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Any gluten free recipe suggestions? My wife’s doc has suggested she try cutting out dairy and glutens to see if that helps with some health issues she has been having. Aside from meat and veggies, I have no idea what to cook.
Erm, what else is there to cook?;) I am mostly serious. I eat a ton of veggies by most people's standards and it almost always accompanies some kind of animal protein, nuts/beans and minimal starches (occasional potato/ tubers/ rice etc). I don't really eat desserts/ donuts etc

Careful with Keto et al, most people ignore the veggies part and take it is as a free-for-all to stuff your bodies with bacon/ dairy etc and things can go wrong there. That is just not smart.

Your wife's thyroid is hypo or hyper? Not a doc and don't play one on the Internet but my mother has Hypo too and a few things here and there have helped.
 

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I think it’s the lack of dairy that I’m struggling to wrap my head around the most. No butter or cheeses cream - and that’s I top of an already (GF) restricted diet.
 

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I think it’s the lack of dairy that I’m struggling to wrap my head around the most. No butter or cheeses cream - and that’s I top of an already (GF) restricted diet.
you can eat a ton of dairy. just have to watch for dairy that has carbs. milk is a big one.
 

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Must you eat the same food as your mrs? I am guessing it is an 'inflammation' issue (that word for clueless docs) if no dairy/ gluten.
 

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Must you eat the same food as your mrs? I am guessing it is an 'inflammation' issue (that word for clueless docs) if no dairy/ gluten.

often times its just easier than trying to cook 2 or three different things.

Yeh, kids and I aren’t doing this, but if it’s possible to just do one meal and then add cheese or bread or whatever to ours that would be a lot easier that cooking two completely different sets of meals.

Or maybe it’s sushi and Indian takeaway for the next few weeks!
 

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Or maybe it’s sushi and Indian takeaway for the next few weeks!
lot of dairy in indian food got to watch out for that.

Yeh, kids and I aren’t doing this, but if it’s possible to just do one meal and then add cheese or bread or whatever to ours that would be a lot easier that cooking two completely different sets of meals.
they also make gluten free breads and pastas and things now. widely available at the supermarket. i dont know how good they are, but they're there.
 

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Glad to see there are fellow foodies and chefs on the forum! Here are some of the dishes I myself cooked last week:
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Brunch veggie pan with San Marzano passata.

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Panko-crusted salmon, tofu, and veggies.

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Homemade vanilla sorbet, creme patissiere, and lemon meringue.

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Sirloin of beef in a red wine sauce (used merlot, I think) and a seasonal mushroom ragout side, using gyromitra esculenta or “brain shroom” as it’s called around here.
 

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Any gluten free recipe suggestions? My wife’s doc has suggested she try cutting out dairy and glutens to see if that helps with some health issues she has been having. Aside from meat and veggies, I have no idea what to cook.
I had this yesterday: https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipe...ed-mint-rice-with-olive-and-pomegranate-salsa (without feta for your wife, easy to do)

I also like this a lot: https://ottolenghi.co.uk/recipes/legume-noodle-soup# always have it without the pasta anyway. I‘m sure you can replace the sour cream with more vinegar or just get some vegan non-dairy replacement if you are into that. Not really a summer dish though

You should also have a look at Greek cuisine in general, maybe start here: thegreekvegan.com I‘ve tried many recipes from there and they seem quite authentic (I go to Greece a lot) e.g. try briam, skordalia, gigantes, dolma, kolokithokefte, etc it’s all great

Also my wife’s favorite Turkish dish, look here e.g. https://exploringtheturkishkitchen.com/index.php/recipe-layout/46-turkish-taze-fasulye-green-beans just make sure you get the right beans and do not use too much water.

Not to forget the famous Turkish lentil soup: https://www.splendidtable.org/story/2019/04/29/strained-lentil-soup

Those are the first that come to my mind, cook those the most. I‘m sure I know plenty more, maybe will post later.

e. Just to make sure, in case it says butter anywhere you use olive oil!
 
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Dropbear Dropbear I don't know what the issues are but both my (adult) offspring have had to go in FODMAP diets due to a few sorts of real issues. FODMAP has the advantage of plenty of information and lots of scientific evidence. It isn't made up by hippies and it isn't all that difficult.
 

