Seeds of success in gluten-free goodies

SORRY, Polly - with Jennifer Pollard around, all the good grain is going to the humans.

The woman behind new gourmet kitchen and cafe Birdseed has a passion for the grains normally wasted on budgies.

Flours used in Mrs Pollard's gluten-free goodies are ground by the South Launceston woman herself.

Mrs Pollard said she hoped to create a community for the many people in Launceston with allergies and intolerances.

Her Prospect shopfront is the fruit of about five years' labour and several interstate moves.

"I said `Let's go back to Launceston'. It's the nicest city."

Light lunches, packets of biscuits, pastries, cakes and coffees are on the menu of the Westbury Road premises.

Mrs Pollard will also conduct regular workshops.

In line with today's workshop on cooking with quinoa, the grain native to South America will feature heavily in next week's menu.

"We'll try to feature a different menu each week," Mrs Pollard said. "If you eat raw, if you eat healthy, you'll be better for it."

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