Today we get to know the famous French blog Clem sans gluten a bit better. Last Friday I had breakfast with Clémentine Miserolle at Gaté pastry shop in Paris: Clementine is not only a generous and marvellous woman, she is also a published cookbook author, her book is called “Une année de cuisine familiale sans gluten”, she has a recipe blog where she shares her daily life eating gluten free and how fabulous it can be. She works with RTL and Melty Food.fr. When you spend time with her, you end up feeling empowered, and positive: she is true source of inspiration for me.
Chiara: Why gluten free?
Clémentine: Because I don’t have the choice. I am gluten intolerant.
Chiara: What is Clem sans gluten?
Clémentine: My blog is the daily journal of the recipes I cook for my family and friends…it evolves with the anniversaries, birthdays, parties and most of all it’s about a family, mine, and what we share everyday. We are a community of gluten free « gourmands »!
I always bake a lot. When I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance, it didn’t change my habit, I just adapted my diet to my pastries. Around me, and specially at my son’s school, parents were asking for my recipes and I used to make tons of photocopies. So one day I decided to create a blog as it was much easier to share recipes this way.
My blog objective is to make gluten free diet become more mainstream. When I cook gluten free, my all family has to love it: when I am on vacation, it’s from 3 years old to my 94 years old grand mother, my gluten free food has to be good. They are very tough judges.
I like my table to be friendly, it’s about sharing and feeling good, it’s my Mediterranean roots: my father was Greek. My paternal grand-parents immigrated but the conviviality remained. The particularity of my gluten free diet will not take the pleasure or the taste from my cooking, specially for the people I love, it’s just the opposite!
As a mother, it is important to me to set an example for my son: it is not because we have a handicap that we have to stop enjoying life. My boss at the office used to tell me:
“There are no problems, just solutions.”
Chiara: Which is the gluten free food that you love the most?
Clémentine: I like everything that is home-made. I have to confess that I do love my cake with chestnut cream, rhum and chocolate. I was impressed this year by how good is the gluten free pizza by Rossopomodoro that I ate both in Milan and in London. It brought me back a child memory about how pizza used to taste. In Paris I love the sweet orange flower, chocolate bread by Chambelland bakery and everything that is made by L’Atelier des Lilas that is also specialised in catering and took care of my son’s first Communion party.
Chiara: Gluten free is..
Clémentine: First of all better nutritional qualities and great taste.
Chiara: Which is your next challenge?
Clémentine: Continue to develop my blog and take the drama out of the gluten free diet. It can be tough at the beginning, especially for those living with you. I want to show people that it can be simple, natural and most of all delicious and cheerful for everybody, for those who are intolerant and those who are not…
To discover what an incredible simple and yummy gluten free recipe Clémentine has shared with Baci di Dama. Living gluten free, click here.