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Member Since 24 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Feb 04 2013 11:58 AM

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gluten-free Baking Newbie

31 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

Pre-Celiac I usually only baked on holidays, but lately I've been wanting to give it a try. I went to the store and bought some all purpose gluten-free Flour (Bob's Red Mill) and some Xanthan Gum. Can I just sub these items in for regular All purpose flour on other recipes? I've seen some of the discussions on here about a mix of flours, but this one looks like it's already a mix (Garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, white sorghum flour, and fava bean flour). There's actually a recommendation on the side of the package (1:1 flour + varying amounts of xanthan gum depending on what you're baking). I'm just scared to try something and have it be a giant waste.

Can someone point me to some tried and true recipes that don't require any other specialty ingrediants (flaxseed, multiple types of flours, special starchs, tapioca, etc)? I don't want to run thither and yon to find a bunch of unusual ingredients. I'd like to start out with what is just in my pantry.

Thanks! I appreciate any and all help.

Pity Party

24 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

I'm new to this forum and new to Celiac and hoping you all will make me feel better. I've been gluten-free since Jan. 2nd so it's really new. I was diagnosed with Celiac right after Christmas, but it took me a few days to wrap my head around the diagnosis and make the decision to go gluten-free.

I have so many friends who are encouraging and trying to be nice by sending me links to gluten-free food blogs and gluten-free recipes. I just want to throw myself one big pity party, and I feel like no one understands. I actually feel like I'm going through the grieving process which seems silly, but yet I can't help it.

Prior to diagnosis I probably ate out at least 3-4 times a week. Now I avoid going out like the plague because I hate making a big deal out of this. I wanted to crawl under the table the first time I ate out when I had to ask the waiter how the steak was prepared and stress the fact that I was doing this for health reasons and not because I was on a fad diet. I'm getting better at it, but I'd still rather just eat at home now to save myself the hassle. This is also a problem because I've never been much of a cook. My idea of cooking was taking something out of the freezer and zapping it in the microwave. I'm getting better at cooking and am trying out recipes that are naturally gluten-free so I don't have to futz with expensive ingredients. I don't really miss bread, cakes, or cookies until someone is eating it right in front of me.

My well-meaning friends will say things like "It's so much easier now" or "you should go to xyz blog for recipes". Easier is a relative term. Yes, it's easier than it was, but it's still hard as heck for someone who isn't used to paying attention to every little ingredient on a label. Yes, there are restaurants that serve gluten-free items, but I still have to think about what to order and it's probably NOT the item I'd prefer to order. Yes, I can go to any number of blogs for recipes, but since I'm not much of a cook it requires a big lifestyle change to plan meals well in advance so I make sure to have all of the ingredients in the house. Yes, I can make my own Girl Scout cookies, but it would be a heck of a lot easier to just open the box that's in the pantry, and do we need another couple dozen of the exact same cookie in the house (of which we already have 7 boxes). I know all of the things I'm supposed to do. I know all of the foods that I can eat. I know all of the reasons that I need to do this. I don't need advice.

I just want someone to say "I get it. This is hard. It's a complete lifestyle change." I want someone to tell me that it's normal to be pissed off. I want someone to say that they went through this too. That they too went through a grieving process, but that it got better. I know I'm not dying of cancer, but is it so wrong to expect a little bit of sympathy from my friends and family?

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