When I started to make my own gluten free bread, I thought it would be easy – just throw it all in the bread maker and let it work its magic. Boy was I wrong. What that led to was a journey to discover what worked and didn’t work. There were a few disasters along the way, but I’ve now developed something that I can feel proud of. Continue Reading
Sorghum is an ancient cereal grain that was first cultivated around 8,000 years ago in Southern Egypt. Grown widely in the USA, Africa and parts of Asia, Sorghum’s natural ability to tolerate drought makes it the fifth most important cereal crop in the world.
Millet is a collective term for a number of small, seeded grains of the Poaceaoe Grass family. Thought to have been cultivated from as early as 8300 BC, this drought-resistant crop is the sixth most important grain in the world.
The main types of millet grown are Pearl, Foxtail, Proso and Finger, with India, Africa and China being the largest producers.
Teff is a cultivated grain of the ancient grass, Fragostis tef, native to Ethiopia since around 4000BC. This hardy and versatile food source produces tiny seeds (less than a millimetre in diameter).
Grown in remote parts of Ethiopia and Eritrea, Teff thrives in all climates, including both water logged soils and droughts. It grows quickly and just one handful of Teff seeds is enough to sow a whole field. The grain is resistant to other common cereal crop diseases and it cooks quickly, therefore requiring less fuel.
Pasta sauces with hidden vegetables, lasagne, chilli and casseroles, the list of dishes that include that cupboard staple, the tin of plum tomatoes, is endless. These are hearty, healthy family meals too and ones that kids will actually eat.
Quinoa (also known as Chenopodium quinoa) is an ancient grain that was first cultivated in the Andes by the Incas. Although not actually a grain (it is related to beetroot, chard and spinach), quinoa is eaten as though it were one, hence the label of pseudo-cereal.