The Adventures of 3 Itchy-Scratchy Peachicks & a Freefrom Kitchen
The Peachicks’ Bakery is the place to catch up with the adventures of 3 little itchy-scratchy Peachicks, my attempts to balance their love of food with multiple allergies and the place where I blog about the rollercoaster that is the life of an allergy mum! And check out the Peachicks’ favourite recipes. All freefrom dairy, soya & eggs; all simple to make but delicious to eat!
But first introductions…
The Peachicks are my three girls and are the itchy-scratchy inspiration behind the Peachicks’ Bakery! Alys, Millie and Elodie have all inherited a variety of allergies, including cows milk protein, soya protein and egg. In addition to this they all suffer from varying degrees of hayfever, asthma, eczema and reactions to various fruits!
Hi! I am Midge aka Mummy Peacock, aka the generous one that shared all my allergies with my lucky (?) little Peachicks! I have allergic asthma, triggered by medications, pollen and a numerous foods. Most severely eggs, oranges, bananas and peanuts! Although I can’t really eat dairy, soya or chickpeas either. When I am not writing, developing or blogging recipes I can usually be found buried under piles of paperwork for my day job working with Pre-schoolers or more likely attempting to find the bottom of the laundry pile!!
I live with the Peachicks & Daddy Peacock (aka Hubby) in the South of England with our newest additions – Millie’s 5 Leaf Insects. Over the years I have graduated with a degree in Marine Zoology, worked in an Aquarium, became a teacher and now I work in a woodland Pre-school! Oh and I can’t fail to mention my beloved car Roxy, who for over a decade has been my house, independence, fridge, delivery van and even my tripod for my equally loved Lumix DMC-FZ7 (yes really!!)
If you are new to the world of allergies then do not despair – even multiple allergies can be managed fairly well day to day with a few substitutions and a little bit of vigilance. Neither is eating out impossible, read reviews from other allergy sufferers, speak to the place & staff before you go and above all if you are not happy or feel like they are not listening then find somewhere else! And as for the little ones – they are surprisingly resilient! We have taught the Peachicks to manage their allergies independently as far as their maturity and surroundings allow and actually they are very good at being their own best advocates when I am not around!
3 Things to Remember:
- If you are new to the world of itchy-scratchies is don’t panic! We have three of them and despite our best efforts they appear to be not only surviving but thriving!
- ‘Those people’ (and yes you will meet them!) who think allergies are either a fad (fussy children or the latest parenting craze) or convinced the reactions you frequently see are figments of your imagination – these people just don’t understand and no amount of effort on your part will make them understand either so channel your energy into doing what you know is right for your itchy-scratchies and sod them! Sadly we came to this conclusion through personal experience, so believe me you are not alone in having come face to face with one of ‘those’ people! Best advice…. walk away and stay away!
- Seek out and take all the advice you possibly can get, not all of it will be great or even useful, but believe me having it and knowing its not right for your itchy-scratchies is not a bad thing. Allergy UK and Asthma UK are quite good for the old advice, Dr Google… Not so much!!
And finally I will leave you with the thoughts of our middle Peachick, Miss Millie, at 5 years old, on the subject of having different dinners to all her friends at school. ‘Its good, it means I do not have to share my chocolate cake with anyone!’
Yep allergykids are a resilient bunch! Enjoy the recipes on here and feel free to get in touch!