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  1. OK, here it is. Source: Everyday Food magazine, April 2007 FLOURLESS FUDGE CAKE 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan and parchment paper unsweetened cocoa powder for pan 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons orange flavoured liqueur, such as Grand Marnier 6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature 4 tablespoons granulated sugar confectioners sugar, for dusting 1. Preheat oven to 300. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Line bottom with a round of parchment paper; butter parchment. Dust paper and sides of pan with cocoa powder, tapping out excess. 2. In a heatproof bowl, set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in liqueur. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat egg yolks with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until pale and doubled in volume, about 6 minutes. Stir in chocolate mixture. 3. In another bowl, with mixer on high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining granulated sugar until medium-stiff peaks form. Whisk half the whites into chocolate mixture, then gently fold in remaining half. 4. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake until cake pulls away from sides of pan and centre is just set, 45-50 min. On a wrie rack cool completely in pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours our up to overnight. To serve, run a metal spatula around edge of pan, and unmold cake; dust with confectioners sugar. I modified mine by using raspberry liqueur and serving with fresh raspberries on top. YUMMY!
  2. Yes Chilis and Ruby Tuesday

  3. Yes, I made the cake! It is TO DIE FOR! It is sooooo chocolately and delicious. It's so nice to have a few yummy desserts you can count on
  4. The magazine "Everyday Food" by Martha Stewart Living has a recipe in it this month for Flourless Fudge Cake. It just calls for butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, eggs, sugar, confectioners sugar and orange-flavoured liqueur. I'm not too big on the chocolate-orange thing, so I got some raspberry liqueur instead. I'm having some friends over next week and I'm going to make it. Somehow I feel better feeding them a gluten-free dish that I can say "look, it's from Martha Stewart!", makes me feel like I'm not trying to cop some crappy facsimile of "real" dessert on them. Anyhow, will let you know how it turns out, or you might want to pick up a copy of the current issue. It also has a recipe for egg rolls that I'm going to try with rice wrappers......
  5. A good friend of mine is moving back to Newfoundland next week, and I wanted to take her out for lunch before she left. I know Chilis is a favourite place of hers, so I called them 2 days ago to ask if they had any gluten free items on thier menu. The woman on the phone assured me they did. So we go there today. The server tells me to go for anything on the "Guiltless Grill". 2 of which are sandwiches. Right. So I order a Guiltless Grilled Chicken platter. She comes back after a few minutes to tell me there is gluten in the rice. Apparently it is in some kind of sauce. So she says she will add extra vegetables. But then she says I can't have the corn on the cob because there is butter on it. So I ask what on earth is wrong with the butter and she says "it is touching other things". So I ask her if they have a baked potato, they don't. I ask her if they have a tossed salad and she says no "because there is cheese on it" (again, WTF??), and that "everything is touching other things". So I tell her nevermind, I will not eat anything. So she comes back a minute later and tells me the fries are gluten free. And I ask her if they are cooked in the same oil as other breaded stuff. She goes to check. Comes back to tell me the fries are cooked in canola oil. I'd have walked out at this point if I didn't have 3 friends already sitting there. I reinterate the "breaded food" question and establish that no, they do not have dedicated fryers for fries. So I tell her forget it, I won't eat anything. A minute later the manager comes around and tells me I can have the grilled chicken and vegetables and corn on the cob. I ask about the butter. He says its margarine. Whatever. I tell him that I can eat corn on the cob but not to put margarine on it from a tub that was used for buttering bread etc. He assures me he will see to it himself. Fine. I'm now getting plain grilled chicken, steamed vegetables and corn. All my friends are served their meals. Manager comes back and says to me "do you like salmon?". I'm like, uh, no. Then he says they don't have any chicken that's not marinaded and someone cooked me salmon. I don't like salmon, I'm not eating it. I go back to my "forget it, I won't have anything". Then the server comes over and tells me my lunch will be right there. Huh?? Then the manager comes back and says "there was a miscommunication, your chicken is coming". At this point my friends are half done their meals and I think they are getting the idea why I don't eat out much. One of my friends actually said "she called ahead and you told her you had things here she could eat". And the manager says "well, we do, but it's just the plain chicken and vegetables". Had we known my choice was limited to one thing (and by now I'm not even sure about that, because it sounds like they don't know what the hell I'm talking about, and I told the manager that), we'd have gone somewhere else. So, by the time my food arrives, my friends are done eating. The food was edible but very bland. I see some of the other things some of you mentioned in other posts about Chilis (like mashed potatoes) and at no point did they offer me any of those items. I don't think they even know what gluten is at that restaraunt. So, after that run around, I still got charged the full price for the meal but I left a crappy tip. Honestly, I don't have a problem when a place can't serve me. I *do* have a problem when I make an effort to find out in advance and they give me false information. I know it was quite uncomfortable for my friends, and I know they felt bad for me about it. No wonder I just stay home. BTW, that was the Chilis at Northill Mall in Calgary.
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    From what I understand, England is a lot more gluten-free saavy than North America, as there is a higher incidence of celiac disease in the UK. If the meal is being catered at a hotel or restaraunt, I'd definitely talk to your friend and ask if a gluten-free meal can be arranged. If the food is being brought onto location by a caterer, your chances are slim. Eat before you go and try to take your own plate if you have somewhere to cook it in advance. I'm sure you could visit a celiac disease website from the UK to get a list of gluten-free foods available there. Good luck!!
  7. I'd ask them for a narcotic as well. My first scope was a breeze, I had midazolam (Versed), Fentanyl (a narcotic) and the hurricane spray. The second one was done by a different doctor and all I got was the midazolam and it was not the best experience. As to whether or not you will get nausea, everyone is different. I have no problems with anesthetic, I feel totally fine when I wake up. Some people experience a lot of nausea and or vomiting. Best of luck to you tomorrow! Just tell them your concerns and what you want!
