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Rocky Road

Over the last few months, I have been encouraging G and M to become more engaged with the treats they like to eat, in particular asking them to find, choose and make the goodies they want to eat themselves. Part of my reasoning was to make sure M has some safe desserts to include with his lunch at school as it’s so difficult to buy safe options for him, and part was to help them both develop the skills they need to cook safe food in the future. It has been a mixed success and as soon as their initial enthusiasm wore off, the number of biscuits and snacks they had similarly reduced to almost nothing. However, after a couple of busy weeks at work, I decided to seek solace in the baking process myself and chose to experiment with adapting a new recipe for them both to enjoy.

My starting point was a favourite treat of mine, which I thought I could adapt, but actually needed me to perfect another biscuit first before I could even attempt the final product. I love shortbread, especially at Christmas time and I thought that an M-friendly shortbread might be a great starting point and something G and M would both like on its own. Some quick online research and I found a great and simple shortbread recipe, which thanks to our recent successful introduction of Vitalite dairy-free margarine to M’s diet, only needed me to swap the flour to make it perfect for him. It didn’t take long to whip up the first batch and G and M were delighted to taste-test them for me.

With the success of the shortbread in my back pocket, it was time to turn my attention to my final goal – M-friendly Rocky road. This time I recruited G as my kitchen help and she enjoyed the tasks of chopping the Freedom mallows as well as smashing some of the shortbread into bitesize pieces too. Whilst the standard recipe calls for the inclusion of raisins or cherries in it, we haven’t yet introduced them into M’s diet and so instead used dried banana chips, which again had some attention from G and her trusty rolling-pin. Moo-free chocolate has proven to be another safe option for M and was the final ingredient needed for the recipe.

An hour or 2 in the fridge and the Rocky road was ready. It was another resounding success with G and M and they certainly enjoyed the week or so that followed as either shortbread or rocky road was included in their packed lunches every day. Even better, M was so taken with both recipes that it reignited his interest in doing some safe baking himself and he spent a Saturday afternoon making the shortbread and prepping everything for the rocky road before he had to head to bed. He even told me off for not having put my recipes onto my blog quick enough for him to find and follow – so here they are, ready for the next time my youngest ventures into the kitchen!

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Half-way there

That’s right, today sees us reaching the magical half-way point in our week-long attempt to keep to M’s diet.  So far the journey hasn’t been too bad.  Both Mike and I have had to deal with unexpected hunger pangs, but overall, the challenge is working well and really is showing me what M has to deal with on a daily basis.

Today’s challenge has been a different one yet again.  G is baking at school today as part of her Enrichment morning and so I had to provide alternative ingredients to enable her to fully take part.  The choice was to make either Chocolate Chip muffins or Rocky Road.  I made the decision that Rocky Road was the more G-friendly recipe and, what’s more, both children have been begging me to make it with them at home and this ticked that box for G at very least.

As we are following the M-diet this week, I decided to try and replace the relevant ingredients with M-friendly alternatives.  The 2 key ingredients were Rich tea biscuits and butter.  The butter was easy as I just packed up the Dairy and soya free spread that was lurking in our fridge and crossed that off the list.  The Rich Tea biscuits, however, proved to be more problematic.  There are Rich Tea alternatives out there, but they either contain soya or egg, neither of which M can eat.  I found, in the end, 2 possible alternatives: Doves Farm Fig and Quinoa cookies or Against the Grain Ginger crunchies.  Unable to make a decision, I did the rational thing, I bought both and let G decide.

She opted for the ginger biscuits for the Rocky road and the fig and quinoa cookies for a snack after school.  It was a real delight that she brought some home for us all to sample as I had to refuse the delicious-looking Banoffee Pie on offer in the office at lunch-time.  I was very good as I sat around the lunch table with 5 colleagues all enjoying their slices. Tempted?  Yes.  Did I succumb?  No.  The Rocky road was sweet and ginger-y, but delicious and certainly we’ll be making it again.

Wednesday is swimming night, so the children usually eat a lighter meal in the evening.  I had a tough decision as to whether to share the Chicken and sweetcorn soup with them, or make baked potatoes as I normally would.  Guess what?  I let them decide and they both opted for the soup.  The chicken soup was fabulous, the gluten-free toast less so.  It contains pear and so tasted sweet to me, but both children love it and it’s one of the few things I am able to get on prescription for M.  I don’t think I’ll be rushing to share it with him on a regular basis though.

Our meals today looked like this:

M

Me

Mike

Breakfast

  • A handful of raisins
  •  Melon & pineapple chunks
Bowl of

  • Cornflakes
  • Raisins
  • Rice milk

Lunch

  • Crispbreads x2
  • Ham
  • Cucumber (3 slices)
  • Olives (3)
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Bear’s Fruit yoyo
  • “Wot no dairy” Peach & Apricot yoghurt
  • Crispbreads x4
  • Ham
  • Cucumber
  • Carrot
  • Mushrooms
  • Pimiento stuffed olives
  •  Leftover French Onion soup (Home-made & 100% M-friendly)
  • Apple

Dinner

  • 1 ladle Chicken & sweetcorn soup
  • Toast (2 slices)
  • Cucumber (3 slices)
  • Ecomil Vanilla almond milk dessert
  • Rocky Road
  • 1 bowl Chicken, sweetcorn & mushroom soup
  • Toast (3) – Ener-G brown rice flour bread
  •  1 bowl Chicken, sweetcorn & mushroom soup
  • Crispbreads (2)

Snacks

  • Nkd Cocoa Orange Date bar
  • Lo-profin vanilla wafers (2)
  • Fruit Factory fruit string
  • Fig & Quinoa cookie (1)
  •  Fruit tea
  • Rocky road
  •  Banana
  • Rocky road