Adventures of a Free-From Clothbum Mum!

Cloth nappies, dairy-free living, reviews and parental ramblings!

Dairy Free Creamy Leek & Potato Soup

We’ve been experimenting more at home recently and came up with a bit of a dairy-free winner that we’d only ever previously made with cream. We used the BBC’s Good Food recipe as a basis then tweaked it a bit.

All that you to do is the following (obviously you can double/triple the ingredients for more servings) This made about 4-6 servings.

You need – 

2 leeks (washed and chopped); 3 medium potatoes (peeled and chopped into 8ths); two crushed cloves of garlic; Oatly cream and Oatly milk; heavy-bottomed saucepan and lid; olive oil; 500mls of vegetable stock; a Knorr mixed herbs pot; seasoning (salt, cracked black pepper and mixed herbs)

Heat about two tablespoons of olive oil in your pan (We sloshed it in!!)

Then add your leeks, potatoes and garlic and toss around in the oil to coat. Fry gently for about ten minutes to soften and colour the onions.

Pour in your vegetable stock and then pop in most of the Knorr mixed herb flavour pot to add even more flavour. Cover with the lid and simmer for about 15/20 minutes, or until the potatoes and leeks are nice and soft.

Once everything is cooked enough, blend into a smooth soup (we used a stick blender). Add as much of the Oatly cream and milk as you want to create a lovely, creamy soup. The cream will leave a thicker consistency and the milk will thin the soup.

Season to your required taste and serve with preferably chunky bread (we only had sliced white, but a crusty loaf would have been far nicer!) 

Yummy, tasty dairy-free creamy soup! Delicious!
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Dairy free mini quiches (packed lunch ideas)

As the start of little Master ex-Clothbum’s first term at school is getting ever closer, I’ve decided that I’d better up my game and start thinking about what I’m going to put in his lunchbox.
Sandwiches can be soooo boring and after looking at the school meal plans, I’m unsure that they will be able to cater for a child that can’t have (deep breath…) dairy/nuts/oily fish/salmon/sesame/strawberries and oranges. Yeah – it’s quite a list, isn’t it!

So, I got some see-through lunchboxes and ordered some fantastic personalised multi-allergy labels from Allergy Lifestyle, plus a lunchbox and multi-allergy bracelets. At least I now have some peace of mind that my little man will be protected a bit.

Yesterday, I decided to start experimenting a had a go at making mini quiches. They were A DODDLE to make and taste amazing either hot or cold.

I got a pack of  Green Just Roll Puff Pastry pack of puff pastry and preheated the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 

I then greased a cupcake tin, used a large flower cutter to press out shapes from the pastry and pressed the into the tin to create little pastry cases. 

I added some ceramic baking beans and blind baked the cases for about ten minutes.
Whilst they were baking I finely chopped up a large red onion, a yellow pepper and a large clove of garlic and fried them on the stove top, along with a few bacon lardons that I’d trimmed a lot of the fat off.

After they had softened, I added a teeny bit of marmite, a sprinkle of sugar and carried on frying to caramelise the mixture. 

Once the pastry was ready, I made sure all the ceramic baking beans were out of the cases (no broken teeth wanted here, thanks!) and spooned the mixture about 3/4 of the way up into all 12 little flower pastry cases

I then beat up an egg with a bit of Oatly Cream, seasoned with pepper and mixed herbs, and carefully topped each pastry case with the mixture.
I baked these for about 15 minutes then put them on a wire rack to cool. They’ve turned out to be delicious! We’ve had them warm, straight from the oven; cold the next day for lunch and I’ve just freezed some to see how they taste once defrosted!

Do any of you have foolproof dairy free lunchbox recipes that you’d care to share?!!!
daisytheclothbummum bought absolutely everything mentioned in this post. It is,in no way, sponsored. 

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Dairy Free Delights- Birthday Cakes

Now, I know I’m massively sporadic in how I’m posting texts at the moment and for that, I apologise. But life is so busy and hectic that there just don’t seem like enough hours in the day.

To be brutally honest I’m mainly posting today to show off! I’ve been getting rather despondent at the vast array of stunning birthday cakes that other people can buy or have made for them that my little man just can’t have because of his allergies/intolerances. Plus, the amount some cake makers charge for a dairy/nut free cake is astounding. 

So over the years I’ve had to make his birthday cakes. I was SO bad at first but I think I’m gradually improving. 

Fondant figures – a massive no-no as mine tend to look mental! But all the other stuff is coming together a bit more now. It’s so nice to be able to make him things he likes! 

I swear by the Mary Berry Victoria Sponge recipe. All I do is swap the butter for Vitalite dairy-free and add a bit of flavouring. Then for buttercream, for every 200g of icing sugar, I use 70g Vitalite dairy-free/ 30g Trex and then add my flavouring until I’m happy. It doesn’t need any oat milk in it as the Vitalite is far looser than normal butter and Trex helps it firm up!

 Safe to say. These went down a treat this year! He had ‘The Snail and the Whale’ for his nursery party and ‘Paw Patrol’ for his actual birthday! Only issue has been making them when the smell of fondant sets off nasty hyperemesis attacks…

Yes. You read that correctly. 

There will be more nappy blogging in the near future! 

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Real Nappy Week 2015


Well, I have to say – I apologise! It’s nearly the end of Real Nappy Week 2015 and I’ve only just around to blogging about it.

Bad bad Daisy!

But, there’s still a few days left of this fluffy, cloth-loving extravaganza and as it’s mostly held online, you’re usually never late to the party!

If you head over to you’ll be able to find out lots of information about what Real Nappy Week is all about and why it’s so much fun.

There’s loads of exciting competitions around, including the brilliant (and my personal favourite) where you can go searching for the mightily cute ‘Billy the cloth-bummed Kid”.

