Hello Dear Reader,
I am a life long sufferer of IBS and now added to shitting myself if I'm too far from a toilet (no fear.........I never go that far from one!!!!!!!!!!) I'm getting migraines and joint pain just for the bleedin' fun of it! I eat a low gluten diet but not entirely free of it. I stumbled across the cure for just about all my ailments by going on a carb free diet. Not so much as a fart, head ache, sore knee or back ache. However, I occasionally allow starch back into my digestive system and it all goes downhill from there.
I'm loathed to go down the gluten free route as £2.50 for a loaf of bread and £1.70 for a bag of gluten free flour is a total killer, but so is running to the loo with a headache and sore knees! I'm going to do my very best to eat an almost gluten free diet without breaking the bank. I needed to be able to feed me and DB without choking him on dusty baking that just doesn't have the melt in the mouth and buttery crumbliness of those well bonded gluten strings that only wheat can provide. However, if you've ever tried to live carb free, you will recognise the symptoms of licking the TV screen when the Great British Bake Off is on the BBC.
I've been adding carbs to my diet with gluten free alternatives and I must say the bread is disgusting, the biscuits are gritty and the crackers crumble to dust when you take them out of the packet. I must be able to do better. I made Raspberry and Apple crumble and make four for the freezer. I can't tell you how nice it is to indulge in a 'pudding'. I also made a sponge cake which looks better from the outside than the inside. The base of each 'sponge' is tough and the top is oily? It's looked too wet when I made it. I tried to scale up the recipe, which I subsequently discovered on Gluten Free forums not to be a good idea but to follow the recipes. I will try again. As odd as the texture may appear to me, it's a whole heap cheaper and better than any of the gluten free bakery products I've bought.
I will be trialing some gluten free carb loaded recipes and if I get them right, then I will allow them back, albeit in small amounts back into my diet. There is only so much meat and two veg with porridge for breakfast every day that any woman can manage.
Over to you. I know some of you have to stick to gluten free diets and I would love any advice or tips on gluten free baking. I'm going to attempt some bread as it can't be worse than the slices of cardboard I've tried this weekend.
I'm looking forward to your advice.
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxxx