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debe5t's picture

My nephew has recently completed a 5 day run of massive chemo doses for a rare brain tumour. This is just one of many sessions he has had in the last year, and it leaves his throat extremely sore and tender,to the point of having problems swallowing his own saliva.Where we need help is some recipes for my sister-inlaw to prepare that are high protein and easy to swallow.Needless to say he is very tired of any sort of shake.He likes to eat but nothing too spicy at this time.To all the creative people here at CT this my Feb. challenge to you.Thanks in advance,Deb


edited to add:even though to me he is still a tyke,he is 29yr.old and had to move back in with mum and dad due to being so ill.Keep the ideas coming as Mum and Dad are running on empty and all suggestions are welcome.Thanks,Deb


Edited 2/8/2005 7:16 pm ET by debe5t

TracyK's picture

(post #30439, reply #1 of 58)

Oh, I'm so sorry for your nephew! Please give the whole family my best.


As for foods... Jello is wonderful on a raw throat. Not sure how it could be made with more protein, but it sure feels good.


Egg drop soup is a good one... just a rich chicken broth with a lightly beaten egg swirled in... the egg ribbons are slippery and they go down easy. Chicken soup with egg noodles would be good too, if he can swallow chicken.


Mashed potatoes (with enough butter/cream) could be easy to swallow... I've heard of putting egg in them as well (to up the protein) but I have never tried it. Good luck!


Edited to correct age, because for some reason I was sure the nephew was five! :-)



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Edited 2/9/2005 9:54 am ET by Tracy K

jillsi's picture

(post #30439, reply #2 of 58)

Poached or soft-boiled eggs?


I'm so sorry to hear of his troubles and I hope he will have a quick and complete recovery.


Keep us posted, please.


 


 

 

 

Billll's picture

(post #30439, reply #3 of 58)

Cut some fresh mozzarella into small pieces and add to warm beef or chicken broth. You could also serve the cheese with a mild savory condiment like ranch dressing. Good luck!!

gjander's picture

(post #30439, reply #4 of 58)

One dish that we make from time to time is a broccoli puree.  First, steam the broccoli till tender than run through a food processor with a bit of olive oil, butter, salt, pepper, and raw garlic.  You may want to be careful with the garlic as it can be pretty strong.  You could roast it first to take away the bite or just omit it completely.

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #5 of 58)

Good ideas ,thanks.Keep them coming.Bill i esp.liked the idea of the mozza cheese in broth.I may steal that one for myself as I have some sort of cold ,chest thing going on.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #30439, reply #7 of 58)

A friend of mine had all her wisdom teeth pulled at once. I made her a big whack of vichyssoise, and she lived on it for four days. A pureed gazpacho might be good too.
Sweets help a sore throat too; I use to suck a sugar cube between sets when I sang in bar bands, back in the ice age. 

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #8 of 58)

Bar bands indeed! You are a dark horse my fellow frozen person.What music did you perform?I am having to revise my mental picture of you but not sure how it will turn out.Then you throw in Ambrose Bierce...... okay... did you ever eat fresh cut fries with mayo at a college bar in Davis,California? Joking aside thanks for the suggestions and if you pony up your vichyssoise recipe I just might forgive you for being so cool or you may have to sing for us all.Deb...ps Although the singing seems like an idea! Who was that guy that had some sort of weird satanic cult in San Francisco in the early 70's or late 60's? He had a similar name,I think or it could be the cheap red table wine coursing thru my veins or the chest infection etc.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #30439, reply #22 of 58)

The bar bands just covered stuff off the radio mostly, but we had a lot of fun. Have no clue who the satanic guy might have been. The vichyssoise back then would have been straight out of Good Housekeeping or Joy of Cooking, but there's nothing wrong with those.
Power to the nephew. And you get better too.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Heather's picture

(post #30439, reply #37 of 58)

"Who was that guy that had some sort of weird satanic cult in San Francisco in the early 70's or late 60's?"

Anton LeVay?

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #39 of 58)

I think you are right.Were you living in the bay area in the 70's?I lived there for about 8 yrs.then, in San Francisco and Sausalito when rents were cheap and it cost less to eat out in chinatown than to prepare from scratch.Now I live in eastern Canada.

Heather's picture

(post #30439, reply #40 of 58)

Well, we did the reverse of your journey. We moved to Palo Alto in 1969 from Canada (BC) and have been near San Francisco ever since. We only intended to stay for 2 years, but. . .


Edited 2/11/2005 3:00 am ET by Heather1

Syrah's picture

(post #30439, reply #6 of 58)

What about a mild risotto?? I am so sorry to hear this Debe. I hope he is better soon.

 


"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."


