Going Gluten-FreeFebruary 23, 2010

Food Cravings

I was talking via e-mail with my friend Brendan who was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple of years ago. Well traveled, he was reminiscing about the days before his diagnosis when he used to enjoy a loaf of fresh-baked bread or a “warm, flaky but chewy croissant baked four minutes ago in a Parisian bakery.” His language describing his food longings was so descriptive that I’m excerpting part of his message here to share with you:

“When you find something [like a bakery item] that remotely reminds you of those glorious pre-celiac days, it's a thing to rave about. It's sort of like phantom-limb syndrome--you can smell the real stuff--but you can't quite taste it. But you remember it. Long for it. And when something comes close to it, it's like HOPE in the form of a muffin or a cupcake. Hope that some day you will find the perfect gluten-free facsimile for that fresh bread or that pancake or that croissant that you used to take for granted. We never appreciate something quite as much as we do when it's lost to us.”

How much do you miss the taste of certain foods? Do you ever feel like Brendan does?


Comments (14)


Posted by: Sandee N | April 29, 2010 3:45 PM    Report this comment

Has anyone else tried the product salba? I actually discovered this product on a celiac website. I read up on it and started integrating it into my diet. It is a Gluten free wholefood. I have regained alot of my energy as it fills me up for long periods of time and I dont get sugar highs and lows. The nutrient content is outstanding too. Just wanted to see if anyone else had had as good results as I have. Thanks.

Posted by: Unknown | March 28, 2010 4:47 PM    Report this comment

Ahhhh yes. I recall that conversation with Alicia. Actually my transition to GF was easier than I had anticipated. I didn't much crave those things I had previously relied on - bread, pasta, etc - EXCEPT when I would smell them. Fresh bread baking was torture. And I was just in Paris, the capital of warm, wonderful, unimaginably delicious bread, croissants, pain-au-chocolate, pastries, tarts, you name it.

But what I miss most, crave the most - beyond a doubt is . . . a slice of pizza. Walking past a pizza shop and smelling warm, fresh-baked pizza dough is like catching a waft of a long ago lover's perfume walking down the street. A flood of memories come rushing back and I suddenly look around, half-expecting to see her. But in this case, my long-lost romance is a slice of pepperoni, NY-style thin and covered in cheese. Hot and chewy. I still get "mouth hallucinations" where I'm fantasizing about the texture and the taste and the temperature. Any of the Glutino or Amy's GF frozen pizzas are a sad, sad proxy for a real slice of pizza. I have recently found a new Pizza place in my hometown of Charlottesville called Rise - that offers a GF crust. It's actually not bad. It's most decidedly NOT as good as real pizza crust - but it's a "non-awful" carrier of the other stuff- the cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, tomato sauce, etc. The light, airy AND Chewy is what I miss. Alas.

Posted by: Brendan R | March 15, 2010 4:44 PM    Report this comment

Thanks to whoever the "unknown" person is that added the recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Our family has been gluten and dairy free for over 25 years and cookies are by far the most difficult things to make. I now have two little grandsons who are also gluten free and look forward to trying your cookies. Great to get recipes from people truly living the story.

Also, does anyone have any suggestions for the best gluten and dairy free resource books they have found. I am a nurse, a life coach as well as a mom and nana living this story and have never found one book that includes all I would like to know. Thanks.

Marg Evans

Posted by: Margaret E | March 9, 2010 11:08 AM    Report this comment

I have found that Ezekial bread made with sprouted grains (including wheat) is OK for celiacs. Something about the sprouting that makes it gluten free. It makes wonderful sandwiches that don't fall apart. Mary supermarkets have it in their frozen section. Give it a try!

Posted by: Frances K | March 5, 2010 5:31 PM    Report this comment

This is for the folks who are missing warm chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. My grandson's class was selling Joe Corbi's pizza for a fundraiser. On the first page of the catalogue is Grandma Corbi's gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough! It's made with bean flour, not rice flour. Good for me since I have an issue with rice. You can order it online at www.joecorbi.com/glutenfree. $15 for a 3#tub. I haven't gotten mine yet - next week - will let you know how they are.

Posted by: Frances K | March 5, 2010 9:26 AM    Report this comment

Me too! What I miss most is being able to help myself to the Artisan bread in the baskets when I go out to eat. Good bread is the staff of life for me, and I've found some that OK. The biscuits from Whole Foods are wonderful (Try the cheddar), but so far nothing that even comes close to a croissant or crusty loaf of peasant bread or a sweet, soft loaf of sqawbread for a chicken salad sandwich. And, let's hear it for ruebens on rye and a turkey melt on sour dough!

