Chocolate Custard Tart

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This is a decadent gluten free, grain free and optionally dairy free tart perfect for allergy friendly indulgence. It's a bit of a project the first time as you get your head around everything but it's actually really easy and I adore the custard making ritual if I have time to do it properly and not in the thermomix (Shhh, I don't want to hurt the thermomix's feelings) Each first Sunday of the month, my family has a get together lunch, to make sure we all catch up at least every month. Most … [Read more...]

Frozen Yoghurt – Breakfast, dessert or icy pops

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Frozen yoghurt these days can mean an ingredient list like this, a best selling 'low fat' yoghurt - talk about weirdo packets of fakeness! My rule is, if I have to look something up with google to see what it is in an ingredient list, then it is not a food I could make in my kitchen and therefore processed and not real food (while there might be real food ingredients in the mix). There are ingredients in here that are documented to be known irritants to gastrointestinal tract, liver, … [Read more...]

Salted Carob Bliss balls

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People ask me if I've got a bliss ball recipe quite often. I can't really answer why I don't. I really don't love how sweet they usually are, I guess.  I was looking at a new commercial one released the other day for Mum, which she wanted for her golf round and we were shocked to see a 20g ball had 7g of sugar - Yes, that's 35% sugar! Remember sugar can creep up because it's rather addictive to us. All of a sudden it's 3 dates, a piece of fruit, a 'wholefood' biscuit a veggie juice with apple in … [Read more...]

Easy gluten free birthday cake for 20 people

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My default is easy, emotional, rustic and quite frankly hap hazard. When it therefore comes to making a little person's birthday cake and 'themes' are bandied about, I get worried. I won't use the weirdo icing to get the 'right' colours.  I won't use strange icing pastes to get that super smooth look. It's just not me. So, for the dinosaur theme, I got to thinking. I also had to think fast because i'd burnt a cake that morning and was running out of time. This is the cake that was born. It's … [Read more...]

Silky smooth cauliflower puree

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I had to write an emergency blog. This cauliflower puree was so, so very smooth and I just wanted to share exactly what I did.   What you'll need (serves 4-5) 1 medium head of cauliflower 1/3 cup coconut cream (or whole cream if you eat it) salt optional: add a tablespoon butter   What to do Thermomix: Set your timer to 18 minutes, temperature Varoma, an inch or two of water in the bottom, steamer basket in place. Once it's going, cut all your cauliflower into small … [Read more...]

Simple Thai Chicken Soup

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I am such a fan of the quick throw together soup. This Thai chicken soup was exactly that. I couldn't face another plain chicken stock soup - you know when you just CRAVE a big punchy flavour vibe? Well, this was that for me earlier last week. This is easy to make with any kinds of leftovers you have in meat or veg department - except maybe root veg, not so awesome for this texture wise, but zucchini / fennel / kale... Those would all be great veggie alternatives if you've not got / don't eat … [Read more...]

Fragrant Baked Carrot Stack

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There is abundant variety when it comes to cooking veg - I always like to stretch my creativity in the kitchen and this was born on a typical 'what can I do to make carrots exciting today' thought train... So, I started by chopping them long ways, then when deciding what to do with all of these long carrot strips, this 'stack' idea emerged, inspired by the French Daphinois potato dish of layered potatoes with butter, whisked egg and cream. This is of course a little different I wasn't really … [Read more...]

Pomegranate and Cinnamon chia pudding

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Last month my good friend Jo Whitton came to stay with me in the lead up to her book launch which you must check out here. It's a wonderful book brimful of ideas for the allergy friendly home, whether you have a thermomix or not! I made her a few treats to take to the hotel for her stay there afterwards, so she didn't have to worry about resorting to hotel snacks - pringles and mm's are hardly options for an allergy friendly cook book author!  She shared the pomegranate chia pudding I'd made for … [Read more...]