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Free and Friendly Foods Carrot Cake

Light Carrot Cake with Fluffy Cream Cheese Icing

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Compatible, Vegan

We met some very interesting people at the Maker Faire last month, and someone asked about carrot cake. This has been on my list of things to do for a while. What you see here is my first time making carrot cake, and according to everyone that ate it, I did a great job.

After making this version, and chatting with someone about traditional cake, I decided to go online and scope out what traditional carrot cake is really all about. There are versions with raisins, currants, pineapple, and more. The Papa and I talked about it, and he really loved the original version, but being me, I needed to experiment a little bit. In the end, he enjoyed my original creation when compared to new ideas from the pesky internet.

05/17 Update: As some of you may know, we have a top 8 allergy free bakery here in the SF Bay Area. This is not the recipe that we use in the bakery, for those of you that may wonder why they taste different.
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Don’t Forget The First LEGO Giveaway is Tomorrow

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Free and Friendly Foods Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

Taco Inspired Stuffed Peppers

I feel like I’ve been on an international kick lately in the kitchen… At first, I thought these peppers were semi-Spanish, then I realized they were taco inspired. I was feeling like they needed something more to attain a full Spanish status… Anywho, I saw something really pretty online, and knew I wanted to do something with multi-coloured peppers, and this is what I came up with.

You’ll love this though. Originally, I was going to add sprouted red rice to this. The rice didn’t cook. It boiled, and when we put the lid on to let it simmer, apparently it did noting. So the rice was hard and had to be left out. In the end, I think it worked out better. Remind me to tell you about how the stove exploded… I’ve been cooking on a portable induction hot-plate like item for weeks… Back to the recipe.

More than anything, I was SOOOO thrilled and somewhat feeling proud that I had the kids eating OUT OF peppers!!! I asked them to try their first bite with the pepper itself, and as always, they were willing to go along with my crazy idea for a bite or two. Well, Kid Three and Kid Four loved the pepper bowl. Kid Two, not so much, as he’s very sensitive to spicy things. Either way, it was a total win, win, win, and they all went back for seconds, and they were super happy when I pulled out their favorite potato chips so they could eat it dip style if they wanted.

As if that’s not enough, I also had the joy of introducing the kids to ramps. I hadn’t heard of them before this season. I’ve been seeing them on GoodEggs.com, a place we like to get items from. After seeing them for a while with the leaves, then as bulbs only with the warning that this was the end of the season, I decided to make the jump. When they arrived, I couldn’t stop smelling them. Uh-MAZE-ing. Kid two was like, eh. Kid Three. He so totally got me on this one. He was into the smell just as much as I was. What made me really happy though was that after everything was cooked and Kid Two tried a cooked ramp piece on its own, he was in love with them too! What more could I possibly have asked for? On to the recipe and photos!!!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan Friendly, GAPs Compatible
For GAPs, use navy beans instead of black beans.

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Free and Friendly Foods Indian Inspired Spiced Vegetables

Indian Inspired Spiced Vegetables

The inspiration for this dish came from several places. First, we had some potatoes that needed attention. I hate wasting food, so they had to be used. We also have this new rule in the house: if I can’t take a picture of it (for a book or a blog) then I’m not cooking and you have to do it yourself. No one was around to do the cooking, so I had to get inventive. Lately I’ve been wanting to do more with traditional Indian spices. I’ve dabbled a little, but have been wanting the kids to experience new tastes. In the past, I’ve done many variations of “pan/baked potatoes” and wanted to do them again, but with more colour and well, just different. I had recently purchased Indian spices and had the kids try them (with frosting), and decided to go on an adventure. Kid Two and Kid Three went with me, and seriously wanted to eat them all. They had to wait for The Papa and Kid Four to come home, and for some strange reason, couldn’t stop asking when they’d get here so dinner could be served.

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Paleo Compatible, Vegan Friendly
For Paleo, use peeled Japanese Sweet Potato instead of Gold Potatoes.

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Free and Friendly Foods Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake!

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Organic Seedless Watermelon
3 – 4 Organic Kiwi, on the larger side
Wild Organic Blueberries for garnish (they’re small, we buy the frozen ones)
1 (or more) Organic Fresh Blueberry for garnish
1 So Delicious Coconut Whip, thawed

Specific Tools: Serrated Knife, Circular Cookie Cutter, Disposable Icing Bag

Recipe Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible.

For GAPs and Paleo, make a fresh cream at home. You can use cashews if you can tolerate nuts, or coconut milk if needed.

I was so tickled on the inside because I told the kids they were having watermelon cake for breakfast. Kid Three was MORE than happy to volunteer to help me make it, until his friend came over to play. Then he was no where to be found. It was just me and Kid Two. He too thought this was the weirdest thing he had heard of, and kept trying to tell me different things about what he didn’t like about watermelon, and I had to keep saying, “you’ll see.”
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Testing a new image method

I completely recognize that this is a first world problem, but I have a serious issue with these digital techie appity things. I know, it’s weird coming from someone that has a degree in IT, and has worked in the field for years.

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A MOC Copycat

Some time ago, a nice person on the internet shared an LDD file of a 1/4 scale (I think) version of the Cafe Corner modular building. I do have 2 of the Mini Modular sets that LEGO released several years ago, and those make a little town square on my desk. I have added to it over time as new ones are released.

I’m sure every adult collector has their White Whale. The Cafe Corner is mine. I don’t know what it is about this set, but it’s gorgeous, and I’ve always wanted one. Too bad they cost over 1k. Nope, I don’t need one that bad. This however was able to satisfy that need for me. This creation is so cool. In fact, I’m thinking about expanding and building this scale of all of the modular buildings. How cool would that be?!

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Chicken Apple Maple Bacon Pizza

So I decided to try something TOTALLY different tonight, and the results were very interesting. Here’s what the eaters had to say:

Kid Two (allergy free) ~ I could have used a little less bacon, and even though the cheese melted funny, I really liked the pizza.

Kid Three (allergen eater) ~ It was a bit wet and drippy, but I loved it. If I could change anything, I would make the sauce more pasty like what we normally do.

Kid Four (allergen eater) ~ Seriously, this was the best pizza I’ve ever eaten. I went back for seconds.

The Papa (allergen eater) ~ Eat it with a fork and you won’t have to worry about it falling apart. It’s not a traditional pizza, and it doesn’t cut very well, but it’s WELL worth it because it tastes delicious. The combination of flavors is really nice.

In the end, we all agreed that the sauce is where I went wrong, however, they all felt that it was still good to eat, just runny. I asked them about serving the mix as a pasta instead, and everyone still wanted it as is, as a pizza. On to the recipe and photos! Read More

Weekly Challenge Number One – Creamy Turkey Noodles

Last week we started The Weekly Challenge. Anyone can email us, contact us through our website & blog, or via social media to give us a challenge. You let us know what random ingredients you have, and we’ll help you make a delicious meal. There are a few websites that I’ve seen that do this, and I thought it would be really fun to have one that thinks about people with food allergies. Be sure to let us know if you have any when you submit your ingredients.

Our very first challenge comes to us from James, via email.
Ingredients: Brown Rice Noodles, 1 pound of Ground Turkey, Green Onions
Allergies: Wheat, Eggs

Our Creation: Creamy Turkey Noodles
Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free Compatible, Soy Free Compatible, Vegan Compatible

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Time For Our First LEGO Giveaway

I’m so silly excited about this one. Our first giveaway is the Exo Suit, (LEGO Ideas 007) set 21109. It’s so easy to win. Simply contact us via one of our social media profiles, and you’re entered. I think I totally sounded like a salesperson just then.

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