We make from scratch most of our food. We never thought that we would be able to recreate a waffle that had the same taste and texture as the original. Up until last year we didn’t have to… we were able to buy a really great tasting, frozen waffle that was free of dairy, wheat, egg and nuts. Just over a year ago they disappeared off the shelves and we thought that it was just an importing problem and with time they would be back on the shelves. We enquired and found out that the little company that specialised in these yummy frozen waffles had been struck by a typhoon and their little factory destroyed. Unfortunately it was a small family owned business and inevitably the typhoon destroyed them… this left us with the dilemma that we were probably not going to eat waffles again… with the continual requests from our boys we went to work on trying to recreate a waffle recipe that would taste great and have the right consistency that all waffles must 🙂 hope that you too enjoy the Oliver’s Choice waffle recipe!
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Reminiscing on growing up as a child spending hours in my Nonna’s kitchen preparing Christmas goodies together. It’s one of my favourite childhood memories. One of the many delicacies that my Nonna would create was her Zeppoli… the Italian donut. It was a deep fried dough that would most of the time have sultanas inside the balls. But it didn’t necessarily have to. This was my Nonna’s twist on the Zeppoli. Everyone loved Nonna’s Zeppoli! Recently I had the thought to use Nonna’s Zeppoli recipe to recreate a donut for Oliver. Most of the ingredients were fine for Oliver so with some recreating and tweaking it became a reality. The kids love them as much as I did as a child… and the tradition will now be continued 🙂
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I was talking to a friend towards the end of last term and I was asking her what she was looking forward to most about her upcoming amazing European holiday with the kids. She told me… no lunch boxes, no cooking, no washing dishes and no grocery shopping. You really don’t get a break from all of that when living with severe food allergies… there is no eating in restaurants for Oliver with the allergens he has to contend with… While away on holidays we normally stay in an apartment so that we can cook and prepare our meals in a safe environment. We recently started to go to the snow… to a special lodge that we have found that caters breakfast and dinner and there is no access to the kitchen (which would normally be my heaven). Initially we thought that this would be a problem but it has actually turned out to work in our favour. These holidays I pre prepared all of Oliver’s meals. We have access to a microwave so I knew that I could safely re heat all his meals. And by having my other son, my husband’s and my meals prepared to gourmet levels… meant that I really felt like I also had a holiday! It was amazing! Plus… and this is the BIG plus… ALL the dishes were done for us 🙂 HEAVEN!!
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It’s always great to have a freezer to lunchbox favourite for the kids school lunch boxes and this won’t let you down. This is a great base recipe that stays fresh for days and once defrosted even though it is gluten/wheat free and egg free. You are able to make blueberry muffins, raspberry muffins, chocolate chip, cinnamon… whatever your choice is with this base recipe. Enjoy!
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To recreate the best egg-free, wheat-free, dairy-free brownie we first needed to understand what it takes to make a great brownie a great brownie? We have had our share of not so good brownies that’s for sure. When you live free of dairy, wheat and eggs the perfect brownie recipe may be hard to come by… We have also had our share of failed recreations. We have learnt that a good brownie should be fudgy but not dry, dense but not hard, soft but not light, chewy but not gooey 🙂
Oliver and I recently explored all things ‘eggs’! On this journey we learnt that the simple egg takes on many different functions in different recipes. The incredible egg emulsifies, binds, aerates (leavens) and flavours… and… it does almost all of these actions to create the very best brownie. So… in order for us to recreate the perfect EGG FREE brownie we had to imitate all of these amazing functions of the simple egg… this for us meant taking on a whole new realm of egg science and lots of trials and errors!! But… “By George, I think we’ve got it!”
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Linseed (Flaxseed) Gel Egg Replacer – Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free
On exploration of the simple egg Oliver and I discovered that the simple egg is not so simple… it in fact takes on many different functions in different recipes. The incredible egg… emulsifies, binds (structure builder), aerates (leavens) and flavours.
Binder (Structure Builder): Eggs are structure builders… They contain a particularly useful protein… one protein in particular, called ovalbumin that is found in the translucent egg white, or albumen. When this protein is exposed to heat, it denatures and distorts the protein structure and causes it to unfold into little protein strands. The strands then join together to form a strong protein network that gives foods structure. This structure gets stiffer and stronger and actually pulls together slightly as more heat is applied and water is steamed off.
This is the protein that is tested in SPT’s these days to see if a child can tolerate baked egg products. Oliver passed the SPT for the ovomucoid but unfortunately failed the Baked Egg Challenge.
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It’s cold and it’s definitely lemon season. There’s something amazing about how the seasonal fruit and vegetables match our needs as humans…. like when it’s Winter it’s flu season and with a cold or a flu lemons and oranges are a perfect remedy for healing or keeping away those nasty bugs… I haven’t really eaten a lot of Lemon Meringue Pie but this was a great opportunity to try and recreate an egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free version of this awesome dessert with all the lemons that we have on our tree at the moment. I wasn’t sure if it was possible but by George, we gave it a really good go… Hope that you enjoy this version as much as we do… 🙂
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Our brain is an amazing organ of the human body. I love how a smell can trigger a wonderful walk down memory lane… another amazing fact that our brain is responsible for. How every time I walk past our lemon tree in our backyard, the fragrance from the lemons takes me back in time to the crisp Winter months when I would push Oliver as a very small baby in his pram around the monastery near our house in Cyprus. Lukas, his older brother, would totter along happily beside us. The grounds of the monastery are amazing. The gardens absolutely beautiful. And in the Winter time a bounty of lemon, orange, and mandarins were ready for the picking. You could smell the citrus fragrances in the air as the sun set at the end of each day…
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As a busy mum I am always looking for lunchbox ideas that also pass as a wholesome, balanced meal. A parcel of goodness with as many of the 5 food groups in it as possible but still packed with yumminess. So when we created this yummy pouch of goodness, we were excited that it was an all in one creation that could pass as a meal, a snack, and most importantly a lunchbox creation full of goodness. Even though Oliver is not a huge fan of vegetables he loves these pasties that I sneak extra vegetables into. Hope that you enjoy them also…
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