My Darling Lemon Thyme – Recipes from my real food kitchen

I’ve been running a little low on enthusiasm to get into the kitchen lately. Exhaustion from moving and growing a baby and just all the day to day jobs I have to do mean that I’ve been finding it hard to get excited about cooking……..and especially because I also have to keep our dinners gluten and dairy free for little miss.

I’d seen a few pictures for this book popping up online this week (and I’ve just discovered that the book launched this week so that makes sense!). And when I saw it at Big W today I had to pick it up and bring it home with me. This is a meat free and gluten free cookbook and mostly dairy free and that’s what really appealed to me. I need some inspiration in that department and this book truly delivers. In fact I’m going to put it right up there with Against All Grain which is my go to book when I want to try something new out on the family.

My Darling Lemon Thyme is a food blog and now a book. The food is beautifully styled and presented and is full of family friendly recipes that everyone will enjoy making and eating. I like that this book isn’t about having lots of new ingredients in your house just to make something. Eggs, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, gluten free flours and grains, olive oil, some coconut oil in recipes and recipes at the back of the book to make your own pastry, sauces and even a gluten free sourdough starter that I will have to make at the new house

You can tell that a lot of thought and work has gone into this book. It is for how people want to eat these days and so many of us have children or someone in the family on a special diet. But the appeal of this book is that you won’t feel like you’re eating food for a special diet. It’s just good healthy wholesome food minus the gluten and the meat. In fact I didn’t even realise it was meat free till I got home so it’s great for the vegetarians and vegans too.  I’m itching to try so many recipes and when I started to list them I realised that I wanted to make most of the things in the book.

But if I had to narrow it down to say a top 10 that I will be making first? sweetcorn and basil fritters, mung bean pancakes with satay vegetables, brown rice salad with spice roasted carrots, feta and pine nuts, quinoa and lemon anzac biscuits, lemon honey and thyme curd shortbreads, dark chocolate coconut bites, peanut brown rice patties, chocolate avocado tart, chai cheesecake with earl grey fig sauce and pecan maple tart………….was that 10?

You get the picture anyway. Recipes that you want to try and a book that you want to pick up and read and plan meals from. This is definitely one of the best of the gluten free books that I’ve purchased and if you want to eat a bit healthier and get into wholefoods then this might just be the book for you. I’m really excited that most of the recipes will suit my little miss and her special diet while also keeping the family happy.

Well done to Emma for such a beautiful book. I shouldn’t be buying cookbooks since we are moving house so soon but this had to come home with me and it’s going to get a lot of use at this house.


  1. Thanks so much for your lovely words about my book Corrie! Stoked you love it :-)
    Happy cooking! xx

  2. Sophie Cole says:

    Corrie, I think you’re amazing, I really do. Your little Elodie is such a lucky girl – as are all your kids.

  3. These recipes sound delicious,I have purchased a few cookbooks you have recommended you can never have too many cookbooks I just love them!

    • uh oh I hope you don’t have too many thanks to me:) I do tend to flick through lots that don’t win me over but this is a great one!!!!!!!!!!

      • I love them all! You have introduced me to Gluten Free cooking its been great experimenting new recipes so thanks Corrie! Can’t wait to see pics of your new home may it be everything and more you and family have wished for :-)

  4. That choc avocado tart looks amazing. I made some choc avocado mousse last week and it is so delicious, the kids loved it too. Elodie and all your kids are lucky to have you x Good luck with your move and all your new adventures. Bron

    • thank you! I feel sorry for the kids as I just don’t have the energy lately but I’ll get there:) :) I still haven’t done anything choc avocado but I’ll get there:)

  5. I live on the other side of the planet but i have a gluten free child so i will search for this book. I cook on thermomix mainly. Please corrie if you get any recipe done through thermomix, share it!!!

  6. Jacqueline says:

    I saw this book at Humphreys Newsagent at Manly this week. It is absolutely lovely. I was just flicking through the gorgeous photographs and didn’t even realise it was gluten it dairy free. We aren’t any if those things but like you Corrie, there were so many yummy things I wanted to cook it from it I couldn’t decide what I wanted to try first. It went straight on my list of to myself mothers’ day presents!
    Jacqueline x

    • ohhh that’s my favourite place to go if I have 10 minutes to myself! so many lovely books and mags!!! hope you get it, really is lovelyxxx

  7. The Cookbook sounds lovely, I may have to take a trip to Big W :)

  8. Fashionista says:

    Thank you for the review Retro Mummy. We are having family to visit for Easter, one of whom is gluten free, another who is gluten/egg/soy/mostly dairy free and another who is fructose intolerant. So I am taking myself off to Big W at lunch time to procure this book!

    When I was doing my menu plan for the Easter weekend I was surprised at how many of the family meals that I cook are already gluten free so I was feeling quite smug with myself. Until I looked at the treats menu. Sigh. That requires some lateral thinking. And a new cook book of course.

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