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No Whining

9 Sep

I have not worried about wine before because I do not drink alcohol. However I do use it for cooking. I use rice wine (mi jiu) to add flavor to stir-fry sauces. It occurred to me that I can no longer use red wines because of Mantou’s grape allergy. Well, this week we are hosting a friend while he transitions to move out of the country. He has added a bunch of foods into our food cabinets and refrigerator.  Unfortunately some of it I can’t snack on – whole-wheat crackers, cliff bars, and a bottle of wine. I saw an open bottle of Pinot Nior in the fridge and actually used a little bit of it in my sauce for chicken and mushrooms. Of course this realization happened AFTER cooking and eating my meal.

Sneaky, Sneaky

28 Jul

Two days ago I wrote about wheat being in gummies and it didn’t occur to me that those chewy, sweet, yummilicious candies may have an element of grape in the mix. The culprit is grape extract. Mantou’s grape allergy is going to make me really look at the ingredients. I went shopping at Costco today and wanted to get some fruit snacks. It suddenly hit me that those snacks usually have elements of fruit juice, and there it was the fourth or fifth ingredient listed, the sneaky allergen.

According to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCP) of 2004, the major food allergens to be listed on packaging include milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. What’s not listed – grapes, that’s why I call it a sneaky allergen. I recently learned about this new allergen because we requested a second round of allergy testing at his last wellness check-up. A couple of days after the results came in and after I had already finished drinking a tall glass of Aloe drink, I looked at the ingredients, which of course was in hind site, listed grape extract. Another time this allergen snuck up was at my anniversary dinner. I noticed there was a lot of A-1 sauce being used when the waiter cooked up our dinner at our table. I didn’t have the bottle at my table so I wasn’t sure what went into A-1 sauce. I actually thought that there would be wheat in the sauce. So the next time I went to Safeway, I pulled A-1 sauce off the shelf  to exam the ingredient list – raisin extract (but no wheat).

I need to find a new fruity sweet snack – I guess it’s fresh fruit for me. I hear it’s nectarine and peach season.