Saturday, June 16, 2007

Eric's been complaining of stomach aches for a couple of months now. I won't go into too much detail, but he seemed to be spending an awful lot of time in the bathroom for a kid with almost zero fiber in his diet. So, I hauled him into our doctor. She didn't think it was anything to worry about, but just in case she did a bunch of blood tests for Celiac Disease.

Thursday night she called with some pretty surprising news. Eric tested positive on all the celiac tests she ran. The tests weren't just a little out of range, they were highly abnormal. She's referring us to a pediatric GI, but I know what this means. The GI may want to do an intestinal biopsy to confirm the results. But the bottom line is that my little pasta guy must get off the gluten. Forever.

Celiac cooking is a bit of a hobby of mine. One of my dearest friends in the world has Celiac Disease, and I don't think I've cooked a special meal in the last few years without at least making mental notes about whether or not I could serve it to her. I've had a million conversations with her about it, so I am very familiar with cooking for her. I've made her chocolate mousse pies with nut crusts, and cheesecakes for special occasions. I am a good cook (my friends and family at least pretend to love my cooking). So taking the gluten of what I serve my family will not require a lot of modification.

But Eric does not eat my cooking. He won't eat any meat, vegetables, rice or potatoes. So, that leaves us with dairy and fruit. Our first venture into GF pasta did not go so well. Three bites last night and then he wouldn't touch it for lunch again today.

We're in for a long haul. He did help me make a gluten free cake for a party we're going to this afternoon. Then he helped me decorate it. Maybe he'll help eat it. He did enjoy the frosting quite a bit.

It's my first gluten free cake. It's a Passover recipe that uses potato starch instead of flour. It's kind of like a lemon-orange angel cake. And I absolutely covered it with a pretty fabulous lemon butter cream frosting. Isn't it pretty? Hope it tastes good too. I'm bringing it to a party and I haven't decided whether or not to tell anybody it's gluten free or not. Hopefully everybody will just say YUM and not notice...

I can hope? Right?


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