Travel

The Tower Arms, Essex

Finally, the sun was out, and allergybabe, allergydad and allergymum, the whole pale-faced allergy family, went for a day trip to Essex.

Equipped with the usual allergy friendly foods for a whole week (you never know what foods allergybabe is in the mood for…), we happily headed for a fun day out.

And fun it was!

The Tower Arms, Essex

The Tower Arms, Essex

Driving along the country side, we discovered this incredible pub http://www.towerarms.co.uk

Clean and modern outdoor space, efficient staff (equipped with ear pieces to be instructed discretely) and a very tasty menu impressed us from the very beginning. Well, we did not know what was about to come… .

Since we always try to give allergybabe a treat as often as possible, we thoroughly investigated the menu for something good enough for allergybabe. The chips usually work, so I walked enthusiastically to the bar to order some.

A couple of minutes later, a very friendly member of staff asked for all of allergybabe’s allergies again to make sure they would not serve anything he cannot have and it turned out the chips contained wheat. But instead of just leaving the table, she offered, despite the very busy kitchen, to hand cut some chips from scratch and fry them in their own oil. What a nice touch; and no need to mention we zealously accepted.

I have never encountered a more caring and helpful establishment. I do not have to mention that the cooked lunch from home was totally ignored and the chips were stuffed down with lots of ketchup in no time… .

We could not resist and celebrated with an Aperol Spritz.

Happy Days!

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Orange Wig Day Canary Wharf, London

And what a great day it was!

We started with a coffee morning and allergy friendly cakes, followed by a chat with an allergy mum, an allergy quiz and ended the day with a very orange parade. Everyone was wearing bright colors, their wigs and a smile on their faces.

Thanks everyone for their great support, especially all staff and management at Little Unicorn Day Nursery, Bank Street, for making it a very successful and happy event.

And everyone who donated more than generously, it is heart-warming to see that people do care.

The Little Unicorn Day Nursery Bank Street Staff proudly wearing their Wigs on the Orange Wig Day Parade through Canary Wharf,London.

The Little Unicorn Day Nursery Bank Street Staff proudly wearing their Wigs on the Orange Wig Day Parade through Canary Wharf,London.

See you next year!

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Orange Wig Day 2013- have your cake…

Busy as a bee I have been in the kitchen lately, and for a good cause it has been!

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We are going to have great allergen-free and tasty treats at our son’s nursery this friday in celebration of the anaphylaxis campaign’s orange wig day 2013.

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Sooo excited to show everyone that it is possible when avoiding a ton of foods to

have your cake and eat eat!

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RECIPES

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

A smooth vanilla flavored topping for cupcakes, cakes, biscuit sandwiches etc. And the best bit, it got allergybabe’s kind approval! As always, I try to get the best ingredients possible, to achieve maximum results.

Ingredients
3/4 cup dairy-free spread ( I use pure sunflower spread)
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar (be careful, some contain egg!)
2 tsp vanilla extract (e.g. organic vanilla bean extract) OR 1tsp vanilla bean pasteImage

Put the spread into a bowl, sieve the sugar on top, add the vanilla extract. to combine, use a fork (or your hands). When combined, mix with a food processor until smooth and fluffy. Pipe or spread on top of cupcakes, refrigerate. If you feel the creme is too hard, add a few teaspoons of water.

Enjoy!

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Vanilla Cupcakes

At last an allergy friendly vanilla cupcake that actually tastes very very nice. I found this great recipe on lucysfriendlyfoods, a Cordon Bleu trained vegetarian allergy mummy. I admire her knowledge and her skill to transfer ‘regular’ specialty recipes into really good tasting allergy friendly foods. I already tried out a couple of recipes, and so far, not a single fail! Since we have to avoid wheat and everything else containing gluten, I use gluten free flour.

Here is a *gluten-free version of lucysfriendlyfoods’ Vanilla cupcake recipe:

To substitute the self raising flour, I use Dove ‘s farm white bread flour blend and add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder to the flour. I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible but i find that especially organic sunflower oil can leave an intense flavor in baked goods, so I usually go for a non organic sunflower oil. I use (low gluten) oat milk but can be substituted by *GF rice drink#.

# please be aware that rice drink is not recommended for children under the age of 5 due its arsenic content

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Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Very decadent, very chocolatey and definitely for the sweet tooth in all of us…

This is the ultimate chocolate topping:

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Ingredients
3/4 cup dairy-free spread ( I use pure sunflower spread)
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar (be careful, some contain egg!)
6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (I use green and black organic)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Put the spread into a bowl, sieve the sugar and the cocoa on top, add the vanilla extract. to combine, use a fork (or your hands). When combined, mix with a food processor until smooth and fluffy. Pipe or spread on top of cupcakes, refrigerate. If you feel the creme is too hard, add a few teaspoons of water.

Enjoy!

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