When I left home for university I couldn’t cook. Well I could enough to survive – like toast, boiled eggs, sausages and mashed potato. But my skills were certainly very limited. Mum went out and bought me two cookbooks – Basic Cooking and Cooking for One, in hope that I may be able to expand my variety a bit.
Now don’t get me wrong, Mum had taught me to cook but I wasn’t very good at it. I could burn anything! My younger sister was great at it so I left it to her. However, with them now being 500km away I needed to learn to fend for myself.
Over the next few years I gradually taught myself how to cook. Most things were packet mixes or recipe bases but my repertiore had certainly expanded. Once I got married and had kids my desire to learn to cook better increased.
When my second daughter was diagnosed with both dairy and soy allergies I discovered just how processed the food in the supermarket. I was surprised by some of the ingredients used in products. I could no longer just go and buy anything that wasn’t fresh fruit, vegetables and non processed meat. Dairy and/or Soy was in everything!!!!! I had no choice but to expand my cooking skills and learn how to adapt recipes to eliminate dairy and soy. Let’s just say this has been an interesting challenge for someone who could not cook when they left home. But it is a journey that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
These days everything (well almost) is made from scratch. I am definietly no Masterchef but I can certainly make tasty meals and snacks. Most of the recipes I will be sharing are easy simple yet tasty meals and snacks that even the most ”Cooking Challenged” can master. For most of them you won’t need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing them because honestly I just don’t have the time to spare to do that (sometimes I just love to though!). These recipes are designed so you can provide your family with lovely healthy meals without taking up too much of your time.
For those of you who have are on the allergy journey I have also dedicated a whole section to recipes that are Soy and Dairy free!