The challenge of specific dietary requirements makes a truly creative cook happy. Vegans for dinner? I'm your woman. Gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sugar baking? Come on over - there's a cake cooling on the sill and the kettle's just boiled. Feeling blue, like the world's come to an end? Chicken soup will help, but I'll come up with something equally healing if you can't/won't do poultry. Limitations and constraint. Those are my things.
But Oscar's beautiful girlfriend's requirements - the result of a crohn's diagnosis - listed on his phone last Tuesday night, precluding her from the (admittedly boring) brown rice pilaf we'd made read like a Horror Story:
no raw vegetables
no raw fruit
no high fibre
no wholemeal ANYthing
Which'd be pretty much everything I cook. Everything I like. Maybe not the grains so much anymore as I've been finding Athina Koullouros' reasoned arguments for their limitation fascinating, and yes, I love baked pears and poached peaches as much as anyone else, but no salad? NO salad?? G'ah.
And yet. Limitations. I don't let those hold me back. Meat and dairy are on the menu, as is, of all things, pasta, so long as it's the kind of pasta I'd normally eshew...am thinking spaghetti bolognese or some sort of long, slowly cooked ragu. Anyway, open to suggestion, most especially vegetarian options - thoughts?