It seems that much more of my thought power is being put towards food, as of late. I've always spent a great deal of time thinking about the food we eat, the place we buy it, who grows it, how it's packaged and shipped, prepared and stored....lots to think about! But in the past month of transitioning into a gluten free diet much more time and effort has once again been inserted into this eating we do.
I have indulged in several new cook books and Celiac guides, all have given me ideas, creative hope and inspiration. However, one book stands out, it's so good it nearly got consumed by the dog before I even knew it had been delivered (uhem!). My dear cousin, who lives in Seattle (home to the Flying Apron Bakery), sent this cook book to me (Thanks Yinz). It was love at first sight.
This book has recipes that are simply made from real food, no starchy fillers that I have come accross yet and even little use of the "glues" like guar and xanthum gum. We tend towards the dairy free around here and so does this book.
I have become very aware of how dependent on one grain I was until this dietary shift. Once I began looking into what other grains are available a light bulb went off in my head. I never again want to be so dependent on one product. It is to this end, the diversity in diet, that I would recommend this book to anyone simply looking to cook creatively - expand your horizons because you want to learn something new in the kitchen, because it's good for your body and your creativity! Have some fun in that kitchen, mix up the weekly menu, not because you must but for fun and health.
My big boy is playing t.ball and my hubby is coaching. Chaz and I are watching and cheering. We are making a family occasion out of this t.ball stuff I tell you.
When it came to be our snack day a funny thing occured, my boy decided that mama made goodness (the stuff he loves to make and consume) was different, in some fashion, to what the other families had brought.
I thought my heart might break.
A few days of snack discussions passed, thank goodness, and suddenly it was our day. We got lots of the favorite cherries at the farmers market and worked together to make some really fantastic mini muffins, in two flavors, berry corn and maple berry, both from the Flying Apron's Gluten Free and Vegan Baking Book. Each little snack was packed up in it's own little bag and off we went.
Guess what........it was a hit! They loved it, he loved it and I could eat it!
What are you loving in the kitchen these days?