There’s nothing quite as heart-wrenching as working in an office of amazing bakers when you’re on a gluten free diet.
Birthday cakes, muffins for morning tea, “just because” chocolate cookies… it’s hard not to be jealous when you’re shovelling your umpteenth sushi roll.
I’ve suffered from mild food intolerances my whole life. And while I’m not a coeliac, my tummy just can’t handle bread. At all.
But as much as I miss the occasional piece of cake, it’s actually the simple things that are the hardest: like not being able to run downstairs and grab a sandwich at lunch time, for one. Luckily for me, gluten free bread is now common at supermarkets.
My face when I learned gluten free bread was at the supermarket. Image: Netflix.
So to combat my jealous streak (and indulge my competitive one) I've been upping my sandwich game lately.
That's right, I've been bringing back the humble paper bag lunch.
And you know the best part about a packed lunch (other than how jealous you can make your co-workers)? It's super simple to do gluten free.
Here's my top five:
1. Chicken, sour cream and chives.
This is actually one of my mum's recipes, but since I discovered lactose-free sour cream, I've been bringing it back. It seems fancy, but it's so easy and the mixture will last you a couple of days so it's also economical.