Candy Cane Marshmallow

Candy Cane Marshmallow

Every year my daughters and I make plates of Xmas cookies to give out to teachers, family and friends. This candy cane marshmallow is one of those spur-of-the-moment concoctions we dreamed up together one night and came about as my daughter just loves anything peppermint, candy canes and marshmallow. So we tried to put all three together!

This Candy Cane Marshmallow recipe is dairy free, egg free, nut free and gluten free if you use gluten free icing sugar.  

*Thanks to Edmonds for allowing me to publish their base marshmallow recipe which this concoction is adapted from.

Candy Cane Marshmallow

Candy Cane Marshmallow

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Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

These Cinnamon Christmas Cookies are my eldest daughter’s favourite cookie.  In NZ it is great as Xmas baking season coincides with all the raspberries ripening and fresh raspberry jam!  These really are so much better with fresh jam, but don’t worry if you don’t have it..they still taste amazing and make the house smell sensational. These are a feature on our plates of xmas baking for gifts every single year 🙂

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

 

Cinnamon Christmas Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Honestly, this is only very loosely Christmas-related but everybody LOVES it!  Other than the peppermint-hating crowd….We actually make the slice year round but add these decorations on the top for Christmas.  We cut it into slices and add it to our selection of Christmas baking we gift to our wonderful teachers and friends. This recipe is dairy, egg and nut free. It could be made gluten-free by using gluten free chocolate biscuits (I have used the Leda peppermint ones and its quite delicious!), and checking the marshmallows and icing sugar are gluten free.  

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Slice

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White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

This White Christmas Slice is not my original recipe (there are many versions floating around the internet such as this one), but one I have adapted slightly to work for our allergy household.  It is part of the Christmas cookie/baking selection we make every year to gift to family, friends and teachers.  It is dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free so okay for all of my kids and they love it!  Truthfully Miss 5 painstakingly picks out all the currants but other than that it’s a huge success.  It also keeps for a couple of weeks in sealed containers in the fridge 🙂

White Christmas Slice

White Christmas Slice

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Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

One of the jobs I absolutely loved doing at Xmas time when I was a pastry chef on cruise ships was making all the Xmas cookies and gingerbread villages.  It was about as close to a Northern Hemisphere Christmas as I’ve ever had and it all seemed really magical.  So ever since my eldest was old enough to bake with me, we’ve made our own allergy-friendly cookies every year and we gift them to preschool and school teachers and our beautiful friends.  

Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls

These Dairy and egg free vanillekipferls are an adapted recipe from a dear Austrian chef I worked for many moons ago.  Of course we made them with rich butter and eggs so they’ve needed a few changes for our household.  The key to these is leaving them in a sealed container of vanilla-enriched icing sugar for a few days.  The smell is divine!

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Munch Organic Baby Carrier Review

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Reviews | November 7, 2017 | By

*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.

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Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

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Chocolate Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free 

*contains coconut

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 Cherry Slice-vegan + egg free,dairy free, gluten free, nut free

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Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

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.

Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

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Vegan Macarons

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!

Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

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Chicken Roulade, Clove and Sage Onions, Chicken Crackling and Crispy Roast Potatoes

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 🙂

Chicken Roulade, Clove and Sage Onions, Chicken Crackling and Crispy Roast Potatoes

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