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2 months, 4 days and one very large broccoli

It has been 64 days since my surgery and have been feeling great.  I have been experimenting with different recipes and found that while nothing tastes good, I am still enjoying the love of food.  My relationship to cooking has not changed, but I find cooking on a smaller scale, 3/4 cup per meal, has resulted in a tremendous amount of food going to waste.  That breaks my heart as I never have thrown out so much food.

In honor of this milestone, tonight I made a light summer meal with poached salmon that was topped with home-made pesto.  To go along with the salmon, I make a saute of pickled shallots, spinach and quick cooking black lentils.

The flavors of summer with the fresh pesto and quick pickled shallots were a nice remembrance summer flavors.  Summer leads to fall and I am thinking about a trip to Paris to nourish the mind and body.  Besides a one-on-one shopping and cooking experience with Miss Lunch and French macaroon baking class at Cook’n with Class in Montmartre, I am looking for other opportunities to experience Paris with the new model of my stomach.

Lunch in the Loft (which is run by Miss Lunch) is a wonderful, intimate food salon that I can’t recommend enough.  Dining in her sunny, art-fulled home and then deconstructing the meal was both a pleasure to the stomach and the mind.  This time I hope to spend more time creating a menu, shopping at the Marche d’Aligre, cooking together and then dinning together on our meal.

David Lebovitz, author and food blogger, has suggestions for gluten-free gastronomy in Paris (from 2007).  But other suggestions would be recommended.

  • A gluten-free restaurant has opened: Des Si et des Mets. It features multi-course menus as well as Sunday brunch. (63, rue Lepic, Tél: 01 42 55 19 61).
  • Soya (20, rue Pierre Levée, Tél: 01 48 06 33 02) is a hip vegetarian restaurant which has clearly marked gluten-free dishes on the menu. The restaurant isn’t strictly gluten-free, though, so that might be a consideration.
  • A gluten-free take-out and food shop has finally opening in Paris: Biosphäre, located at 57, rue St. Maur (Tél: 01 48 06 08 81). I haven’t been in there yet, but it’s likely a haven for those on gluten-free diets.

As a girl can dream, I will plan my trip and look forward to the enjoyment of Paris, food, and networking with others who share this journey.

À tout à l’heure.