Did you know that one in every 100 people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease? But, according to Coeliac UK, only 24% of these people have been diagnosed. Here is some more information about the causes and symptoms.
This week, it’s Coeliac Awareness Week, and although I don’t suffer from the disease, I do know a couple of people who have it, and have seen how stressful it can be to find food that they can eat without triggering a whole lot of dreadful symptoms.
My sister Debbie has an intolerance to wheat, so we are used to avoiding it when we eat with her, but with coeliac disease, you can’t have any gluten at all.
It’s basically a risotto, with less stirring, and long grain rice. And it has peppers and cheese, two of the Pink family’s favourite ingredients. It’s very straightforward, and as it was the first time I made it, I followed it fairly closely, though I put in double the garlic. I used gluten-free stock, but if you don’t have to avoid gluten you can use any kind.
Next time, I will probably add bacon or chicken, and use chicken stock instead of vegetable, but it was really nice as it was, and a big thumbs up from Thea, although she did need a little help catching the last scraps!
Even fussy-eater Ava ate it all up, though it did take nearly an hour…
If you are interested in more gluten-free recipes, you might like this really easy macaroon recipe. And here is a link to an Independent article with some good cookbooks.