Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gluten-Free products available at House of Hope Food Barn, Berkeley and Warrawong

Vanessa Pike-Russell Photography

[ Image: Gally from House of Hope Food Barn, Warrawong with some of the many Gluten-Free items available. Photography by Vanessa Pike-Russell ]

On my first visit to House of Hope Food Barn in Warrawong I was impressed by the range of products available and the wonderfully helpful service by volunteers in my search for Gluten Free products.

I was very excited to see some Orgran Gluten Free products including Gluten Free Pasta & Sauce with Rice & Corn Spirals with Tomato & Basil Sauce

Orgran Gluten Free Pasta & Sauce
Other Gluten-Free products fond on the day included Polenta, Corn flour, Rice, Gluten-free recipe and sauce mixes, rice and corn-based snacks, rice crackers as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and other household items.

Read more about this wonderful charity that offers budget food, groceries and free fresh fruit and groceries for low income, pensioners or people who are struggling.

They also have a Cookery class on Wednesdays and stock a large range of gluten-free products.

Two locations:


Berkeley Food Barn
Shop 5 Winnima Way, Berkeley
Open Thursday & Friday 10am - 3pm

Cnr of Shellharbour Rd & North Cliffe Dr, Warrawong
Open Wednesday to Friday: 10am - 3pm

Previous articles on House of Hope in the Lake Times local newspaper

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Illawarra Gluten Free

A directory of Gluten free products,
stores and online shopping catering
to people from the Illawarra.

Who am I?
My name is Vanessa Pike-Russell and I started this blog after realising that my IBD symptoms all stemmed from being intolerant of wheat and gluten. I was born with an under-developed pituitary gland (hypo-pituitism) and recently learned that it is common for the stomach to not develop fully and thus unable to process gluten properly. I would suffer from stomach pains, bloating, cramps and lethagy until I went on a low-carb diet in 2002.

When it was suggested that I might be sensitive to wheat I did some research and since then I have all but removed the symptoms unless I eat the wrong foods. It is hard to remember that there is so much wheat and gluten in all manner of products and not just breads and pasta.

I started researching gluten-free products and culling wheat-laden foods from my diet. When I slip up I pay for it - literally. Pretty soon I had an extensive library of recipes and links to online resources and decided that with all the research I was doing it would be best if I archived it and shared with others in the same plight.

I am no stranger to keeping a foodie blog, starting 2002 and active in the Livejournal Food communities before moving to Illawarra Food Reviews on Blogger in 2005.  I come from a long line of foodies and wanted to journal as much of my travels around Tasmania as possible share with friends and family. I decided to continue the tradition of photographing and journalling my gastronomic journeys when returning to live in Wollongong in 2002. In the past few years I had noticed a significant cause and effect between foods eaten and symptoms labeled as IBS which have now almost disappeared once I cut wheat and gluten out of my diet.  You can read my story about discovering my wheat sensitivity here.

I have provided an index of directories: books, flours, product outlets, recipes etc to get you started.

Why Illawarra Gluten Free?
I chose to focus on the Illawarra area because that is where I live - between the Mountains and the sea. From South of Sydney down to Far South Coast of New South Wales. The definition of the Illawarra differs depending on the sources you read but in general it consists of three cities:

Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and also loosely includes the 'South Coast' including areas such as Berry, Nowra and Kangaroo Valley

Illawarra Restaurants with Gluten Free Items

Know of a Gluten-Free Brand, Product, Food store, Cafe or Restaurant that isn't listed? Please contact me at and I will update our articles, links and tags.

Gluten Free Recipe Directory

Gluten free recipes

Recipes by Select Health Foods

Almond Recipes
Barley Flour Recipes
Barley Recipes
Besan Flour Recipes
Bread Machine Recipes
Bread Recipes
Brown Rice Flour Recipes
Buckwheat Flour Recipes
Carob Recipes
Chickpea Recipes
Cornflour/Cornmeal Recipes
Flour Recipes
Four Substitute Recipes
Glucose Syrup Recipes
Millet Recipes
Polenta Recipes
Potato Flour Recipes
Rice Flour Recipes
Rice Recipes
Rice Syrup Recipes
Semolina Recipes
Soya Bean Recipes
Soya Flour Recipes
Tahini Recipes
Wheat and Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Brands

Welcome to Illawarra Gluten Free


Illawarra Gluten Free Map

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