Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Thomas of the GFCF Experience

I have known Thomas of the GFCF Experience for some years now, and he has become not just a fellow blogger, but a friend. Male bloggers in the Gluten-free blogging community are few and far between, although not unheard of. Brian of Fire and Salt is another talented example, and he has been the subject of many adoptions in the past. Thomas is something special, because he is not only a great blogger but also a dedicated father of four. Their family started following a gluten-free, casein-free diet to help their oldest daughter Helena, who was diagnosed at the age of 3 with autism. His blog shares recipes and fun and useful information that is very accessible for families following a gluten-free diet. And, Thomas is also a very active member of the gluten-free blogging community, and one of my most loyal participants in the Adopt-a-gluten-free-Blogger Event. So, when I stumbled across his gluten-free recipe for Pierogies and couldn’t stop drooling, I decided to adopt him on the spot. Of course, I planned to substitute a vegetarian filling for the turkey; but homemade pierogies sounded so good! That was in September. Yes, September, the same month our house closed, we moved from our apartment, and I lost a functional kitchen. Literally. Not only did I have all of my kitchen goodies packed in boxes, but the kitchen at our new house blew a fuse and we had to call an electrician. Oops. Well, not to worry. I apologized to dear Thomas and the other participants in the event, and vowed to fulfill my adoption the next month. And then- I came down with the flu. It was a particularly nasty one, too, with a wretched fever and chest wracking cough. I lay in bed for about a week, expecting to get better, but I just never did. I went in to the doctor, and they said I had bronchitis. Oops. Then I got a fever of over 103 one night, and went back to the doctor. They said I had pneumonia and had to go to the hospital. Well, shucks! How was I supposed to do my adoption now? Luckily I was only in the hospital overnight and then got to go home. And then my darling DH came to my rescue, and offered to bake a recipe from Thomas’ blog for me. I thought pierogies were a bit time intensive for a husband who had worked all day and cooked dinner, too. And, the new House of Yum has a beautiful and very productive apple tree yielding gorgeous green apples. So, I thought, why not try Thomas’ recipe for apple cake! We did make one mistake, though. The recipe called for a tube pan, and the only one we had was the kind that the bottom separates from the sides for ease of removal etc. Um. Don’t use that kind. Good thing we baked it in a baking sheet with sides, because half of the batter leaked out. The “volunteer” cake tasted pretty good but I think the cake remaining in the pan would have been fluffier and less dense with all its batter. Also, it just called for a gluten-free blend, and they vary so much I wasn’t sure mine was the best. I used sorghum, tapioca, corn starch and arrowroot starch and it made for a very thin batter. All these questions aside, though, the apple cake still managed to turn out delicious, and had Baby Yum wrinkling her nose and sniffing like a little puppy as we ate it. (No egg whites for my darling yet so it wasn’t on her menu.)

We would definitely make this recipe again, although we might experiment with a different gluten-free flour blend. And, we would use a less leak-happy pan to bake it in.

Thomas has many great recipes at his blog that I’d love to try:

Gluten Free Pierogi Recipe
Gluten-free Jewish Apple Cake
Gluten-free Lemon Lime Squares
Gluten-free Orange Poppy Seed Bread

If you haven’t visited his blog, I hope you will be inspired by this post to check him out. He has lots of yummy, gluten-free, Casein-free recipes to peruse, and is such a nice guy I know you’ll enjoy getting to know him.

*Whew* I finally fulfilled my adoption! Sorry it took so long, Thomas. On the up side, I am on the road to recovery and next month I might even be up for doing my own baking. Yay!


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11 Responses to “Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger: Thomas of the GFCF Experience”

  1. Aww Sea…thank you so much! I am honored by your adoption – and sorry the cake didn’t turn out better. I’d love to hear what flour blend you came up with to make it just right for the Yum household.

    But more importantly…I am glad you are own the road to recovery! :-)

  2. I am so glad to hear that you’re feeling better! Finally you can enjoy your new house – and how cool that you have an apple tree! This cake looks gorgeous!

  3. Good to hear you are on the mend and supervising the baking. What an adorable pic of Baby Yum. I can just see her sniffing like a puppy at that cake.

  4. Valerie (m.) Says:

    Yowza — you have really been through the wringer. I wish I could retroactively send you some homemade allergy-safe gluten-free vegetarian soup, back through a time warp to when you were really sick — it sounds like you really could have used it. I hope breastfeeding is going okay even after all you’ve been through. I worry that some doctor would tell you to wean Baby Yum without really having any idea of what that means.

    The apple cake looks gorgeous! If it had problems while baking, I totally can’t tell by looking at it.

  5. Aww Thomas, Thank you for being such a good friend and participant in our little event! I’m glad I finally got to try a recipe from your blog. I just wish I’d been able to do the pierogies too, but with being so darned sick I needed to take it a bit easy. Thank goodness for my awesome hubby!

    Maggie, Yes, we love our apple tree. We also have persimmon, avocado and artichokes growing. And apricot and a few others which may or may not yield fruit. Sometimes living in Ca has its advantages! The cake is gorgeous and very tasty. I highly recommend it!

    Hi Wendy, Thank you! Baby Yum has turned into quite the beggar. She wants everything on my plate! With me being sick I don’t really want to share my germs, but it is adorable to see her like a little baby bird begging for food.

    Hi Valerie, Yes, it has been an unexpectedly tough month. The DH has been my lifesaver, feeding me and everyone else in the house. Breastfeeding will carry on! No doctor has been stupid enough to tell me to stop (wouldn’t do them any good) and I fought for BF friendly antibiotics and got them. There was a little bit in the hospital where I thought I might have to get antibiotics that weren’t breastfeeding safe and… well… I would have been devastated. But, thank goodness, it worked out. My baby needs the antibodies in my milk, more now than ever. So far she hasn’t caught my awful flu etc. and I hope it stays that way.

    -Sea

  6. Oh my goodness, you have had quite the couple of months! Hope you are truly on the mend now and feel back to your usual self soon. Your hubby did manage to bake a lovely apple cake–and I guess the ratio of apples-to-cake is a result of the leakage, but it does look terrific anyway! Thanks to introducing us to Thomas’ blog! :)

  7. Oh Sea, I can’t believe that you’ve been so sick since we met at BlogHer Food. Sounds like your hubby has looked after you well and well done for keeping up with breast feeding!!! Big hugs. Nicola

  8. That apple cake looks great. I too will have to check out Thomas’ blog. I hope you feel better!

  9. I love Thomas’s blog! That cake turned looks wonderful, despite your lack of time as of late. I hope you are settling in well!

  10. Continue to recover and feel better! And that apple cake…well…I’m heading over to Thomas’ blog RIGHT NOW!!! Beautiful!!!
    ~Gigi :)

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