Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cherry Pie

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There’s nothing quite like a home-made cherry pie. I use more liquid in my gluten-free pastry than the traditional kind because I find that it needs to contain more moisture. This stop it catching/burning when you cook it, and gives it a better texture, but it can make it sticky and hard to handle. But…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Crème Caramel

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When I was young, I loved Crème Caramel. I adored the taste and texture of the slightly burnt caramel against the soft, vanilla custard. Sometimes when we went to visit my granny, we’d go out for lunch. She had a favourite restaurant that we invariably went to – and they often had this on the…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Heaven in a succession of rich, dark, more-ish mouthfuls. The secret is all in the eggs and the chocolate. Buy delicious, organic eggs and wonderful dairy-free dark chocolate with a high cocoa content. And this works just as well as a cake for mid-morning or tea-time – just ignore the topping part of the recipe. *…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Paella

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If you’ve been watching What’s Cooking on Channel 4, you may have seen Jo Pratt cooking up a storm during the first week. I first met Jo a few years’ ago, when she was planning her first (gorgeous-looking and hugely successful) book In the Mood for Food. She wrote another after that, went off and […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Birthday Dragon Cake

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I’ve never made a show-off decorated cake before… Or, indeed, anything with show-stopper decorating before. But, with Zoë’ in my world now, many things are changing… Up until now, I’ve done fairly simple cakes for her birthday parties. But her best friend, Ivy, had had a Peppa Pig cake for her 3rd birthday and then […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Torta di Riso (Italian Rice Cake)

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Rice dishes are very common in Italy, especially in the northern areas, because rice was so plentiful (rice has been grown in Italy since the 15th century). Traditionally Torta di Riso was served as a celebration cake – for weddings, baptisms, Christmas and Easter. A particular favourite in Tuscany, apparently, it’s a flourless cake that […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Chargrilled Pepper & Tomato Pizza

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I made pizza for Zoë’s 4th birthday party this year. We had 16 little ones running around our home and garden and Zoë had a great time. (The mess at the end, though, was jaw-droppingly terrible!) Most kids love pizza – and it’s one of Zoë’s absolute favourites. Of course it’s delicious but it also makes a […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Aubergine, Avocado & Tomato Stacks

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Full of the flavours of the Mediterranean, this recipe transports you to sun-drenched Italy! As someone who has been intolerant to gluten and dairy for many, many years, I’ve generally stayed away from Italian food, thinking that it’s mainly based around pasta, pizza and a lot of cheese. But when we went to Tuscany recently, […]

Leemei Tan’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Malaysian Coconut & Lemongrass–Scented Rice with Squid Sambal

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It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, making the same spice paste over and over again. So I tried a new one to make this recipe – from Leemei Tan‘s Lemongrass & Ginger. I have an all-time favourite Thai green curry that I make that is hard to drag myself away from. But it…

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Jubilee Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Chocolate & Pecan Nut Brownies

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This weekend we went to a street party on my sister’s street. Zoë ran around with all the kids, bouncing on the bouncy castle, eating goodies and zooming into different houses, playing, playing and playing; Peter helped my brother-in-law and sister to cook the BBQ (well, he is Australian after all) and I chatted, ate […]