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I have had a lot of interesting feedback from my patients about this blog and my experiences with change in diet. I was unsure whether to continue and one patient encouraged me saying that she felt the dialogue was about a lot of things other than just being gluten free – a new condition, change in diet, change in lifestyle.
So, with that encouragement, here is the next installment.
Seared Grouper with Gazpacho Sauce. Amazing. Simple, fresh and delicious. In the past I would have had this with some bread to sop up the sauce, but had it with tortilla chips, and like almost all of this experience, it's been great to try something new.
One of the first places that I noticed this was with the sushi and not having soy sauce. It's seems unconventional but it's been really great doing things differently. Not having bread is one thing that everyone is so used to as part of their lives, but it doesn't really add that much to the meal.
I do miss bread. I would be lying if I said that I didn't, but not having it isn't the end of the world.
Chicken Tortilla Soup. I've had this sort of soup in a lot of restaurants and was thinking about it because of not being able to eat bread with soup. Time to get creative. The tortillas chips made a great "substitute," although thinking of it that way is probably not the best of ways. It's just food and there are just things I can't eat.
Started playing more with baking. It's not my forte, to be sure, so working on heavier things is probably a good idea. I think back to when I was baking muffins and quickbreads for the web site about 2 years back. I smile to think that I might have had celiac disease at the time and was baking up a storm. In about 3 months time I did a good two dozen or so different recipes.
Did some cornmeal cakes today. Simple and no flour. They go well with salmon and salsa but I think will work with almost anything.
More fish. Ginger Peanut Whitefish tonight. This is a bit of a variation on a peanut sauce but gluten free by using tamari and it works well with the grouper. Working hard to not be in the Asian and ethnic cycles. Because I haven't been going out where we'd usually have Thai or maybe Mexican it seems that a lot of my recipe development has tended that way.
A very busy day. We've the trip to L.A. coming up and then Spain and I have to put the finishing touches on recipes since we'll be taking time away. Morgan has to cue up all the newsletters.
Chicken Corn Salad. More in the Southwestern vein but quite delicious. The goat cheese adds a nice creaminess and richness to the salad. Also worked on a pork with a creamy poblano sauce. Again, very simple to make and still quite rich. So far, I really can't say that I've been missing the gluten containing foods.
Broke 200 watts on the bike today!
Travel day. Headed to L.A. for my father-in-law's birthday. Left on the mid-afternoon plane for evening arrival. This is certainly something to think about. I've been trapped in airports before with limited options, but actually meandering around the New Orleans airport brought home to me the limits of gluten free items. Before I could grab a granola bar or a sandwich and I'd be OK. But both are out and that doesn't leave much.
Tonight it meant nuts and fruit. That was about it. The Grove had them. Frozen yogurt maybe, but that's just ice cream.
Went into the Delta Crown Room and there were some packets of nuts and some wrapped cheeses. Beyond that, crackers and some party mix.
Glad I came somewhat prepared with rice cakes and nuts of my own. We'll be in Los Angeles in time for dinner and will have sushi at O-Sho Japanese restaurants, one of my favorite restaurants of all time.
Time for a glass of wine. I'm off the clock.
Diner at O-Sho. Went there straight from the airport. I was asking the sushi chef / owner about any sauces that might contain gluten when the table behind us passed over a bottle of tamari! The guy at the table also had Celiac. He was with his family and ate there every week. He left his own bottle of tamari sauce there (note to self, take one to Horinoya). Wow, sushi with tamari sauce. Too salty by half!
Stopped at Ralph's on the way to the hotel and got some fruit, water and nuts.
Normally we would go to this fine bagel place in Palos Verdes for breakfast and then have coffee from Starbucks. Not to be this trip. But that was OK as we had booked in at the Ritz and the club level was just right. I could have... smoked salmon. That's it. Not much in the way of carbs so I had a little bit of cream cheese on one of my rice cakes.