When I look back over the last 13 years, it’s clear that the range and availability of gluten free products has improved enormously.
Here’s an example: we recently received a box of new products from Floris Foods, including some excellent gluten free chocolate eclairs.
Now my daughter has never had a chocolate eclair before, though she’s watched her siblings enjoy a ‘normal’ version of these. And – as many of you know – it isn’t fun to watch your child putting on a brave face when unable to join in a simple pleasure. And while I’m a decent plain cook, gluten free choux pastry is outside my range. I have tried!
So I was absolutely delighted to be able to offer her something that looked the same as the others had. And, even better, she thought they were fab.
What a find! Thank you!
And it just shows how much things have moved on. I would never have imagined, a dozen years ago when I was ‘faking’ tinned spaghetti so she didn’t feel different from the other children in nursery, that this kind of treat would be available in the future. Nor can I imagine what it was like before we joined the coeliac clan back in 1997, when there was even less available…
I’ve mentioned FlorisFoods before; if you haven’t checked them out yet, then do, because they have some delicious things. (Hint: the Cacao Squares bag was empty, leaving just crumbs, within minutes. The culprit? My daughter! And the Macaroons are just amazing: soft and chewy… )
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…