Thursday, 3 May 2007

Sugar Free Rock Cakes (egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free)

I have recently learnt about the Ketogenic Diet. This is not some new fad from over the pond, but a diet that is sometimes used to treat children with Epilepsy. It is used if they are not responding to conventional treatment.

I learnt about this diet from the lovely Fiona. Fiona’s RP vowels are to die for and her son Harry, is in the same class as one of my girls. Harry has epilepsy and spent a year on the Ketogenic Diet. The Diet has transformed his and his family’s life, he has not had seizures since the end of the diet.

There is a British Charity called Matthew’s Friends which fund-raises for, and promotes, the Ketogenic Diet. Some of the stories make for tough reading. They bring home to me how fortunate I am that my children have only had to deal with minor health issues. Great Ormond Street Hospital ran a trial period of the Ketogenic Diet. The trial period is over. So now it’s over to Matthew’s Friends.

Fiona ran the Paris Half-Marathon to raise funds for the charity. She raised over a thousand pounds and the money paid to put a child on the Ketogenic Diet. Her husband is planning to climb Mont Blanc this summer and if the Gods are willing, he should raise enough money to put 15-20 children on the diet. What an inspirational couple. If you wanted to send some spare coins (the kind that crumple and fold) to this charitable climbing endeavour, have a look at:

Fiona and I started the Paris Half Marathon together. We puffed along for about 7 kilometres when a man with a large pole attached to his back passed us. At the top of the pole there was a pink balloon with the inscription ‘2h 10’. Fiona and I cogitated about this and then realised that if you were planning on running the race in 2 hours and ten minutes then you’d better stick with this man.

‘Shall I go for it?’ asked Fiona. My rasping ‘eeerrrggh’ and nod conveyed that she should. And off she went. I simply could not keep up. She chased the man with the pink balloon, she passed him and she finished the race in 2 hours 10 minutes. Damn that Fiona and her lovely, RP vowels.
These cakes are for Harry as he steers well clear of refined sugar in his post-Ketogenic Diet life.

Harry's Rock Cakes

160g dried apricots
100g golden raisins plus 100g
80ml warmed rice milk
100g ground sunflower seeds
50g ground linseeds
2 tsps cinnamon
125g dairy-free spread
1.5tsp gluten-free baking powder
4-6 tbsps rice flour

  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment and pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees celsius
  • Put the warm rice milk into a wide mouthed jug and add the apricots and 100g of the raisins. Using a hand blender, blend it all to a pulp
  • Put the dairy-free spread into a large saucepan and add the apricot mix
  • Heat it all together gently until the dairy-free spread has melted. Set aside
  • Grind the sunflower seeds and linseeds in a liquidiser and add it to the saucepan
  • Add the cinnamon, baking powder and the remaining raisins. Mix it all together
  • Add enough rice flour to make quite a stiff paste. You don't want the mixture too wet
  • Using a teaspoon, dollop large dollops onto the baking tray. I do love the word dollop
  • These babies cook really quickly, they only took about 13 minutes. Check them after about 6 to make sure they're not browning too quickly. If they are, turn the oven down

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mutterings and meanderings said...

Again a fascinating story to go with a lovely sounding recipe. Loved the RP link.

Is there going to be a PITK cookbook in hard copy?

Drunk Mummy said...

Pig - M&M is right - there really ought to be a PITK cookbook, complete with lovely photos!
I would buy it.

Dianne said...

Brilliant post! My son has TC Epilepsy, he was a bit too old for the ketotonic diet when we heard about it, but he was well controlled for a few years on a diet low in gluten in combination with his normal regime of meds


Pig in the Kitchen said...

M&M, thank-you love...I would love to have a PITK cookbook in hard copy. It is the Golden Year of the Pig this year, so who knows?!

DrunkMummy, bless you, I will hold you to the promise of buying my book...would you like it signed?!! ;-)

Dianne, Thank-you. I'm glad your son is doing well, up to what age do they recommend the Ketogenic Diet? I have some more research to do!

Victoryperfect said...

Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

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Steffi said...

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