Chocolate and Strawberry Terrine

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desserts | August 21, 2017 | By

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.

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

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dinner | June 12, 2017 | By

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 🙂

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Chicken Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Spiced Tomato

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Food and recipes, soup | May 13, 2017 | By

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.

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Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

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desserts | April 21, 2017 | By

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.

Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

Blackcurrant Mousse Cake with chocolate and egg free meringue

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Egg Free, Dairy Free Caesar Salad

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dinner | April 16, 2017 | By

Egg Free, Dairy Free Caesar Salad

This Egg Free, Dairy Free Caesar Salad is egg free, dairy free, nut free, and easily adapted (as I did) to be gluten free.  

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Sujon Product Review

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Reviews | April 15, 2017 | By

Sujon Product Review

I’ve been enjoying Sujon berries for a number of years now, and had tried their blackcurrant powder a few years back, so I was pretty excited to be given some to try out and see how it might work with allergies.    Although lots of people take this powder for health reasons: supporting muscle performance, reducing fatigue and supporting the cardiovascular system (see Sujon’s website for more information about this), I was interested to see how the powder would work in baking, and everyday allergy-friendly recipes.

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Gluten Free Cornflake Crusted Chicken

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dinner | April 6, 2017 | By

Gluten Free Cornflake Crusted Chicken

This Gluten Free Cornflake Crusted Chicken is super crunchy and is also dairy free, egg free, and nut free.  I used Hubbards gluten free cornflakes, but anything crunchy will do!  I served it with steamed rice, veges and a spicy soy sauce (granted, the sauce wasn’t a huge hit with the kids haha but I really enjoyed it!)

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Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

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baking | March 31, 2017 | By

Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates

These Raspberry Jelly and Marshmallow Chocolates are dairy free, egg free, nut free, gluten free. If you need to avoid soy, they are soy free without the chocolate covering and make a very nice slice.  They do take a wee bit of time to do, but definitely worth the challenge!

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Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free Chicken Tacos with Pear Salsa

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dinner | March 26, 2017 | By

Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free Chicken Tacos with Pear Salsa

I was lucky enough to get some dairy free cheddar cheese from Angel Food last week and we’ve been trying it in all sorts of places I’ve been missing cheese, like Baked Potatoes, Pizza and Tacos.  It works pretty much like regular cheese, the only difference really was I found I needed to heat it a bit higher/or for longer to melt it.  No big deal at all.  

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Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

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desserts | February 19, 2017 | By

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

You may have seen a pretty delicious looking Plum Cheesecake circulating around social media lately, which has had me drooling…..only catch is, it is absolutely laden with no-go ingredients for our house.  So this Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake has been sitting in the back of my mind ready for a remake….we just so happened to have a big BBQ/party to go to this weekend so I had a bit of an experiment.  The first attempt was really good, I made it again the next night.  It is honestly REALLY yummy!  I didn’t tell anyone else at the party that it was allergy-friendly (other than the hosts who know our situation) and had a bit of a laugh to myself as I watched everyone diving into it.  

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

This version features a ginger biscuit base, which can easily be adapted to make this recipe gluten free.  I have two children who are fine with wheat and one who absolutely cannot, so I ended up just making it normally then scooping the top section off for my gluten free kid.  Obviously if you are dealing with Coeliac Disease or are really concerned with cross contamination this wouldn’t be wise.  If I was making this gluten free, I would probably just buy the gluten free ginger biscuits and proceed normally, but if you would rather make the base, there are shortbread recipes on here using gluten free flour which you could just add ginger to.

Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake

The middle section is like a cross between a fruit mousse and a chilled cheesecake.  It has tofu and Italian meringue made from chickpea brine…don’t let this put you off if you are new to these ingredients….you honestly cannot taste them in the finished product.  Then it has a sour jelly topping which kind of ties all the layers together and helps the dessert not taste too sweet.  

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