Sunday, October 19, 2014

GF bean burgers

Now beans are s tricky thing for me.  I am slightly allergic to all legumes I have tried,  however, only slightly do they're on my rotation. (meaning I can have them once or twice a month)  Well, I've already overdone myself on chicken this month,  and Turkey,  so I'm spending the last 2 weeks eating beans,  quinoa,  and squash.

GF Black Bean Burgers:

1 cup freshly mashed, cooked black beans
2 sweet chilis, pureed
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup chickpea flour
Seasonings to taste ( I used black pepper,  salt,  and liquid smoke. Would taste amazing with onions! )

Kneed ingredients together until it forms a very soft dough.  Make a palm sized ball and flatten out on an oiled hot pan. Fry both sides on medium heat until both sides are brown,  burger is stiff, and holds together on its own.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home made alka seltzer

One of the lovely symptoms of eating something my body can't digest is the disgusting,  painful,  acid filled "icky burps" I call them icky because well, it feels and tastes as though I have consumed about 2 dozen rotten eggs and all the acid in my stomach is trying to expel it through my throat.  (Lovely I know) now that I've explained to you in detail the pain I suffer, maybe you can understand a bit better why I avoid food I'm allergic to. You see is not just the hives,  eczema, heart palpations, possible anaphylaxis,  throat swelling,  vertigo,  diarrhea,  or indigestion,  it's also the little things that cause pain,  like the migraines,  the icky burps,  the constant nausea,  it's not pleasant so I try my hardest to avoid it.  My husband,  however,  loves to eat stuff I'm allergic to (which I don't blame him,  I'm practically allergic to everything) for example: the other night he ate a very delicious looking cheesy omelet with onions and spinach,  it smelled heavenly. About an hour after he ate it we had some "alone time" and things got a bit heated.  Neither of us thought of him brushing his teeth before kissing me,  but the night ended in a very itchy throat,  2 benedryls, a stomach ache that would not go away, and icky burps that have lasted for 2 days.  Now,  the only medication I can safely consume is my prescription strength Benedryl ( for obvious reasons) but one of the best things to get rid of icky burps is alka seltzer, which brings me to my recipe:

The 2 main ingredients in alka seltzer is citric acid and sodium bicarbonate,  which is easy enough to make,  but will taste pretty disgusting. I like the flavored alka seltzer so I improvised.

Fruity alka seltzer:
1 tbsp + 1 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
2 packets of your favorite flavor of koolaid (main ingredient in koolaid is citric acid)
1 tbsp sugar

Mix ingredients and store in a dry, air tight, container.

Mix 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp of mixture to 1 small cup of water and use as you would alka seltzer.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How to fix broken glasses

Anyone who has owned glasses has known the struggle. Whether it's you, or your spouse, or your child, or even a friend, one way or another I bet you have experienced the "oh shit" moment of someone breaking your glasses. Now there are 2 major types of breaks in glasses, and both are kind of a big pain in the butt. As someone who has always struggled with the costly expense of having to obtain a new pair of spectacles, you better believe I've gotten crafty.
Now the first break (which I don't have a picture of because thankfully my current pair weren't broken that way) and most irritating, is the Harry Potter break: Straight down the center, all hope is lost, your $200 frames are totaled, but fret not! There is a solution! My mom showed me this trick multiple times growing up because she simply could not afford to get her 12 year old another pair of glasses. 
  1. Bring your broken specs with you, you'll need exact measurements and visual confirmation. 
  2. Go to your local handy dandy dollar store! 
  3. Find the discounted sunglasses or reading glasses rack
  4. find and purchase the pair that most resembles the shape and curve of your lenses (not the frames, but the lenses themselves)
  5. pop out both lenses
  6. gently file around the edge of your prescription lenses
  7. apply thin layer of super glue to edges
  8. pop lenses in new frames, voilĂ ! Good as new!*
*now these frames will not be as strong, but they'll work until you can afford a new pair!

Now for the other hopeless break: The broken hinge

Once a get, even though it seems like it, not all hope is lost! You will need a small screwdriver, $2, alcohol swabs* and a dollar store
  1. Bring broken frames into the $ store (along with your $2)
  2. carefully examine each pair of glasses
  3.  find the pair that have sides that most resemble your broken pair and purchase
  4. when you get home carefully unscrew both pairs of glasses (do not lose the screws!)
  5. clean edges with alcohol swab *
  6. align new hinges and carefully screw in
  7. VoilĂ ! Good as new glasses at the complete price of $2

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oat free nut free granola

One of the main struggles I've had lately is being at a complete and utter culinary loss.  I have had little inspiration to create for because the only ingredients I can find are very expensive.  Lady night I befriended a young person on tumblr who has an oat allergy and was desperately seeking recipes.  Being allergic to Oats myself,  I began discussing my grain replacements with them.  I owe this recipe to my new tumblr friend, you inspired me to keep trying,  so thank you.

Gluten-Free,  oat-free,  nut - free,  wheat-free, corn - free Vanilla Maple Granola:

1 cup freshly cooked quinoa
1/2 cup ground flax meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup maple syrup (I use maple agave)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried berries or nuts (optional, I used blueberries)

Mix all ingredients completely,
spread mixture out in a thin layer on dehydrator sheet.  Dehydrate until crispy.

