spinach shrek cake

dairy free with gluten free options 🙂

shrek cake   It has been one helluva week. Hubby ended up in hospital (and is still there now, 3 days on), nothing too serious, but something that needed to be monitored. Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will be out tomorrow. We are so close to the end of the school term, Friday next week is the last day, and I find myself struggling to keep everything together. I even said to Miss E the other day “you only need to read 4 pages of your reader because it’s nearly the end of term”. Complete lie. Thankfully my kids are pretty good readers, so I don’t tend to stress too much about that anyway, but still, my standards are slipping in more ways than one. Continue reading

gluten free honey banana muffins and make your own paper cases

gf banana muffin cooked

It’s Sunday night, I look in the cupboard, I look in the fridge. Bleh. School lunch time again. I bought some bananas yesterday, that ended up under some heavy stuff – so now I have squashed bananas in my fruit bowl. Kids are turning up their noses at them, so I think the obvious. Banana muffins. I set to work pulling out ingredients then realized that I didn’t have any paper cases to put the batter in. No big deal, I could have greased and floured the tray, but that seemed like too much effort, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you how to make your own when you too, have run out.
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Pumpkin chocolate cake Dairy free, Egg free

If you are reading this post, we have reached 500 likes on the kids, recipes and organised chaos facebook page . Either that, or I’ve gotten impatient and want to share this recipe with you all anyway! Thanks to all those who shared the page 🙂

Earlier this week, I was reading on a facebook health page about someone having excess cooked pumpkin, and what should they do with it? A reply came, pumpkin chocolate cake. No recipe was given, so I searched the internet for a recipe, but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I found lots of pumpkin bread recipes, lots of pumpkin shaped chocolate cakes, lots of chocolate cakes with pumpkin ganache between the layers, but no pumpkin chocolate cakes. I was getting impatient. I had pumpkin, and I wanted desperately to use it in a cake!

So, I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!

choc pumpkin cakeThis is  a lovely fluffy cake, and would be great at parties when you have kids with intolerances or allergies.

 
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
2 tbs white vinegar
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heaped raw cacao or cocoa
between 3/4 – 1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup heaped sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil (could use butter if dairy is ok, or other veg oil of choice)
1, 1/4 cup hot water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth (or mix by hand)
Bake in moderate oven, 180’C for around 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
I would assume this recipe could be used to as a basic vegetable chocolate cake recipe, where you could sub in most cooked veg instead of pumpkin, like beetroot or carrot. Hmmm, maybe even a mix?
I imagine it would be nice with a cream cheese icing too – but I imagine most things would taste good with cream cheese icing! Also, choc chips in the cake would be nice, or even some nuts or seeds. My kids devoured this happily, and I hope yours do too!

school lunch ideas easy swirl biscuit recipe

A few weeks ago I harped on about how easy cookies are to make and promised to share some cookie recipes, and of course, never delivered any recipes. So this week, I want to share with you a couple of super easy cookie recipes. Today is a wheat, sugar, dairy, egg cookie. Tomorrow I will share a gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free cookie recipe. So make sure you tune in to check it out! Continue reading

Hearty vegetable soup

We are nearing the end of winter here in Australia, but it is still so cold and windy, especially in Melbourne! I really needed some comfort food. Something I could dip my crusty bread into. Something that had taste and texture. What else could I do but a hearty vegetable soup. Don’t let this humble soup fool you. It may not be a simple ‘throw all your veggies into a pot with water’ soup. But it’s not difficult. Trust me. Follow the steps and this will become a family favourite for you too! My photos, as always, don’t do it justice. Even hubby ate it happily – and for those of you who know him, that’s a big deal. This is a chunky, hearty soup. I imagine it would be lovely with a ham hock stock/meat in it too, but I wanted something vegetarian, so obviously didn’t use it. Also, for the kids, I pureed it, that way no one was picking anything out of the soup or complaining. They all ate it happily, so that’s a bonus too!

veg soup

 
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Gluten free polenta ‘burger’ recipe

polenta burgers

Tonight’s dinner didn’t start with a recipe. It started with a thought. I knew what flavours I wanted to eat, but I didn’t really know what it was exactly. This is how a lot of my meals start. I’m an emotional eater and also an emotional cook. Have any of you seen Like Water for Chocolate? I love the idea that emotion and love that goes into a meal is felt by the eater. Food is such a sensory journey, and it makes me really sad when I see people eating bad processed food. It makes me even more sad to see kids eating it. Good food is ridiculously simple, and many of our family favourites I would never blog about, because it is literally make a salad and barbeque some meat. Serve. Just as easy as take the packet out of the freezer and cook for 20 mins on one side. Turn piece of factory food over and cook for a further 20 mins. Serve hot, because who knows what will happen once it goes cold!

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