Au revoir cheese fondue with crusty French bread! Adios ooey gooey cheese enchiladas and nachos smothered in golden deliciousness! Arrivederci thin-crust pizza with fresh mozzarella! Auf Wiedersehen wheat beer with warm soft pretzels! Goodbye New England clam chowder in a sourdough bowl!
|Making my own mozzarella|
|Soft Pretzels in a cafe in Bavaria|
Recently I received devastating news: I have to remove all gluten and casein (dairy) from my diet.
Although the results of the test were not a surprise, I was still crushed. I kept shouting over and over again to myself: No! No! No! This doesn't fit with how I see myself. I'm easy going. I go with the flow. I'm someone who can do and eat whatever she wants!
As my mind raced and my tone became increasingly whiny, I started to wonder if there was a chance that I was actually lucky. Rather than seeing my (a)vocation and my food sensitivities as being at odds with one another, maybe this was a blessing. I could try to use my knowledge and love of food to my advantage. Perhaps this could me my opportunity to expand my horizons and experience new culinary delights.
What challenge in your life could be turned into an opportunity? What steps could you take today? For me, the first step was ordering a slew of cookbooks that would teach me more about cooking and baking without gluten and dairy. The second step was to imagine the positive that could come from my so-called travesty. Surprisingly, I realized my situation wasn't as earth shattering as I had originally thought. By pushing myself to think creatively and make an effort to expand my parameters, I found an opportunity and maybe you will too. Let me know. I'd love to hear your story.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Ginger
3 lbs. red-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
1/3 cup coconut "cream" from one 15-oz. can of coconut milk (not light)*
1 tsp. ginger juice from a 2-inch long piece of peeled ginger, grated and pressed through a garlic press
1/4 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder (found in the spice section of most grocery stores)
|Babies love these mashed sweet potatoes just as much as adults!|