Tuesday, March 1, 2011

COMPETITION: Deliciously Simple and Coeliac Awareness Week

Even the best of chefs have kitchen disasters.
Cakes that fail to rise, muffins with doughy centres, ingredients knocked off the kitchen counter, spoiled milk, misinterpreted recipes,  faulty kitchen equipment - you name it, it happens. 

Gluten free baking can be a bit of a disaster if you're not used to it. 
Unfamiliar ingredients and textures can often lead to lacklustre cakes and gummy brownies. 
For alot of people with Coeliac disease, baking is forgotten about. 

But Melinda's Gluten Free Goodies makes it super easy, you could even say fool proof!
Take the Lemon Curd Delights I made above, all you have to do is melt and mix! 
Plus, no one will ever know it's not homemade unless you tell them ;) 
I got plenty of compliments from my taste testers who couldn't believe they'd come from a packet.

Coeliac Disease effects one in every 100 Australians, however, fewer than one in five have been diagnosed.
That means that up to 200, 000 Australians have coeliac disease and have no idea. 

So what is Coeliac Disease? 
It's the result of an auto-immune response where the body produces antibodies which attack it's own tissues. This response is triggered by eating gluten - a protein which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Those with coeliac disease may experience: 
- Fatigue
- Unexplained anaemia
- Nutritional deficiencies such as B12, iron or folate
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unintentional weight loss 
- Delayed growth or development in children
- Headaches
- Liver problems
- Unexplained multiple fractures
- Irritability
- Trouble concentrating

You may also have a higher risk of having coeliac disease if you have:
- a family history of coeliac disease
- type one diabetes 
- unexplained osteoporosis
- infertility or multiple miscarriages

So how do you find out if you have Coeliac Disease?
Have a talk to your doctor if you're concerned and a Coeliac Blood Screening test can be ordered and the correct measurements can be taken from there.

What happens to people with Coeliac Disease?
The good news is that Coeliac disease can be treated quite easily, with the removal of gluten from the diet.   

 Melinda's Gluten Free Goodies have just released an app called Gluten Free Entertaining to help you out when it comes to cooking for yourself or others on a Gluten Free diet. 

This should hopefully help you to avoid any kitchen disasters!
But now, lets get to the fun part!

I want you to try Melinda's products too! and so does Melinda herself!
So we're offering you the chance to win over $100 worth of MGFG delivered to your door! 
All you have to do is comment, telling me about your worst kitchen disaster
or your ultimate cooking triumph! 

and to gain an extra entry like and post "I want to win MGFG with ksayerphotography" at Melinda's Gluten Free Goodies Facebook page page

The winner will be chosen by Melinda and announced here and on MGFG's Facebook page on April 4th

(Open to AUS residents only - Sorry!)
Non-blog readers: Leave a comment to win and send me a copy at ksayerphotography@gmail.com
so that I have your contact details if you win!

Kristy received MGFG courtesy of www.melindas.com.au
If you'd like a review of your products, send an email to ksayerphotography.blogspot.com 


  1. they look gorgeous!
    good to know there is an app out there!

  2. Wow! Kristy!!
    I just learned a lot about Coeliac Disease!! I have a funny feeling that I might be allergic to gluten.
    Thanks for sharing all this info and as always, your photos are amazing. It looks like it belongs in a magazine!! Well done :)
    Have a great week!

  3. Hey Manni, thank you! I learnt alot writing about it!

  4. Hehe been there done that with the kitchen disasters! :P

  5. My greatest kitchen triumph was in 2009, I won a national recipe competition with my 'Chinese pork meatballs with hoisin dipping sauce' and was flown to Sydney to cook them on 'Mornings with Kerri Anne'. It was one of the most exciting things to ever happen to me and I have so many photos, even though I only spent a day and a night in Sydney :)

  6. Oh, and P.S. I liked Melinda's facebook page and left them a note too!

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  7. Thanks for your excellent summary for Coeliac awareness! In the steep learning curve of cooking for my son since his diagnosis I have had too many disasters to count, especially in using GF flours which often take longer to cook, hence my house-brick bread with gooey centre and my pancakes with more buttermilk than flour (which obviously failed to solidify no matter how long they were cooked!)
    Melinda's products are definitely the answer...