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Dairy, wheat and gluten free nettle pesto recipe

Since my garden is groaning with beautiful fresh green nettles, before I dig them all up and bung them on the compost heap, I’m making as much tea, pesto and soup as I can, because nettles are positively bursting with goodness. This recipe is so easy and you can tailor it to your own needs. […]

FODMAPS explained – foods to avoid with IBS

Now you probably know quite a lot about food, allergens and healthy eating, like me, but sometimes people mention something I should look into and I’m completely stumped. More than one person has mentioned this weird acronyn to me too so I thought it was about time I looked into exactly what FODMAPS is all […]

Happy Easter – alternative treat to easter eggs

Happy Easter to you all from What Allergy? There are lots of companies making freefrom dairy and nut free Easter eggs out there including Kinnerton, Plamin, D&D and Celtic chocolates but for those of you who failed to get hold of one or just fancied something different, here is an alternative easy, quick and totally […]

Gluten, dairy, nut free fruity fridge flapjacks

I love flapjacks. They’re healthy, easy to make and delicious and this week I have had a kind of flapjack epiphany. I made the River Cottage no-bake fridge flapjacks which are gluten, dairy, nut and soya free. Yes you heard me, I didn’t cook them. No oven used at all. Just the fridge. This could […]

Are Food Intolerance Tests Reliable?

About ten years ago, I took a YorkTest test on the advice of my then nutritionist. I wasn’t getting any help from my doctor at the time who told me I couldn’t possibly have other allergies! We were struggling to pinpoint which foods were triggering my stomach and skin complaints. They didn’t seem to be […]

Testing Herstat propolis on cold sores – it works

Recently I have been testing propolis cold sore ointment from Herstat on a cold sore that crept up on me in the night. I have been using their LipCare Stick as a preventative measure but you know when you feel that tingling just when you’re dozing off to sleep? You know you should get up, […]

Blog hop – my writing process by Ruth Holroyd

A friend from my local writers’ group, Susie Kearsley, who writes about health, food and gardens, amongst other things, suggested I might like to participate in a ‘blog hop’, entitled ‘My Writing Process’. I’ve never done a blog hop before so it intrigued me. This one is not technically allergy related but most of what […]

An ode to the FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

Here is a poem that I wrote about the amazing, the incredible, the life changing, the most excellent, FreeFrom Food Awards 2014. I stopped after the winner and four runners up. It would have been about a hundred verses long… I also wrote the official review for the FreeFrom Food Awards from a long term […]

Testing Protopic ointment for eczema – does it work?

Most people with moderate to severe eczema will have heard of Protopic. If you haven’t yet come across it it’s an appealing treatment – it’s not a steroid so doesn’t thin the skin like steroids do. I first discovered it when my sister was prescribed it to treat her eczema. She raved about it and […]