Hi and thanks for visiting. I’m Cinde, a foodie who loves teaching people how to cook. I think cooking is an essential life skill for your health so you might as well learn to cook what you love and have fun doing it!
In 2009 my friend was diagnosed with celiac disease and I naively thought I’d just learn to bake her some nice gluten free things. Wow, it didn’t take long for me to discover that the gluten free lifestyle was hard! So many new ingredients I’d never heard of and recipes that consistently disappointed. Being a foodie I persisted but the learning was slow and painful. Five years later I finally figured out a flour blend I liked that worked in many of my recipes and discovered I could make things that were were awesome! People started asking, “is this gluten free?” That motivated me to share my knowledge with the gluten free community.
Eventually my husband built this website and I started sharing recipes, tips and tricks for cooking gluten free. It’s a difficult transition but many people are happy and healthy living on a strict gluten free diet, usually much easier after that first difficult year. Over here I continue to focus on helping people create a gluten free lifestyle they love. I talk about organizing for success, cooking with a seasonal strategy and hopefully I provide inspiration to get you in your kitchen and excited about your own culinary adventure.
The Stomachless Food Photographer
I live in Calgary, Canada with my husband Jim who takes all the photos and videos. In 2019 Jim had his stomach removed after being diagnosed with stomach cancer so we now refer to him as the “stomachless food photographer”. Of course you’re wondering what he can eat and the answer is just about everything. He still loves food; cooking, eating and taking pictures of it. Our son Justin, is away at university and puts his culinary skills to good use with his friends. I love hearing them talk about food and how they accommodate any dietary restrictions without a fuss; gluten free, vegan or food allergies. Our dog Astrid hasn’t photo-bombed many pictures but she has had her share of cupcakes. (You can read that story in the recipe for Black Forest Cupcakes.)
When I’m not in the kitchen I play squash for regular exercise and enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, kayaking, golf, gardening and spending time at our family cabin in Moyie, BC. For the community I volunteer with the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association hosting the Kids Meetup and the Celiac 101 Information Night.
Health Care Experience
I am a registered respiratory therapist and certified respiratory educator. For almost 30 years I’ve been helping people with asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis learn to manage their chronic condition. I also teach health care professionals become certified educators so it is one of my passions. With health education and food being my two passions it’s natural for me to share about food and make it fit into a restricted diet.
We’ve Gone Virtual
In 2020 the pandemic caused us to cancel all our in person cooking classes. With the encouragement of some students I started hosting classes online and have enjoyed learning to create a fun experience with a virtual class.
As well as the classes I’ve developed a digital course called HEALTHY ME. This course if for anyone new to the gluten free diet or still struggling with the lifestyle. The gluten free diet is hard, there’s no doubt about that. Being a foodie and a health educator I brought my skills together to help people transition from overwhelm to confidence. The digital course, HEALTHY ME, will be available in June 2021. If you’re interested subscribe on the BLOG PAGE so you’ll get my weekly notifications and find out as soon as it’s ready.