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Allergies challenge, but cooking is still my love language.


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HI! I'm a 48 year old woman from Indiana with an interest in historical cookery (focus is Anglo-Norman) and partners with various food allergies and intolerances. (An intolerance won't kill you, you'll just wish you were dead.) I'm intolerant of fructose, and have a condition that means I avoid eating legumes in general and most cruciferous vegetables. And I avoid nightshades because they make my arthritis pain worse. My boyfriend has had weight loss surgery and now cannot do a lot of bread, pastas, sugars, etc. My girlfriend, who lives with us, has an anaphylactic allergy to tree nuts and problems with less-than-fully-cooked egg, and she has nightshade issues as well. 

 

But I figure that just because I can't dip my bread in honey or make them chicken with an almond milk-pomegranate sauce, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy cooking on a daily basis and learn to do it better.  I'm looking forward to participating in these forums and learning and becoming a better cook. 

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Welcome to eGullet, AL, from another Alex. Cooking well with no restrictions is easy. (Well, not easy easy, but you know what I mean.) Cooking well with multiple restrictions is a creative challenge. You came to the right place.

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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food."  -George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Act 1

 

Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and the accompanying readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

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