Gluten-Free Beer and Curry in a Hurry

I’m finally over my sinus infection/malaise and had a great week. Monday was the husband’s birthday so the boys and I took him to West4thJane so he could order a beer. That might not seem like anything special, but he has Celiac Disease and can’t just go to a bar or restaurant and ask for a Boddington’s. He had a Green’s Endeavour Gluten-Free Dubbel Ale. It was quite tasty, as was the dark ale I had from the tap (not gluten-free). The boys had a great time playing the Connect Four game and they devoured their burgers.

But it was Wednesday that I’d been looking forward to for weeks. Disney’s hosted a group of bloggers to visit Burke Williams Spa in Santa Monica. I walked in and was whisked away for a chair massage that my back desperately needed. After that it was a tour of the new additions to

The site now has a health and beauty section and a food section with recipes for kids and adults. The food section looks great with recipes to make with your kids and other quick and easy dinners to make yourself that don’t result in you telling your children to put the knife down and step away from the counter. I had our playgroup over yesterday and I wanted to make something different. We’ve been getting together for almost 4 years now and they’ve had all of my staples – green chili chilaquiles, black bean chili, gluten-free lasagna with sweet Italian chicken sausage, and all of my gluten-free baked goods.

I chose to make Nigella Lawson’s Curry in a Hurry. It was very easy to make and nice to look at. It was good, but I, and my guests, like things pretty spicy. It called for green curry, but I ended up adding a fair amount of chili powder. My husband tossed in yellow curry as well, which changed the whole dynamic of the dish, but it was still delicious.

For dessert, I served these mini gluten-free vanilla cupcakes. Later, after everyone had left and the kids were asleep, we piled the dishes high in the sink and sat down on the couch to watch (and sleep through) a movie.

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