Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Histamine free blues...
Cooking is a bit of a drag nowadays as my best friend has been diagnosed with histamine intolerance two weeks ago... as I make a lot of fancy new stuff when people visit, it's been really hard since then.
He's an omni but it seems he can't have anything!
Another wave of depression hit me when I opened Firefox one day and all my bookmarks, including lots of recipes to try, were gone and I didn't have a backup...
Anyway, I've been cooking and bentoing a bit.
The Chilli Garlic Tempeh Spring rolls from VeganDad are the best spring rolls I've had in ages! I want to make more, but it seems the asparagus season over here is slowly fading... I haven't seen green asparagus here in over a week.
Finally, once again a bento I'm really proud of, containing a noodle-stir fry with beefy seitan (loosely leaning on the Sezuan fried noodles recipe in Asian Vegan Kitchen), a vanilla-pear-cardamom muffin, cherry tomatoes and Japanese pickled cucumber with wakame, packed in my big one-tier Muji bento. It didn't look so pretty after the tram ride, but uh well, live and learn.
Next time I'll pack any sweets seperately as vanilla-cardamom-pear-sour-wakame is not the greatest muffin concoction on earth.
Apparently, histamine is an enzyme that can cause allergy-like reactions. It's a regular substance of the human metabolism, but some products contain a lot of it or make the body realease more than is good for someone who is sensitive to it.
In our case, that means:
- no tomatoes, no spinach, no celery
- nothing that's been re-heated or pre-packaged or pickled
- absolutely nothing fermented, from soy sauce to beer to red wine, not even vinegar!
PLUS the doctor's put him on a diet for the next month which means: no dairy (all right), no soy products (can be done) , no gluten (impossible for the way I cook normally!)
PLUS other allergies: no citrus fruit, no peppers, stone fruit and no nuts.
Which leaves me with cooking Thai curry without any protein foods and rice, onigiri with cucumber and daal without tomatoes.
Unfortunately, days and days of googling haven't yielded any useful results and there don't seem to be any good cookbooks either. I'd love to hear your recipe ideas!