Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Gluten-Free Gourmet by Bette Hagman

I was really impressed with the creamed soup base. It was disappointing to find that my cans of tomato soup contained gluten. With the creamed soup base recipe, I can still have tomato soup and grilled cheese on gluten-free bread. The soup base was also successful with potato casserole, replacing a can of cream of chicken soup.

Cooking with a Friend

I had a friend over for dinner after eating in for 17 days. It was nice to make chicken curry from the recipe on the coconut milk can (no gluten!) and then use a gluten-free yellow cake mix to make a coconut lime cake. We spent hours pouring over cookbooks and swapping recipes.

And today, I found the following fortune in my wallet from a meal long ago: “Cooking is easy. Doing dishes is the hard part.”

Well, I am getting faster at washing dishes by hand. And cooking is getting easier. I’m learning.

Photo: I went to visit Suzy Anderson yesterday, and we made this awesome coconut cake with icing and a lime glaze. Two 9-inch layers, coconut topping. It was absolutely delicious!

Coconut cake with lime frosting.

Photo: I went to visit Suzy Anderson yesterday, and she's recently gone on a gluten-free diet. So we made this impressive chicken coconut curry. Squash, onion, red bell pepper, chicken, chicken broth, and coconut milk. Served with rice, and topped with chopped almonds and basil. We had a lot of fun.

Chicken Curry with rice

The Verdict Is In

I went to the doctor today as a follow-up for the two-week lactose-free diet followed by a two-week gluten-free diet. My doctor did not officially diagnose me as gluten intolerant but suggested I continue a gluten-free diet.

Hands down I feel better without gluten. In two days the constant pain I’ve experienced since July diminished. In a week, I was in no pain at all. I’ve also lost 25 pounds and a pants size since July. Not bad.

Because I never want to be in as much pain again, I am going to continue a gluten-free diet. I bought my first gluten-free cookbooks, and I have more from the library. Almond flour and guar gum is in the mail. Cheers to healthy living and eating well!

Cookbook Trip

My mom called and recommended “Gluten-Free 101” by Carol Fenster. I headed to my local Barnes and Noble and grabbed a copy. And I sat in the cookbook section looking through other cookbooks. I also picked up “The Gluten-Free Bible: The Thoroughly Indispensable Guide to Negotiating Life without Wheat” by Jax Peters Lowell. The attitude section has been helpful in particular for mourning, finding your triggers, etc.