Monday, February 18, 2013

"Oats, I liked you before, but now I have found quinoa flakes."

In light of our recently diagnosed coeliac child I have discovered some new  ingredients I had seen but never used before.

All of a sudden i actually need to know what the heck Xanthan gum is. ( A  great replacement for gluten)
 Not to mention the fact that you need to stock way more flours than we would have before
In my cupboard at this very minute.

Potato flour,
rice flour 
tapioca flour
Sorghum flour 
soy flour
Buckwheat flour
maize flour

Crazy i know, we even needed a new pantry organisation system  and heaps more jars to keep it all.

I have even been experimenting with my own pancake mixes, the kids aren't complaining at all. In fact I am getting good feedback. I don't mind the buckwheat box type but as a keen cook and a person that never bought packet cake, pastry etc before I'd rather steer clear of them. 

 In my hunt through heath food stores, I have discovered that these new found ingredients are not that cheap and nor are they in quantities I want, I used to buy  10 or 15 kgs of flour for goodness sakes. 

So I have found that my local dried food and nuts store NSM has an incredible selection of bulk ingredients and yes they had all of the above at way cheaper prices.
Also the Asian supermarkets are great for tapioca pearls, rice vermicelli and rice paper, all in larger packs than the supermarket. I have a rice paper eating machine at home now, so I need the 30 pack thank you. 

 I have absolutly been loving finding an alternative to oats. See I liked oats, as an ingredient I made my own mueslis, bars, crumbles, etc, We even had a 5 Kg bag of beautiful organic oats that we swapped with our neigbour.  But oats as a porridge, I have never really been a fan.I always felt like i was missing something, not quite getting what was so good about it.  I guess we were always eating it too late, It would set up or I couldn't summon the kids to the table fast enough they'd come in dribs and drabs and the porridge would just go all blahhh.


I have now made rice flakes into porridge
and my new favorite is quinoa flakes as a porridge
Both of these maintain a creamy lovely texture and don't set up quite like oats, I  love that it's what I wanted out of oats.
Even my son who never liked porridge oats is just loving the rice porridge.

As you may have read in my last post Circe ( the recently very ill one, or Coeliac Circe) is not yet back on the conventional breakfast bandwagon. No she is still getting the night before leftovers, but that's ok I am rolling with it, she's eating that's all I care about.

I am also using Physillium Husks to boost our fibre and LSA. 
We are eating more nuts and seeds, even more than we did before.  Phoenix is eating pepitas, sunflower seeds cashews and almonds for goodness sakes, I always wished he would and now that our snacks are a little more limited he is trying new things. 

This was this morning's breakfast  for my high schooler, and I

Quinoa porridge made with skim milk, drizzled with honey sprinkled with physillium husks, LSA and some poached Bartlet pears, eaten outdoors before the sun even peeked over my fig tree and the heat of the day set in and all the other children were all still tucked in their beds. Now that's bliss.




  1. A beautiful way to start the day ... and a lovely looking breakfast, too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey, how wonderful that youre finding such yummy non-gluten thingos. I love buckwheat, there is a homemade buckwheat pasta 'pizzoccheri' if you can find some Lombardia Signora to make it for you thats YUM! Thanks so much for blogging about you guys I love it x Samantha

  3. Yummy looks great must taste even more amazing (sis)

  4. sounds great. I can only eat porridge if I soak it overnight otherwise it is irritating to my stomach. Hope Circe is feeling better and how great that other family members are embracing the new foods.

  5. Oh yes so so lovely and so well said. They are so so beautiful blog.

  6. What a journey you've been on! I"m glad to read you're discovering some delicious alternatives. Have you read Gluten Free Girl's blog? Gosh it's a great read and amazing recipes. I use her all purpose flour mix all the time - I make up a big tub and keep it in the pantry. Here is the link

    I'll have to try quinoa porridge - Elsa does't like porridge at all, but it's such a great winter breakfast, perhaps she'll like this version.