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Dropbear Dropbear I don't know what the issues are but both my (adult) offspring have had to go in FODMAP diets due to a few sorts of real issues. FODMAP has the advantage of plenty of information and lots of scientific evidence. It isn't made up by hippies and it isn't all that difficult.
Have you looked into keto? I’ve been on it for about a year now, and have never felt better in my entire life. When one’s insulin levels stay stable and foods with a high glycemic index are eliminated, inflammation values tend to go down, along with IBS.

My mother has suffered from chronic inflammation her entire life, and she has markedly benefitted from following a ketogenic diet as well. I think keto could be combined with FODMAP, with some planning.
 

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Dropbear Dropbear I don't know what the issues are but both my (adult) offspring have had to go in FODMAP diets due to a few sorts of real issues. FODMAP has the advantage of plenty of information and lots of scientific evidence. It isn't made up by hippies and it isn't all that difficult.
I use to suffer from irritable bowel quite regularly and I use to cut out lots of food and just eat very plainly for a couple of days or weeks until it went away. I think my ten plus coffees a day was a big part of it. But then when it hits anything can set it off.

The FODMOP looks similar to what I did and would try that.
 

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Some stuff I have cooked lately:

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Some antipasto.

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Sanguinaccio Dolce and fresh raspberries. Eaten using a stick of cinnamon.

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Brie en Croûte. Basically a brie wheel that’s stuffed with cranberries & walnuts, then covered in puff pastry and baked.
 

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If you get farmed salmon from e.g. Norway it is perfectly fine. US gets the rubbish from South America etc.
 

QuandoDio

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If you get farmed salmon from e.g. Norway it is perfectly fine. US gets the rubbish from South America etc.
I don't know about perfectly fine but it is definitely of a significant higher standard than that offered stateside. Farmed salmon has 'grades'.

The problem (or challenge) with the whole eat better/ organic-free range way (of which I am a big proponent of btw) is that it is unsustainably expensive for most and if the world ate like that, the world would run out of 'good food' in a week.
 

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I meant perfectly fine in the way that Norway, Ireland, Scotland, etc manage to farm salmon basically without medication. Some farms haven’t used antibiotics for decades.
 

Ambrosius08

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I meant perfectly fine in the way that Norway, Ireland, Scotland, etc manage to farm salmon basically without medication. Some farms haven’t used antibiotics for decades.
It’s the same in Finland for the most part. A friend of mine used to work at a salmon farm years ago, and remarked how natural the whole process was.

The only fish I would avoid eating entirely is tuna. It tends to suck up mercury and microplastics from the ocean like a sponge.
 

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Caprese chicken. Super easy and quick to make - all you need is some chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella or cheddar.

First fry the chicken breasts with salt & pepper on a pan, halve the cherry tomatoes and sautée with a tbsp of balsamic vinegar until soft, then throw in some basil and let it wilt.

Transfer the chicken back on the pan, put a thin slice of cheese on top of all pieces, and fry until the cheese melts on top of the chicken.
While the cheese is still hot, you can also throw additional spices of your choice on it and they’ll stick.

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Some harvest season goodies. Oven-baked turkey breast with capers and green onions, along with chanterelles and onions in cream reduction.

It’s a really good year for wild mushrooms, I have been foraging loads of them on my weekend hiking trips.
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Some harvest season goodies. Oven-baked turkey breast with capers and green onions, along with chanterelles and onions in cream reduction.

It’s a really good year for wild mushrooms, I have been foraging loads of them on my weekend hiking trips.
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That looks great! Chanterelles are awesome, best mushrooms you can get imho.

I finally got a hold of "Cuisine of the Holy Mountain Athos" from Father Epifanios, currently have the potatoe stew on the stove. Will certainly look horrible, but taste great.
 

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Lentil salad with a poached egg, shallots, parsley, sweet potato and bacon.

