This past November, there was a recent recall for Presidents Choice Ginger Snap cookies due to undeclared peanuts. Eeek! Not an allergy sufferer’s favourite thing to hear. :/ This always makes me nervous about a brand’s manufacturing, especially one I buy and I love their chocolate chip cookies. The recall was a small reminder just how important it is to be careful with baked goods. Traces of peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame can always loom in or around the dough. Continue reading
A peanut allergy is something that comes with you no matter where you go and can cause anxiety with the smallest of things, because when a peanut is around you life can be at stake. I once went to a quiz night at an Irish pub. It’s a fun thing to do on a weeknight and I didn’t give my allergies a second thought. Pub + Cider + Quiz = awesome! That was until they read the rules and I found out the losing table of each round were prized with peanuts. Eek! Continue reading
Eating pre-made products can be a challenge with food allergies. There are times I would love just to run to the store grab some tomato sauce and noodles, boil the water, warm the sauce, and call it dinner. But it isn’t so simple when most of the sauces contain either soybean oil or sunflower oil. My love for pasta and wanting it fresh and fast is what inspired me to make this super easy bolognese sauce. Continue reading
The holiday season is here! I love this time of the year because it comes with glühwein and a well packed social calendar. 🙂 It also reminds me to be extra careful with beverages and my allergies. There are mulled wines, eggnog, rum punch, spiced apple cider, and more yummy drinks! And unless you are the one making these tasty beverages, it can be hard to know what is in them.
If you are at home or a family/friend’s place it is easier to control what you are drinking. But going out is different. I have come to learn mixed drinks are not an allergy friendly option. Nothing kills a buzz faster than an allergic reaction and no one wants that! Continue reading
Since moving to Germany, I have taken to the custom of coffee and cake in the afternoon. I don’t do it every day, but once in a while it’s a fun thing to look forward to as the work day is slowly wrapping up. Germany has fantastic cakes, from Käsekuchen to Apfelstrudel to Sachertorte they all look fabulous: dense, full of flavour, and cross-contaminants. Which means the bakery is off limits for this allergy girl. Boo. But that’s ok because this lemon yoghurt cake is easy to make and goes perfectly with coffee. And it also makes a delicious and exciting breakfast treat. Trust me it is a sweet way to start the day (pun intended ;P). Continue reading
An allergy kit should be your third arm if you are anaphylactic.
It always saddens me to read stories about a fatal allergic reaction that could have been avoided if the person had their EpiPen. I truly believe an allergy kit will help allergic people remember the necessary meds they should have on them at all times.
I started carrying an EpiPen with me at the age of 13, after my second visit to the hospital for an allergic reaction to peanuts. That hospital visit is where my peanut allergy turned from something that made me itchy and vomit to something that made it hard to breathe. I was 13 years old and had my first anaphylactic experience. Ever since that day I always have my allergy kit (including 2 EpiPens) with me, it has become my safety blanket.
This is the no-knead bread you totally need in your life right now! I don’t eat store bought bread because there are too many cross-contaminates, and I was looking for a simple bread recipe. This no-knead bread was the solution. I love this bread! It is one of the most made things in my house. And it’s super easy; there is no kneading or proofing and all you need is 8-12 hours and a dutch oven. This bread makes you look like a pro baker. It has a perfectly crusty outside and a dense inside that screams for a little butter and honey. Did I mention it’s pretty much fool proof, you can make it in your sleep. I have literally stumbled out of bed, made the dough, and fallen right back asleep 10 minutes later.