Saturday 21 November 2009
A quick guide to Cape Town and a round-up of the most frequently asked questions I have received over the past couple of months. A more comprehensive guide is available at Gluten Free Cape Town
Where can I buy gluten free bread in Cape Town?
The best fresh gf bread is available at the Wellness Warehouse
Where can I buy gluten free food?
Again, the single most useful shop for gluten free products is the Wellness Warehouse
All supermarkets have a gluten free section and so have the pharmacy chain Dis-chem.
Where can I find gluten free restaurants?
While there are no dedicated gluten free restaurants in Cape Town, you can usually find naturally gluten free menu items. Call ahead and order from the manager when you get there.
Where can I find gluten free food at lunchtime?
Osumo and kauai offer good salads and smoothies, most of which are gluten free.
Where can I find gluten free food for breakfast?
There is a bed and breakfast in Sea Point, Deane House which offers a gluten free breakfast [notify them at the time of reservation]
The Wellness Warehouse cafe in Kloof St also offers gluten free options on their breakfast menu.
Friday 16 October 2009
Wednesday 07 October 2009
What follows is a recipe for a heavy, rich baked cheesecake although it can be lightened a little by using half full-fat cottage cheese to half philadelphia. The base can be a good way of using up gluten free biscuits[buckwheat choc chip cookies, Anzac cookies or cranberry & macadamia cookies ] which are past their best. Personally I prefer a shortbread layer underneath.
Whatever cheese you use, it must be at room temperature for best results and baking in a bain-marie produces the creamiest texture. To start, prepare the base of your choice in a 23cm springform tin and set up a bain-marie. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
Friday 21 August 2009
To make these madeleines, you need a good gluten free flour of which you are happy with the taste. They are flavoured with lemon zest, but if you check the quantity of flour you can see there is nowhere for the 'gluten free' taste to hide. After over ten years of eating gluten free, I can enjoy these but when newly diagnosed I remember needing to mask the gluten free flour with stronger flavours such as berries, chocolate, coffee, nuts so be warned...Note also the mixture needs an hour resting before baking. The mixture makes two trays.