Paleo Banoffee Pie (dairy-, gluten-, refined sugar-free)

Banoffee pie is an English pie made with bananas, toffee (condensed milk heated in the can for hours) and whipped cream. This recipe takes all the baddies out of the equation: gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and replaces it with nutritious ingredients: almonds, coconut oil, dates, honey, cashew butter and coconut cream.
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Traditional British Apple Crumble

Here’s an old favorite of mine, apple crumble. It’s hard to believe that such a wonderful dessert can be madewith only five ingredients. Stewed Granny Smith apples are topped with a sweet, buttery crumble topping. It’s great with cream, vanilla ice cream or custard. I had never baked this for A until his folks were coming over for dinner. Continue reading

Traditional Tiramisu


The number of times I have made tiramisu is countless. However, I am only blogging about it now, because I finally have a photo for the entry. Yay! This recipe is simple, and yields the most delicious tiramisu. It’s also quick and easy to make. I was a little reluctant to make this for A, as he doesn’t drink coffee, Continue reading

No-Mato Marinara/Pizza Sauce (Nightshade-Free)

nomato sauce

I no longer eat tomatoes. This isn’t a new development, I stopped eating nightshades about 2-1/2 years ago. Considering I didn’t enjoy tomatoes until my mid-twenties, I wouldn’t have thought that this would be a big loss. However, in some ways it has been. I no longer can enjoy many Indian curries, tomato-based pasta sauces and more. However, where there’s a will, there’s always a way.

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Paleo Apple Crumble (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

paleo apple crumble

Apple crumble used to be one of my favorite desserts. I could never decide if it was better with custard or vanilla ice cream. Funny how I don’t eat any of these foods made the “traditional” way anymore.

This dessert is very similar to the American “apple crisp”, but not quite… well, not the way I make it. I love the crumble topping and I am not ashamed to say that I am not stingy with it. Continue reading

Nut- and Dairy-Free Basil Pesto

nut and dairy free pesto
I love pesto… on pasta… on rice… on potatoes… on almost anything!

However, I am dairy-free, so out goes the cheese.

I have made pesto with walnuts instead of pine-nuts for some time. This is because of the silly pine nut scare that went around. Nuts, nowadays for me, have become incredibly expensive. What was relatively affordable, sky-rocketed when I wanted to buy organic nuts that are not produced on peanut, soy or wheat lines. I still eat lots of nuts, but I’d rather eat them raw or home-roasted with salt and not waste them in pesto.  Continue reading

Easy Chicken Lasagna with Ricotta and Mozzarella

chicken lasagna

Chicken on my blog? Yes, I know, it’s been a while. To be honest, this isn’t actually my recipe, but A’s. We made it the other day, and I remember (back in the day when I ate gluten, dairy and meat) it was yummy, so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s so simple, it’s ridiculous. There’s no slaving over a hob/stove for hours, simply cook off some sausagemeat/ground sausage, then layer it with lasagna sheets/noodles, pasta sauce from a jar and sprinkle/dollop cheese in the appropriate places. Bake, slice and enjoy. Simple. Easy. Yummy. Continue reading

Smoked Salmon Pasta with Broccoli, Tomatoes & Peas

smoked salmon pasta

There’s nothing easier than grabbing a bunch of ingredients that are packed full of flavor, tossing them together to make a simple, yet delicious any day dinner. From start to finish, it should take 15-20 minutes, if you’re really organized. That’s not bad going, is it? The trick is to get the pasta going before starting to prep anything else. Once the pasta is partially cooked, the broccoli is added to the pan, together with the peas, so everything essentially cooks in the same pan (= less washing up).

I made this dish gluten-free by using brown-rice pasta. In fact, this variety of brown rice pasta has vegetable in it, so I can say I had another portion of veg… just kidding! The smoky and salty flavor from the smoked salmon Continue reading

Prawns, Broccoli, Tomato, Peas, Garlic, Olive Oil & Pasta (gluten-free)

prawn broccoli pasta

This pasta dish is pretty regular on the rotation of meals I make. Only the other night, I used courgette/zucchini noodles instead of gluten-free brown rice pasta. Both were equally delicious, but one was grain-free and only 350 calories, and other loaded with rice and 585 calories. I provide you the calories for the calorie-counting folk, although, from experience, not all calories are equal. I won’t go into that now, but if you’d like, please read good calorie, bad calorie; eating on the wild side and in defense of food.

This dish is also super-quick to make. I can make it in 15 minutes (including prep), that’s because I toss everything into the same pot the pasta is cooking in. It’s all about timing though. Continue reading

Chicken Saltimbocca

chicken saltimbocca

Yes, a chicken dish on my blog. It’s been a while… mainly because I stopped eating meat in Spring 2013, and to be honest, my meat dishes are usually homely, non-photogenic dishes that are nothing to write home about.

I wanted to make something special for dinner for New Year’s Eve. I had prawns with lemon/olive oil pasta, and A requested chicken saltimbocca. Before I met A, I only had a vague idea of what saltimbocca was, but he ordered it a few times at the Italian restaurant. I know, it’s traditionally made with veal, but there’s no way A will ever eat veal, nor would I want to cook with it… Continue reading