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—
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.
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
Oh. Em. Gee. I am a bit traveled out right now, you guys. I’m not sure how every bit of my trips/vaca days got booked all together but they did, and now I’m home to fill you in on the good, the gluten-free safe, and everything in between. (Rotten shark would be in between, ya’ll. Way in between.)
So, yes, Iceland! The land of elves and narwhals is just as magical as you might think. Having never seen anything like it, my entire family was shocked and awe’d (in a good way) as we traveled around this little country built out of volcanoes, a dash of Goth and a lot of pure love.
I highly recommend visiting the land that sits partly on the North American continental plate, and partly on the Eurasian continental plate. It’s a country like no other (well, maybe like Greenland, I didn’t go there) where geo-thermal power makes cities go and glaciers are just hanging out like it’s nothin’. From whale-watching to geyser viewing this independent country is absolutely fascinating. Gluten-free? Well…..
Iceland is either perfect for the gluten-free, or really freaking hard. Perfect if you’re a huge fan of seafood and lamb (which I’m notsomuch) and hard if you’re looking for the nod of understanding from your waitstaff when you start talking about gluten. The fact is, you will find a load of gluten-free options if you’re adventurous. If you’re like me and balk at whale, horse, puffin, lamb (I raised baby lambs as a kid, I just can’t eat those adorable fluffies) and rotten shark—you should hit a grocery store straight away to load up on gluten-free snacks and food you can prepare in your room. Just in case.
With that said, there are a ton of restaurants in Reykjavik and I only had to leave one due to the only gluten-free options being puffin and horse related. I ate well, and the food was rich, which meant I didn’t need a ton of it. At the same time, I brought gluten-free crackers with me (and picked some up at a health store with gluten-free options) and bought meat and delicious Icelandic gouda to make snacks with whilst on the road. Like this—
One of you lovely readers turned me on to The Coelic Plate’s review of gluten-free Reykjavik and I did find myself in a few of the recommended spots. It’s a fantastic list and I recommend you take a peek before your trip North.
A word about Skyr. Skyr is the Icelandic yogurt that people rave about. Personally, I hate yogurt unless it’s frozen and has chocolate sprinkles. I did want to try Skyr, however, I also hate fruit yogurts and when my husband said the plain was not awesome, I skipped it. He did love the fruit flavors and thought it was one of the most delicious treats ever. So if you’re a yogurt type, load up on the Skyr.
Here’s where I dined out safely, and deliciously! Continue reading