I know it probably have become self evident that i love Anzac biscuits. My biggest challenge has been lately to replace all the dairy products with something else. I guess I have already mentioned my baby girl’s allergies. Well, whilst being on holidays in Finland which by the way has one of the most amazing health care systems you can possibly imagine, I got my baby allergy tested. It turned out that she is allergic to milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, sesame seeds plus something was detected regarding wheat and oat. This means that my diet for the following half an year whilst I am still breastfeeding should be dairy, egg, soy, gluten and nut free. Of course an occasional consumption in small amounts can be ok but still I wouldn’t risk it as if she gets a reaction nobody sleeps in our household.
Sadly I have noticed that UK does not provide the same level of replacements products as they do here in Northern Europe. We have such a fantastic selection of oat and rice replacements products for milk. We have oat and rice ice cream, we have several different flavoured oat yoghurt (even home brands produce these!!!!). I have gone through all the UK online stores and haven’t found oat yoghurts, rice creams or ice creams!!! Also in Finland we have lots of allergy friendly baby food otherwise like in the UK. So if anyone of you have an idea where I could get these please give me a hint!
I also have to admit that first time in my life I have seriously questioned my choice of living in the UK. Number one reason being health care, number two special dietary products for me and my tiny baby girl. I will always remember one of my clients who said to me just before I went on my maternity leave ”Pia, I have visited Finland. It is the most amazing country in the world (this gentleman had traveled EVERYWHERE!). Before you can go and start your maternity leave, please explain to me what an earth are you doing in the UK? is it the bloody husband of yours who brought you here?”. Well as much I have enjoyed living in the UK health care and good quality food have become rather important to me lately. I still don’t know the answer to my client. Finland is amazing and I am so proud to be a Finn, somehow I just ended up in the UK. My husband did not drag me 🙂
I guess after my baby’s allergies have become milder and I can eat normally again I will be happy in the UK again. At the moment I, however, feel that it is a compromise not the best option I could have chosen if I am purely honest. I just have to make most of it now.
So, I placed an Ocado delivery with all the special products I was able to find (not many, but enough). This is quite tough time for me as I love good food. Giving up from all the things I love to eat has made me rather down. I have lost so much weight too and it does not seem to go up as easily as when eating pasta, cheese, cream and butter. Luckily here in Finland I have been eating so many berries and gotten nice carbs from there!
Below you can see my previous Anzac biscuit recipe modified for dairy and gluten (low gluten) free diet.
2dl porridge oats
2dl desiccated coconut
1 3/4dl dark rice flour
1dl caster sugar
100g dairy free margarin
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1. Heat oven to 180 celsius degrees. Mix oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the margarin in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup.
2. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and margarin mixture.
3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients.
4. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden.
THE SECRET IS When taken away from the oven pour golden syrup on the top of the each biscuit to add the flavour!!