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#Top14Free Treats – FreeFrom Glazed Ring Doughnuts (Glutenfree, Eggfree)

#Top14Free Treats – FreeFrom Glazed Ring Doughnuts (Glutenfree, Eggfree)

Fried or Baked these FreeFrom Glazed Ring Doughnuts are just as delicious. A soft chewy crust hides a delicate fluffy dough inside, all wrapped up in a sweet, crispy shell of vanilla glaze.  And being completely freefrom as well as suitable for vegans they are one treat everyone can indulge in! The debate of whether its spelt Doughnuts or Donuts may divide opinion but trust me, everyone will definitely agree that these FreeFrom Glazed Ring Doughnuts are an absolute treat.  They are also surprisingly easy to make, whether you bake or fry them, have less sugar than a regular doughnut (depending on who you let glaze them) AND are completely FreeFrom the top14 allergens.  The only real decision (aside from who you share them with) is whether to bake or fry them!

Dairyfree Cheese & Onion Wholemeal Quick Bread (Soyfree, Vegan)

Dairyfree Cheese & Onion Wholemeal Quick Bread (Soyfree, Vegan)

Filled with flavours of the Mediterranean, this Dairyfree Cheese & Onion Wholemeal Quick Bread is a speedy, hearty lunchbox lifesaver.  Soft, fluffy bread full of dairyfree cheese, red onion and olives, topped with a crunchy mix of oats & seeds.  AND from mixing bowl to baked in less than 40minutes! This is the perfect recipe for last minute lunchboxes or dunking in soup.  Or cut into individual scones for a savoury afternoon tea treat this Mother’s Day!

Vegan Hazelnut Espresso Brownies (Dairyfree, Eggfree, Glutenfree)

Vegan Hazelnut Espresso Brownies (Dairyfree, Eggfree, Glutenfree)

Dark, chewy, Vegan Hazelnut Espresso Brownies with a salty, sweet crunch and a strong, shot of espresso! The perfect afternoon pick me up or in Millie’s words ‘the yummiest things in the whole wide world!’ AND they are dairyfree, eggfree and glutenfree too so no-one need miss out on brownies again!

Mini Eggfree Apple Ring Pancakes (Dairyfree, Vegan)

Mini Eggfree Apple Ring Pancakes (Dairyfree, Vegan)

We love a long lazy breakfast as a family in this house and holidays and weekends are the perfect excuse for one! These Mini Eggfree Stuffed Apple Pancakes (Dairyfree, Vegan) are definitely going to become a regular feature! What’s not to love? soft, fluffy pancakes stuffed with apple slices and served with a puddle of sticky dark cherry syrup… AND they can even be made glutenfree!

Vegan Apple & Cinnamon Easter Scones (Eggfree Dairyfree)

Vegan Apple & Cinnamon Easter Scones (Eggfree Dairyfree)

Hot cross buns might be a more traditional Easter treat but for those of us who are dairyfree, eggfree and are allergic to oranges they are a bit of a bust! These Vegan Apple & Cinnamon Scones have the flavours of hot cross buns and have the advantage of being much quicker to make. If you are quite organised they can be ingredients to plate in less than 30minutes!  They are also vegan, being made with dairyfree margarine & milk alternative BUT you can just substitute cows milk and butter 1:1 for them.

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake (Dairyfree, Eggfree)

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake (Dairyfree, Eggfree)

The luxuriously dark and indulgent fudgy chocolate sponge with a creamy coffee buttercream filling make this Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Fudge Cake a chocolate lover’s dream. And IF you decide to share it noone will ever believe you that it is completely Dairyfree and Eggfree!   […]

#FreeFromEaster: Easy Decorated Easter Cake (DF EF GF Ve)

#FreeFromEaster: Easy Decorated Easter Cake (DF EF GF Ve)

Enjoy a #FreeFromEaster with my Easy Decorated Easter Cake. Top14free, Eggfree & Glutenfree. Its a great activity for the kids that makes a lovely gift or Easter Sunday Afternoon Tea! Lovely spicy soft sponge, packed with juicy sultanas, layered with vegan cream cheese & topped with cute mini fondant decorations! Yum!

Mushroom & Lentil Coconut Curry (Dairyfree, Glutenfree, Vegan)

Mushroom & Lentil Coconut Curry (Dairyfree, Glutenfree, Vegan)

I love having time to make a curry, cooking it low and slow all morning and this beautiful Mushroom & Lentil Coconut Curry is always polished off by The Peachicks. This glutenfree, vegan family favourite is packed full of protein, Baby button mushrooms and chunks of seasonal veggies, in a fragrant creamy coconut sauce. Best of all you’d never know there is lentils in it because they just disappear, leaving behind a naturally thickened curry. Made from a few simple, cheap ingredients it’s the ultimate freefrom on a budget dinner. You can also add chicken or grilled garlic prawns for a non veggie option. Served with rice, flatbreads & onion salad for a curry night to rival any takeaway.

