About me

This blog is about Canadian food with a German flair and a gluten-free twist.

Hi, my name is Margaret Bose-Johnson.

I’m a first-generation Canadian born to German immigrant parents, learning to cook from my talented and innovative mother, and influenced by all the other good-cooking German aunts and omas in the family, too. Food was, and still is, central to all our family gatherings. We like nothing better than to get together and cook, then sit around the table for hours visiting, eating, and visiting some more (and okay, I admit it, picking at the bowls, too). I have a cookbook addiction that fuels my love for learning to cook new foods from many different cultures.

I am a teacher, writer, and mother to four children in various stages of grown-up-ness, the youngest still in junior high school. I live on an acreage outside of Stony Plain, in north-central Alberta, Canada (long, cold winters – short, glorious summers). I get to indulge my inner-farm-child in my large gardens and a small chicken coop with a flock of very pampered hens.

Three years ago our oldest daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, along with a dairy and corn allergy. Yikes. That forced a recharge and revamp of my cooking, but it has been a fun and exciting journey. I discovered all kinds of new ingredients. Then a year ago, two more of our children were diagnosed with gluten and egg allergies. Double yikes. Cooking got even more interesting and challenging.

At present our youngest son (aged 16), my husband, and I, can still eat everything we want, but since the oldest three are university students, and in and out of home in constantly changing combinations, my meals vary according to which allergies I’m cooking for. When they’re all home, I cook gluten, dairy, corn, and egg-free, and when it’s just the three of us, I can relax a bit. So the recipes on this blog will often be free of those allergens, but always gluten-free, or have gluten-free adaptations included (except for the bannock recipe – sorry, that was earlier on, but maybe one day I’ll revise it   Sept. 2013 update I did finally come up with a pretty tasty substitute).

I am no expert on gluten allergies or celiac disease, so please refer to a medical doctor or other experts for information. This site is just a chronicle of my own bumpy journey along the road to gluten-free cooking, but more importantly my desire to share my passion for great food made with wonderful ingredients and lots of love.

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I love to hear from you, and you can always leave comments or questions by clicking on the (very small – look for it, but it’s there) comments link at the end of each post or by directly emailing me via the Contact Me page.

Thanks for visiting – it makes my day to know I have readers following my ramblings!

 Guten Appetit!

 

 

 

10 Responses to About me

  1. Michelle B says:

    Hi Margaret,
    Wonderful Blog! I am going to have a blast reading your posts and checking out your wonderful recipes.
    Cheers!
    Michelle

  2. Abby says:

    Thanks for dropping by manilaspoon.com. You’ve got a lovely blog! Will be checking your site ’cause my husband is trying a gluten-free diet. Your recipes would be very helpful.

    • Margaret says:

      Thank you, Abigail. I visited the Philippines years ago, and was smitten with the country, its food and its culture. I love your recipes!

  3. Brigitte says:

    Bin ja so sehr froh dass ich Ihnen gefunden habe. ;) Biss bald!

  4. Marian says:

    Hey, Margaret!

    Any Deutsche (or any, at this point?) ideas for a hundred million overripe yellow cukes???? Want some?

    Marian

    • Margaret says:

      Yikes – cucumber overflow! All I ever do at that point is peel them and make a big batch of pickle relish and can it. Since we can only use a couple jars of relish a year, I give them away to friends. After the frost this week, I found a whole bunch of the yellow-green monsters lurking under my cucumber vines, too. I guess I’ll be making relish, if I can squeeze it into my schedule – but thanks for the offer!

  5. Marian Affeld says:

    Thanks, Margaret,
    Are you still teaching, too?
    I am trying some “Senfgurken” today, from a recipe I found online? I am not a big fan of mustard, myself, but Lothar encouraged me to try them – he likes mustard stuff – maybe the kids will, too – we will see?
    Could you please share your tried, true and tested relish recipe, if you don’t mind?
    That would be great! Thanks, Margaret – off to the Kuche for Senfgurken -
    Marian

    • Margaret says:

      Hi Marian,
      Yes, still teaching German Kindergarten and doing some subbing, too. How about you? The Senfgurken sound great – I love mustard of all kinds, and always have several different varieties in my fridge. Let me know how they turn out. I’ll email you the relish recipe.
      Viel Spass in der Kuche!

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