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GF starter kit

 

  1. ITALPASTA gluten-free penne—made with a blend of corn, white and brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa—has the colour, flavour and texture of traditional pasta without any gluten but with all the taste. Fusilli, spaghetti, elbows and lasagna too! italpasta.com
  2. BLOSSOM BAKERY’s gourmet GF flatbread pizzas are savoury sensations made from scratch and topped with local produce and artisan cheeses. blossombakery.ca
  3. BAR APE lemon sorbet bar. Tastes like sunshine on a stick. bar-ape.com
  4. NEAL BROTHERS FOODS Srirachup kettle chips are a combo of sweet ketchup and spicy sriracha chili sauce. The ultimate snack food! nealbrothersfoods.com
  5. STEAMBOX DUMPLINGS are handmade with a combo of certified GF flours and filled with Ontario meat and poulty, quality vegan proteins and local produce. 12 flavours and counting! steamboxdumplings.ca
  6. JUST SHUT UP AND TRY IT Kimchi Kids is a mild and sweet spin on kimchi. Made with fermented purple cabbage, radishes and pears, it’s a rich source of probiotics. justshutupandtryitferments.com
  7. GRAIN-FREE JK GOURMET GG Bites are made primarily from sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, honey and organic coconut nectar. Paleo friendly and available in 9 flavours. jkgourmet.ca
  8. FIESTA FARMS. Toronto’s largest indie supermarket is the place to shop for all your GF groceries, from fresh produce to gourmet and artisanal local and imported GF foods. fiestafarms.ca
  9. TONICA KOMBUCHA fermented tea is batch-brewed and filled with natural probiotics and healthy enzymes. This sparkling bevvy is an incredible digestive aid and comes in seven flavours. tonicakombucha.com
  10. SORELLE AND CO’s pretty little lemon-glazed vegan donut is free from soy, nuts, preservatives and gluten! sorelleandco.com
  11. STE. ANNE’S BAKERY certified GF five-seed bread (sunflower, sesame, chia, pumpkin and flax) is delicious and nutritious any way you slice it. steannes.com
  12. ALMOND BUTTERLY BAKESHOP’s fresh-baked GF New York–style bagels are the real deal! Available in poppy seed or sesame. almondbutterfly.com
  13. FRESH “Easy Green” organic cold-pressed juice has cooling, de-stressing, digestive and detoxifying benefits and packs 12 servings of raw fresh produce. freshrestaurants.ca

memories of Bubby’s Chicken

 

In grade 8, when I made friends with the new girl at school, I discovered a culinary sensation.

Every Friday after school my BF Bonnie and I would race to her house and wait in her kitchen for the delivery. Her grandfather Jimmy would pull up in the four-door sedan to drop off the food that Bubby Katy and her sister-in-law Rosie had spent all day cooking and baking. Jimmy would shlep boxes from the car filled with still-hot home-cooked food from the old country covered in tinfoil for Friday night dinner. The women had cooked the meal and it was the same every week: chicken soup, goulash, chicken paprikash, Bubby’s chicken (breaded chicken strips) and Rosie’s squares (a dessert made from ground almonds and chocolate, referred to by those in the know as simply “Rosie’s”—to this day, I dream of Rosie’s). It was his greatest joy to drop off this food for his children and grandchildren (and his granddaughter’s bestie).

Bubby’s Chicken was everything: tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside, flattened and crispy-coated strips of chicken that had been cooked in a vat of oil and then patted dry with paper towel. I will never taste a chicken finger like that again.

Though I try.

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winter essentials

 

WINTER ESSENTIALS

Our list of 11 must-have products to keep you going all winter long. All are GF, of course! And all except for one are made in Canada.

(Clockwise from top left)

READ IT
GFF (Gluten-Free Forever) Magazine
. The gorgeous winter 2017 issue has six delish soup recipes to warm you up. We could eat up every issue of this quarterly magazine. gffmag.com (get $9 off the $35 subscription price with code winter17)

SAVOUR IT
Chocosol Traders
Luscious Coconut (70% cacao). Because chocolate and coconut. This stuff is the real deal. chocosoltraders.com

 HEAT IT UP
No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce.
Spice up your food and clear your sinuses with habanero or a variety of other hot numbers. no7hotsauce.com

 DRINK IT
Chaiwala Chai
Original Masala Chai. Boost your immune system and ease indigestion with this 100% natural chai blend of fresh ginger root, ground spices and organic honey. Learn how to make a hot chai latte at chaiwalachai.com

