[ RECIPE ] Gluten-Free Carrot-Cumin'ed Cakes, & Jammy Onions

Savory griddle cakes. Sweet pancakes. Flat bread. ...Gluten free?


What an odd conglomeration.

Odd, but oddly excellent. Thisnjam of carrots, cumin, and crispy chickpea flour makes a wicked good griddle cake. It's naturally gluten-free, and comes off and out of the pan in a jiff.

I've now taken this recipe for a whirl on multiple occasions -- and it comes out beautifully in a myriad of manifestations -- utterly sans gluten. From carrot & onion base, to shredded fennel and leek, I haven't yet found combination that didn't please. We tested it first at the free community cooking class in Jamaica Plains.

CARROT-CUMIN'ED CAKES & JAMMY ONIONS N SQUASH [ gluten free, wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free shell-fish free ]
The sweetness of the delicata plays a perfect counterpoint to a carrot's more metallic bite, and softens the earthier flavors of cumin & cilantro in this quick plant-based fritter. 

:: ingredients ::

1/4 cup chickpea flour
3 org…

[ RECIPE ] Cherry-Cherry Calm Shake

Cherries already have a nutrient profile that aids in soothing the nervous system, and reducing imflammation. In the Summer, when the heat hits, calming nutrition aside cold sounds soothing enough. Smoothies and shakes make a mellow meal or snack -- and this chocolate cherry shake is one of the favourites of a former 8 year old client I coached through celiac diagnosis. Better still, it's simple, naturally gluten-free, and with the addition of magnesium calms a hyper kid as well as it soothes the hot out of an adult.

It's "cherry-cherry" good, to put it impishly.

And since celiacs are often deficient in magnesium, (a necessary mineral for balance both nerves and electrolytes), it was a key part of my -- and this 8 year old's -- recovery from celiac diagnosis.

Cherries, banana, cocoa (and zucchini if you want to toss in some vegetables that won't mangle the flavour), with a dash of magnesium powder (the Cherry flavoured Natural Vitality blend is certified GF, …

Blocking Celiac: Latest Research on Ending the Disease

Why is Celiac Disease so tricky to treat?

"When it became clear that even though the protein was abundant, its activity was nonexistent in a healthy organ, the question became 'What turns the protein on, and then what turns the protein off?'"

This is Professor Khosla, a leading researcher at Stanford University, who recently lead a team into a project focused on deactivating celiac disease-- and the protein,TG2.

But what's TG2, and why should it be turned off, or on, for anyone?
Celiac Disease has become more visible, and is both startling tricky and easy to treat. One in one-hundred is now diagnosed. And the therapy is a simple abstention from wheat, and any grain which contains gluten...for life.

...and yet the estimate of undiagnosed is a startling 83%. How many men and women eat gluten each day, without knowing it is setting off a chain reaction of autoimmune t-cells which wreck their small intestine?  Celiac disease, for a quick refresher, functions through the…

[ Restaurant Review ] Momi Nonmi, Boston, MA

Momi Nonmi, Inman Square: A wedge-shaped dusky-hued dining corner, Japanese sliding screens half-closed over the open kitchen, a bar a few stools long, a wide window onto the street where a booth makes the nook a window-seat eating experience -- Momi Nonmi has a small-world feel but a global creativity. Understatedly but professionally celiac-safe & gluten-free,  Momi serves a fusion-inspired menu, mostly Japanese, with riffs on Hawaiian and American classics. The food is slightly ostentatious, sometimes contrarily simple. The service is attentive. The company is excellent -- or it was when I went with a friend about a week ago.

(Not to mention, the dinner was preceded by watching the Mister Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? and if dinner can follow that and still impress, it's good.)

Personally, I love Japanese food, and the gentle rhythm of the sharing of small plates, the presentation of the food that seems to inspiring a slower pace in eating. Momi also ins…

GFAF Expo, Worcester/Boston Recap! 2018

I was disappointed to miss the event in Worcester this year. But while I can't personally recap it, I can compile a quick overview for you from my fellow writers, celiac advocates, and attendees. A heap of friends made it, including my roommate.

The GFAF Expo, an annual affair featuring food-allergy consultants and chefs, celiac disease specialists and advocates -- and floor full of vendors chock-full of gluten-free (and other problematic-ingredient-free) food -- is often overwhelming. But it's always a great weekend for discovering and trying fun food in a safe environment, and meeting friends for the day.

Everything But the G caught these shots of the variety of food on the floor (luckily not literally on the floor) : Excellent dairy-free and gluten-free milks from Elmhurst,Banza Pasta (chickpeas! naturally gluten-free -- I love Catherine, their celiac-friendly coordinator, and this company),  and as you can see...

...sacks full of other samples. If you're many-foods-into…

Join Me at the Gluten Free Expo (GFAFExpo), Worcester, July 21-22!

A weekend away, with food you can eat, and educational seminars on all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly -- isn't that a break and more than a half? The Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo is back in New England, July 22-23, and I'm giving away 6 tickets!

Join me?
10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday the 21sd 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday the 22nd To purchase tickets: Purchase here (click the link)

Either for one day or both, the conference hall is well worth a day if you have celiac, or other food restrictions.

But what I love most about these events is the human connections I make.

Recovery from a food-related disease or allergy and joy, come mainly through our relationships: it's doubly important that we get to connect at these events. We get to meet with the local community, with farmers and medical professionals , local restaurants and gluten free brands. That kind of connection is what guarantees the food isn't just labeled gluten-free. That connection is wh…

PRODUCT REVIEW: Mikey's Tortillas, Que Bueno, Guey [ Paleo, GF ]

Mikey's [ ]

"I think we have... oh my word, CJ. I don't know if we have anything. Can you eat a tomato? We have brats - -wait, they have gluten in the filler."

I got off the bus, and in the door where I was staying in St Louis, and I was hungry. Yes, I could eat tomato. But just tomato?

This is how I encountered Mikey's Tortillas.

Digging through my host's freezer -- at her behest -- voila! "What are those? Oh! That's when so-and-so visited..." An entire packaged of gluten-free tortillas.

I've always enjoyed corn tortillas. They're naturally gluten-free; made traditionally, they have that fresh lime-tang offset by a mellow sweetness.

But gluten-free, one doesn't often get a tortilla anything like the small flour ones, those chewy bases  for flautas, hand-sized burritos, and various other and sundry Northern American-Latin fusion food. Mikeys -- grain-free, gluten-free, a…