I'm back from my holiday in Victoria, British Columbia! I had a very good time and enjoyed some wonderful food. Below you'll find a breakfast from North Bay, lunch and dinner from Victoria, dessert from Christmas Eve dinner, and a product review.
Breakfast - Pancakes and Radishes
These pancakes were made following the instructions on the package of the Bob's Red Mill pancake mix, except that we used 1/8 of a cup of flax seed meal as a substitute for eggs, rice milk as the liquid, and added dried cranberries.
Lunch - Fried Rice with Chicken
This lovely noodle dish was from The Noodle Box (Southeast Asian Noodle Bar) in Victoria. They advertise on their website 'we also have gluten-free noodles, also known as wheat-cruelty-free noodles,' which made me laugh. They also use locally sourced ingredients and free-range chicken. I ordered the Malay Style Fried Rice with chicken, which was absolutely delicious!
Dinner - Bison Burger with Salad
This amazing burger came from The Pink Bicycle (Gourmet Burger Joint). The bun, in particular, was spectacular! Sometimes, I get a little freaked out when I eat at restaurants in big(ger) cities because their gluten-free food tastes so good I constantly wonder if they've made a mistake and forgotten that my order should be gluten-free.
Dessert - Black Bean Brownies
These brownies were part of my family's Christmas Eve dinner. They were, literally, the most delicious brownies I've ever eaten! The recipe is here. Here are more detailed instructions regarding flax eggs. These brownies were topped with pine nuts. Thanks Mom!
Product Review - Breton Gluten Free Crackers
I was pretty excited when I saw these crackers at Freshco for a mere $2.89! I used to LOVE Breton crackers, though I haven't been able to eat them in over a decade. The crackers included plenty of corn and 'modified milk ingredients,' which I don't care for, but they also included interesting ingredients like 'green lentil flour.' At any rate, they tasted basically the same as I remember Breton crackers tasting (verified by someone who had eaten them recently) with a very different texture. They didn't sit in my stomach terribly well long-term and their nutrient profile isn't top-notch, so I'm saving them for very special occasions (they also come in a regular flavour).
What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!