The Past.The Present.The Future
In the not so distant past, I knew nothing about blogging and we were just a normal family eating ‘normal’ food. It was 11 July 2012 when my youngest son KJ was officially given a diagnosis of coeliac disease and his lifestyle and dietary patterns changed with those words, “You have coeliac disease and you must eat gluten free for the rest of your life”.
This blog has been my ‘present’ to my son and to mothers of children, especially teenagers, who are diagnosed with coeliac disease. I have referred to it as my ‘Box Full of…” all things gluten free: thoughts, emotions, recipes, products, coping, adjusting, likes and lots more. I have kept true to my original intentions and feel a sense of pride in this achievement. It has also been a gift for me because not only have I taught myself a little about blogging and upskilled my computer competencies, my blog has also been my way of coping with the trials and tribulations of a gluten free lifestyle, accepting change, guiding my son along his journey and then learning to let go as KJ continues on his gluten free journey. If this was a book or a publication, I would have put the finishing touches on it a long time ago. I am not a patient person, I like to have a project and then allow it to come to a conclusion. But a blog is not a book and I have had to learn patience and learn to pace myself.
I am not sure about the average life expectancy of a blog, but unless your blog is earning you an income and you take it on professionally, one can end up losing impetus, blogging top 5 or top 10 lists, posting irregularly and losing direction.
Today my KJ turns 20 and therefore he is no longer a teenager. The life expectancy of this blog “Gluten Free and the Australian Teenager” has been 3 1/2 years and what a wonderful 3 1/2 years I have had.
On the gluten free front, I will never be bored, I look forward to making 10 different versions of Hummus, Fig Cake, Flourless Olive Oil Caprese Cake, a number of recipes using polenta and working through and/or culling my pile of recipes in my file. I will continue to dabble in gluten free because gluten free is our new ‘normal’. With the exception of sweets and desserts and biscuits and cakes, gluten free has taken us back to products which are naturally gluten free: fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood, salads, nuts, pulses. I have revived some of my mum’s old fashioned family favourites and will commit to paper a number of these recipes before they are lost.
My blog is my ‘pay it forward’ gesture because it will continue to be a resource for families with newly diagnosed children. So in a way, it is like a book: it has had a beginning, a middle and an end. It has currency and relevancy.
The Future also promises treatment options for coeliac disease sufferers. With a number of trial treatments underway, the future will deliver for my son alternatives to his strict gluten free diet. And in the not so distant future, fingers crossed.
Many thanks to those who have shared this blog journey with me and I do look forward to your future blog posts. Many thanks to those of you who have given me feedback or made comments which gave me encouragement to continue the blog.
And so my final words are “Happy Birthday Kieran”.
Some months ago Deliciously Nell from I Need a Feed nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award for which I am truly honoured. My readership is small but I thank Deliciously Nell for thinking of me as one deserving of this award.
Have a look at I Need a Feed as Nell’s blog as it is honest and sincere and her photography captures the beauty in food. I am particularly taken by her baking. Thank you Nell for your blog and inspiration.
There are a few rules attached with an award and this reinforces why blogging is great: the sharing, the referrals and opening our minds to new things. So here are the rules!
- Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- List seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.
And now for the nominees! Thank you for your recipes and inspirations AND for your love of food.
And something about myself!
I enjoy the sleuthing and puzzling that comes with Family History Research and my family can attest to my obsessive compulsive nature.
I am lucky to have three sisters who are also my best friends.
I have undertaken six dinosaur digs out Winton way with Australian Age of Dinosaurs and yes Australia does have dinosaurs and lots of new to science ones such as Australovenator wintonensis and Diamantinasaurus matildae.
I have inherited my love of food and cooking from my mum who is such a great standard to be influenced and cook by.
I am currently researching the history of Italian Prisoners of War in Queensland Australia 1943 to 1946. Interestingly, Italians captured in theatres of war in north and east Africa during World War 2 were transported to Australian for the duration of the war with many working for and being billeted with farmers.
