Profile: Elana Westers Gluten-Free Cook

Elana Westers is an enthusiastic home cook from the Central Okanagan.  Her passion for both (growing) local produce and making gluten-free food can be seen in the variety of innovative and fun recipes posted weekly on her blog Garden to Ganache.

Garden to Ganache was created in August 2008. Elana, 30, spent the past 7 years living, studying, and working in the UK and travelling around the world. She is attempting self-sufficiency in her kitchen garden where organic, fun and practical produce grows to fuel her cooking experiments.

Garden to Ganache shares this journey from the sweetness of freshly picked produce to gluten-free baking, recording the experiments, sources of inspiration, thoughts, gardening tips, and recipes along the way.

Her final year living in the UK, following a few years of feeding her hungry renewable energy work colleagues, Elana felt the urge to expand her self-taught cooking skills, thus she spent the weekends away from her day job ‘volunteering’ at a top London restaurant, where cooking with pastry she learned new techniques, cooked with vanilla bean on a more frequent basis (smile), and was eventually paid to help cater events for up to 200 people. From that point on she was hooked- on food, on gardening, and on chocolate.

Elana will be teaching workshops on gluten-free baking and on sustainable, local food production starting in March 2010; for further information contact getgrowingworkshop@gmail.com or call 250-470-2610

Visit her blog at http://www.gardentoganache.blogspot.com/

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