Tuesday, 29 January 2013

2013 Allergy Show



The Allergy Show 2013 website is now taking bookings. There are several websites offering free unlimited tickets so do search before paying for a ticket! Check the Official Partners, like ParentsOwn for free tickets.


Friday, 25 January 2013

Genius!

So clever! Again, from our Facebook group - this extremely clever idea to encourage your children to eat!

Poke gluten free spaghetti through free from sausages (eg left) then boil.

Fill your own puree pouches!!

I know many people who spend a small fortune on purees from the supermarket, children with reflux/EGID and babies tend to have a lot of pureed food and it can become quite expensive.       I was interested to see that JoJo Maman Bebe now sell empty pouches to fill yourself - means you can create your own blends too! 

Free from ice cream

I tend to buy Bessant and Drury ice cream if I can get hold of it, but some have ice cream makers and this appeared on the Facebook group page.

Free From Ice Cream

(requires ice cream maker)

Ingredients
1 carton coconut cream
250mls rice milk
150g sugar
2 tablespoons thick and easy (recipe says arrowroot but this is often better tolerated)
20g cocoa powder
a bar of zero zebra chocolate
few drops of vanilla essence

Method
Place all ingredients in a pot and melt altogether, let it cool in a fridge til cold then transfer to an ice cream maker.

Gorgeous luxury tasting ice cream!

If you need cones - these are lovely, but check they are not broken in the box!


Gluten Free Conversion Chart

A fantastically useful chart for when substituting regular 
wheat (plain) flour with gluten free alternatives.


Friday, 18 January 2013

I LOVE Waitrose!

Can I just say how much I now love Waitrose, and how very very much I am enjoying having a massive branch of the store in our town.

A friend informed me about a company who sell free from sausages for children through the company, including the novel "Sqaushages" for children who struggle with the skins. Let's face it, kids with allergies invariably have other eating issues alongside and my children certainly do.

 

So, I logged into Waitrose and added as many of the varieties of "Good Little Company" Sausages that my local branch could sell me. Then I discovered that their free from range extends far beyond the (pretty good) selection Ocado currently offer. So definitely have a look! I know Waitrose isn't cheap, I had a few issues with their website too but I can honestly say I am genuinely excited anticipating our order on Monday!!

Oh and if you register for a "My Waitrose" card you qualify for a free hot drink of any type each week day. Can't be bad...

Of course, you could always buy some gluten free sausagemeat from our local butcher, we've done that too ;) but I think this company deserve a medal for being so inspired!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Incredibly simple two food birthday cake!

A friend has a son who is mostly tube fed, but is allowed rice and is ok with a small amount of sugar. She couldn't let his birthday pass without some kind of cake, but on two foods that's pretty tough....

However, she created this beautiful little cake from large rice cakes, it worked a treat and cut neatly too - no crumbling.


It is rice cakes layered with icing from icing sugar and water, and decorated with jelly tots. It's that simple!

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!


MEWS free Gingerbread Men

A lovely easy biscuit recipe from a friend!

Recipe is so easy, a blend of various recipes so things like xanthum gum may need tweaking and the amount of flour may need to be increased. This will make about 30 gingerbread men or 4 billion gingerbread dinosaurs. My opinion is more ginger and nutmeg is best which is why the quantities are quite high.

Ingredients

• 140g pure sunflower spread
• 100g dark muscovado sugar
• 3 tbsp golden syrup
• 350g Doves gluten free plain flour
• 1 tsp gluten free bicarbonate of soda
• 1.5 tsp Xanthum gum
• 3 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cloves

Method

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Mix flour, soda, spices and xanthum gum in a bowl. Stir in the butter mix to make a stiff-ish dough.

Wait until cool enough to handle, then roll out dough to about 5mm thick. Stamp out gingerbread men, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 mins until golden.

Cool 10 mins on the sheets, then lift onto cooling racks. Then continue until all done. Remember that these will spread a little in the oven so keep a bit of a space between them. 

Keeps for about a week in an airtight tin, dough should freeze if made in quantity.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

NEW!! Facebook Chat/Support Group



As of this week there is now a new Facebook Group to supplement the Recipe Resource Blog.


Already there have been helpful discussions on recipes, alternatives and nutrition. We are parents, not professionals but can offer support and information/advice although you should always approach your health professional if you have an concerns about your child. Any recipe/food advice is given in good faith but please remember feeding your child is your responsibility and no liability can be taken for any adverse reactions/errors in advice etc. We are well intentioned though and a very friendly group!


It is a closed group so you need to request to join. All requests are checked by Admin to ensure others' safety and privacy. Posts within the group are not visible to other Facebook users but please remember this does not stop others cut and pasting your posts. You post at your own risk.


Now if I haven't scared you off, come and join us at Recipe Resource Chat/Support Group !

Reflux page now updated

I have now added a weaning section at the bottom of the Reflux Page, although I am hoping to write a more in depth section on this soon.
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