Friday, November 9, 2012

GF - a Constant Reminder

Gluten Free - It really is a most bizarre way to live - and I find it even difficult to explain.  I guess because I am often explaining it in casual conversation - therefore it is not so easy to "see" why I am making that choice.

I won't even go into the physical demands gluten makes on the body - but you can google the topic and read those - digestion issues tend to be the most noted and those can happen within a couple of hours of eating gluten to a day or so - all depends upon the person.  I guess the main thought is that if you notice that you feel better when you are not eating it - then it makes sense to try to be gluten free!

The only medical test I have had said I do not have Celiac Disease.  For that I am thankful but I am also suspect.  The more I learn about the disease the more I realize that our testing is not so exact and now that I have been without for many months - we will never know!

Recently I spent a whole day around wheat flour (I prepared, mixed, fried all with flour) - the main culprit in a gluten free world.  And I am now quite sure that my concerns about gluten in my world have only been certified.  I spent the next two weeks recovering from the exposure.  Arthritis symptoms can also occur with gluten exposure/ingestion - and the temporomandibular joint on my right side was the target.  (Thank heavens for Adria - Why Knot with Adria  - I am not so sure I could have managed without her!)

So now my challenge more than ever is to eat gluten free - but also to avoid large volumes of wheat flour too.  And it is worth it!

Here's a GF recipe I made today - it turned out even better than I suspected.  You should try it - and it would be even better with some homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

My new recipe for Apple & Pear Crisp - so wonderful!!!

Pealed & chopped organic pears, apples, and cranberries

Lemon juice, orange juice, flour, cinnamon, sugar added to the fruit

The topping is GF oats, bread mix, sugars, & 2 sticks of cold butter

The fruit is poured in first - then the topping is spread across the top.

Here's the recipe:

Apple & Pear Crisp

About 4-6 organic pears, pealed & chopped
About 4-6 organic apples, pealed & chopped (whatever kind available)
Handful of organic cranberries
2 T orange juice
2T lemon juice
1 – 2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup sugar
¼ gluten free flour

Mix together and pour into an oval baking dish

1 ½ cups of Pamela’s GF bread mix
½ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
1 cup GF oats
2 sticks cold butter (diced)

Mix together much like you would a pie crust resulting in large crumbles.  Spread evenly on top of fruit mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to one hour – until the top is brown. 


Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

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