I wondered where the gluten was coming from. I knew I was having some, but I couldn't figure out where. I have been very scratchy. I'm not sure that I have the better deal than those who have really bad stomach reactions to gluten. It must be horrific for them, but I feel very unclean with the amount of eczema I'm now struggling with, and of course it can take months to work through the skin. To be fair, it looks like I haven't had much, just enough to make me feel unpleasant but not enough to mean a trip to the doctors.
It turns out that the Sainsburys version of bear's favourite hash browns, while not actually containing gluten, are manufactured using a method that involves wheat. It serves me right for not making them from scratch. Other brands of hash browns are fine. Ironically they are sitting next to the Tesco Curly fries in the freezer. While Tesco hash browns are gluten free, their curly fries aren't. I really ought to just stick to the healthier options.
Tomorrow I'm off on a coach trip, away for two nights. Bear and DH are staying at home. I've stocked up the fridge and the treat cupboard. DH patiently explained that they were unlikely to starve in the three days and two nights that I would be away and that the kitchen was already stocked. But, as I said, you never know. I'm sure that they'll be fine.