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20
Oct
10

Starbucks Yummy Treat


 

I just talked to someone from Peeled, Snacks, Inc and they confirmed that there are no sulfites added in the individual dried fruits.  There are sulfites added in the mixes with nuts that you can sometimes find in airports, but the other stuff is ok.  I popped some of the mango in my mouth now and there is definitely a party going on in my tummy right now.  YUM.

Ok, I am heading out on the road with my band to do my Rosie Clooney show on the East coast.  Very nervous to travel because of the food, but bringing a cooler and hoping that I won’t get sick of plain Subway tuna sandwiches ( I don’t know why, but I can eat those. )

When I get back, I will post my #2 Blonde Food Challenge: Cream Of Red Pepper and Potato…Have a great week!

 

19
Oct
10

Sulfite-Free Kale and Lentil Soup


Sulfite-Free Kale and Lentil Soup

BLOND FOOD CHALLENGE #1 COMPLETE!

(And there was no bleeding.)

So yeah, there it is…it was actually really tasty.

I have to warn you something: Kale+Lentil=full colon detox.  That is all I am going to say.

(I modified this recipe to be sulfite-free from one that I found at http://eggsonsunday.wordpress.com Thank you to them.  Their food looks really yummy with lots of sulfites and her kid is really cute…)

Here is how I got there…

use this stuff

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup lentils (I used the green ones)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ORGANIC ground cumin (this may not work for everyone)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 organic bay leaves
  • 4 fresh organic cilantro stems+4 fresh organic parsley stems, tied in a bundle. (That was interesting.  Think Bridget Jones Diary.  More later.)
  • 7 cups water
  • 4 cups organic kale (You can also use organic spinach)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • dollop of plain greek yogurt for serving (I always use Fage…it’s so creamy and yummers)

OK, so first of all, I picked some gorgeous basil and parsley from the garden but then I tied it in a bundle.  I didn’t really get it and I was clearly being extra blond.  I didn’t really get how to “bundle it” so I went out to Thor’s “shop”  in the Man Cave a.k.a garage and I found these three things.

 

plastic tie thingies, duct tape and some questionable string

Please do not forget to the notice the bottle of organic wine that helped me get through this.

Thought process: plastic will melt, duct tape will give me cancer.  I think that the string had saw dust all over it, but…

I immediately thought of this:

"There is not enough blue food in the world."

I decided, “what’s a little garage dirt?  At least it’s not blue string.  And so we move on.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a stock pot or large sauce pan.   Add the water, lentils, 2 bay leaves and the bound herbs.

 

Crikey, that looks nasty.

I brought that to a boil, turned it down to simmer and I covered in for about 20-30 minutes.

After that, remove the lid and toss in the kale.  Let it simmer for 10 more minutes and toss the cumin in too, if you can use it.   Right near the end, I put in the cilantro, sea salt and pepper.  Garnish with parley spring and yogurt dollop.

You can also serve the leftovers over basmati organic white rice.

Enjoy!

(Next up, Sulfite-Free cream of red pepper soup.  Perfect for these crisp, fall days!)

 

 

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14
Oct
10

First cookoff item: Baby Bear Porridge


I woke up without the use of the OTHER hand.  I ate virtually NOTHING yesterday but I did have some baked Kettle sea salt chips.  The baked part was new.  REALLY?  Would that be it?  *Sigh* Will have to call company.  Anyway, I am henpecking with one hand so you know I started typing this entry last Thursday and I am still going.

But I must rise and conquer. Can’t blow on my stupid first day of the stupid cook-off that stupid me said that I would stupid do.

So, I decided to make a breakfast item because I never know what to eat in the mornings and I am looking for something healthy, filling, fast and something that won’t swell my appendages.  I smell oatmeal ceilings.  Off to the races!!!!
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13
Oct
10

Sulfitenots: Share Your Story!


 

 

Kumbaya, sulfitenots, kumbaya.

 

We have had a lot of new people pop in at the blog and I would love to hear about everyone’s stories.

Please share your diagnosis story, your symptoms, how you are coping, general rants and bitches are encouraged.

My quick version is that have noticed intolerances about 5 years ago with red wine, chocolate and caffeine.  (I know.  Most people’s staples of life).  I would get irregular or rapid heartbeats.  So I eliminated and was better.

Over the past 5 years I have had a range of symptoms, weakness, fatique, fogginess, reynauds syndrome, headaches, bum immune system, etc. Over the past year, I have slowly had joint swelling that has incresed severely and that is when I decided to move drs and get some real help. I found the wonderful, amazing Dr. Mike and he diagnosed me but the allergy is so rare.  Still looking for help in dealing with it.  There is no pill to take that I have found and no real clear cut help.  So, here we are.  I want to have you all over for wine and cheese but DOH I can’t so let’s share here 🙂

 

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13
Oct
10

Kitchen blonde+holiday planning=challenge


I went to a weenie roast the other day.

I ate beforehand and brought my own wine.

But I just couldn’t help myself with the food.  It was so amazing and forbidden.

This is what I ate:

  1. 1 ritz-like cracker dipped in yummy, slutty pizza dip
  2. 1 bite of Thor’s personal serving of cheese-chili quiche
  3. 1 freshly made burger, seasoned with REGULAR salt and pepper with a slice of tomato and lettuce on top.

That was enough to put me into 3 days of hezzell.

And it really got me thinking about the holidays and all the partying I am about to do.

I DOUBLE DOG DARE ME!

