bubble-child-about-photoBUBBLE CHILD | banishing the bane of the food allergy.

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

16 thoughts on “about

  1. I came across your blog via eatnutfree. I’m mom to a 18 month old super happy girl…happiest baby in the word…but she has a number of food allergies: nuts, dairy, oats, and I’m sure more that we’re still trying to uncover. My husband and I are foodies and love to travel so I’m scouring the blog world for tips on yummy food both at home and abroad. Thank you for taking your time to share your knowledge and your life with us! I feel a little relief knowing there are resources out there from people who live with life threatening every day, who know how to navigate life.

    1. Jen,
      Your girl is so lucky to have come across her allergies so early, also to have such fun-loving parents. Thank you for your comment. As someone who definitely loves traveling, food, and exploring, it is so important to know and explore those resources that aid all of the above in a safe and accessible way. I am glad that you find Bubble Child helpful… ’tis the point! 🙂
      Please let me know if you have any questions about food, recipes, different towns for eating allergy-free, etc. I would also love your suggestions if you come across something cool!
      It makes me happy to know you are so aware, already, for your child. Enjoy exploring with your wee one!

  2. A peanut eating dog left our son in anaphylactic shock at 8 months old. He is now five…happily home schooled in his bubble (really he is a happy and adventurous kid!) and with his younger siblings we are free of peanuts, eggs, dairy, gluten, refined sugar, dyes, sulphites and…last but not least we are vegetarian because food limiting is just that much fun (???) Call me crazy…but we have made it work. My bubble kids actually eat A LOT of different foods (how many fruit, vegetables, seeds and gf grains are there?…but sometimes I do get stuck for new ideas….I am SO happy to have found your blog!!!

  3. Hey – thanks for finding me, and me in turn finding you! I’m a mom to a “bubble child” but the teen is hardly that – public schooled all the way, sleepover camps, trips to Europe and soon, college :). Yep, it’s possible to live a full life, but that said, we also get stuck in a food rut.

  4. Do you have a recipe for dairy free ice cream that tastes as great as the gelato I was blessed to enjoy in Italy? I was lucky enough to enjoy some dairy free gelato but was limited in choices because of my dairy and nut allergy. Any info or resources would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks and am so happy to have just discovered your site!
    Maria in Toronto, Canada

    1. Maria,
      Isn’t Italian gelato something incredible? It’s something to miss leaving that country.
      I do have a recipe for goat’s milk gelato honey-sweetened chocolate chip that will be coming out with the Bubble Child cook book within the month. It can be revised to dairy-free with flax seed or hemp seed milk. I would be happy to send it you before the book comes out if you’d like!
      Bubble Child

    1. Lorenzo!! You’re so sweet. Thank you very much for your help and I got really lucky — I think it’s also because the domain was with 1and1 but the content was on Gandhi. So, my web guy realized that I had double back up. 🙂

  5. hi love you so so much you are the best foodie allergy website i ever seen oh and is it possible to share your gluten free yeast free bun with us i saw someone in Instagram want it too so please and love yaaa xx

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