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Archive for August, 2012

Delicious Berry Meringue Smash


I found this recipe on Taste.com.au a while ago and adapted it accordingly. I’ve now made it twice and it has been a big hit both times!

Preparation Time

20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 cups frozen berries (such as raspberries or mixed berries)
  • 150ml Zymil thickened cream
  • 100g packet pavlova nests
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped


  1. Place berries on a large plate lined with paper towel. Stand at room temperature for 5 minutes to partially thaw.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat cream until soft peaks form. Using your fingers, gently crush pavlova nests. Add crushed pavlova and dark chocolate to cream. Gently stir to combine.
  3. Transfer fruit to a bowl. Gently mash fruit with a fork. Add to cream mixture, stirring until just combined (do not overmix or mixture will turn pink).
  4. Spoon into four 3/4-cup capacity glasses. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Country Life Bakery bread – absolutely delicious!

Country Life Bakery bread - absolutely delicious!

Finding yummy gluten free bread can be difficult, but I have found a brand that is fantastic!

Country Life Bakery bread is stocked at my local Coles supermarket and they have recently introduced a new and improved recipe. I quite liked it before, but the new bread is amazing!

The crust is nice and crispy (when toasted) and it’s not as ‘heavy’ as it was previously. I’ve been eating the multi-grain flavour, but I’m sure the white bread and the others are just as nice.

A few of my favourite things… (Lactose Free)

One of my best friends was recently put on a lactose free diet and she couldn’t believe how many foods she suddenly couldn’t eat. I was happy to share some advice about my favourite lactose free products – that are easy to find at the local supermarket!

ImagePeter’s 99.9% Lactose Free Ice-cream

This ice-cream has got to be the best invention ever! You can’t even tell the difference in taste when comparing it to normal ice-cream, but your tummy definitely knows the difference.

It’s very creamy and tastes a bit like the McDonald’s ice-cream cakes – even more so when you add coloured sprinkles. 🙂 But it’s best not to add any toppings or maple syrup – you’ll make it way too sweet.

My sister-in-law found this in the cold section at Coles and it has had a permanent presence in my freezer ever since – obviously I’ve had to regularly replace it!

ImagePaul’s Zymil Lactose Free Milk

Apart from Peter, it seems that Paul also knows what he’s doing when it comes to yummy lactose free products!

It taste just like ‘normal’ milk – perhaps slightly sweeter. It’s ideal for those who aren’t fans of soy or rice milk.

This product is available in full cream, lite and skim.

Zymil also has a thickened cream product, which is the perfect replacement for normal cream for cakes, desserts etc.


Danone Activia Yoghurt – Berries flavour 

While this product isn’t lactose free per se, I find that I don’t react badly to it. This is because it contains an exclusive probiotic culture called Bifidus ActiRegularis, which can reduce digestive discomfort.

Not everyone with a lactose intolerance can handle it though, so it will require a bit of trial and error. But it’s much nicer than soy yoghurts or no yoghurt at all!

That’s it from me for now – but please let me know if you discover any other awesome lactose free products!


Shepherd ‘Gluten-free Cooking’

Shepherd 'Gluten-free Cooking'

I also bought this cookbook today. The recipes look fairly easy to make, but delicious!

It contains over 100 recipes, including sweets and smoothies. I’m so excited to try them out. 🙂


Shepherd and Gibson’s ‘Food Intolerance Management Plan’

Shepherd and Gibson's 'Food Intolerance Management Plan'

I have been meaning to buy this guide / cookbook since I started the low-FODMAPS diet. Dr Sue Shepherd is the the person who developed the diet so I knew I had to get my hands on it!

The recipes look absolutely amazing! I’ll post my favourites on here when I get the chance to try them out. 🙂


My latest discovery – onion and garlic free seasoning!

My latest discovery - onion and garlic free seasoning!

I discovered Rick Grant’s seasoning mixes at the Gluten Free Expo in Sydney today. I was so excited to find out that none of the packets contain onion or garlic. Rick is my new hero!!

I’m currently renovating my kitchen, but as soon as I can start cooking again I’m definitely giving these a go!

Check out the website for more information.

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