Thursday, February 28, 2013

Allergy free chicken Normandy stir fry recipe

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 double chicken breast, precooked, shredded
  • ½-1 tsp ground nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • ½ cup dry apple cider
  • ½ cup chicken stock made from a Massel vegetarian chicken ultracube
  •  cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 2-3 tbsps water
  • Dash of goat’s milk

  • Add the oil to a wok and heat over a medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the chicken allow it to heat through, stirring constantly.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle with nutmeg.
  • Add the apple to the wok and cook until the apple is light golden.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the cider, chicken stock, vinegar and thyme.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil.
  • Combine the corn flour and a little water in a small bowl.
  • Gradually add the corn flour mixture to the wok, stirring constantly, until well combined.
  • Continue stirring until the sauce is thick.
  • Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the goat's milk to the wok and stir over a medium heat for about a minute.
  • Serve with rice.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Allergy free cocoa banana quinoa porridge recipe

  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup goat’s milk
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ripe banana, ½ mashed, ½ sliced
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tbsp honey

  • Wash the quinoa thoroughly to rid if of as much bitterness as possible.
  • Allow the quiona to drain.
  • Bring the quinoa, water, goat’s milk and salt to a boil in a small pot.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove the quinoa from the heat.
  • Mix in the mashed banana, cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey.
  • Stir until evenly combined.
  • Serve with banana slices.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Allergy free crunchy Chinese sweet and sour chicken recipe

  • 1kg skinless chicken breast, cut into strips or chunks
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • Approximately 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ red capsicum, cut into chunks
  • ½ green capsicum, cut into chunks
  • 440g pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained, juice reserved
  • Sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • ⅓ cup white or rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp allergy free soy sauce replacer
  • 3 tsps cornflour mixed with 4 tsps water or pineapple juice

  • To marinade, combine the soy sauce replacer and pineapple juice.
  • Coat the chicken with the marinade and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Place the potato starch in a large bowl.
  • Drain the marinade from the chicken.
  • Toss or stir the chicken in the potato starch a few pieces at a time.
  • Shake off the excess potato starch and place the chicken on a plate.
  • Heat the olive oil in a wok.
  • Heat the wok until the oil is just smoking, then add the first batch of chicken and fry until cooked through and golden. This should take about 4-5 minutes and one turn.
  • Remove the cooked chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  • To create the sauce, mix the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce replacer together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the corn flour and water or pineapple juice.
  • Add the corn flour mixture to the other sauce ingredients and stir until the sauce has thickened.
  • Transfer 1 tablespoon of the oil into a medium-sized pot and heat over medium-high.
  • Add the capsicums and pineapple and cook until fragrant the capsicum reaches desired tenderness.
  • Add the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat, and fold the fried chicken into the sauce.
  • Seve on rice and, if you’d like, garnish with sesame seeds.

Allergy free no added sugar peach and passionfruit sorbet recipe

  • 450g ripe peaches, stoned and peeled
  • 170g (3 passionfruits) passionfruit pulp, seeds removed

  • Take a fresh peaches, blanch, stone and peel them.
  • Slice the peaches into smaller wedges or cubes.
  • Place the passionfruit pulp into a blender and add the peaches pieces.
  • Blend the fruit until smooth and slightly frothy. 
  • Give the sorbet a quick stir and blend further to make sure any chunks have been broken up.
  • Freeze in a sealed container until just frozen enough to serve.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Allergy free treacle biscuits recipe

  • 125g Nuttlex
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 1 tbsp goat’s milk
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1½ cups Orgran all purpose flour

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line a large baking tray with aluminium foil and spray the foil lightly with olive oil spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat the Nuttlex and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Place the treacle and goat’s milk in a small saucepan and heat until hot and the treacle has dissolved.
  • Stir in the bicarb soda.
  • Add goat’s milk mixture to Nuttlex mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Sift the flour over batter and stir until well combined.
  • Roll 1 tablespoon of mixture at a time into balls.
  • Place the balls onto the prepared baking trays, allowing a little room for spreading.
  • Gently press the biscuits with a fork.
  • Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden.
  • Stand on the trays for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Rosy's book recommendation: Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Magic Lost, Trouble Found
Lisa Shearin

My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound.
Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine—but is the resumé enhancement worth her soul?

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Rosy's scrawlings on Magic Lost, Trouble Found
This book, followed by many others in the series, is a romp through a fantasy world filled with  fantasy creatures, medieval, Victorian-esque and futuristic cities, pirates and magic users. The main character, Raine, is a seeker who can be sometimes be seen as a semi-talented magical thief for hire. At the beginning of Magic Lost, Trouble Found Raine has little ability in magic but once her friend gets his hands on a magical amulet of unknown power she takes it from him and becomes caught by the amulet's power. As soon as she puts the amulet around her neck she's also caught in the politics and intrigue surrounding the amulet's power.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found starts out with a small focus, with Raine and Quentin's troubles taking the fore but the story quickly escalates and expands, establishing the basis for the many books on Raine's adventure to follow. Throughout, there's a careful balance of light-heartedness and dark intrigue that makes the book and those that follow engaging and easy to read. The writing of Magic Lost, Trouble Found is sometimes a halting or awkward but that is to be expected from a new author, as Shearin was when she wrote this book. These issues are quickly resolved though as the writing becomes increasingly sophisticated throughout the series. Little to no patience is needed for those just after a fun read and it is to just such readers I recommend this book.
Raine is a capable and active character, like most heroines nowadays, but she has a quick whit and positive disposition that is rarer. While many heroines resort to sarcasm as their preferred form of whit, Raine has a lighter humour that balances the grit she shows when in a desperate situation. She is also quite willing to seek help when she needs it rather than stubbornly pushing on by herself. The enemies Raine faces throughout this series are also varied and numerous, breaking away from the more predictable option of a single evil mastermind. Instead, she faces several masterminds, all with their own agendas and own forces. In all, Magic Lost, Trouble Found is an interesting beginning for a long series that is suitable rainy day reading as it is filled with colour and activity and both the familiar and the new.