Wholegrain Plum Crumble Breakfast Muffins (Glutenfree, Ricefree, Vegan)

Wholegrain Plum Crumble Breakfast Muffins (Glutenfree, Ricefree, Vegan)

My Wholegrain Plum Crumble Breakfast Muffins are the perfect make ahead solution for a grab & go breakfast.  Soft wholegrain & glutenfree muffins with an oaty crumble topping and filled with bursts of beautiful colour and sweetness from the plums.  They are dairyfree, eggfree and […]

#FreeFromValentine: Creamy Vegan Tiramisu Dessert (Dairyfree Eggfree Glutenfree)

#FreeFromValentine: Creamy Vegan Tiramisu Dessert (Dairyfree Eggfree Glutenfree)

February is here & the FreeFromGang have been busy creating your perfect #FreeFromValentine Day Menu. My contribution is a beautiful Creamy Vegan Tiramisu Dessert with thick layers of Espresso soaked sponge, rich, dark chocolate ganache and a light, cocoa infused cream. Packed full of the traditional flavours you want minus the allergens you don’t! It actually benefits from sitting overnight before serving; the perfect make ahead end to a romantic dinner for two or party for more! (Top14free Dairyfree, Eggfree, Glutenfree & Soyfree)

Easy Pork & Brussels Sprout Midweek Tray Bake (Dairyfree Eggfree Glutenfree)

Easy Pork & Brussels Sprout Midweek Tray Bake (Dairyfree Eggfree Glutenfree)

My Easy Pork & Brussels Sprout Midweek Tray Bake is a quick family meal that can be on the table in less than 30minutes. Naturally Dairyfree, Eggfree & Glutenfree this is an easy option for feeding hungry family or friends. Serve with creamy sweet potato mash for a middle of the week meal full of flavour but without the hassle! Add dairyfree parmesan for an extra flavour hit or substitute the pork loins for a cauliflower steak for a beautiful no fuss veggie option.

Peachick Approved: Bakeit Freefrom Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Peachick Approved: Bakeit Freefrom Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Read our review of the Bakeit Freefrom Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes – 6 perfectly dark, moist & completely FreeFrom Cupcakes delivered straight to your door! As much as I LOVE baking cakes for everyone, especially on their birthdays, I don’t often bake just for myself.  Ironically this often leaves me birthday cake-less.  Well not this year dear readers.  This year, I got not one but 6 deliciously dark cupcakes delivered straight to my door ON MY BIRTHDAY! Not only are they absolutely yummy BUT they are also completely freefrom & therefore safe for little old me* to eat! 

Easy Glutenfree Vegan Scones

Easy Glutenfree Vegan Scones

These truly are Easy Glutenfree Vegan Scones. Soft & fluffy with a beautiful nutty flavour from the wholegrain flour and simple to make just mix and tip onto a tray! Packed full of nutrients with endless flavour combinations these make a great addition to lunchboxes as well as a quick afternoon treat!

Peachicks’ Bakery Best of 2017

Peachicks’ Bakery Best of 2017

With 2018 swiftly approaching, read The Peachicks’ Bakery Best of 2017. Find out our Top 5 recipes, catch up with all the news from Plot No17 and discover my exciting plans for the next 12months!


Peachick Diaries

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 – Picking the Perfect Plot

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 – Picking the Perfect Plot

You may have noticed a fair few Instagram posts lately of us transforming a barren patch of land into our very own allotment.  This first in a new series of posts, The Peachicks @No17 Allotment Diaries, is my way of recording this slice of Peachick history!  Allotment Diaries #1 – Picking the Perfect Plot is our thoughts on choosing an allotment plot.  Here is ours… No17 on the day we went to have a look (they don’t always look as good as this!) … 

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 - Picking The Perfect Plot is full of our tips for choosing which allotment plot to take on!

As any allergy parent will tell you, the effects of allergic reactions often go beyond the physical symptoms.  Food phobias can occur with repeated reactions, something all of our Peachicks have suffered with over the years.  We have tackled this by getting the children involved in their food both cooking and growing it.  For us an allotment is an extension of what we have been doing for many years.  We have always grown veggies in containers in our gardens, but as we rent the possibilities for permanent veggie beds is unfortunately limited.  Waiting lists for allotments across the country are huge but luckily for us we finally got the call that there was some available at our local site – we just had to pick one!

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 - Picking The Perfect Plot is full of our tips for choosing which allotment plot to take on!

