Hello I’m a mum of a little toddler/monkey also known as ‘Allergy Bub’ or ‘bub’ for the purposes of this blog. We live in Bromley, just outside London. With respect to allergies, so far we know she has a conventional IgE reaction (hives, eczema and sometimes almost instant vomiting) to peanuts, sesame, tree nuts and raw egg. In addition, bub has FPIES and non IgE reactions to a host of proteins including: all meats (lamb, chicken beef, pork), fish, egg, soya, dairy, sweet potato, coconut and, probably the most difficult to get around especially when eating out, wheat. Luckily, bub can tolerate gluten so conventional oats and other non wheat cereals are fine.
The recipes contained in this blog are all free from the following: dairy, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, soya, meat and fish. However, the egg replacers can be substituted for egg and gluten free flours for conventional flours, if desired. Where possible, measurements are in metric cups (just because I find it easier) and grams.
Since starting this blog, we had bub2. This little chap doesn’t seem to have allergies like his sister. Lucky devil! But we were very cautious with his weaning and started him off on hydrolysed formula in the early days just in case. I still haven’t tried peanut on him (he’s now 2.5) but will do in a cafe close to the hospital soon. We have moved to New Zealand and have been here for about 18months. The kids do a lot more digging in the garden and general muck play than I would have probably tolerated in London but I now understand the importance of gut bacteria and exposure so it’s ‘all good’ as the kiwis say.