I think I might be kinda allergic to onions. I love onions, and they’re in about everything I cook. However, recently (like in the past couple of years-recently is a relative thing when you pass 40) whenever I cook something with onions in it, any kind of onion be they leeks, scallions, whatever, my face turns red and starts burning a bit, and my throat tightens a little. I don’t seem to have an issue with eating them. There’s no asthmatic reaction or hives or rashes or anything, just this uncomfortable heat thing with my face and eyes.

How on earth am I supposed to make potato leek soup, or pot roast, or grilled chops with caramelized onions, or Cuban chicken stew…without onions? Might as well try to make a chocolate cake without cocoa powder, or chai tea without cinnamon.


Tonight I’m making this cauliflower soup that has leeks in it, and as I was sauteeing the leeks I noticed that familiar reaction, the face gets hot and turns red, my eyes burn a teeny bit, and I can feel my throat getting a little bit tighter. The kids noticed I was getting kind of hoarse as well. Once everything is nice and cooked it’s not so bad. But for a while there, it’s uncomfortable.

first they take away my salt, then the potatoes and brown rice, now the onions? Well, I guess it’s one way to lose weight- make everything so bland you don’t want to eat it.


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6 Responses to HORROR!

  1. jerseechik says:

    I thought if you make everything bland you start speaking German.

  2. SuperBee says:

    Hmmm. You should get a gas mask to cook in. šŸ™‚

  3. Bella Rum says:

    I wouldn’t know how to cook without onions. We love them.

    The only thing that concerns me is the tightening of your throat. That could get worse. My brother loves soft crabs and has eaten them since childhood. Very suddenly, his throat started tightening up. He was actually taken to the hospital once. Doctor said it could be dangerous – as in life threatening. So, did he stop eating soft crabs? No. He just takes Benadryl and chows down. It sounds like your throat isn’t giving you a scare yet, but mention it to my doctor, and I’d keep Benadryl in the house… just in case.

    • rootietoot says:

      yeah it kinda worries me too. I also get hoarse…and there’s definitely benadryl in the house. We all have allergies of some sort so it’s like aspirin and always in reach.
      How on Earth are you supposed to cook without onions?? I mean, really??

  4. Bella Rum says:

    I meant … mention it to YOUR doctor… not mine.

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