Is Martha Trying to Kill Me?

Posted by Brette in Food

Another dinner, another severe allergic reaction. Is this Martha project bad for my health? Well, it certainly seems so. You may recall that I’ve experienced two severe allergic reactions to Martha meals in the past couple of months. The first was from pan-sauteed sole, the second from fish tacos. After that, I assumed it must be fish. Apparently, that was the wrong conclusion. I made Martha’s Chicken Fajitas (Martha Stewart June Living).

Things started out innocently enough. I decided to make the whole shebang for this recipe – mojo de ajo, guacamole and pico de gallo as well as the fajitas themselves.

cooking the garlic

cooking the garlic

I started with the mojo de ajo which is basically garlic cooked in oil with lime juice and red pepper. Easy. Next the guacamole – avocado, lime juice and salt. The pico de gallo was tomato, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro (I used dried).

Once I had all of that made, I chopped up the onion and peppers for the fajitas and cooked those, then added the chicken. It really was not a lot of

guacamole

guacamole

work and this cooks up quickly.

I admit I did not heat the tortillas before serving. I served them with sour cream and cheddar cheese. They were really, really good. Better than I expected, I have to admit. The 3 additional sauces and topping really added to flavor and I really enjoyed it.

Until 3 hours later. When I turned bright

pico de gallo

pico de gallo

red all over my body,  was burning hot, developed itchy hives, felt sick to my stomach and was dizzy. Benadryl worked its magic and I didn’t have to go to the hospital, but this reaction was even more severe than the previous two. I don’t know what to make of it, so I’ve made an appointment with an allergist.  I’ve never had anything like this happen before I began the Martha project, so it’s quite disturbing. There are some common ingredients between reaction #2 and reaction #3 – lime, garlic, cilantro and avocado, however these are all things I’ve eaten before with no problems. I guess I’ll let the allergist figure it out. Until then, I’m a little nervous about trying new Martha dishes, I must admit.

Chicken, peppers, and onions

Chicken, peppers, and onions

making the fajita

making the fajita

rolled up and ready to eat

rolled up and ready to eat

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5 Responses

  • Melissa says:

    Have you considered the source of your fish and poultry? Perhaps you should try a new store. Assuming that your refrigerator is keeping things properly cool…

  • The chicken is organic and is the same kind I’ve been buying for over a year. The fish came from the fish monger I’ve always used. Fridge and freezer are at correct temps – this is not food poisoning but an anaphylactic reaction. No one else in the family is bothered by any of it. It’s very puzzling. We’ll see what the allergist says.

  • Chiara says:

    Any news from the allergist? Maybe it’s a combination of food and not just the poultry or the fish itself.

  • My appointment isn’t until later in the month. I’ll have to keep Benadryl on hand and hope Martha doesn’t have me whip up anything that sets off another reaction! Cupcakes should be safe…..

  • Jannah says:

    Wow, take care and keep the meds handy! I hope that you figure out what is causing the problem, good luck.

    Have you ever read or seen “The Name Of The Rose”? Maybe there’s something on the pages of the cookbook that’s making you sick. :o)