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Elderflower Cordial

This recipe is adapted from an old Mrs Beatons book. I cannot take credit for the original. Suggested alterations are, however, all mine. This is not suitable for anyone who reacts to citric acid or who cannot tolerate at least … Continue reading

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Using herbs

Herbs – whether fresh or dried – can add a real flavour boost to an otherwise bland dish. But many people simply know them from Sage & Onion stuffing (which is off the menu as a lot of us react … Continue reading

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Carob and a carob drink

Carob is the substitute of choice for benzoate intolerant people wishing to make a chocolate-tasting desert or drink. ¬†A relative of cocoa, it is not the same thing, nor is it cacao either (cacao is apparently just another name for … Continue reading

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Hot lemon drink

Most commercial cough, cold & flu preparations have either benzoates, cinnamates or various artificial nasties in them that don’t do anyone on a benzoate-free diet any good. So this is my own soothing drink that seems for me to work … Continue reading

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Herbal infusions, teas & tisanes

So many ingredients on herbal infusions, teas and tisanes do not feature on any of the diet lists. Do you know if hibiscus flowers are safe? No, neither do I! The list below shows herbal teas and tea ingredients that … Continue reading

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Barley water

Many of us struggle to find suitable squashes/cordials that are free of artificial sweeteners and other nasties. So, courtesy of Mrs Beaton, here is a very adaptable recipe that can be used with different citrus fruits, although I suggest sticking … Continue reading

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Frozen citrus squash

Most recipes for home made squash call for some sort of preservative, usually campden tablets, which contain¬†sodium metabisulphite and which therefore are unsuitable for many of us due to us also being sensitive to sulphites. They were originally used to … Continue reading

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