It is time to put down our blogging tools for the year and reflect on some of the new and intriguing developments of the past twelve months.
The biggest change our family saw was the GF freezer shelf in our local Coles supermarket swell from stocking only the Patties range of baked goods to include ready made GF pastry sheets (from Pastry Pantry) and then gluten free chicken nuggets and fish fillets from Bayview.
Whether you are a diligent home baker or not, these developments were good news for those of us who find variety the greatest challenge when it comes to serving up yummy meals for fussy little eaters day after day.
Of course the flip side of this is that gluten free food prices remained way out whack with wheat based food equivalents, and we attempted this month to get to the bottom of why that was.
But it was not all bad news. Some important products did become more affordable, with Organ launching its Buontempo family size bags of pasta – which was certainly a welcome development for those of us feeding more than one gluten free mouth at the dinner table.
This was the year I also discovered the advantages to making my own bread (from a packet mix) as opposed to buying the stuff from the shops, which meant I could finally send my son off to daycare with sandwiches in his lunchbox.
Gluten free treats were also in the spotlight as loads of companies finally came to the ‘party’ to produce delicious ranges of cakes, treats and sweets. There are too many to name here, but these guys were out on force at the Sydney Gluten Free Expo. Vitarium also launched a new pancake mix at the expo that passed the ultimate taste test (a thumbs up from the kids).
Of course among some of the great new products that lit up our lives were the usual medical doubters who valiantly tried to persuade us that we are paying through the nose for products we don’t need and that we should leave gluten-free living only for those with a formal medical diagnosis.
But we just ignored them and got on with our lives, enjoying our happy healthy children with fewer tummy aches, itchy rashes, behavioural anomolies or whatever problem it was that first led us down this path.
So happy Christmas to you all and we promise to come back in the New Year with our list of gluten-free new year resolutions for 2010 (which we promise will include the big bread bakeoff).