Gluten-Free on a stick with cheese

The adventures a gluten-intolerant food lover, or "How I Found Inner Peace"

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I'm a naughty blogger.

I have never been very good at journal keeping of any kind, and digital journal keeping is no easier for me.
But in my defense, I have been going through some major changes in life, and I guess I've been a little busy.
My Mom died in May. (You can see her picture as a girl on this page.) That was enough, but then my dog died in August. I had been with my Mom for almost 50 years, and with my Slipper dog for nearly 16. Somewhere in the middle of all this, I learned I am gluten-intolerant, gluten-sensitive, Celiac, or whatever you want to call it.
I really am not terribly bummed about the diet changes I have to make, because I knew for a long time that food was not good for me. So since I had no idea it was only ONE substance that I needed to avoid - I ate a very restricted diet. Now there is a whole wonderland of foods out there that I can eat SAFELY!!! I am really excited about that. I just wish I could have let my Mom in on the reason I was so sick all the time.
But I will get to tell her someday.
I was planning to post all the labels from the GF products I like, but the scanner is down (HP -I'll never buy HP anything anymore!).
So why don't I just tell you what I'm enjoying? (I think I remember that in a Seinfeld episode. The one where Cramer plays Mr. Movie Fone Man.)
Today for lunch, I am having one of my own inventions, which I will call... uh... why don't I just tell you how I make it?
Put some butter or chicken fat in a small saucepan, and saute some chopped shallots (which I dearly love). I spose you could use onions (which I also LOVE).
Then when the shallots have gotten soft, and a little brown, I put in some good chicken stock or broth. Don't use that crap you find on the shelf at wallyworld. For one thing it's not GF, and for another thing it tastes crappy. Either make your own, which is relatively easy to do, or use Imagine brand. It's so good you could drink it right out of the carton.
Now add some Tabasco sauce or other GF hot sauce you like. You could also use GF chile oil if you have that on hand. The point is you need to chunk in some HEAT baby. I also put in freshly ground white pepper, and salt to taste.
Now go do something else for a while and let that simmer.
Now comes the fun part. You need to add a biggish glob of natural peanut butter, and stir it in really good. Use as much or as little as you want, but mo be betta.
Now put in some lecithin, just a little. This will make it nice and creamy.
After that kind of melts, and the soup is hot, add some heavy cream, and heat it back up but I guess you really shouldn't boil it. If you use milk, which I discourage, you really can't boil it I don't think.
There ya go. It's good! Please believe me! I think it is low carb, too.
Let me know if you try it, and whatever changes you make, or if you have seen anything like this before. I think I invented it, but I used to read cookbooks like they were novels, so I may have seen it somewhere and just forgot about it until I got really hungry and started flinging stuff into pots.
Buenas tardes, y hasta luego my frins.

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At 9:26 AM, Blogger Lynn Barry said...

Hey Harmonious,
I like the way you write. A reader can feel as if they know you right away, even though they are simply reading your blog. Good stuff.
Sorry to read about your losses. Not easy times, ever...time helps, but then again it is never gone, the sadness, is it.
Looks like you are headed on the right path with the gluten avoidance stuff. Label reading is a must, and you are already into that. I look forward to checking in daily.Take care.

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

Hi Harmonius,

I concur with Lynn. I feel like I know you, just from reading your posts. Please keep writing - you have a gift for it. And keep living the GF life - it's worth the effort, that is for sure. I'm so sorry about your mom. The 3 year anniversary of my mom's death was Dec. 28th, 2006. It is still hard. But now something has changed - I've begun talking to her. And in a weird sort of way, it helps.

Be well!


At 2:00 PM, Blogger Mike Eberhart said...

Delayed or not, a blog posting is always welcome. Best wishes on the gluten-free baking.


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