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#686649 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 25 March 2011 - 10:19 AM

- Kansas City Rubbed Pork Baby Back Ribs with Homemade Spicy Sweet BBQ Sauce
- Fingerling Potatoes Roasted with Garlic Cloves and Fresh Thyme and Rosemary finished with Smoked Maldon Sea Salt
- Spiced Fried Onion Rings with Cracked Black Pepper Creme Fraiche
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#686415 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 24 March 2011 - 03:08 PM

OK, I thought we should eat a balanced/healthy meal tonight. Plans changed to Herbed Salad with Frisee, Lardons, Capers, Pears and Blood Red Oranges with Sesame Balsamic Vinaigrette; Devilled Eggs with Oven Roasted Red Peppers.
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#686095 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 23 March 2011 - 01:36 PM

Leftover Bangers and Mash with Red Wine Caramelized Onion Sauce from last night but this time accompanied by Spinach Salad with Chevre, Blood Oranges, Peppergrass and a Honey Blood Orange Vinaigrette, with Toasted Pistachios.
And to be completely piggish we are polishing off the rest of the delectable Coconut Cake with Orange Buttercream. :P

We are having a yummy meal planned for tomorrow, that is for sure.
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#686052 So How Does This Work?

Posted by on 23 March 2011 - 10:08 AM

@jestgar thanks for the explanation, that makes sense.

@IrishHeart - The problem that i'm going to have, other than the diet of course, is right now, nothing is really wrong with me.
I'm healthy, have good energy, no real issues that i know of.
I do understand that given time, i probably would have issues. but unlike many of you, i'm probably not going to see any improvements
I realize i probably should look at that as a good thing, but i have heard dozens of times, "oh but you'll feel so much better"
and i don't mean it like my situation is tough, i mean it like, mentally it will be tough to tell myself i'm doing the best thing because right now nothing is wrong
makes sense?
but i am the type who does adapt quickly. so i will complain about it a whole bunch, but i'm already with the program and doing my homework to ensure i cut out gluten.

Same here! No symptoms so I must keep telling myself it is for my own good for my future health, although it is extremely hard to be motivated to go gluten-free when you feel good (and when you love food!). As I've mentioned a whole bunch of times (sorry!) I keep questioning my diagnosis as I feel so good (other than a back injury) even though I know I do have celiac. People seem to need incentive to do something and if there is none, it's very challenging.

If I see some fabulous gluten-filled food in a restaurant, for example, I feel like reaching for it because I know I won't feel any worse if I ate it. However, I cannot let myself go any less than 100% - it's all or nothing so if you don't go all the way why even bother? My sister's FIL has celiac but cheats often. He's in his 70s, a silent celiac and is healthy, fit and energetic - more fit than many 40-year olds.

Just hang in there. Imagine your little villi standing straight and strong. :D
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#686001 What Do You Miss?

Posted by on 23 March 2011 - 07:23 AM

I miss those Nilla wafers to use in some good, old-fashioned banana pudding.
I miss Krystal's hamburgers.
Tiramisu was my restaurant dessert of choice.

AND I miss the convenience - even of just bringing something to a potluck and being able to eat any leftovers. Now, though I like being able to share something delicious and gluten-free, the sheer injustice of bringing something that I cannot partake in once people's glutened hands and plates start hovering over it pricks something deep inside me sometimes. Not fair.

The whole idea of potluck is sharing. Not getting that give AND receive feeling. Not getting to compliment someone on their cake recipe - or their sausage balls. I had to leave for a moment or two in the bathroom in tears at my first Christmas potluck (where I couldn't have gluten). I was doing alright until someone noticed what I was eating, had forgotten my circumstance, offered me food with a questioning glance, remembered my situation with another glance, and subsequently allowed her face to show some pity.

You can buy gluten-free ladyfingers and easily make tiramisu, thankfully! I also have a recipe for homemade ladyfingers if you'd like. Then you can have your favourite dessert again!

