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Orange Muffins

Orange Muffins

These muffins, topped with slices of caramelised orange, make an elegant dessert or snack. They are suitable for many diets including Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan. Citrus is an unusual ingredient in this type of baking and gives a light flavour and moist texture. This addition of fruit, and vegetable in […]

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Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread, Pitta Bread and Naan are regional variations of flatbread that are suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic and Vegan. The breads are simple and quick to make. In warm weather the dough will usually double in size in about 1 hour. However, in colder weather keep the proving time to a minimum […]

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Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins

Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins

Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins make a wholesome, savoury treat. Made with cornmeal they have a grainy texture and are suitable for Fodmap and Gluten Free diets, among others. The inspiration for this recipe was to use local ingredients for a savoury Gluten Free muffin. Cornmeal/maize was being planted in the fields nearby as I […]

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Flatbread, Yeast Free

Flatbread, Yeast-Free

A yeast-free flatbread that you can cook in a frying pan, on the barbecue or in the oven. Its simplicity and suitability for many diets – including Diabetic, Dairy Free and Vegan – make this a ‘must have’ recipe. There are many names for flatbread: naan, pitta and roti to name a few. Today, the […]

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Gluten-Free-Bread

Gluten Free Bread

This is a very simple Gluten Free bread with a texture similar to wheat bread and suitable for many diets including Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. Creating a light and moist texture is a particular challenge when baking Gluten Free bread because these qualities must be provided by a combination of ingredients other […]

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Ginger Macaroons

Ginger Macaroons

Ginger Mararoons are sweet bites that accompany a fruit dessert or make a small snack. They are suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. These biscuits are a variation on traditional macaroons — sugar, egg white and ground almonds. I have reduced the quantity of sugar and added glacé or crystallised […]

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Cornbread

Cornbread

This light, moist cornbread is ideal for those who enjoy a granular textured bread and is suitable for Fodmap and Gluten Free diets. In regions where corn is a staple, cornmeal is available in a variety of grades from coarse stoneground, providing a nutty flavour, to finer varieties. Wheat flour if often added to the […]

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Rhubarb Pudding

These upside-down puddings are a tasty option as a winter or spring dessert, when seasonal fruit is in short supply. I like rhubarb, probably because it was a regular addition to apple desserts throughout my childhood. Also, I find its sharp astringency makes a good contrast to the sweet elements of a dessert, as in […]

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Spiced-Fruit-and-Nut-Cake

Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake

A variation of Panforte and Siena Cake that is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. This is a family recipe that I think came from my aunt Ellen who was very fond of rich cakes and desserts. The inclusion of a little chocolate to the fruit, nut and spice mix provides […]

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Clare's Crackers

Clare’s Crackers

Tasty crisp-breads make a nutritious snack or part of an elegant array of canapés that are suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan diets. It may seem odd to think of baking your own crisp-breads, which are so readily available in any supermarket or health store. However, you will be delighted by the […]

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Beer Bread

Beer Bread is a simple, quick loaf that balances the malt flavour of beer with the sweetness of the wholegrain. It is dense, as is any truly wholemeal loaf. For a lighter version, you can use a 50:50 white/wholemeal flour mix; or make a yeast bread, replacing the water with the beer. The flavour of […]

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Sponge Cake

A simple recipe for a Gluten Free sponge that is light in texture and with less butter than many cakes. (A butter alternative is provided.) When I was a child, the biscuit and cake tins at home usually containedAnzac Biscuits and fruit cake. I thought sponge cake must be difficult to cook. What a pleasant […]

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Lamingtons

Lamingtons are an Australian ‘national dish’ – small squares of sponge dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut. The origin of the dish is unclear; but the name is usually attributed to Lord Lamington, the Governor of Queensland one of Australia’s six big states, from 1896 to 1901. Like many dishes that are well […]

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Coconut Shortbread

These coconut shortbreads are crisp and crumbly, like a traditional shortbread; but, containing no butter, they are suitable for Diary Free and Vegan diets. Scottish shortbreads, as they are often called, may be hard to imagine without butter – the butter giving the biscuit its ‘shortness’. However, coconut oil is a good substitute;. it is […]

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Speculaas, Spice Biscuits

These spice biscuits, a tradition of northern Europe, have been adapted to suit Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Spices were traditionally a treat of Christmas time when cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom were a luxury. Now, they are in most pantries, although often underused. These biscuits may encourage you to add […]

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Pumpkin Pie, Crustless

This pumpkin pie is made in the tradition of a flourless cake. It is a light and healthy dessert and a good choice for the seasonal celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Variations are offered, making it suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Paleo diets. Especially at times of celebration it is […]

