Thursday, October 28, 2010
Frustrated Honesty
I think the weather has totally messed with my mood the past two days. Do you ever have those days where everything gets on your nerves? Well yesterday was one of those days for me. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

Dinner was a good portion of the problem too. We actually went to the store to get the two things we needed to make fried rice and guess what? We needed 3 things! So, we went a different route which left me with another odd meal. That makes two nights in a row that I have eaten strange, but tasty meals. The night before last was sweet potato fries, hummus and a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Last night was an egg white omelet with spinach, gravy and homemade gluten free bread. In case you are wondering, gravy does go on eggs well...who knew?

Ugh and the lighting was horrible! It was dark at 5pm due to horrible thunder storms. That made it more frustrating. 

My way of de-stressing is to turn to baking. Which, if you bake, you know this could have gone so badly and turned my bad mood into a worse mood!

This loaf is why I love to bake. Against all the odds (gluten free baking), this turned out to be the best gluten free bread we have ever had. The outside was crusty while the inside is chewy! All of you gluten free people out was chewy!

I developed this recipe using a very basic recipe my grandmother gave me that she got from her mother. It was actually a flatbread recipe. I played with some techniques that I have learned through school and practice. I made a nice round loaf of bread with it.

It even reheated so well that the illustrator told me that he thought it tasted just like it did last night fresh from the oven. You have no idea how that makes my day. I felt bad because I couldn't stop eating it. While this recipe is perfect and I won't be changing it, I will be making different versions.  I think apple walnut would be so good and I am definitely making a loaf soon with rosemary and sea salt.

This brings me to a point I think is important. I am a very happy blogger and I LOVE sharing my cooking/baking experiences. In fact, if you ask me for something, I will always give it to you or help you find it. Food, especially healthy wholesome food, makes me happy. I get so much joy in creating things in the kitchen, some my own and some ideas I get from others. If you notice from yesterday, I posted a recipe with credit to the source I got it from. I posted my quantities and technique because I changed those due to the products I had on hand. Again, with full credit to the source. I think it is important to state that if you have to ask (in your head or out loud) at what point a recipe is your own, then it probably is not. Let's be honest, everything has already been done, recipes evolve with generations and product availability. I guess my point is, we all blog for a reason. I would eventually like to have a career developing recipes and working with people that have food restrictions. I want people to trust what I am doing. So, without sounding rude or mean (which I have feared I would if I said anything before), please give credit to those you get "ideas" from. Changing two ingredients in a recipe (like coconut flour for rice flour and one spice for another) does not make it yours.

I am sorry if this came across as rude, I just needed to say it. Thank you for reading today and everyday. I appreciate all of you and value your friendships.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:27 PM  
  • At October 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I understand your frustration. I always say where my recipe was adapted from, and/or link to the actual recipe.

    Pretty much every single recipe on the web has been adapted from somewhere or someone.

    Honesty is so key :)

  • At October 28, 2010 at 5:37 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Gravy goes on everything. I'm convinced that eggs go on everything too.

    I hear ya on the stealing recipes and blog posts. Give credit where credit is due! If you aren't creative enough to come up with your own posts or recipes, then maybe you shouldn't be blogging. That's just my opinion.

    On another note, I think that would be a great career for you!

  • At October 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    that bread looks so amazing good... being gluten free, I totally perked up and listened when you said it was chewy!! I'm craving a nice fresh warm piece of bread now... with melty butter...

    I read this post twice, to see if I missed something... did something happen...? sorry if someone stole something...

  • At October 28, 2010 at 5:47 PM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    Amen sista!

  • At October 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Um, Sarena, you're like the nicest person ever. No one will think you are being rude... far from it! ;) I totally agree and think people should give credit where credit is due!! I think you would be awesome at creating recipes for those with food restrictions. Follow your dreams!! :)

  • At October 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    I agree!

    Your bread looks perfect. I was about to make your polenta pumpkin balls tonight but then i realized dinner was soon and I was another night!

  • At October 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM, OpenID healthyexposures said…

    I have so had those days - every little thing makes me crazy! And funny (well, not funny at all - moreso, ironic) you bring up the recipe thing. It drives me nuts when I see "adapted" recipes that really just have one tiny thing changed - like flour. Then just say I made ____ with peanut flour, not AP." you know?! Like you mentioned - yes, everything's been done before and hardly anything is original if you really dig - but when it comes to blogger recipes it's much more noticeable ad offensive. And not only that, but at that point, you're ripping off a real person. And yes, we have feelings. I mean, if someone so much as says something that makes my brain come up with something crazy, I credit them with inspiration!
    Hope this isn't what lead to your frustration, though, and tomorrow is better :)

  • At October 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM, Blogger Clean Eating Chelsey said…

    I hate those days where everything drives me insane! I totally know how you feel.

    Chewy gluten free bread? Do tell more!!

  • At October 28, 2010 at 8:15 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Oh sweetie I definitely have those days and it sucks. That bread sounds delish and I really need to pick your brain for some gluten-free goodies for my sister. I am soooo 100% with you on giving proper credit too. Sometimes it makes me second guess posting recipes even. It's really a catch 22 in a lot of ways. You want to share, and sharing creates so many fantastic ideas generating new recipes. But even if you credit the person, how many people really notice or acknowledge? Then they repost crediting the wrong person. It's tough.

