Allergies and genetics

Ever wondered if food allergies ran in families. I do.

I don’t have any food allergies – although I am allergic to various penicillins – and Pete is not allergic to any food – although he does react terribly to anti-persperants.

Today I received word that my niece was rushed off to hospital after a nasty reaction to peanuts. She had shown sensitivity to say and milk when younger, and my sister-in-law vigalently avoided those products for a few years.

This was her first major reaction at 5!

Genetics or environment? It’s not conclusive – but it would seem the family link is strong.



Whether you believe global warming is due to natural cycles or man (or both), this looks like an interesting movie – with benefits to the people involved – not just the planet.

I must watch it some time. Anyone seen it?

No impact man.


I’ve created a family photo book in mix book  – and you can play it here.

Mum, Dad, Bronny & Dunx – this is for you guys.


Play the album


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Old Photos

Several years ago (maybe 12-15?) I purchased a couple of old photo albums at the Camberwell Trash and Treasure market.

I was fascinated by them, particularly one which contained photos from Jerusalem, which I knew (and know) little about. Over the years, I’ve spent quite some time looking through the images and wondering what on earth I would ever do with them.

I felt a little uncomfortable in some respects – viewing the pictures belonging to someone I didn’t even know. But more-so, I felt saddened to think the families of the photographers didn’t choose to keep the albums for their own history. Or were these photographers simply the last twig on the end of their family tree? Or had they lost touch or cut ties with their relatives? However they ended up with me I felt both honoured and responsible. Honoured to be the recipient. Responsible for ensuring these images were available for others who may be interested.

In the past week I’ve referred to the photos twice. Firstly, a colleague showed me the photos he took of his recent visit to Israel, which reminded me I has the album tucked away in a cupboard somewhere. Then I retrieved the album to show a musician friend who was recording with Pete. She was talking about her Israeli partner and caused me to retrieve the photos from their hidy-hole. She was fascinated by the photos too – and suggested posting them on the web. This is something I’ve considered before, so with the rash of activity drawing me to this conclusion – I spent some time last week scanning the album and uploading the files to flickr.

I’ve now scanned the photos and uploaded them onto flickr – so you can view the whole collection here.

I’d love to hear what you think of them……..

My favorites….

Old Photos - People in Jerusalem

Old Photos - People in Jerusalem

Isabella’s Pancakes – Egg Free

Isabella has outgrown her dairy allergy, and can tolerate a small amount of egg, but she still LOVES these pancakes….. however we now use milk in place of water.


  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon B-Carb Soda (Baking Soda)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk (or water or soy milk for those with dairy allergy)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence


Sift flour and baking soda/powder and salt.

Add sugar. (Whisk these together is you don’t have a sifter.)

Add Vanilla and Oil and half the soy milk. Whisk together.

Gradually add the rest of the milk until thick pouring consistency.

Heat Frying pan – needs to be reasonably hot. We now use butter – but you could use spray. Oil/spray for each pancake – they do stick otherwise. I found with this recipe the pancakes worked best if they were on the small side. If the were too big they were difficult to turn.

Can be eaten hot or cold. Our favorite toppings are Maple Syrup; lemon and sugar; and butter (milk free) and jam on the cold ones.

Happy eating!

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