Today I read the very sad story of the death of 10 year old Olivia Dennis from asthma. She’d been prescribed inhalers which she’d been using with increasing frequency yet she’d never had a diagnosis of asthma. Her parents were not really aware of the
As part of my January promises to myself I waddled off to do a spin class. Seemed a reasonable idea at the time. A bit of exercise to work off the Xmas indulgences. I really enjoyed the class, and was suitably proud of my red
I Had Such High Hopes I was so looking forward to my consultation with a new dermatologist. My skin has been a nightmare for the past few years and I was really hoping that a new pair of eyes would help – debates range between
To be honest; like most people I really look forward to going away on holiday. But, for us, it’s more convoluted than for other folk, due to our allergies and other health issues. When you think of going away I bet your first thought isn’t
I suffer from eczema and Urticaria so I live in a world of itching. Recently the Urticaria has entered a new phase of awfulness. Hands, arms, chest, back and legs are all affected. It itches like crazy, means I can’t sleep, and am uncomfortable all
Skin allergies aren’t exactly news in our house. I’ve suffered for years from eczema and urticaria but over the last 12 months things have gotten markedly worse. For some reason all over body rashes, accompanied by swelling have become part of my life. Face, eyes,
Those of you who have read my other posts know that I suffer from both eczema and urticaria. Recently I’ve been on prednisone to deal with the flare ups and it’s been a rocky few months. My GP has been reluctant to send me to
Every year, every year, I get a chest infection in November. This year, for the first time, it kicked off some pretty severe asthma. It all started as a bit of a tight chest but in a few days seemed to get very nasty.
Molly was diagnosed with Asthma when she was very young; the inhalers didn’t make much of a difference to her symptoms but once we got her reflux and delayed allergies sorted out she rarely coughed. Sure…If she got a cold then she used an inhaler
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Jus Rol do a range of ready to use pastry that is dairy free. Wonderful in all cooking. They also do gluten free.
We think Sainsbury’s gluten free pasta is the best out there
Organ Egg Replacer – great in baking, and makes wonderful meringues
Plamil Vegan Mayonnaise is great, not too runny
Vegan Cheese – Go for Violife hard cheeses and cream cheese, Sainsbury’s is pretty good too.
If you are after melting mozzarella go for Daiya – really good on pizza
Dairy Free Cooking Tips
We love Vitalite’s taste and think it’s the best dairy free margarine around, but Pure and Flora are also good.
Oatly Cream and Creme Fraiche are great in sauces and mashed potato
Koko Coconut Milk is our favourite substitute in smoothies and porridge
Waitrose Coconut yoghurt is wonderful, but Coyo and Coconut Collaborative are great too.
Egg Free Baking Substitutes
1/2 ripe banana gives great body in cakes as well as moisture
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce is also good for texture and moisture
2 tsp baking powder plus 1 tsp apple cider vinegar gives lift
1 tbsp flaxseed meal plus 3 tablespoons water for binding (not my favourite as I don’t like the consistency)
1/4 cup fine oats for binding (good in burgers and meatballs)
Gluten Free Tips
There are a lot of great flours out there, no need to mix your own. We love Dove Farm.
Watch out for Soya Sauce and Baking Powder. You can find Gluten Free versions in most supermarkets
Xanthan Gum is a great stabiliser in baking, and thickener
Corn Starch is a good Gluten Free thickener
Gluten Free baking doesn’t stay as fresh as long, so eat it quick, or freeze as you go