I'm with you on the potlucks. We've been invited to one and I just don't know what to do about it. Do I not go? Not sure at this point as I, too, miss the sharing and breaking of bread in that way.
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#685897 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 06:16 PM

The chicken sounds yummy will have to give it a try....let us know about the tater recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Love 2 travel we need some recipes! Your meals always sound like they read right off a menu in a nice restaurant...if you post your recipes and I cook them my husband will probably be eternally grateful...hehe

Be glad to. I often make up my own recipes so they are more or less in my head but will try to remember to add them next time. ;) Thanks for the compliment - I really appreciate it!
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#685830 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 02:51 PM

Tonight is British pub-like fare:

Bangers and Mash with Caramelized Onion Red Wine Sauce (plump Cumberland sausage from a guy who grew up in Cumberland, England and mashed roasted garlic potatoes with crispy shallots)

Shaved Raw Asparagus Salad with Pear Balsamic Vinaigrette, Shaved Parmesan and Toasted Pecans (OK, that's not British...)

More Coconut Cream Cake but this time with Orange Buttercream
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#685827 Five Months Gluten Free -- No Improvement

Posted by on 22 March 2011 - 02:38 PM

I've been mostly away the last few days so have lots to catch up on! So sorry to hear of your experience. It IS really, really hard, especially when you love food so darned much! I can sympathize with you. As IrishEyes mentioned, I had no symptoms at all, either - found out I had celiac through screening as my sister was gluten intolerant. My doctor was shocked, my husband and family were shocked and I was STUNNED beyond belief. One of my first thoughts was, "But this can't be - I am too passionate about food and cooking for this. Why could it not have been someone else?" That was six weeks ago. I do not feel any different at this point, either, and know I was accidentally glutened twice and nothing happened.

I've gone through times of questioning things including my diagnosis. In fact, I still sometimes wonder if it is indeed possible I could have celiac although I know it is indeed a fact.

Food is so much of what my life is about. I teach cooking classes and test recipes for a few major magazines and publications. My husband and I travel all over Euorpe to food destinations. My pantry is filled with exceptionally exciting ingredients most people have never heard of. My culinary book collection exceeds 500 volumes. When I am not cooking I am reading about it or dreaming about it. It is ALWAYS on my mind. I lovingly tend my 100+ spices, many of which are very hard to find and exotic. I've truffle hunted, stomped on grapes and picked olives in Europe. We travel thousands of miles for food. We actually own a house in Europe, too, so travel there when we can. I'd love to go to NOMA (have the book) but wonder about the gluten-free thing.

I imagine it is extra hard for you as you live in a foodie city and just knowing that it is out there must drive you crazy. I totally get that. Thankfully the higher-end restaurants seem to be more knowledgable about gluten-free and cross contamination issues. We recently had a 6-course tasting menu (I called about it in advance) and with our steak tartare I had rice crackers instead of crostini. Not the same thing, of course, but the chef understood my passion and tried hard to make a memorable meal for me.

BUT after the shock wore off I thought that I could turn this into a positive thing by teaching gluten-free classes. I have one lined up for next week on Marinades, Rubs and Brines (naturally gluten-free anyway). At home it is far easier to make the right choices because YOU are in control. Eating out, however, SUCKS. We have ZERO gluten-free places in town so this weekend drove three hours to have a foodie weekend. Which is a huge thing because I have a major back injury that calls me excruciating pain, trouble sitting, standing and so on. Anyway, I made a decision to take control and not let this control me. Celiac disease does NOT define me. I simply will not allow it to.

It is amazing how well a person can eat and cook passionately while gluten-free. Sure, there are many times where I wish I could have that grilled ciabatta bread or cannoli or unctuous pasta. I used to (well, still do) cook and bake everything from scratch. And I mean almost everything. We have only a few cans of tomato paste and molasses, stuff like that, but everything else is made by me lovingly. I toast and grind my own spices for blends, make my condiments, preserves, vanilla, etc. Yesterday I made lovely red pesto and fabulous BBQ sauces and rubs.

Sounds like you need to get your passion back. Order a few culinary books from Amazon or whatever and get back into it. I wouldn't recommend any gluten-free cookbooks, though, as it is discouraging to see that most recipes are gluten-free naturally, anyway! Maybe a few gluten-free baking books (i.e. Blackbird Cafe and CIA are my favourites).

So, each morning I make the conscious effort not to be WOE IS ME but wow - look what I can make that is simply amazing! Although I have no symptoms I refuse to cheat whatsoever. I'm also starting to volunteer at a shelter for battered women when my back allows it and teach them about shopping and cooking. How lucky am I to be able to do that???!! You can take your passion and really use it in unexpected ways. :)
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#685558 What Does Everyone Eat For Breakfast?

