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April 2011 Newsletter

April is a busy month with the Easter Holiday’s that’s around the corner.  To assist you with your Easter entertaining, we will post a few of our favorite Easter recipes on our website during the course of the month.  We will also be posting a monthly wheat-free recipe on our website from this month.  With the Royal Wedding at the end of the month, we decided to revisit and old classic:  Chicken à la King.  It is not only quick and easy, it is also comfort food at its best with the wet weather we’ve been having lately!

Carolie’’s long-awaited Three-day Holiday Cookery School Hands-on course For Kids is taking place in April.  The course is open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 years.  This course may possibly be repeated during the June/July school holidays if there is enough interest. We are open to suggestions with regards to possible dates and will try to accommodate both private and government schools.

Subscribe to www.cookingupastorm.co.za if you would like to be notified the moment recipes and upcoming events are posted.

See Events for more details and booking forms for demonstrations.

April Newsletter

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Are you wheat or gluten intolerant?

Carolie will be doing a Winning Ways Without Wheat & Gluten cooking demonstration on the 19th of March. This event is not to be missed if anyone in your family is wheat or gluten intolerant!   See Events for more details.

What is wheat allergies?
Most people eat wheat so often their bodies adapt and cope and so they experience mild forms of the symptoms (known as wheat intolerance) without ever really being aware of where the problem lies. Withdrawing wheat from the diet and therefore ridding the body of wheat can lead to immense improvements in health and wellbeing.  A few of the symptoms of wheat allergies are:

  • Headaches
  • Bloated stomach
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tiredness
  • Skin rash

What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein occurring naturally in wheat, barley, rye and oats (although some debate is held on the gluten levels of oats). When these grains are milled the gluten is released and it’s this that gives grain flours their strength and elasticity, something that is noticeably missing from gluten free breads.

What is gluten intolerance?
Also called celiac disease.  People with healthy digestive systems can eat gluten without any problems. The food is broken down in the stomach and passes through the small intestine where projections called villi absorb nutrients. These villi provide a large surface area (20-40 metres squared), which is used for the absorption of the nutrients from the food.  When a celiac eats gluten in foods their intestine thinks it’s under attack from a foreign body and creates an immune response to the invader. The lining of the intestine becomes inflamed and the villi flatten. The flattening of the villi means that their surface area is reduced and the nutrients vital to health therefore aren’t absorbed, which over time leads to weight loss, wasting and malnutrition. Symptoms of celiac disease are:

  • Anaemia
  • Bloating
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Diarrhea (aka diarrhoea)
  • Irritable bowel
  • Migraines
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Psychological issues (stress, nerves, depression etc)
  • Severe weight loss
  • Vomiting

The above lists of symptoms associated with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance is by no means exhaustive, other symptoms may present themselves in different people. (source: www.wheat-free-org).

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Travel Cost Calculation

The travel cost can be worked out in 4 easy steps:

  • Step 1: Go to Google Maps.  
  • Step 2: Type John Adamson Drive, Franklin Roosevelt Park, Randburg in the search field.
  • Step 3: Click on the “directions” button and type your own street address.
  • Step 4: multiply the kilometers by 2 and then by 8 to get to the travel cost amount per lesson.