Recipe Recommendation: July

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of July. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Vegan Vanilla Cake

Vegan Vanilla Cake

For our wedding anniversary we decided to have a picnic with the kids rather than go out for a fancy meal as i have to be super strict with no dairy and soy while breastfeeding Ava. Rather than a cake, i decided i wanted trifle so of course you cannot use the traditional jam roll that you buy from the supermarket if you cannot have dairy or soy! I made this cake for the trifle and while the recipe for the trifle as a whole needs tweaking, this cake was DELICIOUS!!! I even made it again as cupcakes and it turned out fantastically! Don’t mind my attempts at piping icing though 😉

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Recipe Recommendation: June

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of June. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Wheat)

All of our hens went into molt at the same time and stopped laying for over a month so we had no eggs for quite awhile. I wanted to still keep baking so researched different egg replacement methods. Obviously flax and chia are a popular alternative at the moment however i find that they yield quite a dense crumb, which is fine in heavier baked goods however i wanted light and fluffy, white flour blueberry muffins. Vinegar is in fact a substitute for eggs and this recipe is a testament to how well it works. Delicious! Kel preferred when i used a rye/barley mix instead of white flour (see below) however i prefer the white flour ones 😉

Vegan Blueberry Muffins (Rye/Barley)

 

Recipe Recommendation: May

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of May. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

We’ve pretty much run out of beef in our deep freezer and the next steer isn’t due to be culled for at least two months. We’ve also been wanting to try and eat less meat and more plant based meals and with my need for no dairy, we’ve been experimenting a bit with vegan dishes. This one was EXCEPTIONAL. Oh it was so good. I’ve made it again since and it’s probably going to become a staple meal in our household.

Red Pepper Cheese Dip (Vegan)

Red Pepper Cheese Dip (Vegan)

I noticed that I’d been making a lot of sweet snacks and no savoury ones. I was really craving some cheese and crackers (which i cannot have) so i found this and thought i’d give it a go. It was great! We all enjoyed it and although i don’t have it pictured, the best veggie to dip in it was actually steamed broccoli! So delicious.

Recipe Recommendation: April

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of April. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Pina Colada Water Kefir Ice Pops

Pina Colada Water Kefir Ice Pops

I’ve been brewing Water Kefir lately (read this post here) and each brew increases your yield of Water Kefir grains so unless you want to brew enough Water Kefir to supply an army, you need ways of using up the excess grains that you’ve grown. Obviously you could just compost them however it seems such a waste. People have come up with many various ways to use up your Water Kefir grains, and i found this one that i was super keen to try because i LOVE Pina Coladas and i was wanting something healthy and refreshing in the warmer weather. Also Ethan is not a fan of the taste of Water Kefir however he really enjoys sharing one of these with me so it’s a great way to get some extra probiotics into him! Definitely recommend.

Vegan White Sauce (Bechamel)

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As surprising as this might be, i didn’t realise you could make white sauce, or Bechamel, dairy free. I thought it had to be butter and milk. It doesn’t. It has to be fat and liquid. Kel informed me afterwards that you can even make it from stock! Well. That opened up a whole new world for me! I’d been craving Aussie style Mac n Cheese (cooked pasta, white sauce and cheese on top, baked in the oven) and i found this recipe so thought i’d give it a whirl. It wasn’t until after that i realised that basically oil had been subbed for butter and non-dairy milk for dairy milk and i could have figured that out for myself (haha). If you’re like me though and you forget quantities and like to have someone else’s recipe to work with rather than just experimenting from scratch, this is a great recipe to start with when making a dairy free (or vegan) white sauce. Apart from the cheese on top, this was just as good as the dairy version and totally satisfied my craving!

Tahini Cardamom Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Tahini Cardamom Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

I finally found a cookie recipe that ticks all the boxes for Ethan’s “cup of tea and biscuit” time! These are easy, healthy, quick and delicious! Ethan loves to help me make them and because they are vegan (no raw eggs) i don’t mind at all that he loves to “taste” the batter constantly (and lick the bowl clean at the end). I’m not a huge biscuit person however even i enjoy a couple of these with a cuppa. Cannot recommend this recipe enough.

Slow-cooker Chicken Cacciatore

I forgot to take a photo of this dish – i remember it being a bit hectic when i was serving up so in all the rush i obviously didn’t stop to take a photo for the blog! I didn’t add the mushrooms because they make my father-in-law ill however it was still super tasty and warming.

