Easter Nests (GF, DF, Vegan)

The Allergy Brothers made these Easter nests with chocolate eggs at school, using our recipe.  It’s really great that the boys are always included in their class’ cooking.

Ingredients

75g margarine (we used Pure sunflower brand)

50g golden syrup

100g dark chocolate (we used Kinnerton free from chocolate)

100g breakfast cereal (we used gluten free flakes and Nature’s Path Munch)

mini chocolate eggs (we used Lindt dark chocolate mini eggs)

Method

  1. Line a muffin tray with cases.
  2. Melt the margarine and golden syrup in a pan.  Reduce the heat to low, add the chocolate, and stir until the chocolate has melted.
  3. Remove from the heat, mix in the cereal, and stir until it is all chocolatey.
  4. Spoon into the muffin cases and make an indent in the centre. Place an egg in each nest.
  5. Chill the nests until they are firm.

 

 

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The Coconut Collaborative (Vegan, DF)

It’s always interesting to see which products make the leap from specialist shops and websites to mainstream supermarkets.  The Coconut Collaborative range have certainly done that.  We haven’t reviewed this product before because coconut is an Allergy Brothers’ allergen, but now they are everywhere it seemed rude not to.

Initially, I had several questions about this product:

  1. Was I really reacting to coconut as I suspected during the granola testing?
  2. Why are the naked people in the logo without their modesty leaves on the lemon pot packaging, but the cartoon people have them on all the other packaging?

I discovered the answer to question 1 is “definitely” and the answer to question 2 is “who knows?!”  I actually really enjoyed the Little Choc Pot I tried.  It was very rich and creamy so that’s a pretty good review for something that also made my tongue sting!  Allergy Dad, who is not a fan of healthy(ish) food, also gave the lemon pots a big thumb’s up.  Because I am a numpty/like to thoroughly test things, I thought I would try another Coconut Collaborative product.  I tried the rice pudding, but I didn’t like the texture.  Too few lumps in too much runniness.  Unfortunately, this product also confirmed that coconut has moved from my food friends list to the reacting foes one.  I didn’t try the rhubarb yoghurt, which was a big shame because that is my favourite flavour.  I guess I will have to make my own with Nush nut yoghurts and rhubarb puree.

In summary, there’s a reason why these products have hit the mainstream.  The little pots really are very good!

P.S.  If you have a moment and a Word Press account, would you go to Allergy Wizard’s first ever review and maybe like it.  He would be super excited to have some more readers.  Thank you.

Cream of Mushroom Soup (GF, DF, Vegan)

As much as I adore my beloved soupmaker, I had kind of hoped to be moving out of comforting, hot soup season and into Spring.  Clearly, the weather has other ideas.  This soup was inspired by two new products: Ecomil Béchamel almond cream and Knorr Mushroom stock pots.

I made the soup in my soup maker. You need to make sure all the vegetables are chopped to approximately the same size.
Ingredients
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
2-3 large Portobello mushrooms, peeled and chopped
3 small potatoes, peeled if necessary and cubed
1 Knorr mushroom stock pot or stock of your choice
1 carton of Ecomil Bechamel Cream 200 ml
1 carton of almond milk (I used Ecomil Organic Sugar Free Natural Almond Drink)

1. Chop all the vegetables to roughly the same size.
2. Put all the ingredients, except the almond milk, in your soup maker.
3. Add almond milk up to the minimum liquid level
4. Choose the blended soup option.
5. Leave the soupmaker to do its thing, and come back to your food hug! Deeply flavoured and delicious cream of mushroom soup.

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The Colchester Officers’ Club, Essex

This is a first for the Allergy Brothers blog, well two firsts to be accurate.  Firstly, Allergy Big would like to be known as Allergy Wizard from now on, and he has a nice portrait drawn by one of his classmates to celebrate this (see above; I love the spelling of allergy!).  Secondly, he wants to write this blog himself.  Allergy Wizard was invited with his school class to have lunch at the Colchester Officers’ Club in by the Rotary Club.  The Colchester Officers’ Club is a private members club so it was exciting to visit for the day.  And now over to Allergy Wizard…

“It was a lot of fun.  I was impressed by the gold seats.  But I loved the Officers’ Club for one thing because they helped with my allergies.  The chef made me my own burger so that I had something to eat, and I could eat the chips because they were safe for me too.  Thank you, Officers’ Club and the Rotary Club.  I give you a big thumbs up!”

I want to add my thanks too.  Not only did the chef take my phonecall in the middle of lunch service (oops, I should have checked the time before calling), she then rang me back later to confirm the ingredients in the planned meal choices and, when there was nothing suitable, she made him his own burger with Allergy Wizard safe ingredients.  Thank you, Officers’ Club chef, you made his day!

Blogger Recognition Award

Right back in January, Nich of At Home with Nich nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award.  I’ll confess that I didn’t know what this award was.  When I discovered what it was – a way for members of the blogging community to support other bloggers – I felt all warm and fuzzy so thank you very much, Nich.  Unfortunately, I am very British and not very good at self-promotion so I have been umming and aahing about what to write since January!

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RULES FOR THIS AWARD:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

How The Allergy Brothers blog started

The origins of this blog are very mundane.  I was simply fed up with having little bits of paper covered in scrawled notes about recipes all over my kitchen.  I thought it would be a good idea to put the recipes online so I could tidy up my kitchen.  I soon discovered two things: baking and electronic devices don’t mix that well unless you like your laptop covered in cake batter, and that I really enjoyed having a creative outlet in the form of the blog.  I have now corralled paper copies of my recipes into a folder for day-to-day use, and the blog has morphed into a more general resource for people with multiple allergies.

Advice to New Bloggers

  1. Enjoy it!  For most bloggers, blogging is never going to be more than a hobby, and not a road to riches, so make sure you enjoy doing it.  I took about a year off the blog a while ago.  It was a difficult decision because the blog had started growing a bit at that point, but, because there was so much else going on in our lives at that time, I wasn’t enjoying blogging.  It had become another chore I needed to do when really I should have got more sleep.  Now, our lives are calmer, I am able to genuinely look forward to sitting down and working on the blog.
  2. Don’t be afraid to celebrate small successes.  It’s easy to look at celebrity bloggers and influencers and feel like a very tiny plankton in a huge internet ocean. Remember the classic Theodore Roosevelt quote “comparison is the thief of joy.”  He’s right.  The Allergy Brothers are excellent at this.  To them, the idea that over 500 people have read our blog since January is mindblowing.  They don’t care that Kim Kardashian West has over 109 million Instagram followers.  They find it exciting that people from all over the world read their blog.  So celebrate each new follower, and every new best ever statistic because that is a success.

My Nominations

IT Elementary School

Wildlife Through A Lens

And thanks again to Nich (At Home With Nich) for the nomination.

Planet Organic – New Shops

You may remember that I was recently very impressed by my online shopping experience using Planet Organic.  In fact, I was so impressed that I joined their Affiliate programme (so this post contains affiliate links, which don’t change the price for you, but help to support this website financially).

The Planet Organic Shop now has new ways of shopping by diet.  There is a gluten free shop, and I was really impressed that this included groceries and a health and beauty section.  People often forget that products, which go on the outside of your body, can cause a reaction.

Planet Organic also have a new Planet Organic Living website.  I was particularly pleased by the products in the Picnicware and Lunchboxes section.  The Allergy Brothers almost always have to take packed food with them wherever they go.  I do feel quite guilty about how many single use packaging materials we use.  I think the Beeswax Wraps, sturdy, metal elephant lunch boxes and these metal reuseable straws would be particularly useful for us.