31 March 2012

Almost healthy yeast-free apple doughnuts

I've fought making doughnuts. I'm not really sure why - probably it was the idea of deep-frying. Not the fat - I don't mind a bit of that. No - it was about the fuss, the mess, the chance of slopping oil all over my clothes, or worse, scalding my hands. Or my children's hands.

So I waited until everyone was preoccupied, and I crept out to the kitchen to conquer my fear while nobody was watching. I wanted to do it quickly, so I used self-raising flour instead of a yeast-based dough. I apologise for the complete lack of measurements*. This is a recipe that is best done by feel.

  • apple - peeled and loosely diced
  • milk (I used almond milk)
  • softened butter (I used dairy-free ghee)
  • egg
  • self raising flour (I used gluten free)
  • pinch salt
  • oil for frying (I used grapeseed)
  • sugar and cinnamon for dusting

29 March 2012

Crunchy chicken and creamed corn crumble

Yep, it's a mouthful. And, it's not very pretty. 


This is the first proudly gluten-free dairy-free dinner I have presented my children with that has been scoffed like junk food. Possibly they are starved after 4 weeks of seaweed rice crackers and almond milk no-sugar banana smoothies and other things they simply don't want to eat? No, I don't think it's just that. This is actually yummy.

  • leek, finely chopped
  • garlic, crushed
  • celery, finely chopped
  • carrot, finely chopped 
  • pinch salt
  • thyme 
  • last night's leftover roast chicken (removed from bone and diced roughly)
  • dash of water
  • tinned corn
  • almond cream (or a non-dairy milk if you can't get this)
  • corn (maize) flour (or another gluten-free flour for thickening)
  • rice (cooked)
  • breadcrumbs (gluten free of course)
  • margarine (again, dairy free)

26 March 2012

Crumplestiltskin Cake

Last week I threw a birthday party for my now-5-year-old son. Goldilocks is a gorgeous thing who is on a strict gluten and casein free diet, so as you can imagine, the food took quite a bit of thought and consideration. No wheat, no cream, no butter, no milk. So, I threw out my other imposed restriction - no processed sugar' and had a free-for all.

The Pièce de résistance was the cake. Goldilocks can eat eggs, and so I wanted to add his all-time favourite and now banned sweet treat, meringue. The name "Crumplestiltskin" was given by my other son, as he helped me attach the crumbled meringue around the cake. I think it's a little more like an iceberg, but Lion insisted to all the guests that the name was definitely one out of a fairytale - almost. I completely cheated and used store-bought meringues and a gluten free self raising flour mix. But, you know how it goes - when you are baking for a party, any shortcut is taken.

12 March 2012

Porky Belly

It's Pork Belly, not porky belly, but that's what you end up with if you eat too much of this. This is the complete opposite of the lovely zingy oil-free salad I last posted up. To be honest, it's a little deviation from my usual diet too, and something I have never cooked before. It was made in honour of my brother, who was threatening not to come to lunch, but after watching him order it every time he saw it on a menu, I knew that as soon as he got the SMS saying "making porky belly n tiramisu - coming or not?" he'd be a cert.

Pork Belly is a super fatty cut of meat - it's cheap to buy ($20 for my 1.8kg cut, which fed seven), and easy to cook. It's the same cut that makes streaky bacon, pancetta, and side bacon. The fat keeps it moist, so it's almost impossible to muck it up - the only tricky part is the crackling, and... well, that's not really tricky at all (it's just about heat and salt).

07 March 2012

Teriyaki Carrot Salad

This is a no-measure salad, but for the benefit of those who like a little guidance, I've put approximates in. It's oil free, gluten free, dairy free. It serves as a great base, and can be added to easily. It is now eaten at least one day per week in one form or another.

  • 6 carrots, grated (I used 2 purple, 4 orange)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 tsp grated garlic
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1tsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 tsp mirin

  1. toast sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat, flipping often so they don't burn.
  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss.

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