I am so excited and priviliged to have a guest post today from the wonderful Collette from Cut Out The Crap. She is doing amazing things and really helping to change the way people think about food. Here's what she had to say about her journey so far...
" Hi, my name is Collette White. I am married
to a wonderful man, Josh and together we have 4 gorgeous children. Miss 10,
Miss 8 and twins Master and Miss 2.
Whilst being a full-time Mum is my number
one job, I am also the Author of 2 self published recipe books “Cut out the
Crap” (which is now a best seller) and “Cut out the Crap for Kids” (which has
only been out 7 months and is proving to be just as popular…if not more). Both
of these books are full of tasty and healthy meals that are ALL Gluten, Dairy
and Preservative Free. They cater for those with food allergies and
intolerances and those that love healthy tasty food and looking after their
I started creating these recipes myself
after being diagnosed with multiple allergies and I wanted to cook one meal for
the family that we could all enjoy together, without feeling like I was missing
out on scrumptious food! It was from here that COTC started.
My passion for creating recipes and helping
others has grown dramatically since releasing Cut out the Crap. Every spare
moment I am in the Kitchen attempting creations to share with my COTC friends
and trying out newfound ingredients! It has been a massive journey, as I have
no cooking experience or had anything to do with writing a book or running a
business. Every day brings new challenges yet I tackle these as they come and try
to focus on the positive. I am inspired daily by strangers who become “COTC
friends” and beautiful emails from these new friends thanking me for my recipes
At the moment I am working on my third book,
which is yet to have a name! It will continue with my theme and passion on
Gluten Dairy and Preservative free recipes. I am at the ‘photo taking’ stage,
which is exciting, fun and scary all at the same time.
I felt quite sorry for myself when I was
first diagnosed with so many allergies but now I know it is for a reason (to
help so many others) and my entire family are now benefiting with what I am
learning everyday. Only 7 months ago we committed to going 100% additive free
due to Miss 8’s behaviour issues. When eating food with additives she is angry
and irrational and when she eats “additive free” she is a loving kind girl! It
is amazing the difference it makes. The biggest issue I come across with this
is other people’s negative opinions, which I have learnt to kindly ignore. She
doesn’t miss out on anything. It is simply a matter if swapping brands from
‘additive filled’ to ‘additive free’.
Having young children at home fulltime I
juggle work and being a Mum….my children are my main priority so we play all
morning and I have learnt to do things super fast when they sleep for 2 hours
during the day and work most evenings when they are asleep. People often ask me
how I juggle it all….I believe it comes down to looking after myself by eating
healthy, nutritious food and drinking gorgeous fresh homemade juices that gives
me the energy to keep going. I also believe its because I am truly passionate
about what I do and I love helping others and bringing hope and joy into their
lives….it fills my heart to know that people are sitting around their dinner
table enjoying quality family time and sharing a recipe that I created!
I wanted to say a massive Thank you to
Sonya for allowing me to chat to you and share a bit of my story. I am a huge
fan of the amazing work Sonya does and I know she is an inspiration to so many
others out there too."
Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Preservative Free Cooking
Collette has kindly given us her recipe for Honey Chicken.
Sounds delicious and perfect for people with multiple food allergies.....
1kg Chicken Breast Fillets
½ cup rice flour
Olive oil for frying
2 cloves garlic – grated
2cm x 2cm fresh ginger – grated
1 tspn sesame oil
2/3 cup honey
2 cups water
2 tblspns rice or potato flour to thicken
Preheat oven to 120oC.
Dice chicken into small pieces approximately 3cm x 3cm.
Place chicken into a large bowl with rice flour and mix thoroughly.
Place a little olive oil in the fry pan and turn to medium -
high. Place chicken on a single layer in the pan and cook, turning regularly
until crispy and golden. Place the
cooked chicken onto a baking dish lined with baking paper and place in the
preheated oven to keep warm whilst you make the sauce.
In a small saucepan place the garlic, ginger, sesame oil and
honey. Put heat onto medium and mix well.
Add the water and turn heat to high and bring to the boil. Boil for 2
minutes then turn heat to medium. Add rice or potato flour and stir until
thickened (NOTE: I sift the flour in so
it doesn’t get lumpy).
Serve with rice and vegetables.
Yum! Sounds and looks delicious!! Think I'll be trying this one. Let me know what you think. Be sure to pop over to Collettes's blog or facebook page and say Hi from me :)