Monday, 25 June 2012

meat-free monday: instant insalata caprese - and living with allergies

It's steaming hot in Hamble today, the showers over the last week have turned a pleasant sunny day into a humid, sweltering one. At least by English standards. It must be at least 24C. Those in South Africa & Australia are laughing right now, I know. It's warmer where my mom is, even though it's midwinter! 

I'm channelling my inner Italian - it's an instant assembly Insalata Caprese for lunchtime - heirloom tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls and basil off the bush. Assemble on a fork, dip in olive oil & basil and enjoy.

It's delightfully simple - and hopefully relatively good for me. I see a nutritionist tomorrow to try to figure out my weird reactions to various foodstuffs - and I'm kinda nervous that she takes away everything I love, and leaves me with porridge, which makes me gag. 

Half way round the world though, there's a little boy who just discovered milk and cookies - aged nearly four. 
Danny is the son of a friend of mine, and allergic & chemically sensitive to loads of foodstuff. His mom, Max, writes two blogs - one about her adventures in motherhood & postnatal depression entitled Postcard Epiphanies, and the other -'Rice & Pears' - about living and raising allergic children.

Food sensitivities can make for a healthy & happy life - or, if undiagnosed or untreated, a frustrating & painful one - which equals unhealthy and very much unhappy. At thirtytoomuch, I still haven't figured out what exactly triggers my own issues and makes me sore, I can't imagine dealing with understanding how you react to food when you're only little, like Danny is. Max's blog makes for fascinating reading - and indeed, practical advice, like the recipe for the cookies that have literally changed Danny's life - not to mention his mommas. I can't tell who looks more excited!


images: own/max


Gillian said...

Nummy lunch!

Good luck tomorrow - hope you get some good news.

Thank you so much for pointing me in the direction of Rice & Pears - although (touch wood) I am blessed with easy eaters, as I was reading the blog I was thinking of others I know who have always just thought their kids were "fussy"

MJ Kelly said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Carls! I am like a Gen-you-wine food consultant at the moment: have been emailing with moms all over the planet with advice for colicky babies, or eczema teens, or rubbish tummy adults, and am having SUCH a thrill when they write back to say that their babies aren't screaming anymore, or their own snotty noses have cleared up like magic! This is all way too much fun...

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