Mom, recipe developer, entrepreneur, teacher, tv guest, advocate for food allergies and Celiac Disease based on life with kids.
Miriam Pearl is the mom, recipe developer, and the entrepreneur behind Delicious Without Gluten Inc. She owned a design studio for 18 years and a peanut free bakery for two years. With one child who suffers severe food allergies and both children with Celiac Disease she decided to leave the bakery behind to focus full time on the health, care and safety of her children.
Understanding the challenges of having children with allergies and gluten intolerance, her compassion for other moms dealing with this runs deep which is why she has made it her business to provide healthy, delicious safe-to-eat foods.
Most recently, Miriam built her very own dedicated peanut/nut free, dairy-free and gluten-free kosher factory where she bakes many types of fresh bread and other baked goods. Her strength? You would never know anything was gluten-free!
Miriam appears monthly on BT Montreal and teaches children and adults how to bake and cook gluten-free. www.deliciouswithout.com
Valentine's Day is about more than buying cards and flowers and going out to dinner. It's also a good time to express the love you have for your children and to encourage your children to show the love they have for you.
When it comes to the meal, I always enjoy planning an outstanding menu. I have found over the past few years that more and more often the people I entertain have special requests around the food they do and do not eat so I try my best to accommodate them.
I wasn't doing my kids any favours by handling everything, and I knew I had to let the kids take some of the responsibility. Even though they were only 6 and 7 then, I started to share everything I knew and everything I did in the name of safe eating for Celiacs and allergies, and as time passed, they started to take over for themselves.
I love the harvest that autumn brings to us. It's an invigorating time of renewal and bounty in nature and with Rosh Hashanah on our heels, it's a time for setting intentions for a sweet, bountiful year. My whole family including the gluttons for gluten look forward to eating my gluten free adaptations. I hope to make your year a little sweeter with a couple of fresh ideas for those baskets of harvested apples.
Eating out is a luxury. Eating out gluten-free is a luxury on top of a luxury! It's a real treat to go to a restaurant, but people who have celiac or allergies don't have many options where they feel eating is safe.
It is the back-to-school time of the year again and while most parents likely have school-night bedtimes, supplies, uniforms, bus schedules and teachers on their minds some of you are just worrying about your kids' allergies and food sensitivities.
If you stick with the basics, you will not need a "special" recipe book. Use your trusted favourite recipes and keep some basic guidelines. Here are some simple swaps you can start to do that will convert some of your favourite recipes so they are safe to eat.
I have had to become resourceful and over time I have learned how to manage the restrictions in such a way that my kids can always find something to eat. If I can offer up advice or ideas that other moms or dads who are doing all of the preparation can find helpful I'm totally into that.
When you see the Gluten Free Certification Logo on your favourite products you should know that much work goes into getting this stamp of approval. Even though the people who buy these gluten-free products that are more accessible and easy to find than ever have their own reasons for consuming them, they still need to be certifiably 100 per cent safe for celiacs.
Celebrities wield their influence and media outlets go gaga over celebs endorsing their gluten-free choices. Grocery stores have whole aisles dedicated to gluten-free products which are great for those of us who depend on gluten-free eating for health reasons. But who are these celebrities, what are their reasons for deleting gluten from their diet?
Is your New Year's resolution to start baking gluten-free? Did you ever want to try but didn't know how to start? Today is your lucky day.... If you are a baker, you know that you don't use bread flo...
You want to invite your friends and family over for a holiday meal but Jane is allergic to fish, Alex is intolerant to gluten and Lisa can't eat dairy, and oh yes, Lisa's daughter has a nut allergy. Does this scenario sound familiar to you?
I gather fall ingredients and pack up the freezer just like the squirrels that can be seen gathering and burying nuts and seeds for the winter months. This time of year is dedicated to squirreling away containers and freezer baggies of all our fall family favourites.
Cooking is a survival skill. Children that know their way around a kitchen know how to fend for themselves. Skills such as working as a team, following directions, measuring and math and organization are all important aspects of cooking.
Getting ready for a gluten-free, peanut-free or anything else free Halloween just needs a little more diligence from you with a little extra planning and some close attention to candy ingredients so no one you love gets tricked by treats!
You're not alone. I remember the first time the doctor called me to tell me my son had celiac disease. I was horrified! It's alright to cry, get angry, lose your cool. It's alright to mourn the loss of gluten from your life. Breathe, accept the diagnosis and trust that you will get there. After a few months, life gets easier and the celiac patient starts to feel better.
Kids have the right idea. They eat food off sticks like nobody's business. Cake pops, chocolate covered marshmallows, frozen treats on a stick, but I wonder, hey why not good-for-you-food too and how about us grownups? This is where I say "Skew it," let's have some fun and put all the colours of the rainbow on sticks, let's make magnificent mini versions of the food we all love to eat and skew 'em all!
There is constant food prep for each child you have with celiac or allergies; three meals a day plus snacks seven days a week, 365 days a year. At first I was scrambling trying to figure out what to feed my kids until I learned to manage it all with these six simple time-saving ways to prepare meals and snacks. Today this is my gift to you!