You may have noticed my absence from the blog.
We have had a family member who has been quite ill, and spending lots of time at the hospital. Whenever we’re not working, we’ve done our best to be available. Writing a post has, quite frankly, been quite low on my priority list.
But today, I was working in the kitchen, and this post began marinating in my brain, rolling around like a snowball, growing larger and larger until the words were bursting from my head.
Food is love. Not just any food, good food. Nourishing food. Food made with hands that care and ingredients that heal.
For me, cooking is therapeutic. After a tough day at work, I have always retreated to the sanctity of my kitchen, my domain, my home. Where “I… have… the powwwerrrr!” (Flashback to 80′s cartoons, for those of you at my age.)
My husband and I are both in the medical field, so fortunately we can translate the medical-ese for the rest of our family. But ultimately, what happens and what is done in the hospital is out of our control. In the kitchen, I am in control. I can do my best to create snacks for my family to keep them running, maintain current levels of health, and nourish and encourage healing.
My doing this; this small effort, this tiny blip in the universe, I am demonstrating love. Love is good food. Good food is love.
Mini brownies in mini paper cups to help retrain weak hands to function. Granola-and more granola. (My brother in law mentioned that he really enjoyed homemade granola. I then proceeded to make a metric ton of granola.) Someone wants blueberry muffins? Done. And an orange pie just for good measure.
All with real, nourishing food.
I must thank the wonderful women who have provided me with the inspiration and the recipes to create the food that I have cooked over the past few weeks. Extended from you has been love to my family.
Here’s what I’ve been cooking (believe it or not, this is chronological order):
Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake: Crunchy Gluten Free Granola (I added cinnamon-totally delish!)
Kelly at the Spunky Coconut: a Twofer (I cannot recommend Kelly’s new book The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free
highly enough, by the way. )
Strawberry Almond Muffins (I made blueberry)
and Orange Pie (orange is almost done boiling now!)
Thank you all.
And although I have not yet made this recipe, I have to mention yesterday’s post from Karina, the Gluten Free Goddess. She reminded me that sometimes you have to fight arrogance and hate with an open mind, education and love.
There will likely be a bit of time without any posts, as I will be continuing to spend time with my family, and I am also having knee surgery of my own next week. From time to time I do check in at Gluten Free Fitness on Facebook and share articles I find interesting, so please “like” us over there and join the conversation. There’s also tons more info at Gluten Free and Fit 101 for you to get started.
Let there be good food, good health, and love. I’m off to make my pie.
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