Monday 25 June 2012

Starting out - RPAH Elimination

Our family has a variety of allergies and food intolerances, each person a little different. Our eldest daughter is 16 and excludes gluten, dairy and coconut. Our younger children, 6 and 4, have many restrictions. Overall they are sensitive to proteins, including egg and grains, dairy, sugars, nuts and natural food chemicals.

Thank goodness so many things are made from rice! I started out eating lots of rice crackers and pasta. I lost a lot of weight which was great but eating was very boring and unsatisfying, so experiments began! The problem was that all the recipes, even when gluten and dairy free had other grains or eggs or sugar, none of which we could eat. When the little ones needed to start solids I made a lovely rusk and a plain vanilla biscuit. We ate so many of these that I had to bake almost every day!

Eventually I made a cake that was gluten, dairy, egg and sugar free! I couldn’t believe it! I kept working on it until I got a texture that was lovely and looked very similar to a normal cake. The bread took longer, but eventually I got a loaf that you can slice and eat as a sandwich. Yum!

Recipes continually evolve, but now the children have so much ‘normal’ looking food, that they eat just like other children. Parties are not a problem anymore, there is plenty of fun food.

This collection contains recipes for both children and adults. In particular, I wanted recipes for mums with babies who have intolerances. Babies who react to food in breast milk means mum’s diet gets restricted too. Here are some recipes to bring back some of the things you miss… If you can eat sugar, there is a separate section at the end just for you!

The hard work is done… all the recipes are easy to follow so anybody can make delicious food. Even when the children are running around creating havoc, you can now quickly jump in the kitchen and whip something up.

Have fun and love your food!