Whether you are celebrating the Easter or Passover holidays, or just celebrating the season, the recipes below should inspire you to serve home-cooked food over the long weekend.
Spiced Fruit Buns – a variation on the traditional Hot Cross Buns. You have the option to make the dough from scratch or buy ready-prepared dough at a bakery and just add the spices, dried fruit and glaze. Also see Spices for more information on the spices used in this recipe.
Creamy Hot Cross Bun & Dried Fruit Pudding – a great way to put stale hot cross buns to good use.
Quick Savoury Pie (Souttert) – an excellent way to use up leftovers. Can be served as breakfast, brunch or as a light meal with salad.
Wheat-Free Maize Meal Bread – you can substitute the corn kernels and diced sweet peppers in this recipe with chopped peppadews, chopped sun dried tomatoes, pitted olives, chopped bacon or your choice of chopped fresh herbs. Serve as is with butter or toasted with preserves or scrambled eggs. (More wheat-free recipes to follow soon!)
Jeanri & Carolie
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:
- Bloated stomach
- 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:
- Chronic tiredness
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Diarrhea (aka diarrhoea)
- Irritable bowel
- Mouth ulcers
- Psychological issues (stress, nerves, depression etc)
- Severe weight loss
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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