March Newsletter…. Gluten Free Help / Permaculture #3 / Organic Seeds to Sprout

Gluten Confusion

I have many people ask me how to go about removing gluten from the diet. It is really simple. You can eat everything, except cereal grains. Cereal grains are grasses and only cereal grains contain gluten. They include wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Oats have another type of gluten which some people can tolerate and some cannot. (Read more below)

March Workshops

Everyday Gluten Free for Everyone
Dates to be announced soon! Register your interest by replying to this email

Sourdough.…Nearly full.
Go straight to the booking sheet for dates and to add your email address. Click here for more info. on my sourdough workshops.

Amazing value for $45.

Why not organise a sourdough workshops for your birthday (or other special celebration), or for someone else’s? I am happy to fit in with your required dates. You arrange 7 people to come, and the birthday person (8th) comes for free!

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 GaSP home shop opening times:

Thursday afternoons 2pm – 6pm
+ Friday mornings 9am – 12 noon
+ by request 

4 Winns Rd., Cygnet
By request means that you are welcome to ring me or send me an email to arrange an alternative time to suit you.

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Gluten Unleashed!

The diagram below shows you that gluten is part of every grain of wheat. It is a certain kind of protein which exists in all cereal grains, not just wheat. A gluten free diet always focuses on the removal of wheat, rye, barley, spelt (and sometimes oats). People often feel that the rug has been pulled out from under their lives as processed foods so often contain one or other of the cereal grains.

Don’t worry! You can eat everything else in the entire world, including rice, quinoa, buckwheat, lentils, chick peas, meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds!

Breakfast is often the biggest problem. When you look at the cereal isle in the shops you can see why… and it IS called the CEREAL isle, which tells you exactly what you’ll find there; cereal grains and therefore gluten!

I believe it is best not to eat too much gluten, even if you do not have a gluten problem, as it can be irritating to the human gut and lead to future problems. Sourdough bread has less gluten that bread made with commercial yeast because of the fermenting process that uses up some of the gluten. Oats can be tolerated by most people but it is best not to always have the same thing every day or you may develop problems with it.

I often start the day with congee (recipe below) and / or a kefir and fruit smoothie. Some days I have quinoa and buckwheat pancakes with fruit, maple syrup and yoghurt. For a savoury start, try chickpea flour pancakes with tomatoes and mushrooms or tahini and avocado. One of my favourite breakfasts uses cooked greens in place of toast, and is topped with a fried egg and mushrooms or smoked salmon.

There is no need to fret over a gluten free diet. Stay away from packaged foods altogether and most of your battle is over. I have lots of delicious and simple breakfast, lunch, dinner, cake, biscuit and dessert recipes the whole family will love that use ingredients from The Garden Shed and Pantry’s range of organic, Australian wholefoods and ingredients, most of which are gluten free.

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Products and Prices online
You can always find up-date (mostly!!) GaSP products and prices on the products page of my website.

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Sprouting

Don’t forget to buy organic seeds to sprout as most supermarket stuff is irradiated on entry to Australia and is dead so will not sprout.

You will find $5 packs of several organic seeds at The Garden Shed and Pantry home shop and market stall.

More sprouters have just arrived! Get one soon!

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Bamboo gardening gloves are made from a wonderful, breathable fabric for summer gardening. Hard wearing and a sustainable product too. Lovely gift for the earth-wise gardener.

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Congee

This beautiful, slow cooked rice porridge dish is common in China. Its benefits come in the long, slow cooking, in much more liquid than you normally use for rice. It is easily digested and a perfect start to the day. Only one extra ingredient should be added, to give your gut the full nutritional benefits and not bombard it with too much work first thing in the morning. Fragrant brown rice is best but any brown rice will be great. I use the long grain, rain-fed, organic, Australian brown rice I sell (but am currently awaiting the new season’s crop in April).

Place into a slow cooker overnight:
1 cup brown rice
6 – 7 cups tepid water
Lots of thinly sliced fennel bulb or celery

Heat on high for a while so the water is hot by the time you go to bed. Don’t be tempted to pour boiling water over the rice as it is best if heated slowly. Turn to low and leave until breakfast time. Scoop into bowls and eat while sitting quietly. ***Be sure to put left overs into the fridge asap as cooked rice should never be left at room temperature for long***

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Pip 3

Australian Permaculture
Magazine

Issue 3 arrived today!

Only at GaSP

$9.50

Absolutely lovely!

Gardening Australia – Tino interviews Kate

Last year, Kate was contacted by the ABC to consider a visit by “Gardening Australia“.  Of course, Kate was keen to talk about one of her great passions and agreed to film a segment of the show on “Seed Saving”.

Tino Carnevale conducted the interview and, all in all, there was almost six hours work to produce a five minute segment on the show!  Tino is great to work with and seems to share many similar ideas to Kate.

filming the introduction to the show

filming the introduction to the show

If you get a chance to watch the show, we hope that you might be inspired to grow and save your own seeds too.

Here is a link to the ABC’s fact sheet which contains the transcript and video.  The show went to air on Saturday May 4, 2013.

You can read more about the visit of Gardening Australia here on Vegetable Vagabond.  Kate would like to thank again all her friends and members of SeedSaveUs who helped whip the garden into shape before the ABC’s visit.  You can also read about the SeedSaveUs hosted visits that have occurred around Cygnet over the last two years, on Vegetable Vagabond.

Kate has recently presented at Cygnet U3A on the topic of “User friendly garden design”.  The U3A here in Cygnet has a great range of programs and is sure to have something to interest you.

Kate also writes the monthly gardening guide in The Cygnet & Channel Classifieds.

Kate can provide assistance with garden planning and planting (before and after building) to ensure that you  have the right mix of plants in the right location.  Contact us here to discuss your requirements and how we can help you.

Seed Saving Workshop

This would have to be my favourite sort of workshop – where I can talk to interested people about one of my passions; seeds and seed-saving.

Permaculture Tasmania asked me to run a workshop about seed saving.

Here is a link to my post about the workshop, on Vegetable Vagabond with photos.

Late in 2012, I also did an interview on seed saving with Tino Carnevale on the ABC’s Gardening Australia.

That interview will screen on Saturday May 4 at 6.30pm.

Please contact me if you are interested in me being a keynote speaker or host of your event.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

What else does the Garden Shed and Pantry do?

The last few days have been very busy as we (and a group of great friends) have been fine tuning the gardens here in readiness for a visit from the ABC TV show “Gardening Australia“.

The topic of the segment filmed here was “Seed Saving”.

Tino Carnevale and Albert, Julian and Scott arrived early and spent about six hours filming for a five minute segment on the show! It really was hard work but Tino is great to work with and seems to share many similar ideas to Kate.

filming the introduction to the show

filming the introduction to the show

It was an opportunity for Kate to talk about one of her passions and we hope that you might be inspired to grow and save your own seeds too.

You can read more about the visit of Gardening Australia here on Vegetable Vagabond.

The show will go to air on May 4, 2013.

Kate has recently presented at Cygnet U3A on the topic of “User friendly vegetable garden design”.  The U3A here in Cygnet has a great range of programs and is sure to have something to interest you.

Kate also writes the monthly gardening guide in The Cygnet & Channel Classifieds.

Kate can provide assistance with garden planning and planting (before and after building) to ensure that you  have the right mix of plants in the right location.  Contact us here to discuss your requirements and how we can help you.