Sometimes as an allergy mum I just want to make a toastie for dinner… a toasted sandwich… a toasted sandwich with cheese, a toasted sandwich with ham and cheese, a simple egg toastie or a baked bean toastie. I’m not sure if it’s the whole ease at which this wholemeal comes that I’m so attracted to or whether it’s the ‘fast food’ element of this home made dinner. A couple of pieces of ready made bread… put into a toasted sandwich maker… with the insides of your choice… and 5 minutes later… VOILA!! Dinner is served!! I’m not sure what the allurement of it all is… but tonight… I would just love to have the choice of making the kids a ‘toastie’!
It has turned wet, wild, windy and freezing here today. It was a great day to stay inside and turn to some comfort cookies and a cup of herbal tea.
These cookies that we created are soooo yummy we can’t express in words how amazing they are. Not only are they scrumptious… they are dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free and nut-free too!
Here’s the recipe for you to decide how good they are for yourself 🙂
There are few things that Oliver and I have not been able to recreate in the kitchen using ingredients that are free from egg, dairy, wheat, rye, peanuts and tree nuts. But we thought that this one might get the better of us… We spoke about all things eggs recently… the constitution and make up of eggs and how they are used in different recipes. This led Oliver and I to continually think about one thing in particular that is a favourite around the world but especially in Australia… it uses mainly eggs in it’s recipe… egg whites in particular… The Aussie Pavlova or Meringue… Oliver really was intrigued to try one of these after his sugar monster of a brother told him how great they are… so we researched and researched and with the help of Oliver’s Nonna’s recipe and some creativity we think we have come up with a beautiful and tasty EGG FREE meringue 🙂
The humble ANZAC biscuit is a favourite in our house with it’s wholesome but basic ingredients which makes it perfect for our family who eat free of egg, wheat, dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. For those that are not Australian or from New Zealand the acronym ANZAC was coined in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops trained in Egypt. ANZAC then stuck and applied for all Australian and New Zealand soldiers from World War 1 with particular association with the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. The ANZAC biscuit although eaten at different times throughout the year is baked especially around ANZAC Day (25th April) and eaten in memory of all the soldiers past and present. We will remember them.
Hot cross buns, hot cross buns…
One a penny, two a penny…
Hot cross buns…
This English nursery rhymn brings back lovely memories as I always sang it to my children when they were little and it always sticks in ours heads every time we bake hot cross buns together. A hot cross bun is the English spiced bun that has a cross on it and is traditionally made on Good Friday. We have been working on a wheat-fee, egg-free, dairy-free hot cross bun recipe for ages. And after many failures and some ever so close successes we finally happy to share with you all a recipe that we are very happy with and hope you will enjoy too…
This is the first of many blog posts that I would like to write this year in my Enviro Year. I will walk around the garden and see what’s in season then work out with my mum a fun recipe to make and then share it with you all. I’ll try and do this once a month… maybe more? Walking around the garden the last few weeks there has been plenty of produce coming to life… Rhubarb, strawberries,
snake beans, all the herbs that you can think of and much much more… I especially loved the pumpkins and decided that I should make Lady Flo’s Pumpkin scones as they are epically good!!! I really want anybody that likes anything very tasty to try these. They are especially easy to make and a great way to use up some of those scrumptious seasonal pumpkins that are ready and ripe to pick. They also freeze really well ready to be put straight into your lunch box as a special treat for your school day. Enjoy 🙂
Oliver’s Dad and I are probably more excited about this latest creation than the kids 🙂 You know what they say… you can’t miss something that you’ve never had… Well… I think that’s the case here with Oliver… Oliver’s dad is Swiss and we were living in Switzerland in the early years of Oliver’s life… We were living there when Oliver had his first anaphylactic reaction at only 7 months. Once we had all the tests done and found out that Oliver was severely allergic to dairy, wheat, eggs, soy (at the time) and all nuts it was like living in a mind field… Gipfli (croissant), Bretzel (pretzel), Beuchermuesli, cheese, cheese, cheese, yogurt, every kind of bread you can think of and chocolate are just to name a few of the Swiss delicacies that are seen on every street corner and a staple in everyone’s house. They seemed to be everywhere… and in everything!! They would be a part of every snack and every meal… we soon learnt how to live without all these things that we loved so much… and we became very resourceful and creative so that some of our favourite dishes could be brought back into our lives… although slightly altered 😉 As for Oliver he doesn’t seem to yearn for these kinds of foods like we do… anything that’s too mock ‘creamy’ he doesn’t really like it… safe, non-dairy chocolate, he could take it or leave it… bread he isn’t fussed about, and yogurt (soy) he has grown to like after some time… so we often wonder if this is his body telling him to stay away from these tastes and textures or whether it’s a case that he doesn’t miss what he’s never had?? Recently, we were determined to recreate a family favourite of Oliver’s Dads… Specksuflauf – Creamy Bacon Pasta Bake. There was a cold snap in the weather the other week and we were craving this and we came up with gold… we managed to make something very similar that was dairy -free, egg-free and wheat-free. Hope that you like this new creation as much as we do 🙂
When almost everything I put into Oliver’s and Oliver’s brother’s lunchbox is made from scratch I am sometimes overwhelmed with the lack of motivation and ideas… especially when all of the ideas have to be dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free and nut-free… But over the years we have managed to collect a number of great ideas and things that the boys like more than others. One of Oliver’s all time favourites are crunchy chicken strips. I especially love these as they are super easy to make, don’t require many ingredients and can be eaten warm or cold. They can be eaten freshly cooked or can be frozen for freezer to lunchbox ease-ness… So here’s the recipe for you all to enjoy 🙂
Australia Day is coming up and there is no cake that screams Australian more than the good old lamington! Celebrate this Australia Day with this delicious dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free treat that we have created for you all to enjoy 🙂
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I rush down-stairs and scoff up my breakfast so fast it could have won a world record.
Then I jump on the couch and start reading. After reading for a few minutes it’s time for me to pick my best friend James up to go to Ballarat so we could go to the Ballarat Wild Life Park and then go and have my party at Ballarat go-cartting and laser force.