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.

January 2, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2015



Happy New Year Dear Readers!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with lots of fun, family, friends and feasting!

Here at the InTolerant Household we had a lovely time with no Doggy Dramas like last year. Just lots of relaxing and of course, plenty of food as always :)  Would you care to share a peep at our day?


A little treat for Santa- he has to keep his strength up you know



All wrapped up and ready to go!



InTolerant Cat just couldn't stand it any longer. Once we started ripping off the wrapping paper, she just had to get stuck in too. She was very efficient with those fangs of hers



Aha, Smoked salmon! Just what she always wanted :)



The table starting to get loaded up with Festive Feasting


Beautiful roasts just waiting to be popped into the oven. The tray is loaded up with my own fresh garlic and herbs, onions, green apple wedges and a litre of sparkling apple juice to keep the roasts nice and moist and to help make an awesome pan gravy later. Lamb, chicken and turducken snuggled in comfy cosy- the pork was baked separately as it is so fatty


Slow roasted for hours and basted with lovely, sticky juices from time to time


Look at that crackling!



Duck fat roast potatoes, celariac, pumpkin, parsnips, onion, garlic and a tray of scalloped potatoes as well



Baby tri-coloured carrots, green and butter beans, sugar snap and snow peas, all tossed with fresh parsley, EVOO and saffron white balsamic



Littlej's plate- I'm pretty sure the veggies were just there to keep me from nagging. As you can see it takes a lot to feed a growing girl. Please note that this was only her first helping, she did come back for seconds :)



Our Guilty Secret...don't tell my chef friends, but Tomato Sauce makes an appearance at practically every meal. BigJ just loves it, and has even been known to have it straight on toast in the morning- yuck! I believe it has it's place, and that's NOT on the Christmas Table!!!



What would Christmas be without Leftovers? Here we have the bird roasts, pork and lots of veggies cut up ready to mix with leftover gravy to make meals for the next little while. I love having dishes ready-to-go in the freezer for busy/lazy days over Summer



So Dear Readers, I hope you enjoyed our day as much as we did, and how did you spend Christmas this year?




 

18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your tree photos and Christmas wrap up and have been checking the blog eagerly every day for this! That present photo is just stunning! Does everyone want to come to your place for Christmas? :D

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    1. Thankyou indeed Lorraine, what a lovely compliment! I really like to have everything colour coordinated- even the presents. Those are the family pressies under that tree, the friend pressies are all in blue and silver under the blue tree :) You are certainly welcome at our Christmas table anytime sweetie! xox

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  2. Oh my goodness, just look at the tree loaded with presents underneath! What a treat for all, Bec! All those goodies on your table too, I can just imagine how delicious it all tasted. We must get together soon... happy new year lovely lady xox

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    1. Thanks Liz, we did have a lovely time didn't we :) Give me a ring when you're free lovely x

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  3. What a gorgeous Christmas! I'm in awe of all you cooked for Christmas lunch. If I'd suggested roasting meat John would have gone all "Castle" on me and said, "You're dreamin! It's seafood - cold." I like your meal better. :)

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    1. My family just won't let me skimp on the roasts Maureen! Seafood would be a lovely change indeed :) x

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  4. Such beautifully wrapped gifts. Its a magical wonderland Bec. Love that kitty got smoked salmon too. That darn spoilt cat..... you must have a very large oven girl, cause that is a lot of roasting. it all looks very very delicious- your lucky girls.

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    1. I do have a lovely big oven Tania, but as it was loaded with two racks of roasts and another of veggies, I still had to spill over into the convection microwave oven for the potato bake :) Kitty was certainly spoilt wasn't she, but the dog was too with his chicken breasts as a present as well! xox

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  5. Everything looks so delightful! Best wishes to you for 2015!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I hope yours is wonderful too :)

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  6. Firstly, thank you so much for the gift of smoked rice. I was really thrilled to receive it. Thank you for thinking of me. Your Christmas Day looks very celebratory. I love your three meats waiting to be roasted and how good does your pork crackle look! What a great feast and I'm glad to see the cat didn't miss out and it's always a joy to have lots and lots of leftovers - the celebration lives on! xx

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    1. You are more than welcome Charlie dear! Our furry friends never miss out, I bet your cuties got some sneaky snacks as well :) Our Christmas was definitely smaller in numbers t than yours, but I bet we had even more food! You're welcome to help us get through all the leftovers as well! Xox

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  7. Looks like an amazing feast!

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    1. Thanks Jannie! We certainly enjoyed it indeed :)

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  8. Screw my family, next year I'm comin to yours for Christmas. My God, woman!

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    1. You're certainly welcome indeed Fran! Mind you, I thought your camping trip looked like a fantastic time and your ham was awesome :) xox

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  9. Did I just see crackling?!! Why is it too hard to resist even by just looking! That Christmas table looked fab with all those great looking food!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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    1. Thanks guys! I always have to make extra crackle - it stops arguing over who gets the biggest piece :) x

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