gluten tag! 

On this blog (ugh, that word still makes me cringe), you'll find gluten-free recipes, both sweet and savoury, mostly vegetarian, and sometimes vegan. I am what one might call reluctantly gluten-free; I was diagnosed with celiac disease a few months ago, and I don't really have any other choice (for the record, I really don't care why you are gluten-free, but please try not to be so basic about it!). About the vegetarian thing, I stopped eating meat in grade 7 and had a great life without it. But my desire to taste pulled pork got the better of me a few months ago, and I'm now on a meat rumspringa (it's totally a real thing). I'll let you know how it goes. 

Please be advised, none of this is medical advice. I'm not a nutritionist or a professional chef, but I like to cook, and I've been told that I'm pretty darn good at it. If you want tasty recipes, awesome. If you want to know what's up with your bowels, I am not the woman for the job. However, I will say that if you think you have an issue with gluten, you should talk to your doctor about it. You probably want to know if you should be avoiding any cross-contaminated foods, or if that "cheat" bagel is just gonna make you gassy. 

Celiac and shizz..

After being diagnosed with celiac disease, I was heart broken. My life of eating like Liz Lemon was over and I wasn't sure how to deal with it. I love to cook, bake and impress people with food, but I'm also incredibly lazy. Sleeping in always seemed more important than eating a healthy breakfast or packing a lunch. Breakfast often consisted of  Tim's everything bagels with cream cheese or Cheskie's rugelach. I scoffed at the idea of people giving up gluten, because gluten is my life. I remember having a conversation on NYE 2015 about people going gluten-free, and how it would be the absolute worst. Ugh, it was probably a classic New Year's jinx, because a few months later, I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

Even though going gluten-free sucks balls, there are a few upsides. In a way, it's an opportunity to eat better and make better decisions. It's also a free-pass to talk about farts all day. And it gave me a reason to start a blog. By sharing my food with the web-people (spiders), I just might avoid falling into a deep deep depression about not being able to eat my favourite pastry in Montreal, or 1$ pizza when I visit my sister in NYC. This blog is an opportunity for me to share my experiences and perhaps help someone else out there who is dealing with the same thing.