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?”
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.
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.
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!!