How to have a merry little Christmas without gluten – ABC Daily

When you’re making your Christmas lunch list and checking it twice, remember to think about whether you’ll need to make your treats gluten-free.

According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, about 11 percent of Australian adults consume a gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes hypersensitivity to gluten in the small intestine and it affects 1 in 70 people in Australia so there’s a decent chance you’re gluten-free yourself, or will be a guest.

After Shaz was diagnosed with celiac disease, the couple embarked on a mission to make their kitchen coeliac-safe, and began researching great gluten-free foods.()

Shaz Davis and Julie Bover, who make up the cooking duo Queers Around The Kitchen and live in Ngunnawal Country (Canberra), are self-taught cooks who focus on gluten-free and coeliac-safe food.

Their foray into gluten-free cooking came about after Shaz was diagnosed with celiac disease.

“We know what it’s like to live in a home where food and eating together are so important, and also know what it’s like to have someone’s diagnosis affect someone else’s life,” says Julie.

“We’ve come up with ways to make sure no one misses out on a good meal, and that Shaz’s health is maintained.”

Shop fresh

If you’re planning a gluten-free Christmas, Shaz and Julie recommend shopping at your nearest fresh food market.

“If your tradition is a roast centerpiece, make sure you buy your bird or pig bare with no pre-seasonings already added. This will ensure you don’t get any unsuspecting nasties in your chook or turkey ,” said Julie.

“The same goes for the stuffing. Make your own stuffing with a mix of gluten free bread, gluten-free crackers, finely shaved lemon rind, lemon juice, lots of salt, some dried cranberries and whatever fresh herbs go best with your meat of choice . Bring it all together.”

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