Archive for April, 2013
I got there early and was quickly seated at a table overlooking the parking lot with the harbor just beyond. I asked the waiter about gluten-free options, and was excited when he told me that they had gluten-free bread. He suggested a sandwich with a side salad or the soup of the day. When I asked what the soup was, he said it was vegetable barley. I pointed out that barley has gluten in it and he replied, “Oh, I forgot.” My excitement started to wane at that point.
This recipe is one of my Mom’s go-to meals, and no wonder! It’s quick to prepare, delicious, and can easily be made gluten-free.
Why We Love It
It can be hard to find gluten-free Chinese food, but this recipe really reproduces that sweet and sour flavour. As well, no breading or frying means this dish is far healthier than the restaurant version.
When I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, there were a lot of things that I thought I would never be able to do. One of my biggest wish list items was to attend a cooking class. (Normally, food is cooked for or by a group of people, so it’s hard to accommodate special dietary needs.)
Luckily, Finbar’s came to my rescue! Every month, they offer a cooking class, and this month’s feature was gluten-free! (We requested this class last month, and were so excited to see it happen so quickly!) We got to watch chef Sean Kettley prepare an amazing three-course meal.
There is a lot of debate about gluten in skin care products. Most Celiac experts and organizations advise staying away from any body products that contain gluten. (See this post for more information.)
The question then becomes where to find products that are safe for Celiacs.
You may have noticed that the blog has been a bit quiet recently. That’s because we were fortunate enough to spend some time at Sandals Grande Riviera in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica! Normally, when we go South, my plan is to pack lots of snacks, eat grilled chicken and rice, and (of course) consume as many pina coladas as humanly possible.
At Sandals, I ate just as good (if not better) than I do here at home. My gluten-free questions and requests were always answered kindly and helpfully. I came home with my entire stash of snacks still intact!
Here are a few of the highlights from our trip.