All aboard with Captain von Trapp! I am not talking in the first person: I am referring to my father. (see left) Daddy-o just found his new love: a sail boat. This has been a nice pay-off to himself for working so hard, and I have absolutely no problem whatsoever reaping the benefits and functioning as “his crew” on board.
My role? You guessed it, and it doesn’t include pulling cords. I got to cook! Since the space below deck is a tit bit cramped, I wanted to eat something scrumptious, yet simple. Solution?
PICNIC! Tapas-style. My dad is NOT gluten-free, nor is my brother, so I wanted to make sure the meal tasted as non-“gluten-free” as possible, and keep it to the simple favorites. I made a trip to Whole
Paycheck Food’s, and found some delightful things, such as Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists, Fox Barrel Cider (gluten-free and no artificial colorings or flavors), and Potato Crackerthins, which were perfect for soft goat cheese.
INSPIRATION: GLUTEN AND NUT-FREE (and lactose-light) SAILING PICNIC
Picnics “tapas-style” are so easy to do because everyone has options and can eat as little or as much as they’d like. Here are the Bubble Child picnic items I selected on my sunny Saturday on a boat:
1. Gluten-free Cider (Fox Barrel)
2. Applefield Farm Bratwurst (simply slice and cook for about 8 minutes on the stove over medium heat)
3. Medjool dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto (it’s as easy as it sounds– remove the pits from the dates, stuff them with goat cheese, and wrap ’em up with prosciutto! The goat cheese is easier for Dairy Bubble Children to digest.)
4. Potato crackers (gluten-free) + soft goat cheese
5. Gluten-free pretzels
6. Sliced pears, apples, and grapes
7. Emmenthal Swiss cheese (since this cheese is both aged and raw, it is easier for those with lactose intolerances to handle)
8. Gluten-free bread for the cheese
And voila! You’ve got some happy campers. And it only took about 10 minutes to prepare, set out on the table, and dig into.