Good Eats Wednesday
Well some may be good, and some so-so. It depends, but regardless it has to do with our palette.
I used to have an iron gut, and would eat anything I could get my hands. I planned dinner at lunch and so forth. Good metabolism...yes. I can't pinpoint the day it changed. It may have been my experimentation this year that maybe I don't have rosacea, rather a wheat allergy. Something my mother alluded to as, cute, when I was a baby... my rosy cheeks. Then I eliminated wheat from my diet which cleared up the cheeks, they were also no longer itchy. But when I went to Europe, wheat seemed to be all that was available, and when on a tour bus with low-blood sugar, you need something with bulk. (Which in my late 20's I'm finally realizing how beneficial fruit can be for that.) But as many gluten sensitivity books inform, once you reintroduce wheat, or any gluten back into your diet after having given it up--you then become aware how sensitive to it you really are. So, this is what I'm discovering.
Gluten sensitivity has to do with your small intestine not being able to digest food properly, and causes a 'leaky gut' and in extreme cases causes celiac disease. Gluten for those who don't know is: wheat, flour, rye, and barley. Unfortunately, this eliminates many things, as wheat and flour are key ingredients in many things, from bread, pasta, cereal, chips, crackers, cookies, and yes cupcakes. This can make things difficult if you want to dine out, take out, or grab a quick snack and don't want to be limited to a salad, or don't have a special gluten-free bakery within immediate proximity. It can be frustrating because it doesn't mean low-carb, but can often lead to that if you don't have the alternatives. Tapioca, rice, sorghum, and potato starch are a few alternatives for substituting gluten ingredients.
One product that has made my life easier this year is Mary's Gone Crackers. They are made of brown rice, flax, sesame, and quinoa seeds. Plus the benefit is the flax makes your skin smooth and face so soft. My favorite is the Herb.
This weekend, I discovered the blog Gluten-Free Girl, Shauna James Ahern, is also the author of the Gluten-Free Girl book.
Shauna's blog has recipes and food photography that look amazing, including links with all kinds of information about gluten. I can't wait to try a few recipes, and pick up her book this week.
Coincidentally, my boyfriend took a job with Alcat recently. They test for all kinds of food allergies. I'm dying to get tested to figure this out once and for all. He received his test results. He's OK with gluten, but sensitive to Halibut, Cayenne, and Cucumbers to name a few. Kind of cool--they test so many foods.
Do you have any food sensitivities?It used to be such a turnoff to me, when I met picky people (men), as I used to consider myself a foodie. Now, I'm one of them. I can't even stick an RSVP in the mail for a wedding, because I don't know what 'Vegetarian' entails, and I'm currently over meat and chicken. (I'm pretty sure I poisoned myself with chicken last week.)
Aside from all this, I found 2 cool food items on Etsy this week that I had to share with you! One is not gluten-free. ;)
Dandelion Jelly from Alaska. Visit Swan Mountain Soap on Etsy.
And these beautiful cookies by SweetAmbs.
Wouldn't these be great for a tea party or bridal shower?