Monday, 26 November 2012

its been a bit windy

No not the weather but me...
Singapore has a long way to go before the Gluten intolerant get to eat out like everyone else.
I have had too many dinner invitations ( oh lovely a social life....well not quite) and those invitations always will ask you about dietary restrictions. I have put down gluten intolerant but no one seems to know what to do with that information.
I recently went on a work trip and I think thats when the "its ok,  its only a couple of days of gluten" started.
During the trip, gluten free food was no where in sight and I had little choice.  I avoided most of the obvious gluten, but the hidden suckers is what got me. Soy sauce contains wheat, gluten,  and in Asian cooking, there is a motherload of soy sauce.

After that came the Festival of Lights (Diwali) an Indian festival, and some bright spark (sister no 1 and no pun intended!) thought it would be fun to get together to make the little biscuits and sweets.  And they all contain wheat.
I have been bad, eating everything.
Movie night with the girls..... hell yes,with a bucket of popcorn, wheres the gluten there?  Corn isnt supposed to have gluten but in the sugary coating there is!  So I may have to go salty and not sweet when having popcorn!
Vinegar, tomato ketchup, mustard,  all things I love but have been told to avoid as it may contain wheat, but its hard.  I do check labels and have found wheat starch on some but gluten in distilled Vinegar is still an ongoing debate.  Its hard for me, I bloat, I get gassy and its painful and uncomfortable. I cant go out drinking without wanting to nibble on things, things like meatballs or chicken wings ( breabcrumbs and soy sauce).  Unless I carry my own tupperware full of gluten free snacks, maybe that is what I should try?

So the battle to find gluten free food when eating out, wages on.  In the meantime I just have to do my best to avoid the obvious, and if it gets a bit more windy than usual...... so be it!

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