Last week I promised to show you what I made with my lactose free mascarpone cheese. I had considered making that to-die-for Italian dessert, Tiramisu. But we were heading for dinner at our friend’s new home, and decided the coffee flavours might not go so well with the 6 kids in our families. So a simple cheesecake it was.Read More
It has been both interesting and at times exciting to watch the range of lactose free dairy products expand over the years. When I first discovered lactose was an issue for me, I could find UHT milk and cream, but that was about it. Now there is fresh milk in skim, low fat and full cream varieties. Fresh cream is also easy to find, although only reduced fat where I live. Cheddar cheese is available and the most exciting for me, lactose free ice cream! Even with all these great lactose free dairy products, there are still others I miss, particularly soft cheeses.
So, I decided to try an experiment. After doing a bit of research I learned that it is possible to make soft cheese at home with just a few ingredients. Regular soft cheeses are quite high in lactose and can be problematic for those of us who malabsorb this FODMAP. With imaginations of tiramisu and creamy pastas and risotto, I got to work on my first batch of mascarpone.Read More
There are many foods to give up or cut back on in a low FODMAP diet. I miss apples and occasionally have a little nibble of one that a little person in my house has taken a juicy bite from. Avoiding onions is no longer a big deal for me and I don’t like their taste all that much anymore. But when it comes to chocolate…let’s just say there are some foods that are worth any trouble they might cause.Read More
Today is Shrove Tuesday. “What is that about?” you might ask. Well, I have done a little research to brush up on my understanding. Shrove Tuesday falls the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a final day of celebration and feasting before the Lenten time of fasting and reflection.
The other name for Shrove Tuesday you might also be familiar with is “Pancake Day.” What’s the connection? Cooking pancakes became a way to use up rich foods such as butter and eggs before Lent. Pancakes…always welcome in our house.
We occasionally enjoy pancakes on a Sunday, whether it is for breakfast with blueberries, or as smaller pikelets for afternoon tea. But what I really love are those small Dutch gems called Poffertjes.Read More
I have had these photos ready for a while, waiting for me to come write some words to go with them. We took them over the school holidays when one of my boys decided to spend some time in the kitchen. Flynn does enjoy cooking and can even prepare a family meal from time to time. School holidays give him a chance to flick through our cookbooks and choose something new to have a go at. This time he chose ice cream!Read More
Many years ago my family owned and ran a little coffee shop. It was situated in a leafy suburb of Melbourne amongst a variety of other shops that, together, created a friendly little village; it was a nice break from today’s massive shopping centres/malls. The focus of the menu was homemade food such as bread baked onsite, generously-sized scones served with King Island double cream, and of course good coffee. My mum made some delicious cakes including a flourless chocolate and Lumberjack, but I think my favourite was the Country Apple Cake.Read More