14 Food Allergens – new law, what’s changed? 3

On December 13th the new law came in which states that all food and drink providers must comply with the EU Food Information for Customers. (FIR Regs 1169/2011). So what does that mean? In summary, ‘allergy’ customers can now arrive at ‘a place that serves food’ and find/be presented with details of the Top 14 allergens present in foods on the menu. This can be presented on a chalkboard, on the menu itself, in an information pack or pinned to a wall. The ‘food serving establishment’ can no longer state that all foods could contain allergens. Oral statements must be backed up in writing. Environmental Health Officers will be enforcing the regulations and failure to comply will result in large fines.

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Pumpkin Soup Reply

As it’s almost Halloween, the children have been carving pumpkins and getting pretty excited about the whole thing. It always seems a waste to me when the flesh of the pumpkin is thrown away, so I thought I would have a go at making soup. I have always enjoyed butternut squash soup and figured the recipe I normally use could be adapted, as they are of the same family.

I’m happy to say it works perfectly well with ‘normal’ pumpkin. You get a slightly deeper colour and a slightly milder flavour but the texture is the same and the method is simple – always important to me. So if you’re looking for a great treat to serve at a Halloween party, why not give this one a go. A terrific winter warmer.

Pumpkin Soup - Happy Halloween

Pumpkin Soup – Happy Halloween!

Celebrating Chocolate Week – more dairy free options 2

Most of the treats I featured in my last post about dairy free chocolates were recipes I’d developed, adapted or simply followed. However, I don’t always do everything from scratch. When I first started dairy free and gluten free cooking I used a few packet mixes - Hale & Hearty were my favourite. They were so good – easy to use, not too expensive and the end product was delicious. I bought mine in Sainsbury’s.

brownies and muffins

An almost perfect looking chocolate muffin

An almost perfect looking chocolate muffin

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It’s National Curry Week too! Here’s my favourite DF, GF curry recipe. Reply

I was just reading my favourite food magazine and discovered it is National Curry Week as well as National Chocolate Week. It’s like all my birthdays have come at once! As I have already spent a lot of time on cakes this week, this has come as a timely reminder that I need to think about some wholesome dinners too. So I have been going back through my favourite dairy free, gluten free recipes and thought I would share this very special one with you..

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Celebrating Chocolate Week – no dairy, no problem 5

I just found out it is National Chocolate Week.  I’d never heard of this before but I think it is something I should participate in! I don’t know about you but when it is dark and wet outside I’m way more likely to cave into a chocolate craving than any other time of year. Unlike my intolerant child, I don’t have to eat dairy free chocolate but I do prefer it now – and so we will be celebrating this special occasion along with all the other chocoholics out there, and so can you.

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Itchy skin and MRSA 7

It has been a very long time since I last blogged. So much has happened. Zac has had a lot of appointments and we have finally got through the skin episode – which turned out to be much more than just a skin episode. As I said, he got through it but not without a lot of stress, some scarring and what I think can only be attributed to divine intervention. More…