Pancakes of the Lemon Poppyseed Variety


Who doesn’t love pancakes? I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still be a happy camper.

Recently I came across a lemon poppyseed pancake recipe that I turned gluten-free, with good results.

The recipe:

2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour

1 tsp GF baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup sugar

A dash of salt

1/3 cup poppyseeds

4 tablespoons lemon juice

3 cups buttermilk

2 eggs

several slices of butter.



Mix the solids and liquid separately. Combine. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy. Pour 1/2 cups of the batter onto a medium-hot griddle. Due to the heavy consistency, the pancakes will take a while to cook through. Make sure that the griddle is not too hot as the pancakes can easily burn.

Serve with maple syrup or agave nectar and enjoy!


Australian Coffee: My Love Story

In Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, one can find just about any kind of coffee drink imaginable. Elegant. Edgy. Simple. Decadent.

Lattes. Cappuccinos. Flat Whites.

Here is my documentation of some of the coolest coffee drinks I had the pleasure of trying on my recent trip down under:




REAL Chai Tea in Melbourne



Sydney Australian Iced Coffee (Heavy Creme, Espresso, Vanilla Ice Cream, LOTS of ice)


A New Zealand Hot Chai Latte (Extremely sweet, heavy froth)



Sydney again: a very Australian Flat White (Similar to a cafe au lait, but with more milk; very strong and delicious)



Melbourne: another Chai Latte and Flat White (always so pretty!)



So, coffee snobs– I highly recommend you plan a trip Down Under- STAT!


Australia: The Mecca for Celiacs?

Recently I returned from a month long sojourn down under to Australia and New Zealand. I was enthusiastic about the trip as it had been in the works for some time, but nothing could prepare me for the food.

Normally, when traveling, I maintain extremely low expectations for finding good gluten-free food. Usually I am happy if I can just find a fresh salad or some fruit, and make do. But not in Australia. EVERYTHING seems to be gluten-free in Australia. Well, not everything, but it does seem true that every establishment has gluten-free options, from McDonalds to the local bakery, from high-end harbor bistros to hole-in-the-wall burger joints. It was HEAVEN!



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My hypothesis for this surprising occurrence lies in the genealogy of Australians. As most people know, when Britain first colonized the continent, it was used as a place to dump petty criminals, as the British jails were overflowing in the 19th century. Hence, the majority of Australian ancestors are of British, Irish and Scottish origins, and due to this, a larger percentage of Australians have Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, in comparison to the US. Or maybe the country just gives more of a darn than we do… In any case, the wide selections of gluten free breads, falafel,  cakes, salad dressings and pastas were greatly appreciated and impressive. If the US can start following Australia’s example in terms of gluten-free labeling and product support, it would mean a LOT to those of us who do eat gluten-free.


You get my vote for being the MOST consistently gluten-free friendly place that I have ever visited.