Chocolate Pear Pudding

Correctly this should be called Carob Pear Pudding, but that doesnt sound too exciting! I converted this recipe from one of my favourite books, Nigella’s Express. That was the book and series that made me into a major Nigella fan. I borrowed the book from the library and reborrowed and reborrowed and reborrowed until I…

Channelling Nigella and Jamie on the Failsafe path

It helps if you like to cook, but once you are on the straight and narrow, you find that your choices are limited..or are they? Occasionally I go on a minimalistic rampage and think about pitching out my beloved recipe book collection, but sanity usually prevails as it would require too much effort for me…

Chickpea Carob Cake

This is another of my fusion cakes, moist and soft, and closer to halwa than cake, but it goes down well with kids and adults, and can pass for a rich dense chocolate cake. Occasionally, I leave out the carob, and add rose essence and call it a gulab jamun cake. The trick with this…

Rice and Soy Bread

Bread making in the gluten free and failsafe world continues to be a hit and miss saga, which is why I am writing down this recipe immediately, as this experiment has turned out well! Prepare a warm rising place in winter, or if you live in a cold place. Either heat your oven to 200…

Social Media Problem Solving Mums

Social media is in great danger of becoming seriously uncool. Mums have discovered a use for it, that does not entail stalking their kids on Facebook or Twitter. With social media it had become possible to talk to people with similar interests almost in real time, and unlike things for entertainment or titillation, a lot…

Sweet Delights

One of the traps of the failsafe diet is the necessity to provide sweets that appear to be sinfully wicked without being really harmful to you or your child’s health. With our family one of the deprivations felt most keenly is the lack of Indian sweetmeats, so I’m usually on a journey of discovery to…

Brisbane Halwa Delight

I converted this recipe from a Moroccan sweet that I read in the Sunday paper, the picture took me back to the narrow streets between Main Street and Shivaji market in Poona, where row upon row of Bombay Halwas would be stacked in neat jewel bright luminescent colours towers, directly opposite a shop called Karachi…

Gluten Free Pita Bread

I had a long history of failure with gluten-free pita breads, you know, the sort that has a pocket that you can stuff with a filling and carry about to eat.  A pita bread could be called a sandwich, but that’s a fight for another day. However after many failures and searches I found this…

Gluten Free Flat Bread or Chapati

One needs fortitude to eat or bake (or as in my case,  fail spectacularly) at gluten-free bread. Not having the requisite Protestant recipe work ethic, I fell back on abandoning yeast based breads and reverting to type, chapati or indian style flat breads. A friend pointed me towards the non-grains used by Indian women through…

Grass and other seeds

It seems that gluten is a recent addition to human diets, there are whole swathes of us who have never been able to tolerate it very well. With the industrialisation of the food chain, so much gluten appears in processed food, that at some stage, the gluten nearly destroys the lining of your intestine, or…