Living on stale bread… freefrom is expensive!

It costs a LOT more to feed an allergic person than it does for those with no allergies. And I’m not just talking about the increased cost of freefrom food, although some of it is very expensive compared to its normal alternatives. There are numerous reasons for this, including increased manufacturing costs, special training for […]

There’s nothing in an Oxo stock cube…

Oxo cubes. We all know about those. We don’t eat Oxo cubes if we are allergic to wheat or celery because they are not just stock… they are lots of other things too. The moral of this blog is that you must always keep checking and checking and when that little niggling doubt is in […]

I shared my Ombar #dairyfree #nutfree #soyafree chocolate

I’ve talked about this before. Sharing. I’m not good at it. Not when it comes to my special #freefrom carefully sought and expensively bought wares. Especially not when it comes to chocolate because the chocolate I eat has to be bought online from specialist retailers. You can’t just pick up any bar from the shops. […]

Please don’t butter the mushrooms…

I love mushrooms but I can rarely eat them outside my own kitchen because every chef on the planet seems to cook them in butter. But a fried breakfast just isn’t a fried breakfast without mushrooms. To me, mushrooms fried in oil, which is dairy free, taste delicious, so why the butter fettish? Now I […]

Surviving three VERY different weddings with allergies

This year we were invited to three very different weddings. One involving a walk in the Lake District and a riotous Ceilidh in the evening, one involving camping and outdoor entertainment and one traditional wedding at a hotel venue. What to eat at someone’s wedding when you have multiple allergies is always a worry. I […]

ITV news, allergen regs and a FreeFrom cafe

The allergen regulations came into play in December 2014, almost six months ago, so food service businesses have had quite some time to get ready for the allergic community. There was plenty of warning before the regulations came into effect but many establishments may still be very unprepared for catering for an allergic diner. ITV […]

On not living in fear because no one should have to…

Nobody should be living in fear, it’s not a nice place to be. Believe me, I’ve been there. I have spent years too frightened to eat out. Scared people will laugh at me or think I’m a freak. Fearful that I will stand out, cause a fuss, be a pain in the allergic backside. But […]

Can you eat mini cheddars?

Do you ever feel the steam rising when people who know you have allergies keep on offering you unsuitable snacks or foods? I think it’s just an instinctive sharing thing, I think people don’t mean to make you want to scream inside… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO For the love of God, I have been allergic to dairy now […]

Hidden milk and lactic acid in salami meat

Salami is meat, right? It shouldn’t have milk in it. To find out whether it might it helps to understand how it’s made. It involves making a paste of meat, generally pork and beef. Then salt, spices etc. are added and lots of fat too. The following bits of the process are probably the reasons […]