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It’s been long overdue but after a year of being gluten-free I think it’s time to write a post of the things that I have learned. So here it goes!
1) Life is not fair. (you will learn this too very rapidly).
2) Even though you remove half of your meal because it contained gluten, they still charge you the same price. (hence the life is not fair comment).
3) Everything is three times more expensive than if it was the “regular food”.
4) Eating out is no longer enjoyable.
5) Red Robin and Outback Steakhouse has gluten-free menus! You will get sick of these restaurants, but then you will go back to them over and over and over again if you want to eat out with friends.
6) Always ask if they fry anything, that you ordered fried, in the same fryer that contained breaded or gluten containing objects. And yes tortilla chips are fried. (I always seem to forget that since they are not greasy).
7) Don’t be afraid to ask them to change their gloves and remind them that you have celiac so that they don’t spit in your food, or give you a hard time. (when I went to Carl’s Jr. They had the hardest time fathoming why I didn’t want a lettuce wrapped no cheese burger. Really, I don’t enjoy that much iceberg lettuce).
8) Review all your face and hair products because they most likely will contain gluten. Garnier hair products are awesome because they do not contain gluten.
9) Don’t be afraid to ask the manufacture for a list of ingredients or if they contain gluten. Usually they will give you a list of chemicals that you have no idea what they are, so asking if it contains gluten is your best bet.
10) MSG, natural flavors, additional spices, natural smoke, soy sauce, Anti-caking agents, white vinegar, envelope glue, styrofoam, oats (unless specified GF), Seitan, spice packets, vanilla extract, and pet food are some hidden sources of gluten.
11) Read the labels, read the labels, read the labels!
12) Get the apps! (These are iOS apps)
-Find me gluten free
-GF fast food
-All recipes (they have a good selection of GF recipes, and some that are made from scratch is naturally GF)
13) Cook it yourself, that way you don’t have to question.
14) Don’t be afraid to ask your friend who made you a GF meal “what all is in it?” in the nicest way. They will understand after a while.
15) visit these blogs, they have great recipes and flour mixes!
(there’s more, but that’s off the top of my head).
16) Don’t eat at Subway if you have Celiac! Just because they have GF bread and they are ever so careful, sometimes, the veggies are what will get you. They dip their glutened hands in the same veggie baskets all day long. You WILL get sick!
17) Annie’s GF is not safe for Celiacs. I usually get sick when I have it. (they make their products in a facility that processes wheat).
18) Always check for the label “made in a facility that processes wheat”. Then avoid when you see that. (even chocolate bars are not safe).
19) Skittles are Gluten Free! 😀
20) Always read the reviews on recipes! Cardboard is not tasty, so give some extra time so you don’t waste time.
21) Bobs Red Mill has certified GF flours and stuff. (although, Bisquick GF is a way better pancake batter!)
22) Don’t use your stoneware or other porous bakeware and utensils from your gluten days.
23) Use the dishwasher if you live with someone who eats gluten. That way you know every particle is bleached and clean.
24) Don’t double dip! If you live with someone who eats gluten, get your own butter, PB, jellies and jams and clearly label GLUTEN FREE!
25) Don’t share a toaster with gluten eating people!
So that’s all for right now, I gotta run. I hope this helps!! 🙂
(P.s. Krispy Kreme is not one bit gluten free, but I thought it worthy to post this picture because I was able to go in there with a child and not be tempted whatsoever to eat one, even though he was eating my favorite, the maple bar!)
I’ve been thinking of doing a “10 things you didn’t know about me” for a while. But after I saw this quote a friend of mine sent me it just sealed the deal.
I’ll just start right in because I’m tired and want to head to bed soon. 🙂
10) I played violin for 8 years starting in 4th or 5th grade all the way up to Spokane Jr. Symphony. Playing in the opera house in front of a few hundred people is slightly nerve wracking! But playing in a quartet for summer camp is a close second!
9) I make some of my own jewelry. I LOVE going into bead shops and seeing all the cool crazy designs people can make. 🙂
8) I was voted most likely to be on Jerry Springer in my senior yearbook…. My friends must of thought I was pretty crazy! I was on the yearbook staff (main photographer where I developed black and whites all year long) and that was the only way I made the “most likely” list. :-p
7) I am the youngest out of my entire immediate family…it was kinda lame. I always got people in trouble with my naïvety.
6) I’m totally into cars! I grew up in a family (mom excluded) that lived, slept, breathed cars. My dad restores old British cars. ’59 MGA, MGB GT, MG TD, and a few others… I was more into muscle cars (sorry dad…they go faster). My cousin was/is? a car salesman, so he would frequently let me test drive the latest and greatest. Unfortunately I was unskilled at a manual at that time. But I learned. 🙂
5) I’ve owned birds since I was 10. Started out with parakeets. My first one I taught to talk. He would say “pretty bird” and do a cat call while looking in the mirror. Soo conceited!! But he was awesome. :-] All parakeets following were not so smart but definitely had personality. Specially the one I hated…and he lived the longest just to spite me. He would SCREAM his head off until I put him back in the cage. For 5 whole years I could not hold my bird!! When I moved to Alaska I gave him to my neighbor to have and he died 4 days after I left. Maybe his little bitter heart got broken. :-(… But my peaches is the ULTIMATE coolest bird I’ve owned!
