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My name is Tamara Green. I among my many interests, for me, creativity most often finds its venue through food. God has blessed my entire family with a wealth of creativity; He never ceases to amaze me by how He works through our lives. He made me a special kind of person*; He made me ambitious and focused.
When I was five years old I'd be in the kitchen beside mom, helping make cookies or cinnamon rolls or beside my dad as he mixed up a big batch of chili, all the while teaching me to smell one spice and then in the same whiff smell the second spice, in order to see if they blended. I suppose it was moments like these, where he (my dad) could see that I was happily paying close attention, that prompted him (and likely the Lord's orchestration too) to suggest that I could open my own restaurant one day.
Well here I am, going on fifteen years later, in college for culinary management. I never could get the idea of a restaurant out of me. I have other interests acting, cinematography, script writing, etc but through prayer and much consideration I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't be happy doing anything else as my main focus.
So what about gluten free living, anyway? Where does that fit into this story? Well, since I was seven I've dealt with some sort of skin disease. Doctor after doctor would tell me a different story “It's seborrhea” “No, surely it's psoriasis” “Can't be, it's eczema... possibly” “You have a mix of eczema and psoriasis.” Finally I had enough! I was going to find out what the issue was once and for all. A number of books and articles suggested that the issue might be a dietary issue related to gluten and/or wheat.
Now my dad comes into the picture again. He dealt with Crohn's disease for many years and had a surgery that removed 21 feet of his intestinal track. First of all those with Crohn's often have many similar symptoms to those with coeliac disease and benefit from going gluten free secondly the section of this intestines the surgeons removed was the only part of your body that would otherwise digest gluten.
So... my dad and I together decided to go completely gluten free for 6 months to test if we'd feel better by it or not (see this article about why I don't suggest doing this prior to being tested). That's when I first tasted gluten free food and decide that surely there had to be something better.
Since then it would seem my skin condition is not related to coeliac disease, however, I still eat gluten free for the most part because I feel a difference in my hear when I do.
So out of compassion for my dad and those with coeliac disease I am endeavouring to create my own gluten free cookbook. But first I want to use this blog as a way to get your feedback prior to the publication of these recipes! Think of this blog as a lab/playground where recipes are birthed, remolded, and transformed.
I hope you enjoy this blog can me mutually beneficial for everyone who comes. Thanks for taking the time to read my story and feel free to tell me about your gluten free stories via the contact page or in the comment section of one of my posts.
*P.S. He did the same for you :)
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