I was recently asked to participate in a survey to evaluate the All Recipes site. I gave it low marks in some aspects because I would like to see recipes that I can use. I was looking for a gluten free pizza dough recipe. It seems simple. Try it. Go
on. Look for one.
If you surf the net you'll get lots of GF blogs and websites. What you don't get is normal. I wrote on the survey that I am not a hippy, not a health food nut, I'm not a new age guru nor am I a person whose life is centred around my dietary needs. I have
celiac disease. That's it. That is my handicap. My diet is not who I am but simply just a fact about me.
I reflected upon what I wrote. I guess the real thing is that I am tired of having to read through the lives of people who have deiced to make a living off their diets. Maybe my real beef is with the GF marketing people thinking that my disease is cute
or quaint or God forbid: a fad.
If you read one of those GF blogs they are annoying. To get to the recipe you have to stroll through an entire page of how their adorable husband and cute kids wanted some trail mix for their 2000 mile hike through Big Sur. I just need a recipe, not your
I've got a husband who travels for business 20 days out of every month. I've got three kids who go to school, study, go to the pool and watch tv. I work in-between fevers, parent teacher meetings, cleaning the house, cooking the meals, doing the laundry,
grocery shopping and a whole bunch of other things that you don't care about. I need to nourish my family so they can keep doing what they do and would like to have a variety to keep them at least happy with what they eat.
I don't need to know that hand grinding chia seeds can give that extra something to my pizza crust. What the hell is a chia seed anyway? I'm not kitsch. I want normal food for normal people it just needs to be gluten and seafood free. Is that asking too
So, why am I writing a blog? Easy, I'm not really. I will add some recipes or some ideas every once in a while for those of you who are forced to eat gluten free and seafood free and help you find decent alternatives for gluten and seafood if needed.
I live in Italy. No I don't live in the rolling Tuscan hills. I live in a small city far from civilisation even though the city is well populated. No, I don't see the romantic side of Italy that George Clooney does. I see corrupt politics, a dying society,
a doomed future for the youth, an economy where I as a taxpayer must make up for thieves in every sector, mismanaged everything, schools falling apart, hospitals falling apart, banks falling apart, no discernible traffic system, a population that refuses to
follow any rule whatsoever...Shall I go on? Italy, the real Italy, is not the happy-go-lucky, Carpe diem place that everyone thinks it is. The people who act like that make Italy fail-they are called gran far null! Big fat do nothingers.
Living in Italy also means that I can't eat in any restaurants because they don't care if I have an allergy, they think my requests are "capricci" or just being picky. They gave me food cooked in the same oil as salmon once and caused my lips and tongue
to swell. Then they said, "yes, but it was just the juice of the fish, not the fish". I must cook at home if I want to live.
We don't get alternative flours and if we do they are not GF. The government actually gives money (by way of monthly allowances in coupons) to those who are certified celiac sufferers so they can purchase food from Pharmacies where GF food is sold. Yes,
I do my grocery shopping in a pharmacy. Spaghetti, bread, flour etc. The problem is the prices are so high that when you need to buy more than what the State gives you I must pay approx. 7 US dollars for 3 ounces of cookies. So, I make all my food at home
from scratch. Which is why easy recipes are what I am looking for.
I can't find chia seeds, teff flour and all those other alternatives to flour that are certified GF so easily. I need real recipes for real people.
That is what I propose here. Simple, easy to find ingredients for normal food.
Stick around if you want. Thanks. :-)