|Re: Question about common meals/ Celiac disease||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R.N. Johnson (cohorandayahoo.com)|
|Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 12:20:49 -0700 (PDT)|
We have a lot of different food issues within our group. We decided as a group to accommodate everyone's needs. We strategized to make this easier by designating a few experienced cooks as the go-to people if you had questions about how to accommodate for particular needs, or if you just didn't know what to cook. We also strongly encouraged every one with particular dietary needs to share recipes, cookbooks, and be available for questions. During the first few months after move in, several of the cooks were at wits end, but within a short time, everyone developed at least a few recipes that worked well, taste good, and were easy to prepare. We have cookbooks on soy and gluten free cooking, as well as several vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in the common house for anyone to look at. Occasionally we slip up on one dish, but the vast majority of meals everyone can eat a full meal, and even when there is a mistake, everyone can eat most of the meal. We have a no money exchanged meal system, so paying for a partial meal has not been an issue. Some groups allow people to pay less if they cannot eat the whole meal, and most allow people to bring their own food and eat with everyone. We have one person with a severe flax seed allergy, and since flax seed is trendy and shows up in unlikely places, we have learned to read ingredient lists carefully, make most things from scratch, and to let her know if we are not sure of the ingredients so she can avoid the item. Given your level of sensitivity to gluten, your group may need to be creative. Maybe you could allow people to use your kitchen when they are cooking a gluten free meal or set up a gluten free-zone in a corner of the common kitchen away from the rest of the food prep area where contamination is less likely. Randa Johnson New Brighton Cohousing Aptos, CA --**********
- Re: Question about common meals/ Celiac disease R.N. Johnson, July 15 2009
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