Living gluten free isn’t hard

I couldn’t just leave you with my Angry Celiac post. It’s Celiac Awareness Month after all.

I was diagnosed with celiac disease five years ago. My life has changed quite a bit since then.

Before my diagnosis, I was sick all. the. time. Like, I couldn’t make plans because I’d never know when my symptoms would strike. For nearly a year, I “lived” like this. I struggled – wondering “Is this just normal? Does everyone live like this? Am I just being weak?”

I was in denial and suffering. Eventually, I faced that fear and got my diagnosis.

photo of new grist on the balcony
March 2, 2013 | New Grist – gluten free beer | Ramallah, Palestine

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Delectable

Tomatoes
May 1, 2012 | Bearskin

For dinner tonight, Tank made pesto and served it with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on a gluten free baguette. While it was incredibly delicious, can these tomatoes really compete with those beauties?

So here I sit. Pining for (a) tomato season and (b) Palestinian tomatoes, which seemed to be perpetually in season and flavorful.

I miss Palestinian tomatoes.

2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

Negev
January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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“I Bring Order to Chaos.”

In which Tank and I finally visit Qumran and celebrate First Contact Day with a cake shaped like the Starship Enterprise.

Tank and Emily at Qumran
April 5, 2013
Enterprise-E Cake
April 5, 2013

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Stuffed Peppers

Another weekend, another culinary adventure. This time, Tank and I might have gone overboard at the fruit and vegetable stand, leaving us with an abundance of peppers.

Using an allrecipes.com recipe as a base, Tank made stuffed peppers using some TSP that was about to expire.

Tank stuffing the peppers
November 10, 2012

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Quasi-Gazpacho

After work last night I went to yoga. Yoga has kicked my butt this week. (I am proud to report, however, that I attempted Bird of Paradise pose and did not fall over! I didn’t get my top leg straight either, but you can’t win them all.)

Afterward, Jon and I tried a new thing for dinner: Gazpacho. My favorite Kiwi sent me her recipe to try — I couldn’t find all the ingredients, but I tried.

gazpacho ingredients
October 5, 2012

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Culinary Adventures: Santa Fe-style Quinoa Salad

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Culinary Adventure, so I searched around for new quinoa recipes to try this week and found one for a Santa Fe-style Quinoa Salad* (in my Gluten Free Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook). Even though it called for picante sauce, which is not something that’s usually found around here, I wanted to try it — I figured we could work something out…

THEN: I found a bottle of Kroger Medium Picante Sauce at the local grocery store. This was a shocker as (1) there are no Hispanic Foods sections of the markets here, and (2) when such items are found, they are rarely gluten free. I decided to buy the sauce, even though I couldn’t confirm in-store that the item was gluten free. After a call to Kroger Customer Service this evening, I got a green light. Gluten free!! Huzzah!!

Let’s do this.

steps to deliciousness
8/29/2012

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