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from the mouth of a gf babe

This is Lily.

 

A few things about her:

She likes to read, draw and swim.

She takes dance lessons (hip hop) and plays on a basketball team.

She speaks French.

She has a younger sister who is the bomb.

She loves her tiny dog Chiquita.

Her favourite food is rice (brown and white)—in sushi, fried or just plain steamed.

Her favourite subject in school is math.

She has celiac disease. She was diagnosed when she was three.

On the morning of her 11th birthday, Lily woke up with a stuffy nose. When asked what she thinks it means to have a cold on her birthday, she replied, without missing a beat: “It’s going to be a SICK year!”

That’s Lily, always making lemonade out of lemons. See for yourself.

What is celiac disease?
It’s a disease that affects your gut [specifically your small intestine]. What happens is when you eat gluten, it doesn’t sit well with your gut and your body gets angry and tries to get it out. Some people have symptoms and there are many different kinds of symptoms—I throw up, get bloated and get bad stomach aches. Some people don’t get symptoms, but it’s still doing damage inside of them.

[For a more complete definition of celiac disease, go to www.celiac.ca]

What is gluten?
It’s a protein that’s in found in certain grains, like wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley. When I was younger my mom and I made a sign out of stickers with these words and taped it up in the kitchen to help me learn how to read them. It’s really important to read ingredients and not just assume something is safe to eat, unless it’s a fruit or vegetable of course.

 

 

Do you remember when you found out you had celiac?
I was only three, so I didn’t really know what was happening to me. I was getting sick (barfing) every night and I had lots of stomach pain. Then I remember one day we were at the doctor’s office and I was getting my blood taken. That’s how we found out I have celiac disease. After I stopped eating gluten I felt much better. My hair started to grow and I started to grow.

Was it hard when you first went gluten free?
I don’t think I really noticed a change in my diet, except I remember asking my mom for the Puffins cereal I loved and she said “no more Puffins” and I got really upset with her. But I don’t remember my parents having to say “no” a lot. I just remember them giving me food to eat and I was happy.

How do you feel now, after being gluten free for eight years?
I feel fine.

Your hair is really long now.
Yeah! It keeps growing!

What’s it like to eat gluten free all the time?
I don’t really notice. I don’t really remember eating gluten. Sure, I see my friends eating it, but I feel like I have food that tastes better, I bet, and it looks better. You can always find something that is gluten free, so I can eat just about anything. Basically I don’t think that my diet defines me. It’s part of me, but it’s not me.

Are there ever times when you wish you didn’t have to be gluten free?
Not really, because I can basically have the same foods as everyone else, except they’re gluten free. There’s always a replacement. Sometimes I do feel sorry for myself. Sometimes I want to eat something with gluten, but then I remind myself that somewhere in the world there is a gluten-free version of the same thing. I just have to find it. Plus, I just think about how sick I’ll get if I eat it. It’s not worth it.

When was the last time you got glutened?
I was in Florida at a hotel and they said that there was a gluten-free buffet table and that everything would be safe. There was even a dedicated gluten-free toaster! I ate a bagel, muffin and fruit. At the beach, my stomach starting hurting but I sort of ignored it and didn’t think much about it. And then I started feeling really nauseous and told my mom. My stomach started to really hurt so we went back to our hotel room and I started barfing all over the place. Then I took a nap.

Do you prefer eating in or going out?
Eating at home is so easy. Our house is totally gluten free because we don’t want me getting cross-contaminated or eating something with gluten by accident.

I love going to restaurants and I have my favourites. But sometimes when we eat out my parents make a big fuss about things. I know they’re just trying to make sure the food is safe for me, but it embarrasses me.

What would you tell a friend who finds out that they have celiac disease?
That it’s not that big of a deal. You can always adapt to it. In a few weeks, you’ll think it’s natural.

I’d also recommend some bakeries. Almond Butterfly has the best bagels and cupcakes. Bunner’s has the best cinnamon buns. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo has the best muffins. Sorelle and Co. has the best donuts. And I love Tori’s cupcake with a donut on top.

Do you have any friends who also have celiac disease?
I have a few friends who have celiac disease. We tell each other about great restaurants we’ve been to.

