Where can you buy all this weird flour in Ireland???
When I started researching this diet I couldn't figure out what flour could be bought where. unfortunately we're not in a place yet where you can just walk into a supermarket and pick up rice, gram, maize, sorghum etc.
So here's what I have found so far.
- The most common GF flour in Ireland is from Odlumns and is called Tritamyl. Unfortunately this flour IS NOT soy free.
- Health stores carry a lot of these flours, but in small quantities and at a hefty price.
- Ethnic stores carry many of them at a great price.
- Many of these flours can be known by different names. And depending on your cookbook you might need to know all of the synonyms.
- Flour & Starch seems to be used interchangeably, but I'm pretty sure they're different things.
In Dublin city there are several Oriental Supermarkets (There is one virtually on each side of the Deorges Street arcade and there one opposite the Jervis street centre at the Luas stop) which carry:
- Rice flour (* see flour mix below)
- Potoato flour (* see flour mix below)
- Tapioca flour (* see flour mix below)
- Gram flour
- Cornflour (really a thickener, the flour of corn seems to be called maize flour)
- Gelatinous Rice Flour
- Sorghum flour
- Yam Flour (I have no idea what you can use this for, I just saw it there)
- Bean Flour (Likewise I have no idea what you can use this for, I just saw it there)
- Maize Flour
- Tapioca Flour
- Rice flour
- Potato Flour
- Maize Flour (I haven't found maize anywhere else)
The easiest and most universal Wheat Flour replacement I have found so for is from Marilyn Le Breton's excellent Diet Intervention and Autism. You can cook every recipe in her book with just this mix:
- 4 parts rice flour
- 1 part potato flour
- 1 part tapioca flour
Gram Flour aka Garbanzo Bean, Chickpea or Besan Flour
Tapioca Flour aka Cassava, Manioc or Gari Flour
Potato Flour aka Farina
Corn Flour as sold in Ireland is a thickener, not a flour
Maize flour is corn flour (I think)
Gelatinous Rice Flour aka Sweet Rice Flour
Don't be afraid to go into those ethnic shops! The folks in there are really nice and they'll really help you if you ask.