Yes, a tropical sunshine smoothie to bring you some warmth and brighten up your day. I am well aware that us Brits are famous for our penchant for conversation all about the weather. We have an insane number of words to describe different types of precipitation and as an island our weather is pretty changeable and unpredictable, and we do experience many types of ‘rain’. It genuinely is quite an interesting and frequent topic of conversation (though I am loathed to admit it and surprised by how anglicised I’ve become)
The weather this April here in Surrey was full of its standard April showers, but also had super sunny days, when Brighton became rammed, as well as icy winds, sleet, snow and hail flurries towards the end of the month. It was FABULOUS news for us! Aars suffers from a severe allergy to silver birch pollen (no hay fever) but it cross-sensitises with multiple foods, and for Aaron it has resulted in two anaphylactic shocks to previously “safe” foods – the first one landed him in hospital as I was too slow to use the epi-pen AAI, they couldn’t get the swelling down in A&E so he had to be admitted. The second time I used the Jext AAI quickly, but Aars suffered a second wave whilst we were in the ambulance 45 minutes after I had administered the first dose. You can read about Silver Birch Pollen Allergy and Aars here. It has links to scientific papers I found helpful when Aars was first diagnosed just under three years ago when he suddenly started to rect to previously “safe” foods.
The silver birch pollen season varies in length, the first year Aars was diagnosed it was long with a very high pollen count, it lasted just over three months. This year – thanks to the schizophrenic weather confusing all the plants, it seems to have only lasted three weeks!! My fingers are still crossed, as our lifestyle while the birch pollen contaminates the air is impacted hugely and negatively. I have an app on my phone which tells me the pollen count for silver birch in my area, I can check out other locations too (it also provides info on other individual pollens) and it looks like we have been blessed this year with a moderate pollen count over a pretty stunted period of time! If you’re UK based and would like more info on the app I use to track the pollen count please get in touch – it’s free, accurate and really helpful.
So in celebration of our peculiar weather, and it’s wondrous results on the silver birch trees this tropical sunshine smoothie is lovely and refreshing with it’s tasty tropical ingredients on the hot sunny days we keep enjoying. But is also great on the grey, cold days the ginger root in the mix brings some warmth and inner-glow making you feel like the sunshine is in your belly radiating out!
Just a little bit more info – we love being outside and are blessed with a sizeable garden, one of the tough aspects of Aars’ silver birch pollen allergy is that we cannot go out and enjoy it after midday with the pollen count is moderate or higher. I found this book which is great, it’s called The Allergy Fighting Garden. His sub-title is a little ambitious – “Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping” But it is a great resource in trying to create a safe-as-possible garden for members of your family with allergies. It’s our garden bible now and we don’t add anything to the garden until we have cross-referenced it with his book.