Saturday, May 07, 2005

there's a health food store in kensington market that seems to carry quite a bit of gluten free stuff. it's really close to the moon beam, but i didn't take note of what it's called.
anyway, i bought some food for life walnut & brown rice bread. it's OK. they also have some variety of bagel that was pretty disappointing.
however, last weekend a friend of mine, on his own volition, found some gluten free bread at st lawrence market. someone (i forget who) mentioned it on this blog awhile back.
i have to say, it is really really good. even people who can still eat ace bakery bread like it. my only issue with it is that every time i've eaten it, i've had really bad gas later. i have eaten quite a bit of it in one sitting because it's so tasty so maybe that's why (i know that's too much information, but it does matter if food makes you do that!!!) anyway, might be the soya in it. they also have other stuff, a pumpkin seed bread, and some sweetie stuff.
it's 5 bucks for a loaf, the best i've had yet. i still love sticklings for making sandwiches though.

i recently discovered that oyster sauce usually has wheat in it. i've been getting poisoned over the last month, eating at my lunch place, even after i talked to them and explained what i could and couldn't eat. i started getting symptoms back and it got pretty nasty. i'm glad i identified the source though, so now i can start all over again and feel better soon.

8 comments:

Brian said...

I bought a couple of loaves of Sticklings bread and a new toaster. The only trouble is, I can't cut bread straight :-(

zebby said...

oops!hehe
do you have a proper bread knife?
maybe try turning on its side, then you have less length to travel down!
my dad gave me bread cutting lessons when i was a wee one. there's a whole zen to cutting bread. it includes a good bread knife, a slow but even sawing action, and no pushing down on the bread. also, don't look at it from the top.

did you get the new toaster so you could try the bread? i still use the same toaster everyone else uses in the house. i know i'm supposed to have my own toaster but it doesn't seem to be impacting on me so far.

and what do you think of it? (the bread)

Brian said...

I do have a proper bread knife, and have even had a rudimentary lesson in the fine craft of bread cutting, but still, I am failure, even sideways.

Yes, I bought a new toaster that is 100% gluten-free. The old toaster kinda freaked me out, as it is laden with crumbs.

The bread's not bad. I buy GF bread so infrequently, that it is hard for me to compare them. I ate it untoasted, and it was OK, but still a little crumbly.

Anonymous said...

the only gf bread i've eaten untoasted is the st lawrence market stuff. even wheateaters seem to like it.

sometimes the stickling bread is not so fresh. if you get it fresh, it's way less crumbly and gets crumblier quite quickly with each day.(and harder to slice)
i only ever toast it.

i met this guy at a party tonight who has celiac disease. he talked about someone he knows that makes gf baguette that supposedly tastes good. i was too busy drooling (over the thought, not over him, not that he wasn't worth drooling over) to ask him to get me the recipe, and my bread baking escapades all seem to end up in doorstops- seems pretty futile. i'm sure i'll never see him again, nor the baguette.
i almost (almost almost except for if someone's eating really good bread, or if i smell it being toasted) don't even care anymore. it's not like there's nothing else to eat in the world.

zebby said...

well that was wierd. i'm pretty sure i put in my password. anyway, that post was from me!!

Anonymous said...

Oyster sauce is a tricky one. I've found it sometimes does have wheat, but I wouldn't say it usually does since I've found quite a few brands that don't (we use Lee Kum Kee at home and it is fine). If you don't feel better, zebby, I'd look at the way foods are cooked in that restaurant. Cross-contamination with soy sauce(unwashed woks, etc.) is an issue at most places. I've gotten quite sick before from eating at places where they claim to clean the wok first, but often "cleaning" just means scraping out the bulk of whatever the last sauce was and not actually washing the wok.

I will have to try that St. Lawrence market bread when I get back to TO. I'm in Vancouver for the summer and very much enjoying having Choices' bread and baked goods, and Quejo's cheesebuns (the ones you get frozen and then back at home) again. I wish I could have both the bread and the frozen cheesebuns shipped east!

The dietary specialties shop at Sick Kids has the pre-cooked cheesebuns, but I like the frozen ones because you can eat them hot and fresh from the oven. Sick Kids also only has the soy ones -- and yes, zebby, soy causes gas! I don't have problems with tamari/soy-based sauces, but the soy milk and baked goods always bug me a bit. A couple of my friends and I went through a soy milk phase some years ago when Silk came out, but gave that up after a few weeks after finding we were all constantly bloated. Ugh.

lynne

Anonymous said...

oops -- my bad. Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce now lists wheat on the label. We have an old bottle at home that doesn't have it (or else doesn't list it) -- have not had any problems with it, but just to correct my post from last night. Don't buy this brand! I know we have a couple of other kinds that we bought out here in Vancouver a couple of years ago and they are fine, but haven't seen them in stores in the Toronto area.

lynne

zebby said...

i have never tried Quejo's cheesebuns but i will now look for frozen ones. i haven't had a hamburger in so long and now i'm inspired! i got some good life yum yum or big yum something bagels that aren't so yum yum. bummer they turned out to be so ironic. they looked nice and skinny like montreal bagels.