Big weekend for us coming up… coeliac daughter heads off to university to start her first year.
She’ll be in self-catering accommodation, because that just seems easier for her, though the university does say it can cater for coeliacs. We’ve already spotted a café on campus that serves gluten free food, and a gluten free fish and chip shop in town (she does love gluten free fish and chips…)
We’ve equipped her with an endless list of stuff: pots, pans, plates, knives, airer, cleaning products, pens, post-its… even down to a door wedge, which is, apparently, essential equipment for making friends.
She’s registered with a doctor on campus, and we’ve discussed signing up for a prescription season ticket (which she will do once she’s too old to receive free prescriptions).
She’s practiced cooking a variety of meals, including things like risotto, fish pie, chili and macaroni cheese – and was baking again today. They’re going to be well supplied for gluten free chocolate brownies…
And of course we’ve organised a student starter food pack. This includes:
- Salt, pepper, chili powder
- olive oil, sunflower oil, white wine vinegar
- sweet chili sauce, gluten free soy sauce
- tomato puree and cartons of chopped tomatoes
- tea, coffee, sugar
- butter, milk, cheese
- orange juice
- jam, chocolate spread
- Salute gluten free pasta
- Tesco’s gluten free couscous
- rice: arborio and basmati
- pulses: red lentils and kidney beans
- a few tins/jars: tuna / ready made pasta sauce and balti / tikka masala sauce
- some fruit and vegetables, including onions and garlic
- Juvela pasta
- Wellfoods flour
- Juvela buns
And specifically gluten free products, mostly bread and treats:
- UDI’s bagels – she likes the chocolate chip ones best for breakfast, though there are other flavours, including plain, and the new multi-seeded ones (good for lunches)
- UDI’s apple breakfast bars (these are new, and a little like fig rolls – yum!)
- Nestle’s gluten free honey cornflakes – we’ve not seen these before, so this is an experiment
Lunch (we expect she’ll be making up packed lunches most of the time)
- Sainsbury’s gluten free baguettes
- Warburton’s gluten free thins
- Tesco’s chocolate wafers
- Sainsbury’s mini chocolate logs
- Helen’s Brilliant bread mix
- Helen’s Brilliant scone mix
- UDI’s chocolate cake mix
- Tesco’s salt and vinegar Chipz
Now I look at it, it is a long list!
She’ll need to buy meat and fish when she gets there, but she should have enough provisions for a few meals, as well as enough basics to get her through a few weeks.
So tell me, what have we forgotten to do, or to pack? What would you take?