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.

October 2, 2012

Sublime Honey Sorbet





















Have you heard of Capilano Honey?


Capilano Honey is the market leader of honey in Australia, packing premium quality honey produced by Australian beekeepers. They are a fantastic Australian company that have been having a bit of a tough time lately.

Last week there was a fire in one of the sheds at their main site in Brisbane, and earlier last month Capilano co-founder, Tim Smith sadly passed away.

Tim and his brother Bert began the business around Brisbane back in 1953, and the business name Capilano comes from the Capilano district in Canada where Tim met his wife Jill when he was stationed there in WW2  and later proposed to her on the Capilano Bridge- how romantic!

Happily there is still some great stuff going on at Capilano, where they have recently launched their first Australian Certified Organic Honey.
Capilano's normal premium blend is pure natural honey from Australian hives, but consumer and professional demand for Organic goods has led to the Australian Organic Certification for this delicious product.


When I first heard about this honey, I thought about my parents farm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, which is also certified organic. Knowing  how tricky that is to maintain, I wondered,  how on earth do you track thousands of bees each and every day to know where they fly off to?
Well, apparently all hives must be organic, and only exposed to natural environments including the exclusion of all pesticides for pest management and crops, within 5km of surrounding land. The native flora the honey is extracted from, right down to the diet of the bees themselves needs to be certified organic as well. You must be pretty dedicated to take on that job!

























I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely bottle of delcious organic honey to play with, and wanted to come up with a recipe that would show off it's flavour as well as using it's great health benefits to shake off my lingering Winter flu/lurgy.

I didn't want to actually 'cook' with the honey as heating it can destroy some of it's health giving properties, which are quite antibacterial, and Capilano purposly doesn't pasteurise the honey either as it just isn't necesary with such a great natural product.


Through my flu-ridden fog, somehow I came up with Honey Sorbet.

Perfect! It would show off all the fantastic qualities of the honey, only used 3 ingredients, was delicious, easy, and nice and soothing to swallow. Win Win for me!




















200 ml Capilano Organic Honey
50 ml-ish Liquid Glucose
500 ml Water





















Honey is just perfect for sweetness and flavour, you need extra for a frozen dessert. The glucose is to keep the ice crystals nice and small. You also need as much air incorporated into the mix as possible for a lovely smooth end result

For a few tips on making great sorbet, check out this earlier post :
http://intolerantchef.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/seasonal-cheer.html





Put the glucose and water into a saucepan and heat until just boiling, stirring now and then to melt the glucose























Let it cool, but while still fairly warm, stir in the honey, and keep mixing until it's totally dissolved























Pour into a shallow container and chill throughly






















Churn the lovely liquid mixture in an icecream machine- I used my Kenwood IceCream Bowl Attatchment-  or pull your bowl out of the freezer and whisk from time to time as it's setting to avoid large ice crystals forming and to keep it fluffy and light























Look how gorgeous this is!




















Serve your sublime Honey Sorbet as a lovely light dessert- secure in the knowlege that it's fat free, delicious, organic, and good for you. Guilt free eating at it's best!


















So Dear Readers, are you more inclined to buy a product if it's certified Organic?






Disclosure: Honey was gifted by the lovely people at Capilano. Thanks guys!


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38 comments:

  1. Yum! You know I don't think I've ever come across honey sorbet before! Ice cream definitely but not sorbet! :D

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    1. It makes a nice dairy-free change Lorraine- Yummo! :)

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  2. This sorbet looks heavenly! And yes, we buy organic as much as possible. The taste difference for me is huge...and I certainly do not want chemicals or other such nastiness in my food.

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    1. Thanks Ina, that's also the same reason I try to grow as many of my own veggies as I can too

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  3. You're such an engaging writer, Rebecca. I don't know how you do your cooking and blogging with all your injuries and your husband's injuries and your daughter's injuries! That is a lovely story about the history of this honey company. And like you say, keeping bees organic must be quite a big commitment. I've never had honey sorbet. I'd like to try this xx

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    1. Awww shucks Charlie! That's thanks indeed, but I love waking up to my dose of daily drama and giggles on your blog :)
      You'll be glad to hear that BigJ and littlej are all OK and on the mend- finally, so that just leaves me a bit broken for a bit longer, but at least I'm over the flu! :) xox

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  4. Anything that starts off as sublime instantly grabs my attention, and yes I think this would be just the ticket!
    I try and buy organic as much as possible. I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to go to through the lengthy process of being certified.

