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Banana Pancakes

A light, soft pancake with no added sugar, making a healthy breakfast choice, snack or dessert. These pancakes are simple to cook, the time being reduced if you have a large pan and can cook several at a time. They retain their quality when prepared in advance, which is a great advantage if cooking for […]

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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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Papaya Sorbet

Papaya Sorbet

Papaya (or Paw Paw) Sorbet, a tasty ice, is simply made without the need of ice cream maker. It is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Raw. When there is an abundance of fruit I prepare and cook it in a variety of ways to maximise my enjoyment. Papaya I add […]

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Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes always seem a treat and these are nutritious as well as being light and fluffy. Adaptations are recommended, making them suitable for Diabetic, Fodmap and Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Calorie and Vegetarian diets. The inclusion of ricotta cheese in these pancakes makes them visually similar to American-style pancakes. To make the pancake softer, […]

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Baked Cheesecake with Grapes

Baked Cheesecake and Grapes

This Baked Cheesecake makes a light and delicious dessert that is particularly good served with fresh or poached fruit. The recipe provides details to make it suitable for Dairy Free and Gluten Free diets. Cheesecake is usually a rich dessert made with cream cheese, cream and/or mascarpone cheese. Here, it is yoghurt that provides the […]

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Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate

Valentines – Sweethearts, Red Roses and Chocolate. The origin of celebrating Valentine’s with chocolate is unclear. Perhaps it is simply a merging of the increased popularity of chocolate with the growing celebration of Valentine’s Day. Whatever the reason it is now well imbedded in our psych. Try making your own chocolate.“How to make Chocolate” is […]

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Spiced Fresh Mango

Spiced Fresh Mango

Fresh mango, as a savoury accompaniment or dessert, with spice to enhance the flavour. This makes it suitable for almost every diet, including Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. Mango combines well with lime juice and chilli, as in myMango Salsa recipe. However, chilli is not a favourite for everyone; so I was […]

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Mango Yoghurt Mousse

Mango Yoghurt Mousse

A simple mango mousse, with no added sugar or cream but spiced with cardamom, will be enjoyed by most diners and is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Egg Free, Low Calorie Vegetarian and Vegan. I think the best way to eat mango is fresh off the tree and I hope to be doing […]

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Fruit and Almond Log

Fruit and Almond Log

This dried fruit and nut log is very versatile, being suitable as a packed snack or part of a dinner party menu. It is very quick to prepare and, in an airtight container, will keep for weeks. (Keep it in the refrigerator to help it retain its moisture and for ease when slicing.) This makes […]

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Red Bean Jelly

Red Bean Jellies

A healthy ‘sweet treat’ to serve, after a meal, that is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan. Do not be deterred by the idea of making a jelly for your dessert or snack. Jellies are delicious and this one can be an elegant addition to your […]

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Plum Parfait

Plum Parfait

Plum Parfait is a mixed fruit dessert, adaptable to utilise seasonal fruit. Autumn is a time of abundance for fruit and vegetables, with plums usually in great supply in the temperate zones. I enjoy incorporating them into both sweet and savoury dishes. The regular sweet options are cakes, crumbles and puddings. This mix of fruit […]

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Red Bean Paste, Anko

Red Bean Paste, Anko

Red bean paste is thick and sweet like a jam. It is delicious on toast and is frequently used in Japanese sweets. Include it in meals for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat and Vegan diets. Azuki beans are the basis of this paste. They are boiled until tender and then sweetened with sugar. The […]

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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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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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Baked Quinces

Baked quinces are fragrant and sweet, delicious served as breakfast fruit or dessert. Raw, quinces are inedible; but cooked they have a sweetness that requires few additional ingredients. They have a short ripening season; so make the most of their versatility while they are available. Often stewed or baked with complementary fruits, quinces make good […]

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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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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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Pear and Dried Fruit

This combination of flavours makes a wonderful breakfast treat or dessert. It combines fruits of the season with those that have beendried, during the summer, for use in the darker months when the variety of fresh seasonal produce is limited. This recipe is a guide only. Make your own selection of both variety and quantity […]

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Passionfruit Papaya Mousse

As the name may suggest to you, this is a dessert for that special dinner, perhaps Valentine’s Day. Passionfruit and Papaya Mousse is an tasty alternative to the sweet – and, often, chocolate – desserts for such occasions. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with chocolate or sugar; but it is good to have […]

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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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Baked Coconut Custard

A sweet custard delicious served with or without fruit or a biscuit. To my knowledge, these little custards originated in South East Asia where coconut milk is widely used in sweet and savoury dishes. These custards have a delicate flavour, with the texture of an English baked custard (dairy). They are very simple of make […]

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American Buckwheat Waffles

Waffles are delicious as a sweet or savoury snack for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Diabetic diets. Visiting my mother soon after she had moved house we rediscovered the waffle iron. We became a little sentimental and dug out the family waffle recipe and started a little cooking experiment. Mum has been a huge influence in […]

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Watermelon Slices

Watermelon Slices

Sweet, tangy melon slices that are suitable for Diabetic and Low Calorie diets. The simple addition of cardamom, paprika and salt provides a new and surprising taste experience. Diets for which Watermelon Slices is suitable: Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian and Vegan. Ingredients Preparation: 10 mins […]

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Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad

A fruit salad with subtle undertones of lime and vanilla, to be enjoyed by most diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free and Low Calorie. Credit for this recipe goes to Solomon, the chef at Bale Mountain Lodge in Ethiopia, where Alastair and I stayed and ate delicious food while searching for (and finding) the Ethiopian wolf […]

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Melon Ice with Ginger Syrup

A light and refreshing dessert suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Low Calorie, and Vegan diets in particular. Making ice is a simple way to utilise your abundant fruit. Freezing usually reduces the flavour of foods. To prevent this, cook and concentrate the fruit before freezing; or add complementary flavours suitable for any diet requests. The […]

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Zabaglione

Zabaglione

A delicious Dairy Free sauce suitable for most desserts and many diets. Zabaglione is a classic recipe that is so often be overlooked. The first time I ate it was when my aunt, Ellen the gourmet chef, made it. I remember the thinking, ‘why eat custard’?

