Wednesday, June 29, 2011

GFCF Tomato Carbonara Pasta

Looking at how Jaden's GFCF food menu did not have much of a variety for months, I tried out a recipe I found on the GFCF Lady's blog and well, it turned out to be a hit with Jaden. OK, not exactly a hit but the taste was there, neither bland or too salty so I consider it a success.

There are a few recipes on GFCF Lady's website that I know I will definitely try in the near future. In fact, I think I am going to try at least 2 or 3 a week for Jaden. Kesian, he has to eat nearly the same food every day. No harm done to me anyway, it will just help better my cooking skills .. i hope!

I did not follow the recipe exactly but tweaked it to what I have in my kitchen.

I guess its a deed of paying it forward, so I shall paste my recipe and instructions on how to cook this dish. Simple, fuss free to the max.


  • 6 Organic Tomatoes
  • 1 or 2 Red Onion
  • 5 pieces of garlic (skin peeled and mashed a bit) 
  • Minced garlic (to fry with the minced beef)
  • half a pack of the chopped basil leaves
  • Minced beef (you can also use bacon)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of xylitol ( sugar )
  • a big sprinkle of sea salt (sprinkle to your common sense on how much its needed to make the sauce tasteful)
  • 3/4 pack of gluten free pasta (spaghetti / fettuccini)
  • Italian herb


  1. While you are preparing the ingredients, bring the water in the pot to boil to cook the pasta.
  2. Make sure the water is boiling hot, put in a teaspoon of salt or whatever that is reasonable enough to make the pasta tasteful.
  3. Add the pasta -cook accordingly to the time instructed.
  4. Cut the tomatoes and onion into quarter and throw them into the blender together with the mashed garlic and chopped basil leaves.
  5. Pour olive oil into the blender, not too much and sprinkle a generous amount of sea salt and blend.
  6. Next, drizzle a little olive oil into the pot and fry the minced garlic till it nearly turns brown.
  7. Put in the minced beef, sprinkle salt, black pepper and italian herb and fry them till its cooked.
  8. Next, pour the blended sauce into the pot and bring it to a boil (medium heat)
  9. Put a teaspoon of xylitol into the sauce and taste to see if its a nice combination of saltyness and sweetness. Not too sweet of course. If not salty enough, add a bit more salt.
  10. Once the pasta is cooked, pour away the water and pour in the cooked sauce.
  11. Toss the pasta so that it will be coated in the sauce evenly.
  12. Let the pot of pasta cook over the fire for a little longer while you toss from time to time.
  13. Now you are ready to serve.

Sounds simple, no frills right? I appreciate simple recipes like these, for I am really a noob when it comes to cooking so ingredients and recipes require a bit more thinking just doesn't work for me.

Do share with me if you decide to try this recipe out. :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I have not been updating quite as often as I thought. Such procrastination from my side.

I have already been down to Singapore  trips to consult with Dr Erwin Kay and a lot more of supplements have been prescribed but me, being the worrisome mother held back quite long on certain supplements.

Sometime back late March till early April, we noticed that Jaden was stimming back again and his OCD-like behavior in opening and closing of cabinet doors got to us. Dr Erwin then prescribed another round of antifungal (drug-based) Nizoral and Bactrim which Jaden is supposed to go on a 10 day course but after asking around other parents, I decided to wait for a while and see if Jaden will improve without those meds. Instead, I cut down on certain foods or put in less of whatever I use to cook.

True enough, his stimming and OCD-like went away in about a month on his own, and that, put my heart at ease for a while as I was so worried that the drug-based antifungal might affect his liver.

And then before that, when I was down in January earlier on, Jaden was given the green light to start his AC protocol chelation but me, such a procrastinator, did not manage to start chelating him even after getting back the urine test kits (before and after to test for metals and minerals).

So now, this trip, last weekend I informed Dr Erwin about Jaden's status -in ABA, normal days and how he fare on his basic routine supplements. Seems like Jaden is showing much more awareness in terms of emotions and learning skills although he still has his temper right left and center.

He seemed to be eager to imitate his father but attempting to do the flying kiss action and also trying to drink from a bottle (coke bottle kinda bottle). He seems to think whatever his father does is fun but not all the time.

Jaden also seemed to be attracted to newspapers, namecards, namelist - practically anything with small alphabets, numbers and objects which he likes to compare and observe. He is still non-verbal until now but making more attempts in talking in his own language -displaying his happiness and of course, displeasure.

Jaden fell sick about three weeks ago and he shed a few kgs off during the sick period. It was rather nasty as I have not seen him fall sick like this before. It comes and go and it came back, with runny nose and cough. I was so afraid that he might get a sore throat that was as bad as me so I made him drink lots and lots of water.

So for now, we will continue with the chelation protocol but this time round, it would be the Calcium Disodium EDTA suppository form. As most parents would have read up about how two kids in United States of America has fallen victim to the wrong EDTA prescribed, I double checked and understood that I have to feed him more calcium-mag as well as when the body is chelating out the metals, they also chelate out certain good minerals so it is very important to double up his supplements.

To kick things off, I will probably introduce TMG, OSR and milk thistle to the supplement list, followed by calcium-magnesium then the chelation which I hope to start at least by next week Monday.

Since I came back from Singapore, 18th June, after an overnight trip there and also paying a visit to fellow mummy Anna in Singapore, sharing experiences and she showing me how her VABA therapy is done for her son, it sure was one eye opener. She is really doing great, the way she diligently updates her son's therapy tools, being strict on every organic and gfcfsf meals. I bow my head in respect as I think I failed in some areas.

Jaden was feeling all moody and tired all the time too eversince my trip. It was as if he has not recovered fully and would sleep till really late into the afternoon. He looked so sad that I decided enough was enough, time to ask experienced parents out there for some advice and quickly, putting their advice into action. True enough, by nightime and the next day, Jaden showed some positive results. No longer feeling lethargic although he would still nap for about 3 hours but at least he seems much more cheerful, back to his smiley cheeky self.

So what was the trick to all of that from my side when Jaden is feeling all down, tired, no mood to do anything or deal with anyone -its pumping him with more fruits, probiotics (2 caps of Therbiotic Complete and Detox / twice daily and 2 S.Boulardii at night once a day), double up on zinc, instead of 2 caps daily, i turned it into 4 caps daily, his digestive enzymes and interfase, I gave him two DE intead of one each time and 2 caps of interfase too, so it brings it up to 3 times a day, meaning 12caps a day and of course, his normal routine Taurine, Chromium Picolinate, Prothera Methyfolate and cod liver oil. Some parents have advised to give more cod liver oil but I think a spoon a day at the moment is sufficient enough.

It was more to basically more fruits too and water and sitting with him, comforting him. Well, he was so sticky to me that it was really surprising to see him reject his father. Nobody could understand why but he never let me out of his sight and stuck really close to me at all times.

Now that he is feeling better and back to his normal self, guess its time I put my procastination behind, start typing out a whole new list of supplement list and arranging supp feeding time for Jaden.