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Published August 29th 2014
100% free of grain, gluten, rice and corn
This is not your regular cafe, vegetarian escape or organic getaway. It's a little more "niche", yet is becoming ever more popular.
It's true that the coffee is good but that's not what differentiates the cafe. The beans are sourced from organic and 'Fairtrade' certified producers. "Fairtrade" avoids exploitation of Third World Farmers and allows for better trade terms and production conditions.
It's the food that makes Deeks different. This bakery cafe specialises in 100% grain and gluten-free breads, cakes, biscuits and pastries.
Where possible, all products are made with organic ingredients such as Quinoa and Amaranth, and the flours are milled in-house. They don't use any additives, artificial colours or preservatives and claim to be low GI, "high in nutrition, extremely high in protein and fibre, (whilst) some are low in fat and very low in carbohydrates"
A cooked breakfast might include blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, regular or fruit toast with some jam or marmalade, or a smokey bacon and egg burger.
Lunch offers gourmet pies (beef, potato or curry chicken), pizzas, soups and gourmet sandwiches. For sweet selections to accompany your leaf tea or Fairtrade Coffee there are some delectable slices, cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate éclairs, friands, biscuits, sweet and savoury muffins.
A couple of choices
They also sell fruit juices, soft drinks and a grocery line that does not contain sugars derived from grains.
For me, this is a whole new discovery. When I was told by several natural therapists to avoid Gluten, and if possible, all grains, I was not happy. I love baking, eating and shopping for and writing about gourmet goodies. I started reading and researching and tried lots of new foods, stores and recipes and found Deeks.
There are some minor differences as the breads are slightly heavier and more cake-like than, say, a Sour Dough. After sourcing Deeks' products for some time via their Online Shopping I popped in to their Dickson, ACT Bakery Cafe to buy a supply to bring back to Sydney. I'm a total convert and favour them over traditional wheat/gluten-based breads.
What is interesting is how the business evolved and who's behind it. It's well documented that a multitude of illnesses are diet-related and that what we eat can play a major role in how we look and feel.
Robert De Castella (L) & Bill Giles
According to Clinical Biologist, Bill Giles who specialises in immune related disease, people with auto-immune disease should totally avoid all grains. In his clinical practice and through pioneering efforts he has directed innumerable studies to reveal the complex relationship between cereal grains and the symptoms of immune related disease. According to his Bio, he "is the only research/practitioner in the world to have completed more than 4,000 clinical trials related to the disruption of grain foods on immune strength and efficiency."
Bill Giles teamed up with former world champion marathon runner Robert De Castella, widely known as Deek, to establish two bakery cafes with a range of totally gluten-free, grain-free products. Read more ....
Deeks have two Cafe's in the ACT: Pearce Bakery & Cafe: (incl. Mail order & Wholesale):
Pearce ACT 2607
Phone: 02 6286 9444 Fax: 02 6286 9400
For further information about Grain Free and Gluten Free Living, some of the following resources may be of assistance: Grainfree Living- A great reference site which is very informative and has plenty of useful recipes. Sarah Wilson - Created from personal experience by Australian media personality, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, journalist and blogger. Food Matters - A site that is jam-packed with health & food-related material. They say of themselves: "Think of us as your nutritional consultants and know that we are here with you on your journey to a healthier life."