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Canadian Celiac Association’s National Conference 2012, Kelowna, BC!

7 May

Canadian Celiac Association National Conference: May 24-25, 2012

As many of you may know, I live in the beautiful Okanagan region of BC, in Kelowna (you can usually find me tweeting @misskelowna!) Well, I’m super excited about the upcoming Canadian Celiac Association Conference this month, because it’s in my hometown! I just marked my third year anniversary of being gluten free (aka 3 AD – 3 years after diagnosis), so I’m looking forward to going to my first Celiac conference, and being around people who really “get it.” I’m looking forward to also learning about the latest in Celiac and gluten free research, and of course, to the gluten free food that will be sampled and served at the conference!!

Conference Speakers

This year’s keynote speaker at the conference is Dr. Sheila Crowe. Dr. Crowe has over 25 years of experience in Gastroenterology and is the co-author of Celiac Disease for Dummies – a book I read when I was first diagnosed! Dr. Crowe served as a Consultant “Ask the Expert” for the New York Times Health online section on the topic of celiac disease. Although Dr. Crowe doesn’t have celiac disease herself, she is certainly well versed in the disease. In fact, her month-in-law, the late Mrs. Kay Ernst, co-founded the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) 40 years ago. You can read her full biography here. (Opens in a PDF).

Other speakers include Dr. Ian Blumer (speaking on celiac disease and its relationship to other autoimmune diseases), Dr. Hardy Limeback (speaking on dentistry and celiac disease), Dr. Brent Barlow (speaking on naturopathy and celiac disease), and Dr. Mohsin Rashid (speaking on “Celiac Without Borders: A Global Perspective”).

On Sunday, Dr. Connie Switzer will be delivering the Professional Advisory Board Report. Dr. Switzer was actually the gastroenterologist* that did my endoscopy back in Edmonton, and delivered me the news, “Yep, you definitely have celiac disease.” After that day, I never intentionally ate another speck of gluten. (Luckily, I had decided to load of on some of my glutenous favourites before that endoscopy, as I had a feeling I’d never have them again: perogies at the Farmer’s Market, fresh bread (of any kind), fresh sourdough bread (oh how I miss you), and my old Friday night tradition, Panago Pizza.)

*A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Kelowna Gluten Free Expo

On Saturday, May 25 at the conference (non-conference attendees can go for $5), there will be a gluten free expo. Click here for more info. The following exhibitors will be sampling goods and/or providing info on their services:

For more information about the conference and gluten free expo, check out http://kelownaceliac.org/kelowna-2012/. For those of you who are attending, I look forward to seeing you there!!

Gluten Free on “The Dish” – link to my interview on CBC Radio-West!

19 Jan

I had a great on air chat about the life gluten free, with the new-to-Kelowna Rebecca Zandbergen of CBC Radio-West. She’s a lovely lady and fantastic interviewer , and as she predicted, 6 or 7 minutes on air felt like a mere minute. There’s a lot of great tips I completely forgot to add during the interview, so I’ll have to post them here on the blog!

And soon to come… gluten free shopping tips-it doesn’t have to cost you every penny in your possession. Also, awhile back I promised to send Vernon girl Kerry K Taylor of Squawk Fox, some of the things I do to live as a money-conscious Celiac! Although she’s probably already in the know. (They’re coming Kerry!) If you haven’t visited Kerry’s frugal living blog – Squawk Fox – where frugal living is sexy, delicious, and fun – you must!

And here is the interview…click on the image to listen in on CBC Radio’s website!

Gluten Free on The Dish - CBC Radio West

Save-On-Foods: Gluten Free Product List

28 May

I’ve been impressed by the increased gluten free product selection at Save-On-Foods; I’ve also seen this echoed at Safeway, with little “this is gluten free” signs around the store. No matter what the reason behind it, I think it’s great that these mainstream Canadian stores are increasing their allergy awareness!

The Save-On-Foods in Kelowna (Orchard Plaza) has become a great resource in letting people know about the new products they’re carrying; they send updates to the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Celiac Association, which makes me want to support that particular store more often! The following letter was posted on  the Kelowna Celiac Association’s website – click here to read the original post.

Save-On-Foods: Gluten Free Update

by Dave Blackmore, Store Manager Orchard Plaza Save-On-Foods

I am excited to announce that we are currently working on a gluten free link on our website and we are looking at improving packaging and labelling on our Western Family products to indicate gluten free. Soon I will be able to share a detailed product list of Western Family products that are gluten free.

Here is an updated list of the products that we have listed in our Save-On-Foods stores which are gluten-free. As we all know, manufacturers are forever changing ingredients and the labelling is not a great reflection to whether products are truly gluten free.

Hopefully there will be an improvement in ingredients labelling in the near future.

If the group can take into account the product list attached is current providing there is not a recipe change from the manufacturer on the listed products.

We will continue to update you as we procure new gluten-free products. We are very excited that we have now listed some more Udi bread lines in our bakery.  The cinnamon raisin bread is EXCELLENT!

Best Regards,

Dave Blackmore
Store Manager
Save-On-Foods #980
Orchard Plaza Kelowna

Gluten-free goes mainstream – article from the Edmonton Journal

4 Jan

My friend Nesta sent me this article from the Edmonton Journal – it was written by her friend, Jennifer Crosby! (Small world – I used to live in Edmonton too!)

