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  1. These all look fabulous, but how time consuming is it? I HATE cooking/baking, etc. and of course I'm in charge of it here. I do bake a lot and it's edible, but the less time I can spend on lunch, etc. the better. Add to that two very "selective" eaters. If it takes more than 5 minutes I'm not sure I can get on board. Dad makes school lunches on M/W/F and I have T/Th.

  2. Here is my sister's response (She works for Cdn Border Services):

    Fruit and veg does cross regularly but we don't let potatoes or anything with soil, but seriously can you check every car for that? No. People buy groceries in the US all the time because there 's no tax on groceries. There is a limit on some stuff like butter, cheese and turkeys.

    I don't see why gluten-free bread would pose a problem but if you want to be really sure check with www.cfia.gc.ca they might have something there or you can call the Food Inspection Agency. I doubt any BSO at the airport would care about it but the agriculture dog might sit on it, though they usually go for meat and plant stuffs.

  3. I'll email my sister who works for Canadian Border Services and ask her. Meanwhile, my thought is if it's in your checked luggage as you arrive from UK it shouldn't be a problem. I agree that it's usually fresh fruit/veg/honey that can't come across borders.

    We travelled to the US last winter and the guy asked if we had any food and we said yes, told him what it was and there was no problem.

  4. This gluten-free Wacky cake is pretty good. I use the Carol Fenster sorghum/corn flour blend and it doesn't taste gritty at all. Can't remember how long to cook for cupcakes, though.

    Wacky Cake


    1 1/2 cups Bette Hagman flour mixture or acceptable gluten free flour mixture

    1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

    1 cup sugar

    3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

    1 tsp baking soda

    1/2 tsp salt

    1 tsp vanilla

    1 Tbsp vinegar

    6 Tbsp oil

    1 cup cold water


    1. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt.

    2. Make three wells in the flour mixture.

    3. In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil.

    4. Pour the cold water over the mixture and stir until moistened.

    5. Pour into 8 x 8-inch pan.

    6. Bake at 350

  5. I have bought the Kinnikinnick buns and I have made my own. Both of them would not hold up to a hot dog. They were crumbly and they broke. :angry: I did use the home made one a few days after I made them and they had been refrigerated. Does anyone know a good brand to buy or recipe to use to get a good hot dog bun? Does it exist? :blink:


    I bought the Kinnikinnick ones for Ty last summer. He ate a couple and then wouldn't eat them anymore. I couldn't blame him. I never tried to eat one, I couldn't get past the stench! Those things smell TERRIBLE!

    Colleen, do you think you could PM me the recipe from your link? Thanks!

  6. We usually have some Nature's Path Honey'd Corn Flakes and Kinnikrisp "rice krispies" on hand. Ty really likes the rice krispies, but I think they have a weird aftertaste. The last few months he's been starting the day with Lorka's flax bread. (No idea how nutritious they are though.)

    I think there's only get one mainstream gluten-free cereal in my neck of the woods, and that's President's Choice brand corn pop type cereal. I don't know what it's called. When my husband goes to the states for work he'll buy some fruity pebbles for a weekend "sugar cereal".

  7. Oddly enough, Ty has been on this "bad guy" kick lately. What if a bad guy came into our house, etc. One time he said, "What if I grow up to be a bad guy?" I told him he wasn't allowed and that they didn't serve gluten-free food in jail. However my sister, who has been working with "bad guys" a long time - including at a medium security prison, says they will tend to his food needs. (He's still not allowed to be a bad guy.)

  8. I still can't believe Americans can take peanut butter to school <_<. Our school "discourages" peanuts. If there are not epi-pen peanut allergic kids in a class then students can take peanut butter but are supposed to wash hands really well afterward, and their desks also. The kids eat at their desks in the classroom and sometimes if it's a split class, say grades 3 & 4, then sometimes the grade 3s go next door and the grade 4s from next door come in and the desks have to be clean in case one of them is allergic.

    It would make my life a he!! of a lot easier if I could send pb sandwiches.

    Meanwhile, my gluten-free son usually takes the same boring things:

    2 or 3 slices banana bread (from Incredible Edible Gluten Free Food for Kids)

    a couple of ham roll ups with grated cheese inside (sometimes rolled in rice paper, sometimes plain)

    hard boiled egg

    cheese strings

    egg salad bunwich (on a bun made from Roben Ryberg's Egg Loaf in the Gluten Free Kitchen cookbook)




    School ends here on Wednesday, and I dread the summer because I find lunch is the hardest thing to make gluten-free.

    For those of you who haven't found a decent bread yet, try Lorka150's flax bread. There's a huge thread about it in the recipe section.

  9. OK, so I went & bought the puffed rice cereal from Whole Foods & made some instead of buying the one @ the store. It wasn't as good but it was still yummy! It is hard sometimes to avoid all gluten as I am only allergic to wheat but if what my docotr says is right, if I keep eating them it is just a matter of time before I am allergic to all gluten. Thanks you guys!

    Blech! You can't make rice krispie squares from puffed rice...but you CAN replace the puffed wheat with puffed rice for puffed rice squares. They are good and chocolately.

  10. I think most restaurants don't mind you bringing your own food as long as you have contacted them before showing up and confirmed that they cannot safely accommodate you with their food, and made sure that it's okay with them if, because of that, you bring your own food

    However, asking to use their microwave doesn't seem to be fair to them. You wouldn't go in and ask to cook food brought from home on their frying pans, would you?