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Polpette di polpo - octopus meatball garnished with suckers and octopus broth
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Halibut fillet with duglere sauce and tomatoes with rice and duxelles, zucchini and parsley
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Coriander and parmigiano crusted filet mignon on top of sautéed mushrooms with asparagus, heriloom carrots and a bordelaise sauce
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Chawanmushi - egg custard with green onion, mushrooms, carrot
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Cacio e pepe - infallible recipe from Luciano Monosilio
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Poached salmon in a fresh herb and sweet pea broth with mashed beetroot and duxelle - crispy salmon skin
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Spaghetti all'aragostra - pasta with lobster in a brandy sauce with cherry tomatoes and coriander - Stefano Barbato recipe
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Coffee braised beef short rib with heirloom carrots on top of creamed potatoes with a sticky marinade sauce of ginger, honey maple syrup, coffee and garlic. Broccoli micro greens. Phil Howard recipe for the short rib but I plated it differently.
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Pasta alla nerano
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Penne alla boscaiola - pasta with shiitake mushrooms substituting for porcini, olives, tomato sauce, parsley and parmigiano
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Tahchin e mahicheh - baked black eyed peas with layered saffron rice and lamb marinated in yogurt and braised in onion and tumeric
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Some harvest season goodies. Oven-baked turkey breast with capers and green onions, along with chanterelles and onions in cream reduction.

It’s a really good year for wild mushrooms, I have been foraging loads of them on my weekend hiking trips.
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Forraging for my own wild mushrooms would scare me to death. I'm quite risk averse and that would be a risk too far. Even for psilocybin mushrooms.
 

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Lentil salad with a poached egg, shallots, parsley, sweet potato and bacon.

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Polpette di polpo - octopus meatball garnished with suckers and octopus broth
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Halibut fillet with duglere sauce and tomatoes with rice and duxelles, zucchini and parsley
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Coriander and parmigiano crusted filet mignon on top of sautéed mushrooms with asparagus, heriloom carrots and a bordelaise sauce
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Chawanmushi - egg custard with green onion, mushrooms, carrot
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Cacio e pepe - infallible recipe from Luciano Monosilio
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Poached salmon in a fresh herb and sweet pea broth with mashed beetroot and duxelle - crispy salmon skin
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Spaghetti all'aragostra - pasta with lobster in a brandy sauce with cherry tomatoes and coriander - Stefano Barbato recipe
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Coffee braised beef short rib with heirloom carrots on top of creamed potatoes with a sticky marinade sauce of ginger, honey maple syrup, coffee and garlic. Broccoli micro greens. Phil Howard recipe for the short rib but I plated it differently.
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Pasta alla nerano
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Penne alla boscaiola - pasta with shiitake mushrooms substituting for porcini, olives, tomato sauce, parsley and parmigiano
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Tahchin e mahicheh - baked black eyed peas with layered saffron rice and lamb marinated in yogurt and braised in onion and tumeric
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this is all just lovely. that lobster presentation is fantastic. how is it you don't have women beating down your door? you should be posting these pics on your tinder profile!
 

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this is all just lovely. that lobster presentation is fantastic. how is it you don't have women beating down your door? you should be posting these pics on your tinder profile!

Actually the lobster was supposed to have a spiral of pasta coming out of its back but it collapsed by the time I moved it to better light for photographs. There was a smaller lobster I also plated too. I'm happy with the flavour and that I chose a female lobster that had eggs which went into the brandy sauce.

Women only care about food and not how you look or how much money you have?
 

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Women only care about food and not how you look or how much money you have?

This is a bit off-topic but, in my experience (which isn't actually that much), most intelligent women want two things:
- a good, interesting, caring personality; and
- stability - or, at least, a life plan of sorts.

For most women - all women that I know - money comes a *long* way down any list of priorities and so do looks. If you are a nice, caring, funny bloke who can be entertaining and cook well, then you are way ahead of most men.

I have a couple of friends who look like cane toads, but they're both really interesting and amusing people who were confident in themselves and they never, ever had any difficulty attracting women. Then, on the other hand, I have a friend who's a handsome dentist but his girlfriends kept on breaking up with him because he was vain and self-interested (although he was also handsome, charming, confident and affluent). It wasn't until he was in his forties and had matured in himself (and also started going a bit bald) that a very nice lady stuck with him.
 

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That's Jon Hamm playing Don Draper...the end of the episode where his daughter walks in on him shagging his neighbour.

My hair has improved - thanks to the regimen preached by the 45th President.
 

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My hair has improved - thanks to the regimen preached by the 45th President.

You take a baby aspirin every day, wear heel lifts, apply fake tan, and then spend ages brushing and spraying your hair into an approximation of a swallow's nest on top of your head?
 
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