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...]

Lemon custard tart with sweet short crust pastry

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Lemon custard is so delicious. The zing of the lemon  cuts through the richness and when set with gelatin and poured into delicious short crust pastry, it all comes together for a happy dance in your mouth! I've tried this on my benchmark friend who edits Australia's most successful magazine and she says: YES! Sensational gluten free short crust pastry. So now, I bring it to you. This can be made with any filling you fancy - raw cheesecake filling, savoury filling, berry or chocolate mousse … [Read more...]

10 ways to SNEAK cultured foods into your day

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I often get people saying their child or partner isn't taking to cultured foods. It's time to admit that cultured foods might not be love at first sight for everyone. I don't however believe that it will always be that way, as it's something we've lost taste for, so it stands to reason that we can acquire that taste once again. Years ago when I was a cocktail bartender, I ran a swanky bar called Lotus in Sydney's Potts Point - an admission that on instagram brought old regulars out of the … [Read more...]

“Free From Lots” Crackers – Sweet or savoury

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It was just a regular day, I was going about my business getting some work done and then I remembered that nut free snacks for my son needed to be made, for him to take to kindy. We're gluten free, so I always send him with stuff for morning / arvo tea, to avoid vacuous 'gluten free' biscuits and crackers than are basically starch and provide virtually no nutrients - not what a little body needs! I didn't want to make another sweet thing and was keen to come up with a savoury snack that could … [Read more...]

Double Decker Chocolate Bar

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You and I know it's Top Deck reinvented, but to avoid a law suit, let's call it a Double Decker chocolate bar, shall we? This is easy to make once you know how - and I mean easy! It's also delicious to eat. You only need 4 - 5 ingredients depending whether you use the vanilla or not AND setting it into the two layers takes all of 30 minutes before you are free to tuck in. It's also got health benefits Packed with lauric acid from coconut oil - Immune building awesomeness and perfect … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Mayonnaise

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Hazelnut Chocolate Brownie with chocolate mayonnaise - Yes, it's happening. So super simple to make and yummy. A great little afternoon tea treat when guests are around or a luscious dessert square served with fresh berries as we did last night around at friends - Given I am gluten free and the little man is gluten / cassein free, I always volunteer to make dessert. It takes the pressure off the host and means everyone can partake in the joy of dessert when celebrating with friends. This is … [Read more...]