Category: In the kitchen

Grain and Egg FREE -Chocolate and Coconut Cake

 

This cake is amazing, chocolate and coconut moist cake, and it’s grain and egg free!! Yes completely grain and egg free so perfect for people with intolerance’s! In our family we have my niece Phoebe who is anaphylactic to egg and nuts, we also have my mum who is wheat intolerant so it makes desserts hard, especially cakes.  But this cake ticks all the boxes, and it tastes great! Chocolate and coconut cake.

vegan chocolate cake
Chocolate Cake

GRAIN, EGG AND DAIRY FREE CHOCOLATE & COCONUT CAKE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

400ml Coconut Cream

1/2 cup cocoa

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

200 ml vegetable oil

1 cup coconut four

3 teaspoons baking powder

METHOD

Pre-heat oven to 170 C

Blend together the coconut cream, brown sugar and cocoa.  Slowly add in the vegetable oil until combined.

Sift in coconut flour and baking powder, mix well until combined.

Pour into greased caking tin.  Bake at 170 C for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool in tin and then carefully turn out.

I used the icing from this recipe.  But it would be equally delicious without icing and eaten warm!

Note:  The coconut flour does make it a fragile cake, but it does not detract from the great flavour you just need to be careful!

Delicious as a birthday cake for the whole family - grain, dairy and egg free
Delicious as a birthday cake for the whole family – grain, dairy and egg free

 

 

 

Greek Chicken Marinade

This Greek Chicken Marinade is easy, delicious recipe that anyone can make.

Simple greek marinade recipe perfect for chicken
Simple greek marinade recipe

Ingredients

Juice 1 lemon

3 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon oilve oil

1 teaspoon Oragano

I put it on chicken breasts and leave for an hour. That’s it! It adds a lovely taste – I normally serve on a salad of spinach, avocado, feta, cucumber and capsicum.

I added the marinade to the chicken popped it into a ziplock bag and froze – ready to go for your next BBQ or easy dinner!

Chocolate Banana Wontons

These bites are super quick, easy and most importantly deep fried deliciousness. The combination is perfect – but feel free to mix it up.  I personally think that chocolate, strawberry and peanut butter would be delicious but someone (my husband) doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate together… Grounds for divorce I think.  But we all make compromises… haha  Any way I made these in uni, and it wasn’t until recently I thought about them again… Then I couldn’t get them off my mind, so I had to make them, it was the only solution.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Chocolate Banana Wontons
Chocolate Wontons

Ingredients

1 pk wonton wrappers

100 gram chocolate

50 grams raw cashews (or any unsalted nuts)

300 ml vegetable oil

1 Banana

chocolate and banana wontons
Chocolate and banana wontons

Method

  1. Chocolate Banana Wonton Recipe
    Chocolate Banana Wontons

    Slice banana into rounds.

  2. Place a piece of banana, 2 pieces of chocolate and 3 cashews onto centre of the wonton
  3. Fold wonton edges into the middle.
  4. Fry in batches of 3-4, turning after 1-2 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towel.
  6. Chocolate Wontons
    How to fold the wontons

    Serve with ice cream & devour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 ways to build your milk supply

Milk supply, isn’t something that you really think about until it’s a problem.  For me it was a massive problem – as in it was non existent!  Unfortunately mostly you either have way too much or not enough! I really struggled mentally as I wasn’t prepared for it and I felt really guilty for not being able to supply my baby with what he needed.  He was losing weight, didn’t have any wet nappies and had a temperature.  Luckily I was still in hospital when all of this went down and I had a Lactation Consultant with me every step of the way along with a very supportive husband!  So here are 3 things that I have found to work well and I have done a ton of research, spoken to everyone I could & researched the hell out of – so this is what worked for me!!!

3 ways you can build lactation
3 way that you can help improve your milk supply.
  1. Galactogogues! Funny name but it basically means a substance that helps milk supply!  Exactly what you want – the 2 that are most highly recommended are fenugreek and milk thistle.  My naturopath and LC both recommended Fenugreek over anything else – I took this in combination with Milk Thistle.  Fenugreek I was taking 4 tablets 3 times a day (12 total) but the difference is remarkable.  I was pumping 2 ml at hospital (both sides combined 4 days PP) and after about a week at home it was up to 60 ml combined (after feeding).  If we have another child I will actually pack this in my bag for the hospital next time! Other galactogogues include oats and brewers yeast – both which I’ll talk about in my next point.  If you are interested in other Galactogogues I found this article helpful Common Galactogogues.

