Pavlova

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If you’re looking for a scrumptious dessert that is dairy and gluten free, then Pavlova is what you’re looking for. This recipe produces a pavlova that is crispy and crunchy on the outside and resembles marshmallow fluff on the inside. Pair it with any seasonal fresh fruit that you like.

INGREDIENTS
8 Egg Whites (1 cup)
Pinch of Salt
2 Cups White Sugar
1 Tsp White Vinegar
1 Level Tbsp Cornstarch
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract (or 1/2 Vanilla Pod, scraping out the beans)

Filling
Non Dairy Whipped Topping (Orly Whip, in South Africa or Rich’s Whip, in the states). If you can tolerate dairy, you can use regular whipping cream.
Sliced Fresh Fruit

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F
2. Using a Kitchenaid or electric hand beaters, beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until frothy.
3. Gradually add the sugar while continuously beating.IMG_9536
4. Add the vanilla and beat until stiff.
5. Add the vinegar and beat again for a few minutes.
6. Quickly beat in the sifted cornstarch.IMG_9537
7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pile mixture into the center, spread it into a circle and raise the side to support the filling.IMG_9540
8. Lower the oven temperature to 125°C/250°F and place pavlova into the oven.
9. Bake for 40 minutes, turn the oven off and leave for an additional 40 minutes or until firm and crispy on the outside.IMG_9546
10. Allow to cool completely, preferably overnight, and fill with whipped topping.IMG_9585
11.Top with sliced fresh fruit.2017-10-25-PHOTO-00003044

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Date and Pecan Passover Cookies

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1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Roughly Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1 Egg White

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the chopped dates, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.
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3. Mix well until all combined.
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4. Add the egg white and mix well.
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5. Place tablespoon sized scoops on a baking sheet spread an inch apart.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

Mayonnaise and Aioli

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 INGREDIENTS
1 Large Egg
1 ½ Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tsp White Vinegar
¼ Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil (for Mayo) or Olive Oil (for Aioli)
1 Minced Clove of Garlic (for Aioli)

METHOD

  1. Combine yolk, lemon juice, vinegar , mustard and salt (if making aioli, add the minced garlic as well)
  2. Whisk until blended and turns bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add oil (vegetable oil for mayonnaise and olive oil for aioli), a few drops at a time using ¼ cup measure while whisking, about 4 mins.
  4. When this is well incorporated, add the additional ½ cup oil in a steady stream while whisking until thick, about 8 mins.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge.
  6. Can be made 2 days ahead.

Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl

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Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl – http://www.oceansbetweenkitchens.com

INGREDIENTS 
Serves 4

20 Large Shrimp (Shell and Tail removed)
3-4 cups Cooked Rice
2 Shredded Carrots
1/4 Sliced English Cucumber
4 Tbsp Pickled Ginger
1 Sliced Avocado
Handful Beansprouts
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Sesame Seeds

SAUCE
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Gluten Free Tamari
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl to serve.

METHOD
1. Place a serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, add shrimp, carrots, cucumber, ginger, avocado and beansprouts.
2. Sprinkle with green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
3. Drizzle sauce over rice bowl.

Authentic Phad Thai

INGREDIENTS 
(Serves 4)

14oz (350grams) Flat Rice Noodles
3 Tbsp Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu (cut into small pieces)
16 Raw Shrimp Tail on
1/2 Can Bean Sprouts (1 Cup Fresh Bean Sprouts)
4 Sprigs Green Onion (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 Lime
4 Tsp Fish Sauce
4 Tbsp Chopped Peanuts
4 Tsp Palm Sugar (Can Substitute Brown Sugar)
2 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 Eggs
Optional: Thai Chili Peppers

METHOD

1. Place noodles in a bowl and cover with room temperature water. Soak for 10 mins (should be tender but not soft enough to eat)
2. Add oil to wok and add chopped garlic, tofu, shrimp, sprouts and green onion. Stir until shrimp is pink and cooked.
3. Add lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste and noodles. If desired, you can add chopped thai chili peppers for added heat.
4. Stir continuously to combine, cook for 3-4 mins (until noodles are soft).
5. Push noodles to the side and add eggs, gently scramble until cooked.
6. Combine with noodles and serve.
7. Garnish with fresh lime, peanuts and sprouts.