I don’t profess to be any kind of expert but these are the things we looked at before ultimately deciding whether to have a plot at all and then which one to take on!

 

If you are lucky enough to have a choice of what plot you want there are a few things to consider while you are wandering around the site. Usually you will be shown around by one of the site reps, which is really handy as you can ask them any questions you may have.

Location of the plot within the site:

We had a few options here.  Alys and I both wanted this lovely big corner plot tucked up in the furthest corner of the site.  But ultimately we chose one in the main site, near the communal shed, toilets and in the middle of everyone.

Also for us being part of the allotment community was important.  Longtime Plotters are generally very helpful and their advice is invaluable when you first start out.  They know the land, what grows, what doesn’t and will often donate their left overs when it comes to seeds & seedlings.

Finally check your own access for plots in the middle (we can drive up to ours in the summer months) and shading from boundary trees or invasion of brambles for ones on the edges.  AND suss out how far it is to water taps, toilets and storage sheds.

Size

Abandon any and all measuring systems you have ever used or worked in – allotments are measured in rods and sometimes perches or poles.  Traditionally a full size plot is 10 rods (250 sq m), although on our site the full size plots are 5 rods (125 sq m), like ours, with a few smaller half plots of 2.5rods too.  Apparently, with careful planning of your crops, a 10 rod plot should produce enough produce to feed a family of 4 for a whole year.  If you can keep chickens that would include eggs too.  Looking at the 2.5 rod plots, they just weren’t big enough for us, especially considering the pumpkin patch the Peachicks are planning!!

Lay of the land:

Our area is predominately clay and so we have gone with a plot with a slight slope so the water drains.  This has meant reinforcing all the edges of the plot and each of our growing beds to prevent the soil being washed away in heavy rain but should mean we don’t get waterlogged.  We were offered one on a steep slope and with terracing could have been made to work but as it was mid-March already we felt it would be too much work to get it ready for this year’s growing season.

Light and shade:

South facing is perfect.  But if not you just have to think carefully about the height and position of different crops.  Looking at where other plots have put tall beans, fruit trees and even permanent structures like sheds is a good guide.  If you are lucky you will be able to visit on a day with glorious sunshine, if like us its chucking it down, a simple sketch of the layout with compass directions means you can work it out later.  (Or call on good old Google as there are a few sites that do it for you!)

Permanent Crops & Structures

Permanent structures like sheds and greenhouses are great, they can be a costly outlay so inheriting a free one is always a bonus.  There is usually an expectation you will leave it there when you vacate if its still standing!  If not do not worry, there are often freebies going on sites like Gumtree as long as you dismantle and remove yourself.  Hubby has discovered Pinterest and has a whole board dedicated to the renovating of old sheds and making new ones from pallets!
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It is always useful to know what permanent crops you have inherited (asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish, fruit bushes & fruit trees) and whether you really want them or not.  Although it is not impossible to take them out, often plots have been left for a while so there will be quite a bit of work to do already (especially if you don’t take it over until Spring).

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 - Picking The Perfect Plot is full of our tips for choosing which allotment plot to take on!

My Millie would walk over hot coals for asparagus so when we found out there was a successful and well established bed on the plot already, we either paid for two allotments or chose this one over the rest!

The Peachicks @No 17 Allotment Diaries #1 - Picking The Perfect Plot is full of our tips for choosing which allotment plot to take on!

Fruit trees

Although really these come under Permanent crops, they are worth their own paragraph.  You need to think carefully about taking on plots with fruit trees.  There are usually restrictions on height, the roots will spread (although you can do a nifty trick with a pvc pipe), they cast shade on the plot and surrounding ones.  Also how much fruit will you actually get from them?  We have been told that we are unlikely to get any cherries from ours unless we build an elaborate cage to protect from the birds.  They are not something we had been planning to take on but they actually will give the girls a bit of shade in the heat of the summer.

 

Chickens:

Generally allotment holders have the right to have chickens on their plot.  But they need a fair bit of care day-to-day – that is if you can stop the greedy foxes from gobbling them up!   You will be tied to stopping by morning and evening to let them in/out of their coop, regular cleaning out and making sure they have adequate food/water supplies.

Allotment Holders Association:

For a small fee we have joined our local Association.  It gives us access to a shop at one of the other allotment sites in the area, where we can buy cheap supplies like netting, seeds and seed potatoes.  It also includes Public Liability insurance for our plot.

 

Above all be realistic about how many hours you are going to have in a week, can you tackle the plot in small stages? It makes it seem like a lot less work!

The National Allotment Society is a great source of information, the site is full of everything you need to know and even has handy guides you can download and print to take to the allotment with you!

There is also this great guide to planning a children’s allotment to get the kids involved in growing their own!

 

 

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