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annina

difficult diet

I have to cook all course meal for Christmas for a guest that has difficult diet.I need them to participate in meal with others so food needs to taste and look good. this is what I have to work with the challenge I face that will be eased with suggestions of help by community are as follows:
YES vegetables all,pulses/ legumes all, nuts- nut milks nut butters, poultry, fish, herbs, salads and herbs all, eggs,flours wholegrain all kinds including nut flours polenta meal etc, cottage cheese.
sodium bicarbonate,lemons.yes to yoghurt plain and greek.

now the no no's -----
no sugars any kind only vanilla pod or carob possibly cocoa powder,
no fruit or fruit juices, no dairy minimum amount butter as one off, no milk no cheese,no red meat, nothing refined flours, nothing fermeted vinegars etc or alcohol,
no mushrooms or yeast products,no peanuts.no stimulants coffee tea etc.


As you can see very restricted- I can tackle some breads within these paramiters and poultry and fish and vegetables and pulses and make something special tasting and looking but I am stuck for a dessert or several desserts cocktails appetisers that stay within this, I can make own coconut milk and butters and nut butters.
I just don't know what to make that will impress as xmas meal.... I have elaborate meal for rest of crew but lost as to how to please this individual - need help to practice few dishes before Christmas. help help help anyone.

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Queen of Puds

Heavens, how awkward

Blimey, what a test. Everything must taste of cardboard. I'd suggest a creme brulee if you could use sweeteners, or even to turn cottage cheese into a baked curd tart with or without pastry, but it is the lack of the sweetness that will cause most difficulty. I'll put my thinking cap on ....

You can't even do fruit baked in foil by the sounds of it.

Errr .... Give me a day or 2 ....

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Lindsey, Food Editor

difficult diet

Hello annina,

Lots to think about!

Can they have artificial sweetener?

Gelatin?

Lindsey

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Queen of Puds

Ice cream ...

Made with coconut milk & infused with a little rosewater?? What sweeteners can you use? Anything?

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annina

help is on the way...

thankyou for so much interest I have been online looking for recipes no luck always one ingredient no good.... and cant find suitable substitute... no sugars whatsoever, including artificial sweetners but I 'm pretty sure can use coconut, carob and cocoa the original no sugar variety pure and vanilla pod...
forgot to add I can use tomatoes.... which I didn't mention and lemon and avocado. think that is range of ingredients I assume I can bake with nut flours as long as whlegrain milled to varied degrees will be okay French use a lot almond flour... I know it is awful to cuisine with such limitations but im sure everyone will help.

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annina

no sweetners at all no sugars any kind

no sweetners or honey, just vanilla pod or vanilla extract.
I was thinking a sorbet lemon or I saw these coconut things they eat in Hawaii ---- aghhh!

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annina

Hmm sounds good

that does sound Christmassy....im allowed to use carob cocoa original whole grain I suppose fruit teas okay as they don't have fruit in it per say... mint teas,,, herbs any kind edible flowers I really need to make an effort to try and create something that came out of a 5 star place without lack of ingredients being an excuse to fail...

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Lindsey, Food Editor

difficult diet

Pancakes (cooked in an oiled pan) made with buckwheat flour, coconut milk and lemon, filled with lemon Greek yoghurt and toasted almonds.

If they can have gelatin perhaps a Coconut and Vanilla Jelly served with roasted nuts.


Best wishes

Lindsey

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annina

gelatin if vegetarian okay

I think gelatin is okay in that made with fish I think so no starchy refines stuff going on... I think I could make a home made potatoe starch I suppose.

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annina

yes yes yes sounds good


"Pancakes (cooked in an oiled pan) made with buckwheat flour, coconut milk and lemon, filled with lemon Greek yoghurt and toasted almonds.

If they can have gelatin perhaps a Coconut and Vanilla Jelly served with roasted nuts.


Best wishes

Lindsey"

sounds fab where do I find recippee steps. how do I make it look stunning as other dessert for common folk look stunning so I need to impress with this one and not make it look like just settled something easy on plate to simply adhere to ingredients- do you know what I mean.

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annina

thankyou 2 minds think better than one


"Blimey, what a test. Everything must taste of cardboard. I'd suggest a creme brulee if you could use sweeteners, or even to turn cottage cheese into a baked curd tart with or without pastry, but it is the lack of the sweetness that will cause most difficulty. I'll put my thinking cap on ....

You can't even do fruit baked in foil by the sounds of it.

Errr .... Give me a day or 2 ...."

I've been thinking about it a month.. and doing the research online past few days not much closer to solution.. need ideas that will work and stick to ingredients... if it is in back of your mind next few days you may think of something I haven't thought of thankyou for taking the time.

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Lindsey, Food Editor

difficult diet

If you send an email to feedback@deliaonline.com about the recipe you would like I will drop you a line.

Thanks

Lindsey

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Welshcookie

gelatine

Annina, you mention gelatine being made of fish. Have I got the wrong end of the stick, because gelatine is not made of fish. Agar agar, as the vegetarian gelatine, is made from seaweed, is that what you are thinking of?

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annina

allowed


" Annina, you mention gelatine being made of fish. Have I got the wrong end of the stick, because gelatine is not made of fish. Agar agar, as the vegetarian gelatine, is made from seaweed, is that what you are thinking of? "

yes sorry I meant that she is not allowed to eat red meat so the animal version of gelatine is fine or the vegetarian on also.

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Queen of Puds

Difficult diet

Hi Annina,
I think that as you have some time, I would start by making a few custards using some of the ingredients you can use so you can taste & decide what works best - as eggs are ok, follow a normal custard method, but use coconut milk & eggs flavoured with rosewater if allowed or vanilla to start with, or even a mix of both. I think it might be best if you can get Maggi coconut powder to make the milk because it adds thickness as well as flavour which will help the texture, again if allowed - I buy from Tesco - are you in the Uk? Anyway, then once you have the flavour that seems to work best, you can chill & freeze as for ice cream, perhaps adding toasted coconut flakes or finely shaved beetroot that has been crisped up in the oven as a garnish (looks like rose petals & has a hint of sweetness). It won't be properly sweet but may be pretty enough? You could always make the pancakes Lindsey suggests! and cut small discs to put in muffin tin moulds until they crisp up in the oven to serve the ice cream in. I might also try making a beetroot puree & churn freezing that to see whether it works as a stunning pink ice cream? Add nuts to decorate ... Best I can think of for now .... Still thinking though:)

 
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