I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.

Gluten and lactose are not my friends.

Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.

I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

August 19, 2010


I like dairy products. I like cheese, yogurt, butter and cream. The only trouble is, it doesn’t like me back. I’m always looking for some yummy lactose free alternatives. Luckily, there are some fantastic products for those like me who aren’t fond of soy milk.

I like to use Zymil fresh lactose free milk, UHT Liddels lactose free milk and cream, Butter has very little lactose (yay), and I can handle some goat and sheep milk cheeses.

This works for me, it may not work for you. Remember you are responsible for your own body!

Anyway, I found this nice looking sheep’s milk yogurt from Meredith Dairy at our local markets. Meredith Dairy also make some yummy goats cheese I enjoy, and I’ve liked the sheeps milk cheese I’ve had, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was hard to describe... not the strong taste of goat, but a kind of lanoliny flavour. Not unpleasant.... just different.

I tried it plain, I tried it drizzled with apple syrup, hmmm... then I had a light bulb moment! I would try it savoury. This made so much more sense to my taste buds! I think they were just a wee bit confused before. So the answer...’Labne’ a fresh cheese made from yoghurt. Perfect!

The secret to a nice creamy labne is to remove as much liquid from the yoghurt as possible. The best way to do this at home is to line a fine meshed sieve with some cheesecloth – or a clean chux will work well, and suspend it over a bowl.

Pour in the yoghurt and cover completely. Don’t squeeze, or you will squeeze out the solids, and all we want to get rid of is the excess liquid.

Place in the fridge and ignore it for at least 24hrs, but a bit longer won’t hurt either.
Drain off the liquid, and then carefully unwrap the little package. You now have a lovely fresh cheese! This needs to be stored in the fridge and I would still eat it by the use by date of the yoghurt.

You can roll this in balls and then in some herbs, or serve as is drizzled with olive oil. I also like to use this to make dips as they have a bit more substance this way and don’t get that icky watery stuff floating on top.

Anyway, this will be served as part of cheese platter along with some soft goat camembert, some quince paste, rice crackers, a nice crunchy green apple, and a great big glass of sauvignon blanc.
All for me! Maybe I’ll have a nice hot bubbly bath to go with it!

So Readers, what do you like to do to unwind?


  1. oh my - you are so clever!!!
    I normally 'unwind' with a good workout and then a big glass of wine ... yeah kinda counter-productive but oh well ;)

  2. There you go again being all inventive. I would never of have thought of that (bad chef.. bad chef); but I'd be pretty interested in a cheese platter like that, a glass or 2 of the Sav Blanc, a long hot soak in the bath with a good book. Blisssssss!

  3. LOL we are on the same wavelength. I made labne a few days ago. I love the stuff and it's so easy!

  4. Hello again readers, there is nothing wrong with a big glass of wine, I'm sure if we look hard enough we could find a scientific study spouting how incredibly good for us it really is.
    Lorraine, great minds really do think alike, so we must be genius(s)- the plural to genius!
    Thanks for the link Anna, it's a great blog with heaps of information. I've got a rack for my bath that has a built in reading shelf and a special holder for a wine glass...jealous?

  5. Oh Wow! Dairy free labne! I continue to be intrigued by your flexibility and creativity :)And to unwind, a good book and a cup of tea works every time!

  6. labne looks really good- i like to do nothing to relax- actually, I like to dirnk cocktails to relax.

  7. İ make the stuff all the time and never cease to tire of it as it is so versitile. There is also a great range of sheep cheeses here as well.

  8. Wow..nice~
    i might give that a try too ^^
    I like the name of ur blog =)

  9. Hello Lovelies!

    Honey, my favourite tea is Dilmah Earl Grey. What's yours?

    Gastronomy Gal, I've not been into too many cocktails, but I'm a sucker for a nice GnT.

    Simcha, I hope it's cheaper as I pay a minimum of $35kg, and up to $65kg for some.

    Hello Yuki! Nice to see some more Canberrans out and about in blog land.

    Hope you have a lovely week Readers.

  10. hi! i just wanted to say that sheep's milk yoghurt, with a little lemon juice and sugar syrup added, makes the best yoghurt sorbet ever.