What is a 'Reverse Vegetarian'?
I guess you could say this was forced on me...my husband has had escalating food intolerances for the last 5 years. It started with pitted fruit, apples and progressed to Gluten-Free, which actually started with me... but his got worst...moved to almonds...then cane sugar...now it includes: dairy, eggs, yeast, garlic, corn, peanuts...eat the animal, just not what comes out...and eat organic produce...thus...The Reverse Vegetarian.
Now...take this list and try to buy anything pre-made...Ready to add fuel to the fire? ...he now has been diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma...look it up...not a nice cancer...My new "mantle" is to give him the whole and complete nutrition that his Naturopath Oncologist and Oncologist have recommended to help reduce, if not eliminate the side effects of chemotherapy...good news...it is working.
I'm just getting started...but if you are interested...learn with me. I'll share some great recipes...I've made up as I go...
My favorite things to cook
This has all changed...I have joked in the past few weeks that NOTHING in my kitchen or pantry, has a label my mother would recognize. There are also very few cans, mixes, condiments and then best, my spice cabinet that has a label with more than one word. I have a new word...WEDG-SPCY...in the first few days of realizing the magnitude of how deeply the food intolerances and the cancer was turning our life into chaos...my analyzer/stabilizer personality was SCREAMING for control. I stood on my step stool in my kitchen...at my spice cabinet and soon realized, that everything I have ever known about cooking...was no longer valid or useful. Not only that...restaurants are out of the question...a fast food joint...can you hear me belly laughing. My new favorite kitchen appliance...my brand new...top of the line Professional-grade Vitamix. The first three days...that's all I could muster...oh, at least the mustard was still in the fridge...one less condiment to learn how to make...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking traditions...out the window. Long gone are the days of my grandmother's T-Rings pastries, cinnamon rolls and my Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies...like only she can make. Even my favorite Christmas meal...Potato Dumplings, Saurkraut and Pork Roast, can never be made the traditional way. I realized in the moment that H.O.P.E. was my new mantra. Happiness, as One, with Patience, Every moment.
So let's start with what I grew up in...cooking. The good news is...I now remember that I was taught to cook...long-hand...for lack of the better word...let's use two...from scratch...
I have joked in the past few days that my normally pristine and well designed kitchen...looked like a storm on tornado alley and I have my lab coat on. I never took chemistry in school...but I know flavors and interaction of flavors, textures and techniques. Those fundamentals I learned "from scratch"...will serve me well, and has so far. The only thing I need more of now...is time....or is it Thyme?
My cooking triumphs
Triumph to date...
- Smoothies, grilled fish, chicken both, lentils, rice, salads, cooking with flowers, using fresh spices, pesto, smoothies, turkey with savory gravy over flavorful lentils with leek, fennel and fresh herbs, smoothies!, puree, homemade bullion, carmel tapioca with mango, mango dressing with dill and tarragon champagne vinegar dressing, herbed vegannaise mayonnaise with smoked parika and french toast with black & blue maple puree...and all WEDG-SPCY style.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at tapioca with fruit compote...I made a new form of rubber you could use in your bra in place of silicon...