Yesterday’s vegan lunch on Qantas.
Spicy Sichuan style tofu with vegetables and rice.
A bread roll with dairy free spread, and a vegan friendly cake thing.
See, here’s the problem. I ordered vegan, because you can only specify one dietary requirement.
The sauce on the tofu contained gluten. The bread contained gluten. And the cake thing contained gluten.
You can’t specify both gluten free and vegan. Just gluten free or vegan.
And since I am violently allergic to dairy – to the point where it can send me into anaphylactic shock, it’s better for me to order the vegan and cross my fingers that it’s going to also be gluten free. Sometimes it is. Gluten makes me sick, but at least it won’t kill me.
For the record, the flight attendant brought me an apple to eat when they saw I hadn’t touched the food. I also had my own stash of rice cakes and a tube of vegemite. Never fly without my own food because far too often I can’t eat the food served to me on board.