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Moist Chocolate Cake With Ganache Frosting – Dairy Free And/Or Gluten Free

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INGREDIENTS

Cake

2 ¼ Cup Flour (Use all purpose Gluten Free Flour to make Gluten Free)
4 Tsp Baking Powder
¾ Cup Cocoa
1 ½ Cups Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Cup Oil
2 Tsp White Vinegar
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
2 Cups of Water

Ganache

2 Tbsp Vegan Butter/Margarine (Earth Balance)
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Egg White (unbeaten)

METHOD (Cake)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt.
  3. Make one large well and 2 small wells. Place oil in large well and vinegar and vanilla in smaller wells.
  4. Beat with electric beaters until combined
  5. Add eggs and water and beat until well combined.
  6. Place in a greased rectangle Pyrex or baking pan [about 13”(33cm) x 9”(23cm)].
  7. Bake for 40 mins or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cake cool completely.

Ganache

  1. Melt Vegan Butter and cocoa powder over low heat. Stir until well blended.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together powdered sugar and egg white.
  3. Add the above mixture to the butter, cocoa mixture and stir over low heat until blended.
  4. Pour over cooled cake and spread to cover entire cake.

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Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Mini Loaves

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

This is a very moist dense pumpkin bread due to the high fruit content and low fat content. The recipe can also be made into muffins – adjust baking time to 20-30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

1 ¾ Cups Gluten Free Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1½ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
¾ Cup Puree Pumpkin
2 Ripe Bananas
¼ Cup Applesauce
⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ Dairy Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with non stick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Mix everything together until well combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  6. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the loaf and if it comes out clean the bread is done.

Dairy free Homemade Chicken Pies

Chicken Pies are wonderful to have in the freezer for those instant meals. I make a batch and get out about 22 pies. Once encased in the pastry I place them on a baking sheet on non stick paper and place them in the freezer. When I want a meal I take them out the freezer, paint with egg and bake from frozen.  I often just serve them with a fresh garden salad.

PASTRY
4 cups cake flour
400g dairy free butter (ice cold)
1 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water

METHOD

1. Sift flour and salt.
2. Grate margarine into flour using a cheese grater.
3. Cut through with a knife to combined the margerine and flour mixture.
4. Add boiling water and bring together quickly with a knife. Sometimes it helps to use two knives and cut against each other to combine.
5. Once combined form into a ball and refrigerate until required or freeze for use at a later date.

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CHICKEN FILLING
Take one whole chicken and place it in a pot with one whole onion, 2 carrots and salt & pepper. Cover all ingredients completely with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.  Switch off and allow to cool in the stock. Once cold remove skin & bones and save all the meat. Keep the cooking liquid and use it for the sauce.

½ cup flour​

1 chicken stock cube
250g mushrooms- sliced​

oil
salt & pepper​

1 large onion
11/2 – 2 cups liquid from cooking the chicken

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Filling: fry finely chopped onion in oil. Add mushrooms and fry till limp. Add flour and cook for one minute. Add liquid from the chicken and  the stock cube and stir till thickened.  Start with 1 cup and add more till the sauce is like heavy cream and smooth. Fold in flaked chicken.  The mixture must be very moist but thick. Allow to cool.

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Roll out and cut out rounds. Place chicken in center of pastry, brush sides with egg and fold over to seal well. Brush top with egg and bake 180 for ½  hour or until pastry is golden.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe below can also be made dairy free by substituting dairy free butter (my favorite brands are Fleishmann’s and Blue Bonnet lactose free)

Ingredients

2¼ cups flour (add 2 tbls for high altitude)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter (or dairy free substitute)
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups dairy free semi sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli has a dairy free option)

Method

Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. With either an electric had mixer or a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until pale yellow, light and fluffy. Once combined slowly add eggs, one at a time making sure to beat well after each egg. Gradually add the flour mixture, spoonful at a time until everything is well combined. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

Place ¼ cup mounds evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and make for 9-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Cool on wire racks and serve with a glass of milk (for a dairy free option I like to serve Almond Coconut sweetened milk)