Starting from the base point of not assuming any processed foods are g-f, it is a surprise to find there are a number of very good accompaniments to cheese that are free from gluten. Although the admirable Australian company, Maggie Beer, produce a wide range of products, we have only found a few of those listed on their website in Asian supermarkets.
One of the first we found was the Spiced Pear Paste which is really lovely with many different types of cheese from mild goats cheese to more pungent aged varieties of cheddar. This company also produce a quince paste that is well worth seeking out and works well with cold hams as well as camemberts and even blue crumbly cheeses.
Similarly a Spanish company, Paiarrop, who produce outstanding date and walnut and and fig and almond wheels that can be found in Hong Kong and the UK. Both these are outstanding but of the two, we prefer the fig and almond which has slightly less natural sugars which pairs it very well with many different types of cheese.
Paiarrop’s fig paste is softer than the wheels which need a firm hand to cut through the nuts, but is very good too.
Paired with Martin’s Marvelous Crisps or Rutherford and Meyer Rice wafers, eating these g-f accompaniments with cheese and grapes doesn’t feel remotely like a compromise.
Whilst we are not fans of onion relishes, The Unconstrained, who is, vouches for the Balsamic Onion Relish produced by New Zealand company, Maison Therese, which is stocked in Singapore. If you can find them, this company also produces piccalilli, bell paper and beetroot relishes which are all made without the addition of preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings, and are all gluten-free.
What’s not to like?
Maggie Beer: www.maggiebeer.co.au
Maison Therese: www.maisontherese.co.nz
Martin’s Marvelous Crisps:www.martinsmarvelous.com
Rutherford and Meyer:www.rutherfordandmeyer.co.nz