4) I’m a Drafter. I draw on AutoCad engineered drawings. The field I love is Civil, but I’ve also worked in mechanical, structural, electrical, utilities, surveying, aviation/transportation…just a little of everything. The coolest projects I got to work on were road jobs. I designed 3 roads (two took two years each), one was VERY convenient for me since it was a short cut from my work to my bible classes in AK. So all those late hours I had to work I could still make it to class in less than 5 minutes. 😉
3) I inherited a southern accent from who knows where?!? It comes on me when I’m nervous mostly. But I’ve never stepped foot in the south before. (Hopefully one day I’ll get to go!) I have other accents that I can mimmic too like a very bad English accent and some others also know as Gibberish Mumbling… I remember one time I wasn’t even trying to do an accent and someone asked where I was from…The same city they asked me in. LOL!
I do have Swedish ancestors though… So I’m slightly foreign….like a few times removed….
2) I hate cooking… And you probably thought I loved it since most my blog posts are about food. 😉
I used to love baking. But I’m trying to keep my girlish figure, so I try to keep away from sweets.
The reason I post all these recipes is because if you look up “gluten free” in a search engine, must of the time a dessert pops up…Hello?!? WE DO NOT SURVIVE ON SUGAR ALONE! Give me some main dish please! So this is mainly to help others who are frustrated with the lack of solid food for allergy sufferers.
1) I barely passed high school but got a 3.9 GPA in college. I knew what I wanted to do and I went for it. Although I had to finish high school to get there. My Current World Affairs teacher gave me such a hard time because he knew I had potential but didn’t try. One day I was falling asleep in his class so he told me to stand up… Thankfully I sat in the back of the room. The German exchange student felt sooo bad for me she tried to convince me he’d let me sit down. Ha! I asked, he denied. Then I realized I could see the board standing up so I started taking notes. Mr. Bowden looked at me sideways and gave me a smirk. LOL! He was a teacher you could tell cared. Thanks Mr. Bowden wherever you are! 😀
My favorite subjects were Math and Science…naturally why I chose engineering to go into for a career. I could never do simple math though, I LOVED the long drawn out complex problems. Don’t quiz me today though…it’s been a while!
I HATED English classes! Would always fall asleep in them too, teacher didn’t care… Funny how I can write so easily though….but to speak I freeze up and am very shy. I guess writing lets me speak whats on my mind without having to worry about the reactions I’ll get? I haven’t quite figured that one out…
So there you have it. A day in the memory banks of Jeni. 😉
To start off my post I’ll give my recipe, and then the fun stuff at the end. 😉
Yesterday I went to get my hair done near Bridgeport Village. (Which is the elite/ritzy mall….but also has great GF/DF food!) After my appointment I headed over to Crate & Barrel to just look around and ask about something I’ve been wanting for a long time! Unfortunately the smaller (and cheaper) size does not do what I am looking for… So I kept walking. I found a mini spatula and a nifty egg timer. Big spender, I know. 😉
I am HORRIBLE at cooking a hard boiled egg, it’s either gel in the yolk or green from killing it. So the egg timer is a hopeful.
Today for lunch I decided to make an egg salad sandwich. It’s been since I was a kid since I’ve had one! I had to look up how to make it it’s been so long. :-p Here’s my version of it.
Egg Salad Sandwich
• 4 slices Gluten Free Bread (they are small….so if you are hungry, it takes 2 to make a thing go right!)
• 4 hard boiled eggs
• miracle whip (or mayo if you are a hater of the tangy zip)
• 1 small shallot, peeled & diced
• fresh chives, chopped
• Fresh spinach
• dash of Trader Joes “21 season salute”
• dash of Trader Joes Smoked Paprika
• Salt & Pepper to taste
Wash spinach & chives then pat dry.
Peel and clean eggs, mash mash mash.
Add spices, shallots, chives, stir stir stir.
Add mayo like substance, stir stir stir.
Add some mayo to bread, lay down a layer of spinach, add Egg Salad on top.
Eat eat eat! Molt, expand, repeat!
I actually had enough left over for one more sandwich, so it could serve 3 people. 🙂
Ok now for the fun stuff. Here are a few things that are WAYYYY outta my price range, but very petty. 😀
So now you are probably wondering where the Ferrari comes in… I happened to park next to it at Crate & Barrel. I decided to take pictures when I was leaving so security wouldn’t cart me away before I got a bite to eat. 😉