Monday, September 26, 2016

Almost Lactose free Cheesecake

I posted this picture, on Instagram Sunday:


It does look pretty good, doesn't it? That is why a couple of people asked if I would post the recipe.

There are a couple of points I would like to clarify before giving you the recipe. This is not totally lactose free, because I used bourbon biscuits on the base & a flake on the top. If I wanted to make it totally lactose free I would make my own cookies to crumble for the base, and add fruit or something other than chocolate for the topping! As a side note, this is not a 'healthy' version, it's just got a lot less lactose!

Also, this isn't baked, so it's much looser than a traditional cheesecake. It really is a delicious dessert though.

I don't like soy based products. For the butter, to add to the base, I used Vitalite, which a dairy free Margarine. For the cream and soft cheese I use Arla Lactofree range, all the flavour, none of the dairy! 

Ingredients:

For the base:
10 bourbon biscuits (or whatever biscuits you choose)
10 grams of melted butter

For the topping:
200g pack of lactofree Soft cheese
1 tablespoon of honey
150ml of lactofree cream
1tsp of vanilla

Method:

Crumble the biscuit into a reasonably fine crumble, pour on the melted butter and mix.
Place in a suitable dish (I used throw away tins, from the pound shop), and press down.
Place in the fridge, while preparing the topping:



In a bowl whisk the double cream and vanilla, until stiff. 
Please be careful doing this, as it can go very quickly from stiff peaks to curdled!
In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese and honey.

Add the cream mix to cheese mix, 1 spoon at a time. Don't over work it, but do get it thoroughly mixed.

Spread the cheese mixture onto the, now chilled, biscuit biscuit base and return to the fridge.

Leave it there for at least an hour, if you can! Then sprinkle the flake over the top, unless you are being healthy, then add fruit.


This honestly didn't last long in our house, and it wasn't even the boys this time. Like I stated at the start, this has the flavour of cheesecake, but doesn't set like one. It's not overly sweet, but utterly delicious.

Do let me know if you give it a go and if you have any questions, please get in touch on here, or social media.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Crossroads

I think I'm reaching a bit of a crossroad.
With family.
With life.
With myself.
With my blog.
Which way do I turn?!

I'm not sure what to do about it. 
I know the comments will come: 'take some time' 'think of yourself' 'we understand'.

Unfortunately, they aren't helping at the moment. So I'm writing it down. However, because I'm at this crossroads in life, this post may just be a jumbled mess. It could also reach out to some that are feeling the same, either way, I'm writing it out, because that's all I know.

I have had so many changes to my life in the last year. My husband having to give up work, due to his arthritis. He now has problems with his knees, lower spine & both arms. He struggles to get out unless I'm with him. The only thing he does still have, is the ability to drive, luckily that's our youngest favourite thing to do! Tonight they went for a drive, picked up a magazine in a supermarket, then drove back. They were gone for 90mins.

Sounds great? Nope, I spend that time worrying! 
My hubby can no longer catch my youngest, if he bolts. Luckily he knows how to handle him, so bolting is VERY unlikely........yet I still worry.

I'm also finding life very different with my boys:

My eldest who, just last year, was calling me from college, to calm his anxiety, is now back in college. He's also working part time too. I am so immensely proud of everything he has managed to do, but I miss him needing me! Is that wrong? Is it wrong that I still can't sleep until I hear him walk through the door, even though he's almost 19?

My middle boy is getting to THAT age. Yet at, nearly, 14 he's not getting moody and grumpy (well, no more than normal), he's actually getting more considerate and thoughtful. He is still a little shit in the mornings, but I'm not exactly chipper. 
I still hate the idea of letting him out though. We don't live in a nice area, the children that are out are normally trouble makers. In the evenings our local parks are full of teens that wouldn't think twice about getting into trouble. It's really difficult to let him go out in that atmosphere.

Then there's my baby. My little Ajax, getting close to 9. This week has been emotionally draining for us as parents. He has had to have glasses, it's not fun getting him to wear them, as it's 'different', different doesn't work in this house. We've also been told, this week, that having casts on (just for a week) will help his calf muscles, which are too tight. He has also, in the last few weeks, been referred to the wheelchair team, occupational health, hydrotherapy & back to the peadiatric consultant. 

I genuinely feel like I've been hit by a bus. My thoughts are all jumbled. I have children that don't need me anymore and children that need me more than ever. I have a husband who loves and cares for me, but also depends on me more than he's ever had to.

I am missing exercise, I'm struggling to find time. I had my first bit of 'me time' today (while they went for the drive), a few hours before writing this. I just collapsed on the sofa, with scented candles lit and a hot cuppa. I should want to do more, but I just can't find the mental energy!

I miss sewing. 
I miss exercise. 
Yet, at the same time, I wouldn't give up what I have for the world.

I can't seem to find things to write about because I feel like no one would give a damn. I mean we all have problems, don't we? Who actually wants to read about mine??

So what do I do next?

I don't know. I won't shut down this blog, but writing might come in bursts.

Because that's how life is feeling right now.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Meal Planning Monday!

Have you missed me? You have, haven't you!

I swore when the children went back to school, I would find some time to dedicate to my little corner of the Internet again. Unfortunately I'm failing, this is the first chance I've had.

I thought I would dip my toes back into blogging with an old favourite: Meal Plan Monday. I never stopped meal planning, I just stopped writing about it. It's a great way to keep the shopping bill in check, especially with children that don't eat a standard diet.

I tend to plan the meals around me and Mr. Ojo, we eat our main meal when they are in school. Then do them food when they get home, it eases the sensory issues of food smells too.

This weeks meal plan was based on ideas from this book:


As always, I try to adjust recipes so they are compatible with my lactose intolerance, and a healthier version when possible.

Here is this weeks plan, on my gorgeous meal plan board:


We've already eaten Mondays, by the time I got to write this. It was delicious, although not cheesy enough for me (I used a new lactose free cheese, which wasn't strong enough). We had it with a small Gammon steak, grilled in my George Foreman.

This was our dinner:


I hope I get to blog again soon, so don't miss me too much in the mean time!