If you need to cater for a guest with an allergy it is important that you know where the allergen is most likely to be found. Here is a list of the most common, what types of foods you will find them in and tips on finding alternativess.
These include almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, chestnuts. Can be found in sauces, desserts, crackers, bread, ice cream, marzipan, ground almonds, nut oil.
TIP: See Peanuts
In sauces, cakes, desserts, groundnut oil, peanut flour, peanut butterTIP: Make sure you have an indemnity on your menu if you use nuts in your kitchen.
In yoghurt, cream, cheese, butter, milk powders, foods glazed with milk
TIP: If a recipe allows substitute milk with water, soy milk or in sweet recipes with fruit juice (guests allergic to milk may also be allergic to soy).
Such as shrimp, prawns, crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp paste
TIP: When required, replace shellfish with a smoked fish that has a strong flavour.
As tofu or beancurd, soya flour and textured soya protein, in some ice cream, sauces, desserts, meat products, vegetarian products
TIP: Use rice flour and canola oil for baked goods.
In cakes, mousses, sauces, pasta, quiche, some meat products, mayonnaise, foods brushed with eggTIP: Substitutes vary by dish For baking try with mashed banana. For savoury dishes crumbled Tofu works quite well.
In some salad dressings, pizzas, relishes, fish sauce and some soy and Worcestershire sauces
TIP: Use mayonnaise as a base for dressings and use your own ingredients to create flavours.
Foods containing flour, such as bread, pasta, cakes, pastry, meat products, sauces, soups, batter, stock cubes, breadcrumbs, foods dusted with flour
TIP: Those with a wheat allergy can usually eat rice flour, buckwheat flour, cornflour and maize flour.
Lactose intolerance occurs in individuals who lack the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest the sugar lactose (found in milk). Common symptoms are diarrhea, wind and general discomfort.
Soy milk, rice milk, dairy free cheeses such as soy cheese, soy yoghurt (note: soy is also an allergen)
Cow’s, Sheep, Goat’s (mammals) milk, some cheeses, dairy desserts, ice cream, butter, cheese, yoghurt
Gluten intolerance is caused by the body’s inability to break down gluten, a protein in wheat. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. Those with Celiac disease must eliminate gluten from their diet.
Gluten-containing flours, including: Wheat, Barley Rye, Oat, Malt, Couscous