Christmas 2009 was my first gluten free Christmas. Dinner was at my mum’s house with her husband, my brother and his wife and my boyfriend John. As my mum was in charge of preparing dinner she decided that everything would be gluten free. There was no point, she felt, in risking contamination and almost everything could be prepared gluten free anyway. I didn’t like the idea that anyone may be missing out on their favourite Christmas dinner treats becauseÂ they wouldn’t be suitable for me but I soon realised that no one had any objections at all to stayingÂ 100 percent gluten freeÂ and were happy to eat whatever I could eat…safely.
On looking around a variety of different supermarkets on the lead up to Christmas it looked as though almost everythingÂ contained gluten. Anything prepackedÂ at least. Most of the turkeys were basted with in many casesÂ something glutenous orÂ in others something which could be andÂ lots of turkeysÂ were stuffed with various flavours of stuffing that I would definitely not be able to eat. Luckily I don’t tend toÂ be someone who buysÂ prepacked foods anyway (especially when it comes to veg)Â and would much prefer something freshÂ to prepare myself rather than something already cut up and covered in glutenous sauce or gravyÂ soÂ it was fairly easy to stay away from theseÂ things.Â There were however, all thoseÂ Christmassy nibbles that the festive seasonÂ tends toÂ bring.Â ThingsÂ likeÂ mini sausagesÂ wrapped in bacon, breaded mozarella sticks and sausage rolls grinned their wheaty grins at me from the shelves and freezers of supermarkets and there was no way I could eat these.
For any Coeliacs out there who do love these kinds of festive nibbles, for most there will be either a gluten free alternative or something similar,whichÂ can be made gluten freeÂ by missing outÂ certain ingredients and using others instead. In the case of mini sausagesÂ wrapped in bacon for example, mostÂ prepacked varieties I foundÂ did contain gluten but there are sausages and bacon out there that is safe for us so you just need to do a bit of research and prepare these things yourself if you really want them….personally I can quite easily live without them.
My first gluten free Christmas dinner was home madeÂ tomato and lentil soup made with Bouillon stock, Â roast beef, cooked only in it’s own gluten free juices with roasted sweet potato, carrots and parsnips. We had M&S gluten free Christmas cakeÂ for dessert. I had alsoÂ made lots ofÂ rice krispie andÂ marshmallow, sushi shaped treats for snacking on with Kallo puffedÂ rice cereal, Â Haribo marshmallows, Sainsbury’s fish shaped sweetsÂ andÂ Humzingers fruit treatsÂ for sushiÂ decoration. There was also lots of lots of tasty vino 🙂
My first gluten free Christmas wasn’t a difficult one. We kept things simple. Everything was delicious and 100% safe for Coeliacs!