Baking day. Eggless baking day. Petite Fille has an egg allergy and until her allergy specialist gives her the all clear, we shall eat eggless. To be more accurate, she is eggless and no sugar (parents choice). If we do use sugar, we use dextrose.
Daughter2 is dairy free, need, not choice, and gluten free as much as possible. Add son in law who is a food technologist and knows all the horrible things that go into our food, and it makes cooking for a special occasion… well, let’s just say, challenging.
D2 is not home on Christmas day, so we can eat dairy, but eggless and sugar free. Today, I made eggless, banana bread and chocolate berry muffins. I also baked a batch of eggless chocolate muffins.
The Monday after Christmas , D2 will be home. In fact, we are hosting extended family, and that means the full menu is dairy free, eggless and no, or little, sugar. I try to avoid nuts and seeds due to my diverticulitis. Whew!
Others are bring food as well, mainly salads, but I always make sure I cover our family needs. I don’t ask others to meet our “standards”, or requirements. I tell them to bring what they want to eat. Somehow it all comes together, but it is a bit of a juggling act and can be exhausting. Also costly.
It is hard to reconcile why “healthy” food should cost so much more than “unhealthy” food. I know, it is all about supply and demand, and economies of scale, but maybe some government help there, might trim the health care budgets in the long run.
Also, supermarkets don’t carry many of the items and that means a trip to the health food store, not an easy thing when one lives in the country. If I want chocolate I can get half an aisle of chocolate and lollies, but dextrose? Rarely, and when I do it is in the home brewing area!
Christmas, I know. I won’t get onto my soapbox… but it does deserve a “conversation” as the politicians like to say, don’t you think?