The Allergy Friendly Blog – About Salima’s Kitchen
Hello and welcome to the Allergy Friendly blog! I’m Salima and I’m a food blogger / private chef living in Hillsboro, Oregon. The recipes on this blog are designed to help people with allergies feel comfortable with food and cooking. Keep reading to learn more about me and the blog…
What began as an Instagram account (back in the winter of 2015) for my business as a private chef eventually became this food blog where I record adaptations of my favorite family recipes. Today, my recipes are inspired by my food allergies and Moroccan & Puerto Rican family.
Growing up in a multi-cultural family I was exposed to a lot of unique flavors and fusions of cooking styles. At 12 years old, I was expected to cook dinner once a week; a chore that quickly became my favorite thing to do.
Looking back, that small chore influenced my future in a big way. I still enjoy it so much that I continue to write recipes, take pictures and share my cooking with clients.
What is Allergy Friendly Cooking?
Initially, learning to cook with so many different food allergies was a struggle. The first few months after learning about my allergies I wanted to cry every time I went grocery shopping. Seriously, once you start reading the ingredients on food labels there is no going back; soy and gluten are in almost all processed foods.
That’s why I call my cooking Allergy Friendly. This lifestyle can definitely be a pain in the butt but because of my allergies I am a more educated, versatile and flexible chef. If you have food allergies, I’m sure you can relate.
That’s why every recipe in this blog is free from one or more of the top 8 most common food allergens.
You can look for these allergen tags before any recipe to see which allergens won’t be used. If you want to search for recipes that exclude a specific ingredient, then you can click on the tags below to find more recipes in each category!
If you have a story you want to share about food, allergies or a question please comment below!
A Word From My Clients
“The food she prepared was delicious and she shared all of her recipes with us. She was very prepared & serious about her cooking. We’d definitely hire again!”
~Stacey, Portland OR
“I own a winery and we do gorgeous events and dinners all around the world, most recently 20 years in the highly competitive chef talent pool of San Francisco and Napa. Being new to Portland, i came upon Salima on Yelp and she greatly surpassed my already high expectations. From my first interaction with her she was very professional and sent me a mouth watering menu that gorgeously matched the wines we were highlighting. The day of the event she went above and beyond to ensure the ambiance was perfect…. And then… The food. Wow… We literally had guests waiting by the oven as she took out round after round of gorgeous bites. Thank you Salima! Can’t wait to partner with you again soon.”
~Heather R, Portland, OR
“Salima is the best! The food was delicious. Great quality! It’s so easy to work w/ her! She definitely went above and beyond my expectation. She’ll definitely do exactly what and how you like things done. I’ll definitely be working with her again!”
~Rhoda, Tigard OR
“Salima is a creative, accommodating and a very talented Chef. For any size event, you won’t be disappointed. I love to cook and do a lot of entertaining, but I love to have Salima cook for us even more!”
~Connie, Portland OR
Read customer testimonials to get an idea about the service provided with Salima’s Kitchen through Yelp.