    Galactogogues
    Fenugreek and Milk Thistle – great for building milk supply
  2. Lactation Cookies – I used the recipe at Just Mommies you can get it here.  I added an egg to the mix because I like eggs! but it is not necessary. The oats and the brewers yeast are both galactogogues so be sure not to leave them out or substitute them.  I used just regular rolled oats from Coles but I bought the Brewers yeast from the health food section in our local chemist (FYI – it is not nutritional yeast).  If cookies aren’t your thing there a ton of smoothies & bliss balls on Pinterest. Follow me here.

    Lactation Cookies
    Lactation Cookies
  3. Motilium – I add this as a last resort as it is a prescription drug which is found to boost milk supply.  I was prescribed this by my obstetrician and I do think it worked however if I was to do it again i would take the more natural steps of 1 & 2 before I took Motilium. (but that is person preference.

Is there any that I missed or that you found works really well? Let me know so I can add it to the list!

13 Back to school lunches

Back to school, for me this year is a bit of a non event.  I’m not going back to school  – I still have a couple of months left to enjoy my Paddy!  But every other year I am normally still on a high from my new years resolutions to make better food choices or be better organised (there is definitely a theme to my life! haha) so I TRY to start the year strong!  This collection of recipes are aimed for both the parents and the kids so your not making two lunches! Keeping in mind that so many schools and day care centres are now nut or egg free, which is something I whole heartily support as my niece is anaphylactic to both nuts and eggs.  For some families it can seem a bit tricky to get your head around but for other families it is the difference between life and death of their child!  So I have made this list of 13 recipes – so hopefully you will find something that is suitable for your little ones and the requirements of your care centre.

13 Back to School Lunches and snacks
13 Back to school lunches and bread substitutes
  1. These delicious little savoury muffins – with vegetables hidden inside are from Roar Sweetly you can check them out here, and they are nut free
https://roarsweetly.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/savoury-muffins-for-toddlers/
Roar Sweetly – savoury muffins

2. Frozen Banana Yoghurt Bites – Easy for the kids to help make and easier for the adults and kids to eat! From Eats Amazing these are nut and egg free, check them out here

Frozen Banana Yoghurt bites
Eats Amazing – frozen banana yoghurt bites

 

3. Cheddar Cheese Bites! OMG Yum, easy savoury snack that is cheesy what is not to love and egg and nut free! Check it out here from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Cheese Bites
LoveBakesGoodCakes – Cheese bites

4. PIZZA – YUM. Check out these pizza pinwheels with their own dough recipe! Egg free and nut free from – Butter with a side of bread. Recipe Here

pizza pinwheels
Butter with a side of Bread – Pizza Pin wheels

5. This zucchini slice is easily eaten hot or cold it contains egg but no nuts.  Check it out Zucchini and Bacon Slice

Easy Lunchbox Fillers
Quick and easy zucchini and bacon slice

6. Yoghurt Dots – such an easy idea that makes nearly into a treat! Check it out at One Good Thing by Jilliee Here and of course both egg and nut free!

Frozen Yoghurt Dots
One Good Thing by Jillee – Frozen Yogurt Dots

7. Something sweet and only 37 Calories!!! Brownies from Broma Bakery – check them out here – these are nut free

Brownies
Broma Bakery – Brownies

8. No food processor needed for these great bliss balls – check these out here. These are egg free but do contain nuts, but you could swap them out for seeds.

lunch snacks
No food processor bliss balls

9. Healthy muesli bars which are both egg and nut free!!! Check them out at my clean plate here.

Muesli Bars
My Clean Plate – Muesli Bars

10. Hulk nuggets! Haha brocolli nuggets with only 5 ingredients. The perfect lunch snack, serve plain or with a little dipping sauce!  Check out the recipe here, unfortunalty this recipe does have egg but no nuts!

Broccoli Nuggets
Kannamma Cooks – Broccoli Nuggets

11.  Something that’s a little bit of a treat, and its Elvis’ favourite combination and as Elvis is my favourite also my favourite combination! This has unfortunately both eggs and nuts – but I had to include it – it was my moral duty! Check it out by Taste and Tell here.

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread
Taste and Tell – Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

12. Avocado and Corn fritters, delicious both cold and hot.  Perfect for dinner one night and lunch the next!  This recipe does have eggs but is nut free! Check it out here.

