2017-09-08 Fabulous Food Allergy Friday

Look! Denise got a greenhouse!
Look! Denise got a greenhouse! (Yes, I am a dork.)

With everything that’s going on, everywhere, if you haven’t gotten your emergency kit done, it’s probably time to do it. I’m as guilty as anyone, as mine isn’t complete. FARE has specific food allergy emergency preparedness advice. The Corn Allergy Girl has a list of necessities for hospital stays that would also double as an emergency kit for me, as I’m contact sensitive to many things, and safe bedding would be a problem if I didn’t have access to my own laundry detergent and so on. (I’ll add our local OEM link on preparedness, as most of it is valid regardless of allergies — just make sure your stuff is safe for you. Seems like corn allergies make safe bottled water harder, so stock up on that when you find it. — MK)

In the good news department, it looks like Good Eats is coming back to TV. While Alton Brown doesn’t have a lot of allergy friendly stuff, the original series was great for teaching basic cooking techniques and the science of cooking, which often helped me figure out what I needed to do to make successful substitutions. Even if I can’t eat his food, I always learned stuff from the shows, and I’m excited to see it come back. 

I’ve been reading about food and food history a lot over the past few years, and I just got to see a neat exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry, Edible Seattle, last weekend. But I want more — this new Michael Twitty book, The Cooking Gene, sounds like an excellent choice. Both of these are full of recipes I can’t eat, but like watching Alton Brown, I learn a lot that helps me make new things I CAN eat.

I also enjoyed this “how to” post on cooking for someone with food allergies.  It should be easy when I do it every day, right? In particular, the note about cross-contamination in your own kitchen rang true — I know that I am less cautious now with my baking jars than I was when Denise lived close by and I baked for her. It’s not safe to use the same scoop for several flours or sugar, not if I want to know that ONLY what I measure out is going into each recipe. I need to get back to better practices and not get lazy.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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