My First Gluten Free Experience
I love barbeque parties. First, it is easy to prepare, and secondly, the whole drawn round the table can enjoy food and nature. My friends and family are glad to help me in organizing and afterwards making a feast of foods cooked by me. But this time the BBQ party was special for me. We invited Tommy, the old friend of my husband and Elisabeth, his girl-friend. Both of them are gluten-free consumers. They met each other on online dating site. During conversation taken place in a dating chat room they found out that gluten intolerance is the disorder that stuck them both. That was the starting point of their love story.
Since I have not had any experience in preparing gluten free foods, I had to gain an insight and plan our gluten free BBQ party. I decided not to make separate dishes for us and for gluten-free guests. It was a challenge for me to try something new and obtain new skills. Here are some precautions to be taken:
This main dish does not require special caution. The choice is wide – chicken, beef, pork and fish. The main criteria here are your and guests’ preferences. Be careful with marinades and sauces. The thing is that they contain hidden gluten. So, you need to choose bottles with the ‘gluten free’ label. In case you use ordinary sauces for you and other guest, you need to avoid dropping. Even one drop of them can cause harm to people with gluten intolerance.
Salads and sandwiches
Fresh salads, grilled potatoes, onions, tomatoes, risotto and beans, gluten free hotdogs should be prepared as usual but following the same rule. No usual toppings and condiments. They should all have the label ‘gluten free’. Only then these dishes can be considered safe. Your consciousness will be needed in the kitchen. Here you need to use separate flatware for cooking non-gluten dishes. The same rule should be applied to all kitchenware and surfaces.
Beverages and Drinks
Most sodas are gluten free. 100% fresh juice is another friend of gluten free people. Wine, tequila and rum can be easily offered, too. I was surprised to know that beer was gluten-containing drink. But good news is that there are a lot of gluten free options for beer lovers. It is better to ask your guests which brand they prefer. I tried them and was not disappointed.
We had ice-cream, gluten free cupcakes and fresh fruits for dessert. It is easy to find even recipes for non gluten cake. Elisabeth invited us and promised to bake her favorite chocolate cake without gluten.
The party was successful! We had a great time. Moreover, what is important is that my friends totally forgot of non-gluten characteristic of this meal. If you host such party, special knowledge is required. However, it is not so difficult to organize. My best recipe for the best gluten free BBQ is good mood and nice company!