I have had a difficult time focusing on writing my blog posts. I am not sure what is going on other than I am still grieving. I have been watching many episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with my husband. Despite all my food allergies, I still enjoy watching the cooking shows. I keep thinking I might see something that looks so delicious I might want to spend hours in the kitchen trying to rework it to make it safe for me. It doesn’t happen too often. Quite frankly I get frustrated too easily. And summertime does not exactly conjure up a longing to spend hours in the kitchen slaving over a steaming pot on the stove or in front of a hot oven.
A few nights ago Guy Fieri was at a restaurant where the chef was making Mole. I have never had it. In my non-food-allergic world I might give it a try. Then the chef began tossing ingredients into the pan. The first ingredient was peanuts (a definite no for me). Then she added mushrooms (another no especially with my fungal infection). This was followed with plaintains (anaphylactic to those) and avocado leaves (very allergic to avocados and I am sure the leaves wouldn’t be any safer than the avocados themselves). I think there was alcohol in there as well.
So where am I going with all this? Imagine you have a peanut allergy. You go to a restaurant and by a dinner that has sauce. Because peanuts are not mentioned anywhere in the description, you think you are safe. Then WHAM, your throat swells shut! We have to be so very careful! Food allergens can be hidden in everything!
When was the last time you ate something you thought “was safe” and found out the hard way it wasn’t?