You do not have to know me very well to know that I enjoy cooking. I run a food company for goodness sake! Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I had only ever lost my appetite once when a cold removed my sense of taste for a few days. It is reasonable to say that I love food and all things relating to it. So the prospect of the FEC-ing chemo interfering with that is not a happy one.
I think everyone associates chemo with nausea and vomiting. I know the medical staff load you up with anti-emetics so I am hoping this will not be too bad. Following on my puke-tastic time after surgery I have been promised Emend, a top notch drug. Only time will tell if it works, but I am hopeful. However, there are other prospects. Sore mouth, bleeding gums, metallic taste, and all sorts of other delights. With this in mind, the Captain bought me The Royal Marsden Cancer Cookery Book. It is lovely. All sorts of delightful recipes with a grid listing which are suitable for particular symptoms. So for a sore mouth, one might be tempted by a Blueberry & Avocado Smoothie or Pea & Pancetta Risotto. For nausea, there’s Green Tea & Peach ice lollies or Elderflower Jelly. While still on the mouth theme, how about Cinnamon French Toast with Apple & Blackberry Compôte or Mongolian Stew for changes in taste? All sounds a bit delicious to me.
I have begun to fill the freezer with such goodies in order to have some things on hand when required. Inevitably the recipes have had a little tampering. I am not used to cooking while having painted nails so the Celeriac, Lemongrass & Lime Soup with Nail Varnish Chippings should be interesting. When I have done a few cycles, I will try to reflect on which recipes I found most helpful.