Posted by on 21 March 2011 - 04:41 PM

Me? I like to eat at her house.

Come on over! I'll also set out homemade compound butters for your scones and pancakes. :P

I forgot - asparagus frittata is also lovely for breakfast, as is quiche - even gluten-free. :)
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#685534 What Does Everyone Eat For Breakfast?

Posted by on 21 March 2011 - 03:36 PM

I'm not a gluten-free cereal fan. At all. The cereals taste like air and do not fill me. I do sometimes have Gluten Freeda banana oatmeal.

As I am a big breakfast eater, mushroom, gruyere (or goat cheese) and scallion omelette with fresh fruit salad drizzled with a touch of honey and freshly-squeezed lime juice and poppyseeds is my latest favourite. I also like scrambled eggs with a touch of bacon. Or homemade gluten-free French toast drizzled with a butter rum syrup. In the summer I'll likely have lots of smoothies (to which I will add flaxmeal). A few scone recipes are actually ok - I love them with lavender-infused honey or my lavender jelly or other preserves.
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#685161 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 20 March 2011 - 08:55 AM

Chili Rellenos with poblano peppers and homemade tomatillo sauce
Minted Cucumbers with Feta and Peppergrass and Lemon Vinaigrette
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#685157 Need A " Pep Talk"; Very Discouraged And In Pain

Posted by on 20 March 2011 - 08:36 AM

Thanks, everyone! You are all so sweet and uplifting!

I appreciate all your suggestions, and I thought they would all help too, however...I should explain. For 3 years, I have tried MANY sessions of acupuncture, PT, MT, myofascial release, even rolfing. I spent 2.5 years with a naturopath, functional med. doc, supplements, physiatrists, saunas, the gym ....trust me when I tell you THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of DOLLARS on therapies of all kinds...stress reduction classes, biofeedback, yoga (which I love!). I tried everything!.The yoga and tai chi is not easy as I have a dislocated coccyx and SI joints and numbness, burning, tingling and joint and bone pain and my legs don't hold me up for long. Every person said the same thing after working with me for months..." this should be working...I think something is keeping you ill" (yeah, we know what it is now)

I have severe pelvic floor issues and see a specialist PT for it. I researched for months to figure that part out as no doctor could help me ( I was told to get a scooter or a wheelchair--HUH!!?? no way!)and now, I am finally getting some relief. I have had to diagnose myself in every aspect. (good thing I can read, although with the spacey head, it was not easy :P )

I could not sit comfortably at all for 3 years! Sitting in a tub is not possible, otherwise I would soak for hours. The PT says an injury of this nature takes maybe a year to resolve. yikes...anyway...I always look forward; I am no quitter!!

I just needed a boost from you all, I think. And you have provided it. :D Thanks a million!

Mornin', IrishHeart!

Your symptoms are so darned close to mine it's not even funny. Although mine stem from an accident I have to wonder whether celiac is making things worse. It's been three grueling years of physiotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, all sorts of muscle relaxants and painkillers that have done nothing, massage and so on, about $50,000 just to control pain. These things don't help HEAL me, they just help me manage and live. I've been told by various surgeons that there is nothing that can be done except cope and manage. That's rough. So, we're in the same boat, you and I. But at least I do not have the typical celiac GI symptoms and for that I am thankful.

It's weird but I finally got over the hurt versus harm thing. I was so scared to live normally that my muscles atrophied from lack of movement and I have those dreadful myofascial knots all over my back, shoulders, legs, buttocks, ribs and so on. Tight calves can be a killer, too! My massage therapist says she has never seen anything like it. My acupuncturist last week said she had a very hard time getting needles into my right side because there was so much resistance. Oh, yeah. I've had lots of painful cortisone injections into my thighs, buttocks, back and so on but didn't help.

But the last while I no longer fear doing things. I've been told not to sit more than 10 minutes at a time (must often stand to eat) but yet am planning a trip to Croatia in 6 weeks from tomorrow which means 3 hours to the airport, four hour flight, two hour layover, ten hour flight, two hour layover, three hour flight and three hour drive to our house there. That's a lot and I dread that. A lot. There and back. And I never, ever can sleep on planes. But I MUST live my life. Distractions really help. Once I am there it will be alright. Would I rather be in pain here or in Europe????

