Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cooking and Baking, Baking and Cooking

I used to enjoying cooking and baking. A lot. I liked that, even though I didn't eat a lot of it, I could still put together a tasty meal for people. See, I am vegetarian by choice. I have been for almost 1/2 my life now. I remember torturous meals growing up with meat on my plate. I did not like it Sam I Am. But I would fix meat dishes for others with no problem. 

Then something happened. My body quit functioning the way it used to. And my joy in cooking disappeared. It's difficult to cook when you don't want anything to do with food. It's hard to prepare meals for others when you know eating what you are making will make you feel awful. It's really hard to get excited about food when you have no idea what you can eat.  Meat- gone. Dairy- gone. Sweets, caffeine, carbonation- gone. Gluten- working on getting it gone. Taste- long gone!

Of course, if it makes me feel better I'll do it. But I won't lie, it won't be easy. Gluten is in everything. No, really, EVER-Y-THING. I have to find time to sit down and research meals. Then find time to research where I can purchase items for these meals. Then find time (and money) to actually purchase these things. And at the end of a long day of work, I don't want to think about food or cooking not one meal, not two meals, but most often three different meals. 

As for baking, I still occasionally get some pleasure out of it- though I cannot sample my works of art. And that does diminish some of the enjoyment. However, baking is more of an art and does, therefore retain some if its value as a stress reliever and source of fun. But it depends on the day. 

Some days the kitchen is my least favorite room in the house.

1 comment:

  1. Sad face here. I saw a recipe for gluten free muffins I was going to pass on to you but then I looked at the ingredients and they were really obscure and weird and a lot of them so I didn't send it. It is definitely going to be a challenge but I bet you will find some great things. Our HyVee has a great gluten free section but it is pricey. Which is silly.