Around two years ago, I had the great idea of starting a food blog called Through Fire and Water. The inspiration for the name was twofold. Firstly, It was based on the passage in Isaiah 43:1-2, “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Secondly, I was obsessed at that time with baking artisan bread (fire), and have been a tea junkie (water) since the National Bible Bee in 2009, when I drank my first cup of Earl Grey (albeit from a tea bag).
Well, times have changed slightly since then. There’s a bit more of the fiery trials and less of the bread, and if anything, the amount of tea I consume has probably gone up a bit. I’ve acquired dozens of food allergies, including gluten, dairy, eggs, and beans, and those and many other symptoms seem to indicate that I have an autoimmune disease. At the same time, my trust in God has been strengthened, because through everything, even the days I feel like I am going to die or the days where I just don’t want to eat because I’m tired of trying to cook about a dozen foods in an interesting way, He always helps me bear it.
Since that first fateful day of allergy testing, though, I've begun to experiment with making things that I can eat - and not only the mundane stir-fries and soups, but also the things that I've loved for years and years, chocolate being the main component of many! Yes, I'm a bit of a chocolate fanatic (dark chocolate forever!), and I've already been able to make some pretty decent truffles, cakes, and candies. Not being able to eat cane sugar makes life difficult, though. Entrées, on the other hand, are hard to motivate myself to make. My dear friend Joo suggested starting this blog in order to help motivate me to get more creative, which means that this will hopefully be beneficial to all involved!
So this blog probably won’t contain much in the way of yummy, delicious, gluten-y bread or cheesy treats, but it will have recipes and ideas to help those of you who have restricted diets. It will have posts on the things that I’m learning that pertain to health, which will hopefully help anyone who comes along and reads this blog.
My hope is that my adventures in nutrition and health will be both a help and an inspiration to anyone who is suffering or knows someone who is suffering from health problems, physically, mentally, or spiritually.
I grew up eating my Mom's amazing gourmet cooking. And then something happened. Almost two years ago, I became very sick. After lots of testing, the types of food I could eat became very, very limited. My mission now is to try to make good, affordable, easy, allergy-friendly food! All of my recipes, therefore, will be gluten free, dairy free, bean free, egg free, and cane sugar free. Most of my recipes will be paleo, Whole30, and/or keto friendly.
I am not (yet!) a certified nutritionist of any sort. Anything I say about health or nutrition is simply from my own research, and I would advise you to research before taking any of my advice.