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Something Fishy

We made a discovery this week.  The hard way.  It would seem that my son is allergic to fish.

We’ve added more fish to our dining repertoire, since I have to stay away from chicken, turkey, beef, and let me pause while I sob uncontrollably, bacon.  I still cook the above for my family, because I’m just selfless like that.  And I’m content to quietly dine on my rabbit food.

Without complaint.

Sort of.

So, the addition of more fish dishes has been a welcome change to our dinners.  Jensen has been dubious about eating fish, and for the last few years, I’ve spoiled appeased him by cooking up a hot dog, or mac & cheese.  But there’s a new sheriff in town that is insisting that everyone eat what is served, and no special dinner requests are allowed.

Which is working well, since the 5 year old is now getting more vegetables in his diet.  The old fashioned way.  And not just by me sneaking them into his food via the Vita-Mix.

And so I served up a delicious meal of Snapper Provencal.  I have never cooked snapper before, so it was a new taste sensation.  And it was wonderful.  Jensen took a couple of bites and announced that he loved it.  My chest swelled with pride.

Just then, Jensen grabbed his neck and complained that his throat hurt.  After a couple of minutes we realized that he was serious, and not just trying to avoid the remainder of his dinner.

Fiddledaddy announced that he was taking Jensen to the Urgent Care Center, and time was of the essence, since the center closed at 7PM.  It was 6:45.  We are very familiar with the hours at the Urgent Care Center, as they can greet us by name.

Jensen began freaking out about a pending doctors visit, and I calmed him by telling him that he could take his Nintendo DS with him.  Worked like a charm.  And then Cailey got in on the action, and announced that she wanted to accompany her baby brother to make sure he was okay.

Excuse me?

This was the same child that had spent the better part of the day bickering with her brother.  In fact, a few hours earlier, a van ride home from a scouting event was punctuated by a chorus of “Nuh-uh”, “Uh-huh”, “Nuh-uh”, “Uh-huh”, emanating from the back seat until my head actually exploded all over the interior of the van.

But I haven’t cleaned the van since 2007, so it was hardly noticeable.

Since Fiddledaddy was the one doing the driving to the Urgent Care Center, I told Cailey that she could go and keep her brother company.

Indeed, Jensen had a mild allergic reaction to Snapper.  So it’s back to serving him hot dogs and mac & cheese at will.  The doctor gave him a prescription for a Jensen sized dose of Prednisone, which Fiddledaddy needed to fill at the local Walgreens.

Evidently Jensen was feeling better by this time, because he chose to amuse the Walgreens customers with a riveting performance of how to properly use a whoopie cushion.  While sitting on the floor of Walgreens.  Replete with gales of inappropriate giggling.  Ad nauseum.

That whoopie cushion sound? It just never gets old when you are 5.

I’m pretty sure that Walgreens is going to insist that we use the drive-thru window from now on.

And now I will share my recipe for Snapper Provencal, which I highly recommend.  Unless you are a small boy named Jensen.

Salmon Provencal


  • 2 shallots, chopped (2 T.)
  • 2 T. sliced black olives
  • 1 t. Capers
  • 1 Cup herb/garlic stewed tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • 1/4 cup Rice Flour (you can use regular)
  • 1 t. seasoned salt
  • 2 T. EVOO
  • 12 oz. Snapper Fillets, thawed

• Combine all vegetables and wine in a small bowl.  Mix flour and seasoned salt in a shallow bowl.

•  Preheat large saute pan on medium-high.  Add oil; swirl to coat.  Dredge fish in flour mixture.  Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden.

•  Add tomato mixture; reduce heat to medium and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring often, or until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.  Serve over rice.


8 Responses to Something Fishy

  • I feel you pain! Both our son and Hubby are allergic to fish! Any fish! Even fries that are cook in the same oil as the fish! Yes even though they are not suppose todo that, they do and we have the emergency room visits to prove it. Son breaks out in hives and hubby blows up and can’t breath! Yeah a small problem and a party favorite with little kids. So as wonderful as our recipe sounds, I will let others make it. Mac & Cheese rules!!

  • Wow, you have really had a time of it with your children the last few days!

    I can eat regular fish but began developing an allergy to shellfish when I was 19. It progressed over the years from crab legs to lobster then shrimp. Sighhhhhh, those are some of my favorite foods. Well, that is until Dave Barry. the comic writer, mentioned in an article that lobster looks alot like roaches that were in a nuclear accident. I have to admit I agree and can’t get that picture out of my head!

  • Sounds yummy. Hubby doesn’t like fish but he’ll eat it under protest. I might have to give the recipe a try.

  • My sister found out in that same hard way last year that her youngest is allergic to all tree nuts. That’s what Chinese Cashew Chicken will do for you. Two rounds of epi and an IV steroid later and he was finally not looking like the blueberry girl from Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.

    Sorry to hear this for Jensen. I guess the upside will be that by the time this is all over you will be able to put out a cookbook that treats atopic dermatitis, wheat, gluten and lactose intolerance issues as well as treating atypical RA. And where everything is made in a VitaMix. Even the PW can’t do that.

    Keep hanging tough, FiddleDeeDee. You make us smile.

  • wow, you have had some adventures lately. we have had weeks like that also, but it is usually with one kid. 😛

  • Sans the visit to Urgent Care, I do believe I will try this out.

    Oh, I *finally* got a call yesterday from the Restore folks. Now, we just need to get our time zones in sync for the actual, you know, time we are both on the phone.



  • Oh no!

    My sister is also allergic to fish. Actually, for the longest time she was allergic to tree nuts, shellfish, and (gasp!) chocolate. If she just smelled anyone of those then she went into anaphylactic shock.

    It was hard….

    She still can’t smell shellfish, but thankfully she can deal with the tree nuts and chocolate.

    I’m praying that Jensen grows out of it too 🙂

  • Hee Hee. I think your son and my 8 year old would get along great. Only my 8 year old is a girl. Her two favorite things, peeing in the back yard and bodily noises.