Continuing Our Summer Challenge!

#FamilyFoodieFun! All Summer Long!

This Summer is all about encouraging families to have fun with food! 
So far, we have “Had fun with food!” and looked at all kinds of “Party Food!” In fact I have got so into the party food, I have had to join our local gym and start working off all the cake we have recently consumed in our house! We have had 3 big family parties and I have enjoyed creating the party themes, cakes, biscuits and magical memories for each and every one!

There has been a Superman party for our one year old! He has food allergies, including dairy, eggs and nuts, so the challenge was to bake a yummy cake he could really enjoy! I succeeded and you can see from the photo…Harry thought the cake was amazing!

There is no reason why anyone with a food allergy should miss out on celebrations and sweet treats! Here is the recipe if you would like to try baking this dairy/egg/nut free cake!

Dairy/Egg/Nut Free chocolate cake recipe. 
Can be used for a cake or cupcakes:

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup of cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarb
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/3 cup veg oil
1 cup water
Makes 1 good size sandwich tin or 12–18 cupcakes/ muffins
Cooks at 160 in a fan oven (30m-40 min)
Makes a lovely moist cake and you can ice with dairy free butter! (You can also make your own dairy/egg free fondant to cover a cake too!)

Our next party we hosted was a Magical Princess Afternoon Tea for our 3 year old and a few of her friends! We had face painting, games, afternoon tea with princess themed food and they all had magic wand biscuits to decorate and take home! It was truly a magical day with so much glitter, sparkle and huge princess castle cake too! (Mummy nearly had a mental breakdown at 2:45am creating this cake!) But it was all worth it to see her face in the morning!

And finally we have just travelled all the way to North Yorkshire for my Dad’s 70th surprise birthday party! 9 hours in a car with a toddler, baby and buttercream cake is enough to send any parents over the edge!!! But we did it and the party was a huge success, the catering was amazing and the cake made it in one piece! Thank goodness!

So, now all the big family birthdays are done for quite some time, I can get back to family life! I feel we need to concentrate on wholesome, healthy family meals this week (before we jet off on holiday for a week!) I feel I need to take some time out and enjoy cooking with my daughter again, it’s been all about baking and sweet treats recently! Time to start cooking meals with Brooke again and getting her involved in chopping, grating, mixing and creating! I will also be showing you how easy it is to take a classic family recipe and create a smaller version for someone with a food allergy, as it really isn’t difficult or time consuming and I feel so passionately about Harry not missing out or seeing any difference in the food we are eating and the food he is eating! It is a challenge I embrace as a Mummy of a little one with food allergies and I love seeing him really enjoying his food!

So look out for my next blog, coming soon to showcase lots of family meals and how to adapt a classic recipe for people with a food allergy. 
Fun food for everyone!


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