 


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"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #9 of 58)

I think he would like it and with cheese it would add protein.He gets anaemic after these sessions and often needs a blood transfusion.His attitude never sways from the positive,'I can do this,let's fight' and he exists on Seinfeld reruns,sometimes catching 5 a day and silently crawling out of bed to watch and chuckle.The family pets are onside and cuddle him constantly.If you were closer and unattached I would try to match you up,Syrah.He is so handsome,tall and the most beautiful complexion you could imagine.He has a great work ethic and I just love him.Please more ideas,I am passing all along.

Syrah's picture

(post #30439, reply #10 of 58)

I hope he likes it.


LOL I actually am attached but thank you for the sentiment. Good wishes for you and him.


 


"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."


 


J.R.R. Tolkien

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #11 of 58)

Just a proud auntie having fever induced day dreams.Thanks,love for your input.Deb ps What time of day is it in your part of the world? It is 3:50 am here in eastern Canada where I sit in my cold/flu induced insomnia with some age induced dementia thrown in.I am thinking Neocitron and whiskey?

Syrah's picture

(post #30439, reply #12 of 58)

Its 7pm here. I have a glass of wine in hand, and had a rather crappy day at work, so I am not sure what dinner will be. Perhaps scrambled eggs??


I hope you manage to get to sleep soon. It is the only way you'll get better. I'd go with the booze definitely.. just a nip to get you started.


 


"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."


 


J.R.R. Tolkien

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #13 of 58)

Oh you do this old auntie's heart good .Make yourself something gooey and delicious and if I were there I would do it for you.Baked or mashed potatoes is always a good antidote to a crappy day.Deb

Gretchen's picture

(post #30439, reply #17 of 58)

How about a risotto with lots of cheese?  Quiche without the crust--a tad underdone?  Custards?  Ah, yes, boiled custard to be exact--the staff of life for ill southerners.  It is really just a creme anglaise.  You could even make it with cream or at least half and half.

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venturedone's picture

(post #30439, reply #21 of 58)

I wouldn't think that anything that is gas-forming, like broccoli and garlic would be good for someone just out of chemo.

 


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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #30439, reply #14 of 58)

A good straciatella...aan Italian version of egg drop soup. 


Maybe Alfredo would be good if you over cooked the fettucini


That chemo is a something else...

michelle's picture

(post #30439, reply #16 of 58)

Hi debe,


I'm really sorry to hear about your nephew, (we wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that you're also feeling better :)  )


I know that foods like icecream or custards and apple sauce are not exactly on the top of the list for 'nutricious' foods but they might have that 'comforting' element for someone who has a hard time swallowing.


Warm regards,


shelly in Jerusalem


PS.  Did the zatar ever arrive? 

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #28 of 58)

Yes thanks a bunch.I sent you an email and will be sending your kind brother a thankyou note.

Wolvie's picture

(post #30439, reply #15 of 58)

sorry to hear about his troubles, I hope all goes well.


since it needs to be soft, veggies purees from roasted, seasoned veggies might be good. Mashed cauliflower might work - if he likes it.


Good hearty broths would work well.


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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #30439, reply #18 of 58)

how about a really rich custard - like a creme brulee, but without the sugar topping?


soft, cool, loads of calories, egg protein...


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MadMom's picture

(post #30439, reply #19 of 58)

I'm a big fan of egg custard...make it really nice and rich - I use a recipe for egg custard pie and just don't bake a crust.  I can tell myself I'm saving calories, but it might work for someone who can't handle chewing stuff.  Sounds like a very brave young man, deb, hope he comes through this with flying colors.



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Marcia's picture

(post #30439, reply #20 of 58)

Good luck to your nephew. Any sort of pureed soup would be great. My favorite is leek and potato, and milk could be added for extra protein.


The custard ideas are good ones, both the sweet and the savory. I like the idea of a cheese quiche without the pastry. A simple cheese omelette might do the trick, too.


My best wishes for all of you.

Callie's picture

(post #30439, reply #23 of 58)

What about miso soup with small cubes of silken tofu?  Good luck!

KathiM's picture

(post #30439, reply #24 of 58)

Debe5t--  your nephews doc should be able to give him a specially formulated mouthwash with an anesthetic just made for the post chem/radiation tenderness-just ask the doc or the nurse at the oncology center. Meantime- boring but reliable rice pudding, yogurt soft cooked omlets, serious soups ( you can get pretty creative with temperature and ingredients), cheesy potatoes.  Check out the ameriacan cancer society - they should have lots of good ideas.  LOL to him.  I pray chemo is a great success.

debe5t's picture

(post #30439, reply #30 of 58)

Thanks I will check the American cancer soceity and I am quite sure he has the mouth wash.He is being treated at an oncology hospital in Montreal and his Dr. is in touch with the world expert on these kind of brain tumours who is located in France.The family has had a real roller coaster ride,several brain surgeries,several rounds of chemo,radiation,blood transfusions etc.


Everyone has been so kind and creative with ideas for food.

DeannaS's picture

(post #30439, reply #25 of 58)

I just made a broccoli parmesan pudding - melts in your mouth, but has lots of good stuff in it. Do you want the recipe for that?

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