Well now. Since writing, photographing and seriously enjoying this recipe, we've received the news my boy is allergic to ginger. And turmeric and egg white. So, it would appear pushing anti-inflammatory spices down his throat for gut healing wasn't the best idea I've ever had, but on the bright side we have rejoiced in the fact it could have been so much worse. Carrots, apples, meats and bacon spring to mind and would, quite frankly, have been 'operation complete disaster' had they shown up. The egg white's a bit of a bummer though. It has to be said, we've been strict AIP for over a year and can eat cake, cake, and cake with the best of them, but all the same it's a blow not to be able to make space for eggs in my future pantry. An overhead thought bubble scribbles 'what no omelettes?' as I type.
The test, before you ask, was the Cyrex Array 10. Extremely comprehensive and highly accurate, according to our amazing Practitioner, but *beeep* expensive. It's a new Array, which looks at 180 foods that are not only in a raw state, like other tests, but once cooked too. Let's face it, you don't often eat raw egg whites do you? The test doesn't tell you what you can eat, but what you absolutely cannot. In other words, you may still have sensitivities that need identifying and addressing but this is a true allergy test, per se. Now don't go telling me he showed allergic to the ginger and turmeric because he's eaten so much of it. Firstly, that simply isn't true because he hasn't and secondly, this test is more intelligent than that. Oh and thirdly, he hasn't so much as clapped eyes on an egg white in the last 17 months. Other testing reveals a few odds and ends that need addressing, for which the protocol is good but he needs to lose the honey. Another blow for a fifteen year old but life goes on, I'll just have to work on a few treats that are sweet-stuff free. Simples!
So now we start the task of reintroduction. Eileen Laird's e-book, Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo AIP will certainly come in useful for the purpose, which we shall take very slowly, one step and one food at a time. I've already had the ultimate fail on white sweet potatoes, which (having created a particularly delicious recipe) hates my guts (literally) as the meanie floored me for two days. Not going there again in a hurry!
If you fancy an anti-inflammatory treat (and you get along just fine and dandy with ginger) go grab today's recipe over at Autoimmune-Paleo.