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Friday, May 17, 2013

Scrambled Eggs & Food Allergy Talk

Scrambled eggs has to be one of THE first things I ever cooked on my own, all by myself.  It is my preferred method of preparing and eating eggs, and I really don't eat eggs quite that often.  S is allergic to eggs - he can eat them baked into something like a cake, bread, cookies, etc. - yet alone, they trigger his allergies, resulting in freakishly-swollen, distorted facial features aaaaand raspy voice.


There are many stories of his childhood experiences, and the process of elimination as to what foods would trigger a response.  One in particular, S was left with his Dad for a while, as his Mom ran a few errands.  I am assuming he was between 1-2 years old, he was in a highchair - I don't know nuthin bout birthin no babies, so just humor me with me estimation of age.  Corncob (S's Dad...he use to smoke a pipe) decided to make his famous One-Eyed-Jacks for breakfast...hollowing out a slice of white bread, breaking and egg into the center on a griddle, essentially a fried egg in toast.  All was going well; little baby S was starting in on his breakfast.  Corncob turns to prepare himself a Jack.  Stifled by screams, Corncob turns around to see his wife, D-9 (that's her nickname) standing in the garage/kitchen doorway - bags of whatever dropped by her feet -  hands clutching her face, yelping, OMG Corncob!!  Whatdidyoudo!!  There sat little baby S, happy as a clam, and swollen like a hot air balloon, diligently eating his eggs and toast.  So that's how it was determined that eggs, alone in full concentration, were a no-no.

Needless to say, breakfasts and brunches dining out are always tricky.  But S has survived, this, and several other mild to medium food allergy related reactions.  He is now in his mid 30's and a rugged Brawny Towel Man, or as he would say "a man of size".  So for those of you out there dealing with raising your children affected by food allergies, it can be done.  I must say, there is far more education and awareness of food related allergies out there now,  compared to that when S was growing up.  Many people thought D-9 was just a crazy, hyper-sensitive, over protective mother....and she was :) (Hi, D-9), with good reason.  She raised him NEVER to eat at other peoples' houses, trade lunches, etc.  S still is always very cautious when dining out & traveling (as he does quite often for work); we even managed to stay nut-free in Hawaii - the macadamia nut capital of the world (I just made that up, not sure if it is true.  Again, humor me, it's my blog).


Now back to the eggs....I, myself, could love or leave eggs.  I do have certain expectations when it comes to my egg preparation.  I don't like runny eggs, they have to be cooked to a pulp.  They must be cooked slowly, over low - low heat, as to avoid browning and burning them.  I much prefer tossing things into cooked scrambled eggs, rather than trying to incorporated them all into the scramble, this tends to yield soggy eggs.  I know.  I have issues.


Here I chose a handful of baby spinach, a few chopped cluster tomatoes, and the most beautiful, fresh, soft, sheep's-milk feta cheese.  The cheese was purchased from the Italian Center in Edmonton - THE place for authentic deli, cheese, and imported goods.  Their feta is so fresh, it isn't even brined...it is so creamy, crumbly, and soft - it just meltes in your moth, or in this case, into the tomato, eggs and spinach.


I have a question for you.  I have referenced S's allergies in several posts.....






.....and my question is this:  Are you, or a person you know, dealing with food allergies?  I am inviting you to leave a story, or a link, in the comment section of this post - I'd love to engage more with other's dealing with such issues.

Have a safe, anafilaxia-free day!!

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13 comments:

  1. Well, this post must have been calling my name. I am soy-sensitive, and oats. I find that strange since they are supposed to be good for you. My best friend is allergic to eggs, and is on-the-floor for 13 hours if she ingests them. We have one that is allergic to Grapefruit and another is onion sensitive. Needless to say it is getting really crazy during the holidays.

    I have tried to embrace the situation. The one benefit is I started cooking from scratch with no preservatives to control our diet and ended up eating some pretty good food.

    My sympathies to you and your husband. I hope they a find a cure for all of this one day.

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    1. It is what it is...his thoughts are: you can't miss what you've never had :) It's a way of life change, for me. Dining out isn't easy - but like I mentioned above, we get by. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Look at all this delicious food Kim! I like scrambled eggs, boiled eggs and omelettes. My eggs must not be runny at all. I have food allergies. The strangest thing is that my twin and I were able to eat a lot of things until our early teens and then we could not eat them - tuna, salmon, sardines and my favourite soup in early years, peas soup. I am very careful when I go out not to eat various sandwiches etc. This is very disappointing but I have learnt to live with the situation. Thanks for sharing this very important post!

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    1. That IS strange, seeing how most people outgrow food allergies they've had as children. I agree with you about eating out...and it can be disappointing, at times. Having go-to substitutions to replace trigger foods helps. Thanks for sharing, Judy!!

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  3. Great post Kim :0)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :)

    http://www.clairejustineoxox.com/

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  4. Those scrambled eggs look yummy, healthy, & hearty! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #13.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://dessertnowdinnerlater.blogspot.com

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  5. I had all kinds of food allergies as a kid and I was always told by my mother, "Don't eat or drink anything." when I would go to a friend's house. Their parents must have thought I was strange, because of course no one explained that I had food allergies... I still have flair ups and it does make you more aware of food in general which has been a good thing in my life.

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    1. Yes,they do consider it strange...even when I do explain the allergy severity, some people still get awful offended when S doen't eat what they are offering. Thanks for sharing, Diane :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing at the hop! xo

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  7. Growing up I had an allergy to citric acid. I would sneak oranges sometimes, since they ere the biggest culprit, and my mom would try to keep them from me. Thankfully as I grew older the allergy subsided. However my last 2 pregnancies I had to cut out the citrus again as it would bring back some allergy type reactions.
    Orange juice is still my favorite breakfast drink.

    Your eggs look so yummy with the feta! Thanks for coming by Foodie Friday

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    1. Wow, that's a tricky one; definitely a label-reader, it could be in just about anything. Glad it subsided for you. Thanks for sharing, Adelina :)

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  8. Wow, I can't imagine an egg allergy. At least he can eat them cooked into things. My son is lactose intolerant, but knock on wood, that's the worst we've had to deal with. A lot of friends have kids with pretty severe allergies it seems to be getting more an more prevalent lately. Your eggs look fabulous, and I'm the same way, low and slow baby! Thanks for linking up with me Kim! You are awesome :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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