Many people take food for granted. Horribly, some see it as something to be denied, controlled, and twisted to be used against the body, instead of to nourish it. It’s not until you’re restricted from enjoying it that you realize the integral role food plays in our lives. Not only does it keep your body alive and thriving, but it also brings joy, love, and can unite people. In family it solidifies tradition, creates memories, and can bridge rifts. Yummy Supper is written by Erin Scott, who lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and children. Erin has Celiac Disease, and her blog proves that despite health limitations, it is possible to eat well without feeling deprived. In her own words, “Yummy Supper is a collection of simple, seasonal ingredients that happen to be gluten free.” Much of her inspiration comes from local markets as well as her own lush backyard garden. Along with offering delectable recipes for living gluten free, Erin also gives us a peek into her tightly knit family life.
Last year Erin and her family lived in Bali, Indonesia for six months. During that time she shared recipes for local dishes she enjoyed, as well as her own Bali-inspired creations. These Ice Pops with Lemongrass were snacks for her children as they romped in the tropical sun, but for me they’re sweet relief on a hot urban day. I used honeydew but you can use any seasonal fruit you wish, and using lemongrass stalks as popsicle sticks is not only ingenious, but infuses the fruit with the subtle flavour of lemongrass.
I wasn’t prepared for how amazing my kitchen would smell when making this Prawn, Lime, Cilantro & Coconut Rice Salad. The creamy dressing is a mixture of coconut cream, fresh lime, and earthy cilantro. Drizzled over a salad of cool rice with prawns, crunchy cucumbers and scallions, it’s even more divine. I urge you to make this on a hot afternoon when you have no plans other than chilling out because trust me, you’re gonna start daydreaming about going somewhere warm and beautiful after this meal.
From Bali we head over to Cali, to this lovely Spinach Galette with Wild Mushrooms. A galette is a flat, freeform pastry from France that can be filled with cheese, meat, fruit or vegetables. I was intimidated to make the crust because I’m not a baker at all, but the recipe was simple and straightforward and the crust turned out beautifully. Erin’s galette is nutritionally packed with loads of spinach, leeks, and mushrooms (she suggests you use chanterelle mushrooms, which are one of the richest sources of Vitamin D). These recipes are only a sampling of the wonderful dishes to be found on Yummy Supper. Whether you have dietary limitations or not, I hope you will feel inspired to nourish your body and your life.
All photos courtesy of Yummy Supper