• Gluten Free Weekend

    by Ellen on February 13, 2007 · 9 comments

    a few slices of Breads From Anna bread
    black bean soup
    We were invited to spend last weekend with some new friends who have a home in the hills of New Hampshire. One of the couple has Celiac Disease and they both keep their house entirely gluten free, just like my husband and I do at home. This is the first time we’ve spent a weekend with others where I didn’t have to think twice about the food! Everything was gluten free. And I mean everything!!! And it was delicious and beautifully presented to boot! I don’t have recipes to share, but I took a lot of pictures, which they were very gracious about letting me do. My husband is used to a photo shoot before we eat anything I’ve cooked or baked at home. Asking others to do the same could’ve made for a bad weekend. But they were most willing to let us snap away! We had straight-out-of-the-bread-machine hot Breads from Anna bread and black
    bean soup for lunch, chocolate brownies for dessert (everything homemade)!

    brie with marmalade and pecans

    Our hosts took us on a vigorous hike in the snowy woods, narrating our walk with information about the terrain, the history of the area, and frequent, fascinating stops to look at and identify animal tracks. We then headed back home for a dip in the hot tub and a delicious dinner which included brie cheese warmed in the oven with marmalade and pecans spread over the top, and rice crackers for dipping (see picture above), squash and kale risotto, arugula with pears, red pepper, dried cranberries, glazed pecans,and balsamic cilantro dressing, and grilled marinated extra-large tiger shrimp. Oh, and for dessert, homemade little pots of lemon cloud!

    butternut squash and kale risotto

    arugula with pears, red pepper, dried cranberries, glazed pecans,
    and balsamic cilantro dressing

    grilled, marinated large tiger shrimp

    individual pot of lemon cloud

    And if that weren’t enough to completely bowl us over, we started Sunday morning with homemade Cococnut Chocolate Chip Muffins and fresh sliced pineapple. We then burned off all the calories with another vigorous hike in the New Hampshire woods. Upon returning, we had a most glorious brunch which consisted of Scrambled Eggs with cheese, kale, and mushrooms and homemade Irish Soda Bread.

    Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffin

    Irish Soda Bread

    All in all, it was a glorious weekend with two new friends who treated us like honored guests. It was lovely to be with people who helped us appreciate the outdoors, in fact, they gave us a new look and appreciation for living in the northeast during the winter! And to stay with people who not only care about food and its’ presentation as much as we do, who serve simple, elegant, delicious gluten free fare, and who enjoy a good game of dominoes (even if we totally taught them how to play it incorrectly!!!), well, it was just one of the most enjoyable weekends we’ve had in a long time.

    To all of our gluten free friends, may you be blessed with the company of good friends and delicious food!

    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    Gluten Free Vegan February 14, 2007 at 9:49 am

    How wonderful! How lucky you are to have found new friends and to be able to share dinner with them without any fears…we all should be so lucky!

    Loved the food too!!!

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    Lynn Barry February 14, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Can I be their friend too?
    What an upbeat encouraging blog and the pics are fantastic. I am delighted that you had such a fabulous time. HUGS

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    Sheri February 14, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    A little green monster is sitting on my shoulder right now. Great friends that cook great food that is also GF – lucky, lucky you!

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    Happy Homemaker February 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Yum! What is lemon cloud?

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    Ellen February 15, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Lemon cloud was like a lemon souffle. It was light and delicious!

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    Jean Layton-GF Momma February 17, 2007 at 12:36 am

    Ellen,
    Congrats on having such friends! And learning just how much fun it is to go out into the woods.
    I know that when I moved to the Pacific NW from NYC, it took me a while before the allure led me to the woods. But now I won’t go back to being in the house, even on rainy days.
    Just wish I could get that soda bread recipe for my tea afterwards.
    I think I may need to work on this one.
    Thanks!

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    Sea February 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Droooool everything looks DIVINE! Can I come along next time? lol

    -Brenda

    Visit My Gluten Free Blog the Book of Yum

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    Ellen February 18, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Jean (GF Momma),

    The Irish Soda Bread recipe comes from Healthy Gluten-free Eating by Darina Allen and Rosemary Kearney (from the UK). It is a wonderful book and one worth adding to any Celiac’s library of cookbooks.j

    And yes, the woods. We had such a great time and can’t wait to go hiking again in the hills of New Hampshire!

    Ellen

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    Ellen February 18, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Brenda,

    I can’t seem to find your blog. The URL doesn’t work. I hope I get to see it soon – inquiring minds want to know!

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