What you didn't know about spring rolls made in Saskatchewan

We have been attending the CRAFT Beer Market, Gluten Free Brewmaster for several years.  Kerry from Care Bakery has been developing the menu for the event for at least the past two years.

This year she had Saskatchewan spring rolls on the menu.  

GF Spring Roll from GF Brewmasters Event
What the heck is a Saskatchewan spring roll?  Well, she told us that in Saskatchewan, restaurants make their spring rolls with rice paper.  All the same fillings.  So they are all naturally gluten free.

Let's jump over to Edmonton now at Nha Trang Restaurant across the street from the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  Amanda decided to grab lunch from their one afternoon, hoping to be able to have a vermicelli bowl.  Well she got that and more.

After speaking with one of the people at the counter, they pointed out that most of the items on the menu are gluten free.  When it was pointed out that the spring rolls were gluten free she naturally questioned it.

Gluten free spring roll from Nha Trang
They said they make their spring rolls with rice paper.  Which makes me like to believe they are bringing a little bit of gf Saskatchewan to Edmonton!

Vermicelli bowl with gf spring rolls 
Amanda said it tasted great, and she was so happy that she was able to order a vermicelli bowl with the spring rolls because every other time she has to omit it in the order but still pay the same price.

You can find Nha Trang on skip the dishes, so you don't have trek across the city if you are not nearby.


Nha Trang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nichol's Cafe in St. Albert

Ashley shared a great find in St. Albert.  Ya, that;s right, St. Albert!

She checked out Nichol's Cafe located in the Riel Business Park.  Ashley says the owner has Celiac Disease and keeps the kitchen mainly gluten free.  I would like to think Ashley takes great care in cross contamination.

Ashley tried out their teriyaki chicken with rice and ginger beef with noodles and said it was delicious!


They also have burgers, that can be lettuce wrapped or in a gluten free bun that was introduced in a recent Facebook post.


You can check out Nichol's Cafe menu on SkipTheDishes.com, or visit their Facebook Page.  I think all Nichol's Cafe is missing is a good website to get you all the gf information you need in one spot.  Apparently they also have gf baked goodies.






We went to a BBQ, and a friend with Celiac did three things amazingly

We are well into BBQ season, which can sometimes be tough at family and friends when there are hot dog and hamburger buns all over.  You just worry about cross contamination.


At the birthday BBQ, they were asking who was having what, I was wondering what Amanda was going to say, but instead a friend that has Celiac (and follower of this blog) that we recently met sprung into action.  It was great see the questions happen from at outside perspective. They did three things amazingly:
  1. Asked if the sausages were gluten free
  2. Politely ignored everyone else that started to chime in (and believe me it was hard for me to keep my mouth shut, but I did, because I knew I was watching a pro)
  3. Asked if theirs could be made first
Their approach was awesome, and would make anyone with Celiac proud. The master griller understood everything, was happy to help, and understood who he should be listening too.








Chicken with Olives and Peppers

After reading the description of this recipe, we knew it was going to be the perfect dinner to honour my brother. Earlier this month would have been Dan's 42nd birthday. He passed away suddenly in 2012. He is part of the reason why I started Gluten Free Edmonton.

When he passed he left us with a blog full of amazing recipes which we like to pull from to honour his memory. We searched through his Haggis and Herring blog hoping to find this specific recipe which we were not sure existing on his blog.


We only had a memory of an amazing chicken recipe with olives he would make us when we visited him Toronto.  When I read the recipe description, it put us to tears, and we knew it was the recipe we were looking for.
"My Chicken with Olives and Peppers recipe has become a standard for dinner parties and the holidays. I always keep it in my back pocket for occasions when dinner is with a friend or family member who doesn't eat cilantro (one of my favourite flavours for Friday nights)." --Dan
This is exactly when we ate this meal, on a Friday night for shabbat dinner with family and friends.

Dan liked cooking with many flavours, so we knew we were in for a treat.

Check out the Haggis and Herring for the full original recipe, because we halved the recipe and added zucchini.

Ingredients

5 chicken breasts
2 tomatoes, sliced (we used a couple handfuls of cherry tomato)
1 large onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 can pitted olives, drained and rinsed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped (we used parlsey)
1 cup chicken stock
1 lemon, sliced
to taste salt and pepper

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees.
2. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and cook uncovered for an hour.

Details
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Yield: 10 servings

This lemon olive chicken recipe is delicious and we hope you try it at www.haggisandherring.com.

You won't believe what we found inside this gluten free turkey roast

In the past we've bought Granny's gluten free slow cooker turkey roasts, and have really enjoyed them.  They are marked gluten free and everything!  A while back I picked up another one at Safeway, found in the deli section in the freezer.  Very little shelf space so you have to pay attention closely to the freezer to see them.

Some time after we decided to make it!  So in the morning, I setup the slowcooker, put the turkey in and let it ride.

