Merry Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and 2016, party people! It’s time to get our eat and drink on, and I’m more than happy to celebrate every holiday that comes on down the pike.
Sure, I’m missing crescent rolls like nobodies business, and a gluten-free puff pastry has been more than challenging to find, but I’ve been able to tackle the gluten-freeness of the holidays for the past few years and everyone has seemed happy. This year, however, we’ve got a whole new challenge that is (surprisingly) not at all related to ME.
The hubs has a brand new RA diagnosis, which, you know, is not awesome. I mean, I thought I was the one with the autoimmune issues, so his rheumatoid arthritis was quite a shock. While he’s doing pretty okay with it, it’s still an AI and it must be managed in order for him to be happy and healthy.
Seriously, this seems like a raw deal. Why couldn’t his issues be good-lookingness related so we don’t pass on all the bad genes to our offspring?
Anyhoo, this means there’s a new diet-related restriction in our lives as he was told by his rheumatologist to cut way back on the sugar. He loves sugar. It’s his favorite food group. This is going to be a holiday problem.
While I am recipe testing for my new book that tackles the 8 main allergens (dairy, gluten/wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and eggs), sugar was to be included in most of the treats for my new book. But hey, now I can add sugar to the list just for fun. (That was sarcasm.)
Naturally, I’ve been struggling to come up with some of our favorite Christmas treats that can be made without sugar (even sugar substitutes). I gave up and decided to just ask my husband, “Hey, what do you NOT want to have treat-wise, for the holidays?” Turns out, my husband hates cake. Who knew? Well, maybe if I’d listened every time he told me he hated cake. But I didn’t listen because I LOVE cake.
So I’m making a gluten-free Christmas Cake! Huzzah!
I mean, I did it last year too, and it’s just a variation on my gluten-free rainbow cake (only two or three layers, red and green) but now I have a great reason to make it and eat it all myself. Maybe I’ll let the kids have a bite. Maybe.
Until I can come up with the perfect sugar-free candy bar (dude loves candy bars), I’m just going to have to stick with cake. I realize this is the equivalent of people telling me to “just have a salad” at restaurants that don’t have any gluten-free options. And I’m sorry, babe. But don’t worry, I’m on the sugar-free case and I will find something that is delicious, if not kind of sad, ASAP.
I swear if someone winds up with a dairy thing it’s all over at my house.
Happy Freaking Holidays!!!!!!
And, how do you manage multiple food issues around your table?