This Dairy Free Pina Colada Cake was inspired by my travels around the Caribbean (living a very indulged life working as a pastry chef on cruise ships) and the current trend for Poke cakes. It’s also really easy to ‘dress down’ for a really casual cake with a friend, or ‘dress up’ for entertaining/birthdays. This Dairy Free Pina Colada Cake can also be made egg and gluten free, the adaptation instructions are in the notes at the bottom of the recipe. 🙂 I like to serve mine with a tropical fruit salad . The cake itself is made up of a vanilla sponge layered with a pineapple coconut cream, coconut condensed milk and a vanilla syrup then topped with toasted coconut. You can omit the alcohol if you are opposed to it or cooking for children.
This Gluten, Dairy, Egg Free Curried Sweet Potato Soup is perfect for a cold day when you don’t have much time but want something comforting packed full of flavour 🙂 Or any other day actually!
I absolutely love creamy soups in Winter but unfortunately cream doesn’t love me or my children….so we tend to substitute coconut cream and luckily coconut is the perfect flavour combination for this Gluten, Dairy, Egg Free Curried Sweet Potato Soup. In New Zealand we have a type of sweet potato called Kumara which I used but any type of sweet potato is fine.
I’m not a coffee drinker but I do really love Tiramisu and since we’ve become a largely egg and dairy free household, it had never even occurred to me to even attempt a Dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan Tiramisu until someone asked if there was any way I could come up with one. Well anyone who knows me well knows I absolutely love a challenge…so coming up with a dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan Tiramisu was my task for the week! Fortunately my day off from uni happened to coincide with a delivery of some (new to me) gluten free flours to try out from Food Compass so I thought I’d give them a go while I was at it. I was given a banana flour and a cassava flour which I mixed in equal quantitates with quinoa flour for my baking mix.
This vegan chocolate cake recipe, which obviously is also dairy and egg free, is decades old..I have no idea where the recipe came from, but its been around since my Grandmother was little! It is a fabulous recipe as its really moist, but it’s also really easy to change it up a bit and make a bit fancy. So I’m going to show you how to do just that and make it birthday party or dinner party worthy 🙂
You are going to start by making the cake in the recipe in a reasonably large round cake tin, I use a spring form tin as it makes it so much easier to get out. If you don’t have one, just line the bottom and sides of a tin with greaseproof or baking paper. Take it out of the oven when it is JUST cooked..no more! It will be dry if it’s overcooked, but really moist if its cooked just right. Then let it cool completely. For this one, I used raspberries, but you could also soak it in a coffee syrup or add any other fruit 🙂
I’ve been super lucky this week getting to review some yummy things, and a week of gluten-free meals from My Food Bag is no exception!
Just in case you don’t want to read through the entire post, here are my thoughts about the My Food Bag Gluten-Free Bag (www.myfoodbag.co.nz) and how it might fit with allergies. Before I say anything else, I should mention that the bag is not marketed at allergy families, just those on gluten-free diets, but I was interested to see how it would fit with a variety of allergies.
1. The whole operation is very, very professional and runs very smoothly. The delivery arrived at the start of the window specified and everything was in perfect condition.
2. Everything that would be at risk for contamination was labelled gluten-free and sealed. A big plus.
3. The portions are generous.
4. There was a good variety of food, and a different protein for each of the five nights.
5. In terms of allergies, I had to make some alterations each night, but we have an unusually large amount and variety of allergies in our household. Generally it was easy to make it fit for the whole family.
6. The recipes are very easy to follow; my 8 year old cooked some of the meals essentially by herself without any problems.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup is something I used to have often for a quick winter lunch when I was working in busy kitchens, and along with Jerusalem Artichoke soup (with lashings of truffle oil) would have to be one of my favourite soups of all time 🙂 I happened to have nearly a whole head of cauliflower wasting away in my fridge and a container of chicken stock left over from something I made yesterday, so even though it’s not really soup weather here right now, I thought I’d see if it was a winner for the kids. Two out of three can eat cauliflower and they both seemed to like it..I thought it was fab so definitely a winner! The coconut cream and the Moroccan spice sort of balanced each other out so it was neither really ‘coconutty’ or spicy, just really smooth and creamy. I served mine with roasted cauliflower, bacon pieces and salted whipped coconut cream with chopped chives which was a bit super naughty and nice, but you don’t have to.