I wanted to use my blog to help share my knowledge and experiences with others and a big part of my parenting life has been all about LJ and her milk allergies. I have been rubbish at updating her progress with her journey up the milk ladder so am finally getting my act together to write about it now!
So where is she on the ladder?
When you have a baby with a milk allergy you feel as though there will never be that light at the end of the tunnel. I want to assure you that there is! LJ had chocolate for the first time the other day and I could have cried. To see her eating something that would have made her terribly ill even a few months ago was just amazing.
Here is a reminder of the the milk ladder:
We are now at stage 5 which is Shepherd’s Pie. When I gave her a small portion for the first time I was so terrified that it would make her ill but she was fine- such a relief I can tell you!
Ingredients for Shepherds Pie
Makes 8 child sized portions
- 650g of mince
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion
- 600ml vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 900g potatoes
- 55g butter
- 100mls milk
- 40g grated cheese
– Now what makes this different to a normal shepherds pie is the specific amounts of dairy, those noted in bold. The method is the same as a standard recipe, browning the mince, frying the onion and adding in the tomato puree, stock and herbs.
– Boil the potatoes until they are ready to mash and this is when you add the butter and the milk. Mash them together to make a creamy mash.
– Transfer the mince mixture into an oven dish and then spread the mash on the top. Then finally sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and grill until the mash is golden.
If you are anxious about the amount of dairy then give your child a half portion of mash in the beginning and build it up. Good luck!
The next stage is Lasagne and I am really scared as there is much more milk involved in the recipe. Her progress so far has been amazing and I have no doubt that she will be able to sit and have a real ice-cream next summer- how amazing will that be?
Unfortunately we are dealing with soya and gluten allergies as well so not out of the woods- if you have any experience with these please tell me it gets better!
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