  • At October 28, 2010 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I hate those days where everything just seems to agravate a person! It's like it never ends...

    I hope tomorrow is a bit easier and much better! :)

  • At October 28, 2010 at 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Honesty is definitely key! Give credit where credit is due!!

    Of course, any time I see posts like this, I frantically check my past posts to see if I'm the unknowing culprit :-)

  • At October 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM, Blogger the actor's diet said…

    that bread looks AWESOME.
    my cousin writes cookbooks for a living - she is very frustrated about "adapting" recipes but i think it's something she's come to accept, after over 30 years in the business.

  • At October 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    Totally agree with you on the recipe thing!

  • At October 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM, Blogger Jenny said…

    I love it! Looks great and I sort of feel like we're living the same life : )

  • At October 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    "please give credit to those you get "ideas" from. Changing two ingredients in a recipe (like coconut flour for rice flour and one spice for another) does not make it yours."--

    AMEN thank you !!!!

    I have posted about this once in no uncertain terms and have also alluded to it a couple times. I feel like the recipe police so I have stopped harping about it. Glad you said your bit b/c I totally agree!

    There are a couple people who I see rip others off quite frequently and it annoys me. To no end. They do the 1 ingredient change up, call it their own, and yeah, it bugs.

    I'll stop now :)

  • At October 29, 2010 at 8:54 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    Sarena first of all, that loaf of bread looks so beautiful :) and I'm glad it tastes great too!

    I agree with you about the recipes. I always always always try to give credit -- even if I took a combo of recipes from bloggers, I post all of them. If I ever haven't, it was a complete brain fart.

    And I don't think there is anything wrong with using others' recipes as long as you give credit -- so I don't know if others are maybe embarrassed? Not sure.

  • At October 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    You have EVERY right to vent about that. I always try to include where I originally hear of something. It's pretty easy for me though since my "recipes" are usually toss a bunch of things together in a bowl and call it a meal. LOL

    I hope you have fun tonight and things are less annoying. I hate those days. Maybe you got out all the frustration so lines, noise, etc don't get to you tonight. ;)

  • At October 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Hey Sarena! I most definitely know what those days are like. I hope that today is a better one.

    Also - you definitely shouldn't feel sorry for requesting recognition for your amazing recipes. (You shouldn't have to request it, but that's another story!).


  • At October 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM, Anonymous Danielle (Runs on Green) said…

    I'm sorry about the off day :( And I completely agree that changing 1 or 2 things in a recipe doesn't make it "your own." If it means anything- I still think your recipes are awesome and would rather go to your site for unique/GF recipes than anyone elses

  • At October 29, 2010 at 3:45 PM, Anonymous Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' said…

    I totally understand your frustration! I always give credit and link back when I use someone else's recipe, and hope others will do the same for me. Almost every recipe comes from somewhere... so I try to always give credit to my "inspirations" too!

    Your bread looks amazing!! You'd never know it's gluten-free by the looks of it! :D

  • At October 29, 2010 at 4:17 PM, OpenID lizlivingvegan said…

    Aw I'm sorry for the bad day :( We all have them, but it's not fun being frustrated. And I hate going to the store and then realizing I forgot one more thing! At least you were able to throw together a good dinner :) Sometimes the random mix is just as good as a planned dinner!

  • At October 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM, OpenID allieksmith said…

    Sorry about your bad days, those happen to me too! I agree about the changing recipes too..

  • At October 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM, Anonymous Carolyn @ texaseatas said…

    I had written a post about copywright law about two weeks back. You aren't being rude one bit!

    It plain out sucks that you can try hard at a recipe and then not get credit for your work.

    I took this mandatory conflict management class at work. Basically if you offend someone it really isn't what your intentions were meant but what matters is how the person received your action.

    So even if this person thinks they made the recipe their own by changing somethings around, they should put themselves in the original author's shoes and ask if the author would perceive it as a new idea. If not, give credit!

  • At October 30, 2010 at 6:48 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    I think giving credit is so important! and like you said recipes have already been done, they change, etc. But it is still nice to give notice to who started it. But on the flip side, I must say that it can be hard to remember every single recipe out there, because we have seen some of our recipes out there (or something close) and not received noticed, but who is say they know about us, or our recipe???

    And you are never rude! ; ) Love your honestly!!

  • At October 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Girl, you are like the least rude person ever. I know a lot of people have struggled with this, and I agree. At this point, pretty much everything has been done before. Adding cinnamon does not make it a whole new recipe...

  • At October 31, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Oh my goodness that bread looks amazing and I hope no one is "stealing" recipes from you. That is horrible! I agree give credit where it is due!! Definitely!!

  • At October 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Anonymous Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said…

    I def get those days too when I am just so frustrated. I hope you feel better soon!

    I do agree that we as bloggers, we have to responsible/respectful of giving credit when it's due. And I don't think it's rude of you at all to state that!

  • At November 11, 2010 at 10:45 AM, Blogger N.D. said…

    You make a good point w/ the recipes! I always try to go back and credit the source. Did you post a recipe for the rosemary bread? that and the lentil stew look amazing!

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