Gluten and Dairy Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Cakes

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Today is my birthday so I thought would post a cake recipe.  This isn’t actually my birthday cakes though – I have a night off.  We are having an Edinburgh favourite of La Favourita pizzas (they do an azmaing gluten free pizza with vegan cheese) and a Sainsbury’s free from chocolate cake.

I am making a birthday cake for my niece and I to share on Saturday – going to make a bigger version of these little cakes.  I love making chocolate cigarillos, very relaxing.  I’m off to have my pizza, have a good evening.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Cakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Blueberry and Pineapple Smoothie

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It is a busy week this week – it is my neice’s first birthday and also my birthday, she was my favourite birthday present last year!  This year I’m planning on making her a special cake, if it works out how I imagine it in my head I’ll share it on the website.  She was also kind enough to say she wanted a gluten and dairy free cake so I could share it with her – she is a generous baby that way!

Today’s recipe is possibly my favourite coloured smoothie I’ve ever made.  That shade of purple is my favourite colour, in fact as I sit on the train typing this I’m wearing shoes almost that exact colour.  Luckily it also tastes amazing as well – it is not just a pretty colour.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Blueberry and Pineapple Smoothie

Gluten and Dairy Free Fakeaways

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Want a weekend treat but can’t find anything at the local takeaway that is gluten and dairy free? Try making it at home with my fakeaway recipes that are all gluten and dairy free.

Enjoy!

Fx


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Gluten and Dairy Free Mini Pistachio Cakes

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I made these little cakes to take into work for my team.  I’m a chartered accountant and work in a large company managing a team called Decision Support Consultancy.   I like baking for the team but it can sometimes be a challenge to get home in time to bake, cool and decorate a cake and still have nice natural light to take a photograph for the website.

I juggle work and the website by just taking photos of the food I make as part of my everyday life.  I don’t go out of my way to make things just for the site – if that makes sense.

These little cakes are rally easy to make and look quite pretty (I think).  Pistachios have a really lovely smell when you chop them up – nutty with a hint of gentle spice.  A quick google showed me that there is actually a man’s fragrance based on pistachio ice cream – I love the internet.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Mini Pistachio Cakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Smoked Chicken Sausage Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

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I grew up in Stenhousemuir which is a small village near Stirling and inbetween Glasgow and Edinburgh.  When we went to university, my school buddies and I all went in different directions.  I went to university in Dundee to study accountancy (its what all the cool kids picked 😉) and my closest friends went to Glasgow and Cambridge.  We often met up in the holidays and seemed to go to TGI Friday’s a lot (this was prior to my coeliac diagnosis).  I always had the same dish –  a smokey chicken pasta with a garlic cream sauce.

I’m not sure what made me think of that dish but I had some smoked chicken sausages (from Marks & Spencer’s) leftover from a family BBQ and was looking to use them up for dinner.  I remembered that pasta and I’ve had a go at recreating it as best I could.

Whether it tastes like that dish, I’m not exactly sure because it has been a long time since I was a student, but I can say it is delicious.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Smoked Chicken Sausage Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce

Gluten and Dairy Free Neapolitan Milkshake

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I’ve named this milkshake after the famous Neapolitan ice cream that gets its name from Naples where it originated.  My friend Ed and I visited Naples last year at the end of a 2 week trip across Italy – it was a funny couple of days. We had already been to Milan, Florence, Rome and Capri – we finished our trip in Naples.

While we loved Pompeii and all the cool things to do in and around Naples we always seemed to be in a proper pickle.

We had to pay some kind of gang £30 to look after our car, we had an attempted mugging for my camera and then the car tyre blew in a less than desirable neighbourhood on the way to the airport.  The final insult was Ed’s holiday gifts for his family being stolen!  It was a great trip though and Naples did leave us with plenty of great stories.

This milkshake has a banana layer, then chocolate and finally strawberry.  It takes a little bit of patience to put together and get the layers right but I think it is worth the effort.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Neapolitan Milkshake

Gluten and Dairy Free Summer Prawn Pasta

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This week has just been really chaotic with a lot of stuff going on.  I’m looking forward to hitting the reset button and starting again next week.  I do have next week’s recipes planned and ready to go so I can promise there are a few exciting things coming up.

I’m a big fan of Italian cooking and love the variety of things you can do with plain simple pasta.  For me, courgette spaghetti doesn’t hit the mark as good as the original  (well gluten free) stuff.  This dish has the best of both worlds, the spiralised courgette and the pasta.  I’ve also added in tomatoes, prawns and a light lemon garlic sauce for the perfect simple summer pasta dish.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Summer Prawn Pasta

Gluten and Dairy Free Cardamom Raisin Flapjacks

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Sometimes all you can do is laugh at the irony of a situation.  I’ve got to start taking medication because my already low blood pressure has got lower  – I’m talking lets check if the blood pressure monitor is broken low.

I had to laugh as my lifestyle points more towards high blood pressure – work is pretty busy just now and I do tend to work long hours, I eat a lot as you can see from the website, I love my coffee and I’m not someone who ever really sits down and relaxes.

Anyway, now I have to take these tablets and monitor my blood pressure every three hours.  Although I’ll grumble about it for a few days I’m grateful for the treatment and help that keeps me in control of my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

On to more exciting things – cardamom and raisin flapjacks!  I enjoy making flapjacks as a breakfast treat with some dairy free yoghurt and fruit.  The cardamom gives the flapjacks a really warm, interesting flavour – if you don’t have any then you can replace with cinnamon or ginger.

Enjoy!

Fx

Gluten and Dairy Free Cardamom Raisin Flapjacks