Showing posts from February, 2013

RECIPE Carrot Fake Cake

Cake [keik]
1. (Cookery) a baked food, usually in loaf or layer form, typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and eggs

I love baking. Much more now than ever before. Baking using none of the ‘proper’ ingredients feels like alchemy.

And I’m saving a fortune on eggs!

This recipe is adapted from this one on the BBC Food website. The original recipe actually works very well when you do a straight swap with free from alternatives.

However, I have tweaked it to suit my personal tastes and because I felt the original recipe was a bit oily.

This cake is so soft and bouncy and moist. You would never guess that it’s a great big fake cake.

Gluten, dairy and egg free carrot cake, also suitable for vegans!


175g light muscovado sugar
175ml marge
3 egg substitute (I use Orgran No Egg with great results)
300g grated carrots (about 4 medium)
175g rice flour
1 tsp xantham gum
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
Handful of chopped walnu…

REVIEW Coral Quay, Bath

Mexican Street Food Salad with chicken, avocado, nuts and pink grapefruit.with a mango and chilli dressing
Courgette and pistachio cake
Looking for lunch in Bath last weekend was very much like that scene in Forest Gump where Forest gets on a bus and, as he walks down it looking for a seat, each boy says “this seat’s taken”.
It’s not just that it was busy, it was the way we were made to feel like an inconvenience. In one cafe we were informed very abruptly that there were no tables. And all I was doing was having a quick look at the cakes!
So, Bath is beautiful and I could wander around it for hours. But like the most popular girl in school, Bath knows it.
Just as I was starting to convince myself that I should never leave Bristol, we discovered Coral Quay.
It has a fairtrade shop on the ground floor selling beautiful silver jewellery, Mexican textiles, African carvings, handmade trinket boxes and loads of other stuff my inner hippy can't get enough of.
Then I noticed a hand writ…

RECIPE Choccy Mock Cheesecake

Just when I’d started to get the grasp of gluten free baking, I discovered that I am intolerant to eggs and lactose.

At first, I didn’t panic. ‘I don’t eat that much cake anyway’ I told myself.

But afterwards I realised; no cream cheese, no mascarpone, no double cream and no milk chocolate!

The lactose free alternatives don’t behave in the same way. (And the Lacto Free stuff doesn’t seem to agree with me.)

So I had to get really crafty.

Luckily a quick internet search revealed an untapped source of free-from recipes. The world of veganism. With further tweaking (substituting wheat flour with gluten free flour) you can turn a vegan recipe into a lactose, egg and gluten free recipe.

This recipe uses my new favourite trick of using cashews in the place of cream cheese/whipped cream:

Ingredients for the base

200g free from biscuits (Trufree Digestives are free from gluten, dairy and egg)
25g cocoa powder
70g marg (I use Vitalite)

Ingredients for the 'cheese' part

400g unsalted cash…

RECIPE - Easy Peasy Vegan Pancakes

Here it is, the ultimate low FODMAP pancake recipe. It is also the ultimate gluten free pancake recipe and the ultimate egg free pancake recipe. Oh, and the ultimate dairy free pancake recipe. And for good measure, it's a UK vegan gluten free pancake recipe so no alien ingredients or measurements. It's just a really easy free from pancake recipe for Shrove Tuesday, a Saturday morning or even for dinner (try them with bacon or sausage!)
Ingredients to make around x 12 pancakes

150g plain gluten free flour
1 x box of Alpro single cream (I have tried the fresh and long life and both work)
1 egg (Orgran No Egg)
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 banana, mashed

Optional extras - peanut butter, dried or fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate chips


Whisk together all of the ingredients. Ladle the mixture into a lightly oiled non stock frying pan and fry on a moderately high heat until bubbles appear on the surface. (Add a touch of milk or milk alternative if the batter is too thic…

RECIPE Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free Trifle

This recipe is so simple and I am a little annoyed with myself that I haven't done it before! 10 years without trifle is too long!!!

How often do you see a gluten free trifle recipe? Or a dairy free recipe for that matter?

Trifle is also very cheap to make but looks pretty fancy served in individual glasses as I have done (pictured.)

Makes 5-6 mini trifles or one big trifle


1 packet jelly (you can make this a vegan dessert if you use vegan jelly at this point.)
1 or 2 packs of Alpro Vanilla Soya Desserts (4 in a pack. You need around 2/3 of a pot for 1 serving.)
Batch of fairy cakes - I use the recipe for Victoria Sponge from the back of the Dove's Farm Plain Flour packet, and divide into cake cases.
Fruit - I used blackberries
Dark chocolate 70% cocoa - I buy mine from Aldi. Gluten free and so good!


Make cupcakes using a basic sponge recipe, using gluten free flour, dairy free milk and Orgran No Egg.
Once cooled, slice the cakes in half horizontally.
Make t…

Honest Burgers and an Awful Lot of Beers

Yesterday I headed to London on a very special mission - to test out all of this year's gluten free beer and lager entries for this year's Free From Food Awards.

Free From Food Awards.

I've been to the last few awards events and somehow always end up near the beer table. I think it's because it is where you find the most talkative people! The quality of entries is always amazing and it's always so hard to pick a favourite.

So here I was, at awards HQ, faced with 14 beers to sample and judge! There were some stand out beers for me, ones that I felt should be winners. I won't say any more than that now! I will reveal more after the awards themselves!

I wanted to get to London early enough to get a good lunch and soak up all the beer. I had intended to go to Wag Free Cafe in Brixton Village. They were closed for refurbishment last time I went there so I tweeted them to check if they were open. Unfortunately they were closed yesterday too!

Wag Free.

Luckily Honest B…