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Last minute Easter bunnies…

With these tasty and easy cookie cutter biscuits, you ensure inclusion and fun for everyone!

 

Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!Frohe Ostern!Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!Frohe Ostern!

Easter Bunny Biscuits-free from the eight major food allergens. Enjoy. Courtesy of allergy*Stars.com

Easter Bunny Biscuits-free from the eight major food allergens. Enjoy.
Courtesy of allergy*Stars.com

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20 ways to raise awareness at your nursery setting on ORANGE WIG DAY

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.

In its third year, the orange wig day, the day to raise awareness about severe allergies, will be held on friday, may 16th, 2014.

Last year, we teamed up with one branch of our local nursery and raised around 500GBP, which apparently covered the costs for the whole lot of wigs

that had been sent out.

So this year, our ambitions are even higher and we try to raise a lot more money. With all the branches involved, we were thinking

about ways to get people unfamiliar with allergies involved and getting interested in the subject.

Here is my top 20 of activities for ORANGE WIG DAY 2014:

and don’t forget, tell us about your way of showing off your ginger side of life!

Order your wigs early to avoid disappointment!

1. put an article about the orange wig day in your newsletter

2. organise a baking sale with

3. hand made free from biscuits,

4. cupcakes or other baking goods. Children love to get involved and will be eager to sell their homemade goods to mum, dad and other family members.

5. story time with a food allergy topic. There are a growing number of lovely allergy books for little ones out there, and it will be a great starting point to begin an age appropriate discussion.

6. encourage children to be good allergy helpers, and award allergy stars if someone helped to keep the setting allergy safe (washing hands after mealtime, no sharing food, etc.

7. dedicate the whole month of may to allergies.

8. create an awareness board and every day, add a new allergy fact to the board for people to see.

9. arrange a parade with your wigs. It creates a lot of attention if people see a bunch of children with their carers all

wearing orange wigs.

10. Hold a coffee morning first thing in the morning so parents can stop by for a quick coffee and cake before work.

11. Have an “allergy expert” on the premises to allow parents to get all the answers out they have about allergies.

12. Organize a quiz with allergy related gifts to increase levels of knowledge about anaphylaxis.

13. Offer GF DF SF porridge and tea/coffee for a donation to all parents in the morning, when they drop off their kids.

It is a good starting point to discuss ‘free from’ diets, it raises money and people are getting a healthy start into work.

14. Have the children get dressed up in orange.

15. Decorate the wigs with glitter, feathers, bows etc to add that extra sparkle.

16. Train your staff by an expert Trainer (e.g. Allergystars Ltd: http://www.allergystars.com, info@allergystars.com) about allergy and anapylaxis, including how to operate the AAI (adrenaline auto injector). Everyone should be familiar with Prevention, Recognition and Treatment of an allergic reaction.

17. Open a ‘teddy bear clinic” so children can gain knowledge about food allergies, its signs and what to do if a peer is not feeling well.

18. Challenge your catering team and ask if they can provide a free from dessert option that every child at your setting can enjoy (e.g., free from apple crumble and vanilla sauce)

19. Inform local media about your event.

20. Share your best shots on social media (make sure no children can be identified).

More great ideas?

Please share!

 

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Grissini – the real thing! GF, NF, DF, EF, SF, vegan

I feel sooo guilty not having spent any time ‘on the blog’ lately. These days, I wish for 36hour days and 12hour nights, what I get is usually 20hour days and 4hour nights.
I am sure I am not the only one *waves to ALLERGYADVENTURES’ HAILEY*
I am very honored that the famous and great NIA shared one of her favorite recipes with us – Grissini, free from.
Breadsticks are not available in the UK for GF, NF, DF, EF, SF people like allergybabe. So here it is, your chance to offer a popular snack, free from.
Thanks again to NIA for the recipe.

She ingeniously develops the most versatile recipes without missing out on the flavor.

Makes a lot of grissini (about 20)
 
Ingredients:
500 g gluten free flour (or wheat flour)
40 g flax meal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if using wheat flour or your blend contains it)
2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup, agave, honey…)
2 tbsp flax or chia seeds (nut free lineseeds available from Waitrose, nut free chia available from Wholefoods)
 
Method:
Soak 2 tbsp flax seeds in 120 ml hot water and sit for 15 minutes.

 
Pre heat oven to 220 degrees and place a water bath at the bottom of the oven (basically a roasting tray filled with warm water to create steam). Line a few trays with baking parchment or a non stick liner and grease lightly.
 
In a large bowl combine 500 g gluten free flour, 40 g flax meal (ground linseeds), 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp xanthan gum. In a separate bowl dissolve 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast in 300 ml of warm water, 3 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or agave and leave to feed for 3 minutes. Add all the ingredients together and mix until a soft dough comes together. I added more flour until the dough was stiff enough to pipe I go by eye and mix with a wooden spoon, if the dough is too stiff add more water. Take a piping bag and choose a thin nozzle, mine is a PME 18 nozzle or just cut the end off a reusable piping bag (about 5mm in width). Put the mixture into your piping bag and pipe long breadsticks onto the baking sheets, do not over crowded the sheet. Brush the top of the breadsticks with water or oil and sprinkle with salt, seeds or nutritional yeast and bake for 25 minutes then leave to cool on a wire rack.
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