Posted by: Lisa Stiefken | March 5, 2010 8:12 AM    Report this comment

Pamela, We are in the same boat and looking for a bread that resembles the cracked wheat he loved so much. As you stated so for everything is far from palatable. The only way you can eat any of the ones we've tried so far is toasted. Untoasted is horrible! And cookies that don't crumble or have a bean aftertaste would be great too! I will be trying glogarvie@gmail.com's choclate cookie recipe as he misses those a lot too. Being we all have different tastes what one person tastes great another thinks is awful or barely eatable. The best of luck to you in finding your boyfriends onion roll substitute!

Posted by: Country_Girl | March 5, 2010 7:31 AM    Report this comment

My boyfriend has Celiac and one day we were discussing sandwiches; his favorite on a fresh baked onion roll. You'd had thought I ripped his heart out! He misses bread tremendously, and the rolls and breads we've tried thus far have been far from palatable. Is there ANYTHING our there that resembles real bread...or even tastes good? I'd like to surprise him someday with something that tastes out of this world, that he can eat without hurting himself.

Posted by: Pamela G | March 4, 2010 12:43 PM    Report this comment

When I finally found a FABULOUS choc chip cookie recipe, my DD (11y.o. at the time) said to me "These taste like THE REAL THING!" (Bob's Red Mill Pancake Cookies from their website -- I had to tweak it a little since I live at 7,000+ feet.) I will definitely be trying glogarvie@gmail.com's version. I MISS fresh sourdough and whole grain breads, PIZZA (oh the smell is enough to drive me crazy!), soft tortillas, biscuits, COOKIES, pecan pie. YUM. Thankfully, through trial and (many) error(s), I have discovered some great recipes so I don't feel deprived.


Posted by: Allison K | March 4, 2010 11:48 AM    Report this comment

As a self diagnosed Celiac (for 1 year and proud of it!), what I miss the most is the breads. The pumpernikels and ryes. The oats and the wheats. All of them are sweet memories. When my son had food allergies back in the 90's the choices of breads for folks with dairy, wheat and processed food allergies were horrible. Things have definitely changed and I have found some companies that come close to healthy and good tasting yeast breads. I am confident that things will improve as the market gets it! Hold on to the memories and hang in there! I will follow up on some Brands that I have found. Jessica in Portsmouth, NH

Posted by: jessica p | March 4, 2010 10:50 AM    Report this comment

I too am gluten free and missed chocolate chip cookies until.....this awesome recipe came my way! I LOVE them and so do my non-gluten free eating, chocolate chip cookie loving family members! I am in the process of setting up a gluten free coaching service/business and this will be one of the recipes I will share. The beauty of it is is that it can be nut, dairy and egg free as well if necessary (thankfully not for me :). Here it is 1/4c. white sugar 1/2c. brown sugar 1/4 c. butter (margarine if dairy free) 1/4 c. shortening (could use 1/2 c. shortening instead of butter/marg) 1 tsp. vannilla (pure) 1/5 tsp egg replacer or 1 whole egg 1 c. Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (very important- was missing in original recipe and this makes the chewy texture perfect!) 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 6 oz chocolate chips 1/2 c. chopped pecans (if you are not nut free) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening and butter in a large mixing bowl until soft. Add the sugars, vanilla, salt, egg and mix well. Sift the dry ingredients and mix into the previous ingredients. Add chocolate chips and nuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet with parchment paper and bake 8-10 minutes. (watch carefully!) Remove and cool on tin foil which produces the delectable chewy chocolate cookie eating experience :). TRY waiting until they are cooled as they are less likely to come apart but it's very hard to wait!!! YUM, YUM, YUM!!!! I hope you get to read this post and try it out. Let me know: glogarvie@gmail.com

Posted by: Unknown | March 4, 2010 10:33 AM    Report this comment

Its the Bread! I make some wonderful homemade soups and always loved to pick up a loaf of warm, crusty, fresh baked bread to go along with it. I almost can't talk about it. Sue

Posted by: sueathome | March 4, 2010 10:16 AM    Report this comment

I miss chocolate chip cookies! Thinking it over, my sense of smell is starving for the aroma too. ( I read an article by an RN from Portland Oregon, who indicated many Celiacs are blessed with a super-keen sense of smell!) Warm, crunchy then chewy, chocolaty goodness with a eavenly smell. Oh the memories of my childhood!

Yum, Rose

Posted by: Unknown | March 4, 2010 10:05 AM    Report this comment

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