During the first few weeks and months of being gluten free, I was overwhelmed with what to cook. I found myself not knowing where to even start.
I ended up turning to quite a few mixes and boxed items. I choose these options because I knew that they were safe to eat, but I did not really like using them.
In general, I like to make homemade versions of things. I found it hard to go from making the majority of my food from scratch to using mixes and prepackaged items. I think homemade food in general is healthier than the store bought alternatives. I knew that I could make healthier versions of what I was buying. I did not want to compromise my family’s health just because I was eating gluten free.
Not only was I uncomfortable using a lot of mixes, I found them to be extremely expensive, and really not all that good. I found a few recipes that I like the mixes for, but for most things I knew there must be a better way.
I was determined to find desserts and other baked goods that my family would enjoy, and that would not cost a fortune to make. I started adapting some of our favorite recipes using gluten free flours.
If you have used many gluten free flours, you know that they are just not the same. It is not quite as easy as just adapting recipes. It takes a little more tweaking than that.
In the process of finding something that worked, I have had a lot of disasters and failures.
Cooking disasters are difficult for me. I have been cooking a long time. I know how to bake breads and all kinds of desserts, but the world of gluten free baking has been a whole new experience. I feel like I have had to learn how to cook all over again.
I am slowly learning about gluten free flours and how they work. I am starting to enjoy the science behind cooking even more. I am starting to have some successes, but it is taking time.
I am determined however, to not give up, this journey is so worth it.