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Thanks for the recipe, it was a hit in our household.  I used Chicken Thigh Fillets (because that's what I had in the freezer) and they worked perfectly.

So quick and easy!  Thanks again!!!!  ;D

Cakes / Re: Easy Apple Teacake
« on: April 17, 2011, 11:58:10 am »
I used Nuttelex (Original)--sorry I forget to mention that substitution  :-[  It's made with Sunflower seeds so no nuts or dairy!

I've decided that I'm going to freeze some of it as well (might stop it disappearing too quickly - and is great for quick snacks on the go)

Cakes / Re: Easy Apple Teacake
« on: April 17, 2011, 09:18:02 am »
I just made this cake but substituted the the milk with rice milk, the self raising flour with Orgran brand (wheat, gluten and soy free) Self Raising Flour (I cheated, I know  :-[ ) and the egg with Orgran's Nor-Egg and it turned out beautifully. 

I did cook it for a bit longer (approximately 10-15 minutes). 

My 'highly-allergic-to-practically-everything' son is so impressed. He can't wait to take it to Vacation-Care tomorrow so his friends can see he can eat cake like they eat.....Thank You!  The recipe was so easy and quick, I can foresee that it will become a staple in our household  ;D

Main Dishes / Re: Chicken Kiev
« on: July 18, 2010, 11:17:26 am »
Would this work okay without the cheese?  My little one is allergic to dairy (amongst other things).  I can substitute everything else but cheese.  :-\

Special Diets / Re: BARF Diet, anyone tried it? (for fur-kids)
« on: May 23, 2010, 02:43:25 am »
I have a deaf Kelpie x Border Collie who we are in the process of hand signal training.  One of the trainers suggested the following meal plan for him, which sounds similar to what you are talking about.

High quality biscuits mixed with a combination of the following:
Choice of weet-bix, muesli or porridge,
Bread and Vegemite,
Boiled egg, scrambled egg or raw yolk (apprently raw whites depleted Biotin with is a vitamin B component from the dog's system),
1 desertspoon of Vegetable oil...olive oil
1 desertsppon honey (a natural sugar)
Cottage cheese/yoghurt

Evening Meal:
Bones.  All bones must be raw, including chicken bones, carcasses and wings,
Raw Meat (tongue, Cheek, Lamb etc - anything on special)
Rice or Macaroni
Vegetables, raw or cooked
Liver - once or twice a week,
Sardines ( bones)
Stews (if you have some leftover)

and 1 Vitamin B tablet each day


They also talk about a Raw vegetable diet which basically comprises of a 2 kg mix of all vegetables (except onion and no uncooked pumpkin skin) being processed in a food processor in batches with:
Large 5000gm natural yoghurt with acidophilis
1 cup of oil
12 egg yolks
5-6 dessertspoons of honey
small piece of liver, heart or kidney
1-2 cups of water added in small amounts to keep the processor working easily.

Put the mixture in a large bowl and mix in 1-2 cups of oats to desired and freeze.

They recommend that the mixture is introduced slowly by adding it to normal food and then increasing to desired daily amount...still add the Vit B.

This is not my recommendation - I do roughly follow this but I can't add things like yoghurt or cottage cheese or eggs to anything due to my sons allergies.  In the Bimby, I imagine that there will be a few batches. (I use an old processor not my bimby so there is not risk of cross-contamination for my son)

I hope this gives people some more ideas

Special Diets / Re: Gluten Free Bread - Cyndi O'Meara
« on: May 23, 2010, 02:28:23 am »
I make this bread all the time for my highly allergic and intolerant 4 year old.  I love it!  So easy and it freezes so well.  He is very proud to go to Daycare on Sandwich day and have the same foods as the other children  :)

Chit Chat / Re: Allergy Friendly Baby Food
« on: April 18, 2010, 06:20:40 am »
My littlest one has multiple food and environmental allergies....and I breastfed exclusively and delayed food until 5.5 months....his first allergy was to rice (yep, you read it right).  Sometimes allergies and intolerances are just something that happens.

My suggestions are as follows:
 - get the mother to have her gp recommend a dietian who has an interest in allergies/intolerances for both the mother and the  bub
 - encourage her to NOT panic but instead to be INFORMED about they are facing.
Food suggestions that I would recommend for first foods, would be organic baby rice cereal mixed with cooled boiled water.  As bub's needs increase, start adding vegetables like pumpkin mixed with puffed amaranth.  I firmly believe that the puffed amaranth got Aidan through the early years of his allergies with no failure to thrive issues.  I added puffed amaranth to everything I could.

