My son has some food allergies. We deal with an anaphylactic reaction and fear of eggs on a daily basis... and he is allergic to soy as well. How allergic has yet to be determined. Actually we are going to his new doctor on Wednesday for a soy challenge. I'll keep you posted.
Anyway, because of the egg issue, Riley typically does not eat with the rest of us. I was hoping he'd outgrow this one, but it only seems to be getting worse. We had 3 accidental ingestions last year and all 3 sent us to the Emergency Room. For a while, Riley was content to eat Kraft Mac & Cheese, or a grilled cheese, occasionally chicken breast. From Loops are a culinary staple for him. But he decided the other day that he wants to branch out.
I could not be more excited.
The cupcakes I mentioned...
All this brings me to today.
It's Memorial Day weekend. I love holidays. Any holiday is an excuse to decorate, throw a party (not this time), and make delicious themed grub. My plan had been to make red velvet cupcakes, substituting apple sauce for the egg.
I cheated a bit. I used a Duncan Hines mix. I carefully read the label, checking 3 times each ingredient against the Cheat Sheet I have on the fridge (from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network). The box checked out. Instead of using the eggs it called for, I used unsweetened apple sauce. If I ever make this again, I will probably also skip the oil... these babies were juicy (see pic below). I panicked a little when they came out of the oven.
The cupcakes didn't rise like they normally would. And they weigh about 4 times a normal cupcake. But, I pressed on. These cuties cooled off for a while on the drying racks, then in the fridge until after dinner.
We whipped up some cream cheese frosting... the one that came with the cupcake mix. Again, I read, reread, and checked again the ingredients. Reagan helped me make the icing. Riley watched over us to make sure no egg product was sneaking into the icing. We piped the icing on, then passed them out to the family.
Riley was naturally a little hesitant. His tongue touched it. Then he sat there. He stared at it. I reassured him it was ok. He nibbled a tiny bite. It seemed like an eternity passed before he gave me a thumbs up. At that moment, I realized I had been holding my breath.
He only ate one bite. He is still fearful of new foods. But he said he felt fine. He could tell nothing "bad" was in them. He thought it tasted good, sweet.
I will continue to plug along with new recipes. I found a "from scratch" vanilla egg-less cupcake recipe I am going to try.
When I find good, successful allergy-friendly recipes, I will share them. Wish us luck on this journey. And please, if you have any good ones, send them my way! You can send me recipes via email or send them to me on Pinterest!
Not A Chef
I like to cook, but I am no chef. I don't have the vision to create masterpieces from scratch. I am excellent at following recipes and tweaking them to fit my pantry or family. And I have a great collection of recipes to share.