Clementine Muffins

***5.4 Update – Our Baking Class has been Rescheduled for 9.15 from 6p – 9p at Ger-Nis****

On this fabulous Spring Day, I was walking through Park Slope or “The Slope” as we call it, hanging up fliers for the allergen-free, gluten-free, vegan baking and allergic lifestyle class that Allergic Girl Sloane Miller and I are teaching in Brooklyn on 5/13, at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Centerfrom 6pm – 9pm.

Sloane recommended I check out Erin Smith’s blog Gluten Free Fun since she has a gluten free google NYC map. In addition, I sought out coffee shops, restaurants like “The V Spot”, and other establishments known to cater to vegans, and gluten-free people like “Bogota” on 5th Avenue. I came to a store which carries nursing supplies and baby clothes that I personally love called Boing Boing Maternity. Since we moved here when our daughter was in 2nd grade, I never shopped at Boing Boing Maternity, but the owner and I exchanged emails once on Park Slope Parents and I felt an instant kindred spirit in her. They teach nursing classes, how to sling your baby and are a great resource for the newly hatched (parents that is!). I recently walked with my friend, a new parent, to Boing-Boing where we rented obtained supplies for her.

So there I was, excited at the prospect of sharing baking techniques with mommies who may be avoiding milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, and more for their little nurslings.

I walked in and the woman behind the counter greeted me with a nice warm smile. She allowed me to hang my flier in the back, but not before she said, well, it’s really not our customers that would be interested. I thanked her very much, happy that I could hang my flier and be on my way.

Moms of babies or toddlers who have recently been diagnosed with food allergies often struggle with “What am I going to feed this darling child?” This is made even more daunting when the approach to baking and cooking has to be reconsidered. In this class, not only will they learn how to bake allergen-free, gluten-free and vegan, they will be able to bake our favorite chocolate chip cookies and red-velvet cake while Sloane and I talk about kitchen safety, baking techniques, and cross-contamination. All participants will be able to taste what they’ve made and walk away with recipe and resource information.

We hope that you will be able to join us on September 15th at Ger-Nis from 6pm – 9pm.

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