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Dairy free rainy weekends

November 7, 2010

When we lived in Melbourne for 2 years, I’m certain it rained a total of 2 days.  There was a drought and it was obvious.  Well lucky us! because for the first time in 9 years, this part of Australia can no longer make that claim.  I swear it has rained here more than not since we arrived and although I’m definitely happy for that and completely recognize the need ….it sucks!.    Being a spoiled Canadian with more fresh water than Australians could ever imagine, I’ve had my fill and want some sunshine now thank you very much.      This girl can only do so much cooking on a rainy day!  :0)

As promised I’ve decided to do a week of dairy free recipes.  Not just lactose free which is an intolerance to dairy, but 100% dairy free and not because I or anyone else in my family is either one of these but because I have a couple of very good friends who are and I find myself empathizing with them.   Imagine what it would be like to be afraid to eat out because you know how terrible the consequences would be.    I’m allergic to certain pain medications and only had to experience the horrible effects from it once to now avoid it like the plague which is easy enough but those who have food allergies must contend with the possible life threatening dangers daily.   Just like peanut and legume allergies, those who have dairy allergies must carry epi pens and be just as careful.

I was surprised by the amount of food items that could contain dairy.

Grains, bread, cereals and pasta: Bread, breakfast cereals and muesli.

Meat, fish, poultry and alternatives: Battered or crumbed food (eg – chicken nuggets) canned fish, meatloaf, meat pies and sausage rolls, sausages, and most processed meats, including deli meats (chicken loaf and salami)

Sauces, condiments, dressings and soups: Commercial soups, dips, gravy, salad dressings, sauces, spreads, stock cubes

Snack foods: Flavoured chips, savoury snacks

Baked goods: Biscuits, cakes, muffins, pastries

Desserts and confectionery: butterscotch, caramel candy, carob, frozen desserts, nougat, puddings, soy chocolate, toffee

Beverage and alcohol: Flavoured coffees, fruit juice, malted milk drinks

Other: Infant formulas based on milk, natural/artificial flavouring, egg replacers, non-dairy whiteners.

Borrowed from Healthyfoodguide.com.au

More than you thought??  me too.   Lucky for me no dairy is already turning out to be easier than no gluten. There are so many great milk alternatives available now even in local grocery stores so hopefully my recipes won’t mind the substitutions!   Funny thing with the first recipe though, I made it on a whim and although I planned on using a sub I changed my mind at the last-minute and guess what???

Dairy free pancakes

I’m quiet pleased with this new-found revelation!  My Pancakes use all cows milk for the liquid but not these!

Easily the simplest pancakes I’ve ever made!   As usual my recipe makes a lot of pancakes so that I can freeze them for pancake sandwiches or toast them for the girls breakfast during the week so go ahead and half the ingredients for less.

These are keepers and the girls didn’t even notice the difference.

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