Multiple Allergies

Do you suffer with bloating, or have been told you have IBS. My doctor said that I had IBS, but this covers a multitude of sins and I didn’t even take a test that confirmed I was suffering with acute dairy/soya allergies, which can be horrific, if close family are not made aware of the allergies.

I now find that lactose causes an allergic reaction, which caused me to faint, get very hot and not feeling at all well. An absolute must is to check food labels thoroughly as you never know where they maybe hidden.

Also be aware of rapeseed and palm oil, as these can also cause a reaction and are also not that good for you.

It may mean going back to basics, please find my blog on this as it will give some idea of what I have to go through on a daily basis.

With multiple allergies, there is a common denominator, which seems to be the protein, I say this as I can’t have mushrooms either and have to steer clear of anything that is mushroom based.

I cook from scratch on a daily basis, so that I know what goes into each dish, or as with my baking or ice cream, I use goats milk which some of you may turn your noses up at. But for me I have no reaction and it is something that my body is now use to and I’m actually beginning to gain weight again, after losing so much and enjoying making my own biscuits and breads.

Also be warned that companies do like to change there recipes and reactions may also be caused without knowing why.

I’d use Farmers Markets, more than the supermarkets, because the fruit and veg is fresh and seasonal. As for the goat’s milk products they are so ridiculously expensive, as is the Pure sunflower spread that I have to use.

Having multiple allergies and having a restrictive diet is annoying especially when you have to question what is in every dish. I very rarely have a pudding as most of them have dairy products in and I really wouldn’t like to be ill when I’m out.

Be Wary of Picolax if you have a lactose intolerance or allergy

I was shocked to read the packaging for Picolax after I had taken it for an operation earlier I the week, to read that it contained lactose. I didn’t have an immediate reaction so thought nothing more about it. However, in the early hours of Wednesday morning the reaction I had been so severe that I fainted and had such a heavy fall, that it shook me and made me feel unsteady. Lactose seems to be one of those grey areas, where those with the condition are sometimes shouted down, because people have no understanding of the condition or the side effects. It has taken me a few days to recover, but being off my food as well hasn’t helped. I am now very wary of anything that I eat and drink as a reaction as severe as it was hasn’t happened for a while. I’ve been drinking lots of fluids to try to get this out of my system and have a normal diet as I possibly can. Cooking from scratch is always best, as I know what ingredients have gone in and I also know that I can always go back and have more. The above product may not affect the vast majority of people out there, but just to warn those who may be affected, it can cause side effects and take a while to get out of your system

Please feel free to comment on the above, especially if you have a had a reaction.

I feel that it would be beneficial to those who may have symptoms of a lactose allergy and not be aware that they may have the condition..

I may be able to answer any questions that may be asked, if not I will try and find an answer and get back to you

Something easy to make


This deliciousness is so easy to make, that I surprised myself. It only uses a maximum of 2 ingredients, granulated sugar and in this case a packet of chopped walnuts,  If you put a quantity of granulated sugar in a saucepan on a low heat, it may take a while and you will have to make sure you keep an eye on it otherwise it will burn. The sugar will start to caramelise before your eyes, once all the sugar is caramel in colour and all the sugar dissolved, then comes the fun part, by adding fruits or nuts of your choice. Endless fun can be had, then putting on a plate and letting it cool before putting it in jars before the season’s festivities begin, if you don’t start munching them in the mean time.


How harmful are E numbers ?

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever wondered what harm to many E numbers can do to you. That is to say some can make you hyperactive without you realising what the cause was.

I know in particular that E270 can contain either lactose, sucrose or fructose, so depending which has been put in a particular product depends on the reaction if any.

The colours run from E100 to E180, the preservatives also have an extensive list they run from E200 to E1105.

I have also found another list of antioxidants, which is also quite a short list, this runs from E300 to E321, sweeteners is also listed and includes E420 and E959

There are also further lists which is quite horrifying to think so much of our food products contain thickening agents and others which includes anti foaming agents and flavour enhancers.

If you want to find out more please look on the Food Additives and Ingredients Association (FAIA) website, it’s most helpful and if you want to avoid any E270 being one for me, the information is relative and up to date

Have you counted how many E numbers are added to products? And wondered whether they may cause a reaction. Perhaps it doesn’t worry you that your child’s hyperactivity could be because of those E numbers.

Will you take the Challenge?

Hello Dear Reader,

Have you ever looked at a product and thought it was safe to eat or drink. Have you ever gone to the shops and decided to try something new and different without checking the ingredients and thinking it was safe to eat.

I find myself being lax sometimes when I want to add something different to my diet and thinking it was safe to eat and it wasn’t.

My challenge to everyone is there are a number of products listed below and the challenge is find an alternative that hasn’t got dairy or soya in. As I’d be very interested in the results

1) Ice cream cones or wafers

2) Ice cream

3) Biscuits

4) Any puddings

5) Any savoury pies or tartlets

I’ll leave it at 5 for now as it will be interesting what you will be able to find for me reader.

Ice Cream for a Summer’s Evening

Dear Reader,

I’m delighted to let you know I’ve made ice cream and much to the disgust of my niece I’ve used goat’s milk. She seems to think that it is classed as dairy and their fore doesn’t count as dairy free.  I can’t use soya as I have a reaction, almond milk is far to rich and guess what I’m sticking with what I know I can have.

The delicious flavour I’ve conjured up is honeycomb and blueberry. I hae no pictures as the ice cream is in the freezer and setting. I have a further flavour that I may try tomorrow which is watermelon and cinnamon or apricot, it may even have glace cherries.

The goat’s milk is lovely in taste and texture and although I don’t need to worry too much about my diet these days. It’s fun to experiment and conjure up new ideas and flavours.

I would’ve never even have thought about making my own ice cream if it hadn’t been for my lovely partner Mark Smith who is my chief taster on all occasions, any constructive ideas are taken on board and used in other recipes.

The only ice cream that I’ve seen that I can have is St Helen’s, but I can only source it from Waitrose and I’m not sure how expensive it is and whether there are any other flavours available or whether they would be the same mundane and boring flavours that is prevalent with other dairy free products available.

I think I might make some biscuits to go with the ice cream and see what I might come up with perhaps a plain ginger biscuit or a lime and cherry one.  Not sure will have to think on that one as well


I shouldn’t eat Yorkshire Puddings because ………

004I recently went out for dinner with my niece and her daughters and my mum. I was so hungry that I had a carvery with yorkshire puddings, something I never have, forgetting that they contain milk.  I was ravenous and cleared my plate.

I knew something was wrong when I wanted to drink a litre bottle of water, like there was no tomorrow, plus my stomach began to feel uncomfortable.

As you can see, my hand has swollen up as well, it’s quite horrifying, plus I couldn’t control my body temperature and although the reaction wasn’t as severe as I thought it might be. It really shocked me into thinking, why did I say yes to yorkshire puddings, knowing that I can’t have them and must try to make my own.

I have had to take it easy over the last couple of days so that all the lactose has gone from my system and thankfully my appetite is such that I can enjoy eating food.

When reactions do happen, I tend to drink lots and lots of water and fruit juice to flush out the system.  This works for me, but may not work for everyone.

Any fruit juice is great to replenish any vitamins and salts that are lost with any reaction, however sudden or unexpected.

Please be careful as lactose is in a whole manor of foods, which you would at least expect