the shelf and genius is sold frozen. All personal taste but I think they are the best tasting brands.


    If you tell us about the type of things your daughter usually eats, we might be able to suggest equivilant brands here.

  14. Have a look at www.tesco.co.uk. It will give you an idea of what is available. You can click on most things and it brings up the ingredient list and also allergy statements. It would still be an idea to check packaging when you buy products though. Premade salads and vege are widely avaialble but can contain croutons or vege may be coated in flour.


    I know you mentioned you avoid a lot of other things, but from the way you worded it, I got the impression some of them are more by choice than they will make you ill . If that is the case, would it be possible to include those things, at least for some meals just while you are away? sorry if I misread that, obviously don't eat them if you will get sick.


    Also these might be of help: http://www.sainsburys.co.uk, www.asda.co.uk . http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/ (health food store). Marks and Spencer have an extensive gluten free list that includes products not specifically branded as such. I can never find the link on their website but it comes up if you google it. I'm  only gluten-free though so I'm not sure they have ones for your other requirements.


    Enjoy London!

    It is an amazing city, so much to see and do. Lots of fantastic markets, great shows and beautiful parks. It's my favourite place in the world, so am just a little bit jealous.

  15. Firstly - take me with you please!

    I'm not sure how many there are but hommus brothers did gluten free the last time I was there. It wasn't anything fancy, but an option, Also alot of places offered jacket potato. La Tasca which is a tapas chain also offered gluten-free. Although I'm not sure about butter/cheese free. Also I'm not super sensitive so if a bit of gluten got in I wouldn't get sick.

  16. Hi guys,

    I'm a little confused. I live in NZ where apparently the food laws are very strict when it comes to labelling a product gluten-free - it must have no detectable traces of gluten. So I bought Sakata rice crackers (seaweed) as it had a gluten-free sign on the front. Started eating it then noticed that under soy sauce, where was wheat in there!

    So, is there some sort of processing method that removes the gluten from it and it is actually gluten-free??

    Appreciate your input =)

    There are a few little exceptions. I'm Aus but I think the laws are similar. The wheat could be from glucose syrup and if that's the case then it is gluten free due to the processing method. In Australia gluten free on a label overides any listing of wheat as it means the processing method has removed the gluten. They still declare the wheat though as some people who are very sensitive can't tolerate it.

  17. I thought Marmite was gluten free in the UK but I might be wrong. I must buy a copy of the food directory.

    Unless it has changed in the last month or two it is. As I mentioned in a previous post there is a product sold in Australia called Marmite but this slightly different to the UK version and not gluten free.

    Remember when posting about a particular product it is often helful to add in which country you are in. This helps to avoid confusion as in the above case there can be different products that share the same name, or the product may different ingredients in another country. A good example of this is M&Ms been gluten free in the US but not in Australia.

  18. I thought they were both yeast extracts...so Vegemite is not. I have to look for the gluten free version, now I'm curious!

    I'm not sure where you are from but you need to be very very careful with MARMITE. Marmite sold in Australia made by sanitarium is NOT gluten free, this version is sold in a large jar with a orange lid. However the English version of Marmite which is sold in some supermarkets here is gluten free. This version is in a small boulbus shaped jar with a yellow lid. To avoid confusion with the other sort, the english one has been rebranded as Our Mate in most Australian stores. There are however some shops, such as lolly shops who it labeled marmite.

    There is a gluten-free spread called mightymite which is meant to be like vegemite. Personally I buy the english marmite becuse I like it better.

    Hope I haven't made this more confusing for anyone.

  19. It used to cost about $10 here. I was more than happy to pay that much because there were so many exhibitors and I could buy stuff that is usually hard to find. Nevermind I wiil go to the one run by the society in future, cheaper to get in and I can have everything.

    I expect to pay more for gluten-free but it annoys me that some places now seem to be going with the "trend" and cashing in. Unlike vegan/vegetarian or similar this is not a "choice" for most of us. Pity eating is rather necessary to stay alive.

  20. The expo in Brisbane this year was combined with Good food and wine show. I reluctantly paid the $20 entry fee. It was such a waste of money.

    The gluten free section was exteremly small and there was no gluten-free food available at the cafes. Most the exhibitors were ones whose products are easlily availble in supermarkets or health food shops. I have gone every year in the past but I won't be supporting the event again if it's going to be in the new format. It now costs twice as much to get in for somethng half the size or less.

  21. I'm not sure if the Aldis in NSW/ACT will stock the gluten free bread. The ones stocked up here are by a company called Wild Breads who are based in South East Queenslnad.

    Also re the fish- A few of the woolies I've been into are stocking it in the "normal" frozen fish section instead of the gluten free one. It's in a blue and white box.

  22. I'm in Brisbane. For finding new products I use the internet, or just check the health food stores/aisles of the supermarket.

    I like the Freedom foods biscuits and some of the Woolworths brand are good as well. Some Kettle chips are now gluten free, otherwise a lot of flavoured rice crackers are good. Also Woolworths are stocking a new brand of crumbed gluten free fish called Kingfisher.

    There is stuff out there, it's just finding it that can be the problem. Also I don't think we are quite there with the "convenience" food. As I've mentioned in other threads in the Uk it easy to find a variety of breads and slices in the supermarkets. You might not have a large variety but chocolate slice is better than nothing. Having said that Coles have made improvments in the last few months. I understand they have a bigger population but CLEARLY by the fact that health food sections here are expanding, we have the market for it. Personaly I would rather a few different varities of biscuits (for example) than say a choice of 4 companies who all do a choc chip biscuit.

  23. It is possible but usually this will be declared on the label, I've never noticed any warnings on the packet but maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

    Not sure how new you are to been gluten-free but another possibility is the wheat glucose syrup. Although technically gluten free some very sensitive people find they react to it.

    Also consider where you are buying them from. Coles and other supermarkets sell the ones made in Australia, but Crazy Clarkes etc sometimes sell imported ones. These don't always have same ingredients in them as the ones manufactured here.

    I know you said it gives you gluten symptoms but maybe there is something else in the ingredients that don't agree with you?

    It may not be something you are allergic to as such. I have no other allergies but I find that eating or drinking certain brands of some products just make feel sick.