Yummy feta salad

I still haven’t completely got my appetite back but as it is returning I’ve been fighting the urge to eat junk other than the odd digestive biscuit.  So last night for tea I really craved and we had the following…

Feta cheese with green and yellow peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes (need I say – not homegrown), balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mint, mild olive oil and basil along with multi seeded bread with olive oil margarine (I would have used butter but I did forget the bread and B buttered, or rather margarined it) oh, and iceberg lettuce.  I feel the need to apologise for this, not that I don’t think there is a place in the world for iceberg lettuce but I generally prefer something a tad more interesting in this department, B however does the shopping and I didn’t specifically write ‘entertaining lettuce’ on the list.

We both really enjoyed it – I would have liked to eat more but couldn’t fit another bite in so in fact, we all really enjoyed it as I offered the last bit to Bud thinking he would eat the cheese and leave the rest and after a few tentative licks to ensure it was indeed edible he polished it all off.  It was so good B suggested we have it for tea today too – mmmm, can’t wait.

I came to take my last lot of tablets yesterday before bed and realised that I hadn’t given the ‘Information for the user’ leaflet the once over in this instance for the Rifadin (rifampicin).  Let’s face it although it’s good to know the side effects that can be bestowed on you when it’s a vital medication you pop those pills like a kid stuffs down sweeties at Halloween.

The dispensing label does say about taking the tablets half an hour before food so I had been doing that and the microbiologist had said that they can make people violently sick but I hadn’t experienced this.

So there I was about to pop my last lot of tablets and I have to admit the only thing that prompted me to read the ‘Information for the user’ was that I couldn’t get the tablet bubble strip back into the box without taking the leaflet out, and I read the following…

Taking Rifadin 150 Capsules with food and drink

If Rifadin 150 Capsules are taken with the food and drink listed below you may experience headache, sweating, flushing, fast, uneven or forceful heartbeat (palpitations), dizziness, feel lightheaded or faint (due to low blood pressure).

While taking Rifadin 150 Capsules do not have:

  • Cheese
  • Skipjack tuna or other tropical fish
  • Red wine

Which raises a few points

Red wine – not a problem other than plonking (get it ‘plonk*’-ing) some in a stew a few weeks ago I don’t touch any alcohol at all really – other than the bottle when pouring a couple of friends a drink

Skipjack tuna or other tropical fish – now I’m borne back to the time my Dad had a tropical fish tank and have a vision of a salad sprinkled with tiny brightly coloured fishy goodies like these…

Cheese – Arghhhh! Now what are we going to have for tea?  Mind you I got away with it last night and the salad was really good and to quote a friend it doesn’t actually say – ‘Eat cheese with this medicine and you will die!’

* Plonk – slang word for alcohol sometimes prefixed by cheap


6 responses to “Yummy feta salad

  1. Oh bother, wonder what it is in cheese and fish that makes it contraindicated and is feta really a cheese? Wanted to add in here that eating margarine is not really very good for you… it’s made up of plastics and commercial oil, not a natural food at all. I will send you a link by Fb to read about it. If the instructions didn’t say ‘butter’ then a good butter can be as nice as cheese on a bit of bread or crackers/biscuits. Intending you continue to feel better!

  2. “Cheese” covers a mutitude of things – maybe they mean the scary blue kind that fizzes on contact with the tongue? That would make me throw even without medicine! Feta is quite mild and “non-live”.
    And tropical fish? What’s going on? Is your medicine Euro-centric? Does your dinner need a Tier 4 visa before you can eat it?!
    Intriguing.

  3. It’s a possibility that your med cannot be taken with foods high in tyramine.
    MAO inhibitors are like this and can cause heart problems if taken with tyramine foods.
    Red wine is one for sure, which is why some people get headaches from it. Tyramine is
    very “vaso-active” and a trigger for migraines. Cheeses that are highest in tyramine are normally the ones that are aged a long time. I don’t think Feta is. If you do a computer search on foods that contain tyramine, you’ll see the ones that are the biggest culprits.
    I’m sensitive to it myself and learned this from a nurtritionist years ago. It causes problems for me, mostly gastrointestinal, and believe it or not, if I ate them when I was nursing Liv, she screamed with colic afterward.

  4. Okay, Sandy beat me to it, that is, toss all your leftover margarine into the RUBBISH bin, for that is where it belongs…and buy some butter…organic, if possible.
    Denise, I’m sooo impressed. What a sleuth! Until I read your comment, I had been really puzzled about the connection between tropical fish and cheese…
    Glad you feel better, Paula…sooooooo glad! Onwards and upwards! 🙂

  5. I had some “entertaining” lettuce and tuna for lunch and I’ve been regurgitating it for the last few hours …. Not pleasant! Hope you did have your feta salad for tea with no ill effects!

  6. My, they are VERY specific about their drug interaction warnings, aren’t they?
    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat anything called “tropical fish” now.
    But, feta…..YUM!!!

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