Allergy Friendly Choc Chip Cookies

Allergy Friendly Choc Chip Cookies

I think any home cooking foodie will tell you it is important to have an awesome go-to choc chip cookie recipe in your repertoire.  Since being diagnosed with gluten and lactose intolerance, I had all but given up on the idea of eating these decadent treats with the same appetite and satisfaction again.  There are times when it is great to be proven wrong and this is one of those times.  These gorgeous treats are just as rich, just as moreish and dare I say even more delicious than I could have hoped or imagined.  Crispy around the edges, chewy through the middle, packed with gooey chocolate chips and the freshness of lime, these cookies are the BOMB!  Perfect for any belly, these biscuits are a fantastic snack to have on hand, with no gluten, dairy, nuts or eggs, but full of the intensity and flavour reserved for only the best choc chip cookies.  

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Almond Milk

Almond Milk

I can’t begin to tell you how much the humble little almond has changed my life in the last year or so.  Like many, I grew up with the message that nuts were ‘bad’ because they contained large amounts of ‘bad fat’ and would make you fat if you ate too many of them!  Fast forward 20-something-something years and I now understand this is not the case and that these little morsels are in fact incredibly healthy and more over, one of the ‘good’ things that I should have been eating all along.  While I am regretful to have lived with that false truth for so long, I am so very glad I know differently now and no longer fear that which I need and love to consume!

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Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

I love a good Anzac Biscuit.  Mum used to make these big flat ones that were rich with oats and golden syrup, crunchy round the edges and chewy through the middle, with just the tastiest hint of fresh rosemary to excite the palate and cut through the sweetness.  She is a clever cook that mum of mine – I used to (and still do) love getting in the kitchen with her when she was baking – such a treat!  I have made them many times over the years, but have never quite captured the classic taste and texture of mum’s recipe.  I often wonder if that is all but a trick of the mind though, a longing for times past and reminders of mum’s fabulous home cooking.  Probably a little of both I suppose. This recipe was born out of desire to pay homage to the past, and to start a new tradition that fits with life as we know it now.  I had some left over almond pulp in the fridge just waiting to be transformed in to something else, when it struck me that I could use in place of flour for some gluten free baked goodness perfect for the whole family.

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Flashew Butter

Flashew Butter
No, it is not a spelling error I assure you, I really did make ‘Flashew Butter’! Well, that is I made a rich, nutty glorious, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth spread using a combination of cashew nuts and flax seeds (or linseed depending on where you come from).  With two clear stars in this recipe, it made sense to mesh the names to create one amazing taste sensation – thus flashew butter is born!  

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Egg & Bacon Quiche

Gluten Free Egg & Bacon Quiche

Hands up if you love pie! Yes?  Me too!  I always loved it in old movies when on the window sill was a freshly baked apple or blueberry pie, just waiting to be cool enough to eat.  If I took a deep breath, I swear I could almost smell and taste it, reaching out of the screen to greet me.  They always remind me of good, wholesome eating and family dinners around the table.  

With the weather cooling, I was looking for something comforting to eat and my mind quickly set on a golden, flaky pastry. I was almost drooling in anticipation, such is my love for shortcrust!  While playing with the pastry recipe, my son appeared asking what I was up to.  I explained I was making a delicious pastry, just perfect for pie.  He instantly became excited and asked if I could make him an egg and bacon one!  While my initial thoughts were more of the sweet variety, I also love a good savoury quiche and with his little face all lit up like that, how could I possibly refuse!  

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Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry

Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry
Do you love rich, buttery, golden crusted pastry?  I know I do!  When I was pregnant with both my children the thing I craved more than anything was flaky, melt in your mouth, puffs of pastry wrapped around or under all manner of sweet or savoury goodness.  I loved it then and still do now (only minus the gluten fuelled gut aches).  

Thankfully, one of the [many] great things about an excellent shortcrust pastry is that you want it to crumble the second it hits your mouth, making it perfect for non-elastic, hard to knead, gluten free flours.  

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Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs with Raspberry Cashew Cream Centre

Raw Chocolate Easter Eggs with Raspberry Cashew Cream Centre

What would Easter time be without chocolate?  It has become such an entrenched part of our culture and I say a big YAY to that!  Only trouble is, being gluten and lactose intolerant means my options for chocolate are limited, unless I wish to suffer the wraith of the irritable bowel!  Many store bought varieties are heavily processed, containing milk and gluten, which is a problem, plus inflammatory additives such as preservatives, emulsifiers and sugars that are an even bigger problem for a sensitive gut like mine.  Basically, for me, the darker and more natural the chocolate the better I can cope with eating it.  

With that in mind, I set about playing with cacao butter and powder – the raw (unprocessed) version of cocoa – that has not been fermented, roasted and pressed under high heat.  The result is a rich, indulgent, healthier and oh-so-delicious version of the chocolate we know and love, free from the irritants and nasties.  Yep, my Easter just got a whole lot better than I had anticipated!

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