My health care team all tell me that these things won't INJURE OR HARM ME - just hurt me. Of course there are many, many days that I need help to get to my feet or get dressed but I refuse to get worse (I'm relatively young, in my mind!).

Fear avoidance really did me in a few times. Chronic pain is excruciating to bear and affects all aspects of your life. It is hugely mental. My husband is so good and pushes me to do things even when I hurt (which is about 90% of the time). In fact, this weekend we went away and did all sorts of fun stuff even with my back pain at 7-8/10 constantly. Sure, I have to lie down in our vehicle and get up many times throughout meals to stretch but I did it! And feel darned good about it.

It sucks not being able to have a bath, doesn't it? The little things many take for granted. I want so badly to have long soaks but it is not possible to get up and out of the tub due to muscle wasting and pain.

I force myself to do something I love each day. When things finally begin to melt (hopefully soon!) I cannot wait to plan things in my raised beds (DH built them for me as I cannot bend or kneel and plant) and smell the soil. The robins should be back in 5-6 weeks - their song is so uplifting! Then at the end of May our tulips start blooming. (We have very long winters in northern Alberta.) As I love to cook I make sure to make something lovely each day, even if it is just roasting whole spices, pounding them out in my mortar and pestle, or making pesto. And I dearly love to read. However, as you know, pain can become too much for that, too.

So, please hang in there. Just remember that tomorrow can be a better day and perhaps the day after that can be even better! Before we know it, it will be Spring and the thought of that makes me rejoice. Banish all the negative thoughts as soon as you think them if you can but at the same time realize they are also natural for us humans.
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#685149 No Bowel Symptoms

Posted by on 20 March 2011 - 07:52 AM

As a silent celiac (absolutely nothing happens when I ingest gluten) I can say it is extremely tough. Perhaps when I am gluten-free for longer (have been gluten-free 5 or 6 weeks with the exception of accidental glutening a couple of times, though I couldn't tell physically) I will have noticeable reactions. My husband and I were away for a few days (a romantic birthday celebration - my husband spoils me to bits!) and ate out at wonderful places. I have no idea whether I've been glutened. I was as cautious as possible, contacting the restaurants in advance to discuss my diet, etc. I don't eat out very often at all because I just have difficulty trusting places. Cooking and baking are amongst my passsions so I do not find diligence at home very difficult.

Make sure to email or call re labels. I've been doing this for everything we have that is processed (which isn't much but still). I was told that one product I did have a couple of times WAS indeed gluten-free but found out two days later it is no longer (via email from company). Thank goodness I contacted them or I would have had no clue.

I have become far more assertive than I was before (you have to especially when eating out) and question everything that goes into my mouth. It is challenging but it can be done. I will be getting tested regularly, too, to see whether anything accidental is slipping in somehow.

Make sure things like vitamins and prescription meds are gluten-free (I had to change my vitamin brands).

My attitude has changed vastly over the last few weeks - at first I was angry, hurt and grieving (and I am sure I still will from time to time). As a major foodie I was wondering why it would happen to me?? But then I came to terms with it and am having fun experimenting in the kitchen. Each morning my husband reminds me of how incredibly blessed we are which is very true. Perspective is huge! :D
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#683661 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by on 15 March 2011 - 06:16 AM

Vichyssoise Soup and Homemade gluten-free Italian Breadsticks
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#683362 Birthday Party Help (Not Celiac Related!)

Posted by on 14 March 2011 - 09:40 AM

Do you think he would be interested in making a jello aquarium or some cool science experiments? All you do for an aquarium is make blue jello that day and let it firm up but not totally set. Purchase gummy worms, whales or whatever for him to put into the container (clear glass or even a large plastic cup). Then he can either take it home and eat it later. Since that does not take long to do, perhaps you could make some edible sculpting clay which he could form into his own shapes.

I taught Sunday School for years (ages 2-10) and have lots of ideas if you want. Plus I have a neat book on crafts and science experiments...

Another cool idea is making a greenhouse in a bag - add seeds, etc. and tape to a window so it gets lots of light. Not instant gratification but cool nonetheless! And neat and tidy.

Toothpaste putty is fun, too - you create whatever you want and the putty hardens rock hard in 24 hours.

Or maybe even the ubiquitous crayon melt art (i.e. grating up old crayons, placing between wax paper, and ironing).
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