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Baked Apricots

Baked Apricots

Delicious softened apricots with subtle complimenting flavours that make a good dessert for Diabetic, Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. Eating fresh apricots, with the juice running down one’s chin, is a treat. Although, the apricots in this recipe are baked for a few minutes, they do retain their juiciness, shape and texture. There are […]

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Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate Sauce

The essential chocolate sauce for all occasions and most diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic, Paleo and Vegan. With few but tasty ingredients, this is a chocolate sauce to include in any healthy diet, in moderation of course. Like most foods of quality, a little goes a long way. In the proportions recommended, the sauce will […]

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Berry Tofu Cream

A tasty cream substitute or mousse that is suitable for Dairy Free, Raw and Vegan diets. The base ingredient of this flavoured and sweetened cream is tofu. I have used strawberries, although any berry is suitable. In cooler months, use other fruits such as soaked dates, pureed pear or mango. Diets for which Berry Tofu […]

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Strawberries and Cheese

Strawberries and Cheese

An elegant and delicious presentation of fruit with cheese for Diabetic, Nut Free and Vegetarian Diets. Lightly baking strawberries and camembert (or other soft cheese) is both unusual and a good use for those few remaining berries. I have been making this for many years, having acquired the recipe from I am not sure who […]

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Strawberries and Balsamic

Strawberries with Balsamic

‘Sweeten’ your strawberries with balsamic vinegar, making it suitable for most diets including Diabetic and Low Calorie. This is the simplest way to enhance the flavour and sweetness of strawberries (and is also good with raspberries and blackberries). It is a delicious dessert that requires no advance planning and minimal time to prepare. Diets for […]

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Grilled Nectarines and Berries

Two of summer’s favourite fruits in an elegant and simple dessert. It is a quick to prepare and is suitable for Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan diets. For this recipe, the secret of ensuring a plate of bright colourful fruit is to have the your griddle at the correct heat. With a […]

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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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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

A light chocolate mousse with no dairy or soya, which makes it suitable for Dairy Free and Fodmap diets. This mousse is one of those recipes that I have had in my ‘repertoire’ for years. With no added cream or butter, it is a light mousse and a healthier choice than so many desserts. It […]

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Chocolate – How to Make

Make your own chocolate: for everyone including Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan diets. Chocolate is one of those foods one should always have in the pantry. But this can be complicated when you are catering for various food restrictions no dairy, no gluten, and no animal products. Here is a very simple recipe so […]

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Chocolate-Banana Spread

A ‘healthy’ chocolate spread with numerous uses and for many diets including Dairy Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. This is the most versatile of treats. All the ingredients are raw and can be ‘wizzed’ together for a delicious snack in minutes. With the sweet flavour from banana and dates, it is suitable for diabetic diets […]

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Yoghurt

Yoghurt – How To Make

A simple guide to make your own dairy or soya yoghurt for Dairy Free, Fodmap, and Vegan Diets. Like making your own bread, making yoghurt is easy. It requires minimal equipment, a thermometer being essential and a thermos being useful. (You can use any type of jar; or a yoghurt maker if you have one […]

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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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Fruit Crumble

Fruit Crumble

Fruit crumble, an all time favourite, with variations making it suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut free, Paleo and Vegan diets. Crumble was one of the top five desserts (puds) in my childhood. It was the apple crumble that was ‘top of the pops’ largely because of a regular supply of prime apples from my […]

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Rhubarb, Baked with Ginger

Rhubarb as a simple and tasty dessert. Rhubarb is a good accompaniment to sweet and savoury dishes. As a savoury choice, it is particularly good with fatty meats and oily fish. In sweet dishes, it is often combined with other fruits, apple being a particular favourite. Here the rhubarb is gently sweetened to serve alone […]

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Pine Nuts with Banana

Boozy bananas. A delicious mix of aniseed and banana that Alastair used to serve when he lived in Kinshasa in the 1980s. The first time I made this dish I was cautious with the bottle; although the bananas tasted great they discoloured off-puttingly because they had not been completely covered in liquor. Next time, to […]

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Spicy Steamed Plums

An interesting mix of flavours from the tropics and temperate regions suitable for Vegan, Paleo and Diabetic diets. Plums are abundant at the end of summer. I think they are not prized enough and am endeavouring to provide ideas for utilising them in both sweet and savoury dishes. This healthy, simple recipe offers an interesting […]

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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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Spiced Blueberries

Spiced Blueberries

Variation on berries for all diets and all meals. This simple dish can be an elegant touch to a dessert or breakfast platter. The rosemary makes an unusual addition to this fruit dish. Diets for which Spiced Blueberries are suitable: Dairy Free, Diabetic, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegetarian […]

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