DAILY BREAD: Gluten-Free Guests add flavor to Renata’s Kitchen
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I absolutely love when friends who have different diets come to visit. I learn so much!
Our friends Nick and Gayle Bisesi brought their amazing daughter Luciana to our home. Luciana is four years old, and I think she knows more about nutrition than I do!
It is fun for me to see how the next generation of parents is carrying the nutritive baton into the future with their own children. When my kids were growing up, we only worried about getting enough vegetables into their tummies!
Today’s parents have a whole different obstacle course of food choices to navigate. I salute parents of small children today. You are soldiers in the trenches! Parents may be critically questioning the roles that gluten, protein, GMOs, pesticides, additives, soy, carbohydrates, water, hormones and antibiotics play in their family’s lives.
What a tall order!
I do not have all the answers. No parent does. But together, perhaps we can share enough recipes, stories and information to make our own educated choices.
Most of all, I try to respect the choices each person makes on how to feed their families.
The best parenting advice I ever got in my life was from my dear mother-in-law when our kids were little. I call her “Mum”!
“Nobody gets it right,” she said. It wasn’t really advice, come to think of it. But perhaps it was the wisest, simplest sentence that ever reached my soul.
I felt relaxed when Mum said this to me. Her kind words took the pressure off of me to get everything done perfectly.
Mostly, I think my great British mother-in-law instilled in me the value that I have as a mother, even if I DON’T get it right. I struggled so much in those early days with meals for my kids!
I think perhaps Mum said this to me so that I would not compare myself to her. I tend to idealize others, and had imagined she did such a better job than I did when she and Dad raised my husband and his two siblings.
Mum certainly did an outstanding job raising her own three children. Her son Peter is the love of my life, and my best friend! Like me, he is not perfect either. But we each add our own unique flavors to this recipe of our glorious family and life!
When our friends come to stay and they have small kids, I always think of Mum’s wise words. It seems that every parent is struggling with their own obstacles, and so the best thing we can do is support them. All our “soldiers in the trenches” work hard to put their own food choices on the table and keep their families moving toward a healthy balance.
I truly thank our dear friends, the Bisesi family, for coming to our home. Your presence has drawn our family closer. Your little Luciana has reminded us of our own children when they were small.
Your gluten-free choices have expanded my culinary vocabulary and inspired me to find the best ingredients!
Please enjoy this dish that Luci and I made in just a few minutes today.
Buon GF Appetito!
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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.