Fighting Against Taste-Free
When I posted my red velvet cake on Pinterest with the description “gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free,” someone commented “taste-free.” Though I let the comment stay, I was offended by it. I spend a lot of time and effort searching for recipes and techniques so that foods Joseph can eat are not “taste-free” or the consistency of bricks.
Admittedly, some of Joseph’s foods are not particularly palatable. Rice cakes are not particularly interesting (Joseph tends to only eat them in desperation). None of us dairy-eaters can bring ourselves to even try Joseph’s Daiya cheese. Gluten-free breads have some funny consistencies.
This is why I work so hard to compensate for these shortcomings. I have a cupboard full of herbs, spices and sauces so that his meals are not bland. And he definitely appreciates the flavor. He’ll gladly chow down foods that other toddlers will turn up their nose at because it’s “too spicy.” When I made sugar cookies, I read several recipes, and tried out a few batches before I finally learned how to make a Joseph-safe one that wasn’t the consistency of powder. There are several things I’ve made Joseph-safe that we all like to eat.
So calling something taste-free just from reading a description really annoyed me. It’s not like you’re making fun of someone who chooses to eat fat-free to be healthy. If Joseph cheats on this diet, he suffers consequences! He already suffers from wanting to eat Wheat-thins and goldfish crackers that his sister eats. There’s no need to rub it in that his food is sub-par, especially when those who try it believe that it’s not.
Of course, I know with this blog, I’m preaching to the choir, since many of my readers also deal with allergies in their families. So how has this topic come up in your life? How did you respond?