It’s day 30! What an amazing month we’ve enjoyed. When I planned this challenge, I didn’t realize what fun it would be. The truth is, it just sort of happened. I’ve loved playing with new ingredients in a totally different way and hearing from all of you about your progress and new recipes you’ve come up with. Such fun! It also just happens that day 30 falls on my birthday. When I began this challenge, I expected to bake a cake for my birthday to celebrate another year and the completion 30 days grain-free. A funny thing happened a few days into the challenge, though. I didn’t want grain anymore. There were no cravings. And the thought of baking something with grain today seems a bit odd.
We spent the day celebrating as a family at the Getty Villa in Malibu. If you haven’t experienced either of the Getty museums, put them on your list next time you’re in the L.A. area. The breathtaking architecture, art, and scenery complement the food at the museum cafe (featuring organic, locally grown produce whenever possible) so there’s no need to pack a lunch.
Over the last 30 days, I lost a total of 11 pounds and 5 inches. I have a lot more energy, my cravings have subsided, and my skin looks and feels rejuvenated. What results have you seen this month? Even if you’ve only been grain free for a few days, I’d love to hear about your changes.
The markets feature gorgeous figs right now, soft, ripe and plump. What better way to show them off than with almonds, some maple syrup, cream and a few eggs? This tart will make a showing at my holiday table this year. It has a bit more sugar than I’ve baked with lately, but it’s a dessert for a special occasion. The crust is good enough to eat alone. In fact, when I made it my oldest said, “Mom, sometime when it’s only you and me here at the house, can we make just this crust and eat the whole thing together?” No grain, and my daughter is asking to eat it as a treat? This recipe is a keeper.