What are your top 3 restaurants?
I can’t name just three. There’s Pukka for Indian. Edo for sushi (they have gluten-free tamari!). Mad Mexican for nachos and tacos. Live has the best burritos. For brunch I love to go to Cocoalatte, Public Kitchen and Hibiscus (best crepes!). And we recently discovered Basil Box, Asian food that is totally gluten free and so yummy!

 

 

What do you love about Gluten Free Garage?
I can go to all the different vendors and eat whatever I want without having to ask if their food is gluten free—I know it’s all safe! But the day is not just about finding yummy food that’s gluten free, it’s also about letting gluten-free people know that they’re part of a larger community and they’re not alone. I feel very proud of my mom and happy that she did this for me and for all the gluten-free people in the world.

What are you doing this year at Gluten Free Garage?
I’m very excited to be a guest speaker! And even more excited that Almond Butterfly Bakeshop is partnering with me to do cupcake decorating! I’ve wanted to be a speaker for a few years and my mom kept saying wait until you’re older. This year I finally convinced her that I can do it. I’m older now and a lot more responsible. Every month at school I have to present a book report to my class and it’s made me a better public speaker and more confident to share my ideas.

 

Lily Eklove is the Gluten Free Garage muse and taste tester. Diagnosed with celiac at age 3, she has grown up with the autoimmune disease and has learned to be her own advocate when it comes to the foods she can and cannot eat. A fifth-grader in French immersion, Lily dreams of going to Paris one day to eat gluten-free croissants. In the meantime she’s pretty happy with the cupcakes from Almond Butterfly.

 

 

6th annual Gluten Free Garage!

Toronto’s highly anticipated go-to gluten-free event is a prominent playground for gluten-free people looking to discover new brands, try different foods and meet fellow foodies. Carefully curated for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE places quality and taste at the forefront, allowing it to be experienced by all food lovers as the perfect, most delicious way to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month.

 

HERE’S A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT #GFG17!

 

60+ VENDORS

More than 60 handpicked vendors (mostly local and artisanal) will offer attendees a wide variety of gluten-free options appealing to different tastes. Indulge in freshly baked goods—such as bagels, scones and baguettes—that you never thought could taste so good. Enjoy savoury made-to-order foods—like falafel (pictured here from My Little Chickpea), tacos and dumplings—for lunch. Sample and purchase sweet and savoury snacks, sauces, soups, pizza, pasta, gelato and even skincare! Not just for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE offers something for everyone on the gluten-free spectrum—meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Come hungry for a delicious day of one-stop shopping and taste for yourself how gluten free has come a long way, baby!

 

FOOD TRUCKS

Take advantage of the opportunity to eat al fresco from a food truck on the Wychwood Barns grounds. Participating trucks include 50 Pesos and Bar Ape.

 

LIBATIONS IN THE COURTYARD

Those who are 19+ can partake in Libations in the Courtyard, featuring tastings from various beer, cider and vodka brands. There is still space at the bar for additional beer and cider brands. Send a note to info@glutenfreegarage.ca for information on how your brand can participate.

 

SAMPLING

Not all brands are able to exhibit at GLUTEN FREE GARAGE, so there’s an opportunity to offer festival-goers the chance to discover and try new products through sampling. Ask about how your brand can get involved.

 

SPEAKERS

Take a break from eating and tune into a talk or live demonstration in The Stop. Past speakers include holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, Bunner’s Bakeshop cofounder Ashley Witting, gluten-free expert Kathy Smart, and celiac advocate Jordan Middlebrook, aka King Gluten Free. This year’s speakers will be announced soon.

 

SHOW SPONSORS

The success of GLUTEN FREE GARAGE is made possible with the continued support of our sponsors. This year we welcome back Italpasta, Neal Brothers and Fiesta Farms and are excited to have Ste. Anne’s Bakery on board! Thanks also to the Gluten-Free Certification Program for their ongoing support!

 

Memories of Bubby’s Chicken

 

In grade 8, when I made friends with the new girl at school, I discovered a culinary sensation.