Corn and avocado fritters
Give Recipe – Corn and Avocado fritters

13. Good old Pikelets!  Always a winner and easy to make – this is my grandmother recipe always light and fluffy.  This recipe does contain egg but no nuts – check it out here

fresh piklets
fluffy piklets – fresh from the pan

If after all these suggestions you still decide a sandwich is the way to go then check out this list of sandwiches without the bread!  Everyday my mum would ask what I wanted on my sandwich and everyday I had a cheese sandwich.  Everyday of my school life, and then once I left school and started teaching it was the same – the tuckshop ladies joked that Paddy would come out holding a cheese sandwich – FYI he didn’t! haha but I know some people love sandwiches so here are some suggestions if your ever sick of bread!

Bread Alternatives
Bread Alternatives

Boiled Chocolate Cake

This is THE chocolate cake recipe you neeeed in your life.  First of all its a basic recipe, nothing fancy, nothing expensive but the result is a moist chocolatey chocolate cake – that you will make again and again!  The best part is only one saucepan to wash up at the end!  Read the tips at the end of recipe to make sure you get the best possible result!

Boiled Chocolate Cake Recipe
The best chocolate cake -Boiled Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

4 tablespoons cocoa

250 grams butter

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4 eggs

3 cups self raising flour

Method

Preheat oven to 180

In a large saucepan add sugar, water, bi-carb soda, cocoa and butter (ingredients above line)

boiled chocolate cake
Ingredients ready to be boiled

Bring ingredients to the boil.

boiling chocolate cake
boiling chocolate cake

Cool mixture completely.

cooled boiled chocolate cake
allow the boiled ingredients to cool

Beat in eggs and flour until smooth (whisk or electric beater)

Pour into cake tin lined with baking paper and spray with oil. (Either round or rectangle)

Prepping my baking tin
How I prep my cake tin – the nanna way!

Bake for 35 – 40 mins for rectangle cake or 60 – 70 mins for round.

Allow to cool, slice in half and ice using this chocolate icing

Eat, and make again and again.

 

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Tips

  • This makes a large cake – what the USA would call a sheet cake (if baked in a rectangle tin or pyrex dish.)  Perfect for birthday parties & school things.  But equally great round when you can cut in half and ice and the end result is an impressive large cake.
  • Saucepan choice is important, this is a large cake and it all goes in here and is boiled so make sure it is a large saucepan!
  • Do not over boil – i did this the first 847 times I made this cake – don’t get distracted! Boiled sugar is not easy to clean up.
  • Make sure the mixture is cooled before you add the eggs you don’t want scrambled half cooked eggs in your cake.
Boiled Chocolate Cake
Boiled Chocolate Cake

 

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

I made this for the first time, last night. It was amazing, straight up! Ha I’m so modest, but seriously you will want make this over and over again, I even finished my bowl before my husband. I was in “can’t talk must eat” mode – it was that good!

The ultimate chicken pasta bake
The best Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked diced chicken (BBQ chicken, grilled, steamed)

1 onion diced

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon oil

2 garlic cloves

600ml cream

200g sliced mushrooms

250g chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)

250g cream cheese

250g pasta

1/2 cup grated cheese
METHOD

1. Boil water and cook pasta to your liking.

2. In a large fry pan – melt butter, oil  and cook spinach (if frozen).

3. Add diced onion, garlic, mushrooms and spinach (if fresh).

Chicken and spinach pasta bake
The spinach, mushroom, garlic and onion cooking.

4. Add cream cheese and cream, bring to boil and then turn down to low.

chicken and spinach pasta bake
Add cream to spinach and mushrooms.

5. Stir through chicken and keep on low.

6. Drain pasta and add to sauce.

7. Pour pasta into casserole dish and top with grated cheese.

8. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 -15 mins until cheese is melted.

9. Enjoy !

Chicken and spinach pasta bake
Baked and ready to eat!

Chocolate Flake Cheesecake

no bake chocolate cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

This chocolate cheesecake recipe is amazing! Rich and decadent but not so much that you’re unable to eat the whole piece (or maybe thats just me!)  Great dessert to make the night before and not have to do anything else to, in my books a winner all round!  The chocolate base is the perfect match to the smooth creamy filling with flake in the filling and of course on top as well!  Perfect with fresh strawberries or alone – this cheesecake is so good you don’t need anything to serve with it!

