Sunday 28 September 2008

2008 - The Irresistible Gluten Free Wheat Free Food Show

The Irresistible Gluten Free Wheat Free Food Show returns for the 3rd year at Jeffs Shed (aka the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre) on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of October, 2008.

Many manufacturers and distributors of gluten free (and related) products will be present, showing off their wares (There are usually samples a plenty!!). We will be there checking out the many products that we may have not heard about yet. (We need to support the producers of gluten free products to demonstrate that there is a genuine market otherwise we'll go hungry!)

Full details of the show (and Sue Shepherd) at

See you there!!

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Tuesday 2 September 2008

"Bitter Sweet" - Article on Fructose Malabsorption

During August, the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper contained a good article about fructose malabsorption and its contribution to the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Melbournes very own Sue Shepherd is quoted.

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Tuesday 29 April 2008

Uncle Ricks/Patties Gone Missing?

I recently noticed that my favorite Uncle Ricks/Patties Lamingtons were missing from the freezer in my local Coles.

Worried that these might have been discontinued, I called the Patties help line on 1 800 650 069 (toll free) and asked the question.

The very nice lady explained that some items have been deleted from the Coles shelves:
  • Apple Pies

  • Sticky Date Puddings

She also explained that a recent computer glitch had caused a problem with ordering that may have impacted stock in some stores. This should be OK now.

As with any supermarket, if your favorite products are missing, talk to the manager of the area (freezer in this case) and let them know what you are looking for. This is the way to get the message across.

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Saturday 8 March 2008

Coeliac Awareness Week - 13 to 20 March 2008

The latest magazine from the Coeliac Society notes:
Around 1% of the Australian population has coeliac disease. Currently fewer than one in five has been diagnosed. Up to 200,000 Australians have coeliac disease and don't know it.

Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 13 to 20 March, 2008 and aims to raise awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet.

More info at:
The Coeliac Society of Australia -
Coeliac Society Victoria -

We've even had supermarket catalogues from both Woolworths/Safeway and Coles that each have specials on various gluten free items in recognition of Coeliac Awareness Week.

Friday 7 March 2008

Dairy Free Easter Eggs 2008

Last year, I wrote about some of the dairy free Easter eggs that were available.

Well, after a bit of shopping around, here is the list for 2008.

Alpha Confectionery

Once again, Alpha Confectionery, based right here in Melbourne, have their range of dairy free, gluten free & nut free eggs in stores. These are suitable for vegans.

The photo shows their bag of small eggs (each bag contains 7 eggs) for a total of 100 grams.

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, lecithin (322), vanillin.

Cost: $6.49 at Ritchies IGA ($9.95 in David Jones) Made in Australia

I don't just eat these at Easter. I eat these all year round. They have become my special treat. (One egg is perfect with a cup of tea!)

Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate Eggs

The bag is 100 grams in total and the label says that it contains approximately 20 mini eggs.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, natural flavour (vanilla), emulsifier (soya lecithin)

May contain traces of almonds, and hazelnuts.

Cost: $5.95 in David Jones. Made in Italy.

Green & Black's Organic

This is a single egg of 110 grams of 70% chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, emulisifer (soya lecithin, organic vanilla extract.

Manufactured in a factory that handles nuts, cereal, gluten and dairy ingredients. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Cost: $9.95 Made in the EU.

Green & Black's have some useful nutritional info on their website at

As usual, I have no relationship with the manufacturers/distributors other than as a customer. If you find other products, please let us know in the comments or send an email to

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