We’ve traveled to Mexico quite a bit over the years. It’s proximity to us (quick, direct flight) and the predominant use of corn while cooking made it an easy choice. And we’ve stayed at all types of resorts; big and small. But I still struggled finding a variety of food options during our stay. Read More
With the legalization of marijuana coming, hemp and cannabis products have gotten a lot of exposure. What people might not know is that hemp products aren’t the new kids on the block. I’ve been using my favourite hemp cream for probably 15 years now. And about 10 years ago I was introduced to hemp hearts by a personal trainer. So when True North Cannabis reached out asking us to give their hearts a whirl, I happily obliged.
So what exactly are hemp hearts? Read More
I’m one of those weird people that will BBQ at -35 C but for you normal folk, it’s FINALLY BBQ season! Not everyone likes using BBQ sauce when they grill but if you’re looking for a great one – we love Bigfoot Bold BBQ Sauce from Big Valley BBQ. Read More
I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon Bobby Reed’s but I’m sure glad I did. Finding new gluten free goodies is always exciting, especially when they’re a local business! Combine that with Bobby and Caroline – a couple of the coolest cats we’ve met – and you’ve got a recipe for greatness! But seriously – they’re WAY cooler than I ever thought of being. They play in a band together and make the BEST gluten free perogies I’ve ever tasted! Read More
Having just enjoyed a thanksgiving feast I’m reminded that the dreaded holiday season is upon us. Yes – dreaded. I don’t mean dreaded in the sense of spending time with friends and family. I mean I DREAD having to navigate the holiday parties and gatherings. It doesn’t matter how many people know I’m Celiac, it seems during the holidays I have to explain myself so much more AND take the uneducated criticism. Read More
With the leaves turning color, and the inevitable change of season, this dish makes the perfect addition to any fall menu. For anyone with a garden, you should have a lovely harvest of vegetables by now, and for those that do not have a green thumb, grocery stores have all kinds of fresh veg out right now. Making a healthy Buddha bowl is a great idea post summer, as it is very healthy for those of you looking to get back into a routine after all those BBQs, and it is hearty enough to fill you up on those crisp autumn evenings!
I was glutened.
For those of you that don’t use the term “glutened”, it’s what I refer to as ingesting gluten unknowingly or by mistake. As the years have progressed since my diagnosis, being glutened has become less and less of an occurrence. I’m extremely careful when I eat out and I’m the first person to educate friends or family to ensure they know how to prepare food when I’m around. I avoid buffets and do my research before heading out for a meal. At the end of the day though – there’s still always that chance. That chance that someone is going to be lazy, or forgetful, and I just might end up sick. It’s the risk you take when dining out or trusting someone else to prepare your meal. But just because you’re celiac doesn’t mean you curl up (or run to the bathroom) and hide. You just need to do a little bit of educating and prep so you’re in the clear – but even that is never 100%.
Story time. Read More
One of the types of cuisine every celiac firsts mourns after their diagnosis is Italian, as it is typically dominated by wheat flour-based foods like pizza and pasta. However, in recent years, Italian chefs are figuring out new ways to create old favorites, and 500 Cucina has done exactly that!
Going back to school can already bring up enough emotions for a kid who doesn’t want summer to end. Throwing an allergy or intolerance into the mix is adding insult to injury! So for those families with celiac children – we’ve got you!
Here’s our quick tips for making the transition back easier on EVERYONE!