*this Munch Organic Baby Carrier Review is a sponsored post for Munch.
I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous organic baby carrier from Munch recently to review. I love Munch for a range of awesome products such as food pouches and storage with a focus on sustainable and eco-friendly products for parents and children. I am a recent convert to baby carriers: I tried with my eldest daughter but bought a very uncomfortable carrier before there were lots of them around which really put me off! My eldest was nearly 5 when I had number two so I didn’t feel a need to get one, although in hindsight it would have kept me a bit saner if I’d found a good one to use with her then as that was my chief allergy kid who was obviously really fussy and distressed. However with two children keeping me very busy, when I found out I was pregnant with number 3, a really good baby carrier was top of my list of things to buy! I’ve been completely converted now. Although my youngest is getting a bit old for them as a very tall 2 year old, I do pull them out occasionally when she’s fussing and I need to get things done: usually getting dinner prepared if Miss 10 is too busy to help. I also love using them when we are out and about at trade shows and similar as there is never enough space for prams.
Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free
This slice reminds me of my childhood in Australia eating cherry ripe slices. This was a small window of time in my entire life when I was thought to have grown out of my dairy allergy. I was extremely allergic as a baby, but in fact my symptoms just changed over time and eventually I was able to verbalise how I was feeling inside. The combination of this with many years of sinus infections and generally feeling pretty rubbish led to me excluding dairy from my diet once again. I unfortunately ended up very allergic once again after the birth of my first child, and have had a few anaphylactic reactions since then meaning I try hard to remain dairy free now. This has been relatively straight-forward since all three children are dairy-allergic, until recently when a surprise exposure to dairy in my eldest has found us doing the milk ladder. So we have had to adjust to having small amounts of dairy in the house again. It’s been a challenge for me to stay away from them as I have zero self-restraint, especially when it comes to chocolate biscuits! So, I decided to revisit these bars I made about a year ago for a magazine publication. Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂
Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine
This Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine is dairy free, egg free, gluten free and nut free, and uses aquafaba to replace egg in the sponge. It has a chocolate sponge base, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of strawberry cream, more sponge and then is topped with chocolate ganache. It’s not a 5 minute job obviously but it looks and tastes sensational and keeps well for a few days in the fridge.
These Vegan Macarons are egg, wheat and dairy free but contain nuts.
My daughter turned 10 recently and I made the terrible mistake of asking her what cake she would like. DO NOT DO THIS! 10 year olds are very tech savvy, and next thing I had an email with a picture of THE EXACT CAKE she wanted from Pinterest. ARRRGGGHHH. But I think I kind of delivered…it wasn’t an exact replica but not too bad. It did take quite a while though, and because she is egg and dairy free, I had to be a bit creative. It had macarons on, and I wasn’t optimistic I could pull these off with aquafaba, given how temperamental they can be just with egg, but I’m pleased to announce they worked first try!
Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week…I’ve been watching some of my clever blogging friends write amazing insightful posts about breastfeeding, and didn’t think I had anything new to offer, but tonight I decided I’d like to share my sometimes wonderful, sometimes troubled, sometimes heartbreaking journey of breastfeeding my three beautiful girls, all with an array of food allergies and associated health challenges.
This Chicken Roulade, Clove and Sage Onions, Chicken Crackling and Crispy Roast Potatoes dish is my modern interpretation of traditional roast chicken like my Grandmother used to serve when we were children, and is a sponsored post for Countdown. It is dairy, egg and nut free and very easily adapted to be gluten free. It is an awesome dish to pull out for a special date or dinner party or if you just like a bit of a challenge 🙂
The awesome team at My Food Allergy Friends have come out with another book in the ‘Thai’ series…if you haven’t come across these before, they are brilliant books about a lovely boy Thai who manages his allergies in preschool. My kids absolutely love them and proudly take them to preschool or school occasionally.
Chicken Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Spiced Tomato
This Chicken Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Spiced Tomato is a hearty soup with a few different components…they aren’t all necessary if you wanted something a bit simpler. We have a great big log burner which I just love on cold days as the top opens up for cooking on. So I often have pots of stock, soup or stew on the go 🙂 I made the base for the soup from scratch but feel free to substitute ready made chicken stock (or water) if that’s easier for you.
The Chicken Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Spiced Tomato is a sponsored recipe I came up with in conjunction with Countdown Supermarkets. I used Kings Vegetable Soup Mix (bonus: it’s on price lockdown at Countdown), making soups super affordable this Winter. I’ve got a 9 year old in the house eating like a teenager so I’ve been keeping a big pot of soup in the fridge to pull out for hearty afternoon teas when she gets home super hungry after school. I do sometimes crave something ‘Winter-y’ with an injection of flavour though, so I’ve added a spicy punch to this soup and a few added healthy elements like kale and mushrooms.
Chocolate Rhubarb Tart
Dairy free and Egg free
I absolutely love the Hunter Gatherer Gourmet mixes and I was lucky enough to get one of the chocolate ones at the Food Show recently which had been sitting in my pantry waiting for inspiration to hit me. A dear friend also popped a box of freshly cut rhubarb from her garden (love gardening foodie friends!!!) and was coming over for a playdate so I thought I’d try to pair the two together even though chocolate and rhubarb is a slightly weird combination?? So I created this Chocolate Rhubarb Tart and it was really good! If you can’t get the baking mix or it doesn’t fit with your allergies, you can substitute any brownie mix that works for you.
Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue
This little blackcurrant party on a plate is dairy free, egg free, nut free and gluten free :). If gluten is ok in your house, just swap the cake for any traditional vanilla cake or sponge which suit your allergies. I have used the delicious blackcurrant powder from Sujon. It is a significant undertaking in full, awesome if you want a fancy dessert, but any of the items on it’s own is also fab! My favourite part is the meringues, they are white with flecks of blackcurrant on the outside, but when you break them open, that are a beautiful purple inside and bursting with blackcurrant flavour.