home-birth [__]; La Leché League [__]; home-education [__]; home-brew [__]; poitín [__]; rice-cakes [__]; soya milk [__]; vegetarian [__]; shit-in-a-bucket [__]; tree-hugger [__]; owns a kaftan [__]; votes Green [__]; has driven a VW minibus [__].
. . . so when we go out visiting we're likely to come back with something peculiar to eat. I don't mean snails or locusts or pancreas fritters . . . if only: I'll trying anything except morris-dancing or incest. What sticks in my craw, sometimes literally, are mady-uppy food-engineering products created by the Food&Bev industry to feed a demand and/or feed the company's share-holders.
No frowns with our brown" appeared in our kitchen after a meeting of the local Buddhist sangha. We don't have hens at the moment and I'm not about to throw food, or even 'food', straight in the trash; so I ate it . . . toasted. It was fine. But it was about 4x the cost of regular brown bread. And, more worryingly (because we're made of money and that is not an issue), it had 4x the number of ingredients. Compare:
- My sourdough:
- starter; flour; water; salt N=4
- Kelkin gluten-free Brown Bread
- Water; rice-flour; tapioca starch; potato starch; cornflour; sunflower oil; yeast; psyllium seeds; golden syrup; humectant - glycerine; apple fibre; egg white powder; salt; thickener - hydroxypropyl-methyl-cellulose; corn starch; colour - caramel. N=16
But my substantive point is that there are loads of cultures in which wheat and rye form no part of the diet. The whole of India south of the chapatti line; the whole of Central and South America with their beans, corn and squash . . . or potatoes and quinoa diets; or chunks of Central Africa scarfing down the cassava. If you really can't tolerate gluten, why would you want to eat something that looks and tastes like bread when you could be doing yourself proud with corn tortilla, rice-n-beans, or roast potatoes? [Wow! imaging having roasters every day: I could handle that]. It's like the rather sad chap we knew who came to vegetarianism late in life and used to make