When you have a child or children with food allergies you soon realize how much a part of our lives food is. We celebrate with food, we show love with food, we console with food, we reward with food. Without food we would not survive.
My world turned upside down because of food.
My eldest son, Michael, is allergic to dairy, eggs, sesame, beef, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts and raspberries. My second son, Matthew, is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Both have asthma and Michael suffered from birth, to just a few years ago, from severe atopic dermatitis.
Their father works hard so I can be at home doing what I do best…taking care of my family and creating some magic in the kitchen!
I pore over cooking magazines and books looking for recipes to adapt. I can spend hours in a grocery store or health-food store reading over ingredient lists hoping to find something that my boys can eat. When I do, they prefer my home-baked goodies. I am dedicated and addicted to adapting recipes to create yummy replicas of foods that my children long for!
Join me as I journal my journey–from feeling like Dorothy, when she landed in the Land of Oz, “not in Kansas any more”–to 15 years later. Over the years, I have clicked my red Birkenstocks many times, in the hopes of “going home.” And like Dorothy, I learned that my red shoes always provided me with the means of “getting home.”
Home is where the heart is! My heart is full of love for my boys and my husband! With that love we are creating a life full of new traditions, new rules and a new understanding of what home is to us!
I hope you enjoy reading our chronicles, and testing out our recipes. And comments are always welcome!
That photo is credited to Aaron Harris for The Toronto Star. Our family was recently featured in a What’s for Dinner story. You can read it here.