Good Food is Love

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):

Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert, N Dogs: Happy Hemp 2 bite brownies

Maggie at She Let Them Eat Cake: Crunchy Gluten Free Granola (I added cinnamon-totally delish!)

Lauren at Healthy Indulgences: Cocoa Granola

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)

I tried making them into a heart shape, but that didn't work.

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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  1. Ricki says:

    I’m so honored that my recipe made a contribution to your therapeutic time in the kitchen! I can certainly relate to spending time in the hospital with loved ones. . . hoping that family member is doing better and will be back with you soon. And you are definitely lucky to be able to understand all the “medicalese”–one of my sisters is a nurse, and that really helped. Best of luck with everything–we will be keeping you and yours in our thoughts and hoping for a speedy recovery for both of you. :)

  2. So sorry your family member and all of you have been going through a hard time, Erin. Sending hugs, thoughts, and prayers your way! Lovely post. Food IS love. Being in the kitchen does help one regain order and control when it’s lost elsewhere. I love the recipes you’ve been making to nourish and comfort everyone. Last, I loved Karina’s post, too. She is a brilliant writer and I loved how she just put it all out there.

    xoxo,
    Shirley

  3. Maggie says:

    You are so sweet and lovely. What a lucky family you have. I am truly moved and honored Erin. Hugs and healing wishes are on their way. Can you feel them yet? Xo

  4. Erin says:

    @Ricki-Thank you very much. I’m so glad that your Dad is home and doing well, I had read about that previously on your blog. Yay for a salad a day! ;)

    @Shirley-Thank you, my friend. I am so grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life, those whom I have met, and those who I know virtually so far.

    @Maggie-I do! I can feel them :) Thank you my dear.

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