Thursday, 23 February 2012

Oven Baked Rissotto

Free from Dairy (IF THE CHEESE IS EXCLUDED) , Soya, Wheat, Gluten, Egg and Corn.

You need:

250g smoked bacon chopped into small pieces
1 onion chopped
1oz Pure Sunflower or similar
10 oz Arborio rice
½ glass white wine
150g cherry tomatoes (I often replace this with 300g mushrooms)
700ml chicken stock (I make up 2 know stock cubes in 700ml of hot water)
2 oz grated parmesan (leave out if dairy free)


Heat oven to 180 degrees
Fry bacon pieces in casserole dish (dry fry) for 3-5 minutes until golden and crisp. Dish need to be able to go on hob.
Stir in onion and butter and cook for 3-4 mins until soft
Pour in rice and mix well until all rice is coated in juice from onions
Pour in wine and cook until all liquid absorbed
Add cherry tomatoes, hot stock and give quick stir
Cover with lid, put in oven and cook for 18 mins stirring occasionally (I did it twice).
Stir in parmesan and stir until melted
Serve and sprinkle with extra parmesan

Sunday, 19 February 2012

MEWS free Chocolate Fairy Cakes

An adaptation of the Hale and Hearty chocolate brownie mix (available from most Holland and Barratt stores) to make gorgeous MEWS free chocolate fairy cakes!

Add 4 eggs worth of egg replacer,
200g dairy free marg,such as "Pure" sunflower
2tsp baking powder and
50g gluten free flour.

Whizz it all up with enough water to make a normal cake consistency and bake as fairy cakes. They aren't crumbly but moist and have chocolate bits in.

These freeze really well too - just microwave on high 15 secs to eat. One box makes about 24 cakes so it lasts almost a month. They do taste like normal chocolate cakes.

Shopping List for a MEWS free diet

This list was compiled by a friend of mine for her son who suffers multiple food allergies. It could save you a lot of hard work but do read the notes first.


1) Manufacturers change the ingredients in foods without warning – so you do need to check products each time you buy them. 2) Some of the products mentioned below contain Soya Lecithin, which we were told was ok on a Soya Free diet because it is a highly purified oil, and contains none of the protein to which most people react.

3) Some products may state "may contain traces of...." You will need to check this and make a call dependant on the level of your childs sensitivity.

Free From Foods

Sainsburys free from chicken nuggets

Sainsburys free from Fish Fingers

Sainsburys free from Spaghetti/Pasta

Bob the Builder Corn Pasta

Freedom Ice Cream

Booja Booja Ice cream

Dove Farm Plain and Self Raising Flour

Dove Farm Plain Chocolate drops

Dove Farm chocolate Rice Crispy Bars

Sainsbury Free From Mint Crisps

Sainsburys Free From chocolate buttons

Pink Panther Vanilla Wafers

Orgran No Egg

Orgran Pizza and Pastry Multi-mix

Dietary Specials Breadsticks

General Dietary EnerG Breads – High Fibre White Loaf (lots of their products are ok)

Anthony Worral Thompsons Hazlenut and Cocoa Spread (says may contain traces of milk, spya and peanuts).

Normal Foods

Birdseye Smiley Faces

McCain Hashbrowns

Tesco/Sainsbury Potato Waffles


Co-co pops

Rice Krispies

Crunchy Nut Cornflakes


Chuppa Lollies (not fruit/cream varieties or coco cola)

Jamesons Raspberry Ruffle Bars

Tesco Marshmallows (check other varieties)

M&S Percy Pigs

All M&S Sausages are gluten free, except cocktail ones, and most are MEWS/DEWS free as well

M&S chicken and Mushroom Crispbakes

M&S British Pork Meatballs

Bendicks Mints

Sainsburys Basic Potato Rings and Hula Hoops

Organix range (need to check each item)

Rice cakes


Sunpat Peanut Butter

Tesco custard Powder

Hartleys jellies

Askeys Treat Strawberry Sauce

Innocent smoothies for kids (good frozen)

Fruit Pura Fruit Pots


Fruit Pastille Ice Lollies


Debbies and Andrews Gluten free dairy free sausages (available in Tesco)

Heinz Baked Beans

Heinz baked beans and sausages

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Allergy Kids "Allermates"

I've just come across a fantastic new site promoting allergy awareness and selling a new type of wristband. "Allermates" are a cool and child friendly allergy awareness product. Check out
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