Category Archives: Being an Alternative Chef

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Inspirational businesses: Interview with Lisa McInerney from Mummy Made It

A little while ago I had a chat with fellow cook book author Lisa McInerney from MummyMade.It Cooking for a free-from person is hard enough, and it’s even harder when they’re fussy! (This goes for adults as well as children;-) So if you’re having trouble getting your kids (or yourself) to eat your veggies, then … Continue reading Inspirational businesses: Interview with Lisa McInerney from Mummy Made It

The Ultimate Guide to Fun Free-from Themed Kids Birthday Cakes and Parties

You might be wondering how you can make children’s parties fun when they’ve got food sensitivities?  I’ve been scouring the net and I’ve come up with a few great themed cakes which will suit almost any cake-decorating skill level (with an option at the end for how you can still achieve an “out of this … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Fun Free-from Themed Kids Birthday Cakes and Parties

Avoiding the Top 8 Allergens for a Day: Recipes without dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish & shellfish

Each year ausEE inc. host  the Top 8 Challenge on the 8th of August  during National EOS week to raise money and awareness for EGID (or eosiniphilic gastrointestinal disorders). The top 8 challenge invites individuals to take the challenge to avoid the Top 8 (dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish) for … Continue reading Avoiding the Top 8 Allergens for a Day: Recipes without dairy, soy, egg, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish & shellfish

“Meaty” Meat-free bolognese & lasagne sauce (dairy, soy, gluten, egg and meat free)

Although I love cooking, I also love having free time between when the kids come home from school or sport and dinner because with the days so short in winter it’s not hard to get the feeling that there’s just no time especially if you’re spending an hour in the kitchen preparing things and then … Continue reading “Meaty” Meat-free bolognese & lasagne sauce (dairy, soy, gluten, egg and meat free)

IndieLove Magazine: Alternative Chef Kitchen Feature

Earlier this year we were interviewed by Jessica Johnson for a feature story in the new IndieLove Magazine. Thanks to Editor Sarah Gai for allowing us to republish this interview. To check out the full magazine click here. To check out their website click here.

Do restricted diets have to hold you back in life?

(Rachael & Joshua on TV for Cupcake Wars Kids 2015 image supplied by Claire Guthrie) If you’re concerned that your restricted diet will hold you back in life I’d like  you to meet Rachael Guthrie: The girl who won a TV baking competition – and she couldn’t eat any of the cupcakes she made. If … Continue reading Do restricted diets have to hold you back in life?

The Ultimate Free-From BBQ: Your one stop reference for a dairy, soy, gluten, egg and meat free barbecue

For most people, barbecues tend to conjure up images of warm summer days, drinks in hand (usually beer or soft drink), snags on bread with tomato sauce, onion, potato, and some salad. So what about if you can’t or don’t eat dairy, soy, gluten, egg or meat? Up until now, barbecues might have been yet … Continue reading The Ultimate Free-From BBQ: Your one stop reference for a dairy, soy, gluten, egg and meat free barbecue

Making a biscuit base for cheesecakes, slices and tarts.

The buttery biscuit base in a cheesecake, slice and tarts is my favourite bit of the cake to be honest, but how can you achieve this when your diet is gluten, dairy or soy free? There are 2 main parts to making the biscuit base : The biscuit which adds the bulk of the volume, … Continue reading Making a biscuit base for cheesecakes, slices and tarts.

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to nourish your family

Every now and then you get this sense that the bar has been raised and what used to be acceptable isn’t acceptable any longer. We’ve seen it over the years with women’s body shapes, fashion, the standard of living and special effects (I’ve just been watching the original series of The X files). Anyway, it … Continue reading You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to nourish your family

Making the most of your stick blender

Most kitchens have a stick blender. As a relatively low cost piece of equipment, which is also small enough to store and not take up too much room, the “good old stick blender” can do a lot for a beginner alternative chef kitchen. The main techniques you’ll use a stick blender for are to make … Continue reading Making the most of your stick blender