Anyone can travel, all you need to do is……
This is the theme for this month’s group writing project. Well, one of my biggest difficulties with travelling is diet. I have three coeliac children, and we also avoid dairy food. We typically find gluten free, dairy free foods are more expensive, and can be harder to source. Driving through remotes parts of Australia there just aren’t gluten free options on the shelves of the roadhouses. The cost of rice milk and soy milk are often ridiculous, if they are even available.
We were discussing that we have lived in remote areas before as we prepare to head up north next month to the Kimberley region in far north-western Australia for six months of work. Susan’s comment,
“Oh, it’s easy to live in remote desert regions if you have enough food stored under your couch. I guess not everyone has a hollow couch for storing things in, though.”
I purchased a bread maker a year ago when we were in Andamooka, in remote north-east South Australia. The kids spent a term at the school there, while Jarrad worked on the mines. Bread seemed like an easy way to send lunch to school with the kids. Every night, Susan and I would make a loaf together. The next day, the kids would eat the entire loaf. The problem? Sourcing potato flour, soy flour, sticky rice flour, brown rice flour, and xanthan gum to actually make the bread.
I found an online shop in Sydney that would ship me enough flour to bake 50 loaves of gluten free bread (using this recipe for gluten free bread). $180 all up. Recently, I needed to get more flour. I emailed the same place again. They were again really helpful, and were able to source all my ingredients for me. But postage this time was a killer. Apparently, to send the flour across the Nullabour to a capital city was more expensive than to send the flour to a small, remote town. Luckily, my very helpful cousin found a place for me in Perth where it could be purchased from directly. The flours were more expensive, but being able to pick it up meant that I still only paid $180.
Online Sydney business to Andamooka, S.A.: Flours $120. Postage $60. Total: $180
Online Sydney business to Perth, W.A. Flours $120. Postage $100. Total $220.
Pick up from Perth: Flours: $180. Total $180.
So, I’m happy. I get to give the kids a 1.25kg loaf of truly delicious gluten free bread, that can actually be used for sandwiches. And it only costs $3.60 for a loaf of bread. It’s not exactly budget eating, but it is helpful for eating gluten free.
Gluten Free Bread Recipe
coconut milk 400ml
oil 3 tablespoons (I have tried avacado, olive and macadamia. They are all nice)
balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon
sticky rice flour 1 cup (160g)
brown rice flour 1 cup (160g)
potato flour (not potato starch) 1.25cups (220g)
soy flour 1/3 cup (50g)
tapioca flour 1/2 cup (75g)
sugar 1/4 cup
salt 1.5 teaspoons
xanthan gum 1 tablespoon
tandaco yeast 2 teaspoons.
I combine the wet ingredients and mix the dry ingredients. I then mix them all together and put it in the breadmaker, selecting the gluten free setting. The gluten-free setting has a shorter rising time and a higher baking temperature than normal wheat bread.
It is actually suitable for making sandwiches with. We have also used it on the dough setting for pizza dough. The breadmaker beeps at a certain point if requested to add in extra ingredients. I have used this basic recipe to make olive and pesto bread, chocolate bread, and fruit bread.
We are also dairy free. I have soy milk in my coffee or if I am having a chai tea. We have recently started to make our own soy milk. The following recipe will make approximately 2L.
Soy Milk Recipe
- 250g hulled soy beans soaked for about 10 hours in water.
- Heat them up after this time (if you are in a house you can use a microwave, we use the stovetop).
- Discard the water that they’ve been soaking in.
- Add 2L of fresh drinking water.
- Use a blender to ‘puree’ the mixture.
- Strain it (preferably using something very fine like a cheesecloth)
- Bring the liquid to the boil and continue boiling for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Refrigerate and use for the next three days.
Or our own rice milk, as this is expensive and hard to get in a lot of places. This is the kids’ main drink other than water, and we have it on our porridge every morning, too. I’m not expecting it to be available at a reasonable price in the Kimberley region, and unlike cows milk, it is not available at every road house or service station.
Rice Milk Recipe
- Wash 1 cup uncooked brown rice.
- Bring 2L water to the boil.
- Add the rice, cover the pot and simmer on a low heat for three hours.
- Add 1 teaspoon salt.
- Use the blender to puree it until very fine.
- Put it through a fine strainer twice.
- Drink or store.
These have cut down on our expenses. It is also an awful lot lighter and easier to carry brown rice or soy beans than it is to carry an extra 20 L of milk.
Anyone can travel, all you need to do is……
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