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It’s Sweet Tooth Thursday: Allergy Friendly Chocolate Cake (dairy-free, egg-free, corn-free) or …

… a little part of my birth story in the boonies

I know, I know, I didn’t post anything for … *ahem* … three months … oups … . Well, I got busy and the time was flying. Sorry about this.

But today is a special day. I just had to write a post. My little baby, or rather my little boy, turns four years old.

I can’t believe it’s been four years since the Hubs got very pale, nearly passed out in the hospital and was ordered to leave the room where I was giving birth. My midwife told him she could take care of me, no problem, but he would be on his own lying unconscious on the floor.

But still she had to call another midwife to help her. One was pushing my belly downward while the other was trying to get hold of the baby’s head. I felt like a … (piece of meat/cow/fill in the blank) with the two women working on me and finally, plop, he most precious little baby on earth was born.

The whole labor was rather fast I believe. Prior to my arrival at the hospital I didn’t have any contractions. The normal procedure here in Paradise is to induce after a woman is passed 41 weeks. With other words, from zero to fully open in less than 10 hours.

Oh yes, at one point during labor – mainly to make some small talk with the midwife because the Hubs had left the room (see above) – I raised the question of an epidural. Her answer was ‘Oh, this you should have asked the doctor before you came down here to the labor room. Now it’s too late.’ And I thought ‘B*tch, the last time I’ve seen this doctor was some 8 hours ago and I had no clue how painful this was going to be. … Gotta hang in there. … It’s just a matter of time. … Millions of other women did it before me. … I can do it.’ And so I did. The outcome: healthy baby, healthy mommy and all the pain was erased from my memory. Oh, and a very sick daddy after he came back to the room and saw my placenta lying around.

Fast forward four years. During this time we have mastered appendicitis and are living with food allergies and seasonal allergies causing eczema and sneezing/coughing.

These days, with his ‘old and wise’ age of four years, ‘Timan’ knows that if he stays clear of eggs, dairy, corn, chicken, fish, tomatoes and the products made with them, he stays perfectly healthy without itchy skin and if he would stay indoors 24/7 he wouldn’t cough or sneeze. The latter is nearly impossible for a 4-year-old boy who likes to run, jump, climb and explore nature.

But of course he likes to have his cake and eat it too.

What better activity for a kid to do during the ‘tropical winter’ school holiday than baking his own birthday cake.

Allergy Friendly Chocolate Cake (dairy free, egg free, corn free)

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

60 gr dark chocolate (check ingredients for traces of milk)

60 ml virgin coconut oil

1 cup warm water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon juice or apple vinegar

Method

Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3-4

Mix all dry ingredients except the chocolate.

Break up the chocolate into pieces, add coconut oil and melt it in a small sauce pan, stir until combined. Add warm water, vanilla extract and apple vinegar, stir well after each addition.

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined and no lumps left.

Pour into 8″x8″ tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake.

Let cool for some hours.

Glaze

20 gr dark chocolate

40 ml coconut oil

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp soy-milk

2 tsp vanilla essence

Break up the chocolate into pieces, add coconut oil and melt it in a small sauce pan, stir until combined. Add brown sugar, stir until all is melted. Add soy-milk and mix. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and stir constantly for another 5 minutes. Add vanilla essence, stir. Pour over cake. If you want to add some sprinkles, now it’s the time. Unfortunately I didn’t find any without ‘Timan’s allergens here in Paradise. Set aside for another hour, you might want to cool it if you live in a hot climate.

This recipe is made up of other recipes I found on the internet but adapted to the items you can buy here in Paradise. You can also use Cacao powder instead of chocolate, but you’ll have to adjust the fat content (oil) in the recipe. Check out this baking ingredient substitution table.

‘Timan’ loved the cake he made and the Hubs liked it too. I liked it anyway. Remember, I’m the one with the sweet tooth. 😉 It’s an easy egg-free, dairy-free and corn-free chocolate cake with chocolate glaze and it’s super-yummy and moist. Enjoy.

What other simple and easy cakes you make for your kids with food allergies?


There is one thing I can do blindfolded and I never screw it up

Are there things in your life you can do blindfolded? Things you would never fail, even if you wanted to? Things you could do any time of the day or in the middle of the night without light? Like raid the fridge for example. 😉 I’m sure there are.

Well, here you find some of mine:

Five things I do well

• Eating chocolate. No wonder, I grew up in the country producing the very best chocolate. Seriously. If you’ve never tried Swiss chocolate, you don’t know what you are talking about. I can eat it any time, no matter what I’m doing. I just pop a piece into my mouth and woops, it’s gone. Easy.

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And by the way, I can do the same with espresso, coffee, cappuccino and wine. I kid you not.

But on a serious note I believe there are some things I’m really good at:

• Negotiating a compromise. There is so much more in this world then just black and white. And to successfully handle the most unfavorable situation I’m trying to find the way in the middle. Maybe this is a female trait or it’s an in my genes, who knows?

• Getting what I want by being persistent and not giving up. If I really want something or want to reach something, I know how to make sure I’m getting it. I guess some people (aka the Hubs) would say I can be a pain in the neck at times.

