How to Cook Safe Gluten Free Meals

If you, or someone in your home needs to live gluten free, there are some things that you need to learn.
1. The safest practice is to have the entire family eat gluten free at home.
2. Purge your home of anything containing gluten.

Here is a list of foods to avoid:

Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)
Amp-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Barley Grass
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Barley Malt
Beer (unless certified gluten free)
Bleached Flour
Blue Cheese
Bread Flour
Brewers Yeast
Brown Flour
Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
Bulgur Wheat
Cereal Binding
Club Wheat
Common Wheat
Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate
Durum wheat
Edible Starch
Farina Graham
Flour (normally this is wheat flour)
Fu (dried wheat gluten)
Graham Flour
Granary Flour
Groats (barley, wheat)
Hard Wheat
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol
Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Kamut (Pasta wheat)
Malt Extract
Malt Syrup
Malt Flavoring
Malt Vinegar
Macha Wheat
Matzo Semolina
Oats (Unless certified gluten free)
Oriental Wheat
Pearl Barley
Persian Wheat
Poulard Wheat
Polish Wheat
Rice Malt
Shot Wheat
Small Spelt
Sprouted Wheat or Barley
Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Strong Flour
Suet in Packets
Teriyaki Sauce
Textured Vegetable Protein – TVP
Timopheevi Wheat
Triticale X triticosecale
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Udon (wheat noodles)
Unbleached Flour
Vavilovi Wheat
Vegetable Starch
Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
Wheat Amino Acids
Wheat Bran Extract
Wheat, Bulgur
Wheat Durum
Wheat Germ Extract
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
Wheat Nuts
Wheat Protein
Wheat Triticum aestivum
Wheat Triticum Monococcum
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
Whole-Meal Flour
Wild Einkorn (Triticum boeotictim)
Wild Emmer (Triticum dicoccoides)

Other ingredients that you should question:

Artificial Colour
Caramel Colour
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings etc.)
Food Starch
Glucose Syrup
Gravy cubes
Ground Spices
Hydrolized Plant Proteins
Modified Food Starch
MSG (I avoid this like the plague – it is poison to everyone)
Mustard Powder
Natural Flavouring
Soba Noodles
Soy Sauce
Spice Combinations (Steak spice, 5-spice Italian seasoning etc.)
Steak Sauce
Stock Cubes
Wheat Starch
Worchestershire Sauce

I typed this list and put it on recipe cards that I keep in my purse for when I go shopping. When I see an ingredient I am not sure of, I check my cards.

3. If you are going to make your own gluten free foods, you will need to keep the following ingredients in your pantry;

Almond meal
Arrowroot flour
Brown rice flour
Coconut flour
Corn meal
Corn starch
Dry milk powder
Egg replacer
Flax flour
Garbanzo bean flour
Guar gum
Millet flour
Potato flour
Potato starch
Sorghum flour
Tapioca flour
White Vinegar
White rice flour

I purchase most of these items in bulk and keep them in air-tight containers. (Be sure to label them clearly)

Containers can be obtained at your local dollar store. I use empty coffee containers.
Throughout this blog, you will find recipes for spice combinations, sauces, condiments etc.

It is imperative that you check the labels on any food you purchase every time you purchase it. Be very careful to read the entire label. I have found some products that have gluten free on the front label and on the back it said processed in a facility that processes wheat.

*Manufacturers can change an ingredient without you realizing. For example, I had been purchasing a soup that I had found in the Natural products isle and quite enjoyed it. The last time I wanted to purchase it, I looked at the ingredients list and discovered that they had added TVP (textured vegetable protein).

*You should also be aware that there is gluten hiding in other places such as Rice and Soy beverages, Lotions, creams and cosmetics, shampoos, body wash, dish detergents, laundry soaps, toothpaste and mouthwash, some rice papers and the list goes on.
There are those who will tell you that gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin but from my personal experience, I can assure you that it can.

Don’t let these lists scare you. Once you have purged your home, you will begin to bring in the “safe” foods, ingredients and products and then it is all easy.

