I think when you are coeliac and dairy free too your kitchen cupboards can become a minefield. If you bake then everyone tells you different flours for different things and what about all the different milk alternatives, which is best for what. I started of like this but it becomes ridiculous because you can’t possibly buy everything.
I also think it becomes a personal choice as to what you prefer and like. I know people who swear by gram flour for everything, from pizza bases to cakes but personally I’m not a big fan. I don’t mind using it for my pizza bases but when I bake with it I feel like I always get a taste. I’m a fan of rice flour, I find it the most versatile and can use it successfully in nearly all recipes plus it’s cheap to buy. I also like almond and polenta however buying almond flour is ridiculously expensive, I buy almonds and grind them down myself because that’s all it is.
I like rice milk as a dairy alternative and coconut cream. Recently my mum discovers coyo, dairy free coconut based natural yoghurt. It’s such a nice consistency and so versatile, I use it for baking, making dressings, sauces, deserts and about everything that needs a creamy feel so I always have a carton of it in my fridge now.
Vinegar is another interesting debate when it comes to coeliac disease, malt vinegar to some, and me included, is a no no while others can handle it. If you want to stay away from it then again rice vinegar is the way to go as I actually think it’s nicer anyway. I’m starting to realise I’m a big rice fan, it’s amazing!
Soya sauce, this is something I think many people forget about being in the gluten category but it can be. I actually stay away from soya because I have read a lot about it and don’t want to have it. I use amino sauce which is naturally gluten free and great added into a dish.
I hope some of this helps as I know it can be so confusing when you first realise you are coeliac and if you like to cook you’re suddenly left thinking… aarrgghh I need to have so many different things now. You don’t, it’s just about finding the alternative that works best that you can use for everyone in the family whether they’re gluten/dairy free or not.