By the end of this month, I should be done my reintroduction. YAY!! I had no idea when this started it would last for this many weeks. I was expecting about 5-6 weeks when I started. Only after doing the math for both the elimination (phase I – 21 days) + reintroduction (phase II – 16 groups X 3 days) did it occur to me that it could be at least 21+48=59 days until I would get it all done.
Luckily there were no surprises for me during the reintroduction of eggs, shellfish, and caffeine. I missed eggs. Mostly because there are more baked good options available to me if I can have products with eggs in them (don’t get me wrong, the vegan cookies were delicious!). I also missed having dumplings and eggs are a great binder.
I decided to keep things simple and made a side dish of steamed eggs. I didn’t really want to make anything else (it was a hectic week) so I had steamed eggs with most of my meals except for one where I had a bacon, egg and toast sandwich. After a while, I got kind of sick of steamed eggs.
When it came to shellfish, I went straight for shrimp. This may sound weird, but after not having shrimp for a few months (and not touching raw shrimp), I was a little repulsed at the sight of it cooking in the pan – weird right? I know, I’ve eaten shrimp all my life. I got over it after it turned from grey to orange.
I kept it real simple: shrimp stir fry with soy sauce/garlic/green onion and paired it with brown rice and steamed greens. That has been what most of my reintroduction cooking has been like: brown rice, steamed veggies and the reintroduced food item.
I also finally had pork and shrimp dumplings – my absolute favourite dumplings to eat out and to make. Although I haven’t gotten back to making them in the kitchen just yet.
When I was avoiding caffeine, I felt it was hard to say no to tea if it was offered to me, especially at Chinese restaurants. I reintroduced tea by way of Pu’erh, Oolong and Jasmine (three days, twice a day) and now I am back on the tea wagon. I had at least two thermos (480ml) of tea a day during the reintroduction and well the habit has stuck with me so far (weekdays at least).