Dairy Free Entertaining

Planning a Dairy Free party requires more attention to detail and sometimes, its just so much easier to order delicious food from somewhere. My little one is currently 18 months and its impossible to spare too long in the kitchen without her wrecking havoc to all the cupboards and their belongings.

I had a good browse on  Waitrose Entertaining as it came highly recommended and ps. I was spoilt for choice. Easy to browse as there’s a dietary and lifestyle tab on the side. ‘No milk’ for us, just for the little one. I loved it as its not entirely catered so to say, as you still need to roast the beautifully presented food in the oven. Easier to claim that I have made it 😉 Haha.

So, a little plan for a party of 8. Ps. some notice is require. Its about 6 days, dependent on the dish you want to order.

On the menu :

Carvery Leg of Lamb Studded with Garlic & Rosemary. Never disappoints and oh so easy to cook too, just pop it in the oven. Delicious flavour.

Beautiful Salmon side with Orange, Mustard and Dill.

Vegetarian Sushi Platter – very kid friendly for us

Fruity Moroccan Coucous Salad

and Homemade Dairy Free ‘Monkey’ Ice Cream.

Oh yes, if you are not looking for dairy free options, their baked goodies and children party food looks incredible! Super duper cute. Look!

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For dessert, some ice cream with this recipe. Such a hit with bubba and perfect for warmer weather 🙂 We made them into some fun animal shapes with moulds from Baked By Me.

4 ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1tsp vanilla extract
100 ml coconut milk

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Whisk all the ingredients in a blender. Nothing complicated about this recipe. The most challenging bit was waiting for it to freeze so that we can enjoy some in the sun.

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Practice run was a success, she loved it! *Happy Dance* Am definitely going to use this recipe again but will most likely reduce the amount of honey as its already sweet with the ripe bananas.

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Face brimming with joy. At that point in time, I was so proud of my ‘ice cream making’ skills.

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It must be true, happy baby … happy mummy!

*Recipe for dairy free banana ice cream from the Waitrose site*

Living arrows 17/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

by Kahlil Gibran

One of our highlights from the week would be having some friends over from Nottingham. It was great catching up over food and they were definitely entertained by the chatty toddler. Whenever I get to decide on a place, its always the same old dessert parlour we frequent. Its so good. A little person was ecstatic too as she was treated to her own scoop of sorbet. I did exercise some form of ‘sugar control’ and she had less than half, phew.

Squinty face filled with lots of excitement and joy. I cannot help but chuckle when I ‘revisit’ the picture.

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Just look at my waffles! Moreish, drizzled with generous helpings of white chocolate , raspberries and cream .. and a scoop of white choc and raspberry ice cream. Oh yes, its Heavenly Desserts on London Road, Leicester.

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and a mandatory mummy-daughter picture.

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Living Arrows

Baby Friendly Pan Fried Salmon

Food post! A simple tea of salmon, steamed potatoes & vegetables. We do baby led weaning most of the time in our home, so little one enjoys what we have without any salt. This was very quick, I think I was in the kitchen for 15 minutes, majority of which was spend guarding the ‘pan fried salmon’ and prepping the vegetables to go in the steamer. We invested in a little steamer when the baby was ready for some food at 6 months, we didn’t bother with a blender or anything like that. Its proving to be a really good buy since I still use it pretty often.

The big people had salmon with some sweet chili sauce (cooked with some onions, garlic, ginger) and bubba enjoyed hers plain.

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Easy peasy salmon dinner 😀

Baby’s Deconstructed Chicken Noodle Soup and the Double Spoon Technique

What on earth is the Double Spoon Technique? I think I just made that up.

Phew, little one is back to enjoying food after a little food strike when she was not feeling fabulous after her first year vaccinations.

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Deconstructed Chicken Noodle Soup

This is one of her favourite meals and it is so easy to make. Win win! Let’s call it deconstructed Chicken Noodle Soup. Boil a piece of chicken for an hour, add spaghetti and brocolli before serving. Voila! Served on the very handy OXO Tot Plate.

Compartment plates are the best. A plate is a plate but I love the curved rims of this one. Less mess, I promise.

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Here you go, bubba. Wow, there is soup! “Come on baby, don’t tip it over”

I must have a feel.

Baby Led Weaning Ideas

Here we go, the ‘double spoon’ technique. While she feeds herself, I feed her too with another spoon. Haha! Lots of supervised baby led weaning for now.

Discovering cutlery

 

 

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She feeds herself relatively well, thankfully. Her attempts with cutlery is adorable but not always successful.

Loves her green vegetables for now (long may it last).

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Check me out mum 🙂

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Finishing her little meal with half a nectarine. Mmmm!

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On a side note, I feel like purchasing the OXO Tot 4-Piece Feeding Set as its on offer currently. Oh, temptations 😛

 

Chicken & Chinese Mushroom for Baby and Me

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1 onion
An inch of ginger
4 cloves of garlic

5 pieces of skinless chicken, diced (any meat really)
6 Chinese mushrooms soaked in warm water for 30 minutes and then sliced ( available in Asian supermarkets )
1 potato
Half a broccoli

Salt & black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons soya sauce

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Sautéed onion, ginger and garlic till  your kitchen smells heavenly. Add in chicken and potatoes as they take longer to cook.

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Throw in everything else! I added freshly ground black pepper at this point and lots of water because little one was trying to climb somewhere. These one pot recipes are the best as I can tend to her when this is on the cooker.

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Voila! Look at her eyeing my meal instead of hers, at least she didn’t chuck my plate onto the floor. 😂

Baby led weaning : success. She has never had Chinese mushrooms ever so she was rather intrigued and gave that a few nibbles to start. She ate most of the chicken.

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Hope you enjoyed reading our first post of the new year.

Ps. do try the recipe out! xxx

Dairy and egg free passionfruit cake recipe

image For those following our little journey on Instagram, you may know that bubba had terrible eczema when she was about 6 weeks old and we found that she was sensitive to dairy, eggs and nuts with the help of some blood tests. We managed it relatively well with daily showers, lots of Aveeno, diet exemptions as well as steroid creams (unfortunately!). Her sensitivities were recently confirmed with a skin prick test.

We are extra careful with the little one as we had one episode where her eyes swelled upon contact with presumably dairy 2 months ago.

What is life without a bit of cake though? Its easier said than done as it is VERY challenging to find a dairy free, egg free, nut free cake that one can trust. No worries, make your own 🙂

Homemade passion fruit cake : 

1 and 3/4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vinegar

2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup oil

1 cup cold water

4 passion fruit

 

You cannot omit the vinegar, everything else can be tweaked around 😉 I just used a spatula to combine the ingredients. Baked it in a loaf tin at 350F / 176°C till.. toothpick comes out clean. My apologies, I did not keep an eye on the clock as I was running in and out of the kitchen.

Frosting was a passion fruit, some icing sugar and dairy free butter. No measurements, whoops.

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Mmmm, hello cake! 

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