But it’s almost summer now, and I have time now that I’ve put in a second garden, watered, weeded, mulched, stained and painted, and whatever else has taken my time away from writing. Oh yeah, family and work, too.
So today I wanted something simple and healthy. It’s close enough to one of my favorite times of year (blueberry season) to make blueberry muffins. But alas, my family has allergies. A lot of allergies to be exact. And that limits my freedom. For some people that would offer the opportunity to be creative, but I really just wanted regular ol’ blueberry muffins. Cue pout.
The cookbook comes out and I get excited. First ingredient is flour. Huh. I now have a kid who may be gluten sensitive. Full glutenized (yes, I believe I just made that up) muffins (yum) might cause her to have an uncomfortable ‘food baby.’ I try to compromise by using half flour and half a mixture of rice, potato, tapioca and pea stuff. I never thought that I’d make food with pea starch so maybe this will count towards a veggie serving. Hurray for gluten free.
Next is sugar. I will never submit to artificial sweeteners. Don’t even get me going on this, so diabetic girl will just have to account for the cane. On the other hand, she and two other siblings also have tree nut allergies so I go back to the non-flour powder to double check. Yes, I’m in the clear!
I add the binding ingredients and salt (thank goodness no one, so far, has issues with sodium). When I get to egg I hesitate. Two of my children can have anaphylaxis from raw egg yolk and raw egg whites. Gotta make sure these babies are baked well. In goes the egg. The batter isn’t the consistency I’m used to. I add a little more milk because it’s dry. Screw the daughter who is trying to be lactose free and really wants to be vegan; eggs and milk belong in muffins, dammit!
I can’t just toss blueberries in the batch because the daughter has a severe allergy to them (growl). I will persevere. I add a few chocolate chips and spoon that mixture into muffin cups different from the others. That should make her happy. Then I add lemon extract and fold in the glorious blue gems to make me happy. Luckily, muffin tins have dividers so everyone can play nicely in the oven.
I remember there is also a kid with fish allergies. You’d think by now I have way more than four children, hah! The ingredients list goes through my head and I think I’ve done it. I’ve made homemade food. At least food that tastes a bit gritty, but at least won’t kill anyone. Sigh.