Ingredients

2 pks of chocolate ripple biscuits
200 g butter
1 large lemon
500 g cream cheese
400 ml condensed milk
250 ml thickened cream                                                                                              teaspoon of chocolate essence or vanilla essence
5 flake chocolate bars

Chocolate cheesecake
Perfect when served with fresh berries

Method
1. Crush biscuits in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs
2. Melt butter, and mix into the crushed biscuits, press into spring form tin.  Fill bottom first and around the edges of tin as well
3. Put into fridge to set while making filling
4. Beat the cream until forms soft peaks
5. In a separate bowl beat together cream cheese and condensed milk until it becomes thick and smooth
6. Juice lemon and stir through the mixture
7. Carefully fold through the cream and essence into the cream cheese
8. Carefully crumble 4 flake bars into the mixture and stir to even distribute
9. Pour over crust, sprinkle last flake on top and allow to set for 3-4 hours

the perfect slice of chocolate cheesecake
perfect slice

 

chocolate flake cheesecake recipe
Chocolate flake cheesecake recipe

Summer Pavlova Recipe

If I had to name a dessert that was my favourite it would be a pavlova.  I detest bought ones – the middle all gooey and eggy is not my thing at all – there has to be soft centre but the crunchy crust is the best part! I believe pavlova is the perfect summer dessert.  Easy to make the day before and leave the dressing until serving.  I think it is probably the dessert that I get asked to make the most – seconded only by my rocky road.

summer pavlova recipe
Summer pavlova recipe

 

I got this recipe from my recipe book – Everyday Cooking. If you ever see this book I suggest you buy it, it is by Helen Bunney and was a recipe book used by Home Ec departments – so many great recipes (mine was published in 1979 so I doubt it is still in print). Its a great basic recipe that I have made single, 1 1/2 and double batches of and it works every time. My tip is to bake it directly on the serving plate. A pavlova is notoriously hard to change from baking tray to serving tray without cracking – so cut that step out and find a serving plate that is oven safe. I had a wonderful white serving platter I used for years as my pavlova plate but in my new house it doesn’t fit in my oven!

Ingredients

4 Egg whites

pinch salt

1 cup castor sugar

2 teaspoons corn flour

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Brush tray lightly with water if it is your serving tray – if you are baking pavlova on a different tray to serving spray water onto baking paper.  The water creates a steam so to crisp up the bottom for easy transfer.
  2. Beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks are formed. (meaning when you lift the beaters out of the mix, the egg whites keep their shape)
  3. Keep beating and add sugar gradually, keep beating after each sugar is added.  continue to beat until sugar is dissolved. (to test if the sugar is dissolved rub some between two fingers and check there are no grains left)
  4. Lightly fold in sifted cornflour and lemon juice.
  5. Turn mixture onto baking plate and use a spoon to create a circle of approx 20 cms.  Or into 6 miniature pavs.
  6. Bake at 120 degrees for an hour or until pavlova is dry to touch.
  7. Leave pavlova to cool completely and then dress with whipped cream and strawberries, banana, passionfruit or sprinkle with chocolate.
  8. TIPS I often leave the pavlova in the oven over night with the door slightly ajar to cool.  The slower the pavlova cools the better chance you have of it not cracking. If you baked the pavlova on a different tray to serving tray get someone to help you can left two edges of the baking paper each and transfer onto your serving tray.
summer pavolva
summer pav!

Chocolate Spiders Recipe

When  I was about 37 weeks pregnant I bought a range of ingredients that may or may not of been for the sole purpose of chocolate spiders.  However my need to have peanut butter and chocolate in my mouth was out weighed by my desire to sleep 20 hours a day.  So call it willpower or call it laziness but no chocolate spiders were made.  This week I tidied up my pantry (found 4 packets of M&M’S?!?!?!?!) and found the magical ingredients to realise my dream of chocolate spiders! So in celebration of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, I celebrated with chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Haystacks
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Spider Recipe

If you haven’t made chocolate spiders – you’re missing out.  If you have made chocolate spiders but not recently – you’re missing out.  They are often left to the realm of children’s parties and christmas, when really they are just simple and delicious treats for every chocolate and peanut butter addict!  And the ingredients have a long shelf life if you have a strong will power – so they are a great stand by because its bring a plate day tomorrow at school/work/life and you forgot (again)!

 

chocolate haystack
Chocolate haystack recipe

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE SPIDER RECIPE

200 – 250 grams of melting chocolate

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

1 packet of fried egg noodles

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir.

Add peanut butter, microwave again for 30 seconds, stir.

Keep putting in microwave in 30 second bursts until smooth.  (I normally find 1 1/2 minutes)

Stir in egg noodles, place in little haystacks or spiders on a tray with baking paper.

Refrigerate until had normally 2 hours in enough.

Store in the fridge!

chocolate haystacks
chocolate spiders ingredients
Chocolate Spiders
Chocolate Spiders
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