Today is the 4th Anniversary of starting my blog!
My Family with a gluten, dairy and sulphite free birthday cake that we could all eat.
My family has certainly grown & changed since then & so has the blog. I originally started it to blog about the challenge of feeding my family with multiple food intolerances. More recently I have blogged not only about physically feeding my family but also about feeding their mind, heart & soul as well. As I almost have 2 adult children I am finding that I’m blogging less about them & more about me. While recipes are still important to me and I certainly have lots more I could share, I’m finding I’m blogging about other things more.
My son has outgrown his food intolerances to some extent. Though nose bleeds & headaches are still a sign of him having too much of the wrong foods. As he gets older he will need to make his own decisions as regards to food & health. My husband will be continuing to avoid certain foods for life. My diet has also changed but I still think some foods are affecting me. I’m still working out whether I’ll have the same test they’ve had or try a GAPS diet or similar. As I write this I’m feeling quite achy. I have had some dairy in the form of ice-cream & cream in the last few days & am wondering if that or too much of another food is the cause or if I’m fighting off/coming down with something. I do know that in the past I often gotten achy if I’ve gone away & not worried about what I’ve been eating. We certainly have learnt a lot about how food affects our bodies since being on this journey.
My top 5 viewed posts since the blog began (not counting the About page) have been:
- Walking My Way to Fitness (mainly because it was shared on a WordPress round-up post about this topic)
- Corn Thins Pizza
- Pasta with Leftover Roast Meat
- GF, DF, egg free Chocolate Cake (this is probably the recipe I would share most on facebook food groups, especially if someone is looking for an allergy friendly cake).
- Letting Go
As you can see 3 of my top 5 posts contain recipes but other topics also made the top 5.
As I was finishing off this post my daughter suddenly asked when dinner was, as she was going out in less than half an hour. Fortunately I had rice cooked & with some help was very quickly able to make fried rice, also using up some leftover meatballs.
My blog will probably continue to have a variety of posts on different issues.
Is there anything you would like me to blog about? I’d love to hear from you.
Fried Rice is a great recipe for using up leftover rice. Alternatively, I’ll cook up some rice for this recipe if I have leftover chicken or roast meat. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in the Mothers’ & Others’ Recipe Book.
Last night I had mince out ready to cook but hadn’t decided exactly what I was going to make with the mince. At 5 o’clock with my daughter leaving the house about 6pm I had to decide what to cook. I was thinking some sort of savoury mince but we had eaten a few rice dishes lately & my daughter really doesn’t like pasta, so I wasn’t sure what to serve it with. I looked in the cupboard & saw the kidney beans & a jar of salsa, so made a dish with those & served it with wraps or corn chips. It was an kind of an easier version of my Quick Chilli Beef.
I found this Easter Fridge Slice recipe in the April Coles magazine. I adapted the recipe to make it dairy & gluten free. Mine didn’t have any easter eggs so I think you could make it any time of the year, for a special treat. As it was a no bake slice it was a good thing to make when we were away at the beach, as the oven in the unit doesn’t work very well.
Choc Fridge Slice
- 395g coconut cream
- 100g nuttelex
- 150g dark chocolate, chopped
- 175g Orgran Itsy Bitsy Bears
- 100g GF chocolate biscuits, chopped.
- 1 cup chopped marshmallows
- 3 candy rolls
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 100’s & 1000’s to decorate
- Line the base & sides of a slice pan, allowing the sides to overhang.
- Place the coconut cream, nuttelex & chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, until the chocolate & nuttelex melt & mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool slighlty.
- Meanwhile, reserve 12 Itsy Bitsy Bears. Place remaining Itsy Bitsy Bears, chocolate biscuits, marshmallows & coconut into a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit mixture & stir until combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan & smooth the surface. Decorate with the reserved Itsy Bitsy Bears and the 100’s & 1000’s.
- Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into pieces and store in air tight container in the fridge.
You could use any sweet GF and dairy free biscuits. I also had a few leftover lollies that I used to decorate the top with, as well.
What special treats did you make for Easter?
Do you make recipes that are named after someone you know? Growing up we often had Chicken Dorothea & Sandra’s Best Lasagna; both named after women who had shared their recipes with my mother. My Mum also makes Merle’s Christmas Slice every Christmas.
I haven’t made Chicken Dorothea for years because of the ingredients, including some packet mix cream of chicken soup. My brother still makes this regularly for his family and his girls are growing up with Chicken Dorothea as well. My Creamy Tomato Chicken is probably about the closest we get to Chicken Dorothea now.
