From a recent email:

As for food -- can you let me know everything you are avoiding these days and any kind of things you LOVE or crave at the moment? I'm sure your tastebuds aren't the friendliest right now, so let me know what works for you and I'll make it so! 

My response:


this is like a DREAM come true

So diet, ah yes, sweet sweet diet.

So right now I am on a super low fat, low fiber, low acidic, low spice diet because of the horrific, chronic heartburn from my chemo

I actually have not had any metallic, dead robot mouth or taste bud changes this round (knock on wood) so that's good (had them last time, they were freaking awful)

My mouth is very dry, so creamier foods, soups, sauces etc are kind of a must for me

Since the colitis I am also back to being super anal about uncooked food - no raw fruits & vegetables, although lots of pickled/fermented stuff because it helped a lot with the metallic mouth, is low fat and seemed not to inflame the heartburn but actually had like, flavor. Vinegars are my new fave thing. As are potatoes, eggs.

I am actually not currently eating fruits & veg at all (because of the colitis) or really anything but broth and toast, but I hope to be eating again by Monday

I have been told that giving up dairy could help with the colitis as well, but if I do I fear I will have nothing edible left to eat 

this email took me 45 minutes to write and I feel like I am still forgetting things...

Does this mean I don't deserve to eat delicious food? I say NO. 

Here's the thing - between all the things I can't eat because of the chemo, all the things I can't eat because of the chemo induced heartburn, and all the things that taste terrible with the chemo induced mouth stuff my diet is very limited. To say the least. 

This delicious recipe is my own creation. It is sodium free (did I mention the aforementioned email exchange was with the unbelievably amazing and inspiring Sodium Girl?) and also meets all of my own weird dietary needs and my craving for fruits. It's also super easy, and delish. 

Ingredients:
cranberries
brown suger 
Baking apples (I used Braeburn but I also love Honeycrisp)
unsalted butter 
sweet iced tea
cranberries
brown suger 

Tools:
melon baller
small bowl
baking dish large enough for the apples to fit in without touching each other or the sides


Steps:

1.Preheat the oven to 375. While it's heating up - use the melon baller to scoop out the seeds and core of the apples (it's so easy! I can even do it with my injured wrist and my neuropathy hands)
2. In a small bowl, mix together the cranberries and the brown sugar to taste 
3. Put the apples in the baking dish. Stuff the cranberry mixture into the apple cores. 
4. Pour sweet tea over the top until the apple is well coated and there's a little liquid at the bottom.
5. Dot the apples with butter. 
6. Place the dish in the oven and bake until the apples are soft, basting occasionally if you feel like it (I only did this once.)


If you only bake it, it should take about 45 minutes. If you're in a rush (like I was) you can microwave it for 7 minutes and then pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes to finish it up.