WILD WOODS gypsy
A PASSION FOR GLUTEN FREE
Why Gluten Free? I went Gluten Free about 9 years ago, not because it was the latest eating fad, but due to the way my body started reacting to Gluten. As a matter of fact, my natural doctor kept suggested it could be a gluten sensitivity that was causing my issues, but I just couldn't imagine it. I cooked everything from scratch, homemade bread, muffins, etc. I even started grinding my own wheat berries for baking.
Then one evening I was watching the news, and the news caster started talking about his Gluten intolerance, and the book that made him realize gluten was the issue. I order the book, read it in a day. Went gluten free for 3 days, and it was a life changer.
Jump ahead 6 weeks, and my dear friend had a horrible reaction to a steroid she was prescribed to help reduce inflammation post breast cancer treatment. The steroid put her in the hospital; it had a negative reaction with her type 2 diabetes. . Until that steroid protocol, she was able to control her type 2 diabetes with a pill and diet. After the steroid prescription, she went to the hospital with blood sugar numbers in the 600's, and came out a week later prescribed 1 pill, 4 shots and they still couldn't get her numbers under 300. I told her the information I read in the book regarding the negative effect of gluten on type 2 diabetics. I asked her to come visit for a week, and I'd help her eat a gluten free diet. She accepted my invitation. In just 3 days of avoiding gluten, she got her numbers to 120. 9 years later, she is now down to 1 pill and 1 shot a day, the lowest dose she can take and her numbers stay below 120.
I am not an expert, all I know is what I've seen and experienced. Therefore for me, I will be gluten free for life. My health and well-being count on it.
Ok, that's the why. Now lets get down to the good stuff. When I first went gluten free, I tried eating gluten free items, but found them to taste like cardboard, or highly preserved and I really missed my homemade items and baking. So I just gave up on those items for several years. However, recently I found an organic flour blend that I could mix cup for cup and use my old/all time favorite recipes. The first recipe I tried, my Grammy's Apple Cake. This recipe was passed down 4 generations. The first time I made the Apple Cake, my husband consumed the first one, and said wow that is really good. Then got half way through the second piece and realized I was eating some and said, " Is this gluten free? That was the best compliment. I did notice the cake is super moist, almost to moist, so it'll need a little tweaking to meet the quality I am going for, to sell at the Farmers Market, but it's a winner.
Grammy's Apple Cake will be regularly available at the Gypsy Wagon, Saturdays 9-12 at the Port Orford Farmers Market (starting May 26, through September) and Sundays 10-2 at the Langlois Hotel Sunday Market (starting in May through the beginning of September). I also plan to offer, my Carrot Cake, Zucchini breakfast muffins, Morning Glory muffins and more.