We were really lucky recently to receive a box full of cute collage items for making Xmas decorations from a dear friend. In it were a few boxes of plain Xmas balls, lots of glue and glitter and a pile of brightly coloured napkins. A couple of years ago we had decoupaged plain coasters with Xmas serviettes and they were pretty cute, plus have lasted really well, so we thought we would have a go doing it with these balls. The kids had a fab time in the process!
Anyone that knows me well, knows I’m very passionate about my garden! We don’t have huge amounts of money to spend on making a fancy one, but every year we grown lots of vegetables and fruit from seed and its a process my children are very much involved with.
We’ve had a couple of messy weeks with nasty strep infections and a few of us down with tonsillitis…so yesterday we decided to handmake a few Xmas presents. I had seen a gorgeous poured cherry blossom painting on Facebook and wondered if it was something the children could have a go at. I found a youtube clip showing the process: if you are interested, this is the link here. Otherwise these photos should show you how to do it if you are interested. For those in NZ, I got my supplies from Warehouse Stationery.
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.