My kids have colds again. 

My granny knew the cure for the common cold a long, long time ago. So did her granny, and her granny’s granny. Honey, citrus, and love. Now we have scientific proof – honey not only soothes a sore throat, it also aids in controlling bacteria and supports the immune system. Citrus is full of vitamin C, another immune booster, antioxidants and folate. And love? Well, I don’t need a lab report to tell me that it makes you feel better (but there is one anyway)

I’m a big fan of Manuka honey – I always have some in my cupboard. That, and some organic local honey, which I have been told is good for fighting inflammation from exposure to local pollens. I also used a mix of half ghee, half grapeseed oil to boost antioxidents and linoleic acid. As usual, I have made a gluten free and dairy free option, but this could easily be made with standard ingredients.

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I made this cake entirely by hand, as it was the 31st March, and I did so in honour of Earth Hour. It was lovely and fluffy – there is no need to use electric beaters. The kids also helped me with this one – it’s super easy. It’s not a super-sweet cake, but trust me, if they help you make it, they won’t even notice.

Ingredients:

  • 400g self raising flour (gluten free)
  • 200g butter – softened (replace with ghee or grapeseed oil for dairy-free)
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g honey (try and use local or manuka)
  • pinch salt
  • dash vanilla
  • 200ml milk (rice milk, A2 milk or camel milk)

Icing:

  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). In a large bowl, whisk eggs, honey, vanilla and butter/ghee/oil until creamy, then add sifted dry ingredients and milk alternating, whisking as you go – work those muscles!
  2. Grease your pan (and flour a little if it is not particularly non-stick), then bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a knife tests clean.
  3. When cake is cooled, mix icing ingredients together, adding more sugar or juice until you get a consistency like pouring cream, then drizzle over cake.

With all gluten free and dairy free substitutes, there always needs to be a little give and take. Rice milks vary in sweetness and density, and gluten free flour mixes vary in texture and dryness. You may need more or less liquid. I use Doves flour, and I find it quite dry – hence the large quantity of oil in this cake. I live in Dubai and so camel milk is readily available – lucky me. It is low in bad Casein and fat, and very creamy to taste. If only they would make it into a casein-free cheese, I would be happy! 
 

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