I still add puffed amaranth to my rissole mixture instead of bread crumbs. 

I'm happy to share my knowledge and experiences if people want to discuss allergies further, but I think the most important thing to do is find a dietitian who understands.

Good Luck!

Questions? Technical Issues? The Survival Guide / Re: Mince Muddles
« on: February 06, 2010, 03:08:42 am »
I have found the same thing when cooking mince...very fine texture.
 My eldest son has complained about this.  I have also followed all the recipes and tried tweaking them (eg reduced cooking time, reduced liquid etc etc)....I would love to hear any suggestions/tweaks to make the meal more 'chunkier'.

I I get marks on the bottom as well, Marmee.

Special Diets / Re: The Chia Challenge!
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:20:16 am »
I have used Chia in breads, cakes and muffins but I always add it in last.  It reminds me of Poppy Seeds and my kiddies have not complained yet  :)

I always used puffed amaranth in my little one's baby foods.  In fact, I swear that it was the only thing that kept him (and his immune system) going sometimes (his allergies and sensitivities were crazy when he was younger).

Special Diets / $4 Choc Mud Cake
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:08:38 am »
I have successfully made the $4 Choc Mud Cake from the Budget Busters Recipe Book using the Orgran Self-Raising Flour (it was in my cupboard so I figured I should use it).

I am happy to report that the cake was devoured by my allergic and non-allergic child with rave reviews!  ;D

It will now be a regular on my baking list.

PS>  It freezes so well!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Newbie catering for food allergies
« on: January 03, 2010, 02:27:00 pm »
Hi All,
Aidan's allergy to cold water was discovered after he spend a couple of minutes running through the sprinkler....he came out if massive welts/hives all over his body.  I did the usual checks with the neighbours about their use of chemicals etc but everything was normal.  After a couple of more episodes I was willing to admit it was the water and the Paed confirmed it and just brushed it off. 

Our Paed Allergist however said that if Aidan doesn't grow out of it he has be careful about swimming etc.  He told me that if Aidan is running around with his mates and then decides to jump into the sea or a pool to cool down, his blood pressure could drop so suddenly that his heart about freak me out!  After the last allergist visit in inquired about a cough Aidan seemed to develop while eating homemade slushies.....turns out its the same allergy and it could cause his throat to constrict.  But strangely enough he can lick iceblocks etc with no dramas....he is definately a challenge  ;)

Thank you monkeymaddness for your hints and tips...I will be trying them!

Its nice to know that I'm not alone in the health struggle and look forward to sharing recipes and successes with all of you!

Cheers, Leonie

Chit Chat / Re: What made you buy your Thermomix?
« on: December 30, 2009, 01:04:12 am »
My father found the Thermomix website and forwarded it to me to check out.  I organised to attend a Demo and was sold.  It took me a year to save the money and now I finally have it, I haven't regretted it. 

My youngest son has multiple food and environmental allergies and I have found that this gives me more time, more options and less cleaning up to do.  I no longer have to order bread online (at $20 for postage costs   >:( ) and freeze it when it we have fresh, homemade bread-Yummy!

We are eating healthier.  The only trouble I have is (and I'm getting better at it) is converting eggs, nuts, dairy, beef, coconut etc in our household  :(

My father is now looking at purchasing one within the next year to take with him on a caravaning trip...the possibilities are endless with this machine!  I can't stop raving about it!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Newbie catering for food allergies
« on: December 27, 2009, 10:28:38 pm »
Thank you to everyone who replied.  Aidan's allergies are extensive but I feel like I've got them under control (within reason) but it was definately panic stations when he first started reacting at 5 months of age.  I look forward to sharing with and learning from other parents and I'll be checking out the failsafe forums....Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Introduce Yourself / Newbie catering for food allergies
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:15:22 am »
Hi Everyone, I am finally getting my Thermomix just after Christmas.  I am so excited!  I have a little boy who has multiple food and environmental allergies - in particular to Dairy and Eggs.  He is also allergic to wheat, gluten, beef, soy, and cashews.  He is sensitive to sals and amines, mould, cats and cold water.  Needless to say, he makes our lives interesting!!!  I'm hoping the Thermomix will make our lives a little bit easier.  I look forward to learning from everyone elses experience and knowledge.
Kind Regards, Leonie

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