This granola is great for a snack or cereal

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Onion, garlic, and tomato - free bbq sauce

As many of you know from my last post, I am severely allergic to a lot of really delicious things, onions, garlic, and tomatoes (the main ingredients to bbq sauce )being some of the many.   I started wondering if I would ever be able to taste that Smokey sweet glaze on my food again when I had a brilliant idea: molasses.  It has that tangy almost umami flavor to it as well as a nice sweetness,  prefect for allergy safe bbq sauce!  I'm not going to give exact measurements,  this is more of a"follow your tongue" recipe.
Gluten, onion,  garlic, and tomato free bbq sauce:
About 1 tbsp molasses
Cayenne pepper
And sugar to taste
About 1 tsp liquid smoke
Mix together, adding a little of each ingredient until desired taste is met.

Monday, August 25, 2014

I don't want to do anything I feel sick. -The 24 year long battle

My entire life I have been sick or in pain in some way or another.  When I was around 4 my pediatrician told my mom I was "allergic to stress." Stomach cramps, nausea,  indigestion,  head aches,  sore throats,  stuffy noses, ear infections,  tonsillitis, hives; constantly just one right after the other. So I missed a lot of school,  my mom was accused of neglect,  I was forced to eat everything served at school by the staff, even though the food made me sick to my stomach and sometimes even light headed.  As I got older the blame was placed on me. I was just a "picky eater," or I'd be accused of having an eating disorder. I'd go to the doctor and tell them,  "everything hurts,  my back,  my hips,  my stomach,  I always have a sore throat, I always feel sick. " I was called a hypochondriac,  bulimic, needy. I was told I had growing pains,  seasonal allergies,  asthma,  a dry throat.  I was told my symptoms were psychological,  I was sick because I wanted to be sick,  I was lazy. The list goes on and on and on.  I was accused of being a drug addict,  anorexic,  psychotic,  and it never stopped.  For 24, almost 25 years of my life I was sick and no one believed me because why would they?  They couldn't feel what I was feeling.  The doctors I saw were too busy to listen, too busy to care.  So many doctors,  so many,  and no one,  not once,  did any of them ever consider I may be having allergic reactions to just about everything.  My friends and family always joked, "oh you're just allergic to everything" not knowing what was really going on.  Well I am relieved to say that I finally found a doctor that listened. 
The first time I asked for my stomach to be checked out (around 2010 sonoma) I was told it was pointless and  my insurance wouldn't cover something like that.  The second time (trinity 2012) I was told (with no proper testing might I add) that I have lymes disease (not true) the third time (humboldt 2014) something amazing happened.  (New doctor,  new clinic) my doctor asked me about my symptoms, she wrote them down, she listened.  For the first time in my life I had a doctor that actually wanted to know what was wrong with me.  We discussed an allergy test, I had 36 vials of my blood drawn and sent to a lab.  Two weeks later I met with my doctor again,  we discussed the medication I was on,  etc, then it was time for my results.  She pulled out a bookworth of paper and told me,  " In my 28 years of being a doctor,  not one have I ever came across someone quite like you.  The results are dizzying."  For an hour we discussed my results in detail,  she explained what everything meant, and then she told me she was referring me to a nutritionist and an allergist. 
These were my results:
Things I am severely allergic to:
Dust mites
Sesame seeds
Things I am highly allergic to:
Things I am moderately allergic to:
Sweet potatoes
Things I am not allergic to but may cause reaction eventually:
Things I am not allergic to:
And these are only what I was tested for.  They will be doing more tests to see exactly what I can eat. 
Right now I'm very cautiously eating one type of food a day to monitor reactions.
Today I made myself chickpea brownies and had a bit of Turkey bacon.  I am slowly recovering from my allergies and for the first time in 24 years I woke up with no sinus problems or stomach cramps.  I am going to ask my readers for only positive feedback on this post, please.  I could really use the support.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Broccoli & mushroom chickpea tacos

I know it sounds pretty strange right?  Broccoli in a taco?  All I can tell you is that the flavors of this dish meld into a mouth watering fiesta that will be a hit with anyone you make them for!
•Finely chopped broccoli florets (about 1 cup)
•Finely chopped green onions (2 shoots)
• Finely chopped mushrooms (about 1/4 cup)
•Cilantro (optional but adds to the flavors! )
• 2 tbsp Chickpea flour
• 1 tbsp cumin
• 1 tbsp onion flakes
• 1 tsp vegan bouillon
• 1 tsp garlic salt
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/4 tsp sugar

Pan fry broccoli, musrooms, and onions on med/ high heat  stirring occasionally until broccoli is par cooked.
Mix seasonings together, sprinkle on top of veggies,  add 1 cup water and cilantro. Mix until thoroughly coated.  Cover and let cook for 5 minutes. If sauce has not thickened up, stir over med/high heat until nice and thick.  Serve on crispy tortillas with tomatoes and olives and enjoy!