So a lot of people don’t know this but I am actually allergic (well, “sensitive”) to wheat. What this means is that I can consume (for beer counts too!) wheat in small quantities once in a while, but not all the time. A croissant as a treat on a Friday morning wont upset my stomach, but a thick cut sandwich or a bowl of ramen might set me off a little.
Mr’s wonderful flatmate who is super awesome in every way, made me this super yummy cake with almond powder instead of flour. The thing with wheat free stuff is that it’s usually dry and crumbly, making it difficult to eat. But this was so soft and moist. I must get the recipe from her.
Being wheat-free in Germany isn’t that difficult, actually. The bread is nice here but it’s not so very tempting. I prefer brown bread to white, and it’s all white bread here, except for things like rye bread or pumpernickel. In my local supermarket, Rewe, they have wheat free dry breads (similar to Ryvita) that are yummy and go very well with hummus, or goats cheese (some of my current food obsessions). The food courts of the department stores have some extra offerings, such as half baked wheat free bread (the stuff I tried wasn’t so good unfortunately) and wheat free pasta. The prices for these things are similar to those in England, (ie very expensive – maybe 4 Euros for a small pack of bread or a small packet of pasta. The drybreads in rewe are about 3 Euros.) But in England they stock stuff in most supermarkets so you don’t need to go hunting for it as much.
In Japan I found it quite hard, though people assume it’s rice everywhere. Especially with school dinners, I’d find terrible days where the lunch would be a bowl of wheat noodles, a large bread roll and soup with croutons (this actually happened). There were no goods made for people with allergies – it’s more common for Japanese people to be allergic to milk, or buck wheat, as opposed to normal wheat – but they seem to get by without having specific good for their needs, since there are none available.
One awesome trick I have for people who are wheat free like myself is to swap spaghetti with Asian rice noodles. You can find lots of different kinds in varying thicknesses and lengths, so there should be a kind out there to suit your tastes. The Asian supermarket would be the best place to look for this kind of stuff but it’s possible to find more obscure Asian foods in normal supermarkets these days, so there might be some there too.
If anyone else out there has some wheat free tricks, do let me know in the comments!