Thursday, 1 January 2009

Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry jelly

Today I had a turkey sandwich, packed with turkey and cranberry jelly. It was soooo delicious. The reason I'm so happy is that I haven't had a sandwich in years. I have a wheat and gluten intolerance, so this means I can't eat ordinary bread, cakes, biscuits, and most food that comes in tins, jars and packets. I mainly eat meats, vegetables, rice, fruit and some gluten-free specialist products.

You can buy gluten free products, but most gluten free bread is really only edible if you toast it. Even then, many varieties simply crumble into nothing in the toaster, or are so dry that you can barely swallow it. My answer to this has been to not eat bread. I just eat crackers instead. They're slightly more palatable.

However, my very thoughtful hubby bought me a breadmaker for christmas so that I can make my own bread. Yippee.I've been testing various recipes, and bought a packet mix yesterday from Orgran. It turned out great, but not a good as the Orgran photo shows. I added skimmed milk powder, as suggested on the box, for a lighter loaf. I've even managed to sliced it very thinly - I had to be really patient whilst waiting for it to cool. I've eaten 4 slices and it was a dream. I've frozen half of it, so I'll let you know if it tastes as good when defrosted.

The only problem is that it's rather expensive, but definitely worth it. I paid £2.99 from Tesco, but I'm going to shop around and see where it's cheapest. There's a specialist shop in Congleton called 'Just for You', so I think I'll pop in and see the very helpful Val and see whether she can get it any cheaper.

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