My mom and I are two peas in a pod; we just have to look at each other to know what the other is thinking. Recently, we thought it was time for some mother-daughter bonding time and decided to go away for a weekend. After some googling we decided to go to Dublin, Ireland seems to be gluten free heaven. Enough reason to go!
My boyfriend is a huge beer geek.
His newest ‘prize’ is a climate fridge. Usually a fridge like this is used to store/age bottles of wine. For those of you who don’t know (and I honestly don’t know how many other gluten free people know this much about beer), but beer can also be aged. Each shelf has a different temperature and is definitely better than the 30+ C it can sometimes get the living room. A few of my gluten free bottles of beer/cider are allowed in there, the rest is banned to the ‘normal’ fridge of the closet. When he suggested to go to a beer festival I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. I’ve been to a few and although their nice I only get hyped up on diet coke. However, he had invited a befriended couple which made it more appealing for me to go.
Last may the time had finally come for a vacation! After years of hard work to successfully complete my study it was time to go celebrate. As I was officially done in January and only had a part-time job there was plenty of time to do some good research. The destination was already known for quite a while: New York baby! Since I got the diagnosis gluten free I had not been to New York and I do remember picking up yummy things for my sister once so I had high expectations.
The two main things we did in New York were sight-seeing and food. We went to so many places I can’t possibly list them all so I will high-light my absolute favorites. Naturally you can find the other places on my gluten free world map, which has been completely re-vamped to make searching easier.
America, the country of incredibly delicious, but usually oh so unhealthy, food. One of my absolute favorites or pop-tarts. In the States Glutino has gluten free versions but unfortunately they are not available in the Netherlands and as I was so in the mood for them I decided to make my own.
The last few weeks I have been very busy getting used to a low-carb diet. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in the blogs falling a bit behind as I have mostly been in the kitchen trying things out.
In my last post I shared my personal feat of baking something which tasted delicious despite it being low-carb and gluten free. Yet why challenge yourself with low-carb when gluten and dairy are also not your friends? Recently I discussed my fear of the return of the insulin allergy; the less insulin you require, the less chance there is of the allergy coming back. Besides, every person living with diabetes knows that insulin promotes fat storage, so less insulin really can’t do any harm.
It is no secret that I love baking, and sometimes you just get a major urge to get in the kitchen and whip up something delicious. Unfortunately this does not combine well with the low carb diet the boyfriend and I started a few weeks ago.
There are a few things which I have not been able to find gluten free which taste similar to their original gluten containing forms. These products include croissants, soesjes (dutch pastry which is most similar to cream puffs) and quiche. My last attempt at baking a quiche was edible but the dough did not resemble quiche in any way!
When I visited the Gebaksjuwelier for a high tea, I found the gluten free magazine containing tips and tricks for baking a perfect gluten free quiche. My interested was immediately spiked, could these few tips really help? It turned out they can!
On the one hand it feels like I’ve only just left Groningen, on the other hand it feels like ages ago that I had a delicious treat in the glutenfree bakery. If there are two things I miss from Groningen it’s the delicious glutenfree pizza from Costa Viola and all the glutenfree baked goods from Toet.
Luckily there is a glutenfree paradise closer to home than Groningen! It is a store named the ‘Gebaksjuwelier’ which translates into the pastery-juweler. On a Friday afternoon my mother surprised me with a trip to this bakery. I was already following them for a while via facebook and often had the urge to eat my computer screen so visiting this shop was definitely high on my to-do list!
During our vacation we visited three countries, namely Austria, Croatia and the Czech republic. The glutenfree experiences vary so much between these three countries that I will devote a post to each. The last one will contain information on the Czech republic, specifically Liberec and Prague.
Before the vacation I did some (glutenf)research. For Croatia I had already visited Dubrovnik and knew that as long as you’re not vegetarian there usually are plenty of options and that there is a lot of knowledge on the glutenfree diet. As I speak German fluently I also wasn’t too worried about visiting Austria. The Czech republic on the other hand… I couldn’t find a lot of positive news online. Mostly stories about how the glutenfree diet was not very well known yet and especially going out to dinner could be a real issue. Thus before leaving Croatia I re-stocked glutenfree supplies so that I had plenty of back-ups in case the food would indeed be difficult.