When you face a major change in your diet a number of things happen. First, you miss food that you enjoy. Eating becomes a task to provide nutrients to your body. Second, the pleasure of sharing food vanishes as you have to have specially prepared food, and no-one else like it. Well, that's not surprising, because much of the time you don;t like it either! Third, if you do have friends and family who like you enough to share your food, you become embarrassed by the poor quality of the food, and the dubious nutritional content. So many gluten free foods have gum, as if somehow "gluten free" means "use gum". I don't know about you, but if my digestive system has been damaged by gluten, I don't want to start filling it with gum!
Like many people who have had to remove gluten from their diet I craved good wholesome bread, and I craved a good, home made pie. We tried all the breads and bread mixes that were available. The breads were dense, had to be kept frozen, and crumbled after a day if you didn't freeze them. There had to be a better way!
When it came to pastry, the situation was even worse, there were frozen pastry sheets, but they were small, expensive and horrid: almost jaw breaking at times.
I spent a few years trying out ready made bread mixes. No joy there! I scoured the internet for recipes that worked as well as they claimed. No joy there either! Every one seemed to believe gluten free bread had to be made from batter, and many just use gum to glue together a whole mess of ingredients. So, I set about working out how to make good bread and pastry using basic, nutritious ingredients.
You see the results in the bread, pastry, pasta and sourdough recipes that have become "RecipesforLiving"
My aim is to design and make available simple, easy to use recipes for food that can be shared without embarrassment and enjoyed by everyone.
Gluten free food everyone can enjoy ...
Ok, so being coeliac or gluten intolerant is no fun.
Life becomes complicated and at times the basics of life are so much more challenging.
Food awareness and food preparation issues begin to dominate mealtimes and even snacks.
Having sympathetic friends and family is wonderful, but it is not enough. They also need to be aware of, and educated about the challenges and risks you face many times each day.
Having access to good, wholesome and tasty food that you can share with others helps. Recipes for living grew from the experience of one family. My aim is to share what we have learned, and to make the journey easier for you.
There are many foods, that are naturally free of gluten, that can be enjoyed by everyone. I have focused my attention on those foods that are more challenging. In developing recipes for gluten free baked goods, careful attention has been given to the qualities of gluten free flours and other ingredients that enable us to bake well without using unnecessary gums or other exotic and expensive ingredients.