Does sharing a meal with people who do not understand your gluten-free/wheat-free diet make you nervous?
Since a bread crumb or two could ruin my week, I can’t relax when I am at a table that includes bread made from wheat.
I generally deal with this by taking my share of food first and putting it on my plate, and keeping my gluten-free bread well away from regular bread, or anything else made of wheat.
This Christmas though, I took it one step further.
Everyone had the same gluten-free bread as I did.
Gluten-free bread has advanced a great deal since I first discovered my allergy to wheat. Twenty years ago, you could not buy wheat-free bread. I had a recipe for wheat-free bread. It produced solid bricks that crumbled badly, went stale quickly, were tasteless, dry and appetizing. I gave up on bread completely for the longest time.
Eventually, gluten-free bread did come on to the market, but it was only marginally better than what I could make myself, and rarely fresh by the time I was able to buy it in the health food store.
All that has changed and today, it is possible to get very tasty fresh bread with a nice consistency that everyone can enjoy, even those who normally eat wheat.
So that’s what we did. We all ate gluten-free bread, and I was able to relax and completely enjoy the meal. Yes, the average cost of bread per person was more than it normally would be, but it was well worth it for the sake of a shared holiday meal that everyone could enjoy – allergy-free and allergy-afflicted alike.