At Tee Café we are aiming to provide tasty homemade food that is flavoursome and affordable. If you are on a gluten free diet you know you can not have half of what you see in the supermarket shelves. Pre-packaged gluten free foods are not in abundance and the ones that are come with a higher price. Here at Tee Café we don’t have all the answers, Gluten free cooking can be a challenge and we are on a journey of discovery striving for an enjoyable dining experience.
What is gluten?
Gluten is the name given to a group of naturally occurring proteins found in some grains, with the main one known to most people : Wheat.
Wheat, Semolina, Spelt, Rye, Barley, Oats.
Gluten in baking helps glue things together and is why it is added to most processed foods as the thickening or binding agent.
Some common foods that usually contain gluten include breads, wraps, cakes, muffins, cookies, crackers, pancakes, noodles, pasta, pastry, muesli and breakfast cereals, sauces, gravy mixes, sausages, meat marinates, liquorice/lollies/chocolate, many flavourings added to snack foods like the humble potato chip and even in some dairy products.
The list is so long that you would switch off before you got the end of the ABC list.
Gluten intolerance reactions
Coeliac disease – is a permanent autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten causing the cells lining the small bowel (intestine) to become damaged and inflamed. It is estimated that 60,000 or more New Zealanders have Coeliac disease.
Gluten/wheat allergy – this is a histamine response rather than an autoimmune response. Symptoms are usually immediate and can include a rash, sneezing, watery eyes and difficulty breathing.
People can have similar symptoms but their intolerance and reactions are different
If you are a gluten sufferer visit Coeliac New Zealand – www.coeliac.org.nz for more information.
If you ask you shall learn and if you persist it will happen, so if you have a recipe that you love and would like to share with others, contact us, we would love to hear from you and add it to the menu.