As a mummy of 2, trying to find any time to spend with and spoil the hus-beast is difficult even on birthdays anniversaries and valentines, especially when by the time he gets home from work and everyone is fed and we finally get those amazing, full on, beautiful miracles we call children in bed at the end of the day all I want to do is curl up on the sofa and eat the chocolate I desperately want to thank my loving other half for buying for me preferably with a nice glass of wine.
BUT spare a thought for those who can’t even enjoy the chocolate, and in some cases wine, they so desperately crave. Having given up dairy 16 months ago because of nursing my, then, 3 month old baby girl, who unfortunately has quite a severe intolerance (and potential allergy) to dairy, I can honestly say holidays and birthdays suck! I LOVE chocolate and really do like a big fat cheesy pizza but in order to continue nursing my baby they had to go.
I know what some will say just stop nursing, but then what???? Give my baby formula? well those are derived from processed cows milk… which obviously is a no go, so the next alternative is dairy free formula, which tastes and smells nasty (try it if you don’t believe me). So yes by making some small changes to what I eat I have managed to continue to nurse my baby without making her ill, and surprisingly it’s done me some good too. It’s the main consolation for me and many like me who have cut food groups out of their diet for the sake of their child health but it really does suck when every shop window or TV advert is selling you chocolate loaded desserts or boxes of chocolate with a bottle of wine on every holiday or special occasion.
So in the last year I have been on the hunt for decent dairy alternatives… cheese is something I’m still struggling to replace although some of the Sainsburys own free from cheeses are passable in a sandwich or wrap and there is even a vegan pizza cheese that I’m looking forward to trying, and thankfully a lot of the wines I like are also free from milk…yes people you read that right some wines have milk in! Chocolate is thankfully quite easy to find passable alternatives for, mostly dark chocolate but you quickly get used to it and not all of them are bitter. Lidl do a lovely dark chocolate for only 30p for 100g, Cadbury’s hot chocolate (double check the packets as only some varieties) is also dairy free but only if you make it up with an alternative milk or water, a lot of biscuits for example chocolate bourbons, rich tea, pink wafers and party rings are dairy free so you don’t have to go without the occasional spoils but really home baking is the way forward unless you have plenty of spare change as a lot of free from foods are simply not worth the extra ££££.
So tonight for valentines in an effort to spoil the other half and also enjoy some of the yumminess instead of moping around whining that I can’t have chocolate I have made my own dairy free chocolate moose, also gluten and nut free.
Equipment – 2 large and 1 small mixing bowls, whisk (electric ideally), microwave or double boiler for melting chocolate, spatula, tablespoon and serving dishes
Recipe – 100g dark chocolate, 4 tbsp caster sugar and 5 small / 4 large eggs
Method – In the small bowl melt the chocolate and set it to one side to cool as you don’t want it while it’s still hot. Into the other large bowls separate the eggs. Now add the sugar to the egg yolks. Whisk up the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add the slightly cooled chocolate to the egg yolks and sugar mix and combine, if the chocolate is too hot you’ll end up with chocolate scrambled eggs. Finally add a little egg white into the chocolate mix to loosen it up before gently folding in the remaining egg whites until fully combined. Pour the mix into your serving dishes (4 tumblers not quite as full as I have shown in the picture or 6 small wine glasses). Move to the fridge for at least 4 hours to set and enjoy x
Better stop writing now as need to police the small people before injuries occur.