This spring presented a major challenge to the bread project.
Since my cancer treatment began more than five years ago, I have had persisting problems with stomach pains. We have made various attempts to nail down a cause, but no clear explanation has been found. Most likely it is just side effects from the cancer fighting drugs that I have to take and have no option to quit even long enough to see if they are the culprit. But this spring, when my symptoms seemed to intensify, and it was decided that one trial I had not made was eliminating gluten. So I determined to go through a gluten elimination, which is a rather drawn out process of avoiding anything that contains wheat.
During the process I tried a few gluten-free bread recipes and mixes. I will not include any of them here, because, frankly, they were all horrible. No one in the family wanted to touch them but me, and I never finished even a small loaf by myself.
Luckily, I did not end up identifying any symptoms that changed with eliminating or adding back gluten, and I developed a profound appreciation for the challenges any patient with true gluten related disease faces. It is difficult and expensive to follow a gluten free diet in modern Oklahoma. I did also, in the process, find a few tricks that have helped me to feel better, so I consider the effort a real success.
So, the Bread Project was put on the back burner for awhile. But now I’m hoping to start posting new recipes!