Thursday, July 23, 2009

On Being Gluten Free...

Are you gluten free? The answer, for the most part, is yes.  I had someone email me to inquire so I wanted to set the record straight.

I am gluten intolerant. I do not have Celiac disease. However, my daughter does have Celiac. My 2 boys are both intolerant. My husband is neither intolerant to gluten nor a Celiac.

When I am at home, all of my cooking and baking is done 100% gluten free. My husband is gluten free when he is at home with us.

There are occasions when I might eat something that is not gluten free, I am able to tolerate it in very small amounts, like... a bite of a cupcake, a slice of bread, or a cookie.  I am in culinary school and sometimes it's required that I follow instructions on a recipe, to the "T," that recipe might contain wheat flour - like mother sauces, for example. I can't properly season my Bechemel without tasting it. My tastes are tiny when the flavor is big.

I am a big advocate for the gluten free diet. My daughter requires it for life. My oldest son has Asperger's - which is on the Autism Spectrum - and he greatly benefits from a gluten free lifestyle.

My dream is to be a pastry chef. I am pursuing that dream, but I have to do it "by the books." I have to bake with wheat, barley, and rye. Since I do not have Celiac, this will not be as detrimental to me as it might be to someone else. I will learn, and then I will take what I learn and make it gluten free.

I've been "mostly" gluten free for 4 years now. My sons and daughter are 100% gluten free.

I hope that answers any questions. =)

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