I love to cook and I love to bake.
It's not just the food but its creation that really excites me.
So where is the problem? Two words: Food Intolerance, and not just one but many. If we had one million euro for each food intolerance that Georgie and I have we could definitely pay off Greece's debt!!!
Start counting: gluten, lactose, eggs, corn, yeast, sardines(!), sole, rabbit, shellfish, peas, various kinds of seaweed and to top everything a few months ago I decided to stop eating sugar!
So what can I cook? A lot actually! There are hundreds of recipes developed by bmany super talented chefs and bloggers that cater to people like me and Georgie, and I always try to adapt other recipes (most times completely unsuccessfully) so that they don't tickle our very finicky digestive systems.
Still, once in a while I want to cook from a "traditional" cookbook and bake a three layer cake to get that particular high - if you know what I mean!
This is why I joined the French Fridays with Dorie online cooking group and every or so Friday I will try to cook or bake a recipe from a very "normal" and really good cookbook with delicious and easy to follow recipes.
As luck or really bad food karma would have it, my first recipe had three ingredients that were a no go for both me and Georgie: corn, eggs and all purpose flour. Under normal circumstances I would have never made those pancakes. But this was to be my inaugural post so I made them and they turned out great! My mum (she is visiting for 15 days) said so. And she ate them all!
I cannot post the actual recipe on my blog but I can say that Dorie Greenspan's "Around my French Table" cookbook is truly worth spending the money.