 SHOOT IT
Greenhouse Juice Company
Flu Shot Booster. This mini cocktail of immunity-supporting plants (oil of oregano, lemon, echinacea) and tinctures packs a flu-fighting punch. greenhousejuice.com

 RUB IT IN
Giddy Yoyo
Raw Love Butter. Slather on this body butter from head to toe to keep your skin soft and supple. Oh, and it’s edible and tastes like chocolate. shop.giddyyoyo.com

SEAL IT WITH A KISS
Sudsatorium
Great White North Lip Balm. Kiss cracked lips goodbye because this balm is the bomb. As per the packaging: “Heal lips the Canadian way with maple syrup, eh!” sudsatorium.com

 SPRAY IT
Beekeeper’s Naturals
Propolis Spray. A few spritzes a day keeps the doctor away—for colds, coughs, sore throats and inflammation. I swear by this stuff. beekeepersnaturals.com

 EAT IT
Bunner’s Bakeshop
Supersonic Cookies. The cookies that helped launch Bunner’s! Loaded with chocolate chips, cranberries, pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, these GF vegan wonders are a must-eat any time of year. My fave mid-day treat with a cup of hot tea. bunners.ca

FACE IT
Aromacentric
Face It Oil. Just a few drops of this liquid gold hydrates and nourishes your skin so you shine. With essential oils neroli and jasmine, you’ll also smell divine. aromacentric.com

SIP IT
The Honest Leaf
Serene Tea. Make way for sweet dreams with this caffeine-free mint tea that takes the chill off and calms your mind and body. honestleaf.com

 

 

Fries before guys

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

 

Flashback to Gluten Free Garage in the fall of '14 with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

Flashback to fall 2014 Gluten Free Garage with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

 

This year Gluten Free Garage is hosting an unprecedented number of vegan and vegetarian vendors. But we know that there are many gluten-free carnivores out there who will be asking: “Where’s the beef?”

Enter Hero Certified Burgers.

You know what my beef is with Hero Burgers? Their french fries, which themselves are gluten free, are made in a shared fryer, so there is a risk of cross-contamination. Hence, my daughter, and everyone else with celiac disease, cannot have them. Which is a bummer, because Lil loves fries.

But I appreciate that Hero Burgers is very clear about this in their communications, because it keeps people with celiac and gluten intolerance safe. Also on the plus side, most of their proteins (except for the hot dog) and condiments are gluten free and they have gluten-free buns from O’Doughs that are warmed in a dedicated toaster. And, most recently, they added gluten-free naturally smoked beef bacon to the menu.

Click here for a full list of the gluten-free offerings at Hero Burgers.

Back to the fries. You may wonder why Lily is eating them in the above photos. Is it an act of gluten-free child rebellion? No, she knows how much it sucks to get glutened. It’s because at Gluten Free Garage the Hero Burgers food truck serves up fries—and poutine!—made in a dedicated fryer with fresh, clean oil. So Lily and her fellow celiacs get to order a side of fries with that!

GFG sponsor Hero Burgers / Photo: Lewis Mirrett

Keep on truckin’ / All photos by Lewis Mirrett

 

Hero Certified Burgers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Ashley Wittig, baker boss

Ashley

Ashley literally lets them eat cake (and so much more)!

 

5 QUESTIONS for Bunner’s Ashley Wittig

What’s your motto?
I don’t really subscribe to any hard-and-fast motto. I just try to be mindful and optimistic every day.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Now, if this was a dessert island, I wouldn’t need to bring anything! But for a desert island I would bring my favourite oversized hoodie, my running shoes so I don’t lose my mind, and my imaginary solar-powered Vitamix so I could whip up smoothies with all those tropical fruits lying around.

Why gluten free?
Simply, Bunner’s is gluten free because my business partner Kevin is (along with being vegan). But, broadly, when we opened over five years ago, there wasn’t anything available that was delicious and gluten free in Toronto. We were really set on making vegan and gluten-free baked goods that were traditional and tasted as great—if not better—than their gluten, egg and dairy-ful counterparts.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
I love a good old-fashioned smoothie. My favourite of all time is frozen banana, frozen watermelon, vanilla almond milk, a handful of baby spinach, and matcha. It’s so out of control, and especially perfect on summer mornings.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I can do this thing with my tongue that only one in a thousand people can do, apparently. Come find me at the Gluten Free Garage and I’ll show you!

 

Ashley smoothie

Ashley will show you how “Bunner’s Does It Savoury Style” at 2 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!