Showing posts from December, 2017

When a Merry Christmas Isn't: Celiac Chat on Life

When the days are snowy and bright, but the tables are piled with celiac blight. Christmas-tide is full of food. What time isn't? But that's a good thing...unless you have a disorder which makes the larger portion of the food not just inedible, but dangerous.

Perhaps a greater challenge in a holiday season is the focus on food, for feasts require feasting, and that means edibles. But the Western tradition is heaped high with edibles inedible to us.

It does make a wicked opportunity for creativity.

...or a wicked excuse for isolation.

When a happy Christmas isn't happy, it's time to troubleshoot.

Chat about your challenges with a friend
Find something new to do or try
Disorders are ditches in our lives, not the roads

This season, I met up for a date at a little cafe around the corner from St Paul's near Harvard. As we unbundled, and ordered tea & coffee, gluten free came up.
"Seriously," I quipped after a fairly blase remark from him, "You have a su…

Recipe: Chia Chai Pumpkin Mousse, & Gluten Free Griddle Cakes

Every year when Winter whips in, the kitchen is cold, and even when it warms up with the oven on or  the heat seeping up from the lower-neighbour's flat, it isn't the time to eat cold too.

Bodies, I think, know that cold is dangerous in the Northeast.

Probably because it is.

And perhaps that's why warm food, and the warming aroma of cinnamon, clove, and ginger, tug so hard on the taste-buds this time of year.

I met Nu Naturals (a family-owned company based on the West Coast) during a work trip a few months ago. They make syrups that are gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free. Since I have a dairy-protein-allergy on top of celiac, this is a boon to me; and I spent a few mornings making warm food and playing with the Chai, Cocoa, and Pumpkin Spice syrups, along Nu's organic cocoa and my own chia seeds.

I happened to have egg white protein -- an odd pantry addition, but Now Foods offered me a bucket to try during that trip as well.

Anyhow, as a celiac mate in Ireland says eve…