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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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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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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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 🙂
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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…
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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.
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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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Having people truly understand what it is to live with severe food allergies can be difficult. Having a good support network around you is key. Oliver’s grandparents have been an amazing support in our journey with severe food allergies… through all the ups… and all the many downs… and having their support has meant the world to us and has made things just that bit easier. So we have been working together over the last few years on finding a Christmas Pudding recipe that we could all enjoy together including Oliver. Oliver’s Nonna has tried and created a few different one’s over the years that were good and that we loved sharing together but it was when she had a pudding at a friend’s house a few years ago and asked her friend how she made the pudding that she knew that we were going to be able to work with this recipe and tweak it and change it to create the right mix to make a dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, nut-free tasty Christmas pudding! And here it is for you all to enjoy and share with your loved ones this Christmas also… HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
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