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    1. Thanks sweetie. It sure costs a fortune too! My parents worked so hard for their certification, and didn't get one extra cent from BiLo when they grew herbs commercially for them at all.

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  5. this looks amazing. that is incredible your parents have an organic farm. and i often wonder about how organic products can really be kept organic for reasons like bees flying where they want! and yes i am inclined to buy organic

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    1. They had to be very careful indeed Muppy, even down to what mixtures they use to drench the cattle. The taste and quality is well worth the odd spot or two on a veggie :)

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  6. A lovely & special sorbet, i say! :)
    Yummy Yum!

    I made your smaller pear cakes & they turned out beautifully! ( all your recipes do that!!! )xxx

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    1. Oh yay! I love to hear when someone makes my recipes and enjoys them! I'm so glad you think that :) xox

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  7. Gorgeous recipe :) Perfect weather for it too!

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    1. It's sure warming up Nic, but we are expecting minus 1 AGAIN this weekend!!!!

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  8. Looks sweet and refreshing! I've not given it much though, but yes, organic honey must be so much more challenging than most other organic produce! Kudos to the people who care enough to take it on.

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    1. Thanks Leaf, it certainly requires a lot of work and commitment indeed!

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  9. Your husband and daughter are also injured???
    I wish I could always buy organic, but we simply can't do it...
    However, for something like this sorbet... with so few ingredients (and so the quality of those ingredients is so important)... I would certainly buy the best possible!
    If we ever win lotto... it would be organic all the way :-)

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    1. We sound like a load of crocks, don't we Janet! My hubby broke his collar bone and hand recently falling off his mountain bike, but has finally got rid of the cast and sling. The rest of us will be fine- eventually :)

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  10. Darling, I didn't know Kenwood did a freezer bowl attachment!! Not sure if it will work with our lower-end model, but I'm going to check it out. I adore honey, and am really delighted that organic honeys are coming onto the market. Like you, I'm amazed to think what the process must be like to get certification! Your sorbet looks divine! xx

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    1. They make an attachment for EVERYTHING Celia! I've got my eye on the mincer next to make my own sausages and to mince the herbs for curry pastes. Mincing the herbs is so superior to chopping the herbs in a processor and much easier than pounding with motar and pestle :)
      Thanks sweetie, it certainly was yummy! xox

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  11. The sorbet looks gorgeous. I actually prefer it to icecream and that not just because of my dairy allergy either!

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    1. Why thanks, sorbets can be nice and creamy too without the extra richness of dairy. InTolerant food can be just as tasty as any other! :)

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  12. Oh what a lovely idea. I've been promising the bloke more iced treats this summer and have been planning a honey ice cream for him!

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    1. I hope you get that one up soon too Amanda, I love icy desserts in Summer- Yummo!

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  13. Oh it looks so good, I have been craving, ice-creams, gelatos and sorbets! I will have to give this one a go. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I hope you like it, I love icy treats too. Let me know how you go :)

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  14. That sounds sooo yummy! What a perfect way to showcase the honey flavour! I do prefer to buy certified organic for environmental reasons, but am not too militant with it.

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    1. That's right Christie, sometimes I need to shop within my budget, but I certainly understand why organic costs more!

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  15. Dear InTolerantChef,

    Honey sorbet sounds really enticing, especially on a hot day. I don't think I've come across this flavour as a sorbet before.

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    1. Thanks Chopinand, I hope you enjoy it! What's your favourite flavour?

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  16. Such a beautiful post and recipe! I adore honey ice-cream, this sorbet would be just lovely, I'm sure. I would absolutely buy organic honey - I hear the flavour is supreme!
    Heidi xo

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    1. Thanks Heidi! The honey flavour is gorgeous for sure, and this is suprisingly smooth and creamy too. Yummo! :)

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    1. Thanks Carol! Those are the best type of recipes aren't they? :)

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