Yum! Let’s Eat!
June 2nd, 2009 by Alice

Good morning.

My name is Alice, and as some of you already know I have a lot of very severe food allergies. I am lucky to have found a husband who also has a lot of very severe food allergies, and a group of friends who are extremely understanding and supportive.

This is a collection of the recipes we have cooked together. They will NEVER include nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, beans, peas, fennel, licorice, anise, balsamic vinegar, apricot pits (yes, pits), and shellfish. Also, for now we’re avoiding soy, so many of the recipes will be mostly soy-free (the occasional lecithin slips in since soy is a minor allergy for us at the moment). There are some salmon recipes, but other fish are currently in the “no” column.

If you choose to make any of these recipes you are responsible for your own safety.

Choose ingredients that are safe for you. Read the ingredients every time – and yes, you can do it. We’ve been reading ingredient labels (or our family has for us) for nearly 30 years, it gets tiresome, but it has saved us from some un-fun trips to Urgent Care. I can share my successful ingredient finds with you, but ultimately your safety is your responsibility.

After I reel off that list of food allergies I am often asked “What do you eat?!” as if the list above encompasses all known food items. It doesn’t. I eat mostly the same food as everyone else, the big difference being Jason and I cook almost all our own food. We don’t go out for burgers and fries, we make them. We don’t pick up a grilled chicken and a salad at the grocery store on a busy night – we get the ingredients and start cooking. Well, he does. I bake.

Anyway, whether you’re new to food allergies or an old hand, whether you’re just striking out on your own and learning to cook safe food for yourself, or whether you’re just interested in some new foods (maybe you don’t have food allergies), I hope you find something yummy here.

Some of these recipes are highly modified, but most only slightly. It is amazing what you can do just by trying. Sometimes you’ll fail. Sometimes you’ll make something wonderful.

The only food I haven’t managed to truly replace in my life? Ice cream. Sorbet just isn’t the same. I’m still working on it, and maybe someday I’ll get it right.

3 Responses  
  • red velvet cake writes:
    March 19th, 20101:55 pmat

    yummmmy…… thanks for your hints , i’d adore to stick to your blog as frequently as i can.use a wonderful day~~

  • Lori writes:
    August 13th, 20105:57 pmat

    Hi, Alice.

    Okay don’t judge me, but… I found your site by using Mr. Google and entering “alcohol food allergies”. LOL!

    I have soy, nut, fruit and shellfish allergies. I had my first allergic reaction when I was 17 to kiwi. I attributed it to some of the “fur” getting on the fruit when my mouth started to itch. Tried it the next day and got the same result. Okay, so we stay away from kiwi. A few weeks later, I ate a peach and my mouth and throat started to itch. I thought I didn’t wash it well enough. Tried it again, same result. Then a nectarine, cherries and plums were added to the list. Followed by pineapple, soy, etc. In other words, the list grew.

    I am now in my thirties and had my first really scary anaphylactic reaction a few years ago, when my lips swelled. Now, I carry an Epi-pen, steroids and Benadryl with me at all times.

    Anyway, I am happy that I stumbled upon your site, will be bookmarking it and trying out several recipes. Thank you for sharing you experience and recipes with us!

    – Lori

  • Alice writes:
    August 13th, 20106:45 pmat

    Oh thanks Lori! I’m glad you like it.

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