Faith vs. Food

Winner Round One: Faith!

I followed through and made a galette with the pears from the co-op. I used this recipe for the crust and it worked well (you normies can substitute real butter for the vegan margarine).

I have totally fallen for galettes. Less fussy than a pie, they’re great for a quick weeknight dessert. Plus saying “galette” makes me feel kind of fancy 🙂 I have two pear trees in my backyard covered in fruit so we’ll probably be eating a few more of these this fall.

Winner Round Two: Food

Yesterday I decided that shrimp cocktail and garlic bread sounded like an awesome lunch. I had picked up a shrimp ring at Costco on a whim the day before because I love shrimp cocktail and I was shopping hungry and my birthday’s later this week and hey don’t judge.

Anyway, so I enjoyed my tasty-but-weird lunch but a few minutes later my face starts feeling flushed and itchy. I look in the mirror and see this. And my heart just drops.

I’m sorry, but what the hell?!! Did I really just developed an allergy to shrimp? I had it a few months ago and was fine. But this time my face got really itchy and I had a few scattered hives on the rest of my body. I downed some Benadryl and the hives went away in about three hours.

Shrimp is pretty easily avoidable but I’m freaked out by the idea that I’ve developed a food allergy at thirty. I didn’t know that could happen. Am I going to develop other allergies? Maybe it was just a weird one-time thing. I’m scared to try shrimp again because if I have another reaction and it confirms an allergy I’ll be bummed.

6 thoughts on “Faith vs. Food”

  1. No shrimp galette for you! 🙂 It's got to have been a fluke, Faith – maybe there was something weird about that particular batch of shrimp. Don't give up!

  2. The galette looks yummy–I can't wait to try the recipe!

    My brother developed a shellfish allergy in his mid-20's, so I guess it happens, but with all the other food allergy stuff in your family, that's SO lame to happen to you!

  3. Oh I am so so so sorry. I usually can't have shrimp either (different reason though) but I love it when I have it. The thought of suddenly developing an allergy like this is so odd! I hope it's a fluke, and that maybe there was something in the cocktail sauce that might have done it instead!

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