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!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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
Saturday, May 23, 2015
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.
Now, on to the meal planning! Click the titles in red to be taken to full recipes.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
If you would like to access previous plans, please see the Meal Plan tab at the top of the page.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
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
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
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
Friday, January 23, 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
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.