Lemon Prawn Pasta (gluten-free)

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This dish was definitely not low on the citrusy note, in fact, it was probably overboard, but that’s what happens when you let someone in the kitchen who loves lemon zest. The amount of zest that has been written up in this recipe has been reduced by half, so don’t worry.

The light lemon juice and olive oil dressing coats the plump prawns and gluten-free brown rice pasta perfectly. It’s super-quick to make, I’ll say it took me about 10 minutes to make this dish, because I dumped the prawns in the same water as the pasta was cooking in. Continue reading

THE Best Gluten- & Dairy-Free Tiramisu Ever! (refined sugar-, soy-, gum-free)

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Did I just capitalize “the”? Yes, I did. I really do think that this is THE best gluten- and dairy-free tiramisu ever! It’s creamy, dreamy and incredibly delicious. It’s a lot lighter than the traditional gluten- and dairy-laden tiramisu, but don’t let that put you off. This just means that you can eat more of it!

It has exactly the same flavors and textures as traditional tiramisu, but did not give me any sugar pangs, itchies/other allergic reactions. It’s F-A-B! It’s the best thing since sliced bread (hmm, I mean, ermm… I’m trying to think of a gluten-free food that is as good as sliced bread, because gluten-free bread is just bleurgh – sliced or not). Continue reading

The Best Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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mmmm vanilla.  imagine, for a moment, a baby vanilla plant.  Yes, there it is.  A small, humble plant with succulent leaves and a trumpet shaped flower, sweetly making its way through life…  having a dream of what it wants to grow up to be.  Maybe it has more important plans than just surviving… maybe it wants to help the world, starting small with one or two people, then a family… then a village… growing to be a global force of good.  Maybe inspire some other vanilla plants, and boom, a mini vanilla revolution… Continue reading

Ladyfingers / Sponge Fingers (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

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In the past, I only ever ate store-bought ladyfingers (savoiardi or boudoir biscuits), as is, when I had leftovers from making tiramisu. I loved them. They were dry, crunchy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Once I’d given up gluten and dairy, I thought I’d never be able to eat tiramisu again. The traditional store-bought ladyfingers are made with wheat, and the gluten-free variety contains gum. Wah wah. What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what … a girl needs to create her own gluten-free ladyfingers recipe, one that doesn’t contain wheat/gluten, one that doesn’t contain weird gluten-free flours, Continue reading

Peanut Butter Balls (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, soy-free)

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These are the best peanut butter balls in the world. This statement maybe an exaggeration, but seriously, these peanut butter balls are absolutely delicious! They are healthy and super-easy to make. They contain no weird ingredients, but good, plain, simple ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract.

The original peanut butter ball ingredients always gave me Continue reading

Danish Pastries – Cherry, Pastry Cream and Chocolate Chip

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The last time I made Danish pastries was for my birthday in 2009. This was about a year before honeyandspice was born. In fact, I had blogged about it in my private blog back then. Time got the best of me, and I hadn’t revisited this recipe for over 4 years!!! The photos I had then were pretty crude. Also, my cooking skills weren’t nearly as honed in as they are now.

I’d been planning to make Danish pastries again for some time now. In fact, I made homemade cherry jam especially for cherry Danishes (A’s favorite). The cherry jam had been sitting in the freezer since summer 2012! Continue reading

Vegan Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake (gluten-, refined sugar-, soy-, dairy-free)

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I was so very excited to make and eat a WHOLE pumpkin cheesecake-esque dessert (and not have a reaction to it). Although, it doesn’t come anywhere close to my dairy-laden spiced pumpkin cheesecake, it’s a great dessert nonetheless. It was gone within 3 days, and it was just me eating it!

The base/crust is made with oats, walnuts. coconut oil, maple syrup and spices, and is sooooooooooo delicious; similar to a really good oat cookie. The filling is made with cashews, pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and spices, Continue reading

Vegan Coconut Fudge

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Coconut bliss in one bite. This fudge is creamy, barely sweet and packed full of coconutty goodness. It’s nutritious, dairy- and refined sugar-free and made from just 5 ingredients: coconut, coconut oil, dates, vanilla and salt. The pieces can be dipped in chocolate if desired. For me, they didn’t get that far… they went straight into my stummy.

A couple of tips: use a freshly opened package of coconut and the plumpest Medjool dates you can find. I like using these.

Warning: these are pretty addictive. I ate one piece after another, and then returned to the refrigerator to get another piece. Eventually, I just took the whole container and sat down. Continue reading

Homemade Almond Milk (vegan)

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I’ve been using almond milk since I went dairy- and soy-free. I don’t drink it by the glass, but rather put it in smoothies or in my porridge/oatmeal. There are two problems with store-bought almond milk: (i) most are made from conventional almonds, and (ii) all contain some sort of gum that I’m allergic to. Fortunately, I’m not allergic to carrageenan, but I do not like what I read about this stuff, so I wanted to find a healthier alternative.

Homemade almond milk is so easy to make, and best of all, if you like it sweetened, you can sweeten it with your chosen sweetener. If you’d like to add other flavorings such as cocoa or vanilla, you can also do that. But best of all, there are no weird ingredients in it. Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash, Olive Oil, Garlic and Parsley

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How much more simple could a “pasta” dish be? The best part of this dish is that the “pasta” is actually squash, so it’s low in calories, high in fiber and actually good for you.

Spaghetti squash does have a different texture to pasta. It’s slightly crunchy, but in a good, moreish kind of way. I’ve only ever had one mushy squash, and I think it was because it was an old squash, but I’ll never know now.

There are many complicated ways of cooking spaghetti squash to get it to release its wonderful strands, but I find the easiest, most convenient and economical way is to cook it in the microwave. To get longer strands, cut the squash across the length. Continue reading

Fluffy Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

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These dinner rolls are tender and as light as air. They are super-easy to make and would delight anyone who likes fresh bread. I personally think they would taste excellent with butter and/or jam, but that’s just me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try any of them, but was told that they were pretty good. I made them for Thanksgiving. Although they were good, I think the overall verdict was that our “traditional” potato rolls Continue reading