I love eating good food and that motivates me to cook and try new recipes. I developed a habit of collecting recipes and writing them down in a notebook, when I was in high school. I baked my first cake in grade 10. Looking at my love for baking, my father bought me an oven, which was not very common in India during the 1980’s. Hey, I am not an old woman, the updated picture below is taken in March 2016.
Its all due to my crazy love for food that I am here writing a blog. But, this is not any food blog. The recipes posted here are gluten free, tested, tried and created by me or adapted from other sources. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed and that’s the fun of gluten free cooking and baking.
My name is Balvinder alias Neetu. My love for food and traveling was developed very early because of our nomadic life. Since my father was in the Air force we have traveled to different places and been able to try different foods. This love for food and traveling was further progressed into passion when I got married to an armed forces officer. Being an army officer’s wife I went to a lot of social events, and hosted a few parties myself. Somehow the art of entertaining got interwoven in my life.
Then destiny conspired and brought us to this beautiful British Columbia in 1999. My family and I are now well immersed in Canadian culture and citizens of this country.
At present I am a full time research associate in Human relations and Child development. Sounds like an executive post, isn’t it? Actually, what I’m trying to say is, that I m a full time housewife cooking three meals every single day and looking after the needs of my family of three. Besides this, I help my husband in his business and in my free time I love to do gardening, yoga, go for long walks and hikes.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. In the beginning it was challenging, although Indian food is very safe but my love for baked goods left me in a tight spot. I talked to friends and relatives but nobody was aware of this condition. Rather they suggested that if it is not a life-threatening allergy then I should keep eating gluten. I remembered, that as long as my mother lived she had many digestive disorders, but was never diagnosed and when she died her intestines were totally damaged. I can’t forget that incident and this is what keeps me determined to stay gluten free.
I love to cook food from scratch and try to create recipes that are not just good for gluten free people but they are simply GOOD for anyone. However, baking with gluten free flours is not an easy task. I feel that I am learning to bake again. At the same time I am happy that being gluten free is a blessing in disguise . I have never felt this healthy before and now whenever I’m in a restaurant or food court I do not crave for foods that I can’t eat.
Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy my gluten free recipes. All the content on this blog is copyright protected. If you want to use my image or recipes please let me know and provide a link to credit my work. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org