Oh, god, just look at it…The fresh crispy exterior, the crunch of a freshly grilled sandwich, the smell of buttery croissants…
Have you ever tried gluten-free bread? It’s sweet. Sickly sweet, strangely dense and horrifically tasteless. It turns into a silty mush the second it hits your tongue. Have you ever tried to fold a gluten-free wrap? I used to work at a healthy salad shop which offered to make all its salads into wraps for only $2 extra. The person at the end of the wrap-creating line would deflate internally at the voice of a gluten-free customer at the till. It’s like wrapping a juicy salad in a sheet of ice. Which shatters the moment you try to fold it.
Wheat really must be magic. I mean, what’s in it that’s so deliciously flexible and versatile? And why have so many people today developed an intolerance for it?
I am lucky that I have not been diagnosed with hardcore gluten-intolerance, such as celiac disease. I’ve been experiencing regular stomach pain, discomfort and bloating over the past five months, so my doctor suggested I try cutting common irritants such as gluten or lactose from my diet. So I’m going gluten-free for the next little while, and hoping I don’t notice a difference.
I don’t think I could survive without spaghetti. Or cinnamon buns. Or other pastries.
I don’t know much about the myriad of great gluten-free foods I’m sure are out there! Please share your advice with me — meal ideas or your own gluten-free experiences!