I have a friend who likes to make everything an adventure. She can’t just go for a walk; it’s got to be a hike involving a makeshift bridge or two. A vacation doesn’t involve suitcases and room service; it’s a chance for her dig out her backpack and travel books. When she’s in the kitchen there’s no such thing as straightforward, either. This is where we are similar. We both like to eat as healthily and as much from scratch as possible. For us it’s about knowing what’s in our food; for her, especially, it’s because she can’t eat gluten or dairy. So when I discovered Australia’s My Darling Lemon Thyme, I knew that it’d live up to my friend’s culinary expectations and adventurous spirit.
Emma Galloway is a former chef who discovered five years ago that she and her children are gluten and lactose intolerant. As a result, Emma started My Darling Lemon Thyme to share her gluten- and dairy-free vegetarian recipes. Emma’s goal is to break down the stigma that allergy-free eating is boring and flavourless. She definitely makes her point with this addictive Dairy-free Chocolate Sauce. I firmly believe that chocolate sauce should always be readily available, whether it’s to drizzle over ice cream, fruit slices, granola, or just to dip your finger into. Made with coconut cream and maple syrup it is, in my opinion, miles better than your usual dairy counterpart. Btw, make sure you check out Emma’s “Sweetness” recipes for some incredible-sounding treats!
One of the things I like best about My Darling Lemon Thyme is the Basics section. Here, you can learn how to make your own kefir, labne (an alternative to cream cheese), and even almond milk to name a few. For this Eggplant Curry Emma shows you how to make your own ghee for the recipe, which is a great lactose-free alternative to butter. Wonderfully aromatic, this dish tastes even better the next day after the flavours have had a chance to really mingle.
Emma and her family have, over time, reintroduced small amounts of dairy back into their diet, so you’ll find yogurt and feta cheese in some recipes, like in this colourful Black Bean, Corn & Coriander Salad. This summer salad makes a nice side dish or as a main — I had mine with some grilled prawns on top. Easy to make, it’d be great to bring to a picnic or bbq. If you or someone you know are new to gluten- or dairy-free living I suggest you read Emma’s “New to Gluten or Dairy Free?” section for some invaluable tips. Like life, food is always an adventure. Have fun!
Photos courtesy of My Darling Lemon Thyme