I'd recommend this book too: those who love magic, pirates and a dashing heroine. The book would likely appeal to women more than men due to the main character being female but is open to any reader.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Allergy free chicken and corn pie recipe

This can be made as a pot pie, family pie or normal pie/s. Just alter the amount of pastry made. One portion is one average sheet of pastry. For pies to be cut rather than scooped just add a dash of goat's milk rather than the half cup.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 600g chicken breast or thigh, cut into chunks
  • 20g Nuttlex
  • ¼ cup Orgran all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock made from a Massel vegetarian chicken ultracube
  • 420g can cream corn
  • 1 cob corn, kernels removed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • ½ cup goat’s milk
  • 2 potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme, leaves stripped
  • 1 portion allergy free quick puff pastry

  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat.
  • Add the chicken, in batches if needed, and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until brown all over.
  • Transfer to a plate, cover and set aside.
  • Add the Nuttlex to frying the pan over a medium-high heat.
  • Add the shallots and potato and cook, stirring, until the shallots are tender.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the flour becomes slightly grainy.
  • Add the chicken stock, thyme and chicken and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat.
  • Add the creamed corn, corn kernels and goat’s milk, stirring to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper, stirring to combine.
  • Set the pie filling aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Spoon the filling into a 23cm pie dish.
  • Place the pastry over the filling, cut to shape and press the edges with a fork.
  • Bake the pie for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and the filling is heated through.

Rosy's scrawled manhwa recommendation: Baby Finger by Lee Ik-soo

Baby Finger
Lee Ik-soo


After serving his jail sentence, Yongho is determined to start anew for the sake of his single mother... However, he learns of an existence of a girl who is bedridden because of him.

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Rosy's scrawlings on Baby Finger
This manhwa is a gentle yet disturbing look into the mind of one who's led a violent life within the gang world that led to an accident in which an uninvolved bystander becomes comatose.
The story of Baby Finger reveals a life of crime to be a little less black and white than we normally view it. Yongho's involvement with gangs and crime began at an early age, before he leaves school. He's convinced he's too stupid to succeed in life and so chooses to follow the glittering and enticing tales of gang life. He finds the local gang and signs up, only to find himself constantly beaten, by the boss or during street battles. There's little money and no glamour at all but as soon as he signs up he's already too involved to be able to return to his previous life. Meanwhile, his poor mother goes to great lengths to try to stop his destructive life but is ultimately unsuccessful. His friends are also slowly sucked into his violent life even though they have the ability to become as successful as they dream to be.
The downward spiral of a criminal life is sympathetically explored from the initial appeal of riches and glory, as promoted in popular culture and rumour, to the new gang member's inability to leave the gang, the pressure and threats behind criminal acts and the victims. Where each character has little sympathy for the next, particularly for Yongho, the story is told with a fair view on all. No judgements are drawn leaving the actions of each character to be judged by the reader instead. The hands off and fair view on the life of each character is an interesting and rare position to take and for this Baby Finger is worth delving into.
The illustrations of Baby Finger are simple, comic-like and tend to be dark. The scenery is sometimes removed while in other panels it is fairly blockish. But the appeal of Baby Finger is in the faces, expressions and the storyline. There's a range of faces, realistic in their oddness but otherwise stylised. Their expressions are also wide ranging and help build the sympathetic view the author takes. In all, while not very unique the illustrations are appealing and reveal and expound on what the reader is interested in.

I'd recommend this manhwa to: those interested in stories of gangs, criminals, 

Notes on manga reader sites
The quality of manga readers can vary. The uploads are often done cheaply or as a serious hobby by a collective. Be aware that sometimes licence hasn't been given but the sites noted above, Manga Fox in particular, are extremely careful about adding and pulling mangas according to license agreements. So you shouldn't have to worry too much about the material being pirated. There are also translated works and non-translated. Amongst the translated works you will find that the quality of translation may vary according to the skills of the translators. Usually the works are perfectly readable anyway, with only a few added or dropped words or a word in the incorrect tense or with/out plurals. But sometimes the text becomes gobbledygook. In which case, either seek another version or give up and buy an official copy once a printed translation comes out. The other issue of note is you may need to expand the screen to read the text easily as sometimes the scans are minimised a little.
I find that if a page doesn't download properly or some other issue occurs (too slow or someone ordered the pages incorrectly etc.) with one reader then skipping across to another reader and picking up where I was is quite easy and rarely annoying.
Otherwise, enjoy and watch out you don't get too addicted you forget about the necessary things in life.