|gluten-free feasting at our house|
if we come to your place, we always want to bring something to share though. Celiacs do that as a self-defense mechanism in case of dietary misunderstandings.
Gluten intolerance is a funny thing that has us reading labels and interpreting ingredients. Even a little gluten can hurt celiacs. "Gluten is found in all grains. The gluten in rice and corn is safe for celiac patients, but the gluten in wheat, barley, and rye is not." (quote from about.com)
It's hard enough for us to eat at home and maintain a gluten-free kitchen with sons and daughters bringing their own bread to put in our toaster or leaving crumbs all over the cutting boards. Going to someone else's house or eating out in a restaurant can be extremely challenging.
Recently at a little pot-luck dinner, the only thing that wasn't accidentally contaminated by gluten were the two dishes brought by the celiacs. Even the cheese and the pickles were on the same plates as crackers, and the hummus was being spread on buns and the knife returned to the hummus bowl contaminating the rest of the dip.
Last fall I went to a fabulous seafood feast where practically the only thing I was fed all night was rice. All the seafood dishes that passed my table were spectacular to look at and smelled amazing. Prawns, octopus, fish, squid, scallops with fresh vegetables and arranged beautifully on platters. All were cooked in soy sauce made with wheat, malt vinegar, or with other sauces that had MSG (made from wheat). When they made me a small pan of sauteed prawns at the end of the incredible meal, I felt like a poor cousin, even though I had paid my money just like everyone else. If I had known, I would have sponsored the sauces, and purchased gluten-free alternatives so we all could eat.
Restaurant dining can be very good or very bad. We are very confident eating at many of the Powell River restaurants: at Minato Sushi (who have a list of gluten free dishes and provide soy sauce we can eat) and at the Vietnam Cuisine, and we have been well looked after at Coastal Cookery, Costa del Sol and by Tova who makes Mexican food at local festivals. Eat elsewhere and take your chances with waitresses who think potatoes contain gluten, or chefs who think croutons do not.
so please, don't mind us if we bring a dish to your dinner party and insist on taking our servings first before someone has shared the spoon from the macaroni salad with our baked quinoa.