There’s also the more complex, but still fun, game of which can be played online, alongside the offline version of Passport Pursuit.

But …. (and this is the best thing about RNW 2015)

The online retailers always have some stonkingly good deals on at this time of the year!

So – if you’re expecting a little cloth-bum or just want to up your fluffy stash, then NOW IS THE TIME TO GO SHOPPING! There’s loads of good deals out there, so have fun and just try your hardest to not melt your plastic bankcards from too much use!

Have fun!


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Dairy Free Dinosaurs!

I know, I know. It’s nearly Real Nappy Week and I’ve not got myself in gear for blogging about nappies… I will, I promise, but as little Master Clothbum is now fully trained our lives revolve more around other stuff…

Other stuff that contains a lot of food!

Finding good dairy-free food isn’t always easy and finding treats that don’t cost a fortune can be tricky.

So this morning I decided to make a boring bar of Kinnerton dairy free chocolate into something far more exciting.

I melted it in a bowl over a pan of boiling water and added a tablespoon of Wowbutter (a no-nut peanut butter style spread that is made from soya, so I didn’t want to use a lot). I then added a teaspoon of coconut cream and a splash of vanilla extract.

Then I poured the gooey goodness into a silicone chocolate mould that I got off eBay a while back and popped it into the freezer for a few minutes before moving to the fridge.

The result were these!


Absolutely delicious melt-in-the-mouth Chocolatey treats that are reminiscent of Reeses peanut butter cups! Gorgeous!!!!!

Only problem is… We’re going to eat them far too quickly! Oops!

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Child Car Seat Law 2015: a good starting point

So, the new  Child Car Seat Law is now in force and I, for one am delighted. 

Finally all those people like myself who have been waxing lyrical about how unbelievably important keeping your little ones rearfacing is have the law to back them up.

It’s a fantastic start and I’m over the moon that so many little lives (and necks) are being protected through what I feel is a sensible piece of legislation.

Hopefully one day the Government might take heed of countries like Norway where rearfacing to about 4 years old is normal and child fatalities in car crashes is very low as they are protected. 

Children’s necks need protecting. Babies/young children get internally decapitated in crashes due to their heads being proportionally larger to their bodies and the stresses placed on their bodies in a frontal crash. This website explains it more clearly and is really worth a read.


It’s safer.

It’s crucial.

And for children and babies under 15 months it’s now the LAW!

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Durham Isis Infant Sleep Information – how to allay cosleeping fears! 

I thought I’d pop on quickly to share a link to ISIS

ISISis a fantastic research and information source from Durham University into sleep in infants. It gives really sound advice about cosleeping and is worth looking at, especially if you have members of your family who may not agree with your cosleeping decision.

I’ve often found that a warm smile, a ‘I understand your views’ comment followed by backing up my argument with sound scientific proof works wonders and, in my family, it doesn’t hurt that ISIS is based at my old university, which gives it a whacking great big amount of credibility!!!

So. There you are! It’s so informative and helpful and I hope you find it as useful as I did! 

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Vegan No-Peanut butter/chocolate cakes

Ok. So I absolutely LOVE Reese’s cupcakes. Like. Seriously adore them! But recently I’ve been having some dodgy reactions to peanuts, almonds and other unknown stuff so I’ve had to give them up.

This has been heartbreaking!

So, after making the utterly delicious vegan chocolate mousse earlier on today I had a bit of a brainwave. I’d recently got hold of a tub of Wowbutter from my local Tesco’s.

Wowbutter is a soya-based spread that tastes remarkably like peanut butter but is completely and utterly safe, which is amazing. Whilst I tend to shy away from soya, this stuff is just too incredible for me to ignore.

I grabbed a couple of Kallo rice cakes, thinly spread on some Wowbutter and followed on some chilled vegan chocolate mousse.

Absolute heaven!

Hope you enjoy as much as I have! I’m making myself sit on the sofa and not go running back to the fridge right now! Yum!!!

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Vegan chocolate mousse

As my monkey has potty trained, I’m finding that I’m now writing more and more about food than about nappies. I hope that’s ok for regular readers of this blog – you can always scroll back to find nappy information/reviews.

As Real Nappy Week comes closer I, of course, will shift my focus back to all that is gorgeous and fluffy but, for now, let’s concentrate on the decadent gorgeousness that is vegan chocolate mousse.

Having a dairy intolerant child means that most chocolate mousses that you can buy are off limits and the other option is usually a soya based dessert.

As we’re trying to avoid too much soya, I have been looking around for another way. A way that created a really thick, creamy mousses similar in texture to a chocolate pot/luxury ganache-type dessert. I think I’ve finally hit the jackpot with this recipe that I found on Pinterest and have slightly adapted. As it’s vegan, it’s obviously dairy-free and egg-free, which is brilliant for any breastfeeding mums who have children allergic to these ingredients or for anyone with dairy/egg allergies.

All you need is:-

A ripe avocado or two
1/4 cup of chilled coconut cream
Up to 1/4 cup of Cocoa powder
Up to 1/4 cup Agave nectar (or a similar sweetener)
About 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
A blender (I use a stick blender with an closed bowl attachment on the end )

1. Scoop out the avocado and plonk it into your blender.

2. Then add all the other ingredients and blend. I’ve not put precise measurements as it’s all down to personal taste.

You need enough of everything to take away the avocado taste, but how thick/creamy/sweetened you want it is up to you.

It’s absolutely gorgeous and I made mine fairly thick so it didn’t even fall off the spoon when it’s turned upside down! Yum!!!


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Rearfacing article : The Telegraph

The Telegraph ran a brilliant article that I thought I’d share on here.

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