Monday, 14 June 2010

World Cup Wheat Dodgery

Do you dread it when people invite you over for tea? "What will I eat? Will they know what to cook for me? Can I guarantee that it's wheat free?." When it's world cup season and everyone is throwing a pre-match barbecue it gets even trickier. The wheat free options usually include:
  • Baked potato
  • Chicken Skewers
  • Sweetcorn
  • Fish and pork
Exciting! They're not bad options per se, but come on, we can do much better than that.

Here are my barbecue tips for your delectation


The Black Farmer Premium Pork Sausages are absolutely gluten free and so much nicer than the garbage I used to eat. They are almost entirely pork and have hardly any fat in. They seem to cook quicker than normal ones too.

Marks and Spencers have a new range of new gluten free sausages. They are sold as normal and do not shout about being gluten free, so just check out the premium sausage range and read the labels. I was given some at a pre-match barbecue on Saturday by a friend and they were just lovely.


My very clever boyfriend went to our local butcher and had them make some pure beef patties for me. They could have done with a bit of salt and pepper to season, but they were still really nice.

If you have the time, make some home made ones which you can adjust to make wheat free. Here is a recipe for 'normal' spicy beef burgers

Bread rolls, baps and barms

Whatever you want to call them, there are good alternatives to encase your barbecued treats in. I tried out the Livwell range with my sausages and burgers. I also tried grilled halloumi and salad in a Livwell pitta bread. The pitta tasted just like a normal white pitta but it was perhaps more prone to breakage than it's wheaty cousin.

For the burgers, I tried the Livwell white rolls. You need to zap them in the microwave for 15 seconds before you can use them. I have eaten them a few times and they have been very well behaved and stayed intact. They didn't at the barbecue which was a little disappointing and made graceful eating a challenge. They taste fine though which is the main thing. It was difficult watching everyone else tuck into squidgy seeded rolls though.

I also tried their 'dinner rolls' which are a bit like individual ciabattas. Very nice with a sweet taste and much sturdier than the white rolls.


Supermarkets such as Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco have well stocked free from aisles which usually stock GF ketchup.


The world cup isn't the same without beer and lager by the bucket load. Why shouldn't the free from fans get spangled on the amber nectar like the rest of the nation? There are a couple of options available. Due to their expense you will be forced to drink responsibly but that's not such a bad thing. At least you'll remember the scoreline at full time.

The options are:

Green's Gluten Free Beers
Hambleton Ales

Half time treats

I recently did some baking with almost-mother-in-law and we made the most delicious gluten free butterfly cakes EVER. I can't get over how delicious they are so I've made several batches since, including some footie themed 'World Cup-cakes'. I'm not the most artistic person so mine have a bit of rustic charm. Anyone can make these beauties and they'll go down a storm at the barbie. For the recipe click here.

The moral of the story is, don't decline the offer when you're invited to the barbecue, you can eat what everyone else is having. Just come prepared, and if you have a more severe case of gluten intolerance, just bring a disposable barbecue so you can ensure your goods stay g free.

All you have to worry about now is slippery handed goalies.



  1. Great post! On the basis of your advice I went to M&S tonight to see what they had. I have long given up food shopping in there because everything seems to come with gluten. Guess what? SEVEN types of gluten free sausages. I was astounded....I kept picking variety after variety off the shelf and they were all gluten free. Awesome!

    The chorizo or venison sausages are top of my list for a weekend treat. Am thinking will have them with fried onions in one of the new range of gluten free brown seeded baps with loads of ketchup. That is if I manage to hold out that long (doubtful).

  2. As far as lager goes I have tried a few gluten free ones including the ones you have mentioned but far the best I have tried is Ambar lager from Spain which you can buy on the internet via the link below. uite expensive but many of my friends say they would drink it without ever noticing it's wheatlessness.