Saturday, May 08, 2010


Isabella went to the dentist yesterday and was a very brave young lady. I was impressed. Made me proud.

Whenever you take a kid to the dentist and all is fine (no cavities or other challenges), your kid deserves a treat. In our house at least.

So Isabella, said: " If I would not be on a gluten free diet, I would want McDonald's Chicken McNuggets as a treat today." Huh. Brave AND modest. That can be done I told her, gluten free and all. No worries, just wait until supper.
Personally I do eat at McD's once in a while and prior to Isabella going GF, she came along and ate Chicken....well, it's not really Chicken what they give you in those this (or not, if you love Chicken McNuggets):

The Chicken McNugget is a small piece of minced chicken breast and mechanically separated meat held together with phosphate salts and some chicken skin. The pieces are then coated with batter, lightly fried to set the batter, individually quick frozen, packaged, and sent to stores. At the McDonald's stores, the McNuggets are deep-fried and sold.

The 2004 documentary Super Size Me states that the McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, originally made from old chickens no longer able to lay eggs, are now made from chickens with unusually large breasts. These chickens are stripped down to the bone, and then "ground up" into a chicken mash then combined with a variety of stabilizers and preservatives, pressed into familiar shapes, breaded and deep fried, freeze dried, and then shipped to a McDonald's near you."

Super Size Me also alleged that they included chemicals such as tertiary butylhydroquinone (a phenolic antioxidant), polydimethylsiloxane (an anti-foaming agent), and other ingredients not used by a typical home cook.
As of 2007, these two ingredients were still listed as possible ingredients of the vegetable oil that is used to fry McNuggets. In a 2002 lawsuit against McDonald's, the judge claimed Chicken McNuggets are a "McFrankenstein" creation of various elements not used by the home cook.

Anyway. Back to my version of those Nuggets. I prefer dark meat. Always have. So I cut chicken thighs into smaller pieces, used some of GF PATISSERIE'S gluten free flour mix, as well as tehir fantastic gluten free bread crumbs to batter the pieces. Deep fry on medium heat until golden brown, serve with your kid's favorite dipping sauce and that's it. So easy to make your children happy.

Isabella's favorite sauces always were BBQ and Plum. OK. So I had to run up and down those stupid aisles at Superstore to find Plum sauce. Anything for a brave and happy daughter.


Chris said...

Fantastic. Nice work, and what a lovely way to spend some time with Isabella.

H.Peter said...

Hey Chris,

Eating is the easy part....but taking her to the dentist was hard.

Allison the Meep said...

a) Isabella is beautiful. And congratulations on being cavity-free.

b) Even if I could eat gluten, McDonald's nuggets gross me out beyond belief - Yours look amazing and I'm sure they taste about a thousand times better, too. A win for anyone who's gluten-free, and also for people who just like real food!

Brenda said...

Question: Where did you find Gluten Free BBQ Sauce? I live in Pennsylvania, and the only place I've been able to find GF BBQ Sauce is in Oklahoma when I visited last year. If there's some place I can order from, that'd be great!! Thanks!!!

H.Peter said...

Hey Brenda,

this brand is local to YYC, but I saw on their website that they sell online as well as at select retailers in the USA. Check it out:

Also, check out Lucille's Smoke shack, they do have some gluten free suaces as well.

H.Peter said...


gross it is maybe, but they are tasty....or maybe it's justthe sauce?

You know in Europe we deep fry alot more, after all I am from Wienerschniztelland.

Scotland leads Austria when it comes to mortal heart attacks.

Anonymous said...

I love the picture in the header and the chicken nuggets of course!


H.Peter said...

Hi Nisrine,

the picture in the header is called

"Beluga Wale cuddles the Baby Seal"

Taken in Menton, France.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

You are such a good dad! Congrats to Isabella on her wonderful dentist's office visit! :-)

Note to Brenda (hope you don't mind, H.Peter) ... there are lots of gf barbecue sauces on the market; e.g., Bone Suckin', Sweet Baby Ray's, Kraft (read, but they show all gluten), Bulls Eye.



These look wonderful. They look fairly easy to make too. I LOVE dark meat. Sincerely, ShariLee TheGlutenAlarm