Baking with the Toddler – Dairy Free Shortbread

I always had this idyllic idea of baking with my child, where it will be so pretty and fun, like something from those adverts you see on telly.

I have been procrastinating for quite a few months as I knew that this would smash that lovely picture that I have painted in my head. I finally DID IT. Baking with my little one for the very first time at 21 months! A really good and fun age to start as she now understands the concept of cooking. At least, I think she does as she watches me in the kitchen and pretends to cook her own food when she is actually eating. Haha.

I set up all the ingredients in advance and before I could even explain or show her which one to mix, she started pouring the wrong ingredient to the huge mixing bowl much to my dismay. She was doing her own thing whilst I tried guiding her to ‘follow the recipe’. “At least she’s loving it”.. I kept repeating this in my head.

Good thing I hid the raspberries till the end as she conveniently forgot that she was still baking and started enjoying them. After munching on quite a few raspberries, she started cooperating again and she was a jolly good helper.

I am so glad that I waited till she was this age so that it wont be too much of a ‘fail’. Good fun, more mess than usual, double the time BUT yes, to more baking days ahead especially since its autumn ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy our pictures, its chronological … includes the time where she toddled away and enjoyed some baking ingredients i.e the raspberries. Ingredients will be further down the post ๐Ÿ™‚

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Looking back at the pictures, her face was a picture of concentration and she carried out her little tasks with focus. Awww bless nothing cuter than little kids attempting to bake. First time trying this dairy free recipe and thankfully it worked! Super easy and she loved pressing the dough into the elephant mould. She kept wanting to turn the mould upside down to look at their faces though.

Ingredients:

290g baking margarine, we used Stork (not the spreadable kind), room temp. diced

120g sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

270g plain flour

110g rice flour

100g raspberries (optional)

pinch of sea salt

Mix the ‘butter’, sugar and vanilla together until pale and fluffy. (Well my toddler wanted to do flour first) Add the flours to the creamed mixture. Fold together. We included some raspberries for fun. Place dough in moulds or prepared tin. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes, preheat oven to 170ยฐC. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and score and do leave for it to completely cool before removing from mould or cutting the slices.

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We had one happy tot! Definitely makes it all worthwhile when you see her tucking into her little cookie. The elephants were a hit as she was so excited to eat the ears and then the eyes.

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For some other dairy free makes, check out my df banana ice cream and passion fruit cake. Hope you have a happy Sunday with your loved ones.

Ps. theres a huge range of animal moulds on Baked By Me. Great fun when baking with the kiddos.

The Adventures Of An Allergy Mummy

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 onย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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*

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

In the mood for some Easter bakes

Happy first day of spring! It has been too long since I have particularly enjoyed whipping up sweeties in the kitchen. With help from ‘Teletubbies’ and leaving bubba to her own device, I managed to make not one but 2 lush goodies. I have been browsing the glorious Easter section on the Waitrose website for a few days now.

Their themed Easter baking section was definitely inspiring as it made me penned recipes I wanted to attempt on a scrap piece of paper. Of the late, I just go oh that’s nice and just admire them through the screen.

After much deliberation, I decided to make my own ‘Crunchie’ bar for the first time. The recipe worked fabulously and I was mighty pleased with the end result. Managed to take photographs along the way to share with you too.

Who knew the ingredients to make honeycomb is so basic! Extra plus point to a recipe if they are already present in the food cupboard. The recipe is on HERE.

Honeycomb ingredients

100g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
200g dark chocolate (I used 100g)

Melt the sugar and golden syrup under a medium heat. Low to be safe ๐Ÿ˜‰

Golden syrup

Mixed it to a paste till it reaches 140C, I was lucky I found my sugar thermometer lying around somewhere.

Sugar and golden syrup paste

This part was very cool, the mixture just froths really quickly when you beat in the soda bicarbonate!

The making of honeycomb

Quick quick, pour it into your lined pan. Look at that colour!

Leftover honeycomb

Homemade Honeycomb

I was super chuffed that it worked! It set really quickly and I could carry this large piece around everywhere ๐Ÿ˜€

Shiny homemade honeycomb

Smash the honeycomb into shards, I used a wooden spoon. Initially, I wanted to ‘Google’ how do you smash honeycomb into shards. Haha.

Broken honeycomb

 

Easy Homemade Honeycomb Shards

Drizzled warm dark chocolate all over the lush honeycomb.

Honeycomb Shards

Voila! It was the perfect piece of mess. Chocolate drizzled honeycomb, thanks to recipe by Waitrose.

Chocolate Dipped Honeycomb

On to the next bake! Mutated Blueberry Bunny Scones. Recipe from HERE. Its another easy recipe although I did struggle when it came to folding the dough into an adorable bunny shape. Mine looks like they have been through tough times.

There’s a video attached to the recipe which was wonderful but I totally forgot how they folded the ears and it was too late when both my hands were covered in scone dough.

Blueberry filling

Lush blueberry filling with lemon juice and sugar.

Blueberry filling made with lemon juice and sugar

Scone dough all rolled out.

Scone dough

Rolled out scone with blueberry filling

Check out my bunnies before they were popped in the oven. They are slightly wonky but oh well, at least they still resemble rabbits.

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Bunny Scones Before Baking

Easter Rabbit Scones

Blueberry Scones

Oven time! All done now after baking them for 10 minutes.

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Bunny scones with blueberry eyes!

Homemade Bunny Scones

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Blueberry Bunny Scone

My loyal fan ๐Ÿ˜‰ She definitely ate it like I would..ย  the nose and eyes first!

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Hope you enjoyed my Chocolate Drizzled Honeycomb and Blueberry Bunny Scones, do share when you try them out.

Ps. you can Shop Easter with 15% off orders over ยฃ40 with code KX15. Ps, you can even order lush party food from Waitrose Entertaining if you are not in the mood to host ‘homemade’ or grab indulgent chocolate eggs for the adults. I LOVE luxury chocolate eggs with a passion, once a year after all.

Aaaah, I should definitely do this more often. I forgot how much I enjoyed baking and trying new recipes!

xxx

 

Lamb chops in ‘cheat’ pepper sauce

Cooking. Sometimes enjoyable and most of the time, a rushed affair to feed the family ‘homecooked’ goodness.

This is slightly inspired, so I thought I would share the making of lamb chops with one of those ready made pepper sauces from a pack.

Pan fry lamb chops. Just salt and pepper on them. Nowadays, I tend to omit salt from our foods as bubba enjoys adult food too.

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Nearly there..

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All done! Set aside.

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4 cloves of garlic and lots of mushrooms.

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Found Colman’s pepper sauce in the cupboard, I am far from loyal to any brand. It is usually those on offer that goes in the shopping cart. Haha.

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Sautรฉed garlic, then mushrooms.

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I mixed the sachet with water instead of milk beforehand and chucked it in to the pan. Cook till it slightly thickens.

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Voila! I have made quite a few sides with lots of help from the oven.

Easy peasy meal and one happy husband.

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Have fun cooking ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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Sautรฉed 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade passion fruit cake :ย 

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just used a spatula to combine the ingredients. Baked it in a loaf tin at 350F / 176ยฐC 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!ย 

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