Although I was already passionate about cooking at home, I still found it difficult to cater for Cathal, until I learned how to cook allergy free meals, and so I developed lots of recipes suitable for him. He is now a happy, healthy 6 year old, and you would never know that he still has food allergies, or eczema.
The first thing I had to do was get his eczema under control. Then I concentrated on his food allergies. If you would like to know how I got Cathal’s skin under control find out at http://
With regard to Cathal’s food allergies, I suspected from almost the outset that Cathal’s severe eczema was being caused by food allergies, as it is most unusual for a baby to be BORN with a rash that turns out to be eczema. We attended a specialist, and a RAST blood test for food allergies was undertaken. This told us exactly what foods I had suspected he was allergic to. I could then concentrate on what foods Cathal could eat, and I tried not to focus on the foods he couldn’t eat! This is one of my important messages to Allergy Parents – focus on what your child can eat, not on what they can’t!
As mentioned above, Cathal is now a healthy happy 6 year old, and he has no patches of eczema. Of course, we have to be very careful with his food, his clothes, and the allergens he comes into contact with. There are plenty of questions around these areas, if you want to ask me about my experience, just contact me. This is why I have started this site – to bring more awareness to the area of allergies, and to help people through having experienced them first hand with Cathal.
I am opening a Free from Bakery in my home. It’s called Cathal’s Free From Kitchen. I am baking Breads , Birthday cakes, Christmas cakes , desserts and much more…..
I am also doing Cooking Demonstrations, I will be starting in Joyces of Wexford on the 4th of November , Cooking for Coeliacs .
If you want more information contact me @ cathalscookbookallergyfree@
Allergy free chocolate cake !!
This is a lovely fluffy sponge cake. You could make double the mixture for a very impressive 4 tier birthday cake. It is wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and nut free.
225g Dairy free margarine(I use “Pure” sunflower or soya)
200g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2 small eating pears pureed
150g gluten free and wheat free plain flour(I use a brand called “Doves Farm”)
15g dairy free cocoa powder
1tsp xanthan gum
2tsp gluten free and wheat free baking powder
Pinch of salt
Chocolate butter icing
100g dairy free margarine
240g icing sugar
10g cocoa powder
Chocolate curls to decorate
Line the base and grease and flour the sides of 2 sandwich tins (20cm). Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (fan)
Cream the margarine and sugar together. Pour in the vanilla extract and pear and mix.
Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt mix well it should be a nice smooth batter.
Divide the mixture between the two tins. bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Let the them cool on a wire rack.
To make the butter icing put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
When the cake is cold sandwich together with half the icing them use the other half on top. put on the dairy free chocolate curls to decorate.