Sunday, June 28, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: June 29-July 3, 2015

This week is my son's last week of kindergarten here in Paris! Summer is upon us and so is the heat. The temperatures are expected to hit 38C this week! Hopefully your summer is off to a great start too!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Gluten Free Spain

I found that Spain was a great destination for gluten free food options, and I took photos to prove it! For more info on gluten free travel and gluten free Spain, check out my travel blog Gluten Free Family Travel.

Shrimp on the BBQ! Everything was cooked on its own grill, so no cross-contamination

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Costa Brava

I enjoyed my time in Costa Brava, Spain last month so much that I can't help but share more photos with you! For more information on gluten free travel or gluten free Spain, check out my travel blog, Gluten Free Family Travel.

The boys, checking out the hotel complex

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: June 8-12, 2015

Well, it seems as though summer weather is (hopefully) here to stay for a while! We had a bit of a heat wave in Paris this past week, and the temperatures are set to stay pretty high for next week so I am happy to have the cooking for the week out of the way!

Here's what's for dinner this week. Don't forget to click on titles highlighted in red to access detailed recipes.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Recipe: Nutella Ice Pops

Well, Paris has been hit with a bit of a mini heat wave. We don't have air conditioning in our apartment since the building is almost 110 years old, and all of our windows are the old, thin glass as well. Not much heat gets kept out with those!

The upside is that every window is more like a door, opening wide into the apartment to let in air, and even the shutters have vented slats so we can keep the windows open at night with the shutters closed an still get a bit of a breeze.

Still, there's no denying that it's hot! We walk pretty much everywhere, and in the afternoons my kids come home from school hot and sweaty after being outside in the sun.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Barcelona

Last month we spent some time in Barcelona and the Costa Brava. If you're interested in more information on gluten free travel in Spain, be sure to check out my travel blog, Gluten Free Family Travel.

Boqueria Market

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Recipe: No Bake Tart in a Chocolate Shell

If you have been struggling with gluten free pie crusts that don't turn out right or are too crumbly to work with, this chocolate crust is a great alternative for preparing no-bake tarts.

It's also a fun activity to do with kids, since it involves painting chocolate right onto the tart pan!

I used a 7 inch square quiche pan with a removable bottom. The removable bottom is essential for getting the hardened crust out of the quiche pan for serving.

If you can find a silicone tart pan that can be peeled off, that would probably work well too. Making mini tarts in individual serving size moulds would be another great idea for a dinner party or to do with kids.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Enjoying some family time and exploring Paris. How are you spending the last week of May?

This lovely lady and that little bird were enjoying each other's company for quite a bit of time!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: May 25-29, 2015

Hard to believe we're heading into the last week of May! This Celiac Awareness month has gone by quickly, but this year I saw more awareness posts and activities than ever before. Just a reminder, as the Minute Rice giveaway is coming to a close, I also have a giveaway running for 12 Boxes of Catelli Gluten Free Pasta for readers in Canada. Don't miss out!

Now, on to the meal planning! Click the titles in red to be taken to full recipes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Spring is in full swing and I've been enjoying time outdoors with the family. 
How are you enjoying the spring where you are?
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Early morning at a local park

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: May 18-22, 2015

It's strawberry season here in France, so I'm happy to be able to make my strawberry BBQ sauce again with local, fresh berries. There are also a ton of fresh asparagus hanging around at the market, so I have added a simple asparagus side dish to this week's meal plan as well. Happy eating!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Just a few photos from around town! 
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Some of the selection at a local chocolate shop

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Canadian Giveaway: A Year's Supply of Minute Rice (12 boxes)

Attention Canadian residents! Minute Rice and I are holding a contest for a year's supply (12 boxes) of Minute Rice to one lucky Canadian winner! Rice is an excellent gluten free option that is incredibly versatile and simple to use. Minute Rice makes meal prep even easier since the traditional long cooking time is shaved down, meaning you can get meals together in a flash!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: May 11-15, 2015

Welcome to the weekly meal plan! I for one and getting more and more excited for the warmer weather here in Paris, and am less and less excited about cooking meals that take a long time to put together. Warmer weather meals simpler meals that use fresh ingredients as their base.

As always, the meal ideas below are based on what my family is eating this week. Always simple, always gluten free. Also, if you see a red link in the meal name, click on it to take you to a more detailed recipe.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: In the Kitchen

The past few weeks I've been getting back into the swing of preparing weekly meal plans and trying out some different recipes. Here's a quick look at a few things I've been working on!

Gluten Free Crepes

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: May 4-8, 2015

I'm writing this from Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in Spain, looking out over the resort grounds from my balcony.

Although I'm currently enjoying some time at the Evenia Olympic Suites resort, it's back home tomorrow and back to reality on Monday.

Here's what we're eating this week! Links in RED will click through to detailed recipes when available.

Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

Greetings from Spain, where we are spending the first few days of May enjoying the sunshine on the Costa Brava before it's back to Paris on Sunday. What does travel have to do with Celiac Awareness, you ask? Plenty!

