Kelowna GF Bakery Develops Educational Website & Cookbook

by Nicole Knegt, Four Spoons Gluten-Free Recipes

Hello everyone!

nicole-knegtMy name is Nicole Knegt and I am a co-founder of Four Spoons Gluten-Free Bakery in Kelowna.  For the last three summers, my husband and I have been baking up all sorts of delicious treats for our customers at the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s market.  Our time at the market has been a wonderful experience filled with many new friendships and stories: stories of diagnosis, lifestyle change, and the sweet discovery of relief. We have also heard time and again how difficult it is to bake gluten-free, which is why we recently closed our bakery and are transitioning from baking to educating.  Our mission is to empower individuals to successfully bake and cook simple, budget-friendly and delicious gluten-free foods. Over the years we have heard from many customers that they simply do not know where to begin with gluten-free baking. We want to change this. We want to help bring happiness back to eating despite dietary restrictions.

That is why this summer we launched a comprehensive educational resource website (fourspoonsglutenfreerecipes.com) for people struggling with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  We have an incredible team of professionals who are collaborating with us to create trustworthy and reliable resources. Our team includes two dietitians, a food scientist and a holistic chef.  This team has helped us create some terrific resource guides, from our Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet to our Guide for Students and our Guide to Gluten-Free Bakingflaky-seriesFour Spoons Gluten Free Recipes contains a 150+ recipe index of recipes that are simple and call for inexpensive, yet healthy ingredients.  We also blog regularly and have begun creating cooking videos to help people see exactly how to create our recipes.  Matthew and I are having such a good time shooting these cooking videos, so be sure to check them out on our YouTube cooking channel.

It has been bittersweet saying goodbye to the bakery, but we have tried to make it a bit more sweet by promising our customers the publication of a Four Spoons Bakery Cookbook.  We have decided to call the book Soft, Chewy, Gooey, Awesome: Recipes from our Gluten-Free Bakery, because these are just a few of the words we have regularly heard people say when they eat our baking.  Alongside our bakery recipes, the book will also be filled with pictures of our customers and some of their stories.  We are very excited to create this book in collaboration with our customers, because it has always been about them and their support of our bakery.  We will also be creating a cooking show for our YouTube channel that will teach through the entire cookbook!

cookbookWe are very excited for this project and plan to have the cooking show and digital copy of our book ready by mid December, with our printed book available in the New Year.  Please go to http://www.chewygooeybook.com/ for more information on our cookbook.  If a gluten-free cookbook and cooking show sounds interesting to you, please visit Kickstarter.com and consider pledging to our fundraising campaign.  We are offering tons of awesome gluten-free rewards for pledges made towards our project.  This fundraising campaign will run through to November 22, 2014.

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We hope that our website, cooking channel and soon to be published cookbook will provide much needed resources for anyone with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  If you are interested in following what we are doing, please find us on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our blog.  We would love to hear from you.

http://fourspoonsglutenfreerecipes.com/

Purity brand Chocolate Kisses and Butterscotch Kisses recalled

Recall details

Ottawa, November 1, 2014 – Purity Factories Ltd. is recalling Purity brand Chocolate Kisses and Butterscotch Kisses from the marketplace because they contain wheat which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to wheat or sensitivity to gluten should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Purity Chocolate Kisses 170 g All codes where wheat is not declared on the label 0 57858 08061 6
Purity Butterscotch Kisses 170 g All codes where wheat is not declared on the label 0 57858 08044 9

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What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

If you have an allergy to wheat or sensitivity to gluten, do not consume the recalled products as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of these products.

Fuji Dressing recalled due to undeclared wheat

Pacific Sunrise Foods is recalling Pacific Sunrise Foods brand Fuji Dressing from the marketplace because it contains mustard and wheat which are not declared on the label. People with an allergy to mustard or wheat should not consume the recalled product described below.

20141024a_1414177198060_engWhat you should do

Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

If you have an allergy to mustard or wheat, do not consume the recalled product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Background

This recall was triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspection activities. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of this product.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pacific Sunrise Foods Fuji Dressing 500 mL All codes where mustard and wheat are not declared on the label None

Jack ‘N Jill Barbecue Flavor Chip Recall

20141024cg_1414202895748_engA recall has been added to the CFIA’s Food Recall Report.

Class 1
Reason for Recall: Allergen – gluten, mustard, wheat
Product(s): Jack ‘N Jill brand barbecue flavor potato chip products.
Distribution: National

Product details are available at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/food-recall-warnings/complete-listing/2014-10-24c/eng/1414205121787/1414205127574

Common food allergens – http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food_allergies

Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease

By Alek O. Komarnitsky

Alek O. KomarnitskyI’m back again for yet another year with the Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease.

You can not only view the 10,000 lights and inflatables via three webcams, but you can control them – i.e. inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein,  Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson – D’OH!  ;-)

The website is totally free (and totally fun) but also raises awareness and funds for charity via optional/voluntary donations – over $80,000 for the Center for Celiac Research. I’ve supported this world-class research organization for almost a decade and even though I found out last year that the original Celiac Diagnosis of my kids was a false positive (Email me for more details – nutshell summary is medical science is “hard” so not always 100% correct), I’m still helping them raise awareness and supporting research for an eventual cure.

2014 Halloween Treat List

by Sue Newall

smiling-pumpkinIs that candy safe for me? This is an important question this time of year for most children but also for adults. Halloween treats show up at work, while visiting with friends, and even when you are in line at the bank.

In general, the CCA strongly recommends checking the ingredient list when you are trying to determine whether a food is safe, but this can be a very difficult time at Halloween. Treats are often in sold in large bags but distributed individually. The ingredient list appears on the bag, but not on the individual treats, making it hard to figure out if the product is safe. In addition, small-size treats often use a different recipe and are made at different facilities than their full-size counterparts. Just because the standard size of a chocolate bar is gluten free does not mean that the miniature size is also gluten free.

This web site researches the status of treats for both Canada and the United States each year: myglutenfacts.com/halloween/ca/. When you look at a list make sure 1) it contains information for 2014, and 2) it is information for CANADA.

Make sure you also check for updates – mistakes can happen. If you find a conflict between the list and the package you have in front of you, make your decision based on the package information.

CCA memberships now available online

By Sue Newell

Canadian Celiac Association LogoAs of this month, new CCA memberships may be taken out online! No need for the paper form.

We have also simplified the online renewal process. While it took a while to get the infrastructure set up, we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the ease of the new system. If you have not yet renewed your membership for the coming year, don’t put it off!

Membership Benefits

  • A subscription to the national newsletter Celiac News
  • A subscription to the national electronic newsletter Celiac eNews, sent by email monthly
  • Current and accurate resources on celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis in CCA publications and reviews of current literature
  • Up-to-date product information and food recalls
  • Opportunity to contribute to research on celiac disease
  • Chapter meetings that provide information, fellowship and local information about where to shop and eat
  • Access to help and information by phone or email
  • Discounts from some suppliers of gluten-free food (varies from area to area)

 

Your Membership Helps CCA Advocate For:

  • Better food labelling and disclosure of all sources of gluten in foods
  • Government recognition of extra costs and time involved in eating gluten-free
  • Safety, availability and enrichment of gluten-free products
  • Public awareness and understanding to make living gluten-free easier and safer
  • Medical awareness to ensure early diagnosis, and optimal continuum of care

 

Join the CCA

Join the CCA through our online membership form at http://www.celiac.ca/?page_id=2624