Cookbook Giveaway from our friends at Allergy Free Alaska!

Have a look at Allergy Free Alaska’ website, link below, to enter for a chance to win “Nourishing Meals”! And while you are on the site, browse their recipes and resources. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with the Giveaway!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2012/09/06/a-cookbook-review-of-nourishing-meals-and-a-giveaway/

Have you become a better cook as a result of having food allergies?

If you are anything like me, having severe food allergies and sensitivities has made me healthier. Living with allergies has made me much more aware of what I eat. I must say, most of the credit can go to my soy allergy as it seems like there are preservatives in almost everything these days! The soy allergy has kept me far away from any processed foods and cold-cuts at the deli as well as the marinated meats and most sauces you would find at the local grocery store. As a result, I have ย spent a fair bit of time looking up recipes, getting ideas from others and trying new ingredients that I had never heard of before, and hadn’t the slightest clue how to pronounce!

I absolutely LOVE to be in the kitchen and try new recipes and spice blends. The aroma in the kitchen when cooking curry, or when a tasty soup is on low and simmering is AMAZING! Preparing the vegetables is usually a little time consuming, however it is always worthwhile. There is nothing like a home cooked meal! And all of ours are just that. If you don’t cook much and the idea of cooking more from scratch seems like one that is not going to happen, I highly recommend sitting down, brainstorming a list of the meals you enjoy most and the “comfort food” meals. Then, have a look online, as there are so many variations and some a lot easier than others! Finding recipes from someone who lives with allergies, or even a gluten-free diet is an added bonus, as they will likely have suggestions for substitutions and such ( ie: milk, eggs ).

A few sites I really like for recipes are;

My Gluten-Free Goddess

All Recipes

Living Without

Allergic Living

I learned how to cook fairly young and am very thankful to my parents and grandparents for that. If there’s one thing I would recommend, it would be to teach your kids how to cook. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are eating out with food allergies, one of my best tips is to keep it simple! Remember, the more different ingredients in the meal you order, the more risk. This is just something I have learned through experience. I’ve would also rather eat out with friends and socialize over a simple dish so I am not fearing a reaction. In my mind, there’s no point in risking it. However some restaurants, you might feel confident that they have you covered and truly “get it” and in these situations you might be more confident trying something different. I have asked for fancier dishes in a few restaurants where I had a really good talk with the manager and chef and felt confident that they were being as careful as they could possibly be in the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination. More on this train of thought to come in another post!

And, if you are interested here is an article about just this topic; “How Food Allergies Have Made Me a Better Cook”

Buying “clean” food in Victoria and Online!

If you are like me and strive to find products that have the least possible amount of preservatives in them as possible, I highly recommend browsing through Epicureย to see what amazing herb mixes and products you can find.

“Epicure does not add filler, additives or MSG to their products. We make it possible for people with allergies to enjoy tasty food without compromising their health! Contact me for specific information about our products or ingredients. Most of our products are gluten free, low in salt, and BC certified Kosher.” –ย Tricia Sturgeon, Independent Consultant

And while you are at it, check out my most recent page with local places to buy! Lifestyle Markets, Market on Yates, and Market on Millstream are the first few I had time to add =)

Thought it was about time to add another recipe!

I’ve been tweaking my curried chicken recipe for a little while now and thought I might as well share it, so others could give it a try and make changes if they liked too.

I found a recipe that called for yogurt and started there. Using coconut milk as a direct substitution and then adding ingredients, and replacing others on each new attempt. And VOILA! I hope you enjoy this as much as Mike and I ๐Ÿ™‚

http://www.livingwithallergies.ca/recipes/dairy-and-soy-free-curried-chicken/

Tacos anyone?

I have just added a new recipe… The seasoning mix is amazing! One thing I love about cooking is trying new recipes and coming up with my own. No doubt about it though, it’s always more fun when the recipes work out and are really tasty too! What recipes have you tried lately?

Check it out by going to the recipes tab or click here… Taco Recipe!

Missing out? Nah! Food is too good…

After last nights’ awesome dinner, and freshly made french bread I had no reason to feel like I was missing out on anything. Who would have thought that these amazing baguettes were gluten and dairy free!?! My boyfriend Mike loved it and he’s not gluten free!

I am starting to try new herbs and spices and spicy peppers in different dishes and it definitely makes everything even more enjoyable. Mind you, I did put a few too many thai peppers into the stew, which made for an extra spicy dinner with some coughing and laughter. See, sometimes trying new things teaches us what NOT to do. I know I will only add 6 thai peppers next time instead of 8. Knowing that I’ve tried something new, adapted a recipe you found on the internet and added a twist, or modified the quantities to bring out certain flavors always makes me smile.

I’m thinking I am going to challenge myself to 1 brand new recipe a week and share my successes or perhaps lessons learned ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyone else ever put too many hot peppers in a meal? I’m sure someone has a story to share.