Ah being a host. The challenges of making someone feel at home, when they’re clearly not. I’ve written about dealing with other people’s food limitations before (here, if you want to revisit). And as I said there, ISHI has a whole boatload of food limitations, but clearly a small dinghy compared to others.
We had a couple with a yachtfull of issues today. They gave me a chart, what’s not okay and what’s good for them to eat.
Our Super Picky Diet – “But it won’t be like this forever”
NOT GOOD TO EAT
|Spelt||Beans incl. garbanzos (humus)||Melon||Fresh garlic, fresh onions|
|Barley||Tahini, sesame, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds||Grapefruit or oranges||Hot spices (black pepper, ginger, cayenne, curry)|
|Rye||Dairy (cow, goat, sheep)||Spinach||Soy milk, almond milk|
|Oats||Other soy products||Winter squash||Olives|
|Udi bread or other store-bought gluten-free bread||Nuts||Hot peppers (e.g. chili peppers)||Brewer’s yeast|
|Pineapple and mango|
|GOOD TO EAT|
|Rice and rice noodles||Tempe||Lemon||Coconut|
|Quinoa||Chicken||Summer squash||All other spices|
|Potatoes||Fish (any kind but Haddock)||Apples, berries, pears,||Rice milk|
|Millet||Beef||Salads, sweet peppers|
|Sweet potatoes||Mung beans||Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, parsley, coriander, fennel, peas,|
|Corn (in moderation)|
|All other fruits and veggies|
I printed it out. I had it on my recipe holder. I re-read it carefully to plan my menu and shopped. I also asked them for clarification–if you can eat tempe, and that’s made out of soybeans…
“Yes, it’s an anomaly.”
I’m not sure she used that word, but I was going with it. We had challah; they had rice cakes. But for everyone I made magaricz, my eggplant spread that’s made without sesame or tomato, pea soup, green salad (yay! they can eat hearts of palm!), a huge bowl of roasted veggies, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, salmon, and then I was making a huge pot of rice and red quinoa pilaf. I had sauteed the onions and mushrooms, added the tempe, added the rice and red quinoa and was letting them all get nice and cozy with each other. That’s when I usually add my shoyu (soy sauce), so I made sure that I had my bottle without any wheat and started pouring that in and then
did I scream out loud or just in my own head?
It was definitely very loud in my head.
(UPDATE: ISHI says I screamed out loud.)
Yes, soybeans are on the no good part of the list.
So what would you do?
I stopped the momentary panic, added the water and let that cook. I took another pot, added white quinoa and let that cook. I put salt in that one.
Today, before the meal, I told them what happened and they said, “Great! You used the non-wheat shoyu! No problem!”
“Yeah, it’s fine.”
So was the olive oil that I had poured on practically everything.
Except the brownies. I have to have something for me.