Have I ever mentioned I love a picnic? The girls and I have had one pretty much every Tuesday since September, as there is only an hour between the end of playgroup and the start of Beanie’s pre-school. Most Tuesdays, it has been enjoyable. At times, it has been really cold but the girls love running around in the park, rain or shine.
When asked whether I could promote Allergy UK’s #FreeFromFeast, one of their fundraising events, I did not hesitate for a second. I saw it as an incentive to have even more picnics and invite friends around.Win, win!
Now I hear you ask, “What on earth is that #FreeFromFeast all about?”
It is an event organised by Allergy UK every year to raise funds and awareness about the charity. Anyone can get involved! You could hold a picnic, cake sale, barbecue or street party that would be free from egg, milk or gluten. This year’s #FreeFromFeast takes place on Friday 12th June.
It would mean a lot if you registered with Allergy UK to take part in the event. If you are too time-starved to get involved, you could share photos of you eating something ‘free from’ (fruit, vegetables, crisps, smoothies are generally fine) on social media using #FreeFromFeast. If you are feeling generous, you could even donate a little something here.
The official supporters of #FreeFromFeast 2015 are The Basket Company, and they sent me a really pretty oval lidded wicker basket.
I am not sure who was more excited about our new picnic basket: me or the kids? It is not your average basket. It is handmade from full buff willow. It is large enough; the pretty gingham lining is removable and washable.
On the day we received it, the girls filled the basket with play food. Later that day, hey set up a picnic in the utility room, complete with play food, drinks, cushions, plates, cutlery and games. Their picnic was the ultimate #FreeFromFeast. It was free from everything, including food! I think my little ones might have caught the picnic bug.
The following day, I invited my friend Loraine and her little ones for a picnic in the park that was free from dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts. It was my way of thanking her for believing in me and pushing me to start blogging, despite my initial reluctance.
Wriggly sat unaided for the very first time during our picnic (proud Mummy moment!) and we all had a fantastic afternoon.
Jumpy’s allergies and the tough times that preceded her diagnosis led me to start this little blog. Little did I know that along the way, I would meet and make friends with some truly inspirational women. I was lucky enough to have a picnic and a good chat with one of these ‘Supermums’ last month. Nathalie’s son Callum was diagnosed with allergies until he was a toddler, despite trip to A&E after trip to A&E. Nathalie filmed Callum’s reactions, wrote a food diary including all the symptoms and discomfort Callum had to endure and yet, it took months and months for her little boy to be diagnosed with a wide range of severe allergies.
Nathalie is an incredible mum. Seeing her with Callum, listening to their little conversations was the sweetest thing. She clearly enjoys spending time with her little boy, letting him run around and feeding him delicious food he can safely eat.
Nathalie really put me to shame with the feast she had prepared for us. I brought fruit, crisps, cartons of smoothies a pack of Lazy Day Foods rocky road and pasta salad which could have done with more seasoning. Nath brought an impressive range of homemade goodies:
– ‘Cheese’ and onion muffins
– Honey glazed sausages
– Garlic and herb dip
– Blueberry, banana and oat muffins
– Chocolate fudge brownie bites
Photo credit: Nathalie, ‘The Intolerant Gourmand’
Her honey glazed sausages were addictive! I think I had five or six pieces (OK, nine!). I could not help myself! They were tasty, sticky, yummy! Nath, please share your recipe with us! As for her fudge brownie bites, well, let me just show you a photo, and remind you that they contain no dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten or nuts!
‘The Intolerant Gourmand’, Nath’s blog, is “the home of all things allergy, eczema and asthma. In an area often filled with the unknown, and a black void of information, you will find support, guidance, advice, useful tips and tricks and recipes to help you on your journey.” Nath is also a freelance recipe developer and consultant.
If you want to support our fundraising efforts, any donation on Nath’s fundraising page would make our day!
Fancy a discount?
The Basket Company are kindly offering my readers a 15% discount code. Simply enter FFF15 when prompted.
You could win an Oval Lidded Wicker Basket worth £35.
How to Enter
Just use the box below. It is simple and you can get more than one entry! If you are not sure how to use Rafflecopter, I have included detailed instructions below the box.
Entries are open until midnight GMT time on 12 June 2015. Good luck!
How to use Rafflecopter?
The first thing you need to do is to log in with Facebook or your email address.
Once you are logged in, the first and mandatory entry option is to leave a comment on this post telling me what ‘free from’ food you would pack in your picnic basket.
For extra chances of winning, check the instructions in the form. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment for your entry to be valid.
– The prize will be supplied directly by The Basket Company, the official supporters of #FreeFromFeast 2015.
– The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18.
– I was sent the basket for the purpose of this post. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.