Free From Filming Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake for Waitrose


When I was thinking about which recipes I wanted to feature for the Waitrose TV films, chocolate cake was the first thing that sprang to mind. Yep, I love chocolate and it’s my idea of heaven on a plate. But also a chocolate cake is a wonderful addition to a whole load of different occasions,…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake


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 Raspberry Tarts


Soft and creamy on the inside with a light pastry casing. You can use any soft fruit for this recipe instead of raspberries if you like. Try apricots, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines or even cherries. And if you can’t get hold of xanthum gum, don’t worry – the pastry will still work, although it is…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Chocolate & Hazelnut Brownies


Rich, dark chocolate with crunchy hazelnuts. You won’t be able to tell these don’t contain gluten or dairy! It’s easy to find dairy-free chocolate – simply look for dark chocolate with a very high percentage of cocoa solids and often these don’t use any dairy products. But do check the ingredients on the packet carefully, as…

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Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Pomegranate & Pistachio Cake


Yesterday, I woke up at 4am, pushed the curtains to one side, and took a quick look outside. It was one of those magical mornings, with whisps of morning mist, and all the signs that it was going to be a sunny day. I went back to sleep, thinking ‘I’ll make a picnic for lunch’. […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Seedy Bread


Recently my publishers took some new photographs for the cover of the paperback version of Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free. One of the recipes we tried was a bread recipe. I took the White Bread recipe that’s in the book and, in order to make it more visually punchy, added seeds to the recipe. This also […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Easter Loaf in a Breadmaker


Recently Panasonic asked me if I would like to try their breadmaker for their Ideas Kitchen. I’ve never used a breadmaker before, so I was really excited – especially when the delivery guy turned up with a beautiful, shiny machine the following day. In truth, it’s very, very simple, and it saves you having to […]

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Birthday Dragon Cake


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)


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 Hummus – from Bethany Kehdy


This weekend I visited Bethany Kehdy, a food writer and blogger ( who also leads culinary tours across Lebanon and organises Food Blogger Connect, a conference and forum for food bloggers. Peter, Zoë and I had some wonderful meals and ate some beautiful ingredients that Bethany has brought back from her father’s farm in Lebanon, […]