Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free: Mooncake Festival

Welcome to September's Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free! In June of 2009, I joined in on this monthly blog event for the first time with my BBQ Enchilada Tofu Bake. Today, I'm honored to be hosting the event which was created years ago by Naomi Devlin, and is still my favorite blog carnival.

This month's theme is The Chinese Lantern Festival (which falls on September 12th) a.k.a. Mid-Autumn Festival a.k.a. Mooncake Festival. When I lived in Brooklyn, I loved taking the subway to Chinatown and buying Chinese pastries. Red bean buns and mooncakes were two of my favorite choices, but I haven't had either in years because of my dietary restrictions. So for this month's GAHIGF theme, I encourage you to make one of your favorite Chinese dishes or desserts in a way that suits your own dietary needs. Of course, it has to be gluten-free, but that's the only stipulation. Need some ideas? Here are some gluten-free takes on traditional Chinese dishes that have been inspiring me lately:

Sweet Sesame Noodles at The Daily Dietribe
Scallion Pancakes at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Green Tea Mochi Cake at Mochi Thoughts

Want to join in? Here's how:
  • Come up with a recipe for a gluten-free version of your favorite Chinese food. Post your recipe by September 25th, linking back to this post. Send me an e-mail with the link to your post and a photo of the recipe. Extra points if you do a mooncake recipe! Double extra points if you have your recipe ready and posted on September 12th, the actual day of the Mooncake Festival.
  • If you don't have a blog, that's fine! Just e-mail me your recipe and a photo, and I'll add it to the round up of recipes at the end of the month.
  • Submissions are due to me at iris(at) by September 25th for a round up of all the recipes at the end of the month.
  • Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions – you can ask them in the comments section or find me on Facebook!


Anonymous said...

Hi Iris,

I love your blog! I found it a week ago and have been reading ever since. I have been battling with health problems, mostly digestive, but others as well. Doctors have been less than helpful, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I have been eating a gluten-free and dairy free for about 4 months. I have finally had more good days than bad! For the last week and a half I have been doing an elimination diet, I have more energy than ever and feel great. I still don't know what was causing the problem but, learning my body's identity is an amazing journey. My question to you is, I have been trying to start a blog for months to share my experience and as a creative outlet but, alas every time I start I get caught up in wording or something ridiculous like that. Any suggestions to get started?

Iris said...

Anon, my first suggestion is just to start. It doesn't have to be perfect or start out the same way it continues. Your focus can change over time. Your writing can change. You can change... but I think just go on blogspot or wordpress and start writing. This blog started out more as a diary for me than anything else, and it's evolved a lot over time, but I never know what I'm going to write when I sit down. I just sit and let the words come without editing them. Good luck and let me know if you start a blog! I'll come visit you! :)

Rebecca said...

Thank you Iris!!!

I was so excited that you responded to my post. I did it. I started my blog!!! Thank you sooo much. There will of course be recipes and more entries to follow but, I am just so excited to get started.

Thank you again,

Naomi Devlin said...

Ooh, I missed the lantern festival, but I'm going to make something for this this week and post x x x


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