Every Friday after school my BF Bonnie and I would race to her house and wait in her kitchen for the delivery. Her grandfather Jimmy would pull up in the four-door sedan to drop off the food that Bubby Katy and her sister-in-law Rosie had spent all day cooking and baking. Jimmy would shlep boxes from the car filled with still-hot home-cooked food from the old country covered in tinfoil for Friday night dinner. The women had cooked the meal and it was the same every week: chicken soup, goulash, chicken paprikash, Bubby’s chicken (breaded chicken strips) and Rosie’s squares (a dessert made from ground almonds and chocolate, referred to by those in the know as simply “Rosie’s”—to this day, I dream of Rosie’s). It was his greatest joy to drop off this food for his children and grandchildren (and his granddaughter’s bestie).

Bubby’s Chicken was everything: tender on the inside, crunchy on the outside, flattened and crispy-coated strips of chicken that had been cooked in a vat of oil and then patted dry with paper towel. I will never taste a chicken finger like that again.

Though I try.

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winter essentials

 

WINTER ESSENTIALS

Our list of 11 must-have products to keep you going all winter long. All are GF, of course! And all except for one are made in Canada.

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READ IT
GFF (Gluten-Free Forever) Magazine
. The gorgeous winter 2017 issue has six delish soup recipes to warm you up. We could eat up every issue of this quarterly magazine. gffmag.com (get $9 off the $35 subscription price with code winter17)

SAVOUR IT
Chocosol Traders
Luscious Coconut (70% cacao). Because chocolate and coconut. This stuff is the real deal. chocosoltraders.com

 HEAT IT UP
No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce.
Spice up your food and clear your sinuses with habanero or a variety of other hot numbers. no7hotsauce.com

 DRINK IT
Chaiwala Chai
Original Masala Chai. Boost your immune system and ease indigestion with this 100% natural chai blend of fresh ginger root, ground spices and organic honey. Learn how to make a hot chai latte at chaiwalachai.com

 SHOOT IT
Greenhouse Juice Company
Flu Shot Booster. This mini cocktail of immunity-supporting plants (oil of oregano, lemon, echinacea) and tinctures packs a flu-fighting punch. greenhousejuice.com

 RUB IT IN
Giddy Yoyo
Raw Love Butter. Slather on this body butter from head to toe to keep your skin soft and supple. Oh, and it’s edible and tastes like chocolate. shop.giddyyoyo.com

SEAL IT WITH A KISS
Sudsatorium
Great White North Lip Balm. Kiss cracked lips goodbye because this balm is the bomb. As per the packaging: “Heal lips the Canadian way with maple syrup, eh!” sudsatorium.com

 SPRAY IT
Beekeeper’s Naturals
Propolis Spray. A few spritzes a day keeps the doctor away—for colds, coughs, sore throats and inflammation. I swear by this stuff. beekeepersnaturals.com

 EAT IT
Bunner’s Bakeshop
Supersonic Cookies. The cookies that helped launch Bunner’s! Loaded with chocolate chips, cranberries, pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds, these GF vegan wonders are a must-eat any time of year. My fave mid-day treat with a cup of hot tea. bunners.ca

FACE IT
Aromacentric
Face It Oil. Just a few drops of this liquid gold hydrates and nourishes your skin so you shine. With essential oils neroli and jasmine, you’ll also smell divine. aromacentric.com

SIP IT
The Honest Leaf
Serene Tea. Make way for sweet dreams with this caffeine-free mint tea that takes the chill off and calms your mind and body. honestleaf.com

 

 

Vegan pasta salad

For vegans....

This pasta salad is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

 

The Ultimate Vegan Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) diced red peppers
2 zucchinis, halved and sliced
1 cup (250 mL) cherry tomatoes
2 Japanese eggplants, halved and sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
1 box (340 grams) Italpasta Gluten Free Penne Rigate
½ cup (125 mL) chopped parsley
¼ cup (60 mL) chopped basil
1 tbsp (15 mL) Italpasta White Wine Vinegar
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp (45 mL) toasted walnuts
Pinch chili flakes

Instructions
Preheat a grill over medium high heat. Toss red pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant with 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper in a grill basket. Arrange basket on the grill and cook until charred and softened, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 6-8 minutes.

While the pasta cooks, purée parsley, basil, white wine vinegar, garlic, walnuts, chili flakes and season with salt and pepper. With the motor running drizzle in remaining olive oil.

In a large bowl toss together cooked pasta, grilled vegetables and pesto dressing, serve warm or room temperature.

 Italpasta is a Gold sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.