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Coeliac Awareness Week

by Justina Hurley

May 12th – 18th is Coeliac Awareness week in the UK and Ireland and in the US the whole month of May is Celiac Awareness Month!

Just want to say one thing re Coeliac and Celiac – in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, it is Coeliac and in the US it is Celiac. We’ve decided not to make a distinction on this site so when a post is from someone who spells it Coeliac we will use that spelling and for our US contributors we will use Celiac.

For the coming we’ll feature even more gluten free stories, recipes and foods. If anyone out there reading this has found a nice gluten free treat then please let us know by commenting on this post!

In the strict sense Coeliac refers to abstinence from wheat gluten. We are aware though that many people who are gluten intolerant are intolerant to more than just wheat gluten so if you are a Coeliac and symptoms aren’t improving bear in mind that just because a product says gluten free, this in essence means free from wheat gluten and not necessarily free from other glutens.  For example I personally react quite badly to oats and barley and am not great with millet. See our other article here on What is gluten and where will you find it for more on this.

So even if you are diagnosed Coeliac and you want to use a gluten free bread for example. Then take note of the ingredients and how you feel after eating and in that way you’ll find the products that suit you and those that don’t.

To kick off the week I’m mentioning two gluten free treats available in Ireland and the UK:

First is the delicious Marco’s Gluten Free Irish Pizza.

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Pizza fans will know that gluten free pizzas just don’t cut it. Well Marco’s pizzas are the exception. From a family tradition of great Italian cooking and pizza making, Marco has adapted the family recipe and created a really fantastic gluten free pizza. The base is just delicious and the perfect balance of flavour and thin crispy lightness. The pizzas come as Margherita and Pepperoni and you can add your own toppings to make your perfect pizza.

Second is Marks and Spencer’s Gluten Free Almond Frangipane Traybake.

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They describe it as:

A deliciously moist all-butter cake made with ground sweet almonds and finished with flaked roasted almonds.

And buttery is the word, it is a very rich cake but melt in the mouth gorgeous!!

Happy eating!!



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