What do you do with three overripe bananas? You make banana bread, that’s what. But this is a banana bread that has no milk, no gluten and no eggs. A food free quickbread: a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free. You can even leave out the sugar, if you want to. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make.
Coq au vin is one of those dishes that is designed for a long, slow cook. And even if you don’t have a rooster (the cockerel part of coq au vin), chicken thighs make a good base, as does a whole chicken chopped into pieces that fit your pot. We’ve adapted this dish, as does everyone, to cope with the ingredients and the equipment we have.
Combining basil, parsley and a handful of nuts into a dip is nothing revolutionary, but the result complements the crisps and crackers so very well.
Cooking for people who can’t eat grains, including wheat, can be a challenge when it comes to snacks and finger foods. It’s all very well to keep putting out those celery and carrot sticks on the table, but sometimes, you just want to do more for people. These linseed crisps do just that.
The choclatey chocolatedness of this cake has to be tasted to be believed. It’s amazing. Its rich, just-crumbly-yet-muddy texture has knocked another long-term family favourite chocolate cake off its perch. That’s how good this is.
This one is for those who love muffins. It’s a simple mixture of almond, apple, egg and a few other ingredients to give a really delicious and moist muffin. As a bonus, it’s perfectly suited to those can’t tolerate gluten or any starch at all.
Salt free, sugar-free, gluten-free biscuits for a morning tea? It’s easier than you think with these almond unsweet biscuits. With just two ingredients, they’re so easy to make they’ve instantly become part of our emergency morning-tea repertoire.
‘Food free’ is a label we invented for a very restricted diet one of our relatives was forced to endure for a few months: no gluten, no egg, no dairy, no legumes, no nuts, no spices. It’s pretty limiting, especially if there’s a demand for, oh, a birthday cake for a child. We still have food…
This crumble is our easy-to-make dessert of choice. The tartness of the rhubarb is offset by the sweetness of the apple, so you don’t need to add any extra sugar to the filling. The crumb is a mixture of oats, coconut, honey and olive oil, whizzed in the food processor for just a few seconds.
Brussels sprouts aren’t everybody’s favourite dish, but I love them. The beauty of this dish is that you can enjoy them with the sweetness of caramelised onions, and there is no need for oil. You can also cook it all on the stove top, which is great if you don’t want to fire up the oven.
If you’re on the search for a kale salad then look no further. This one is perfect, with the flavours of orange and fennel balancing the kale. They’re naturally sweet, so there’s no need for any kind of extra sweetener: you can leave your honey and maple syrup in the cupboard and just enjoy.
This is a great, not-too-sweet alternative for breakfast. If you’re not a morning person, this is an easy way to prepare polenta for breakfast. No boiling and stirring in a saucepan with the resulting mess and washing up. No, just a quick soak in boiling water (the polenta, not you), and a microwave zap of rhubarb and it’s done.
This rice and spinach based slice is an excellent way of serving up these two ingredients as a tasty side supporting act for ratatouille or a casserole. There are no eggs, so the pumpkin adds a layer of flavour and colour, and it holds this slice together long enough to transfer it from baking dish to plate, just.
Sunday night is for soup. Tonight it’s cream of mushroom, using the beautiful orange saffron milkcap mushrooms we picked on our mushrooming adventure. Because we have people in the house who just don’t like cream, we’ve gone vegan and used cashews for the ‘cream’ part of the soup. It’s really tasty and surprisingly filling.
This is an ideal dessert for one: take a pear, cut it in half, add a little sugar and cook it for a few minutes. It’s easy, very quick and has just enough sugar to satisfy a late-night sweet tooth without creating too much work.
A white sauce made on besan (chickpea flour), soy milk and oil. That’s right: no (cow’s) milk, no gluten. We prefer this to the ‘real’ one.
Ratatouille is flavoursome and versatile. Mostly we pair it with Basmati or brown rice for a healthy, vegan main course (until the kids add cheese to theirs!). But it also makes a great snack with polenta rounds or even cucumber slices. I’ve also seen it used in wraps. Really, you can’t go too far past ratatouille as a great all rounder.
These meatballs are ‘packed with flavour’, according to the kids, and ‘don’t taste like they’re not all meat’ according to my-other. They are fiddly, as are all meatballs, but really, really worth the effort.
These polenta rounds were created to go with ratatouille one lunchtime. The kids like eating them just as they are, no accompaniments.