4. Once you have gotten rid of the gluten, you need to look at your appliances, and gadgets.
Get rid of your wooden spoons, rolling pin etc. and replace them with new.
You will need to get rid of your toaster/toaster oven too. It only takes about 20 ppm of gluten to affect your body. Cross-contamination is almost guaranteed if the toaster etc. has EVER come into contact with wheat, rye or barley (As well as non-certified oats)

When I was first diagnosed, I was totally overwhelmed and I tried to make my gluten free foods in the same kitchen, with the same implements and appliances as my boyfriend’s gluten containing foods. I still had gastric issues.
I finally figured out how to cook gluten free foods that taste like the foods we were used to before diagnosis and out home became totally gluten free.

I also suggest that you check out the following:
and join a support group such as The Canadian Celiac Association (If you are Canadian) There are such groups all over the world, just Google Celiac support.

Remember: You are not on a gluten free diet – you live gluten free 😀


Gluten Free Skin Care – Cheap!

As most of you know, I recently went to a Homeopath and learned some really interesting things.
My skin has been blotchy and rough and dry for as long as I can remember. I have used all kinds of facial scrubs, astringents and creams and lotions over the years and although some improved the look and feel of my skin a small amount, nothing ever really worked.
My homeopath told me to wash my face only with water. (Way less expensive than scrubs and soaps)
She then told me to use Witch Hazel (with a cotton ball) which tones the skin (I paid $6.00 for a large bottle (8oz)
The final step is to put a drop or two of olive oil on my hands and smooth it over my face and neck. (Olive oil is expensive but you only use about 1 ounce per week – still cheaper than most creams and lotions)
The results are incredible. I get very few blemishes. The redness is almost gone. My skin is soft and supple. And the best part is, I don’t drain my bank account!
I have only been doing this for about 2 weeks (I was sceptical at first)
If you also try this regimen, please let me know what you think.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 280 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 553 posts. There were 169 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 28th with 280 views. The most popular post that day was Celiac and Loved Ones.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for flourless pie crust, gluten free baking powder biscuits, gluten free perogies, gluten free scalloped potatoes, and gluten free phyllo dough.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Celiac and Loved Ones November 2010
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My Story in a Nutshell March 2009


Gluten Free Perogies May 2009


Gluten Free Phyllo Dough March 2010


Gluten Free Scalloped Potatoes May 2009

Gluten Free Recipe Swap

May is Celiac Awareness Month so…..
Here is my idea:

I was thinking I could rent a small hall in my area and invite people to make up a few batches of their favourite gluten free recipe and hand out samples along with a photo copy of the recipe to other Celiacs.

I also though it would be good to have an information table where those of us with blogs can give out flyers, fact sheets etc.

To help with the cost of renting the hall, I could “rent” tables to local gluten free business owners to show off their stuff. (Cosmetics, shampoo, soap, food items, etc.)

What do you think?  Good idea? Bad idea?

E-mail me at

If you think it is a good idea, you could do the same thing in your area (?)

Gluten Free Food For Your Local Food Bank

The food banks are always in need of non-perishable food items, but there are other things they need as well.

Gluten Free non-perishables, toilet tissue, feminine products, shampoo, soap etc. are all greatly appreciated especially at this time of year.

Please open you hearts and your wallets and give generously to those in need.

Merry Christmas to all,

Love Aunt Jayne

A Little Taste of The Pipline – A great On-Line Monthly Newsletter

Here is just a taste of the hottest new Celiac Newsletter to hit the web!

“October is here and we’re ready for all of the happy and fun fall activities that lay ahead of us.  What isn’t to love about crisp fall air, over sized sweaters, trips to the pumpkin patch, and of course, Halloween!  My kids are already planning their costumes and the CANDY!  Oh, the candy that is all that is good and great about this month.  When my kids lug their bags of booty home and dump it out on the carpet with all intentions of tearing open every piece at one time and filling their mouths till they are no longer able to speak, I will burst their bubbles and sort the candy into the “can eat pile” and the “must donate to orphans” pile.  It’s a sad sight to see, but all is well when they have their much smaller bowl of sweet goodness that will be used as currency for all of November among every school aged child.  Good times…good times! In this Pipeline, I will share some great information regarding local haunts, more awesome gluten free recipes, and very useful health links.  Sit back, take a sip of you favorite beverage, and enjoy The Pipeline!”

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