The Gluten Free Cakes Conspiracy!
Eating out in cafes and restaurants is supposed to be a pleasure in life – something we can look forward to and enjoy with friends and family. If you are one of the 60000 people in the UK who suffers from Coeliac Disease, and has to live with a gluten free diet, then you are probably familiar with the “Sherlock Holmes” style interrogation of serving staff to find out whether they have suitable gluten free treats for you!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed and frustrated at the lack of customer service for customers who have a gluten or wheat allergy. I was out with Rosalie for a date a week or so ago and we systematically went through the menu ruling out all the gluten-filled appetizers and desserts on the menu. 🙁 Not one dessert could I have – there were no gluten free cakes or desserts at all apart from ice cream (which I’m also not allowed on my diet). I ended up having sweet potato fries, which were yummy and highly recommended. 🙂 However, if I had a sweet tooth I would have gone home disappointed! No gluten free cakes. 🙁
Our inspiration to start Glory Foods – makers of the BEST gluten free cakes!
It’s experiences like this one which inspired Rosalie and I to start Glory Foods. We figured that if we (and our friends with gluten allergies) felt left out and not cared for then there must be others like us around the UK who would be happier people if they had yummy gluten free cakes being served to them!
Personally, I’m quite new to eating gluten free – I’ve chosen to follow a gluten free diet as part of an even stricter diet to help relieve psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The diet I am on is called SCD – Specific Carbohydrates Diet. I would definitely have struggled to keep to my diet had I not had an amazing cook like Rosalie at my side. She makes me lovely smoothies (with only frozen fruit, home-made yoghurt which is lactose free, and a blob of honey!), and has developed her gluten free cakes, gluten free scones, gluten free muffins and more!
We decided that most local cafes would probably WANT to serve gluten free cakes, but the hassle of producing them was prohibitive, and providing gluten free cakes hot and fresh is a difficult task. Providing for the 90%+ customers is a lot easier than looking after the 10% gluten free/wheat free customers, but in that 10% there was still a large number of sad customers waiting for someone to care!
Give us some Gluten Free Cakes!
I believe it’s time for people on a gluten free diet to stand up and be heard! In some ways the battle to be offered gluten free cakes and other gluten free foods is similar to the battle vegetarians must have had (and are still having, to some extent). I remember in the 1980s when vegetarian foods were rarely offered in cafes and restaurants, and there was a tiny section of vegetarian foods in the frozen food department. This has changed quite a bit, and awareness for “vegetarianism” is increasing.
So the battle goes on! If you have coeliac disease, or a wheat allergy then don’t settle for second best. If you don’t see any gluten free cakes or gluten free foods on a menu then ask about it. Ask to speak to the manager. Make your voice heard. Support your local cafes and restaurants who offer gluten free cakes and goodies!
And, on a personal note, watch out for Glory Foods gluten free cakes and baked goods in the UK. We’re on a mission to make gluten free foods more accessible and convenient, and really strive to make every product healthy and delicious! Check out our frozen home packs of gluten free cakes and yummy baked goods too.
Gluten Free Cakes from Glory Foods