About

Hi, my name is Chloe I love to eat and enjoy drinking tea. I was diagnosed as being allergic to cow’s milk as a child in the 1980’s. Back then it was rare occurrence. At school my mum gave me squash to take to school whilst the other children had their milk. I had my own pack up to take to parties and days out. I looked forward to the weekends when I would go to a local health food shop and get my carob biscuits and special crisps. These days I follow a dairy free and lactose free diet. Luckily things are a bit easier with the advent of free from products, or are they? It is certainly easier to get dairy free and lactose free food and drinks. However, it is not uncommon for products that I have enjoyed for a long time to change their ingredients and become unsuitable. Eating out is still problematic, but waiting staff appear to be more knowledge about food allergies and intolerances so let’s hope that this only continues to improve. I find social media a great source of help and support finding new products and recipes to try or to now avoid. I have therefore taken the plunge to join in and share my thoughts and opinions on the food, cups of tea, cafes and restaurants that I try. I hope that you enjoy my blog. Please feel free to comment any feedback is much appreciated.

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  1. Hi Chloe, just stumbled upon your blog, love it. I would like to send you samples of our tea for you to try out. We have all types of natural loose leaf & wellness tea blended in Germany. Thx

  2. Hi Chloe,

    Oh dear, I hear you! I am allergic to milk, as well, which I found out by myself in my 30’s. What a relief to get rid of all those symptoms I thought I would have to live with and what a struggle, at first, to read through all the ingredient lists and find out which products are suitable. Meanwhile I am not struggeling with that, anymore and I feel much healthier and generally better.
    Like you, I noticed that some products tend to change their ingredients. My former favourite brand of German marzipan (Niederegger), for example, now seems to use milk in all their products and during our long term stay in Ireland, a few years ago, we noticed that Green & Black’s dark hot chocolate suddenly contained milk. So, the scanning of ingredient lists became a habit, as well as using less prepared foods and making a lot stuff ourselves – which actually turned out to be fun!

    Thank you for writing about this topic, for sharing your experise and for providing a space for exchange!

    Much love,
    Steffi

    • Hi Steffi,
      Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. Luckily, I’m really not a fan of marzipan. Scanning ingredients is a pain but routine for many of us. What I have learned through my blogging journey is check products you may never think would be possible to eat. It sometimes comes up trumps. I discovered some delicious mince pies last week. I hope you find my blog helpful, Chloe.

  3. Thanks for shedding light on the difficulties of eating out with a dairy allergy. I have 2 adult children with dairy allergies, and most of their meals out have to be very plain. I have found that Parve foods are usually safe, and luckily, we have a kosher bakery at our local supermarket. Keep us posted!

    • Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my about page. It is often the case that my meals out have to be plain to be safe. I have found some bread I can have at my local main supermarket but sadly no sweet treats, Chloe.

  4. I also enjoy drinking tea. I am a fan of Earl Grey and also like English Breakfast tea. I must confess to adding milk to my Earl Grey which is, I believe not something approved of by purists! Being diabetic I try to use skimmed milk. Kevin.

  5. am so glad I happened here – am a fellow tea lover! so many amazing chinese teas as well as european – infinitely more interesting, healthier, & I hope cruelty free than coffee

  6. Chloe, thank you for your recent likes on Shift Key. Enjoying your blog (just read your Holiday posts). Sadly, I couldn’t agree with you more about poor tea service in America. I, too, have written poems about its sad state for years. The “average” USA restaurant doesn’t know how to do tea properly. O well. There is always hope. Best to you and yours for the holidays and in the year ahead.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I was pre warned about the tea before I went on my little adventure. Next time I shall ask for the hot water and use my own tea. Oh and yes there is always hope. Thank you for the kind festive wishes. I hope you have a nice Christmas and a happy new year, Chloe.

  7. I am not allergic to milk nor suffering from milk intolerance, but I am intolerant of milk because of a childhood circumstance. It was the practice of our primary school to provide each child with a free small bottle (I mean bottle not carton) of milk for each morning tea break. The crates of milk bottle were left outside the school door in the sun and so by the time they reached our desks, the milk was on the turn. Vile sour milk – and it stank as soon as the tops were off!. Awful. Never since have I been able to consider milk. I did go through phases of soy milk etc, but now I have settled on black tea, green tea black and herbals.

