I need to read more.
Right now, I have the whole Wheel of Time Series, Anthony Bourdain's first book, and a few others in queue; but this is not the literature I speak of. I, apparently, need to read more food labels. Simple words listed under "Ingredients" such as gluten and wheat only scratch the surface with this food allergy. Anything with lecithin, soy, starch, graham, oats, barley...it's a long list. Add to that cookies, cakes, tv dinners, pancake mix, frozen waffles, potato chips, ready made rice, pastas, risotto, and even soups...I can't eat it.
Sigh, cakes. Sweets. I naively bought a whole German Chocolate Cake placed under the "gluten-free" sign in the bakery aisle assuming it really was gluten-free and not just misplaced. I ended up eating Benadryl like it was candy and using my inhaler twice, proving that the cake was, in fact, misplaced. I definitely need to read more.
So this cooking for me blog HAS to actually be about cooking for me now, lol, and my hunt for recipes. It's been 2 weeks and as I am starting to physically feel better (slowly weaning myself from breads and pastas is a lot harder than I thought it would be), I am becoming more frustrated at what I've been reading lately. And further reading has led to some silent curse words since anything "gluten-free" apparently tacks on an additional $3-$5 on the original price tag.
I would like to commend Trader Joe's for their excellent customer service. They gave me a free printout (which is also available on their website) of all of their gluten-free items in stock in their store and that definitely alleviated grocery shopping stress. I no longer felt like a kid in a foreign country, completely unaware of the native language and customs. Plus, I found 1, count it, one, tv dinner, for $3, that was gluten-free and appetizing: Paneer Tikka Masala.
Whole foods has a chocolate chip cookie mix for $8 when Betty Crocker is on sale for $1.89. Sigh. And bread that is regularly $2-$4 is now $4-$7. Apparently eating healthy truly IS an investment.
Fry's Marketplace has also been awesome because they have a good variety of gluten-free for somewhat affordable prices (and it's a more common store than Trader Joe's). Like the following item:
For as much as I love Nutella, I think it is too sweet. This little jar, by Peanut Butter & Co, is awesome! Gluten-free, no cholesterol, no trans fat, and sooo delicious with sliced bananas and gluten/wheat-free bread. There is also a white chocolate version, which I am also looking forward to trying.
Trying. And reading. More. Lol.