Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding

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desserts | January 8, 2017 | By

I’ve loved Sticky Date Pudding since forever and I happened to have some dates leftover from a Wedding Cake I’m making so thought I’d have a bash at making this Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding since my youngest REALLY loves cake.  And dates.  It went down a treat with some lovely visitors I had today and the two kids that can eat it in my house both love it.  The eldest mostly because she has some weird infatuation with anything caramel.

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How to turn sensory water beads into an awesome learning opportunity

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activities | January 5, 2017 | By

How to turn sensory water beads into an awesome learning opportunity

I’m all about free play with my 3 crazy kids and I love setting up art and craft activities which are completely open-ended and just sitting back to see where they will take it.  If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know my kids have wildly different temperaments so it’s always really fun seeing the different directions they take things.  

Have you tried using sensory water beads with your children?  They are awesome fun, and I got a packet of a thousand for less than $2 on aliexpress.  They are so simple to use: you literally just tip them into a bowl of water and you can watch them fluff up right in front of your eyes.  They have the most glorious feel.

Warning: these are not safe to be swallowed, so obviously watch little children really closely.

How to turn sensory water beads into an awesome learning opportunity

How to turn sensory water beads into an awesome learning opportunity

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Dairy and Egg Free Lolly Cake Cheesecake

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baking | December 3, 2016 | By

You may have seen a Facebook video circulating around for a particularly naughty but yummy looking dessert…I did, and have come up with this Dairy and Egg Free Lolly Cake Cheesecake as a pretty awesome substitute 🙂  It has a lolly cake base: for those new to this amazing New Zealand birthday party food tradition, this is generally sweetened condensed milk, butter, crushed biscuits and Eskimo lollies (a sort of chewy marshmallow confectionery): obviously not a very allergy friendly snack!  I’ve made a few substitutions to make it egg and dairy free.  If you need it gluten free as well, use gluten free biscuits and safe marshmallows.  If you can’t find Eskimos, any sort of chewy marshmallow will do.

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May Contain Goodness

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Giveaways, Reviews | November 7, 2016 | By

A May Contain Goodness subscription box review and giveaway

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We were lucky enough to receive some boxes of the new allergy-friendly subscription box by May Contain Goodness which was pretty much like Christmas for my girls!  I’ve also got two boxes to giveaway so keep reading for details on how to win this awesome prize 🙂  

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The day my daughter turned DIY Gummy Bears into an impromptu Maths Session

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Food and recipes, Giveaways | November 6, 2016 | By

The day my daughter turned DIY Gummy Bears into an impromptu Maths Session and an awesome giveaway!

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Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice

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baking | November 5, 2016 | By

This Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for adding a special treat to the kids lunch boxes 🙂 It’s also nut free and would be very easy to adapt to be gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour mix (I use a bit less).

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Egg and Dairy Free Dumpling Soup

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dinner | September 20, 2016 | By

This Egg and Dairy Free Dumpling Soup is made from a chicken broth base with lots of fresh vegetables.  For those who are gluten free, I’ve added a wheat free option which I made for my middle daughter who is allergic to wheat on top of lots of other foods. It’s also a really fun meal for the kids to help with..you might want to check the sealing of the dumplings though before cooking….you will thank me later! One of our favourite family meals is Dumplings, so I make lots and keep half for the next night. We will have them in a broth the first night then boiled and pan fried the next with rice and steamed veges, so it feels like we’ve had two quite different meals.

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Bargain Box Review

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Reviews | September 5, 2016 | By

After reviewing other boxes for My Food Bag, I was really interested to hear about the new Bargain Box so I was excited to do this Bargain Box Review to see what the meals were like and how they would fit with an allergy family 🙂  I hope it’s helpful for you all too!

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Just Organic Review + yummy recipes

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Reviews | August 30, 2016 | By

A Just Organic Review for all those lovely readers who love organic fruit and vegetables but also may be interested in a bunch of other really cool allergy-friendly products. For those outside NZ, I’ve included in some really yummy recipes as well!
*I was given these products by Just Organic to review, but I have a personal policy to only write about products I think work with allergy families and are of good quality 🙂

Miss 4 was particularly excited to get a delivery of things she could eat and wandered around the house holding them for an hour or so haha!
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Crispy Roasted Pork Belly with Orange Caramel Sauce

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dinner | August 25, 2016 | By

Anyone who knows me well knows I am a mad lover of anything crispy pork belly….I served this Crispy Roasted Pork Belly with Orange Caramel Sauce alongside rice and an Asian style salad courtesy of some amazing organic vegetables and fruit I was given by Just Organic to review.  The zinginess of the salad is a really good match for the fat in the pork, and I love all the different textures 🙂 This is dairy, egg, nut and gluten free and can easily be adapted to be soy free too.

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