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DIABETIC & GLUTEN FREE.
Sun 8-Apr-12
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Well, I made the pasta....I adapted the recipe a bit, the quantity given would have been too much for just husband and I, and I didn't want to use ordinary 00 pasta flour (not GF and didn't have any anyway!).  So I used 200g spelt flour/100g Doves Farm bread flour, 2 large eggs plus 1 tbsp oil, and some salt.  Mixed up well (I did it by hand on the worktop, as advised in recipe - lovely and messy! big_laugh), kneaded for 10 mins until smooth - it kneaded really well.  Wrapped in clingfilm and left to rest for an hour or so, before rolling it out by hand with rolling pin.  That was quite hard, it's quite a stiff dough and not easy to roll out extremely thinly, but did my best.  Oh, and halved the dough and froze the other half.....the 300g total flour quantity I used would easily feed 4 very hungry people.  It needed more than the 1 min cooking time, but that was probably because I couldn't roll it out thinly enough.....if rolled in a machine, 1 min would most likely be the right time.  I gave it about 3 mins, then left it to stand in the hot water for another couple of mins.

Oh, and it tastes really nice, much better than shop bought wheat pasta!  Thanks Nadine, I'll do it again for sure.  big_hug

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Sun 8-Apr-12
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wave  Well done Sue.welldone  So glad it turned out well and you enjoyed it.  I have never made pasta, but it sounds like quite a lot of work without a machine.  

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Thanks Danuta big_hug.  Rolling it out was the worst part, the mixing and kneading was ok really.  But now I know it really does need to be rolled extremely thinly, I'll try and do that part better next time.  To be honest, it did actually feel quite thin when I'd rolled it out, but of course it swells up in the hot water and you realise then it's not thin enough.

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Mon 9-Apr-12
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waveSue, I am so glad you made it & you like the result.

The thickness issue is one that everyone has when they first make pasta. Look out for a machine in the charity shops, ask them to save you one & ring you when one comes in. The managers usually will do this I find.  Now you can make yourself a great lasagne. If you add a whole lot of oven cooked chunks of various veg like your favourite aubergines & butternut squash, cheese sauce along with layers of meat sauce or even small chunks of roast chicken you can make a nice thick, large lasagne which you can freeze in portions for future meals. I do this a lot as it saves time on busy or lazy days. 

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Thanks Nadine, I'll keep a look out for a pasta machine.  Will use the frozen portion of pasta to make lasagne with next time.   Considering how ridiculously easy it is to make pasta, and how tasty it is, I could kick myself for not giving it a go before - especially since we always ate a lot of it before this diet and all the health problems.

You've come up trumps again for me, you are a dear big_hug

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This very interesting post by Azelia, on her blog, it arrived  in my inbox today. showing that allergies & intolerances affect different sufferers very differently & often vary a huge amount at various points of their life. 

 

http://www.azeliaskitchen.net/blog/allergies-and-i.....mplicated/ 

 

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Wed 11-Apr-12
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That's such an interesting article, Nadine (I've signed up for Azelia's posts to be emailed to me now too, don't know why I didn't think of it before doh).  I'd always thought of allergies/intolerances as something you develop as a child, but now know from personal experience that you can develop them at any time.  I don't think I had any allergies/intolerances at all as a child, but with hindsight know I have clearly had a wheat intolerance for a lot of years now.  However, it's only been during the past couple of years, when I've had lots of different health issues arise, that all these different intolerances have begun to show themselves.  The oral allergy is very new and is certainly linked to hayfever - I never suffered with hayfever prior to moving down here to Somerset 2 years ago, and the oral allergy has only developed since then.

It's terrible what Azelia and her 'allergy kid' had to go through before she managed to push for her to be assessed and treated at Great Ormond Street.

 

Making two sourdough breads today....walnut rye and a fruit loaf.

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wave Hi Sue,

I am a huge admirer of Azelia & her blog in all it's aspects. I thought this particular article would interest you but I also thought it would be helpful both now & in the future to other people who suspected they might have an intolerance or allergy to certain foods.  It also gives them a clue to the problems they might encounter when dealing with certain members of the medical profession (much as I admire the idea of our National Health Service & I will fight to the death for it). I was shocked to find so many people do not get all the relevant tests need to diagnose their condition. 

 

smile Mmmmm !  Your walnut rye loaf sounds great, as does the fruit one. i_am_hungry

 

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Sun 22-Apr-12
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Hi Sue,

I came across this interesting recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with avocado.....I don't know whether you are allowed them? I thought you could substitute spelt flour for the flour in the recipe (as I know you can eat tolerate this if not eaten too often). I know avocado is an unlikely ingredient but I have cooked with it before.

 

http://www.deconstructingthehome.com/?p=177

 

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Sun 22-Apr-12
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By coincidence, there is an ad for a gluten sensitivity website running on Fiona's blog today. Interesting content I thought.

http://www.dietaryspecials.co.uk/gluten-sensitivity

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wave  Hi Sue,

Another recipe for when you need a treat to cheer you up....smile

This time it is Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies, using quinoa flour.  As usual you will have to substitute for the sugar, with a sweetener that you can use safely. 

 

http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2012/01/25/.....-brownies/

 

The recipe is American so you will have to work out the measurements as usual.

 

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Nadine, I couldn't see a recipe for brownies on that page.....I put brownies in the search box on there and it came back with 3,860 brownie recipes!! eeek

(oh....blonde moment, I guess I should have entered GF brownies.....may have narrowed the field a bit! doh.  Will go off and have another go.....)

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Ok, I found it......it was the first recipe that comes up on the list of 541 when you enter gluten free brownies.  Sounds yummy and easy......will try it with ordinary GF flour and husband has requested chopped apricots in it too.  I have all the ingredients so will make them tomorrow, thanks Nadine big_hug

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Sorry about the link Sue, still you managed to find it. I must say I am with your husband about putting apricots in them. They are a great favourite with me too.  I had hoped for a good crop again this year but this awful weather has seen to that...I doubt if I will get any at all; or much from my other fruit trees, except the apples which are not quite in bloom yet.  cry

 

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Two more no flour at all recipes, this time using cooked beans instead. You would have to substitute for the honey though.

 

http://blueviolafarm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/eat-yo.....ssert.html

 

http://crosbeans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/white-bean.....-free.html

 

These have been very popular in the US for people who have to be gluten free or are trying to loose weight.

 

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