Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, Psychotherapist; Specialist in Food Allergy Management, Speaking At Mylan Specialty / EpiPen Event (© Noel Malcolm 2013)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Recipe: Apple Spice Cake, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

Honey cake is a traditional cake for the Jewish New Year celebration. This weekend, I was hoping I could turn Namaste Food’s spice cake mix into the honey cake of my dreams. And I documented my trials on Instagram @allergicgirlnyc #allergicgirl

Alas, I could not. I substituted one third cup of honey for the one third cup of water called for, hoping that would balance out the moisture levels. I was so wrong. The cake took twice as long to bake, thus it was overbaked and tough, the honey flavor totally disappeared, overtaken by spice and it was soooo sweet. My honey cake experiment was a total fail. Here’s a picture of my over baked darling.

I totally enjoyed it but I wouldn’t make it again.

Next, I considered an apple cake with honey glaze. Oohhh. Aaaahhhh. I washed, skinned and chopped one large apple and layered into the loaf pan with the spice cake batter, made as directed. Out came a lovely apple spice cake.

Next, I created a honey glaze with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 2 T of honey, 2 T of milk and mixed that and drizzled over the warm cake. Alas, the cake needs no honey drizzle. It’s truly perfect just as is.

So this year, I won’t bother with a honey cake, but an easy apple spice cake will grace the table and everyone will love. 

*I may make some ice cream to go on top. Two ingredient, nut-free ice cream recipe here.*

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Recipe Collection: Rosh Hashanah 2016, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free

Last year's Rosh table

It my favorite time of year – the Jewish New Year. It’s a truly beautiful holiday, one that is centered on taking time to reflect, atone and forgive. It’s also one of the best dinners in the Jewish calendar. Every part of the meal is based on sweetness to bring in a sweet new year.
The last few years we’ve made basically the same meal, it’s free from my allergens, everyone loves the dishes and it’s delish. Here is a roundup of the menu with links to recipes for each dish:

Apples and honey
Chicken with honey and cumin
Sautéed green beans with fried shallots

This year I may try another gluten-free, lactose-free sweet noodle kugel.
I tried it once before and didn’t love it but I going to go back in!

And instead of apple spice cake, I'm thinking I'll make a honey spice cake.

Keep your eyes peels for those new dishes and recipes.

L’shana tova!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Food Allergy Counseling: Interview with Kyle Collins, Manhattan Digest, How to Get Your Goals

Kyle Collins of kindly interviewed me last month for his series “How to Get Your Goals”Here’s an excerpt:

Sloane suggests thinking back to see what’s worked best for you before in order to develop a plan that has a better chance of working for you now.

“So, first things first: Know yourself,” Sloane says. “Do you need external pressure or are you self-directed? Does outside structure help or do you prefer a more internal organic approach to solving challenges? Figure out how you actually function in the here and now and how you do your best work, and do more of that.”

You can read more here. And if want some one-on-one support about reaching your goals, contact me today!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Allergic Girl: Giella, Mascara Giveaway on Instagram, September 12, 2016

I met Giella years ago, when she had a booth at Bendel’sGiella can custom blend any makeup you want (like replicating a color that has been discontinued) for the same price as department store brands. She has some premade makeup as well, like her mascara. When, very often, the only makeup I wear is mascara, I want a good one. I love the mascara by GiellaIt thickens and lasts and makes your lashes look really full. 

Here are the ingredients. 

Giella kindly offered to do a mascara giveaway through my Instagram account - yay! The contest will only run for 24 hours.

Are you on Insta? Come over to AllergicGirlNYC on Instagram today, follow my account and keep your eyes peeled for the contest and how to enter.

*As always, check with your medical professional about your personal needs.*

Monday, September 05, 2016

Redshirts at Star Trek: Missions, September 3, 2016

One of my many hobbies is musical improv. I’ve written about it on my blog talking about: “Yes, And…”;  how to “play” as an adult, a video and recipe with a huge improv-world star, a sample of a letter asking my teammates to refrain from eating my allergens before performances and pushing past your fears.

This weekend, my dream team of performers, Redshirts, is going to boldly go where no musical improv team has gone before: Star Trek: Missions.

To make a dream I didn't even know I had come true is beyond fulfilling, beyond joyful and beyond nerve-wracking. But above all, I cannot wait to sing my heart out, laugh my ass off and have a ball with these wonderful crewmates.