Gluten free

Follow the recipe on the left, but use 55g (2oz) buckwheat flour and 55g (2oz) gluten-free plain white flour instead of plain flour Golden-brown, crispy fried potatoes are a great easy-to-cook breakfast or brunch meal. Partner them with salt beef for the famous deli speciality Corned beef hash or, more simply, cook Hash browns (see variation). Whichever you choose, it feeds a crowd and doesn't need split-second timing. There are endless additions and variations, my favourite is Red flannel hash...

Resources

Helpline 01322 619 898 info allergyuk.org www.allergyuk.org A national medical charity dealing with allergy, chemical sensitivity, and food intolerance. Tel 01252 546100 Helpline 01252 542029 www.anaphylaxis.org.uk Offers support and information and campaigns for people with life-threatening allergic reactions. British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) Produces a regularly updated list of NHS allergy clinics throughout the country. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network...

Talk to the relevant person

Don't take the waiter's view on how food is prepared and cooked waiters collect food from the kitchen - they don't make it. Talk to the person who prepares the food and explain what is at stake if they get it wrong. If you have coeliac disease or may have an anaphylactic reaction to a substance, then tell them exactly how serious the consequences can be if you eat even the smallest quantity. However, don't overstate a relatively mild allergy or intolerance it does a disservice to those who...

Tree nuts and peanuts

Peanuts a legume and tree nuts all other true nuts including almonds, Brazil, cashew, cobnut, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, walnuts are often grouped together as cross reactivity between these food groups occurs frequently. Here are some points to bear in mind when catering for nut and peanut allergies A person may not be allergic to all nuts but it is safest to avoid them all. As with other allergies, proteins cause the reaction. Cooking nuts will not reduce the risk of an allergic...

Four major food problems

Among the many allergies and food intolerances only a handful cause problems for considerable numbers of people. These are gluten wheat, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts, and eggs and these are the focus of my recipe variations. Every recipe has a version for each of these four A-list allergens with some recipes naturally free of all of them. My B list of allergies and sensitivities would include, soya, fish, and seafood, but these remain in some recipes, albeit with cautions, as many of these...