OK, so this is the challenge I am giving myself.  I will be making one thing a day that we, us sulfitenots, can eat.  Will some of it land on my wall or ceiling?  Probably.  Will it be edible?  Doubt it.  Will any of you want the recipes?  Not Way, Shirlay.  But as Thor is my hot*ss husband/witness, I CHALLENGE ME TO A COOKING CHALLENGE!

 

 

SUPER BAD COOK LADY TO THE RESCUE!

 

Alright, sheesh, now I just blogged it so I have to do it.

  • I declare to find my apron on the floor in the corner of my pantry and remove all dust balls,dead spiders and roll-away Cheetos balls.
  • I promise to wash my hands and not adhere AT ALL by any 5 to 10 second dropsie rule.
  • I swear that none of you will ever have to actually sample what I am making in person and that you will be much better off making it yourself.
  • And I vow to not buy anything from Whole Foods and pretend that I made it myself.

 

WONDERBLOND POWER ACTIVATE!

FORM OF: SULFITE-FREE COOK!

and now……………………………………………….OFF TO THE JEWEL!

 

(Sh*t.  Can’t find keys.)

 

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13
Oct
10

Raise the towel or throw in the towel?


…and now here I sit with no sense of humor.

It’s a dark place, the land of “nothing is funny.”

Most people don’t like it when I visit this ridiculous world of doom because I am not entertaining.  So the people who want nothing to do with any Heather except funny Heather, please move along, as there is nothing to see here.

This post is for me and for the people who feel completely helpless with this allergy i.e. feel like no one can help us.

Today, I am glad I can use my hands and type.  I couldn’t move either one of them since Sunday, so this is a nice change.  I was able to henpeck a few things here and there, but mostly, I could hardly make Alpha and Cracker’s school lunches, go to the bathroom, put my hair in a ponytail, brush my teeth, put the straw in a Capri Sun for Bambi, drive my car, sign my name on the ambulance release form…YUP.  YUP, YUP.

Ya heard me.  Ambulance release form.

Because I made a fool of myself swooning and dropping to the floor of my local library.  Here I am, limping from swollen feet, one hand immobile and wrapped, the other swollen like a blow-fish trying to hold a newly released novel… and I drop. It’s a long story and I don’t feel like telling it again.  Let’s just say that they blamed it on my allergy that no one seems to not be able to tell me anything about and gave me instructions to follow up with my doctor.

I am like, done.  Every other day I think I can do this.  I feel empowered, that I am going to be able to deal with this.  This nut I can crack.  I can’t EAT it, for the love of God, but I can try to crack it.  I can figure out things that I can eat and I can trust that a label is telling me the truth and I can find a few moments in my day when I am not taking care of the entire free WORLD but myself, but I am failing.  I am bad at it.  I am defeated.

FRICKEN’ CRY BABY.

I have wads of kleenex around my keyboard because I was just blubbering like a baby to try to call Chicagoland allergy doctor’s offices to see if they know anything about a sulfite allergy.  The problem is that I just can’t seem to get past the uncaring, bitchy, rude and uninterested, crass, annoyed and unfeeling people that answer the phone.   I don’t need to here one more person making me feel like shit.  I want no more long pauses after I state my case and then a very unexcited, “hold please.”  (And I KNOW they are doing this)

Annoyed, "WTF are you talking about and you are bothering me" eye-roll.

"What the hell is a sulfite."

I get that no one knows what this is.  I understand that I need to breathe and smile at every eye-rolling waitress when I divulge my true food allergy doesn’t contain the words “gluten” or “peanut.” I understand that no one has heard of this or doesn’t know what the hell it is.  I GET IT.  But, unfortunately, I am LIVING it and if people think it’s a hard pill to swallow, imagine me actually having to swallow the pill every day.

I call allergists offices to see if I can possibly find someone with a heart to inquire with a doctor if they have ever heard of a sulfite allergy.  Is it something that they can treat?   Do they know of someone that might know someone that might have any kind of clue as to what this is?  Because I can say, with all the determination that I can muster, this is ruining my life.  Can they help me with that?  Anyone?   Anyone?

KNOCK IT OFF

I will now leap off this pity party of a soap box.  I have a lot of blogging to catch up on.  I will remove my sense of humor hat that is crushed under my shoe and put it back on.  I will try to regain my vigilance in helping myself and others through this horrible disability that we have to live with and so that we can move on.

But I have to put my mark out in the world for all 4 people who will read this and say that I know what it’s like to not be heard, to have no one to listen to you and to not be understood.  Life is swirling around all of us with everyone living theirs so I guess the best thing we can do is hug ourselves and try to protect ourselves the best we can.

This is a society that doesn’t know the dangers of sulfites or what they are probably doing to them and their children.  I mean Jimminy Crickets, do you know how annoying it is to type the word sulfite all day and spell checker has to point out that it doesn’t even know what the hell it is?  My screen is constantly aglow with squiggly angry red lines!

OK, so back to work.  We have holiday parties coming up that we need to chat about and prepare for and more food options and recipes to find.  We need some serious “turn-this-frown-upside-down” action around here STAT.  So let me end this post on a high note with a food allergy joke.  I am giving credit to another blogger that I lifted this from because I thought it was cute and I like that they were trying to find some humor from the insanity so here is her link

Q) Did you hear about the Frenchman who could only count to seven?
A) He had a huit allergy.

Onward and upward.

XO

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Crazed sulfite-free woman.

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