About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Gluten Free Siesta Key & Sarasota!

The last week I've had the pleasure of being on vacation in Siesta Key, Florida. In addition to the wonderful weather and relaxation, I also tried out new products, visited supermarkets and had fun eating out!

Right off the actual Siesta Key Island is a place called Island Gluten Free Bakery. They have loads of products - from cook at home meals (like lasagne and pot pies) to breads and fresh sweets!.Their brownies are deadly - super moist and sweet. :)

In the same plaza - literally 25 steps away is an Earth Origins grocery store. Wow - would I ever like one of those around here! There are aisles of gluten free products! I picked up some oatmeal, snack bars and granola to try! - Watch for a post when I sample them all!

The prices are reasonable and if you were staying in a condo / house or even a hotel with a mini fridge - these two places will provide enough choice for breakfast and lunch with potentials for supper!

So if you are in the Siesta Key area - check out these two places - they are worth the time!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Home made GF Cheese Steak :) (Kinnikinnick Hot Dog Bun Style)

On Tuesday, we all had Cheese Steaks - I put mine on the new Kinnikinnick Hot Dog Buns. It was just meat, cheese, peppers and onions melted together into a googy yummy filling :D.

The hot dog bun was pretty close to regular size (a tiny bit smaller) and was previously frozen. I defrosted in the microwave and it tasted just like it was freshly baked! I didn't even have to warm it up - it was soft and doughy all on its own. That is extremely impressive.

I think it was the first time in years I actually ate a hot dog bun that I liked and stayed together while you were attempting to eat! And the bonus part - the bun is only 140 calories and has 5 grams of fibre. Who would want to eat the regular ones anyway??? These rock!

So with spring around the corner (especially in Ontario) go out and get some of these buns - they will make BBQ hot dogs complete!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Gluten Free Pasta 101

MMMM pasta - I really do like having a good plate of spaghetti or home made macaroni and cheese. The problem is, gluten free pasta does NOT have the same properties as regular pasta.

Here are some common issues that I've discovered through trial and error:

 1. GF Pasta is VERY sticky. Regular pasta sticks together when left for awhile - GF pasta sticks together almost instantly. I always rinse the pasta or immerse in another liquid (ie pasta sauce) immediately to avoid a giant clump. Good practice is also to put olive oil in the cooking water as an additional precaution.

 2. GF Pasta goes from not cooked to mush in a matter or seconds. Yes - it's true - you have to watch this stuff like a hawk. Generally my rule is to start tasting 2 minutes before the recommended time and take off when it's still a tiny bit hard. The alternative is a lumpy, mushy, clump.

 3. Corn pasta is great for cold salads like macaroni salads. Rinse as soon as it is cooked and use like other pasta. Even the non-GF eaters liked this one.

 4. Brown rice pasta gets mushier and stickier faster than corn pasta. It just does.

 5. GF pasta generally contains very few fortifying ingredients like regular pasta does. Let's take Catelli Smart for example - 8 grams of fibre and iron added. GF pasta will generally have 1 gram of fibre, and no iron :(

6. Corn Pasta does NOT bake well unless it is rinsed first. So while the mac and cheese tasted great - the texture was more of a mushy baby food type........lesson learned.

7. Experimentation is key - like anything - practice makes perfect! If you have any tips you'd like to share feel free to leave a comment!

Stay tuned - I'll give an overview of my favourite GF pastas to buy in the city!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Gluten Free Toronto Adventure Part 2

On Monday night meeting members went to supper - the restaurant was called Terroni and it was an Italian Restaurant. I was a little nervous about going there as I didn't see anything clearly gluten free on the online menu, but figured I would give it a try! Most of the dishes were pasta and pizza, however they had some lovely salads and were knowledgeable about gluten free diets. The waiter said all their meats were gluten free, and any veggies. I had their Nizzarda salad which had tuna, red onion, egg, potato, olives and green beans. While it may sound odd, it was actually quite good and filled me up!

While I was browsing at Sobeys, I also came across some brownies made by Sweets from the Earth, The one I purchased had walnuts as well. This is actually a Toronto Vegan bakery that is also egg and dairy free. The brownies had a nice crunch to the outside and were moist and chewy inside. I wish I would have bought more! You can't get those here either!

All in all, it was a fun trip, found some new products and can't wait to go again and do some more gluten free shopping!