• Scuba diving, obviously. When I was working in the diving industry it would have been very bad and dangerous if I wouldn’t have had the skills.

• Staying in shape (despite the chocolate, or maybe because of it). Unfortunately we can seldom buy the ‘real stuff’ here in Paradise, so I’m eating less of it. Or maybe it’s because I love the dark or bitter varieties most. And these are the ones that don’t stick to the ribs. ;-). But seriously, I don’t do sports, but I’m always doing something, hardly ever sit down. Luckily I don’t gain weight and can eat whatever I like. But I do eat it in moderation and I don’t overdo with the ‘unhealthy’ things, I’d rather have a salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and my veggies need to be crispy.

However there is always room for improvement, there are several other things I also would like to do well. I may even give them a try, but I screw up. At least it seems to me I can’t get it right. Sigh.

Five things I’d love to do better

• The whole parenting-thing. I try to do my best and I’m learning every day, but sometimes it’s rather nerve-wrecking. I believe every parent knows what I’m talking about. Luckily it already started to get better since the tot is in pre-school, maybe I just had a little parenting-burn-out and needed some time for myself.

• Having more patience and being calmer, more relaxed. I’m already doing much better then I used to do some years ago. Maybe it has to do with getting older and more mature, or maybe it has to do with being a mother.

• Cooking. Without a cookbook I’m lost, the only things I can do well are the meals I’ve done many times in the past. I’m so glad I have the Hubs. He’s the person, who puts together a splendid meal with the things he finds in the house. And this man has never ever in his life used a cookbook. My baking skills are not too bad though.

• Drawing. I would love to be able to sketch from scratch. But my drawings are always looking, hmm, a bit odd.

• Singing. I’m reasonable good under the shower, none of my neighbors has ever complained. But that’s about it.

 

I’m linking up with {Listable Life} by ‘moments that define life’:

and ‘yeah write’:

Hop over to those lovely ladies and check out the other entries if you like.


I’m curious, what are the things you can do with your eyes closed? Or maybe you want to tell me about the things you would love to do better, but just can’t do it right?

I was not compensated in any way by the company mentioned in the picture, although I wish they would send me some of their products. 🙂

It’s so hot here – off to Gromi’s we go!

It’s hot in paradise. I mean really hot, you know, the humid type of hot. We still have rainy season, northeast monsoon, and sometimes not much wind and when there is, it’s a hot one heated up over the ocean.

Every morning I wake up, not because ‘Timan’ is pulling on my leg, no. I’m waking up because I feel hot. At 6:30 it’s about 28C/82F and the temperature rises to an average of 32C/90F around 3pm. Not bad you say? No, it’s not bad at all, I’m not complaining. I love it, well, most of the time. But Hubs is complaining. He doesn’t like it at all. So he’s quietly sweating (and suffering?) while I feel at ease. Let’s be honest, the temperature is one of the reasons why I like living here.

But sometimes, when the going gets tough, or the hot gets really hot, we escape. Like we did yesterday. And off to Gromi’s we go.

Gromi {pronounced ‘Gromee’} is Hubs’ mother, ‘Timan’s grandmother, and she’s living way up in the ‘cold’, in the mountains and at certain times of the year, during southwest monsoon, it’s getting real cold up there. But now, during the rainy season it’s just a couple of degrees less, but they make all the difference and there is always a nice breeze.

So Hubs, ‘Timan’ and I spent Easter Sunday eating good traditional creole dishes at my mother in law’s. ‘Timan’ is always surprising me when he’s eating somewhere else but at home. No picky eating anymore, he’s digging in, same as everybody else.

I don’t think it’s my cooking (even though I know it’s not the best). As soon as we are home, and eat some leftovers from the feast, he’s turning his nose up on them. Back to normal (toddler)mood. So it has to be the place and the company.

But one thing, one major thing, is different here on Easter Sunday.

Easter in paradise is not like Easter in the real world with lots of colored eggs and Easter baskets the kids have to find in the garden and unfortunately there are no chocolate eggs and no chocolate Easter bunnies at all. They are simply non-existent here. I figured it’s either because of the heat (we all have a fridge though 😉 ), or because the government has decided the people have to lose weight (!?! the banana republic thing), but I’m not sure. But I do know that I miss it. I miss it a lot. I’m coming from the ‘chocolate country’, do you remember? And in time I will start our own little Easter tradition, with coloring eggs and such, just for ‘Timan’. But he will have to miss out on the bunnies, unfortunately.

However yesterday our ‘Timan’ found another thing he enjoyed to do, inspired by his older cousins. To my surprise I found him doing this:

and he was highly concentrated ‘flying’ this:

constantly repeating ‘ouhou0h, it’s gonna crash, it’s gonna crash, ups, it crashed’.

I’m not sure if I will let him venture into the world of PlayStation at home as of yet, but I realize it’s just going to be a matter of time.

In the meantime I’m happy he also likes to fool around with his cousins and play football with Gromi or one of his aunts.

And the last thing I really like up in the mountains, with a glass of wine in one and my Hubs on the other hand, is watching this:

I hope all of you spent a wonderful Easter (with lots of chocolate bunnies ;-)).

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