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.

December 18, 2010

Date and Orange Cookies

These are one of my go-to recipes. I go-to them when I want something quick, I got-to them when I want something easy, and I go-to them when I want something delicious!

Again, I can't lay claim to this recipe, actually I think it's an old Woman's Weekly one, but no matter it's origins, it's fantastic.

Sometimes gluten free flour can taste a bit stronger than wheat flour, but in these biscuits the different flavour compliments the date and orange really well, and it's a plus not a minus.

When I take on catering jobs and there are dietary requirements, I usually make everything gluten/dairy/whatever free as it makes things easier to organise and there's less chance of cross contamination. If the numbers are really large though with just a couple of exemptions, I have a stash of doughs in the freezer that I can pull out and make fantastic free-froms at the drop of a hat. This dough freezes really well uncooked. With a firmer dough I pre portion so I can just take what I need, but this one is quite batter-ry and it can be frozen in small lots in zippy bags. Let it defrost completely before portioning and cooking.

The dough can be made completely in the food processor which is great to save on washing up. Don't forget to let the date mix cool properly though, or the mix will turn out like cake batter. If this happens, don't panic, let it cool down and then drop spoons of mix on the trays to bake.

The mix produces a soft cakey biscuit that is perfect for a quick dunking in tea or coffee. They are very sweet, and definitely NOT low GI- but I won't tell if you don't.
Date Biscuits
2 cups of dried dates
2/3 cup of golden syrup
2/3 cup of water
1/2 tsp bicarb. soda
2 tsp grated orange rind
500g plain gluten free flour
1 1/2 cups castor sugar
200g dairy free margarine
2 eggs
Put dates, water and syrup in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the bicarb soda and orange rind, stir and let cool.
Put into bowl of food processor and pulse until fairly smooth.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it's a nice smooth batter.
I like to let the batter rest for about 1/2 an hour as I find it firms up a bit in this time.

Place tablespoons of mixture on baking paper lined trays, allowing plenty of room for spreading.
Bake at 180* for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool on the trays until firm enough to place on cooling racks.
Brew a nice cup of tea or coffee, and prepare to dunk away!
So Readers, what is your favourite go-to recipe?


  1. They look fantastic, my favorite to go recipe would be -- chopped dates melted down in a pot with a bit of butter then formed into balls and rolled in coconut. Easy, quick and delicous

  2. I'll send my friend Ally over here- she LOVES dates!!

  3. Cheers love, I have a gf friend who will love these. Might try and make a batch for him for Chrissie! :) xx

  4. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Dates are certainly underrepresented in my eats so far. Should fix that!

  5. These look wonderful! But I am loving dates right now so I am probably quite biased :)

  6. Date and orange give a wonderful combo flavour. Love it.

  7. These sound like a lovely almost Middle Eastern type of biscuit! :D

  8. Now this little number sure has come at a good time, Thursday in our house is 'cooking day'..., well it is this year with Christmas just a few days away & its time to get all those little itty bits done in advance. This year we've got 4 at the Chrissy table with dietry requirements and this recipe will do just the thing for one of our favors (or is that favours)... either way we give em they get em lol
    Have an awesomely fabulous Christmas Chef, looking forward to seeing some of the post Christmas tables posted (aaahhh, I'm full of it today aren't I, stumbling over words & what not).
    Happy Christmas Rebecca :)

  9. They look yummy. Nice combo of date and orange.

  10. I love dates and this is a nice change from my usual date bars. Love the combo of dates and oranges. Happy holidays.

  11. Oh these look terrific! I love a bit of 'plain-sweet' to have with my tea!