When Amanda cut into the gluten free turkey roast she was in disbelief when she found stuffing inside!

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She made me recheck the photo, because she thought I picked up the wrong package.  But really, it was gluten free, and it WAS gluten free stuffing inside!  Granny's uses a gluten free corn bread stuffing.  So how bout that?


10 things you didn't know about your friend that has Celiac Disease

1. They do not like being told what they can't eat.  However, they may ask some questions for them to determine what is safe for them to eat


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2. No, they can't "just have that table spoon of flour" used in that sauce

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3. They probably keep a bottle of gluten free soy sauce on them at all times


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4. Yes, they think it is outrageous that they have to pay more for gluten free bread, and no they don't want to make their own gluten free bread, because do you bake your own bread every morning? 

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5. They aren't trying to be annoying at a restaurant, they just want to make sure they don't get sick while enjoying an evening with you

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6. When they ask "can I bring anything?" when invited to your home home, it is most importantly because they are being polite.  It is an added bonus that this will ensure that they have something safe to eat without them imposing on you.

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7. Not being able to eat gluten isn't that tough. But you saying "it must be tough" sure doesn't help

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8. Being told by wait staff "oh, a lot of our gluten free customers eat it and it doesn't bother them", is not the same as being told, the chef will prepare something safe for you.

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9. No, they can't just cheat

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10. If your friend sent you this, they are trying to tell you to stop worrying

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Grain of Rice in West Edmonton

We recently had a stay-cation and tried to eat a few new places to write about.  We managed to find a couple places to try to share with you.

Through recommendation from a friend, we checked out Grain of Rice in the west end on Webber Greens Dr. and Winterburn Rd.  It is an Asian restaurant serving up a variety of tasty dishes.

Their website talks about locally sourcing ingredients and getting back down to the basics.

We shared a couple items on their menu that are marked gluten free.  Be sure to read the menu carefully and ask questions because not all protein options for a menu item are gluten free.  For example we had the vermicelli, but only the pork is gluten free.  We also tried the gai lan with chicken.  That was Amanda's favorite dish, she really loved the gai lan, which is described as a Chinese broccoli.


The vermicelli was just delicious.  Amanda was a bit worried about the pork, because she is not a fan of pork, but loved it.  And the portions were generous.  I love how they cut the pork too.


Finally we shared salad rolls, which were very tasty as well.  They gave us fish sauce, because the regular sauce it comes with is not gluten free.




Grain of Rice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Grilled romaine, where have you been all my life?

I've heard friends talk about grilling their romaine.  I thought they were crazy, but I recently tried it because we had a wilting romaine, and I thought, what the heck?

I googled what to do with the romaine, and I found a recipe I liked.  I sold it to my kids as BBQ'd Cesar Salad.

Ingredients

1 romaine
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp Montreal steak spice
2 tbsp parmasean cheese
2 tbsp- 4  tbsp gf croutons (we got our gf croutons during Passover)
2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Cut the romaine in half length wise and flip cut side up
  2. Drizzled olive oil and Montreal steak spice over romaine cut side up
  3. Place on BBQ set to medium heat cut side down for 5 minutes, or until nicely charred. I read that the romaine can handle it.  Some pieces might should crisp up like kale chips, some will wilt, and some will char.
  4. When ready, place cut side up.  Drizzle Parmesan cheese, gf croutons and lemon juice.
Cut and serve! Amanda and I eat a whole half each.  We use a steak knife to cut because the lettuce is wilted and doesn't cut well with anything less.

Blaze Pizza delivers a great ultra thin gluten free crust

We recently tried Blaze Pizza in Edmonton.  We were not sure what to expect as we were not sure what type of pizza place it was.  Is it a Pizza 73 type pizza place with your standards? or is it like a Love Pizza with unique and creative pizza's?  Or was it like a Famoso with tradional stone oven pizzas?  Well I can tell you it is more of a cross between Famoso and Love Pizza.

The Pizza's are one set price with a $4 gluten free charge.

We went to the Brewer District location, which I think is one of the newer locations.  They have some processes in place to help reduce cross contamination.


  1. They change gloves
  2. They have a separate press to press the gluten free pizza crusts
  3. Separate sauce and ladle to use for gluten free crusts
  4. They have an allergen chart in the store
As always be sure to look over the staff that they are following their guidelines.  Staff are not always trained.

All of the toppings are gluten free except for the meatballs.  All the sauces are gluten free, but not all the dressings.  Be sure to check the chart before ordering.  Amanda loves the Q at Love Pizza, so she tried to build a similar pizza at Blaze for comparison.  Their crust was really thin, and the pizza was pretty good!



Blaze Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What is in store for Celiac Awareness Month 2017?

No words needed to explain this post!  Lots going on!  Running an event?  Send me your poster ad to add to this post! info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

Edmonton Gluten Free Festival


Gluten Free Brewmasters Dinner

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Stellas Gluten Free Perogies Contest!

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Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter Events

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