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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Christmas Pudding – Dairy-free, Wheat-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free

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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Gingerbread House – Dairy-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free

We love traditions in our family. Traditions can be of all shapes and forms. In relation to food celebration traditions, due to Oliver’s severe food allergies, we have had to be creative and start a few of our own traditions… which we love all the same… traditions are about starting something special together and repeating these special activities or meals again and again and passing them on… But this year we have been able to recreate and tweak a lot of the traditional Christmas food traditions… and the European Gingerbread House is just one of them… The kids have loved making this. We always thought that it may not hold or be strong enough due to the lack of gluten in the flour but where there is a will there is a way… and after many trials and errors 🙂  as Oliver himself put it… Success!! We loved making our first Gingerbread House. We thought that it would be difficult making one that was dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free and gluten-free and that would stay standing  but we tried anyway and never gave up and that’s how we ended up with this masterpiece of work!

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Christmas Cake – dairy-free, wheat-free, egg-free, nut-free

Christmas is coming… we feel it in the air with the kids school Christmas concert next week and with the end of the school year looming… today the house is filled with the beautiful smell of mixed spices and dried fruit in the air as we bake our Christmas cake… we have been baking this cake since 2010 and have been tweaking it each year just that little bit more… I think last year we created the perfect formula… and now we are excited to share it with you all…

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