I’ve never really known a time when I’ve not had stomach issues. I’ve also never known a time when I haven’t loved food.
My mother and I shared the philosophy that our schedules in our days revolved around our meals. I know it’s a bit, maybe, simple in terms of priorities, but it stuck with me. If I skip lunch, the day just doesn’t seem the same.
The problem is, this love for food left me hurting! From almost dying from a deadly nut allergy at age 10 after eating a Brazil Nut to discovering a strong gluten intolerance at the age of 20, I keep finding different digestive or immune issues that continually check ingredients off of any potential grocery list. My allergies include corn, pineapple, tuna, cucumber skins, coffee… yes. Coffee. Of course we have to throw lactose in there. Of course.
Wouldn’t someone like this choose rather to avoid food than to be delighted by it? You’d think. But, that love for food that is perhaps cultural, perhaps hereditary, perhaps just straight hedonistic will not go away…
…so of course I decided to become a professional chef.
I started Bubble Child the blog in 2009 before I was a professional cook with the intent of making a cook book for people with food allergies with the nut-free recipes I’d developed. The blog was merely to promote the book and my baked goods I was selling to local stores at the time. What emerged was that cook book, but 5 years later, and a blog that has not ceased to follow me through careers, cities, and even countries.
After being a chef at a restaurant in Portland, working in a Michelin-star kitchen in Paris, and getting my double-degree in pastry and cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Paris (yes, Julia Child’s school), this little blog has stayed with me. ..And is now evolving with me, I guess you could say.
Bubble Child, the web-site, the cooking show, and the cook book is your resource for all recipes and musings allergy, intolerance, and health-related. Because I will not eat anything that doens’t taste wonderful (I’d rather not eat at all), and that goes the same for kitchen technique (it must be!), Bubble Child is my portal to share technically correct but accessible recipes for your gluten, nut, and lactose-free home kitchen.
I swear, my stomach is finally starting to feel normal. It’s been a journey, and it’s been a pleasure! I hope to always stay inspired, and thank you all for inspiring me through the years.
Now enough with the blah blah. Get your apron on, and let’s sauté some stuff.
Never compromise taste. Never compromise health.
Erica von Trapp
bubble child chef