It is a little bit tricky cooking without butter, cheese, yoghurt and cream. But it can be done, with a plan, we could deliver good food.
Cooking for the birthday boy Tristan, Susan’s husband was easy enough, but there was a mistake in regard to his birthday cake. My concentration was in the decoration of the cake, I will fill the cake with chocolate sauce and Tia Maria liquor and topped with melted chocolate,  meringue and roasted macadamia nuts. As the coffee cake was in the freezer, baked last month, I forgot that it has butter.  No, It Won’t Do!!!

Loukoumades – Greek Doughnut is the perfect fit for it.  A stack of light, crisps loukoumades drizzled with honey sprinkled with crushed macadamia nuts and dressed in fresh raspberries was his birthday cake.  Everyone was happy and enjoyed the sweet.

Pretty Cake for Tris
Loukoumades with Fresh Raspberries






It took only 22 minutes to prepare from start to finish.  Dinner party for four was lovely.

For a relaxed day, the table set up the night before, followed by the cleaning of the rooms, bedroom, bathroom and so forth.  It all was great.

Table Set Up the Night Before

Delicious Dinner

Rib Roast
Carved Rib Roast. A thick cut the way we like it

Potato Fondant, Sweet Potato Confit, Greens Vegetables were the garnishes for A standing Rib Roast Beef and it’s gravy.   Of course, there were no Yorkshire Pudding.  But Fougasse bread was baked.  Come to think of it, I could bake the pudding no butter, using oil instead.

The Gravy-Smooth and Silky

No dairy cooking is easy but you have to think properly about the choices of the ingredients.  The food was delicious we did not miss the butter.  In fact, I will do cooking without dairy once in a while.  It suits the Asian cooking well, eat plenty vegetables and fresh food.

Fougasse with Herbs
Salmon Timbale with Avocado Sauce

Another dish which I cooked with less butter was the Salmon Timbale, again here I forgot that it was added a cube of butter in each timbale.  Served with Avocado sauce.  It ‘s a good dish and they had a little taste.  I have to apologise for it, even though only a little butter but it contains the dairy just the same.

It is a tradition of mine, the gift t0 family’s birthday is my cooking.  They appreciate it.  I wish Tristan well, and God Bless You Always.  Happy Birthday, Tris!
Susan’s birthday is next month and followed by Lance, Melanie’s husband but he lives in QLD with his family, I don’t think he will be with us for the celebration.

The cooking without dairy is my new thing that I have to learn, I am a keen learner, and I can do it.  I am blessed.

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