The first post of the rest of my life

Well here we are … finally ready with my blog.
Everyone is saying the first post needs to be this massive thing, that goes viral immediately, but to be honest with you, I think it should give you some information about the what, who and why of this blog.
Let’s start with the “what”. On this blog you are going to find healthy (and sometimes not so healthy) recipes without any dairy in them.
In addition to the of course super tasty recipes you will also find some nutritional facts about the Vitamins and Minerals that Dairy contains and how you get them in your body without the actual Dairy.
Next in line we have the “who”. Well in this case, the who would be me, Jess. I grew up in Germany, finished school and my apprenticeship there and then moved to England, which should have been only for a year, but here we are two and a half years later and still in England!
My mum is lactose intolerant, so that was the first time I realized that not everyone can enjoy the taste of food with dairy. Now I live together with my partner who has a real allergy against dairy, so when I cook or bake I need to find tasty workarounds.
Last but not least, we have the “why”.
Some of you might be wondering, that it all sounds nice, but why would she create a blog about this? I have an easy answer for you: I want to make the life of people who can’t enjoy dairy a lot easier with providing them with all the information I gathered over time.
But this is enough for today, let’s get this party started!!!

The slowest, quick dinner ever!

Okay by now you might have figured out, that I totally love our slow cooker!

I seriously don’t know how I managed before having one, especially now that we upgraded from the 1,5 liter slow cooker to the big 6,5 liter slow cooker. I know it was a big jump and we could have taken the 3,5 liter first, but I grew up with the motto “Think big or go home” so I went straight for the 6,5 liter slow cooker. 😂

Don’t think that I regret this, quite the opposite is true. I love my slow cooker. Whenever I cook with it I can usually freeze 2-4 portions and it’s saving so much time for me!

So the other day I had my aunt and uncle coming over from Germany to stay with us for a few days, as the builders just finished their repair work, there was a lot to clean and tidy up again. Which is where the slow cooker comes in handy again, as I don’t need to check on it every five minutes. I even sometimes forget that the slow cooker is on until I can smell the food. 😍

As my family was arriving in the evening I wanted to have a quick dinner ready for us, without standing in the kitchen for 30 minutes or more first.

This is what I did:

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You just need 1 red onion (sliced), 5 potatoes (I use red potatoes as I like the taste and texture of them the most) ,7 carrots, 3-4 chicken breasts and two cups of chicken or vegetable broth. This time I used vegetable broth, but it’s really up to you and your taste buts. 😉

Place the vegetables on the bottom and put the chicken breasts on top of it. Pour over the broth of your choice and let it sit on low for 6-7 hours, make sure that the chicken is completely done before serving!

 

The last apple solution: Small and easy Apple Crumble

The other day I tidied up our fridge and I found an apple. That poor apple still looked okay, but neither me or Alex were in the mood to eat it like that.

The day after that I was on the phone with my mum going through some recipe books that I got from her and there it was. A recipe for Apple Crumble!

In that moment I knew what to do with my sad little apple and went on to work straight after the phone call ended.

So if you have sad apples in your house that no one wants to eat, don’t throw them out – make a nice apple crumble instead!

Little Lemon Bites

I admit, this Blog is supposed to have a lot of healthy recipes as well, but baking is just way to much fun to stop!

This time I made my Little Lemon Bites with colorful sprinkles.

You can find the full recipe at the end of this post, but the recipe asks for Buttermilk, so how convenient is it that I already wrote you a post about how to make Dairy-free Buttermilk yourself! 😂

In Germany we call this shape of Cake a “Gugelhupf“, so in this case I used a Mini-Gugelhupf silicon form, to get this shape, but really any mini cake form will do.

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The struggle is real

I need to be honest with you here, I absolutely looooove everything that has to do with dairy: Cheese, Yogurt, Pastry, Milk, etc.
When I was still living with my mum who “only” has a lactose intolerance I still got everything I wanted, after that living with my Dad I didn’t even need to think about dairy  problems at all!
Now I’m living together with Alex who is allergic to dairy. This means when I make food and I want to eat cheese or any other dairy product for that matter, that I’m preparing his meal first to avoid any contamination of dairy. Because even the slightest bit can cause an allergic reaction.
At the beginning I still bought normal milk and cheese and all the stuff I would usually eat, but making sure that it doesn’t get in touch with the food Alex is eating can be quite exhausting. So by now whenever I’m grocery shopping I check the ingredients label first to make sure that there is no dairy involved.
Thinking about it, I also reduced my dairy intake drastically. Mostly I try to cook and bake without dairy, but every now and then I have a french friend over, who is bringing the good cheese from France and we’ll cook a nice cheese dinner with it. 😂
There is also a very positive part to this, as my chocolate actually stays my chocolate and I don’t need to worry about it being eaten whilst I’m out of the house. 🍫😂
Overall it really isn’t too bad, it can just be super exhausting to always check the ingredients and I know that Alex hates that allergy too, so I’m trying to make life a little bit easier with cooking and baking food that he usually wouldn’t be able to eat.

Butternut Squash – Sweet Potato Soup

and I finally got to use my new, big slow cooker again. 😍

Unfortunately it seems like summer is over, but it is no reason to be sad as autumn is just around the corner, for comfy food like soups, stews and pies.

So let’s start off in this comfy season with a Butternut Squash – Sweet Potato Soup made in the Slow Cooker. Of course you can also just cook the soup in a pot, but I personally prefer the slow cooker as I can just turn it on and do other stuff whilst the soup is getting ready, without me needing to worry about burning and over floating of the pot.

 

 

What to do when the recipe requires Buttermilk?

So you know this feeling when you check out new recipes that you want to try and then it requires Buttermilk.

Luckily it is super easy to make your own Dairy-free Buttermilk. 🙂

All you need is about 250 ml of your favorite Dairy-free milk and mix it with 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (or Apple Cider Vinegar, that’s up to you).

Let it sit for about 10 minutes and you have the same consistency as normal Buttermilk, so that your cooking and baking can start and the results can be awesome!

Super tasty Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

So I had a dentist appointment the other day and going to the dentist is really stressing me out! When I’m stressed – I bake! So here is my stress baking recipe.

It makes about 12 cupcakes and as I couldn’t eat all of them alone, I took them to the office, where they were gone within a few minutes.

One of the main things when baking cupcakes is, that all ingredients need to have the same temperature (best is room temperature) with that the products combine a lot easier and you can avoid over mixing a little bit better!