Now this wasn’t the blog I originally wrote for this post. That one was a little on the heavy-handed side with lots of finger-pointing and generally having a moan. Life is too short to for that, so we’ll keep this as positive as we can….
Something new of recent years, is being asked about dietary requirements when (Noah is) attending a children’s birthday party. Naturally we respond accordingly and then also take our own food. It’s just a lot easier to know Noah will be able to eat something and not ask questions – ‘have you got the packaging so I can check the ingredients?’. Invariably the packaging has been thrown out, meaning we have to miss out, as we have no idea what the ingredients are. The trouble is for a 7-year-old, he just wants to fit in, he wants to be the same. He doesn’t want to eat something wildly different, so when something different turns up – pizza delivery for example – he won’t eat his packed lunch. Understandable really.
And when it goes well? Its amazing. Our hearts do a little jump for joy, in fact it practically brings on tears. Of course Noah will have absolutely no idea what is going on, he’s just joining in and being a 7-year-old. This has only happened twice (twice that we can remember with such an emotion). The first time was actually a little contrived, as I had to swop out the items from a pre-made/put together lunch box and supplant with the packed lunch we had bought. To this day Noah still thinks it was specially made for him – and until he reads this, I’m not telling him. The second was at one of these soft play centres. They just made the decision to cook everything gluten free – at their expense – it was just so much easier than producing one gluten free meal and a dozen or so ‘ordinary’ meals. I don’t think the centre understood how much this meant to us as parents. The relief that Noah could eat the same as everyone was almost too much. Noah (and us) were able to just enjoy the party.
To those of you that read this and have children or cater for children parties take heed – ask and think. It does really make a difference and in the long-term we have no idea what kind of physiological issues are at play.
So now for something of comfort, in what seems to be the verge of spring, just one step away from warmer climes…and this is an actual gluten free ‘crumble’ top 😀😀
Pre-heat the oven to gas 5, 190c, 175c fan
Chop the following into bite size chunks;
- 250g rhubarb
- 200g strawberries
and place into your round serving dish (I used a Pyrex dish)- roughly 20cm wide and 6cm deep then sprinkle with;
- 50g caster sugar
Into your food mixer/blender (or you could use the tips of your fingers to get the breadcrumb effect);
- 30g Gluten free plain flour
- 150g Rice flour
- 30g cornflour
- 20g ground almonds
- 20g gluten free oats
- 150g butter – cut into small squares
- 90g light brown sugar
- 30g Demerara sugar
Blend all this together until you have fine breadcrumbs and tip onto the fruit. Even out and place into the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes until the surface is lovely and golden and the fruit is cooked. Cool a little before serving.
Eat with custard, cream or leave and enjoy cold.
It won’t keep very long – as it’ll all get eaten 😀