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13 November 2006

crunch go my teeth in the middle of the afternoon

buckwheat cereal


The past few days, I have been writing longer posts, pieces that mean a great deal to me. I'm glad I have. However, the book is calling, and the Chef is cooking braised lamb shanks (that somehow involve bacon), mashed potatoes (his specialty), and sautéed green beans. He says that I will scream like a girl when I eat it.

Well, with that at hand, I can't imagine writing a long post right now.

Instead, this evening, I have to tell you about my latest cereal find.

I've always been a cereal fan. As a kid, I must have eaten my weight in Lucky Charms, Alpha Bits, Apple Jacks, and Life. When I grew older, and started to avoid that sugary stuff, I switched to bran cereals and muesli instead. How could I have known that it would all make me sick?

We celiacs don't have too many cold cereal choices. I love the line of kids' cereals made by Nature's Path, but I do feel just a little silly downing a bowl of Peanut Butter Panda Puffs in front of someone else.

This past month, however, I found a slightly more adult cereal that I can eat. Arrowhead Mills' Organic Maple Buckwheat Flakes have a crunch you can hear in your ears, a slightly sweet taste from maple syrup, and that magical quality of staying crispy in a bowl of milk. Best of all, they are labeled gluten-free.

I love seeing that label.

Some afternoons, when I have been writing for hours, I go into the kitchen and fix myself a bowl of buckwheat flakes in my favorite blue bowl. It may be glowering outside, and I may still have five hours of writing before me, but while I am crunching on these, I am feeling fine.

Now, if only I had some Saturday morning cartoons to go with it.

6 Comments:

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Sarafina said...

Shauna,
Nature's Path Organic Honey'd Corn Flakes are my favorite. They too stay crunchy in milk. I can't wait to try these buckwheat flakes. And chef's menu for the day sounds divine! xoS

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger erika rathje said...

Oh, my.
Those DO look delicious!
I like the Oatmeal Crisp Maple Nut, which I'm going to guess is made with wheat, which is fine for me. It's really a wonderful flavour.

I didn't grow up on the usual sugary kids' cereals like you mentioned, with the exception of Life. I enjoyed Cheerios (as everyone does), and a slew of "grown-up" cereals. My boyfriend, who is almost 24, enjoys snacking on sugary kids' cereals, but encourages me not to eat them! I find I need to have something hearty (at breakfast) or I end up hungry a couple of hours later, so I don't eat Cheerios anymore. We enjoy oatmeal on occasion. Tragically, my sister has discovered a sensitivity to oats!

I'll know where to go for ideas and recipes if ever I discover a wheat/gluten sensitivity in myself!

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Angela said...

Shauna,

Something like the old 'Looney Tunes'cartoon, followed by a 'Land of the Lost' episode would tide you over, I am sure (ah... those were the days!)!

Angela

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love those Arrowhead Buckwheat Flakes, and I eat them for at least 1/2 of my breakfasts. Do you remember the original "Buckwheats" cereal from back in the 70's and 80's? They were not GF, but they were very tasty. Well, these Arrowhead ones remind me quite a bit of those in flavor, though the origal had a bit more texture to them (from the wheat they used of course). Enjoy the flakes - I know I do!

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Sarafina,

I love Nature's Path. They make our lives so much easier. Oh, and the Chef's dinner did make me scream like a girl!

Erika,

Your boyfriend is right. Don't start on that slippery slope of sugary cereals. Not worth it. Seems to me you already know how to eat right!

Angela,

I loved Looney Tunes. I still miss those Saturday mornings. (Never did get Land of the Lost, though.)

Mike,

I do remember those buckwheats cereals! We never ate them in my house, because they were healthy, and we mostly devoured the sugary stuff. I like these gluten-free ones better, though.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Eleanor said...

Hi,
In case you haven't heard of it, the artisan cereal website Me and Gogi is fun and offers a gluten free base. You choose your base, then add all kinds of great things -- fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut, all natural and organic. It's a great little New Hampshire company. (Not mine -- I'm a customer!)
Eleanor Baron

 

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