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.

May 31, 2010

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

The big day is here again. Yes, my baby is growing up. At my own birthday recently, littlej wrote in my card 'mum, now you're xx,(none of your business readers!) wow that's old!' BigJ tried to explain his theory of time/age relativity to her. eg that at 10, one year is only 10% of your life as a whole, and so seems to stretch out forever.(remember when the Christmas holidays seemed to last an age?) But at, say, 40, (and no, I'm not 40 yet) one 12 month period represents 1/40th of your life so far. A much smaller period of time. This explains why time seems to go quicker and quicker the older you get. Does that make sense to you?

Anyway, cupcakes are still allowed at our school for birthdays. This idea is a fun alternative to the same old, same old.

I used a basic buttercake for the base, any one will do. You could probably even get away with a packet mix- but don't tell anyone I said that!- and an Italian Meringue for the frosting. This frosting is dairy free and of course g-free. Almost toasted marshmallow tasting with a smooth luciousness.

I was a bit worried that the cake would be dry, uncovered as it would be for a couple of hours at school, so I added a small teaspoon of jam on top of each cone before piping the frosting. This may not add moisture, but it would add interest and another dimension of flavour.

If you don't have a special tin, just do regular cupcakes with this frosting on top.
This is my tried and true Italian Meringue recipe that I use every week. The eggwhite is actually cooked by the boiling syrup, not left raw, and will keep for as long as the cake will stay fresh.

Italian Meringue

this is enough for 1 or 2 dozen cupcakes depending on level of swirliness.

5 eggwhites
2 1/2 cups castor sugar
2/3 cup water
good pinch of cream of tartar

1. Place sugar and water in a saucepan- make sure there are no crystals stuck to the side as they can cause crystallization

2. Add cream of tartar and slowly bring to the boil, allowing time for the sugar to dissolve

3. Do not stir! At all! I know you're tempted!

4. Boil rapidly for about 2 minutes

5. Place eggwhites in bowl of mixer fitted with a whisk attachment

6. Whisk slightly to aerate. Not to more than loose bubble stage

7. While motor is running on low, drizzle in boiling syrup

8. Crank up motor to high and whisk until only slightly warm and very thick and creamy

9. Use immediately or outside of meringue will start to cool and form a 'skin'

10. Use a blowtorch to toast outside of meringue- go gradually so not to torch meringue. And make sure there is nothing flammable around!

I used a large star nozzle for piping as there are more edges to scorch, but a round end will be fine.
Eat and enjoy!

So readers, does time really seem to fly when you're having fun?

May 27, 2010

First Post

Hello everybody, welcome to my first ever post of the InTolerant Chef!

I ask you to be patient, as this is a whole new experience for me too. I'm sure that changes will be made as I become more proficient at blogging and as I think of new ideas and content.

This blog is about my journey of cooking, 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 am a mother, a wife, a chef and will be wearing all these hats at various times and looking at things from all these points of view. I hope to cover lots of InTolerant recipes, reviews on InTolerant restaurants, products and the occasional guest blogger. Hopefully we can learn from each other and have some fun on the way.

I plan on posting about once a week, sometimes more, so stay in touch and let your friends know about the InTolerant chef!

So tell me readers, what would you like to see on this blog?