Maple-Sweetened Banana Muffins

I can’t believe i don’t have a photo of these muffins because I’ve literally been baking a double batch every week for a month or so! These are obviously great considering i keep baking them. They are dairy free and super easy to make – Ethan often helps me make them. A great muffin for morning or afternoon tea.

Healthy Quiche Taco Boats

My brain must have been taking a holiday the past month considering i forgot to take a photo for the THIRD time of a recipe i made. These were delicious and a hit with the whole family.

Recipe Recommendation: February

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of February. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Paleo and Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Naturally Dyed Icing

Paleo and Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Naturally Dyed Icing

Ethan loves having a cup of tea and a biscuit with his Pop and although Milk Arrowroot biscuits aren’t too bad, i was wanting him to have something a bit less processed. Although this recipe fit the bill and was super delicious, they were SO sweet (and we didn’t even add the icing!) and aren’t really an everyday biscuit so although i do recommend the recipe, only as a sometime treat! Ethan did have a lot of fun using the cookie cutters.

Italian Tomato and Spinach Risotto

This is the second time i have forgotten to take a photo of a recommended dish so you will just have to take my word for it! I’m loving The Healthy Mummy recipes at the moment because they are super easy, delicious and healthy! What more could you want? This was a great dish that tasted like a meatless version of bolognese with rice instead of spaghetti 😀

Recipe Recommendation: October

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of October. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Baked Scotch Eggs

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It was Kel’s birthday on October 2 and I wanted to give him a picnic style lunch. I’ve been wanting to try making my own Scotch eggs for ages now and I thought what better time to make them than for Kel’s birthday. I have a habit of trying out new recipes when you really shouldn’t – special occasions, when you have guests or when you’re the guests – however these turned out quite well. They aren’t super pretty to look at however they tasted good! Also I’m sure deep fried ones taste better however I liked that these were baked as it was a bit healthier.

Deliciously Crunchy Paleo Rhubarb Crisp

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I had a neighbour give me a big bunch of rhubarb and we were having lunch with some friends so I thought I would make this for dessert. It was delicious! Ethan adored it too and it was great that he was able to be part of dessert and we didn’t have to worry about it being full of sugar. Apart from halving the number of apples in the recipe, I also added some shredded coconut to the crumble. We ate it with Tilba Jersey Cream, which negates it being Paleo however I’m sure you could whip up some coconut cream and it would be an equally delicious accompaniment.

Vegan Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

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This is another recipe from my many mentioned favourite, Detoxinista. It’s a fairly new recipe on her blog that I saw and liked the look of. We tried it last week one night for dinner and it was SO GOOD. I didn’t find it necessary to add the maple syrup as the pumpkin adds its own sweetness and we also had a light grating of cheese on top, which isn’t vegan of course. It was very nice paired with a glass of red!

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Tell me, do you have any delicious recipes that you’ve tried to recommend this month?

Recipe Recommendation: August

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of August. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Dairy-Free Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

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I LOVE potato and leek soup. Kel likes the idea of potato and leek soup however he always finds that they are never potatoey or leeky enough. The last recipe i tried was not a success. I decided to try another recipe and this one makes me laugh at the simplicity of it (and that it’s on the website for Dummies). And WOW. It was DELICIOUS. Kel really liked it too. It must be that most potato and leek soups have too many other ingredients in them. Anyway this recipe has a big thumbs up from us.

Sugar-Free Spiced Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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For Ethan’s birthday cake, we wanted something relatively healthy. We still haven’t introduced him to refined sugar and we hope to hold out as long as possible. This cake recipe was really tasty and you don’t miss the sugar at all, especially with the addition of the raisins. Obviously i omitted the walnuts as they are a potential choking hazard for children under five. Kel iced it and decorated it to represent Ethan’s favourite book – Hickory Dickory Dock. Everyone even sang it to him at his party!

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Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars (GF)

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These were another trial sweet item for Ethan’s birthday party because he LOVES lemons. He also really enjoyed these bars! As did we 😉 I omitted the coconut sugar in the base though because i felt that the maple syrup was enough sweetener for a one year old!

Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars

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Our hens have finally started laying again and we have eggs coming out of our ears. Obviously we sell them through the shop however everyone’s hens must be laying too so we’re aren’t selling as many as we did previously. We don’t want to sell them if they aren’t super fresh so I’ve been trying to use up the “older” eggs to keep the stock rotating well. Coconut flour generally uses heaps of eggs so i browsed the net looking for interesting recipes to try. This one doesn’t use as many eggs as i was hoping for however it sure is a winner! I’m not a huge fan of the texture of coconut flour in baking however these weren’t as obvious in their coconut flour texture – even more so a winner!