Although I love living in Kelowna, as you can see from the article, Edmonton has some great gluten free resources!

Make sure to check out the gluten free perogy recipe at the bottom of the article – and watch for my own perogy recipe in the near future! (Yes, I made perogies, this time without making my kitchen look like a disaster zone!)

“Gluten-free goes mainstream”

“Would you like fries with that?” For the growing number of people being diagnosed with celiac disease, the answer likely has to be “No.”

Celiac disease causes the small intestine to be damaged by the protein gluten. Sufferers are unable to absorb many nutrients. Trouble is, gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. A diagnosis comes with a long list of foods now forbidden: obvious ones like cakes and breads, as well as those not immediately apparent, like deli meats and fries.

“If there is anything else on the menu that’s deep-fried, don’t even think about the french fries,” says Calgarian Bette Howie. Even if the fries themselves aren’t flour-coated, they’re usually crisped in the same fryer as other flour-coated items, and are easily contaminated.

Read the full article here.

PS If you’re ever passing through Cochrane, Alberta, don’t miss the GF Patisserie, mentioned in the article. I love their flax bread! Check out their blog here.

Bard’s Beer – It’s Gluten Free!

12 Nov

My boyfriend came home excited the other night proclaiming “I’ve found gluten free beer!” We both assumed gf beer was something we’d have to really search for, but there it was, keeping its cool in one of the beer & wine stores we frequent. Who knew?!

We used the beer to marinate some steaks in, which we’re doing again today. The funny thing is, I never liked beer in the first place, so I wasn’t too sad about that when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. I was only concerned that I could still drink wine!

So I can’t really give a fair review of the beer itself – the bf tells me it’s a dark stout. He wanted me to give it a try, which I did, but he told me not to like it too much, as it cost $18 Canadian for 6 bottles!

So, we’ll likely keep it around for tenderizing meat, and I’ll stick to drinking wine and pretty pink drinks.

Bard’s Beer has some sassy marketing and packaging – love it! – and if you’re looking for a nice gluten free beer, celebrate, because it’s available in Canada!

Barbecued Chicken Sandwich with Smoked Applewood Chedder

23 Mar

Fire up the barby – it’s springtime!

This open-faced sandwich turned out so well that even my boyfriend is excited to make it again!

To start with, pick up (or bake!) your favourite gluten free bread or even better, mini-loafs. Did I make my own? No – remember I’m the lazy gf chef – I bought the cute little cheese bun loaves in the picture from a Vancouver company called Quejos. (Great with a little butter as a delectable toast- and perfect for open-faced sandwiches!)

What really makes this meal delectable is the bbq flavour combined with the smoked applewood chedder – so if you’regoing to skip any elements of the recipe, don’t skip those ones!

It’s not the greatest photo ever, but you get the picture!

Ingredients

  • Loaf or mini-loaves or your favourite gluten free bread or flat bread
  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1 large white or red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • GF bbq sauce
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup smoked applewood chedder

Directions

If need be, defrost your bread of choice. If it’s fresh, that’s even better!

Slice the chicken into small strips – about 1-2 inches long each. Toss them in a bowl with gluten free bbq sauce (I used “Cattleboyz”) and let marinate for about half an hour.

Slice up your red peppers and onions and toss in a bowl with olive oil and sea salt. The way you slice and dice the peppers and onions are up to you. What you see in the photo is what my boyfriend calls the “po boy chop” – don’t ask?!

The Po Boy Chop works well for the bbq, but if you can do a finer chop if you have a bbq veg rack or dish.

Take your cheese and slice it up into thin pieces and place it next to your bbq.

Now, over medium heat, throw on your chicken and leave until almost cooked through which should be about 10 minutes, depending on how thick your cuts are. After this time, add your peppers and onions and let them get nice and charbroiled.

Turn your bbq to a lower heat. Throw your bread on for about a minute to get it toasty. Then add the chicken followed by the veggies on each piece. Lastly, add the smoked applewood chedder and allow to melt for about a minute.

Serve up on your finest picnicware and enjoy with a glass of wine as the sun sets! I recommend a nice oaky chardonnay with this dish – it really complements the smoked flavour in the cheese!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

1 Mar

If you didn’t know that today, March 1, is National Peanut Butter Day, you know now! And in honor of this special

For the love of peanut butter.

day, I will be giving away a jar my new desk staple, Sunland Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, made with Valencia peanuts. I discovered this dark chocolate peanut butter a few weeks ago, and now I’ll never look at regular peanut butter the same!

To enter into the contest, please leave a comment on any post on my blog. Your comment can be in reply to the post, a suggestion on how you make the dish differently (if it’s a recipe post), a “lazy gf chef tip” (a tip on how to do things quickly and easily in the kitchen), a link to a resource you know of in relation to the post, or anything else you can think of. You will get one entry to the contest via reply, up to 3 entries total.

For an extra two entries, subscribe to The Lazy GF Chef blog through RSS feed or email subscription.

And that’s it – easy as peanut butter pie!

This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States. Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 26, 12 pm PST. Please make sure you are following @thelazygfchef on Twitter as I will DM the winner. If you are not on Twitter, please make sure you leave some kind of clue as to how I can contact you!

PS My best friend ever, Sarah from Edmonton, is also a peanut butter lover. She actually illustrates and writes a childrens book series called A JAM STORY, and there is a very cute peanut butter character in them! If you have kids, or if you’re a kid at heart, they’re a must read!

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