30 Days of Gluten-Free – Day 4

So I’ve realized I’ve cheated a lot. Steph pointed out there is gluten in SOY SAUCE. You can get gluten-free tamari sauce which is similar to soy sauce. Somehow I doubt many sushi places would carry that though – has anyone tried to ask for gluten-free sauce at sushi restaurants?? So really Day 4 should be Day 1. Maybe I should go for 34 days now? We shall see. 

Day 3

Breakfast

Fried Eggs, Almond Milk (coffee)

Lunch

Curried Lentil Poutine – with spinach & parmesan cheese

Dinner

Curried Lentil Poutine (Leftovers!)

Snack

Almonds, Power Balls

Recipe: Cranberry Rhubarb Almond Tart

In my quest to find Rhubarb recipes a Polish friend suggested an Cranberry-Rhubarb almond tart. You will have to google-translate the recipe and take some creative licence but it’s easy enough to follow and easy enough to make. The recipe calls for flour but I’ve tried a almond-flour only method and it also works for a paleo or celiac friendly version.

Cover with a disk of dough and bake:

Here’s how my gluten-free version turned out – inspired by Elanna’s Pantry:

Not very photogenic but tasty!

Gluten-Free Rhubarb Tart

Paleo-friendly Almond Crust

2 cups almond flour

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

Rhubarb Pie Filling

2 Cups Chopped Rhubarb

2 Cups Chopped Strawberries

1/2 Cup Sugar

  1. Place flour in a food processor and pulse a few times (you want to release some oils out of the almond flour).
  2. Add coconut oil and an egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball.
  3. Press dough into a tart pan.
  4. Mix together pie filling and throw into crust.
  5. Cook for an extended period of time – 45min at 350F. It might be less – I used frozen ingredients so it took a while.

30 Days of Gluten-Free – Day 3

Day 3 and I’m feeling good. I may have slipped up when we went for sushi – without thinking I ate Gyoza which I’m pretty sure contain wheat now that I think about it. Being gluten-free takes some serious research. 

Breakfast (thanks K!)

Seed to Sausage Bacon (very spicy!)

– Organic Eggs

– Fruit salad

Lunch

– Assorted Sushi (I may have cheated here since I wasn’t paying too close attention – being gluten-free takes some focus). UPDATE: Soy sauce has gluten. Gluten-free FAIL!

Dinner

– Tuscan Chicken Salad at Fanatics (It was pretty good but the salad with goat cheese looked even better).

Raspberry Rhubarb Mojito – A friend (Thanks AS!) gave me a harvest of rhubarb this summer and ever since I’ve been trying to work my way through it. The bitterness goes great with alcohol (if you like drinks like G&Ts that is). I whipped up this Rhubarb Spritzer by boiling a cup of chopped rhubarb with 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of sugar for a few minutes. You then strain out the rhubarb and are left with rhubarb syrup. Add a shot of syrup and a shot of gin to a fancy glass and top with club soda, raspberries and a garnish of mint. Too bad this post isn’t seasonally appropriate but I like to pretend it’s summer when it starts getting dark at 4pm in Ontario.

30 Days of Gluten-Free – Day 2

It’s day 2 of gluten-free eating and I don’t feel deprived of anything yet. I’ve given up my English Muffin that I usually have with my egg in the morning but otherwise I haven’t been missing out on much. It certainly helps that so many of my friends are gluten-free to start out with. 

Breakfast

– Fried Egg, Almond Milk (coffee)

Lunch

– Curried Lentil Poutine (Leftovers)

Dinner

– Spinach salad with Balsamic Vinagrette (homemade) and Chicken made via this method – it wasn’t the best chicken I’ve ever made (that would be Chicken Marbella) but it was fast and easy.

Snacks (lots since I went hiking)

– Power Balls (3 are the nutritional equivalency of a Clif Bar)

– White Wine (after the hike, I wasn’t boozing on the trails I swear)

– Fibre One Bar – Gluten-free experts: am I cheating with that one? I didn’t see any outright wheat in it but in a true gluten-free diet I would not be eating anything with oats due to cross-contamination.

