One of the most common questions I get asked when people hear about the boys' food allergies is, 'What do you all eat then? It must be so hard!'
I reply that we eat very well. Good old fashioned meals, cooked from scratch, and it's not very hard at all.
That got me thinking that it would be good to share some of our favourite dinners. Simple family dinners that don't need fancy ingredients or hours of preparation in the kitchen. They are dairy free, wheat free, egg free and nut free.
But certainly not taste free.
So let's get going with the first one.
The slow cooking of this makes the meat so soft and tender.
Although it takes over four hours to cook, for most of those 4 hours you aren't actually doing anything. If you don't have a slow cooker you could also make this in a casserole dish in a low oven for around the same length of time.
One thing to watch out for if you are gluten free is the mustard you use. Some types will have gluten in them so do double check the ingredients. I use Dijon mustard as it tends to be fine. You could use a whole grain mustard if you aren't concerned about food allergies but they do often have gluten in them. Like I said, and you probably always do if dealing with allergies anyway, just double check ingredients lists!
You will need:
8 pork loin steaks
1ltr carton of apple juice (cheap &cheerful is absolutely fine)
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, well chopped
2 tbsp cornflour
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 - 4 tablespoons honey
- Put your pork loins, sliced onion & chopped garlic in the slow cooker (or your casserole dish, if you don't have one).
- Pour over all of the apple juice then cook on HIGH for around 4 hours, or on LOW for about 6-8 hours.
- Once the cooking time is almost up, ladle out about 1 pint of the cooking liquid, put it into a small pan and heat it up until nearly boiling.
- Mix the cornflour with enough cold water to dissolve it and make a loose paste.
- Add the cornflour paste to the heated up liquid and mix in. It should thicken up nicely. If you think it's too thick then take a little more of the liquid from the slow cooker.
- Add the mustard and the honey to the sauce and mix in well.
- Serve the pork covered in the sweet appley sauce and put out the extra sauce in a gravy jug on the table.
If you want you can serve it with some fresh apple sauce as well as some potatoes and veg of your choice.
On the way to hang out the washing I walk past our dwarf sunflowers.
Today I noticed a little visitor on one of them.
We're trying to make the most of the late summer warmth and enjoy the garden before the autumn chill puts a stop to us.
My only complaint though?
As promised last week, here is the completed little alien.
Alongside his snoozing buddy.
I didn't plan it, but he goes rather well with the colours in Fraser's blanket!
Since completing Meep I have nearly finished another project but that one needs to remain secret for now as it's a present for someone who might be reading this.
A Christmas present actually.
I know it's only August but I'm trying to get way ahead with my handmade gifts this year because by the time November comes round life becomes a whirlwind of festive activities.
I'm planning on giving as many handmade presents as possible this year. If not handmade by me, then handmade by other crafters.
I also hope to share some ideas that I come across on here, in case anyone else is planning a handmade Christmas too. Although, as with this weeks make, a few will just need to wait until the new year before I can share them!
I still have plenty apples left over so am planning a while spent in the kitchen this week turning them into some lovely chutney, as well as a few other appley bakes.
A good weekend all round!
I shared this on the Facebook page the other day so some of you may have already seen this, but for those of you who haven't, this is the very first piece of work that Alasdair (5) did when he started school.
'Is mise' is mi-she (small I sound, like mint without the nt & small e sound, like shed without the d!) is the Gaelic for 'I am' and he has drawn a lovely picture of himself.
He always draws Fraser in his pictures of himself too and that's him at the bottom.
The other wee thing in the picture is my parents' dog. I'm not sure why he decided to add him!
And if you look at his face there is a line beside one of his eyes. That's meant to be a patch of eczema he had on his face and had scratched a little, making it look like a little red line.
He thought it all out very carefully!