As a family that travels a lot, we try to bring awareness of the need for safe, gluten free food in every destination we visit. As the gluten free food trend grows, so does the impression that it's just that- a trend. I make a point to try and educate and inform people about what a medically necessary gluten free lifestyle truly means, and about how sick one can get by consuming foods that contain gluten if they have Celiac Disease of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Paris

Did you know I also have a blog dedicated just to travel? Come visit me at Gluten Free Family Travel and get great tips and ideas for your next gluten free trip! Here are a few more of our recent outings from around Paris.

The esplanade at La Defense, the business district of Paris

Monday, April 27, 2015

Recipe: Individual Gluten Free Molten Chocolate Cakes

Imagine your own individual chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center that takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish and is entirely gluten free. I know, right? That's the beauty of this divine dessert. Very few ingredients, just over 10 minutes in the oven, and voila!

The perfect dessert for the whole family. I say you use it to taunt those people who like to complain that gluten free food is dry and tasteless. Just kidding. Kind of.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 27-May 1, 2015

It's hard to believe that April is almost over already! Summer will be here before we know it!

The kids are still on Spring vacation here in Paris, and we're heading to Spain for the week. This week's meals are some tried and true favourites that are like always, gluten free & simple to put together.

Don't forget to click on the link of any title in RED to go to the detailed recipe.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Do You Travel Gluten Free? Here's Why I Think You Should!

As I prepare to head off to Barcelona with the family in a few days, I can't help but be excited about all the new experiences my kids are going to be exposed to while we're in Spain. We're spending a few days in Barcelona before making our way to the Costa Brava for a TBEX travel conference at the end of the month.

As you may know, after moving to Paris at the beginning of the year, I started writing about our travel experiences on Gluten Free Family Travel, and I'm excited to meet some other bloggers and travel professionals who work in the industry. The conference fell smack-dab in the middle of school holidays here in France, so we decided to make a family vacation out of it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Playing Around Some More

Last week I posted a few pictures from some playgrounds we've been to in the last few months, and this week I'm adding a few more! Happy Wednesday!
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My son on top of one of the many giant wooden play structures at a park in Nice, France

Monday, April 20, 2015

Recipe: Quick & Easy Gluten Free Panzanella Salad

I grew up eating a salad with dinner almost every night, and most of the time it was one version or another of a panzanella salad. I didn't know it at the time; we just referred to it as salad, and the incredible juices left at the end were used for "dunky dunky" with our bread. It's the little things, right?

Eventually I began to appreciate the way my dad could take one basic salad recipe and modify it so many different ways to keep it fresh and new. Back then, the basic recipe was tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, parsley (or basil, or mint), olive oil, vinegar, and a bit of salt and pepper.

We liked to dip our bread, but if the day-old bread was really hard it got ripped up into pieces and tossed into the salad.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 20-24, 2015

Spring is in the air, and soon local farms will have some fresh produce available.

We're lucky to have weekly markets close by so that we can get fresh fruits and vegetables year round. This week's meal plan takes its cue from the flavours of Spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Playing Around

As the weather gets nicer and the kids are outdoors more and more, here are a few shots of a few cool parks we've been to in the last year.

Perhaps the biggest slide I've ever seen! At the park in the Botanical Gardens in San Salvador

Green Space, different play areas for different age groups, walking paths, and more at St. Perine, Paris

Toy boats, picnic areas, and huge playgrounds at Jardins de Luxembourg, Paris

This adorable play structure in Provence, France

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Soup (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Do you avoid making pureed soups because they're too much work? All that blending only to never be able to get just the right consistency?

You don't have to worry about that with this soup! Start with pureed carrots, and the hard work is already done for you. This soup is ready as soon as it's heated through, making it perfect for those nights you're in a rush or don't feel like cooking.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan April 13-17, 2015

Welcome to the weekly meal plan!

Every Saturday I'll be posting 5 weeknight meal ideas that are gluten free and easy to put together. They're all meals that we eat at my house and that my two young boys enjoy.

If you're looking for more ideas, please click on the meal plan tab at the top of the page to access my archives dating all the way back to 2011.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Gluten Free Paris

This week I wanted to share a few photos of some of the fantastic gluten free food we've found in Paris. Who says it's not a gluten free friendly city?

Loaf of gluten free bread purchased at the Marche Gros

Monday, April 6, 2015

No Fail Gluten Free Crepe Recipe

Crepes are one of those foods that everyone loves, but no one ever makes at home. Why? Who knows. Maybe it's because when we see the street vendors do it or the people at the creperies they have that special flat cooking surface, and that funny looking spatula that makes it look so technically difficult to get right.