    Having said that, I gotta say that the chef at the local Bravo! restaurant told me that, even though he doesn't make gluten-free pizza, if I bring my own pizza dough in, he'd be happy to make it into a pizza for me.

    Good point made in italics above. A couple of times we have been in a situation where there was a party for the hockey team, or a birthday party or whatever and it was taking place at a pizza place. The first time, with the hockey team, I called the manager of the Boston Pizza, explained that we were part of a large group coming in on whatever date, my son has celiac, you probably don't have anything he can eat on your menu, do you? All right, is it okay with you if we pick up something at The Mongolie Grill next door and eat it with the team? Great. Then the day of the event we double checked with the manager on duty, got our meal next door and ate with the team. The other time was a laser tag birthday party, I called the laser tag place and asked if we could use the microwave if we provided a pizza, or should he just bring something to eat cold. She said he could use the microwave. We double checked when we got there that it was still okay, we provided a plate AND waxed paper to put the plate on and cover the pizza during reheating.

    On Monday, Ty is going to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party. I have already arranged with the manager that we will provide Ty with a pizza on a baking sheet, wrapped in foil, and they will run it through the oven. They said they were worried about it burning so I said we'd risk it. I told Ty that we'd send something else in case the pizza burned so either he could choose not to eat or eat his standby meal. We'll see how it goes on Monday.

    Communication is key. Ask them politely and explain why it is necessary for you to bring your own meal. Then when you get there, confirm with the manager. If he/she denies you your own meal then the whole group of you walks away and they lose business. I also agree with Fiddle-Faddle's comment about showing up with your food and asking them to cook it in their pans. And, as with Fiddle's restaurant, our local Italian place says we can bring our own noodles and they'll cook them. (They use Asian rice noodles, not Tinky.)

  11. I don't eat Nanaimo bars, but I went to a few when I was 19! :P

    We are heading to Nanaimo at the end of July for 10 days. I have to try to figure out how to pack bread, hamburger/hot dog buns, suspicious white powder (potato starch & xanthan), Kinnikrisp rice krispies and cornflakes in a suitcase w/o destroying them. Tupperware, I guess. I know I can get rice flour and mochiko if needed, but I didn't see any potato starch last time.

  12. We ran this story on our 5:30 news on Wednesday. I can't remember the affiliate (ABC, CBS, etc.) but the story was very wierd in that the first 4 clips were "streeters" talking about how they've had nothing but good experiences at that hospital.

    I was horrified when the 911 operator seemed not to understand that the callers were not calling to complain about lack of service so much as get an EMT here to save this lady because the ER staff isn't doing a damn thing.

  13. And he wants to limit my diet even more, because he is so fixated on me losing weight (if it was for him, I'd be living on air :blink: ).

    But air is free...and delicious! (Unless you're in Toronto)

    All kidding aside, I am very sorry that Janet is being so inconsiderate, but I suppose it was expected. I am very happy that you will be providing your grandchildren and yourself a safe option for the rehearsal dinner. If anything, Janet may end up embarrassed when her fiance's family asks why you and you grandchildren are brown bagging it to a family event. You don't have to say anything, but it wouldn't hurt if the kids did. B)

    I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip to Germany this summer, you will certainly have plenty of time to think about the future.

    Good luck at the wedding, your new outfit sounds fabulous!

  14. I would not expect them to revolve an entire party around my son. I understand that this is a way of life for him, as does he. But it is called being conciderate. Nicole

    I agree. I guess I arrived at the conclusion that people are inconsiderate a long time ago. I hope I didn't come off sounding inconsiderate or mean. I've just been there, done that, and sometimes (even with family) it's sort of a "too bad, so sad" mentality. (Thankfully not with Grammas, just certain cousins.)

    I think events like this, especially in spring, need watermelon slices. I've never heard of anyone being allergic, kids love it, and it's healthy. Popcorn is always fun, too. Have you approached the teacher yet?

  15. Yesterday at school I was speaking with another mom who had been at the kindergarten orientation night. She mentioned that out of 25 kids who showed up, 4 or 5 had peanut allergies. A few of us were talking about it because our school "discourages" peanut products. That is, if your class has a peanut allergic child the school requests you not send peanut butter sandwiches, etc. If your class doesn't have an allergic child then they don't really care if you bring it. There was talk about epi-pens and whether they are in the child's desk, at his/her coat hook (in the hall) or on the child's body at all times. It was mentioned that one of the parents was very upset at the thought peanuts were occasionally allowed. I shrugged and said, "All the kids in Ty's class eat bread." The school cannot be all things to all people.

    My son was diagnosed about 3 weeks before grade one, so he was not quite six. The first thing we did was arrange for the teacher to keep mini Aero bars, Envirokids rice krispie bars, Rockets (like U.S. smarties) and SunRype Fruit to Go in her desk so in case of emergency Ty could have something. I have NEVER in the year and half since diagnosed been notified of outside food coming for a treat. I was told about the day they built gingerbread houses, so I provided supplies for Ty (including M&Ms which may contain peanuts) and he and the gluten-light girl sat away from everyone else to build their houses. Every Chinese New Year he comes home with some treat or another (uneaten), and mentions that he took something from his teachers desk.

    There is also a non Celiac gluten intolerant teacher at school and whenever the staff has a birthday party or something, she's left to supply her own. I don't mean to be harsh, but he's going to have to learn to live with it and as hard as it is for we, the parents, to see our children left out, other than sending an alternative (or teaching the kids to lay a major guilt trip on the others) there's not much we can do.