Following on from my post from last year on the subject, here's my response on my wishes for 2011:
1. More restaurants adding GF symbols to items on their menus.
The big chains have started to do it, particularly the Italian restaurants like Zizzi and Bella Italia but the independents still have some way to go.
2. Those restaurants making bloody well sure that the item on the menu really is GF. i.e is the soy sauce GF? What about the chips?
Well, from experience, a GF symbol on a menu does not a knowledgeable staff member make. After ordering gluten free pasta at one establishment, the waitress brought me my ice cream dessert scattered with amaretti biscuit *eye roll*. Don't trust the waiting staff when they say that it "should" be OK. Make sure they go in the kitchen and check.
3. Prescription GF food for gluten intolerant people, not just coeliacs.
Well, no. Hasn't happened as far as I know. Probably never will?
4. More varieties of pasta to buy in the supermarkets. i.e Tagliatelle.
5. Genius bread (now that it is so popular and in every supermarket) to come down in price!
Again, nope. £2.29 each when you buy a pack of 6 from the Genius website. £2.89/£2.99 from the supermarket. Ouch.
5 New wishes for 2012:
1. That Dietary Specials continue to expand their excellent range of gluten and egg free food and for it to be more widely available.
2. That the media stops calling our diet 'optional' or 'a fad'.
3. Less blogs about cupcakes and flapjacks and a bit more info out there about symptoms, experiences and practical solutions. (Bit of a dig at myself there, must do better.)
4. No more obscure gluten free alternatives that we don't need, or yet more cake and bread rolls. Enough already! We need puff pastry, pasta shapes and stuff for breakfast.
5. That Amy's Kitchen expands their GF range in the UK. Their Macaroni Cheese is freakin lush.