Posts about allergies

Blue to the Sky by Sylvia McNicoll

Sylvia McNicoll: About Blue to the Sky

Food allergies seem like a big bother when you can’t bring your favourite sandwich or have a special treat day at school. But how much bigger is the bother for the person who has the allergies. Imagine trusting people ... Read More  

chocolate chip cookies

Shockingly Delicious Allergen-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

No, really. Shockingly good. Which was a surprise, considering that literally the only ingredients I did NOT substitute were the salt and baking soda. Try them. You’ll never believe they’re allergen-free. Ingredients 1 1/3 cups Spectrum 100% palm oil ... Read More  

scallop salad

Sugar Status: Four Weeks Sucrose-Free

Apparently, it’s already been a month since I started my doctor-mandated quest to purge sugar (and dairy) from my diet. To my utter shock, it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think part ... Read More  

homemade granola

It’s a Process…

My first batch of homemade granola, since every commercial breakfast cereal seems to contain the now forbidden sugar… It has 1/2 cup honey spread over two cookie sheets. Tech Support said it needed more sugar (he’s not always as ... Read More  

homemade marshmallows

The Lingering Trauma of the School Fundraiser

I did an author visit at a local elementary school a couple of weeks ago, and when I returned to deliver the signed books kids had ordered, the secretary handed me a form for their current fundraiser – five ... Read More  

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Dairy-Free Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Ever since I’ve been dairy-free, cheese and ice cream are the foods I miss the most. Luckily, writer-friend Ishta Mercurio shared her coconut ice cream recipe with me, which I tweaked and tested this weekend. It came out rich ... Read More  

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Hypoallergenic Southern Comfort Red Velvet Cake

According to a buddy of mine who works for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there are seven major food allergens: wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, sesame, and shellfish. I’m allergic to the first five, plus a random assortment of ... Read More