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Mistek
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Hi! I've just joined, although I've been following the site for several months now! I'm a college student from California, but not near enough to San Francisco or LA to get to the good asian food stores. :( Our big store closed only a few months ago.

I stayed in Japan for two months last summer, and during a month of school my host mother packed me onigiri every day! The food was possibly my favorite thing while I was there, so when I came home and was feeling a bit 'homesick', I happened to stumble across this site and it was instant love. I haven't made any bentos yet, but I have classes for only two days a week this semester and I hope I can start. Unfortunately I haven't gotten the hang of waking up in the mornings.....

My mom and I have been cooking Japanese food for a while - her gyoza is the best! But I recently discovered I've developed an allergy to dairy, which is different from being lactose intolerant.
But since a lot of Japanese ARE lactose intolerant and so can't have milk, how do they get the proper nutrients? I'm constantly hungry and have lost 5 or 10 pounds since I cut out dairy, and I'm not sure why. As for calcium, I know they eat whole fish and bones in Japan, but that's a bit impractical here. I don't trust our fish that much.

Also, if someone knows of a muffin recipe that doesn't have milk (butter is okay), sling it my way!

Signing up has made me VERY hungry.

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maki
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Re: Hello hello!

Hi Mistek, and welcome to the forums!

Mistek wrote:

But I recently discovered I've developed an allergy to dairy, which is different from being lactose intolerant.
But since a lot of Japanese ARE lactose intolerant and so can't have milk, how do they get the proper nutrients? I'm constantly hungry and have lost 5 or 10 pounds since I cut out dairy, and I'm not sure why. As for calcium, I know they eat whole fish and bones in Japan, but that's a bit impractical here. I don't trust our fish that much.

In Japan, people who are lactose intolerent (though they are in the minority of the population really - 'a lot' is a bit misleading) get calcium mostly from dried fish products like niboshi (whole dried little sardines, used traditionally for dashi), sakuraebi and hoshiebi (dried shrimp) and so on, rather than by eating the bones of raw / cooked fish. Dried fish can just be crunched up so are easier to eat. You can find them in the snack department of a Japanese grocery. Nuts, seeds (like sesame seeds), some green herbs (parsley, shiso, etc) and green leafy vegetables are also fairly good sources of calcium. Recently there has been an increase (or increased diagnoses) of children with dairy allergies, and those are the foods I've seen recommended.

Mistek wrote:

Also, if someone knows of a muffin recipe that doesn't have milk (butter is okay), sling it my way!

Here are two savory vegan muffins that most people seem to like a lot.

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Mistek
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Thank you Maki! I'm really excited about new muffin ideas. :)

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You can use soy milk instead of cow milk in just about any recipe. Muffins will be fine. I am suspicious about milk replacements (I'd never actually try to drink soy milk because I'm too scared I'd be sick), but I used to make cakes and things for my nephew with soy milk and I couldn't taste the difference.

It is not necessary to have dairy food to get proper nutrients. Dairy food has a nice balance of nutrients; milk is, after all, intended as a complete food for baby animals, but you can get just as good a mix of nutrients by combining other foods. Instead of getting your carbs, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals from a single food, you get carbs from rice or bread; fat from fish and beef and vegetable oils; protein from meat and fish and beans and corn; and vitamins and minerals from all of those things.

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Mistek
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Really! I didn't know you could substitute them. I might experiment with almond milk too, and since it tastes like almonds to me it might add some nice flavor. Thank you! I have been trying to balance my diet - it was a bit disconcerting when I found I wasn't getting enough fat!

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In a real emergency you could even use water in muffins. They wouldn't taste quite as good, and would be a bit dryer (but you could counteract that by adding a bit more fat), but the main purpose of the milk is to wet everything so the chemical reactions that cause rising can happen, and to help the eggs stick everything together. You can use fruit or vegetable juice too if you want to - the only thing about juice is that most fruit juices are acidic, so you need to add a bit of baking soda to counteract the acidity, and doing that makes it bubble, so you need less baking powder.

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I have a dairy, egg, and nut allergic daughter. Here is our favorite recipe for vegan (dairy and egg-free) muffins:
http://www.recipezaar.com/Vegan-Banana-Muffins-179846

It doesn't require any milk or milk replacements and tastes exactly like regular banana bread. IMO, the best vegan recipes don't include any sort of replacement product (ie, dairy-free margarine, soy milk, etc.). Most such recipes I've tried (and I've tried gazillions) either have an odd aftertaste or texture issues. They're OK or even delicious to people accustomed to eating those products, but would never pass in the "real" world. The muffins I linked above definitely pass the real-world-deliciousness test.

Mistek-who-forgot-her-password
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Thank you so much!!! I'm always suspicious of anything vegan for some reason, but these look delicious! Most of the replacements I've tried don't work as well, like you said - I only use them when I'm especially hungry for something milky. I can't wait to try the muffins, if I can get people to stop eating my bananas...

Kyla
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These apricot muffins are easy to make and yummy (I got the recipe on a card in a cereal box years ago)
1 cup diced dried apricots
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1 cup boiling water
1 cup self raising plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup apricot nectar

1. place apricots and boiling water in a small bowl, stand for 30 minutes, then drain well
2. sift flours into a large bowl
3. add sugar and apricots.
3. combine egg, nectar and butter in a separate bowl
4. pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
5. spoon into muffin tray
6. bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes

makes 12

Kyla

Mistek
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Thank you so much!! I wonder if peaches would work as well... I'm hungry already.

Kyla
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I'm sure you could use any dried fruit - you might want to change the nectar for another juice to suit, I have used orange juice when I didn't have any nectar

Kyla

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