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Are you finding that not only have the GF requests gone thru the roof but now they are also lactose free as well?

Fractose Lee?

Scrambled eggs for 3 days. Cooked in olive oil.

 

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I am holding my breath and crossing my fingers...so far we do not have one single GF request on the books or for future reservations.  Amazing.  This is a first for us and I don't really expect it to last.  But still...if we can get through July without a GF I will be totally happy!

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Silverspoon wrote:

I am holding my breath and crossing my fingers...so far we do not have one single GF request on the books or for future reservations.  Amazing.  This is a first for us and I don't really expect it to last.  But still...if we can get through July without a GF I will be totally happy!

 

For gf - I point to the yogurt and fruit.  I then say, the oatmeal doesn't claim gluten free, as they are processed in a place that may have processed wheat, but if you are avoiding, and not alergic, it would be fine.

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Are you changing the menu for everyone because of one request?  I never change my menu for everyone because they are expecting my great breakfasts - I just give the special request person an adjusted breakfast and I'm typically serving 12-18 people a day.

I guess because I have a daughter who is lactose intolerant (diagnosed) and a husband who is "gluten intolerant" and lactose intolerant (diagnosis was not a full celiac but his bowels don't process the gluten well and he gets cramps so avoids it as much as possible or it can ruin his day) I don't have an issue with this.  Now both of them carry lactaid pills so that they don't have to ask for meals prepared special ways at restaurants or if we're at an event because all chefs use butter to cook in or finish a dish. So even though they are lactose intolerant they can take a lactaid and be fine.  Some people the lactaid isn't enough and they have to avoid dairy at all costs.  I have a great guest who got married here five years ago who is a diagnosed celiac and explained that celiacs also tend to have other allergies so she has to eat dairy free too. 

If you want a dish that you can serve to all of your guests and kick up those scrambled eggs a bit, try this:

Microwave some baked potatoes until soft.  Slice the top off and hollow them out, reserving the insides to make potato pancakes for them or yourselves another day.  Brush insides with butter (or margarine or olive oil if they are LF) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Fill with your scrambled eggs.  I make an asiago cheese sauce and pour that over and add chopped scallions for taste and to make pretty.  For the LF guest, just leave off the cheese sauce.  My version of a breakfast stuffed potato.

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I don't change the meal that everyone gets unless it works out well that way.

We'll look ahead and plan accordingly.

We have 5 night stay coming up and have gotten the list of what she can't eat. So, everyone else will have whatever we're making, she'll get eggs. Everyday.

If someone suffers from eating certain foods we don't want to serve them anything that will make them ill. It's the ones who want us to cook something different but then go out and have pizza for lunch who drive me round the bend.

Dh is the cook. We have an open kitchen. When I have to explain 10 times to him that this person can't eat whatever he's cooking it gets really old really fast. Because everyone can hear every word. They can hear him getting tense. They can hear me losing my patience.

Especially when 15 other guests are waiting for their meal.

And I'm the one who has to remember which guest gets which special breakfast. Even if I've never seen them before, didn't check them in and haven't even greeted them yet.

 

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I feel bad for the real celiacs and other real issues who have to struggle with this daily. The fad dieters (and this is why we have so many GF and LF right now) are another story altogether. I get the modified wheat issue and more. Just eat what you want to eat, and don't order us around!

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AGREE. Your breakfast is complimentary in a B & B...supposedly wink

You are NOT a Restaurant. Web site should state very clearly you will do your best to accommodate special medically related dietary needs.

Here's what my friends have on their site:

"We vary our menu daily. Your breakfast will feature fruit juice, seasonal fruit dishes, muffins or other breakfast pastry fresh from the oven, a main entree and breakfast meat. Of course a bottomless cup of coffee is also provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Breakfast is Always Cooks’ Choice.

Being a small country B & B, we do our best to provide a delicious breakfast for our guests. However sometimes, we are unable to handle very restrictive dietary needs – in that case, we have cereal, oatmeal, granola, fruit, and low fat or soy yogurt available. Please discuss your needs with us in advance, we will try our best if at all possible."

