I'm always eager to share my trials and tribulations with my readers, and what better way to do so than with an organized survey about being gluten-free and vegan? This is brought to you by the lovely folks at xgfx.org, a resource for gluten-intolerant folks living animal-free as well. As always, if you have any questions, comments or tips, don't hesitate to leave them in the space below!
1. What’s your favorite gluten-free flour?
Coconut! It tastes and smells heavenly
2. What have you always wanted to deglutenize, but haven’t yet?
Croissants. Still hoping to create that perfect recipe.
3. What’s one of your favorite xgfx meals to make?
Pumpkin cinnamon rolls from Manifest Vegan. Oh, and anything I can bake off Gluten-Free Goddess' site.
4. Your biggest gluten-free success that makes ya most proud?
Making very authentic xgfx Polish pirogies.
5. Most “epic xgfx fail”?
Oh, in the beginning, they were ALL failures.
6. What product do you wish was xgfx that isn’t?
Wheat, obviously! Well, more specifically, burritos - that's the ONLY thing I can't seem to find or make gf.
7. If you could pass along one gluten-free tip to a gluten-free newbie, what would it be?
First of all, I'm so sorry, and second of all, don't give up! It will get easier, but it will just take time.
8. What’s your favorite xgfx product?
Hmmm, most of the things I enjoy are naturally xgfx, but I especially enjoy Coconut Bliss ice cream.
9. Is there anything you miss being gluten-free?
Beer and burritos.
10. Any xgfx techniques you’ve learned that have been most helpful?
When rolling out gf dough, use saran wrap! It works like a dream (and doesn't end up sticking to you or the surface you're rolling it on).
11. Have you found a favorite gluten-free pizza dough recipe that makes your heart sing?
Hmmm, not yet, although there are some local places that make pretty dang good crusts.
12. Xanthan gum. Do you or don’t you? Love it or leave it?
No way, Jose. Blech. Makes batter taste gross, the finished product have a bitter taste, and doesn't do awesome things for my stomach, either.
13. Favorite gluten free prepackaged bread.
A local company called New Cascadia Traditional makes really good bread, but if I can't get it, I like Bavarian Gluten-Free Bread as well.
14. What’s your favorite way to nosh on quinoa?
The unfortunate thing is, I can't digest it in its non-processed form, so the only way I do eat it is in my favorite pasta, which is Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta. It's so delicious, even my non-gf friends enjoy it.
15. Name five of your most coveted pantry staples.
-toasted sesame oil
-Bakery on Main granola bars
-Ancient Harvest quinoa/corn pasta
16. If you could only buy three gluten free flours to last you for three months, what would they be?
Sorghum, potato starch, and buckwheat.
17. Any xgfx ingredients you are intimidated about trying?
Nope. At this point, I'm pretty stinking adventurous in the kitchen.
18. Favorite place to buy foods?
Bob's Red Mill!! I am sooo fortunate to have this located just mere miles from my house.
19. Favorite meal when dining out?
I like Thai at a very specific place that knows what wheat-free tamari is, and, if I'm in the right neighborhood, pizza.
Now it's your turn! What's your favorite xgfx product/food? And what would you like to de-glutenize most?