Wednesday, November 02, 2005


So you've got a coeliac friend who's coming over for breakfast. Gosh, every kind of breakfast food you know is made of wheat. What to do?

In a pinch, fruit and plain yoghurt (and maple syrup, say) will do fine, provided the yoghurt is one of those I mentioned. But you can do better.


Toast is easy. Toast is actually the instance where gluten-free bread makes the best impression of being real bread. So you need to have gluten-free bread handy (or the Glutino bagels, they're excellent), and a clean toaster. I mention this because you shouldn't serve wheat crumbs with the toast. Check the butter too.


Cereal is trickier. Most regular brand cereal, and that includes Rice Crispies and Corn flakes, contain wheat. That's right, you probably have nothing in the house that will do. Fortunately, there is now a large selection of Gluten-free breakfast cereals, hot and cold, available at health food stores and Loblaws.

Oatmeal? Oatmeal is the subject of hot debate. Oats are not supposed to contain gluten, but it seems it is difficult to obtain pure oats, since usually wheat and oats are rotating crops, that is they are grown in the same fields and hence you may find wheat in your oats. At least that's what I hear. I just avoid them.

A substitute to oatmeal is quinoa. You can get "quinoa flakes" (available in health food stores) that serves pretty much the same function as instant oatmeal. I think I now prefer cooking up whole quinoa (like rice, twice the amount of water than quinoa) and dressing it up copiously with fried apples and bananas and cream and sugar. Recipe to follow.


Here is another application where a rice flour mix can do a very decent job at replacing wheat flour. I use the same flour mix for everything, it's the one I've given below. I haven't tried waffles, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Obviously you need separate pans if you're going to make gluten-full pancakes for yourself.

Eggs and bacon

If the gluten-free market were big enough, you'd see a label saying that eggs and bacon are "naturally gluten free". Of course you can serve those! As for peameal bacon, I don't know. Who makes that peameal anyway? Just get ordinary bacon.


Blogger Jessie said...

I use a great cereal from the Superstore called Mesa Sunrise from Nature's Path. It is a blend of Flax, Corn, and Amaranth in flake form and really tasty. I also use products called Only Oats from the the Natural Food Pantry that are certified to be free of any other grains. I haven't tried the pure oats for oatmeal yet but I did use the pancake mix and had no troubles. Eggs are my new best friend and I have had some great omelettes around the city (just had Stoneface Dolly's on the of the best!)

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peameal bacon is generally gluten free. They use cornmeal to coat the outside of it. Check the label to be sure that it doesn't have anything else in it, but I have never seen it.
Otherwise, it is the same as buying any other kind of meat! And yay, something a little bit different!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jan Pittner said...

Check out Market Organics, they have certified wheat free/gluten free oats from


7:55 AM  
Blogger Geoff said...

We buy Rice Chex, Corn Bran and the PC brand 'corn pops', rather than spending the extra $$ on special cereals. These are all gluten-free.

Go to Saslove's for gluten free bacon and sausages.

5:49 PM  
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5:50 PM  
Blogger laurab68 said...

Ok best gf pancakes for those who are coming and are celiac or g.i. I've tried them all and this wins hands down. They are light a flully, not grainy at all and the taste is out of this world!!!
Go get some bisquick gf mix. If you can't find it in the gf store, go to the states. It will be 1/2 the price there so you can stalk up.
1 cup gf bisquick
1 egg
1 cap pure vanilla
2 tsp tbsp melted gf marg or butter or gf i can't believe it' not butter which is also gf.
buttermilk or soy milk if you can't take dairy
and as many frozen blueberries as you can handle.
Grill till nice and brown on both sides and drizzle pure maple syrup on the top. Delish!

6:36 AM  
Blogger rm said...

The best g-f sausages in Ottawa are at Simpson's Butcher Shop at the Airport Mews Mall on Uplands. They have a great variety and can tell you exactly what's in everything as they are made on the premises. Ask for Steve!

7:27 AM  

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