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Allergy Free Afternoon Tea Book Giveaway!


Like many other families with young children, afternoons are a challenging time of day in our household. The usual scene is me trying to get dinner sorted, while helping with Miss 5 with homework, trying to keep Miss 3 entertained, and playing refereeing when they start to push each other’s buttons.

Needless to say, afternoon tea has never really been on my radar. In fact, I viewed it as a inconvenience. Sometimes the kids would grab a piece of fruit or a biscuit, other times they would go without until dinner time.  Now I know better!

A few weeks ago, Anna and I were invited to a book launch for Allergy Free Afternoon Tea , co-authored by Simone Emery from Play with Food and Ruth Meaney from Pea Fritters. It was a nice morning with a lovely group of Mums and their children who have food allergies. 

Simone is a feeding therapist, and shared some practical tips for growing confident eaters, while Ruth was able to share her experiences as an allergy mum, which really helped get the dialogue flowing within the group. Ruth also performed a food demonstration, making a delicious seed butter recipe from the book. The children were kept entertained with craft activities and a reading of the book The BugaBees: Friends with Food Allergies.

After reading Allergy Free Afternoon Tea, we knew instantly that we wanted to stock it in our online store. Why? Because we knew that members of the Mem & Maeve family would benefit from the wonderful professional advice and allergy friendly recipes within the book.

While reading the book, I came to understand the many reasons why it’s important to treat afternoon tea like a scheduled meal. It’s a long stretch of time between lunch and dinner, so naturally your children may be hungry for a snack. However, as a mother of two fussy eaters, it was this fun fact that piqued my interest:

The great thing about afternoon tea is that children are usually very ready for it and may be more open to new foods. Seize that opportunity and introduce some new textures, temperatures, smells and tastes.


Afternoon tea looks quite different at our house now, all because of this one little book. Admittedly, I’m not organised or motivated enough (who is?) to make afternoon tea a learning experience everyday. However, I am finding that it provides me with regular opportunities to expose my girls to new foods in a playful way. The advice within the book is brilliant, and has provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge to make afternoon tea a thoughtful, playful and healthy mealtime experience with my children.

Allergy Free Afternoon Tea contains 10 allergy free recipes that are not only delicious but also simple to make. This book is perfect for allergy families, fussy eaters or busy families in general.

We are excited to be giving away a copy of the book to one of you! To be in the running, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what simple, go-to foods you keep on hand for afternoon tea at your place.

Or, you can purchase your copy of the book here today. For only $15, you will receive a hard copy of the book plus free shipping Australia wide, as well as a digital version.

love & happiness

R @ Mem & Maeve

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  • Renee Samoluk
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  • Holly

    I make safe raspberry muffins with coconut milk and oil, they make a lovely afternoon tea! Or homemade Anzac biscuits, or rice crackers, pretzels or fruit?

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