DS Gluten-Free Breadsticks – you can’t tell the difference!

I am always looking for new products for small boy, particularly things that can be carried around for picnics, birthday parties (as he always has to bring his own food) or just for little snacks. So when Dietary Specials asked me to try some of their new breadsticks, I was delighted, as I am a closet breadstick fan*.

Now normally gluten or wheat free products can be, well, a little lacking. They may taste lovely, but sometimes don’t taste like the things they are supposed to taste like. I have a theory that those with wheat or gluten allergies just get used to things never tasting like they used to. However, I have to say that these bread sticks are completely and utterly yummy and you honestly cannot tell the difference between the two.

I wanted to set up a ‘Breadstick Challenge’ (like the famous cola one of the eighties) and give people an ordinary breadstick and a DS gluten-free breadstick, but my neighbours think I am strange enough, so I decided not to. However, any family members who have popped round this weekend have all been accosted with some breadsticks and everyone agrees. No family member was damaged in the making of this blog post.

On a slightly more serious note, Lovely Dad wanted me to add that, if you are having a party and there is a child with allergies coming, maybe you could get these instead of normal breadsticks- if no-one can tell the difference then if you remove the box, the poor allergy child won’t feel singled out with ‘special’ foods. Just a thought.

The DS gluten free breadsticks contain: Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Modified Maize Starch, Yeast, Buckwheat Flour (3.4%), Vegetable Fat, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Salt, Thickener: (Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose), Emulsifier: (Mono- and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Raising Agent: (Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate), Natural Flavourings. They can be purchased from all good ASDA stores.

If you *are* interested in purchasing some breadsticks, or any of the other DS products, you might want to sign up to their mailing list as they pay reward you in vouchers for doing so. Just click here to go to the sign up form.

*I have not actually been banned from my local Italian restaurant for eating too many breadsticks. But only because they are desperate.

Note: Dietary Specials have not paid me for this post. Although they did send me some breadsticks. But I can’t pay the mortgage with breadsticks so I still maintain this is an unpaid post. If anyone knows that I can, actually, pay my mortage with breadsticks, please let me know immediately. Thanks.

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Please Miss, I can’t help my son’s allergies…

Last week I went to see small boy’s headteacher. Not because he was in trouble, but because I was.

Stricly speaking I had done nothing wrong, but I was cross. You see, I had just received a letter from school advising me that small boy’s attendance at school was unsatisfactory, at 91.4% was below the required 94% which meant his education would be affected and could we “work with the school to improve his attendance”.

I was gobsmacked. He has only ever been off school for medical reasons, be it specialist appointments in London, allergic reactions or a particularly virulent attack of impetigo. Which was contagious.

I asked the school what I was supposed to do? I pointed out that when he was off with impetigo I went in to school to ask for some books for him. He is not struggling, in fact quite the opposite, and I resented the implication that there is anything I could do to ‘improve his attendance’.

Never before has it been more obvious that the head has no children of her own, much less one with a health condition.

I was fobbed off with platitudes. I am still cross.

Video Recipe- Allergy Friendly Bread and Butter Pudding. Yum.

It can be hard enough to find interesting recipes, let alone ones for people with allergies, so I was delighted to find a whole gang of them over at the Dietary Specials website.

Bread and Butter pudding in particular is something that a coeliac or someone with a  wheat or gluten allergy would naturally assume would be a no go area. But not this one. The Dietary Specials lady makes a fabulous wheat and gluten free version, and with a few adjustments, you can make it suitable for those with dairy or egg allergy or vegans too!

All you need to do is to replace the whole milk with either Goat’s Milk, Soya Milk or Rice Milk, whichever suits you and your allergies, replace the butter with goat’s butter, soya spread or non-soya spread, and replace the egg with either Orgran NoEgg (1 tsp per egg) or Xanthan Gum, which is normally available in larger supermarket stores.

So enjoy watching, and please let us know how you get on!

Allergy on the outside as well as on the inside

As you may know, small boy has a dairy allergy (amongst others) but can tolerate Goat’s milk. The other day he and his sister were eating breakfast on the sofa watching children’s TV (it *was* the holidays) when his sister spilled her breakfast.

All over small boy’s leg.

His skin came up almost immediately in red blisters from bottom to ankle, and despite us washing him immediately and giving him anti-histamine, it took a while for him, and his skin, to calm down.

A few hours later, he was complaining that his leg hurt and on inspection, the back of his knee on the affected leg was so cracked and weeping sore, it was no wonder it was hurting him. T obe fair, he complained very little for the amount of pain he must have ben in.

So even three years on, there are still things we are finding out about his allergies- and things that in hindsight we should have known. Hopefully by the time we think we know everything he will have grown put of some more!