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Cornmeal Pastry, Gluten F

A Low Fat Gluten Free pastry that uses readily available ingredients. This pastry is simple to make and produces a crisp texture suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes. It is best used for pies and eaten on the day of baking – or, thereafter, warmed before eating. Diets for which Gluten Free Pastry is […]

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Halloween Ghosts

Hallowe’en Ghosts

A sweet treat for Hallowe’en that will suit many children who have dietary restrictions including Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Nut Free. Hallowe’en, with its ‘trick or treat’, always includes sweets. So, the question arises: how to deal with those unknown dietary issues when you have a party or a child knocks in fancy dress? […]

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Pastry, Gluten Free

A simple gluten free pastry. The simplicity of this recipe will dispel any anxiety you may have about making Gluten Free pastry. It is like making choux pastry (cream puffs), where you mix your ingredients over heat and then add eggs. It is a ‘rich’ recipe, high in fat, as many Gluten Free baked goods […]

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Ginger Biscuits

Ginger Biscuits

A tasty, little snack suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan diets. These biscuits are the shape of small, round buttons. As a delicate accompaniment to a fruit or soft dessert, they make a useful addition to your repertoire for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets in particular. They also store well […]

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Foccacia

Foccacia

A recipe for the delicious Italian-style bread foccacia that is a healthy choice for Dairy Free, Diabetic and Vegan diets. Making foccacia is very similar to making a regular loaf; however, the resulting moisture and texture is different because of the higher oil content. For this reason, it is not coded as suitable for LC, […]

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Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

A chocolate brownie that can be enjoyed as part of many ‘free from’ diets. We all need to have a chocolate brownie recipe that we can quickly throw together, using ingredients in the cupboard. This is such a recipe. It has a very rich chocolate flavour, while being light in texture. You can add various […]

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Yoghurt Cake

Yoghurt Cake

A very moist cake with a citrus twist that is suitable for Diary Free, Fodmap and Gluten Free diets. The idea for this delicious yoghurt cake originated with my aunt Joan, from whose recipe I have developed a version that can be enjoyed by several ‘free from’ diets. It was originally a butter cake, tasty […]

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Bread – Spelt Flour

A wholemeal loaf with a delicious nutty flavour that will be enjoyed by many people who normally avoid wheat. Spelt, also known as ‘dinkel’ or ‘hulled’ wheat, is an ancient grain from the wheat family. Its gluten and carbohydrate structure is different to that of the wheat we know; and it is suitable for some […]

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Shortcrust Pastry - Vegan

Shortcrust Pastry, Vegan

A crisp pastry for Vegan and Dairy Free diets that is good for sweet and savoury pies and quiches. Cooking this pastry is the same as any shortcrust pastry, using a similar proportion of fat to flour. I use an organic coconut oil rather than a milk-free vegetable shortening for this pastry because the coconut […]

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Nut Pastry

Nut Pastry

A non-bake pastry for Paleo and Raw diets. Like many pastries, this one is rich – being high in fat. However, nuts, the base of the pastry and the source of the fat, are also rich in protein and other nutrients, making this dish a good choice for a high calorie and nutritious dessert or […]

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Upside Down Fruit Cake

A rich cake of seasonal fruit, suitable for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Nut Free diets. This is an adaptation of a recipe, taken many years ago, from the ‘Australian Gourmet’ magazine. It is versatile, being adaptable to the seasons and diverse climates of Australia and incorporating your choice of a wide variety of […]

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Chocolate Cake

The best and simplest flourless chocolate cake I know for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. This recipe came from my aunt Ellen. She was a fabulous cook and introduced the family to this flourless chocolate cake in the 70s. This was when a chocolate cake was a rare treat and this cake still is. […]

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Banana Bread

A tasty snack for Vegans and those who are Dairy Free. There are many banana cake recipes and we all have our favourite; this is mine. The difference it brings is the tang of lemon, a nice change to the usual cinnamon-laden banana cakes and muffins. I have used no eggs, making it suitable for […]

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Ginger Apple Muffins

Ginger Apple Muffins

A light, Gluten Free and Dairy Free snack that is not over-indulgent. Imagine autumn has arrived and, with it, shorter days, darker skies and the desire to bake with time for those comfort foods. Apples spring to my mind. I grew up with an abundant supply of apples, my grandfather having an orchard, and my […]

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Courgette Teabread

Courgette Teabread

A moist loaf with a subtle ginger flavour that is suitable for Diabetics. This is cake is not particularly sweet and makes a good partner with cheese. The idea of cake and cheese was new and strange to me when I moved to the UK. After first trying a good British cheddar with a rich […]

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Anzac Biscuit

The perfect high energy snack for Dairy Free and Nut Free diets and Vegans and Vegetarians. As I started to collect recipes for this website, it was the family favourites that first sprung to mind. These sweet, oat biscuits, similar to the commercial granola and ‘health’ bars, were a part of packed lunches and picnics. […]

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