I have a love/hate relationship with nuts.
Love because they taste delicious and I wants to eat them.
Hate…because they don’t like me so much.
Specifically, they make my tongue and face itchy. Now, I’ve been told by “doctors” that this is an “allergic reaction,” and I could possibly go into “anaphylactic shock” if I continue to eat them, but what do they know?
Still, until I figure out a way to scratch the inside of my eustachian tubes when they get all itchy (the most infuriating feeling ever), I will avoid tree nuts. Or at least until I make another appointment with my allergist to determine which tree nuts are off limits.
So, uh, what they hell do I do when my basil plant, which started out as less than 6 inches tall, grows to be over 3 feet tall and just as wide? Obviously the first thing to pop into my mind was to make pesto. It would use a LOT of the plant, and I could trim it down and give some of the more crowded stalks some breathing room.
Trouble is, I have no idea how I will react to pine nuts. So we do an experiment: Buy expensive pine nuts. Eat one. Tongue is itchy. Damn it!
Repeat for posterity. Itchy tongue. Son of a bitch. Granted, it could very well be psychosomatic (in my head) but I refuse to believe I would create an adverse reaction to something I want to eat so badly. Besides, they are so delicious 🙁 Continue reading