The Allergy Brothers has always been a team effort with the boys and I working together to test foods and develop recipes (Allergy Dad is chief cake tester!). Allergy Wizard is particularly motivated and will tell anyone, who will listen, about the blog.
Recently, we visited our favourite, local whole foods shop, Cornflower in Brightlingsea. Allergy Wizard was busy talking to Christy, Cornflower’s owner, about our cakes. She was so impressed by his sales pitch that she gave him some free ingredients to make her some samples. We were very pleased and surprised when Christy asked if she could stock our cakes. Yay!
It turns out there are, rightly, lots of hoops to jump through before you can sell food to the public. I am pleased to say I passed my Level 2 in Food Hygiene and Handling. My next job is to complete a 92 page document for the Environmental Health Officer!
I don’t know if this is feasible, but we are going to give it our best shot. The Allergy Brothers will become a food producing company.
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It’s all change here at Allergy Towers, and the change has been led by the boys. The blog will become a secondary, although still very important, aspect of the Allergy Brothers brand. We’ll be posting less frequently, but with an emphasis on longer, more informative posts. We’ll be updating our Instagram more often though.
As to what our primary brand activity will be, well that’s going to be a secret for a little bit longer! We have lots of work to do in a very short time!
The Allergy Brothers conveniently only have a few days between their birthdays, and just less than two years between their ages. This means they are cursed to have shared birthday parties forever! Luckily, they get on very well and have shared friends and interests.
This year the boys’ party was at Jungle Adventure in Stanway, Colchester. This is our favourite soft play centre. It’s light, clean, and well-maintained. There is a wide range of equipment so it’s very accessible. Our only complaints are that the music can be too loud, especially if you sit at the sides, and that the Allergy Brothers might be aging out of Jungle Adventure. Is it too much to ask for the Jungle Adventure team to open a centre for older children too?!
Birthday parties can be a bit sad for us, because everyone, except the birthday boys, can eat the party food. The Allergy Brothers usually have to bring a packed lunch. We were really pleased that the Jungle Adventure staff worked so hard to cater for them. The Allergy Brothers each had a platter of ham and vegetable batons, with crisps and tortilla chips. For dessert, they each had a bowl of fresh fruit.
Finally, we want to thank unflappable party host, Teni, who was so calm and efficient.
The Allergy Brothers definitely had a happy birthday party.
I am really very bad at cake decorating so my heart sunk when Allergy Wizard asked for a Harry Potter birthday cake. Then I googled Harry Potter cakes and I was both impressed and even more discouraged. I mean, look at these cakes. It’s not cake decorating; it’s sugar sculpture. These cakes are art!
So thank goodness for Hagrid and his wonky, misspelt birthday cake in the first film. Something vaguely attainable, except Allergy Wizard doesn’t like buttercream and the green writing icing had an allergen in so I had to use blue. The birthday boy was happy though and that is the only thing that matters! Happy Birthday, Allergy Wizard.
Sorry about the cake wreck, Allergy Plant! I tried…
We have a problem here at Allergy Towers. Both the Allergy Brothers do cooking at school. In fact, Allergy Wizard’s class cook every week and have now progressed to the stage that they make a two course cooked lunch for themselves once a week. I think this is fantastic. It can be difficult juggling ingredients though. The biggest problem we have is dairy-based recipes. The Allergy Brothers are allergic to dairy, soya, coconut and rice. At home, this isn’t a problem as we use almond milk. Unfortunately, there are children in their class with severe nut allergies so they can’t use any nut-based milks at school. This has rather left us scratching our heads. Chufa milk (AKA tiger nut milk) seemed to be the answer. Despite its tiger nut nickname, Chufa is a tuber, not a nut, and so shouldn’t trigger a nut allergy. However, it can trigger an allergic reaction in people, who have pollen or grass allergies.
We decided to try this new ingredient at home, and the boys were keen to make a mango smoothie.
As much mango as you can be bothered to cut up from a fresh mango
Chufa milk (enough to overfill the blender so it runs all over the counter)
Maple syrup (as much as you can bung in before killjoy Mum notices)
- Cut up the mango while your Mum tries not to fret and fuss about the big knife.
- Bung the mango in the blender with too much Chufa milk and sneak in some maple syrup.
- That’s it.
Allergy Wizard tried their smoothie first, and within a minute or so began to have an allergic reaction. HIs mouth felt “spiky” and he began coughing and finding it hard to breathe. Thank goodness, this stopped very quickly after he had some anti-histamine. But clearly, not a non-dairy solution for Allergy Wizard.
Amazingly, Allergy Plant was happy to try the smoothie after his brother’s reaction, he really enjoyed it. He also finished off the rest of the Chufa milk carton the next day. Chufa milk tastes nutty; the closest thing I could compare it to is macadamia nut milk. If it wasn’t for Allergy Wizard’s allergic reaction, we would have been very chuffed about Chufa milk.
We bought our milk from Planet Organic. Here is an affiliate link to the Ecomil Chufa milk; they also sell the raw Chufa for snacking, putting in salads, baking etc.