Sandra’s Best Lasagna was 1 of 2 meals that I would choose for a birthday dinner growing up. We don’t often have lasagna these days but my gluten, dairy & soy free Lasagna is based on Sandra’s Best Lasagna. (Just went to link to the recipe & realised that I haven’t posted the recipe, so will have to do this.)
Anyhow, one of our go to recipes now is Tric’s Mince, which is named after my friend Tricia. Continue reading
I often use recipes that are American. As I’m in Australia with Australian measuring cups & spoons sometimes recipes don’t quite work out. If the recipe is all cups or parts of a cup measurement as it’s the same ratios, it usually works out. I have had no problems with this Gluten Free Apple Crumb Pie Recipe, though I have converted the butter to grams. The problem tends to come when you use a few eggs or some ingredients are in cups & some by weight.
I had an American recipe for Teff Brownies that I’d never made before and it had measurements in cups, ounces, teaspoons & eggs. Continue reading
Last week I managed to make a couple of quiche like slices for my children to try as lunch options. I made No Green Stuff Veggie Slice which I took to my friends house for lunch with a small group of ladies. There were a couple of slices left but my children didn’t try it. I also made Bacon and Sweet Potato Slice which my son & I had as part of our lunch for most of the week. I made it gluten free but my husband didn’t try it.
This post about Individual Leftover Chilli Pies inspired me to make my own pies with some leftover Quick Chilli Beef. I was planning my dinner menu for the week when I saw the post about making pies with leftover chilli mince. As we usually have leftovers but not enough for a full second meal, I thought mini pies might be a way to stretch the leftovers. However, I decided to use my pastry recipe which is loosely based on the pastry in this apple crumb pie recipe. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been cooking but thought I would start this again. I’m not sure that I’ll do it every week especially as I sometimes end up doing the same things.
Anyhow here is what was on the dinner menu last week:
Monday – Ham steaks & pineapple with homemade sweet potato & potato chips, along with carrots & peas. My daughter made this as we were watching my son’s futsal game, so came home to a cooked meal.
Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff served with rice, carrots & peas.
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – We went to Mum & Dad’s for dinner where we had Quick Chilli Beef.
Quick Chilli Beef served as nachos
GF & DF Yogurt dough pizza
Friday – Homemade Pizzas. My daughter & her friend made theirs on a bought pizza base. For the first time I tried the yoghurt dough. I used coconut yoghurt & GF flour. This was yummy & will definitely make this again.
Saturday – Chicken Risotto that had been stored in the freezer around Christmas time as we had so much food.
Sunday – Fish & Chips at Sandgate. We had a church social gathering on the waterfront & everyone bought their own fish & chips for dinner, from one of the local Fish & Chip shops.
Other things I made last week were:
My son has been enjoying the LCM bars & muesli bars in his lunch box.
What have you been cooking lately? Do you have any good lunch box recipes?
My children don’t particularly like sandwiches. Though they both often have bread rolls for lunch. I struggle with what to give my son for lunch. He will like something for a while and then go totally off it.
Sometimes if we have leftover chicken I will make a quick, easy Caesar salad.
This week I have made it with chicken left from my Creamy Tomato Chicken. If I have no hard boiled eggs I just fry an egg and put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Instead of croutons I just toast some bread before cutting it into small squares (good for using up crusts that no one seems to eat). I love crusts but generally don’t eat wheaten bread anymore.
I put the salad in a small container & send to school in an insulated lunchbox with a freezer brick. Don’t forget to pack a fork.
So here is my easy recipe:
Quick, Easy Caesar Salad
- few lettuce leaves
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 egg
- leftover cooked chicken
- 1 slice ham
- 1 slice of bread
- 1 tablespoon whole egg mayonnaise
- 1 tsp perinaise
- Heat frypan & add oil. Put bread into toaster and toast well. Crack egg into frypan & fry.
- As the toast & egg cook, tear up lettuce leaves and put into bottom of serving container.
- Once egg & toast are cooked place into the freezer for 5 minutes while preparing the rest.
- Chop up leftover chicken & ham and add to container.
- Chop up egg, once cooled and add to container.
- Chop up toast & add most to container, leave a bit to sprinkle on top.
- Add mayonnaise & perinaise (if using) to the salad & stir to combine). Add rest of toast croutons.
- Put lid on container & add to lunchbox.
What alternative to sandwiches to your children have for lunch?