    • Hi, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. The thought of warm milk which is turning makes me shudder. Luckily, this was not the case at my school. I struggle to enjoy any dairy free milk but try to have some with breakfast and the odd dairy free hot chocolate. I certainly can’t have it in any tea although I should try it. Luckily like you I can enjoy many teas milk free, Chloe.

  8. Thank you very much for following my blog 🙂 I have some food/diet issues too, being renal-impaired. It makes life so much trickier, having to watch everything you eat, so I feel for you.

  9. Fun to find your blog Chloe!! Sadly, I don’t live in England to try your recommendations. But we did travel there pretty often the 12 years we lived in Spain (now we’re settle back in California). Like you friendly style– and the food!

  10. Hi! Thank you for liking my post! Next to crafts, I love cooking and drinking tea as well and I think your blog is pretty cool. I look forward reading your posts too.

  11. I’ve been dairy free for 6 years now! 🙂 I’m really glad for all the options available to us these days. What do you think of daiya cheeses and Go veggie cheeses? Those are the two I’ve eaten since I’ve been on a dairy-free diet.

    • Hi, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to look at my blog. It is great that more choices are becoming available. I’ve not tried Daiya or Go Veggie as I’ve not seen these in the UK. I shall take a look let time I visit America.

  12. Thanks for liking my post about the inspiration behind my organic skin care venture. 🙂 I’m following along with you as always on the look out for dairy free goodies for my boy. Of course we have to exclude soya and egg too but there might be some goodies pop up from time to time. 🙂

  13. Thank you for following my blog. I too have lots of food and chemical allergies and intolerance. I am lucky to live in the Seattle area in the US where finding alternatives is relatively easy. We were visiting parts of Italy, Greece and London last year and it was not easy to find alternative ingredients in most of the grocery stores. The best way for me is to look in the internet for blogs like yours and others before visiting/traveling. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to visit by blog and commenting. I’m surprised you were unable to find much in London, such a shame. if you visit again there are some great blogs with recommendations of where to visit, Chloe.

  14. Love your blog! My husband has a milk allergy so I’m always on the look out for new dairy free treats to try! Wish I discovered this sooner, will be stalking you on twitter! haha Looking forward to more of your product reviews 🙂 xxx

  15. Hi Chloe, I have son who was initially diagnosed with lactose intolerance. But then now the list has got so long it is easier to say what he can eat than to say what he can’t eat. The list consist of Wheat, certain fruits eg, mango, peaches, plums, apple, pears, an array of vegetables, onion, garlic, cabbage, beans, honey, soy, yes like I said long list. So I can understand how you feel. Yes eating out is nightmare with him. I am yet to read your blog on that. I have started make my own of many things. Bread (I use spelt flour), ricotta cheese using lactose free milk, yogurt, ice cream. I make cookies, cakes and brownies and all with spelt flour.

    • Hi Uma,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope that you find my blog helpful. It must be very tough for both you and your son to eat out with so many restrictions. Homemade is always best isn’t that what they say. When I was growing up my mum made me my own special yogurts and ice cream as well as many other things. There are some fantastic bloggers out there who share recipes and ideas if you like further info please just let me know. Have a lovely week.

  16. I absolutely love tea (earl grey is my favourite) & I’m lactose intolerant too. I have a milk-free diet but I don’t abstain from all dairy. I found that I needed to have some teeny tiny amount of butter, yoghurt and cheese in my diet because I was calcium deficient, even though I was having products with ‘added calcium’ in them. I don’t rate ‘lacto-free’ products and prefer to use dairy alternatives such as rice and soya milk. It’s interesting to see how different people cope with having an intolerance and their food choices/recipes and recommendations. Look forward to reading your reviews! Rhi

  17. Hi thanks for liking some of the posts on the blog that I just started. I like your blog and am happy to find another dairy free blog! I find avoiding dairy difficult because there are so many free from alternatives I don’t like or can’t eat. All the best, Victoria.

    • Hi, Victoria nice to meet you. Yes indeed the free from is really aimed at gluten free but at least there are lots more choices now. I hope that you find my reviews helpful, Chloe.

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