A ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner with all our friends was the request from my very close friend who is leaving town tomorrow. And so after much discussion we decided on the ‘The Old Spaghetti Factory’ in Whistler. This is the second time I have been to The Old Spaghetti Factory this year and I have to say I was extremely impressed with their handling of my Gluten Free needs. I took my packet of Gluten Free pasta with me and early on in the evening spoke with my server about my Gluten free meal requirements. She was very responsive and although not totally familiar with Gluten Free foods, took my pasta to the chef and explained my needs. Upon returning with the wine she confirmed the sauces that would be suitable and which salads would work. In the end I chose a creamy pesto pasta with chorizo sausage rather than chicken. I was certainly not disappointed, my meal was delicious and because I bought my own pasta I was only charged $5 for the sauce. Now that is what I call a ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner.
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This is the reason I have been neglecting my blog recently – Renovations! We were in our new apartment less than a month before we started ripping up carpet, pulling down cupboards and tearing out drywall. So far everything is going well, although it has taken some serious organization skills to live out of a bedroom and bathroom for a few weeks.
Surprisingly staying Gluten Free throughout all the chaos has not been as difficult as I might have thought! Here are some tips and tricks I have learnt along the way to keep my diet and energy levels balanced -
Breakfast – Arrive at work a little earlier and take advantage of the fabulous work kitchen…
For me I have my Natures Path Gorilla Munch (taking a break from the corn flakes) topped with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, half a banana and a drop of good ol’ Canadian Maple Syrup.
Lunch – Bring the toaster and all your appliances from home and cook up a gourmet lunch at work
For me I alternate between – nachos, cheese and ketchup on toast, toasted sandwiches with yummy salads and heated up left overs from last nights take away dinner.
Dinner – Remember all those fabulous friends you always cook dinner for? It’s time to pay them a visit
This is where you need to get the most creative. We have been alternating nights buying take out, offering to cook dinner for a friend at their house and getting invited over to friends for BBQ’s. This week, we will be house sitting for a friend, which works out great. They have even stocked there BBQ full on gas, saying ‘the Aussie’s are coming to stay, we better have the BBQ ready’
All in all we have been managing fairly well and I cannot wait to have my brand spankinâ€™ new kitchen installed and cook up some delicious gluten free delights for my fellow Gluten Free Foodie Friends.