Monday, 20 May 2013

Finn’s museli slice - Firstline interview

Wheat, egg, dairy, peanut, nut, sesame free (contains soy)

You asked for it, so here it is. Anna Farrier was kind enough to supply her museli recipe with everyone. 

Anna Farrier and son, Finn, were interviewed by Firstline last week for Allergy Awareness Week.

Many of you saw how delicious the museli slice in the interview looked and wanted the recipe, so here it is.

We double the recipe to fill a large slice baking dish, and it freezes well

¾ Cup Dried Apricots, cut into small pieces
½ Cup Water
150g Olivani
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 ¼ Cup Orgran Self-raising flour
1 Cup Freedom Foods Quick Oats

1 Cup Sweet William chocolate (chips, buttons, or chopped, a mix of white and dark is nice)

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Line slice tin with baking paper.
3. Put apricots and water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil. Turn down heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed. Take off heat. Add Olivani and stir until melted. Stir in brown sugar. Leave until cold. 
4. Sift flour, add to the apricot mixture with oats and chocolate. Mix thoroughly and press into tin.  Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Leave in the tin for about 10 minutes before cutting.


To watch interview click here.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wellington seminar

A seminar was held in Wellington on Wednesday. It was based on optimising allergy management as well as:
  • Getting the balance right as children with allergies take responsibility
  • Asthma Management and medications update
  • Support Allergy Awareness Week and network with other parents & caregivers, paint your fingernail to support our 1 in 10 awareness campaign

SPEAKERS:  Dr Kylie Morse GP - Allergy NZ Wgtn region coordinator
                        Bal Devgun - Allergy NZ Wgtn region coordinator
                        Adie Riddell - Asthma Society Nurse

Seminar made possible thanks to support from:
The John Ilott Charitable Trust

Maggie - Teen blog

Here is a blog post by Maggie, our volunteer! We are very grateful for having such a bright girl in our office! Keep an eye out for more teen blogs to come :)

Hey there Facebook and blog followers! 

My name is Maggie and I am more like you than you might think! :)
Like you, I am a person living with an allergy. I’m a 4+ out of 5 and allergic to peanuts/nuts. I came to Allergy New Zealand for my service for Duke of Edinburgh and was overwhelmed by the knowledge and skill the people here have.

Back in 2010, on the first day of the Christmas holidays I experienced something that I had never in my life experienced before
My Mum was having some chocolates out of the favourites box and I asked if I could have one (don’t know what I was thinking). My Mum said yes and gave me a white chocolate. Five minutes later my Mum came in to find one of the eyes swollen shut and the other one almost shut. I do admit when my Mum first said that I needed the EpiPen I was scared, so scared that I started running around the house screaming. But once my Mum gave it to me I didn’t feel a thing. 
I later spent 9 hours at the hospital!
When we were standing outside waiting for a taxi, some ladies stopped us and told us that we had just won a spot prize! Mum and I thought we were just getting a Ipod or phone but we ended but getting a 32ich flat screen tv!!! The thing that sucks the most about that is that I didn’t even get it !!! When it was me who was in hospital and choose the taxi (to me that makes no sense).

A little more about me: I go to Epsom Girls Grammar and so far I have not had any trouble with getting into different groups and doing all the stuff that I want to do. So far at EGGS I have been involved in
-          Soccer
-          Cycling
-          Duke of Ed
-          Art
-          Sport caption for my class
But I plan on doing so much more so watch this space!

So what I’m trying to tell you is that your allergy shouldn’t shape you, it shouldn’t make you stop what you love doing. I know that allergies sucks but it makes you who you are and trust me, I wouldn’t change my allergy for the world (well maybe not as high as 4+, now that truly sucks). 
Always have a smile on your face even when things are hard!

If you want to ask me any questions feel free to leave a comment below!