  8. I agree that the family has to be pretty much gluten-free at home. You say the family "hates it", well, imagine for a minute that you are the one committed to a life sentence with it. At least you get to eat whatever you want when you are work, when he is at school, when you go out for dinner alone or when you are out with friends. I am the adult in the house with celiac disease and 2 normally eating kids. My kids eat whatever they want for breakfast and lunch (they take lunch to school). However, dinner is strictly gluten-free. I refuse to cook 2 meals and given that my choices are so limited, I figure they can suck it up for one meal a day. I have a ton of gluten-free entrees that I make. Anything involving pasta I use gluten-free pasta and they eat it too (they actually like it better than regular pasta now). I only make gluten-free pancakes for everyone. I find pancakes are one of the better substitutes. Just don't keep temptations like regular Oreos in the house. I have had to give them up and I keep telling myself they aren't good for me anyway. As your son matures and takes more control over his own diet you will probably be able to bring these things back into your lifestyle, but for now, he is not showing self-control and as the adults I think you need to take charge and show him a positive attitude. Even at the age of 37 it really bugs me when my mom turns her nose up when I offer her something gluten-free and says "I'm not going to eat that because I don't have to". I hope the group you called will be able to give you some good advice and support for your son. Best of luck to you.
  9. Yeah, Smarties are way better than M&Ms, and I miss them. I always ate the red ones last
  10. Laura, I just wanted to add that a negative reaction from your parents or your mother's friends is the least of your worries. How on earth is she going to miss out on childhood by following a diet? Her childhood is what you, and she, make it. I think they are being extremely selfish, especially considering that you may have it, too. Don't they want their own daughter to be healthy? Here's the kicker, if you have it, and if your daughter has it, chances are good at least one of them has it, too, and doesn't know it. Perhaps they should read the list of parents-worst-nightmare list of complications from untreated celiac disease before they talk about "missing out on childhood". Better than being dead. That was probably overly dramatic, but you get the idea. I know how emotional you are when you are pregnant, which is probably making this whole thing a lot harder on you now (I remember crying at the drop of a hat). FWIW, I had the biopsy to get my final Dx and I have no regrets about it. It was a simple procedure and I carried on with my life within a couple of hours. Yes, it's true I can no longer get extended health insurance (I live in Canada), so that sucks. But, at least I know what I am dealing with and I have no doubts about it. Good luck with whatever you decide. Don't let your parents control your life!!! (((hugs)))
  11. I actually got asked to phone in the pizza order in question on the night shift I told you about. They said "Lori, you're not busy, will you phone in the pizza order?". And I said "uh, no. I'm not gonna have anything to do with pizza I can't eat". I got a look for a second, then I think the person realized what she had asked me to do. In that case, I didn't want to be the one in trouble for not ordering whatever topping some picky person wanted! At any rate, I think I made my point. I don't mean to be a bag about it, but everyone else's pizza really has nothing to do with me.............
  12. steveindenver, I totally feel your pain. In my case, it's never a company paid for lunch (I'm a nurse), but my staff room is full of gluteny "gifts" that I never get to touch. The neonatologists often bring in donuts/pastries on the weekends. The staffroom is full of sandwiches on Thursday afternoons after teaching rounds. Everytime a fellow leaves, the attending orders pizza on that shift for the entire staff. One of the charge RN's always orders from a local burger drive-in (and one of my all-time-favourite-if-there-was-ever-a-cure-I'd-run-there-as-fast-as-my-legs-could-carry-me) when she is in charge on Sunday day shift. We often have cakes when someone is working on therr birthday. I have become pretty good at shoving it to the back of my mind and trying to just pretend the food doesn't exist. Most of the time it really does not bother me too much, especially the baked stuff. Weirdly, pizza was never one of my favourite foods, it was ok once in awhile, and I really don't miss it that much, but when you get the SMELL OF PIZZA permeating a small room, OMG, it drives me crazy. I just don't go near the staff room. I can barely stand it. Though in credit to my co-workers (who are obviously RN's, MD's, and RT's), they are at least understanding about it and don't give me a hard time. The last time the pizza arrived (purchased on night shift by a fellow on his last shift), it arrived in the staff room just as my break was up. So, I gratefully got up and left. He came and tracked me down in the unit and asked me to come have some pizza, so I told him I can't eat pizza, I have celiac disease. He didn't know that and actually offered to order me something else! I must confess, I didn't especially like this guy, but I pretty near started crying on the spot at the gesture. I told him that was awfully kind but take out food and gluten free really don't go well together. But, once again, it proves my point that, for me at least, celiac disease is not so much about food as it is about feeling socially isolated. I hope everyone's pizza sucks! I agree, take a steak covered in sauteed garlic mushrooms, a giant baked potato and a wicked side salad. Then send the bill to management!
  13. I'll have to watch for you Rusla! rinne, I live in the NW. There is a Chianti's at Crowfoot Crossing mall, as well as an Outback, Tony Roma's and Joey Tomato's. I'm asymptomatic, so I really can't comment on CC at any of these places, but they are the places I go to around here. I really need to get over to Hi-Ball, do they do a gluten-free ginger beef?
  14. Pasta?

    Tinkyada is good for shaped pasta. I buy the rice vermicelli (cheapo stuff in the Asian foods section) for spaghetti substitute though, and it's very good once you get the sauce on it.
  15. I leave the breadcrumbs out entirely. So far, no problems with them sticking together. I use lean ground beef.