Thursday, November 28, 2013

Allergy free pineapple, passionfruit and coconut pudding recipe

  • ⅔ cup Orgran self-raising flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 50g Nuttlex or lactose free butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Orgran No Egg whisked with 60mls water until thick
  • ⅓ cup lactose free passionfruit yoghurt
  • 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, diced
  • ½ cup caster sugar, extra
  • 50g Nuttlex or lactose free butter, extra

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a ceramic baking dish with Nuttlex or olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, rice flour, caster sugar and coconut.
  • Make a well in the centre.
  • In another bowl, crush the pineapple pieces, strain and reserve the juice.
  • Add the melted Nuttlex or butter, No egg mixture, yoghurt and crushed pineapple to the flour mixture.
  • Stir until just smooth.
  • Pour the pudding mixture into the baking dish.
  • Place it on an oven tray.
  • In a small saucepan, gently heat the reserved pineapple juice, extra sugar and Nuttlex or butter until syrup forms and the Nuttlex or butter has melted.
  • Spoon the warm syrup over the pudding mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden and puffed.
  • When serving, flip the pudding to be bottom up.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Allergy free Chocolate pumpkin pie recipe


  • 1 cup Orgran all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Orgran self-raising flour
  • ½ cup cornflour
  • 125g Nuttlex
  • 2 tbsps caster sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp Orgran No Egg whisked with 40mls water until thick
  • ¼ cup cold water


  • Pumpkin, cooked (approx. ½ a large pumpkin, 1 medium, 1½ small)
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 100g Lindt 70% dark chocolate, chopped or quality cocoa
  • 6 tsp Orgran No Egg whisked with 120mls goat’s or lactose free cow’s milk until frothy and firm


  • Peel, seed, and dice pumpkin to fairly uniform sized pieces.
  • Bring the pumpkin to boil in a large pot and simmer until cooked through (soft).
  • Drain the pumpkin and then replace into large pot.
  • Allow pumpkin to cool while you make the pastry.
  • Grease the pie dish.
  • Combine the pastry flours, Nuttlex and sugar in a large bowl and rub the Nuttlex through until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the No egg mixture and ¼ cup cold water.
  • Combine until the pastry just comes together.
  • Roll and press the pastry together until smooth.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Place remaining pastry between 2-4 sheets of cling wrap or baking paper.
  • Roll out until large enough to fit the pie dish.
  • Peel away the cling wrap from one side, flip the pastry into the pie dish, shape and cut away any excess.
  • Set the pastry base aside to rest.
  • In a blender, puree the pumpkin until smooth.
  • Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla essence, mixing until smooth.
  • Melt the chocolate pieces over a pot of simmering water.
  • Stir the chocolate (or cocoa) through the pureed pumpkin mixture.
  • Slowly and carefully fold the Orgran No Egg mixture into the pumpkin mix until evenly combined. Do not over stir as you want lots of tiny bubbles to remain in the mixture.
  • Pour the chocolate pumpkin mix into the pastry, level with a spoon if necessary.
  • Decorate or leave plain (I happen to be able to eat hazelnuts so I scattered some over the top.).
  • Cook until the top begins to crack: approximately ¾ hour-1 hour at 180°C.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rosy's scrawled book recommendation: How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You by The Oatmeal Matthew Inman

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You
The Oatmeal Matthew Inman

Blurb's most popular cat comics, including `How to Pet a Kitty` and `The Bobcats,` plus new and never-before-seen cat-themed works.

Andrews McMeel Publishing


Rosy's scrawlings on How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You
For anyone familiar with The Oatmeal none of this book's contents will come as a surprise. But for fans of the site there is some new material in this book so it might be of interest. For those who aren't familiar with The Oatmeal you may think this book can be easily compared to 101 Uses For A Dead Cat. In sarcastic humour and comic format yes, but otherwise the two books are quite different. How To tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You isn't entirely about how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you, for one. It is more about the often complicated and demanding relationship between humans and cats, including some behaviour reversals just for laughs. 
How To tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You is a book suitable for giving as a gift or for having about the house as the semi-risque comic book to be sneakily read by early teens (or yourself, if you aren't a teen). This book would also be appreciated by nearly every office worker I know because of the long Bobcats section. The Bobcats are two office working cats named Bob who wreak havoc about the office, alternatively like cats and like humans. The rest of the book is dedicated to house cats in there natural state, including their need to be as wild big cats and their desperate attempts for attention from those addicted to computers. If you own a cat or adore them from afar How To tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You is a book that will have you snickering.
The art style of the cat comics is exactly the same as those that appear on The Oatmeal: created on a computer rather than hand drawn. The images are large, colourful and bordered as though they were on a screen still. Most pages have only one panel on them and in general, only up to three or four are grouped together, making the images bold and clear.  

I'd recommend this book to: teens who have a catty friend/enemy/housemate, office workers and computer addicts with cats. Or cat owners and wannabe cat owners in general.