Saturday, June 27, 2009

Food allergies

When I was younger, I thought the idea of people being allergic to food was crazy. How can you be allergic to food?! But I guess karma bit me in the ass because all 4 kids of mine have food allergies. Malcolm is too young to test, but it’s clear he’s allergic to dairy because he has begun breaking out in hives. It used to be just red marks on the face wherever the allergen touched his skin. But now it’s hives. So no more mashed potatoes. And pasta has to have oil, not butter, on them. Two is the age where allergy testing can be done, but that’s 10 more months away. But mostly, the base here is not equipped to do testing. So when he’s eligible, we will either have to a) go to an Italian allergist and have the testing performed, b) go to Germany to one of the US Army bases there to be tested, or c) go to Portsmouth in VA to be tested. So we’ll see what happens.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to come up with substitutions that will work for him AND the whole family. Malcolm can’t have dairy and Siobhan can’t have eggs, so it looks like vegan and whole food cooking is the way to go. The kids don’t like meat very much and I try not to eat it often, even though I do eat meat. Chris is a carnivore to the bone. So the kids will probably eat mostly if not totally veg, Malcolm will be mostly vegan, I will be *mostly* veg but probably not totally, and Chris is and will remain a carnivore to the bone. But the whole point of this post is, I’m searching for a good vegan cookbook for families (a vegan cookbook and a vegan cookbook geared to families are two very different things) with ingredients found at any grocery store (not specialty stores) and are easy to make. I’ve found several online, but can’t spend $50 on various cookbooks when what I *would* do is get them at the library first. But since our library has about 10 books, they’re not going to have any. So, does anyone know of any good vegan cookbooks that fit the above mentioned criteria.

I was so excited. I made a pasta dish last night that happened to be vegan. SO I gave some to Malcolm today and he had his nice vegan lunch of very simple ingredients…and then spit half of it out. I’ll try again later, because I have tons of this stuff and someone has to eat it!