Friday, August 8, 2008

The Coeliac Journey begins.

Yesterday I finally had an answer to all my health problems.

I tested positive for DQB1*02 and DQA1*05 in a genetic test for coeliac disease. The strange thing is I suspected Bridie had a problem (which she certainly may have and we start allergy testing and so on for her next week) but ended up solving a LOT of my own issues by removing gluten from the family diet.

Just as we did the elimination diet as a family (a number of times) for Torin, we all went gluten free for Bridie and we all felt better for it. So I have had to re-learn to shop, cook and eat. But I am enjoying it.

I’ve always pretty much cooked from scratch. So now it’s down to removing gluten from my recipes. We’re currently still Dairy Free as well (and have been for over 12 months) but hopefully in time we can reintroduce that down the track. I miss cheese!!!

Today was rather productive. Bridie and I sat down and looked through a cookbook for babies and toddlers to see what I could tweak (I actually had Edan in mind). She spotted teddy bears made from croquettes and insisted it had to be made for dinner. Our recipe for Teddy Bear Croquettes was super easy:

  • 4 cups cooled mashed potato.
  • 1 cup cooled cooked chicken.
  • 1 cup frozen peas and corn.
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • Polenta to crumb

Mixed all ingredients together except polenta. Shape into balls and rolled in polenta to coat. Shallow fried for a couple of minutes each side. Serve with steamed carrots as per picture.

The cooked chicken we used was a whole size 14 chicken, covered in water. Brought to boil and then simmered for 90 minutes. It literally falls apart on the plate which saves a lot of time. And we still have quite a bit left over for stir-fries, sandwiches and the like. We keep the liquid too - as chicken stock for soups. If we could grind the bones to make our bread it’d be zero wastage, but alas we’re not giants. And a good, home-made gluten free bread still alludes me at this stage.

While all the chicken cooking was going on, I had popped 3 pears and 4 small granny smith apples in the slow-cooker with 2 cups of water. Later they were pureed for baby food and I had a sudden thought - why waste the liquid??? So I made this up:

Apple and Pear Cordial

  • 2 cups left over fruit stewing water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1 teaspoon tartaric acid

Simmer to dissolve sugar, add citric and tartaric acids, bring to boil then quickly remove from heat. Allow to cool, bottle and refrigerate.


Anonymous said...

Oh POVie I love the vege dude! Good to hear you have an answer for you too. Bummer that it's coeliacs but it does explain alot!

Will make some gluten free bread for your visit next week!!

Anonymous said...

oh no.......I spelled a lot as 'alot'. I hate it when people do that!!

Paragon~Of~Virtue said...


You have a newborn, therefor an excuse!

Epiphany said...

Dude, you are DEFINITELY gluten's arch nemesis!! ROFL!!

You also impress me with your "starting from scratch and using every teeny bit" skills.

Epiphany said...

Dammit I thought of a better comment, can I say it now?

POV You made that blog your bitch'n'shit.


Paragon~Of~Virtue said...

I totally did!
Multi-tasking - bitchin' and bloggin 'n' shit.