– Gatorade 

– Balkan Yogurt

– Popcorn

Cassis Bistro, Lakefield ON

Cassis is an unassuming restaurant in Lakefield’s downtown (about 30 minutes outside Peterborough). Many of the ingredients are locally-sourced and they have a variety of specials surrounding what’s in season. 

The venison stew was one of their specials. My company reports it was a tasty selection.

Two of our party had the peppercorn steak – it’s their go-to menu item standby. 

I had the salmon and fresh vegetables. The honey glaze was a nice compliment to the salmon. 

If you ever find yourself in quaint ol’ Lakefield try out Cassis if you’re looking for an upscale dining experience. Don’t be disappointed if they don’t have seats available – the joint is quite small.

Gluten Free Garage is happening today in Toronto! It’s a pop-up market of Gluten-Free vendors. Neato!

Gluten Free Garage is happening today in Toronto! It’s a pop-up market of Gluten-Free vendors. Neato!

30 Days of Gluten-Free – Day 1

In solidarity with my gluten-free friends I have decided to try going gluten-free for the next month. Many of my friends and family had been eating gluten (which is in wheat along with barley, rye, triticale and used as a filler or flavouring in almost all pre-prepared food) for years before being diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with a gluten sensitivity. Gluten intolerance can manifest itself in weird ways such as grumpiness (really! I’m not joking), lethargy, skin rashes and of course the obvious tummy troubles. Gluten-intolerance can also disrupt your body’s ability to absorb nutrients – which, as you can imagine, can cause lots of other problems which can mask the gluten allergy. Since my dad and his sisters are gluten-intolerant there’s a pretty good chance me and my sis are too. Since it runs in my family – and it can manifest itself in so many ways – I’m going gluten-free for 30 days. I’ll be posting meal diaries on my blog for everyone out there who wants to try it or is already gluten-free and wants some new ideas! 

Day 1 Gluten-Free Meals:

Breakfast – Fried Egg, 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (in coffee)

LunchCurried Lentil Poutine (I altered the recipe and cooked cubed sweet potatoes in with the lentils instead of making fries and added just a bit of parmesan instead of a wack-load of cheese).

Dinner – Blackened Chicken Wrap on a gluten-free wrap and salad from The Iron Duke – I had no idea the Duke had gluten-free wraps to offer. The wrap was a bit dry and crumbly but it was definitely palatable – all that guac kinda makes up for the sub-par wrap. Props to the Duke for having it on hand though!

Snack – Yogurt, Magner’s Cider (I started on a Saturday!)

Whiteface Recon Mission (Lake Placid Con’t)

On our trip to Lake Placid (NY) we made a detour to the Wilmington area to check out Whiteface (which is a popular ski hill in New York State if you’ve been living under a rock – Lake Placid is Olympic central after all). We stopped off at Steinhoffs (a German lodge / Irish Pub) for lunch.

Of course we appreciated the Cat mug they provided my coffee in:

I ordered a tomato gruyere soup to start (I must’ve been hungry) and K ordered one as a main. Unfortunately the waitress informed us it’s from a box but at least it was decent (K was convinced there was fish in hers, I can’t be so sure).

I had Fish & Chips to reward myself for climbing Cascade & Porter that morning. I always appreciate fresh-cut fries and freshly battered fish.

Steinhoff’s was also a hotel but I can’t see myself staying here – no hot tub!

We also stopped off at the Olympic Bobsled run which you can actually experience for yourself for a small fee ($80 – okay, not so small). I snapped a few good pictures of the bobsledders – harder than it looks incidentally!

We opted out of doing the run – I think it would be better in summer when you actually get to go down on real ice and rather than on pavement (the bobsleds are outfitted with wheels). We did however do the tour of the facility which is pretty interesting given it’s only $10. The coolest part is that you get to walk the length of the run.

There’s also a small museum and an opportunity to pose as a gold medalist. 

Who could resist?

Sorry Interwebz…

I’ve been an absent blogger for the past few months. Here’s what I’ve been shooting instead of food:

Northern F***ing Lights

And shooting stars!

And Light Painting my geotech engineer.

Arctic Foxes!

Glacial Waterfalls!

Mountains!

Big Trucks

Fiances!

Bees!

Weddings!

Canoeing!

Stand-Up Paddleboarding!

Races!

… so hopefully that explains why I’ve been so absent! 

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