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In response to Raymond Blanc on allergic diners

9Dec

Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons #freefreemTop14allergens

I’ve just read the recent article in the Daily Mail about Raymond’s Blanc’s issues with food allergic and intolerant diners. Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons from Brasserie Blanc I have always loved Raymond, not least because his … Continue reading

  

I’ve never tasted an Oreo…

22Sep

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What is all the fuss about with Oreos? At work, if anyone is traveling to America there is a whole bunch of my colleagues who are clamouring for particular Oreo’s to be brought back through customs for them. I mean, … Continue reading

  

Listen very carefully, I shall say this many times…

8Aug

Eat with your eyes!

This week a waiter in Canada has been charged after an allergic diner was served fish instead of steak; the customer was seriously allergic to fish and has alerted the waiter about this but sadly he had an anaphylactic attack … Continue reading

  

No, not ‘poor Ruth’… NEVER say this!

5Aug

Don't pity me... I have allergies. It's not so bad. My life is so rich in other ways

This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart … Continue reading

  

Living on stale bread… freefrom is expensive!

19Mar

It costs a LOT more to an allergic person than it does for those with no allergies. And I’m not just talking about the increased cost of freefrom food, although some of it is very expensive compared to its … Continue reading

  

There’s nothing in an Oxo stock cube…

4Mar

Butternut squash, sweet potato and OXO CUBE SOUP

Oxo cubes. We all know about those. We don’t eat Oxo cubes if we are allergic to wheat or celery because they are not just stock… they are lots of other things too. The moral of this blog is that … Continue reading

  

When the office buys you birthday cake you can’t eat…

30Jan

NOT #FreeFrom Birthday cake from my colleagues at work

It was my birthday this month. I always struggle with my birthday. I never want stuff. It’s just so soon after Christmas and I never want much for Christmas presents either. I’m a nightmare to buy for. Despite all this … Continue reading

  

Topical steroid addiction and withdrawal and what it means…

9Jan

My red allergy face

I’m addicted. There, I said it. I’m an addict and it’s all my fault. Well I didn’t know that the drugs I was prescribed would cause any long term problems at the time but it would seem topical steroids are … Continue reading

  

Why comparing murder with anaphylaxis is pointless

22Oct

Allergy death less likely than murder

Dr Robert Boyle can be heard talking about how you are more likely to be murdered than die from anaphylaxis on Inside Health which features adrenaline auto-injectors and their suitability for general use. Skip to minute 18:30 to listen to … Continue reading

  

100 unknown chefs and me on Radio 5 Live

18Mar

Michel Roux tweeted me about allergen regs

If you didn’t read my rant last week in response to the Telegraph article about the letter from 100 top chefs up in arms about the new allergen regulations, where have you been? Social media has been buzzing with irate … Continue reading

  

Top chefs attack new EU regulations on allergens in food

10Mar

Is the only really safe thing to eat in a pub a bag of ready salted crisps?

Well this morning the allergic community has been up in arms at recent coverage of the new EU regulations about food allergens. You can read the whole article here in the Telegraph, “EU chefs attack new EU regulations in allergens … Continue reading

  

Shame on you JK Rowling – asthma is normal, not funny

2Mar

Have you seen JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy recently on TV? The character called Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) who was portrayed as a weak, over-stressed weirdo who had asthma and was always puffing on his inhaler, made my blood boil. … Continue reading

  

We need to see disabilities and allergies as normal

16Jan

On 13th January Newsnight featured a segment on disabilities in acting and film making. The debate focused on criticism of the recent Stephen Hawking film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ where the lead part of Stephen is played by Eddie Redmayne. … Continue reading

  

Can you eat mini cheddars?

23Dec

Can't eat mini cheddars - got a dairy allergy

Do you ever feel the steam rising when people who know you have allergies keep on offering you unsuitable snacks or foods? I think it’s just an instinctive sharing thing, I think people don’t mean to make you want to … Continue reading

  

If being obese is a disability so is having allergies

18Dec

I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing on the news today, that being fat can constitute a disability. The EU court ruling means bosses of obese staff who meet the criteria of the ruling would have to provide them … Continue reading

  

Not fussy, I just have allergies

7Dec

What gets me is those people who will say, “Steak WITH cheese sauce please. I can eat EVERYTHING.” They say this after I have ordered mine, checking they don’t ‘butter the steak’, requesting no sauce, and checking whether the mushrooms … Continue reading

  

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