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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rice-Free Multi-Grain Flour Blend

I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I promise! I've just been busy. It's a lame excuse but it's true. First I was sick, then I was sick again, then Anna was sick, now DH is sick. Only Megan has been spared. However Megan, after a year and a half of no eczema, has had to deal with hands all chewed up again. The last time this happened, we found out she was allergic to egg. Before that, it was dairy. Whenever the eczema appears it is the harbinger of bad food news. A blood panel confirmed that we'd overdone it with rice, coconut and peanut butter (Anna does not eat peanuts, but Megan was crazy for peanut butter). Lucky for us, it seems that it is just over-exposure (like what happened with Anna). I think after 6 months or so of avoidance, we can add those foods back to her diet in moderation. So I've been baking even more than usual. It's a good thing I like to bake!

Interestingly, the allergist insisted on testing Megan for antibodies to wheat. I thought it was a waste of time since we've been wheat and gluten free for four years. But her antibodies to wheat were really high! I don't allow gluten into the house, and she's very good about not eating other people's foods. For her antibodies to wheat to be so high, she's had to have chronic exposure to it. Talks with her teachers didn't reveal anything other than daily hand sanitizer use before snack time. I learned that some hand sanitizers have wheat ingredients in them. Whether or not the hand sanitizer is the culprit, it does not wash gluten off the hands. Now Megan is only using soap and water and never hand sanitizer. Her hands are looking better...not 100%, but not chewed up, either. Hopefully in another month they'll be back to normal.

At this point, I've got the whole house on a hand sanitizer, rice, coconut and peanut butter free kick because it's probably a good idea for everyone to rotate. To that end I've modified one of my existing multi grain flour blends to be rice-free. So far it makes fabulous muffins, scones, cookies and pancakes. Take that, eczema!

Rice Free Multi Grain Flour Blend

1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup potato starch
1 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour

Sift together all ingredients until well-blended. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.


Nancy @Real Food, Allergy Free said...

I had no idea about wheat in hand sanitizet. Thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to share this recipe and any other at allergy-free wednesdays. Hope to see you there!

Erin said...

Hi Nancy, thanks for the link to allergy-free wednesdays. I'm going to pop over there and check it out. Thanks for your comment!

goodfountain said...

Hi Erin. Guess what? I'm baaaaaack! I had Charlotte tested for gluten sensitivity via a stool test which would indicate she has IGA antibodies to gluten. It came back positive and the gene test showed she has two of the same gene for gluten sensitivity, which means she had to get one from me and one from her dad.

I've been concerned that gluten is the underlying reason why more and more foods are affecting her behaviorally (with aggressive outbursts primarily) but, honestly, have dreaded the thought of the going GF again. So I went for the stool test and the genetic test too.

So here we are - it's official. Gluten free for life now. The rest of us are going to get tested too, but I think the whole family will go GF anyway. Easier, me thinks.

So you'll be seeing me poke around your flour blends and bread recipes again. And all over really.

Hope all is well in you house!

Erin said...

Hi Goodfountain,
welcome back! I know you must be bummed out about the news, but I know you can tackle it. It might be hard at first but it will get easier. And it is definitely easier for the whole family to be GF. I'm sending positive thoughts your way! :)

Ann Atchley said...

I know I am going to sound like a freak, but have you tried putting water in a blender for your child that has eczema? When our water sits it gives off oxygen. You can add oxygen back by blending or shaking. Oxygen is the healing ingredient in water. I have a friend whose daughter has eczema. They had tried everything else. Nothing worked for her. We tried this as an experiment. It really helped her daughter.

Erin said...

I will have to try that, Ann, thank you!