That’s all for this month, hopefully next month there will be a few more savoury recipes 😉

Recipe Recommendation: July

I thought it might be fun to have a monthly post of the recipes I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Anyways there’s only one for the past month of July.

Ginger Cookies (Grain-Free)

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These were another trial sweet item for Ethan’s birthday party and although they weren’t as popular as the No Bake Peanut Snowballs, he still highly enjoyed them! You might note both of those recipes come from the same blogger. It’s because her recipes are awesome!!! And most of them are super simple and quick. There are some great recipes out there however when they look too time consuming or involved I often skip over them because time is very precious at the moment.

I’m looking forward to recapping next month’s highlights and what I decided to cook and bake!

No Bake Peanut Snowballs

In less than a month our kitchen hand turns one (No surprises that we can’t believe it’s been a whole year since he was born).

Obviously we are having a party and we thought it would be fun to have it “Disney” themed. We tried to think of food we could prepare that related to every Disney movie however it’s a lot harder than you would think and a lot of work, and really, the food ideas we came up with, well most of it didn’t really meld together (corn on the cob for Pocahontas, sushi for The Little Mermaid, some kind of Indian curry for The Jungle Book, hummus dip for Aladdin). So it was back to the drawing board.

The party is for Ethan, so i thought, well all the food should be for him too. After all, don’t we have all of our favourite foods at our own birthday parties? Then i came up with a list of all of his favourite foods. And i thought, this is great, we can even have a little sign on the food table saying “All food on this table is a favourite of Ethan’s as well as being dairy free. Feel free to feed him anything”. After all, how often in a large gathering unless you’ve strapped your child to your chest, someone feeds them something outrageous or they help themselves if they are old enough! This way there would be no worries there.

I realised though that ALL of the items on the list were savoury. Obviously we haven’t fed him sugary treats yet however he’s not really even a fan of fruit. He wouldn’t care if we didn’t have any sweet options however i thought it might be nice to have some on offer for those with more of a sweet tooth. However they still would have to be Ethan friendly. That’s when i started trawling my favourite food blogs and this beauty was my first bookmarked recipe to try on him.

Now, i must still have baby brain because i swore i had pecans in the cupboard so didn’t buy them when i bought the other ingredients (mainly just the Medjool dates). When i went to make them, i was so disappointed to find that i didn’t have any pecans, that i decided to substitute some peanuts I’d recently roasted for Kel because although it would be a different flavour, i would be able to gauge whether it was a yay or nay for Ethan.

Well. After i had made them, i picked one up and ate half, giving the other half to Ethan to try. He took a tentative bite and chewed, then stuffed the rest of it into his mouth. I gave him another one, which he proceeded to stuff entirely into his mouth and suck on. Definitely a Yay!

You can find the recipe for the real version (No Bake Pecan Snowballs (Paleo, Vegan)) here. Otherwise you can substitute the pecans for peanuts like i did and this is what you will get:

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So yummy! Like a ball of peanut buttery goodness.

Homemade Unsweetened Apple Sauce

A few weeks ago a customer gave us two bags of Granny Smith apples from their tree. They told me that the apples make great apple sauce.

I’ve been wanting to try sweetening cakes with apple sauce rather than sugar (unsweetened apple sauce obviously) and so I thought that this would be a fantastic opportunity to do so. And if I didn’t like cake made with apple sauce…well we have plenty of pork!

I found a recipe here for unsweetened apple sauce however as usual I didn’t follow it.

All I did was core, peel and dice the apples and then put them into a pot of boiling water and boil them until softened. Then I stuck our stick mixer in the pot and whizzed until all of the apples were blended. Then back onto the heat to thicken slightly as I didn’t pour the water off before blending, and Voila! Unsweetened apple sauce. Obviously you can add an array of spices to yours however I wanted to use mine instead of sugar so just plain old apple sauce for me.

Out of two bags of apples (and not all of them okay) I was able to make 12 jars of unsweetened apple sauce. Bonus! I sterilised some old jars to store the apple sauce in however I didn’t “can” them so instead I just froze them – remember though that if you do this then you need to allow for the contents to expand slightly so don’t fill the jars right up to the top!

I feel like a true housewife now 🙂

Homemade Apple Sauce