Never mind all that. Crepes are seriously easy to make. Easier than pancakes even because you don't have to worry about under cooking them and ending up with an uncooked center. They batter doesn't need to rise, so there's no messing around with baking powder or other leavening agents. I don't even bother to let my batter sit. I mix it up, drop it into the pan, and cook.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 6-10, 2015

Hello! Welcome back to the weekly meal plans. These were put on hiatus at the end of the summer while we travelled Europe and then made the more permanent move to France. Now that we've settled in, it's time to revive them.

If you would like to access previous plans, please see the Meal Plan tab at the top of the page.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ideas for a Fun Gluten Free Easter Egg Hunt

My son has been gluten free for several years now, and one thing that I've always made an effort to do is ensure that he doesn't miss out on things because he can't eat gluten. Sometimes that means coming up with some creative alternatives to the way holidays are traditionally celebrated. Although you can find gluten free alternatives to most things these days, it's not always easy and they often cost much more than the original. Sometimes it's more fun (and economical) to change things up a little. If you're looking for some last minute Easter ideas for your child, here are some gluten free Easter ideas sure to make any child happy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Spring in Paris

It's Spring in Paris! Here are a few photos from the last few weeks. Happy April!

View of the 15th Arrondissement from the Pont Mirabeau

Monday, March 23, 2015

April Fools' & Chocolate Sardines!

Are you ready for April Fools' Day? Growing up in Canada, April Fools' Day was the one day of the year that kids knew they could get away with pulling pranks on family and friends without getting into too much trouble.

My friends never did anything crazy, just silly things that were meant to be all in good fun. I never thought much about where the holiday originated or why it was okay to play jokes on others that one day of the year.

Now that I'm living in France, I've noticed chocolate fish popping up in the windows of chocolatiers everywhere. At first I thought it had to do with Easter, but it turns out that while fish are an important symbol of Easter, they also have a lot to do with April Fools' Day.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

I haven't posted a Wordless Wednesday in a while, but there are so many photos from our recent move to France that I want to share that I thought this would be a great place to start!

The pyramid of the Louvre, on a winter's morning without many tourists around

A gluten free lemon tart from Bio Sphere Cafe. Review posted on Gluten Free Family Travel

Chasing giant bubbles outside the Pompidou Centre

View of the rooftops from the terrace at the Pompidou Centre

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Birthday Must Go On!

This weekend marked my oldest son's 6th birthday. Unfortunately, everyone was sick this weekend, coming down with some sort of 24 hour bug that rampaged through our systems, leaving us worn out and exhausted. I felt bad for my little guy, who was so excited to be back in Canada to celebrate with a real party, only to have to cancel because he was too sick for a big celebration.

Our first mini celebration was Friday night, with a small cake just for immediate family, followed by his main gift. Luckily, he felt great as he hadn't yet gotten sick. Unfortunately for me, it was right smack dab in the middle of my 24 hour gross-fest, so I basically made it down for the cake and that was it.

Still, he loved his new Iron Man guitar, and showed off his rock star stance for the rest of the evening. He takes guitar lessons with his Uncle Dave whenever we're in the country, so he brought his guitar along for his Saturday morning lesson. Unfortunately, the birthday boy started feeling ill on Saturday night along with my husband, and the two of them spent most of today in bed.

I didn't want to risk getting any guests sick, so we cancelled the invites and postponed the celebration. However, by this evening both my husband and my son began feeling better, so we decided to go ahead with the cake, only minus the extra guests. The cake was a chocolate cake made from XO Baking Co.'s chocolate mix, and homemade buttercream icing.

We took advantage of the slight reprieve and let him open the rest of his gifts, then watched the kids try and get the Avengers pinata to give up its goods!

I don't know how everyone will feel tomorrow, but I'm hoping it's better than it has been the past few days. We have some official paperwork to take care of before going back to France, and there's an extreme cold front  heading our way on top of it all. Thinking warm, healthy thoughts!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recipe: Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder in Tomato Sauce

Growing up, lamb was something we ate two or three times a year at most. Christmas, Easter, and perhaps for a birthday or anniversary dinner were about the only times lamb made it onto the dinner table. Mostly it was because lamb was, and still is, expensive. It was also because my dad was really the only person who absolutely adored lamb. I typically refused on the grounds that lambs are cute, and my mom and sister would usually have a little bit but not nearly enough to justify the high cost.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Is Haggis Gluten Free?

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Updated January 2015

So, Robbie Burns Day is just around the corner, and people everywhere are planning their annual Robbie Burns Supper!  People in Canada celebrate too, in case you're wondering.  I'm not sure about here in France. I'll have to ask around!

But this isn't a post about the day, or the man, or the legend behind it all. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

When a Restaurant Just Can't Get it Right

Eating in restaurants with a gluten free child is not always easy, but I've always managed to find something safe for my son to eat. Most restaurants have something on the menu, or can adjust a recipe to be safe. After speaking with the server or the chef (or both!)

I'm usually relatively comfortable allowing my son to eat out in restaurants. In the four years my son has been gluten free, I have only had to leave a restaurant without feeding him once, and that was right at the beginning and more my fault than anything.

Until a few weeks ago.