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I Was a Cooking Fool

I never got around to posting my Sunday Salon. I spent the entire day cooking. I was a cooking fool! I did not plan to spend the entire day chopping and sautéing, but after finishing The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, I made a quick run to the market and that was all she wrote.

I picked up some white wine, garlic, italian parsley and clams. I haven’t made white clam sauce in I don’t know how long. I also picked up chicken and an array of vegetables along with some great italian sausage and the most beautiful green peppers you’ve ever seen. I also picked up this little gem:

Curry Packet

 Just ignore my very dry cuticle. I was doing a lot of washing.

Anyway, finding pre-mixed spices is a challenge for those with gluten-sensitivities. Nearly every packet has wheat flour as a binder or filler. Those that don’t, typically lose something in taste. At least, that’s been my experience. However, I’ve been experimenting with different brands and Sukhi’s is really very good. I’ve tried two curries so far and they are delicious. All you do is add water, meat (if you want to), veggies and sometimes whipping cream (Mmmmm cream). You can find these products at Sprout’s markets and a bunch of other places. It makes for a simple, easy dinner that tastes just like takeout.

So I was cooking, and reading and sipping and ended up with meals for the entire week. I am so happy about this because with both kids in the show and auditioning this week for various parts, it helps to have wholesome, gluten-free food that I can eat in between activities.

On that note, I visited the doctor last Friday. This was my first visit since going gluten-free and I had not told him about my choice to do so. Sometimes, you just have to do what you know is right. So I was curious to see how my numbers were.

Get this:

My lupus tests were negative, well the markers that they use to measure lupus were negative. There is no lupus test really.

My inflammation numbers were cut by 50%

My iron levels, which if they had been a 5 again would have required a tranfusion…were 8.

My conclusion? Gluten is definitely my problem. I will probably post about the symptoms I had, because they are not typical or textbook, which is why the doctors tested me for everything but that.

On the reading front…

As I was sipping and eating all day yesterday, I had my Kindle glued to my hands. I could not put The Night Strangers down. It starts off with a bang and never stops, at least not yet! I even took it into the bath with me last night. Water and electronics just do not mix, but I couldn’t help it.

Hope you are all well. Off to get me some coffee and maybe,  just maybe I will write-up some reviews.


Friday Chit Chat: It begins…


A long time ago, The Boy was part of a community theatre group. His parts varied, but he participated in quite a few shows (Annie, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz and a holiday dinner show).

He took a couple of years off, thought he wouldn’t go back, and then decided to give it another shot with this fall’s show which happens to be Alice in Wonderland. It’s an original production, so the parts are totally unique and so are the songs. I heard some of the songs last night and they are fabulous.

Auditions take place next week. I want to be all stage-mom’ish with the advice and all but I am going to hang back this year. It’s HIS deal. What complicates it this time, is that…

The Girl is doing it too.

The last show she did was the holiday dinner show and she spent every rehearsal sitting on a stool next to the music director because (1) she couldn’t read the lyrics at the age of 4, and (2) she was so easily distracted that she’d trail off and be completely lost.

Nearly four years later, she is more mature but she is a bit of a diva. Moods swing at any given time. Last night she was all smiles when we arrived, but about 20 minutes in, she was crying her eyes out because she didn’t see any of her friends. Such a tender age. Also, a frustrating age because she is so, so sweet yet can be such a pill at the same time.

The rehearsals are closed, which is probably a good thing but it means that I end up sitting in my car for long periods of time. Last night, at audition prep I got to watch so I could help them later if they needed it. What did I do?

Angry Birds

I played Angry Birds. Yeah, it’s going to take some time to get back into the swing of things.