Sunday 15th January 2012
I’m not a big peanut fan, as in the Arachis hypogaea seed, that is. Back in the day, I used to eat them on the plane because I was duped into thinking they were free but since low cost flights have invaded Europe my peanut days are over.
However, I am quite partial to a pecan, a walnut or even a cashew. In fact I used to carry a bag of cashews & a bag of dried apricots in my school bag as part of my standard energy boosting treats.
That is, of course, until I was told in the summer of 2011 that I had a nut intolerance.
“You’ll probably find it’s just peanuts but you’ll have to try them all individually to find out if you have a reaction.” Leigh, the guy from the Allergy Clinic told me.
So I have spend the last few months doing just that. And through a process of illumination, have come to the disappointing realisation that I am sadly intolerant to all varieties of nut.
Thankfully my reactions are nowhere near as bad as they could be. Although I’m sure my wife would beg to differ. Far from having to carry an epipen in place of my cashews, my reactions are purely gastric.
Unfortunately I’m not the only one who has to deal with the fall out.
“Dad, was that you?” Zephy cried pulling the duvet up to cover his face.