Tuesday, April 30, 2013

About The Blog...

(Taken from my new About page.)

Welcome to Allergic to Chocolate! My name is Kiri Liz, and I'm so happy that you're stopping by! Whether you're here to discover more about me and my allergies, or you're wanting to know what people do when they're allergic to chocolate, or you're looking for something fun to read to pass the time, or you're here totally by accident, please enjoy your visit here!

My journey with allergies began in 2011. During the summer of that year, I was plagued with numerous stomach aches after meals, aches that would often last long into the night following dinner. Since a few of my relatives have dairy intolerances, I first knocked out dairy from my diet, yet, it didn't help at all. It was in October that I was finally able to visit an allergist and discovered that I had food allergies, not a dairy intolerance. 

While this blog is called Allergic to Chocolate, and yes, I am truly allergic to chocolate, that is not the only allergy I have. In addition to chocolate, my biggest food allergy is soy, and in reality, that allergy affects me more than my chocolate allergy. I am also unable to eat buckwheat, tuna, clams, flounder, and mixed fish, but since they don't play a huge part in my diet, I will make mention of these allergies rather infrequently.

What should you expect here during your visit to Allergic to Chocolate? I'll be posting my tips and tricks to living allergy-friendly, delicious allergy-free products you can find in your local grocery stores, and favorite allergy-free recipes.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New Direction

Just because I needed a nice pic to go with my post.

I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten an inspiration and thought, "Oh, I should blog about that!" Then, on further contemplation, I realize that I'd be posting on this blog, Allergic to Chocolate, and it has absolutely nothing to do with chocolate, but rather the other allergies in my life.

That being said... I have a little announcement. This blog shall continue to be my corner to post about my chocolate-free edibles, but I will also be adding in recipes, products I've discovered, etc. that concern my other allergies, soy probably being the main one. I want to keep the blog URL the same (allergictochocolate.blogspot.com), however, I am considering a name change since this blog will not be solely dedicated to living without chocolate. But what to change the name to? That's my problem. And that's where I'd like a little bit of inspiration from you, my wonderful friends and readers. 

What would you like to see as the new name for this blog?

Please comment and tell me what you think!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Delicious Pumpkin Bread

Due to a lack of inspiration, I'm once again falling back to my dear sister's blog and pulling one of my favorite recipes from her archives. Be sure to check out Who Needs Eggs? for more wonderful sweets and treats and tips!

Even though it's not fall, who says that pumpkin is only reserved for the chilly, later months of the year? My sister's original recipe called for chocolate chips alongside the raisins in this sweet bread, but for understandable reasons, I omitted the chips when I copied the recipe. Personally, I love this bread thick with raisins and craisins. 

Pumpkin Bread

1 3/4cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup oil
3 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer + 4 tablespoons water
1/3 cup water
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins

Preheat oven to 350°
Grease a bread pan and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the bottom and sides of the pan.
In a small bowl, stir together Ener-G Egg Replacer and water.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices. 
Add oil, water, pumpkin, and egg replacer mixture. 
Stir in raisins and craisins. 
Pour into prepared pan. 
Sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. 
Bake for 50-60 minutes.