Creating a Coeliac-Safe Christmas Feast: A Guide to Gluten-Free Festivities.

‚Tis the season for festive feasts, but as you check your Christmas lunch list twice, consider making your celebrations gluten-free friendly. According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, approximately 11% of Australian adults follow a gluten-free diet, with 1 in 70 people in Australia diagnosed with coeliac disease. Whether you’re gluten-free yourself or hosting guests with dietary restrictions, here’s a guide to crafting a delicious and coeliac-safe Christmas feast.

Queers Around The Kitchen: A Gluten-Free Journey

Shaz Davis and Julie Bover, the dynamic cooking duo behind Queers Around The Kitchen, share their journey into gluten-free cooking after Shaz’s coeliac disease diagnosis. Understanding the impact on family dynamics, they embarked on a mission to make their kitchen coeliac-safe, ensuring both delicious meals and Shaz’s health were maintained.

Gluten-Free Shopping Tips

For a gluten-free Christmas, Shaz and Julie recommend shopping at fresh food markets for the centerpiece of your feast. If opting for a roast, buy your bird or pork without pre-seasonings to avoid unexpected gluten-containing ingredients. The same applies to stuffing – create your own gluten-free version with a mix of gluten-free bread, crackers, lemon, salt, dried cranberries, and fresh herbs.

Ultimate Gluten-Free Shopping List:

  • Fresh raw veggies for dipping
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Avocados, tomato, coriander, and white onion for homemade dips
  • Ingredients for gluten-free salads

Catering to Gluten-Free Guests

Penny Dellsperger, a health advocacy officer and dietitian at Coeliac Australia, emphasizes open communication between hosts and gluten-free guests. Discuss dietary requirements early to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. For hosts, don’t hesitate to inquire about specific needs and make informed choices when planning the menu.

Coeliac-Friendly Kitchen Practices

Cross-contamination is a significant concern for those with coeliac disease. While a separate kitchen isn’t necessary, regular cleaning, separate utensils, and clear communication are crucial. Wipe down surfaces and use clean tools to avoid any unintentional gluten exposure during food preparation.

Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes

Explore gluten-free alternatives for traditional holiday dishes. For instance, Hetty Lui McKinnon’s roast pumpkin salad with lentils and honey-miso dressing can be easily adapted. Many recipes now offer gluten-free substitutions, like matcha tiramisu with gluten-free ladyfinger biscuits.

Conclusion: A Safe and Delicious Celebration

Creating a coeliac-safe Christmas feast is about awareness, communication, and creativity in the kitchen. Whether you’re adapting traditional recipes or exploring new gluten-free delights, ensuring a safe and inclusive dining experience for all will make your holiday celebration truly special. Cheers to a gluten-free and joyous Christmas!

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