We had a lovey getaway, on Salt Spring Island. It was quick, and busy as DH was playing music two nights, back to back. But I love it there – any chance to go and I grab it! The first night, we ate dinner at the outdoor seaside Restaurant where the guys played. I ate a delicious, grilled prawn skewer with brown rice, and a lovely salad. This is where things began to drastically change. My second to last bite, I had this searing pain on the inside of my bottom lip. I knew instantly, that it was a blister…cross contamination. Here is the weird part. Immediately, I felt disorientated – like really disorientated. Probably the worst I have experienced to date. It was unbelievable. This “brain fog” lasted about 24 hours. I knew the inevitable was coming – that within hours, I would not be leaving the bathroom. The next morning, I was still in a brain fog. And I was angry. Really angry. With this brain fog, came an unexplainable, extreme anxiety which just made me feel like crying. I am not a crier – but when this happens, it feels unbearable. I had to keep telling myself, it would pass, I just had to get through it. That day I barely ate anything, yogurt, water, and some soup broth. Finally, by the evening things improved a little bit, however, I did not venture out to hear the guys play. I was weak, exhausted, and still had some brain fog. I went to sleep at 8:30 pm – and slept almost 9 hours. Unheard of for me. But when I awoke, now day 2, I knew I was starting to get better. The brain fog was lifting, the anxiety was gone, the blister in my mouth was on the mend, and the intestinal pain was gone. Finally. I have eaten at this Restaurant for years – without a problem, but now, never again. Cross contamination is just too great a risk. Either we will eat at our cottage or B&B, or we will eat at a Restaurant that has a gluten free menu. Hence, there are no pictures of our Lakeside cottage. I was too out of it!
Now for the good news… I have now found two new Restaurants that offer gluten free food. We had a lovely lunch at the Salt Spring Island Inn, a delicious baked tomato soup, with chive butter on toasted gluten free English Muffins, as well as a lovely crab dip with corn chips. There was a lot to choose from on the menu: chicken tenders, muffins, soup, halibut and chicken burgers, sandwiches on gluten free bread and much much more. Happy Days!
The 2nd cafe is a place called Cafe Talia. They too have gluten free soups, salads and sandwich buns. As well as a number of desserts. This was such a relief, to know I can travel to this lovely Island and eat at a Restaurant that has gluten free food. Now onto our last night there – thank the heavens for organic rib eye steak – by now I was starving!
This cast iron pan I am thinking is about 30 years old….it had the best finish on it, that was a real pleasure to cook with. I set it on a medium heat with a few huge dollops of butter, and some sliced organic garlic cloves. Let it simmer, just until it started to get golden, then watched it carefully, and once I saw a slight browning of the butter, took it off the heat and poured the butter and garlic over these lovely steamed farm fresh veggies:
Although it was not fun suffering from cross contamination…in the process, I did find two new Restaurants that offer a Gluten Free Menu. Happy, happy days….there is more and more awareness out there in the world, and best of all….it is slowly becoming a safer place for those of us that can not have gluten.