Wheat free or not wheat free?

Let’s be honest. I’ve always been a bit sniffy about the whole issue of wheat intolerance. Don’t get me wrong, I know people with very severe food allergies, and a number of coeliacs, it’s not that I don’t believe that food intolerances don’t exist. It’s just that the whole wheat-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free circus has become an industry. Search on the Internet, and you’ll find that cutting out wheat can do everything from helping you to lose weight, to relieving the symptoms of MS.

However, of late my digestive problems have been getting worse, to the extent that I worry that one of these mornings I’ll wake up to find that I’ve gassed my dear husband to death!

Now, if I was to do this properly, I’d cut out absolutely everything, and reintroduce foodstuffs one by one. As I live in the real world, I’m just going to cut out wheat for now. I wended my way round the supermarket this afternoon keening at wheat products. I am carbo girl, I adore bread, this is going to take a lot of determination and planning!


Italy 2012 – Salt cod

I love salt cod. It’s so cheap in Italy (and Spain, and Portugal for that matter), this was a supermarket display. I must see if I can find a source at a reasonable price in the UK. Perhaps in a Jamaican store?

Fresh Coconut

Have I mentioned how yummy fresh coconut is? The straw is to drink the (clear) milk, and the spoon is to eat the flesh.
Yum, yum and indeed yum.

An Evening out in KL

At the moment I’m in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Adam is busy at a conference, while I have the chance to meet up with an old friend from college, Yuleng. She’s an absolute sweetheart, so it’s great to spend some time with her, and have a really good, local introduction to the city.

On our first night, she took us to a ‘hawker market’, for some authentic, Malay Chinese food.
In the evenings, little stalls are set up in a car park, with little portable generators to power the signs…
…and gas canisters to power their stonking burners (that said, there isn’t any mains gas in KL, so the gas canister is rather iconic).
We loved this guy, who was filling veg and wraps with a fish paste (which where then deep fried). He was incredibly fast and skilled.
This chap is preparing a local delicacy, squid with spinach.
here’s the poor chap dealing with the dirty dishes. Don’t worry, he’s not washing up, just rinsing. The clean dishes came from somewhere else.
On the way back to the car, I spotted this night club (I had to take a snap to show our friend Beryl)…
…and a little traditional house, in amongst the high rises. The house is on stilts to keep things cooler (and so there’s somewhere for the chickens to go).