Allergy Awareness

The information in this blog is the result of my own research into allergies.Some information is anecdotal but may be of use to other people trying to understand why it is that their body over-reacts to everyday substances.There will also be recipes added on a regular basis as I come up with alternatives to our favourite foods that we can't do without - Chocolate cake, pizza, nothing healthy! ;-)

Breakthrough in the battle to conquer coeliac disease


 

Coeliac disease, the intolerance to gluten, has blighted the lives of millions of people. Now scientists have cracked the mystery as to how it happens.

Breakthrough in the battle to conquer coeliac disease

How a single mother melted the Dragons' hearts with her frozen desserts


 

When Kirsty Henshaw discovered that her son had an intolerance to dairy products, she struck upon an ingenious business idea.

How a single mother melted the Dragons' hearts with her frozen desserts

Posted by at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:19 AM

http://www.oneproudmomma.co.uk/allergy/archives/2010/07/entry_122.html

Schoolgirl's skin erupts in blisters as she suffers allergic reaction to the sun on plane home from a family holiday


 

Phoebe Richards suffered an allergic reaction to the sun, which was aggravated by the air conditioning and pressure from being inside the plane.

Schoolgirl's skin erupts in blisters as she suffers allergic reaction to the sun on plane home from a family holiday

I thought wholemeal bread was healthy - then I found out it was poisoning me


 

Rose Alison is a coeliac. This means if she eats gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats) her body will attack itself.

I thought wholemeal bread was healthy - then I found out it was poisoning me

Are you allergic to the sun? For one in six of us, blazing skies are VERY bad news...


 

Those with a family history of photo sensitive conditions, allergic conditions such as hayfever or skin complaints such as eczema have an increased risk of sun-related allergies.

Are you allergic to the sun? For one in six of us, blazing skies are VERY bad news...

Allergic teenager reveals how a quick kiss landed her in hospital


 

An innocent kiss landed a schoolgirl in hospital after her boyfriend forgot to tell her he'd eaten a cereal with hazelnuts that morning.

Allergic teenager reveals how a quick kiss landed her in hospital

Dairy Free Blackcurrant Rice Surprise


 

I've not made this recipe yet, hence the lack of photographs but I found it on Cook It Simply.com - as we are prone to a blackcurrant glut here every year it seemed that it would be worth a try!

Ingredients

serves 6

30 g (1 oz) 2 tablespoons of Dairy free margarine

300 ml (10 fl oz) 1 1/4 cups of coconut milk

300 ml (10 fl oz)1 1/4 cups of soya milk

300 ml (10 fl oz)1 1/4 cups of water

100 g/31/2 oz/1/2 cup of pudding rice

30 g (1 oz) 2 tablespoons of caster (superfine) sugar

255 g (9 oz) 1 3/4 cups of fresh or frozen trimmed blackcurrants

3 tablespoons of caster (superfine) sugar

3 large free-range eggs, separated

1 teaspoon of pure Madagascan vanilla extract

100 g (3 1/2 oz) 1/2 cup of caster (superfine) sugar

method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) gas 4

2. Melt the margarine with the coconut milk and soya milk in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.

3. Add the water, rice and 30 g (1 oz) 2 tablespoons of caster (superfine) sugar, and increase the heat to medium.

4. Bring the pan of rice to the boil, stirring occasionally, then simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes until just soft, thick and creamy.

5. Meanwhile, mix the fruit and 3 tablespoons of sugar together.

6. Once the rice is done, remove from the heat and stir in the egg yolks and vanilla extract.

7. Spoon the rice into a deep-sided, ovenproof dish big enough for six servings and level it off.

8. Spoon all the sweetened blackcurrants over the rice.

9. Make the meringue topping. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff, then fold in the 100 g (3 1/2 oz) 1/2 cup of caster (superfine) sugar.

10. Spread gently over the blackcurrants and bake for about 30 minutes, or until well browned.

11. Serve the pudding either hot or warm.

Posted by at Thursday, July 08, 2010 11:04 AM

http://www.oneproudmomma.co.uk/allergy/archives/2010/07/entry_117.html