Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moving Fun

Hi folks,

Just a quick note to let you all know that I haven't disappeared, I'm just moving. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Hubby and I drove a UHaul all the way from Wisconsin, USA to Vancouver, British Columbia (that's 5 nights, 2 countries, 3 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and about 2,100 miles of driving!!).

Currently, we're unpacking and settling in to our new apartment. We don't yet have internet in our new place, but we're hoping that any moment now it'll get sorted out. In the meantime, I hope you're all having a wonderful summer and enjoying the heat. Stay tuned and I'll be back soon. I have some exciting news to share, too, so just bear with me :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eating Gluten Free at The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI


Like my review earlier this week of the Cooper's Tavern, The Old Fashioned is one restaurant I've been meaning to write about for some time. Now that we're busy packing up to leave Wisconsin and are visiting friends before we go, we're also taking the opportunity to stop by our favorite haunts. Hopefully it will inspire those of you in and around Madison to check out some of these places, too! 

My apologies for the grainy photos from my cell phone, and any typos (also courtesy of my cell phone), but here's my review of eating gluten free at The Old Fashioned.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Eating Gluten Free at the Cooper's Tavern in Madison,WI


While I can't quite say that I've been a regular at the Cooper's Tavern in the last 3 years since I moved to Madison, I can say that I've eaten there fairly regularly. And after the first couple of years of repeatedly asking about gluten free menu options, I'm really pleased that a few months ago they actually put together a GF menu.

So in appreciation, I thought I would share a few of my favorite gluten free options from The Cooper's Tavern on the capital square.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WNWNW postponed & the World's Largest Dinosaur

Hi folks,

Sorry I'm a little late with this, but we've been busy packing and prep'ing for our big move. That's right, this time next week we'll be loading up a U-Haul and driving aaaallll the way from Wisconsin, up through Canada and over to the West Coast of British Columbia, stopping along the way to visit family in Winnipeg and the Badlands of Drumheller (I just love being able to say "the Badlands").

On arrival, we'll be moving in to a new apartment in a somewhat new (to me, at least) neighbourhood outside of Vancouver. So I'll be sorting and getting my bearings.

Because of the flurry of activity and distraction I expect over the next month, and because I've noticed the blogosphere tends to quiet down in August, I've decided to postpone WNWNW until September, when things have settled down for myself and everyone else.

I hope to still see some of you around when I have a chance to check into social media and that you'll still stop by from time to time in the meanwhile. I intend to try and post a few reviews and photos of some of the places we stop along the way - after all, we will be seeing the World's Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller, which I think is pretty awesome.

Thanks everyone and keep your fingers crossed for us that the move goes ok :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gluten Free Barbeque Flavored Popcorn (organic, with vegan option) + Meatless Monday

Free of gluten, soy, and nuts with a dairy-free / vegan option


Considering that I already have two popcorn recipes on the blog, you might have gotten the impression that I really like popcorn. And I do. I really, really like popcorn. And I love that it's getting easier and easier to find organic popcorn so I don't always have to search so hard to get my popcorn fix! 

Popcorn is a filling, low calorie with a little kick of protein. So I think it's a great snack for Meatless Monday - or any day for that matter.

So I've recently discovered how awesome smoked paprika is. It makes things taste like barbeque and bacon, but without the bacon. After a failed attempt at Mexican Chocolate Chili Popcorn last week, I figured why not try barbeque popcorn? I did, and let me tell you, it's awesome. Like barbeque chips, without the deep fry and white potato. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #82


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #81


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Gluten free food in the Minneapolis airport





Hubby and I flew from Wisconsin to Vancouver, BC yesterday and had a stopover on Minneapolis. Normally airports are nightmares for people with gluten intolerance, but I  just have to share how impressed I was by the gluten free options at the French Meadows Bakery and Cafe inside the airport.

It turns out there are two locations inside the airport, one near Gate C and one near Gate F. The C-gate one is larger, I believe and has a full service area as well as a cafe stand.

I had a gluten free tuna melt sandwich and picked up a yummy gf bagel (with all kinds of lovely seeds in it) to have for breakfast this morning. So if you happen to have a layover in Minneapolis I definitely recommend French Meadow bakery!



This post was shared on the following great link parties: Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday, The Hearth and Soul Hop, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Happy Healthy Green and Natural Hop,     

Friday, July 18, 2014

25 Gluten Free Beet Recipes: from Appies to Desserts





By now most people know that beets are a superfood. They can be eaten raw or cooked, pickled or pureed. I've used it to naturally colour icing and Watermelon Pudding. Since beets are quite hardy, they can often be found at locally grown year round, too. I've seen adorable baby beets and large ones at our local market the past few weeks.

Studies suggest that beets can reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow, and it is high in folate and manganese. Personally, I think beets are delicious, but I know not everyone else likes their sweet, earthy flavour.

The 25 recipes and ways to use beets in this post provide a multitude of ways to get yer beets, and many of them don't taste like beets at all. After all, beets and chocolate are an amazing combination!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #80


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Monday, July 14, 2014

3 Good Books for Food Bloggers



When I started writing Poor and Gluten Free at the beginning of 2012 I knew next to nothing about blogging. I hardly had a direction or plan for the blog, other than that I wanted a place to keep track of my recipes, connect with other people with allergies, and share my experiences with Oral Allergy Syndrome in the hope that others might find it useful in some way.

I've learned a lot since then. A lot of it was done the hard way, trial and error, and a big long, painful learning curve. I'm still learning, and there is still so much I don't know or understand.

However, in the last couple of years as my blog has expanded to include the publication of two cookbooks, Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome: A Gluten and Meat-Free Cookbook for Wheat, Soy, Nut, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Allergies and  Recipes for Unusual Gluten Free Pasta: Pierogis, Dumplings, Desserts and More! I've taken the time to do a bit more research on food blogging and food photography, and since I know that many of my readers are also food bloggers, or aspiring bloggers, I thought I'd share three books that I've found extremely beneficial in case you find them helpful, too, or if you're thinking of starting a blog.  



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #79


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


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