My best-friend's daughter has a gluten issue.
Sometimes I take them dinner. Well, one night I made my famous (in my family anyway) Corn Chud Chowder (yes, thanks Hubs for the awesome name).
I dropped it off with a variety of other items - all gluten free and left - I think they were sick or something.
Buddy calls me a little while later. We chat and I asked what they thought of the dinner (yes, I have a crit problem with all my stuff). She hemmed and hawed and finally told me they ate something else.
My jaw dropped. What. The. Heck! I asked if she didn't like it or something. Her reply was fast - No, not that. It's just that thick soups have flour in them and Daughter can't have flour. It has gluten in it.
I frowned at the phone. "I know flour has gluten in it. There's no flour in that chowder."
She was quiet and I know my friend well enough to know that she was very confused. "How did you get it so thick?"
I laughed. "Girl, I used potato pearls. No gluten and thickens stuff right up!"
She was so embarrassed and I was too a little bit - even though we're best friends, we didn't know that such a culinary experience could make us slightly irritable with each other. Because while it's food, it's also someones health.
I am happy to report that they ate it and LOVED it. Of course. What? Did you think I can't cook? Look at my family - we're not on the starving side of the spectrum.
Are you gluten allergic? Have any good suggestions for those of us who are new or who take meals to those that are?
Have a great weekend!