We have a problem here at Allergy Towers. Both the Allergy Brothers do cooking at school. In fact, Allergy Wizard’s class cook every week and have now progressed to the stage that they make a two course cooked lunch for themselves once a week. I think this is fantastic. It can be difficult juggling ingredients though. The biggest problem we have is dairy-based recipes. The Allergy Brothers are allergic to dairy, soya, coconut and rice. At home, this isn’t a problem as we use almond milk. Unfortunately, there are children in their class with severe nut allergies so they can’t use any nut-based milks at school. This has rather left us scratching our heads. Chufa milk (AKA tiger nut milk) seemed to be the answer. Despite its tiger nut nickname, Chufa is a tuber, not a nut, and so shouldn’t trigger a nut allergy. However, it can trigger an allergic reaction in people, who have pollen or grass allergies.
We decided to try this new ingredient at home, and the boys were keen to make a mango smoothie.
As much mango as you can be bothered to cut up from a fresh mango
Chufa milk (enough to overfill the blender so it runs all over the counter)
Maple syrup (as much as you can bung in before killjoy Mum notices)
- Cut up the mango while your Mum tries not to fret and fuss about the big knife.
- Bung the mango in the blender with too much Chufa milk and sneak in some maple syrup.
- That’s it.
Allergy Wizard tried their smoothie first, and within a minute or so began to have an allergic reaction. HIs mouth felt “spiky” and he began coughing and finding it hard to breathe. Thank goodness, this stopped very quickly after he had some anti-histamine. But clearly, not a non-dairy solution for Allergy Wizard.
Amazingly, Allergy Plant was happy to try the smoothie after his brother’s reaction, he really enjoyed it. He also finished off the rest of the Chufa milk carton the next day. Chufa milk tastes nutty; the closest thing I could compare it to is macadamia nut milk. If it wasn’t for Allergy Wizard’s allergic reaction, we would have been very chuffed about Chufa milk.