I belong to an Italian Folk Dancing group in Townsville
Most days I wear many different hats: blogger, gluten free baker, daughter, sister, friend, business owner but most importantly….
“Always a Mum”
I have written before about how I see my blog as an avenue to “Turn a Negative into a Positive” and at a personal level, this blog was a way to help me put my son’s gluten free life into perspective. It also was meant to be a resource to help other families whose child has had a diagnosis of Coeliac Disease.
I did not have high expectations and if one person found my blog useful, then I would be satisfied. With no experience in the world of blogs, I have been overwhelmed by the supportiveness of the blogging community and like-minded bloggers.
So thank you to my blogging friends who have supported me with their ‘likes’ and comments and a big thank you to Marcella from Cocina de Cella for nominating me for a Liebster Award.
So in appreciation of my nomination and in the spirit of the award, I nominate the following bloggers for a Liebster Award:
Here are the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Answer the questions you are given.
Nominate other blogs with less than 500 followers.
Post questions for your selected nominees to answer.
Tag and link the nominees and post a comment to let them know you have nominated and appreciate their hard work.
Here are the questions Marcella gave me and my answers:
What inspires you?
The premise that each and every one of us can make a difference in our own little way. It doesn’t matter if you are a surgeon or a gardener, we are all capable of special things. Achievements shouldn’t be measured quantitatively but qualitatively.
If you could be a character of any book or movie, who would it be and why?
No single fictional character springs to mind. I admire people like Nancy Wake : “The White Mouse” for her bravado and tenacity as a resistance fighter in France during World War 2. I would like to think I would be brave and find courage for a cause, if ever I was placed in such a situation.
You are on death row, describe your last meal.
An Italian/Catalan feast: food links me to my Italian and Catalan heritage so I would have to have Cigrons(chick pea dish), olives, salamis, mum’s spaghetti, Spanish Rice, Crostole, Turrons Jijona.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Barcelona: for its diversity in history, culture, food and fashion: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Roman Barcino, Catalan history, Custo, Desigual, Zara.
Three artists you are currently listening to:
I listen to radio rather than single artists but I’ll give a shout out to Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu an Australian Aboriginal artist whose songs are hauntingly beautiful. If you haven’t heard him, then find him on YouTube.
Best childhood memory?
Family holidays: visiting my grandparents and swimming in the Mossman River which bordered their sugar cane farm, fishing and camping trips, the 1972 summer road trip in the Holden sedan (without air conditioning) from Townsville to Melbourne return.
Besides the fact that you might be “powerful beyond measure”, what is your deepest fear?
Old age: quality of life and losing control over my independence and decision making regarding my well-being.
Who is the best cook you know in real life?
Les McKee executive chef from Storey Bridge Hotel in Brisbane. Every couple of years he volunteers to be camp cook for an Australian Age of Dinosaurs dig on a property outside of Winton. He has two very old gas stoves/ovens, fridges are powered by generator,the facilities are very basic and the closest supermarket is 65 km away. He cooks for 25 people for three weeks preparing three meals a day plus afternoon and morning teas. He bakes all the cakes, biscuits, scones, desserts and pizza bases from scratch plus a two course evening meal single-handedly. He caters for gluten free, vegetarian and fussy eaters. Plus he will do your breakfast eggs to your request: omelette, sunny side up, poached, boiled. Nothing is too much for this super cook.
If you could meet any famous chef or food blogger, who would it be and why?
Jamie Oliver: love how liberal he is with olive oil. I was 22 years old before I knew people cooked with other oils or that other oils actually existed. I only knew of olive oil and it came in 4 litre tins.
What is something you wish you knew when you were 15 years old?
How to be a bit more confident within myself.
Food for Thought: Questions I pose for those I have nominated
What is your reason for getting out of bed in the morning?
What single quality do you appreciate most in people?
What makes you laugh out loud?
Favourite poem or quote or song lyrics
What book are you reading right now?
What has been one of your biggest challenges?
What is one thing you do each day without fail?
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Describe the view from one of the windows in your house/apartment.
What is your most favourite meal?