Waffles – Egg-free, Wheat-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free

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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Sticky Date in a Mug – Dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free

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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Fudgy, Chewy, Chocolate Brownies

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

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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Lemon Meringue Pie – Free of dairy, egg, wheat and nuts!

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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Trifle – Free from Dairy, Wheat & Gluten, and Eggs… believe it or not!!

Nothing screams Aussie Summer to me more than trifle! Whether you have this at Christmas, at an Australia Day BBQ or just as a treat… this is one of my favourite Summer recipes. So I really wanted to be able to offer Oliver an opportunity to try this delicious dessert also. This year is the first time that I have been able to create a trifle that we can all enjoy together as a Christmas dessert which we will most likely have on Boxing Day with all the cold left overs which we love so much. We will have hot Christmas Pudding with custard after all the hot food on Christmas day and cold cut left overs and trifle on Boxing Day 🙂 or something like that… we can do whatever we want as we have so many choices now…

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Donuts and Churros

There’s nothing we enjoy more on a cold, wet and windy day than staying inside, playing board games and cooking something warm to snack on… Today’s choice was dairy-free, wheat-free and egg-free warm donuts with cinnamon sugar and churros dipped in warm chocolate! Every time we walk past Donut King Oliver asks if we can maybe try and work out an ‘Oliver friendly’ recipe for donuts… Today was the day! A perfect day as it has turned suddenly really cold and wet and wild so we spent the day in the kitchen together experimenting for the perfect donut/churros recipe…

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Day 2 Thermomix Challenge…

You know the saying… “Many hands make light work”… that’s my motto for today… Day 2 of the thermomix challenge… another glorious, warm day here filled with gardening, beaching, swimming and having fun! Luckily enough we have a thermomix as time got away from us having all this fun and dinner was upon us in no time… I pulled all hands on deck to get on top of the dinner action. I got the hubby, who loves to cook, but unfortunately never has any time to do any cooking, straight onto the main… and I put my 2 little squirrels in charge of dessert. I was in charge of …??? in charge of…??? setting the table! YAY! Today looks like it’s a day off for me 🙂 🙂 🙂 Wow! I am really starting to love Hermie the Thermie!!!

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Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding – Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free

We love weekends so much! Friday comes around and there’s always a sense of excitement about the upcoming weekend… social plans, a rest from the comings and goings of the routines of every day week day life, no routine… As a mum, I appreciate weekends even more… The kids are home all day… no rushing to school in the morning… maybe we have to go to sports events instead, but it’s different… we get to spend time together. We get to do the things we love together… like bike riding, beach exploring, hiking, fishing, roller blading, movie watching and the list goes on…

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