by Nicole Knegt, Four Spoons Gluten-Free Recipes
My name is Nicole Knegt and I am a co-founder of Four Spoons Gluten-Free Bakery in Kelowna. For the last three summers, my husband and I have been baking up all sorts of delicious treats for our customers at the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s market. Our time at the market has been a wonderful experience filled with many new friendships and stories: stories of diagnosis, lifestyle change, and the sweet discovery of relief. We have also heard time and again how difficult it is to bake gluten-free, which is why we recently closed our bakery and are transitioning from baking to educating. Our mission is to empower individuals to successfully bake and cook simple, budget-friendly and delicious gluten-free foods. Over the years we have heard from many customers that they simply do not know where to begin with gluten-free baking. We want to change this. We want to help bring happiness back to eating despite dietary restrictions.
That is why this summer we launched a comprehensive educational resource website (fourspoonsglutenfreerecipes.com) for people struggling with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. We have an incredible team of professionals who are collaborating with us to create trustworthy and reliable resources. Our team includes two dietitians, a food scientist and a holistic chef. This team has helped us create some terrific resource guides, from our Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet to our Guide for Students and our Guide to Gluten-Free Baking. Four Spoons Gluten Free Recipes contains a 150+ recipe index of recipes that are simple and call for inexpensive, yet healthy ingredients. We also blog regularly and have begun creating cooking videos to help people see exactly how to create our recipes. Matthew and I are having such a good time shooting these cooking videos, so be sure to check them out on our YouTube cooking channel.
It has been bittersweet saying goodbye to the bakery, but we have tried to make it a bit more sweet by promising our customers the publication of a Four Spoons Bakery Cookbook. We have decided to call the book Soft, Chewy, Gooey, Awesome: Recipes from our Gluten-Free Bakery, because these are just a few of the words we have regularly heard people say when they eat our baking. Alongside our bakery recipes, the book will also be filled with pictures of our customers and some of their stories. We are very excited to create this book in collaboration with our customers, because it has always been about them and their support of our bakery. We will also be creating a cooking show for our YouTube channel that will teach through the entire cookbook!
We are very excited for this project and plan to have the cooking show and digital copy of our book ready by mid December, with our printed book available in the New Year. Please go to http://www.chewygooeybook.com/ for more information on our cookbook. If a gluten-free cookbook and cooking show sounds interesting to you, please visit Kickstarter.com and consider pledging to our fundraising campaign. We are offering tons of awesome gluten-free rewards for pledges made towards our project. This fundraising campaign will run through to November 22, 2014.
We hope that our website, cooking channel and soon to be published cookbook will provide much needed resources for anyone with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. If you are interested in following what we are doing, please find us on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our blog. We would love to hear from you.