I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: My biggest fear as a celiac is being put in prison and having no gluten-free meals. This is why I never kill people or rob banks, mostly. I also have anxiety about hospital stays, earthquakes (although I have a solid plan about grabbing a bag and throwing ALL the food into it before I even go for the photo albums) and other natural disasters that could put me at the mercy of food donations that are filled with gluten, and therefore guaranteed to make me violently ill in the middle of a crisis. I’ve also talked about working in food banks where I see loads of gluten being handed out and thanking the maker that I’m on the side of the table that’s giving, not receiving.
Fun stuff, right?
While I can sit around and stress out about what might be for me someday, but most likely will not (okay, that earthquake thing is inevitable, but let’s stop talking about prison, ‘kay?), something happened to hit the point home about being vulnerable when you have food issues or allergies.
If you’ve read my first book, you know that I’m one of many who are confused about the gluten-free, paleo, cross-fit connection. Which is why I found it hi-lar-ious that a Facebook ad popped up on my page for a local’ish cross-fit gym announcing a special program for women only where we come together and do the cross-fit thing and cheer each other on. Even more hilarious? I totally bought it. You guys. I’m doing cross-fit.
Friday night, just got paid. So what do you do with that hard earned cash? Hookers and blow? Oh hells, no. It’s pizza night!!!!! Continue reading
I’m headed out to get a whole chicken and chew some bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum. You guys, when someone tells me they have an incredibly simple gluten-free recipe for the best ‘effing chicken, ever, like seriously, I’m going to get on it. So watch out, everyone on Santa Monica and Fairfax, because I’m pulling into Whole Foods to have a conversation with the butcher.
And that’s the kind of inspiration GFF magazine is going for, and has succeeded in so doing: The kick in the butt us gluten-free people need to get cooking because we can eat as well as everyone else, dammit! I mean, except for croissants. But still. Look at these covers!
There is a great group of people curating this gorgeous mag, and I happen to be fans of said people, which is why I’m telling you about this fancy aspirational (and inspirational, did I say that?) gluten-free magazine with the glossiest of photos and food porn for days. I’m digging it, and if you want to be sure and subscribe in time for the Fall/Holiday issue I suggest you click now to subscribe and give yourself 20% off because you deserve it! Just use the code GFFGIMB and you’ll get a generous 20% off your magazine bill, and food ideas that just won’t quit.
In the meantime, here’s how to make that chicken. Continue reading
You guys, let’s just get real for a minute. As someone who was diagnosed with celiac in 2011, it wasn’t long before the grocery store aisles were swimming in gluten-free everything. I was diagnosed at a time when the trend was gaining steam, and I’ve been very lucky to reap the gluten-free benefits. While we can make the argument that perhaps, restaurants, aren’t the safest even with the gluten-free menus, products that are all approved and that biz can be a blessing. And of course, a curse, when we’re talking about delicious donuts that are being served a few miles away from me. 5 pounds isn’t A LOT to gain on a tall frame, right? RIGHT???
I’m often sent new and exciting foods to try since I mouth off about being gluten-free and missing so many gluten-y things. This is great, and at the same time it’s really challenging to talk about them all, what with the children and the work and this adorable puppy—
What, am I just supposed to ignore this?
But I’m going to do a round-up here of some of the ones I’ve really been into. As with most gluten-free foods, it’s hit or miss whether your grocery store will carry. But online is the way to shop if you’re dying for a new bagel/cooking oil/pasta. Continue reading
It’s always sad to lose a restaurant to unsafe gluten practices. (RIP, Grand India Cafe.) And it’s especially sad when it’s a particular type of food that’s not as easy to whip up as say, a cheeseburger. So when I learned my chicken tikka masala was grilled on the same grill as the naan bread, well, I had to buck up and make my own damn saag paneer side to my masala.
Really, it was only a matter of time as I’ve been enjoying a multitude of spices up in my recipes lately. If I can expand my dinner repertoire, so much the better. After all, well-flavored food is so much more filling than bland (although please never, ever, take away my mashed potatoes) and that’s a good thing. Right? RIGHT. And food without gluten is so much better for my farting situation than food WITH gluten, so from now on this is how we eat Indian take out at my house.
Who made this mess?
You’ve got your chicken in the yogurt cooking over there, the masala sauce bubbling away, and the saag paneer/feta since I couldn’t find any paneer. (Feta may not look nearly as good as paneer, nor be as sturdy, but the flavor is fab.) To keep some tradition in our dinner, I did go back to a regular ol’ chicken tikka masala recipe instead of making it funky like the one above. I also splurged on the basmati rice because that really ties it all together, yes? Oh, you think the naan does? Well, call up Grand India Cafe, but we don’t play that here. Unless we do (recipe in my new book!). But I forgot that night. Sorry guys, I was too busy watching the feta.
So, yeah, if you want to go traditional, and not poop-inducing, here’s a few ways to do it!* Continue reading
Whooo-boy am I glad to be back in my own kitchen, you guys! Back where the only gluten exists in bagels snuck into my home by my husband who should probably stop doing that. Back in the U.S.A. where gluten-free menus are plentiful and gluten-free knowledge is (sometimes) right on. Yes, I know I’m being awfully sunny about the state of dining out in America, but after negotiating gluten in a foreign country I realize it’s pretty good here. Again, sometimes. Not this time. But this time! And this time, too.
Before I get into all my travel reviews, of which there are many, I have a few things to say/confess/holler. The main one being, with a few exceptions, I have no idea if the gluten-free food I ate was 100% safe. I mean, I asked, I researched, I made myself clear, I had people reassure me . . . but physically I had no way of knowing (again, except for a few specific times in 100% gf restaurants) if I was getting some cross-contact up in me. Because, lucky me, I was already a tad bit sick in the ol’ tum-tum starting with my first trip to Colorado and never really recovered. So checking to see if I had a safe meal via my physical symptoms was not an option for me on any of these trips. Which is a bummer since I went full Paleo in the 5 days between travel when I was home, but it was not quite long enough to get everything back in working order. But this brings me to my list of things to always do when you leave your home for a family trip, vacation, or other journey. Hooray! Continue reading