Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Packed up my bored little vikings this afternoon and set sail on a mini voyage. Our destination? Our former residence (still in escrow). Our mission? To pillage the yard of anything edible.

Truly, I went for mint. I need it for a dessert I'm making this Friday and, after years of ripping it up and cursing it like a weed, I refuse to pay money for the delicious garbage. I figured I'd grab a few lemons, check out the heat stricken cucumbers, and maybe find a cherry tomato or two worth picking.

Well, we sailed back with far more booty than expected!¹

Not featured are the two dozen tomatoes Harvey picked and devoured.
(first dose of silence I'd had all day)

Gourds? Pumpkins? NOPE - lemon cucumbers. Aren't they dreamy?

My first thought after cleaning these up was "Darnit!, out of hummus" but a dash of sea salt was really all it needed. Even the dark orange ones, while tougher skinned, are delicious.

The lopsidedness makes my heart pitter pat.

¹ Vegetables grow a heckuva lot faster when you aren't impatiently stalking them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More cheese please...


I think I should rewind a bit, see, because it's probably confusing as to why I'd be trying these faux cheeses this late into our life with food allergies. Well, they all contain some of Jack's smaller allergens (soy, corn, pea, nuts), so it's been a long while since I've dipped my toe into the ocean of cheese alternatives. I did try a few while nursing Jack, but they were awful and I took to topping everything with avocado instead. As of our latest prick test, we were given the go ahead to include a little soy, corn, grape, and pea into Jack's diet. He has been eating soy once per week and tolerating it great. I'm unwilling to push it and give it more often. The fact that daiya contains pea (trial passed thus far!) but no soy is convenient to say the least. You rotation dieters know what I'm trying to articulate.

I wanted to keep Jack's first cheese meal simple, cuz he's a simple fella. This isn't a recipe so much as it is a success story and simple meal idea. Oh, and evidence that this magic blend of gluten free grains and oils actually melts like cheese.

Cheesy Shells with Ham for the Picky Eater

2 cups Brown Rice Pasta Shells (I used Tinkyada)
2 tblspns Organic Olive Oil
1/2 cup Shredded Daiya Mozzerella
6 slices chopped Organic Ham

Cook pasta shells until good and tender. Drain and add olive oil to pan coating the pasta shells in the oil. Leave pan on turned off burner, so that it still receives some heat, and throw the daiya onto the noodles. Chop ham and add to dish. Give it few stirs and voila. The options are endless with this dish - your kid eats broccoli? Throw that in. I even microwaved a bowl of it later for myself. I was afraid the melted daiya might be permanently cemented to our dishes and silverware but I didn't take the time to chisel it off and our ancient dishwasher took care of it brilliantly.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cheesy Reviews


I feel REALLY BAD saying anything negative about non dairy cheese makers. I mean, it's painfully obvious that they're trying and let's face it, it ain't easy to make a single ingredient product WITHOUT SAID SINGLE INGREDIENT. Nevertheless, I paid out the nose for these products and I intend to tell you what they taste (and smell) like.

Rice VEGAN: I'm not sure what possessed me to reach for the American Flavor (subconscious flood of Kraft brainwashing at play?) but I wish I hadn't. The flavor (if you can call it that) didn't convince me to try any of their other varieties. Rice Vegan tastes like salted cold rice pasta. The chalky consistency didn't help. Jack didn't seem to mind the few bites I gave him, but he didn't ask for more.

VEGAN GOURMET: Next I went for ole mozzarella cuz it just screams kid food. I opened the package with associations of string cheese, pizza.......huh? Uhhh.....this feels like tofu. I can best describe the taste as one of, margarine. I felt like I was eating margarine flavored tofu. The consistency was certainly cheesier than the Rice Vegan but Vegan Gour-meh still wasn't chees-ish in the slightest. Sadface.

daiya: You can believe I was pretty cheesed deflated at this point. As the air released from the bag of shredded daiya, it's stink hit my face and I was immediately pleased with myself. CHEESE! While on the salty side, these little stringy strands taste buttery in a good way and melted beautifully. ATTN: dairy allergic (oh and it's SOY free, too) and lactose intolerant - this stuff is worth the scratch.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On the up and UP

Oh, hey there, blog! Not to brag, but not only did we survive the move, we ruled at it. Perhaps we're just getting older more mature and able, but we somehow managed to use our opposite type A tendencies to simultaneously conquer both unpacking and organizing. My laid back BFF (visiting from San Fran) somehow refrained from tying me to a chair and drugging me with melatonin. What can I say, we're doers. And we totally ♥ our new space.

As fun as camping is (read sarcasm), I moved all our kitchen stuff over the day before moving so that we could jump right back into modern day conveniences like forks and hot food. The new kitchen is pretty dreamy, and it's my intention to blog recipes again. I actually have no choice in the matter as Jack is a little sick of some of his old favs. Can you blame him???

Oh, and, word to the wise: NEVER EVER I REPEAT NEVER USE ORANGE GLO ON WOOD FLOORS. As the previous owners of this place obviously did. I won't get into the nitty gritty (literally) of it, but there was a dull milky hazy residue covering our floors and after a bit of research and a LOT of work, I've remedied the awful results of good ole o-glo. See below:

Can you feel my rage? Or the loss of feeling in my triceps?

Well that's better.

Harvey turned THREE yesterday. We'll be having a teeny little birthday dinner for him this weekend so I need to come up with dinner and dessert (HAS TO BE CHOCOLATE FOR MY HARVSKY) that Jack and my allergic Dad can enjoy. Fortunately, my family is of the easy to please variety.

What greater excuse than his birthday to post this little gem?

Also noteworthy? We have not experienced a single down-swing in Jack's behavior since ceasing homeopathy. Even throughout this whole moving business (!). This tells me two things; yes, it was likely the miasms causing healing reactions that I was fearing were behavioral cycles AND yes, the homeopathy is doing WORK within him and while it's hard on him (and us) there is still work to be done and we will continue our journey with Heilkunst, soon. Though I admit the vacation from it has been nothing short of AWESOMENESS. In the grand scheme of things, it's like ripping off a big arse band aid once a month...eyes on the prize!

While I'm indulging in a nauseating showboat fest of a post, KFA (huge organization for children with food allergies) added Food Allergies and Me to their website. If you order from their page, KFA receives a portion of the funds.