D.I.E.T. (Did I eat that?!)

It’s been a week of monumental discoveries: two culinary milestones which will forever be remembered in my photographic memory (which sadly only seems to engage with food, not books).

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The first life-changing moment occurred as I aimlessly perused the GF section of the supermarket. B R E A D C R U M B S. (Crumbs! Lol) Until two years ago, I, like the majority of the population, took these little molecules for granted; these days, I would kill for some real fish fingers, or even some old-school turkey dinosaurs. I knew I could show these breadcrumbs a good time, so I took them home and transformed some slightly pathetic risotto leftovers into the snack (meal? I don’t even know anymore) of the season. I would have taken a picture, but arancini are too good to wait.

I went a step further a couple of days later, utilising the breadcrumbs to fry up some mozzarella balls. They were better than Macca’s. Need I say more?

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The method is easy: mix some plain (GF) flour and an egg in a bowl with a little water. Coat your desired food in the mixture and then roll and coat in breadcrumbs. Fry in at least a centimetre of oil on a medium heat – any higher and you might scorch it.

In other news, more home-cooked heroics this week included a sensational apple crumble, and a ridiculously satisfying mac’n’cheese.

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If you can believe it, though, the breadcrumbs weren’t even the highlight of my week. A beautiful Friday at the beach was followed by lunch (3 courses, obviously) at the Fox in the Box, in Gardenvale. This FODMAP/gluten/allergy friendly café is owned and run by Tim Byrne, of Intolerant Chef fame. Out of the three of us eating, there was a (gorgeous) coeliac, a FODMAP (poor gal – that’s gluten, lactose and fructose intolerance) and a vegetarian. Tim took us through the whole menu, giving us recommendations, options and constant reassurance.

The entire place is gluten free, so I had my first sausage roll and chicken parma since 2013. My friend Lydia and I were almost in tears at how good the food was despite its allergy-friendly ingredients – as good as we remembered ‘normal’ food to be. We thought we’d peaked, and then, the chocolate eclairs came out. We were in a state of blissful disbelief. Fox in the Box is our new regular café, and my friend G, the vegetarian, enjoyed it too without any allergies. Thanks, Tim!

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D.I.E.T. ?!?!

This week, real life and work begins again after a glorious couple of months off. I predict more home-cooking and breadcrumb-induced euphoria. My friend has mentioned baking a GF cheesecake… It might not quite be the #yearofsexy or #getfitfeb yet but maybe #deepfrieddolly is the next big thing.

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Fox in the Box, 169 Martin Street, Brighton, 3186 VIC

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