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When we can, I prefer to bore them to death with scrambled eggs. Eye-wink

We can't cook for fads, there are too many of them.

I know they are not telling the chefs at restaurants how to prepare the meals but there they can pick thru the menu to get what they want.

I don't like doing it but I do make them explain, in person, how bad their allergy is. No airborne particles? No contact? Ok if it's on the same table with their meal? Would gf bread put in the toaster make them ill?

No dairy? Does that mean butter? Cheese? Yogurt?

And when they start adding things back in I put it bluntly, "so it's not an allergy that will cause you serious pain or illness, it's a choice, correct?"

We've all had the guest with the restricted diet who then tells of the wonderful whatever they had for lunch and dinner that was loaded with the restricted food.

 

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I do this in email sometimes. For those with real allergies this is stress relieving. For those without it's annoying and well, they start to realize how much trouble we will go.

Sometimes I think people do this because it's essentially a control issue. They find that food is the one part of their life that they can control and never realize that in fact the food issues have taken control over them. 

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We have a guest like that. She brings her own food divided up into serving sizes and we just plate it up nicely.

They've been coming here for years, before us even, and it's gotten worse.

All they talk about over breakfast is food and what they can't eat or how they were bad and ate a cookie.

It's sad.

Not an allergy just recovering over eaters. Which can be like alcohol I know.

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It's very very sad. 

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People who suffer from celiacs often have other food allergies. Lactose intolerance is typically the most common, which is why so many commercial gf products are also vegan.

As for the ones that can eat a little, but only when they say, no idea.

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We had a gf guest here last week. Ate toast with the eggs every day. Came back everyday telling me how much she loved the clam rolls she ate everywhere they went.

(Clam rolls - deep fried, breaded clams on a hot dog bun.)

You tell me.

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This is just another one of those FAD things. This too will pass when the next one comes along. I would tell people, if it isn't a health issue, and just a preference, we offer our standard breakfast.

Of course politely. Or sorry, we can't accommodate your dietary needs.

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Funny, when I tell them that I use frozen commercial foods for GF it seems to seperate the wheat from the chaff, proverbially. Out comes that commercial GF, DF, Vegan frozen waffle.... yummy! Artificially flavoured blueberry. I don't have a GF kitchen... so this is the only way I can supply Smiling

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Ever notice that it's only women?

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Jon Sable wrote:

Ever notice that it's only women?

Yes. And it annoys the heck out of me.

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I bet they watch Dr. Oz every day!  wink

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Madeleine wrote:

Jon Sable wrote:

Ever notice that it's only women?

Yes. And it annoys the heck out of me.

Ditto!!

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Highlands John wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Jon Sable wrote:

Ever notice that it's only women?

Yes. And it annoys the heck out of me.

Ditto!!

Yes, it is always women. Always.

Except that body builder type that was here who told me of his lactose intolerance while standing over the coffee area and whinging about it saying "aren't there any lactose free products here?"

I said "Sure it is right there, its called black coffee"

DOH! Allow me to do your thinking for you. glad I could help.

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Wonder why only women seem to be allergic to gluten... other than Celiacs.

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Uncle is Celiac.  Didn't develop until his later years. The undiagnosed Celiac led to a host of problems including heart.  When he went gluten free the recovery was amazing.  Now my cousin is developing some of the same symptoms he started with.  Fortunately she has adjusted her diet and is doing well. 

Several of our guests have said 'gluten light' then when they get here, change their minds to 'not while we're here'.  My recent gluten free vegan was happy with oatmeal.  Every day of 5 days.  Her request.  Only variation was rolled, or steel cut and the fruit served with changed each day. 

We will often only have one room at a time, so much easier to accommodate.  I do ask them to let me know in advance because any but the most basic shopping must be done many miles away.

A well-stocked pantry helps.  I always have Thai green curry makings on hand for the unexpected vegan dinner!  Just laid in some wheat free pasta but bloggers say it can be tricky to cook until done-but-not-gummy so I'll have to play guinea pig on us a few times before it becomes part of the rotation.

 

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