My dairy-free journey – Part 5

So since last dairy-free journey post, this post is more a reflection on new things I have tried, as well as a reminder on something I had as a kid but forgot I could have now, as someone on a dairy-free journey.

Although I continue to write my posts as dairy-free, there have been times I allowed a bit of dairy in.
Those regular reading will know it might have been a pie, which the pastry contained milk. Another time was when I have had a chicken roast dinner, as it contained a scoop of mash and a Yorkshire pudding on my plate. At these times was when I was eating out, so allowing it in then is not often. But at home, I don’t allow. Having those items did not affect me. The only thing I don’t have when eating out with me finding it did, was when I was at a cafe and I had a chicken and mushroom pie. The creamy sauce making me feel like I needed to keep clearing my throat later.

I learnt that having Cadbury’s Original drinking chocolate that says “swirl into hot milk” and Tesco’s Coco Powder is ok for me. (Cadbury’s Original was what I drank as a kid.) There’re also ok for vegans, I read on a vegan website. They don’t label them vegan though, due to being handled on the same site where there are other products containing dairy are also produced. So I am now enjoying hot chocolate, using soya milk. There’s nothing like a comforting hot chocolate on a winters day. Although I like to drink it at other times too.
Although I had both a Tesco and Cadbury’s ones, I will stick with Tesco’s from now on, due to less sugar. I add honey to sweeten.
I also learnt that a supermarket brand Bourbon biscuits do not contain milk. In fact this particular brand I had was suitable for vegans. Now this surprised me because I expected them containing milk. I thought I picked up a pack once where some contained milk. But maybe I am wrong on this. So it’s nice to know. Although when younger, I wasn’t a complete fan on them. Now, I like them, but again, I am not crazy about them. So at least they will last in my biscuit tin. 😁

Discovered I like avocado, as I have blogged about in earlier posts, after accidentally having a feeling there was some on my plate, when eating out. I forgot to mention about leaving it off on this ocassion, because I once tried some at home and I did not like it. But I thought I had nothing to lose, so I tried it. I discovered I liked it and told a staff member who served me this, because they know from before I would usually request to leave that off. This inspired me to get my own avocado’s again and I looked up how to tell when ripe and ways to use one. I had my own first avocado on toast.
Lessons learnt after trying again, I now know when I tried the first time, that you always add something of flavour to it, because it’s bland on it’s own.
I also learnt that when I first would have tried one, that it wouldn’t have been ripe.
I’ve now had quite a few since.

I like just a few little things when it comes to coconut. But I am not a fan.

I do not like coconut, which I have been like this since a child. Bounty was my first memory of not liking. But I could eat Nice biscuits.

I tried Koko dairy-free yogurt last year, which does have coconut milk in it. So with liking this and one time liking a Costa iced type drink that also contained coconut, I thought maybe my tastebuds had changed. So I tried a dairy-free milk that contained coconut on my cereals. I discovered I did not like it. So I am not a 100% fan when it comes to coconut. I won’t be trying anything else containing coconut, than having what I already know that I like. So I have found where my limits lie.

I have tried Polenta. I made as instructions on packet, until I had the consistency of how I wanted it. I mixed some dry mixed herbs into it, at the start of cooking.
Once cooked, I added a small knob of dairy-free butter to it, before serving it on my plate, adding mushrooms and sweetcorn on top. I also grated a bit of dairy-free cheese on top, but I felt that was a bit too much, which afterwards, when reading online about it, I was reading how it can be too rich having it like that: butter and cheese. It made a quick meal though. But once my pack has gone whether I will buy anymore, I don’t know.
Have you ever tried Polenta? If so, how did you have yours?

So as you can see and as I found, just by going dairy-free, it encouraged me to try new foods again. 

I will carry on doing what I am doing, cutting out a majority of dairy-free products and using alternatives in their place, like soya.
When I am eating out and the aim will be to cut out dairy, but at times like say having a chicken roast dinner, I am not going to worry about a scoop of mash on my plate and a yorkshire pudding, because this isn’t going to be a regular weekly event anyway.

I am going to make this my last dairy-free post, but I hope what I have shared in today’s and past posts, that it has helped you in some way.
If I ever chat about dairy-free again, it will more likely be mentioned in a chit-chat post, with it just being a chat, than a long post on the subject. 


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21 thoughts on “My dairy-free journey – Part 5

  1. I’ve been dairy free for 41/2 years and fee l so much better for it. I don’r eay soy either and generally steer clear of coconut, prefering to use home-made oat or almond products.

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    1. I feel better for going practically dairy free, just as I once did before.
      So soya milk instead of dairy milk and alternatives in ice cream, cream, chocolate, yogurts etc. So yes definitely leaving out a majority of products containing milk, with the exception if I allow to happen when eating out and having a chicken roast, I won’t worry at that point when having a little mash and a Yorkshire pudding at time.

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  2. Not sure I’m ready to give up dairy yet altho’ we have been doing mainly plant-based food since the New Year. I was never much of a meat eater so it’s not a big problem. But I can’t say I feel any different.

    I love polenta if you make it quite thick, using herbs and spices spread it onto parchment paper and put it in the fridge. Then I cut it into chips, spread with oil then bake or fry on a griddle.

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    1. Thank you for the tip using polenta differently. Not read about doing it this way. So to cook it this way would I expect golden on the outside while soft in the middle? Similar to chips.
      And how long do I need to leave the polenta in the fridge, prior to cooking?

      For me giving up milk has helped me have no phlegm or very little back of throat when asthma is a bit troublesome.
      In the past, I did it temporary for similar reasons when it came to hayfever and it was for the better. So after last year how I felt, I wasn’t going to hesitate giving up milk and see how I go. This time it will be permanent.
      I have got on better than expected with dairy-free cheese. I thought I would miss my cheese out of anything I gave up dairy, to say I don’t have it often. Followed by ice cream, but I have not missed it at all as I thought I would.

      Eating out can be difficult by going milk free I find. But more places are starting to do vegan. But where there isn’t enough choices, or I fancy a chicken roast dinner, I won’t worry about that bit of mash and Yorkshire pudding as at home I don’t this. Eating out is now and again, so that small bit won’t hurt.


      1. That’s it Liz, like chips. You put it in the fridge to set hard before you either deep fry them or do them in the over. The good this is you can make a batch, (flavour it with whatever you like) keep it in the fridge (up to a week( and pull out when you need it.

        Both my sons suffer with asthma so they’re both veggie mainly and milk free. But the one in the States has been told he has a Vit B12 deficiency so he needs to find a way to replenish this.

        Oh, and one’s got hayvever lol. I’m not a huge cheese eater so wouldn’t bother me much and as for ice cream – I chop up a couple of bananas and freeze them with berries then put them in the blender and that’s my soft ice cream 🙂 But don’t refreeze it, eat it immediately.

        In London in particular, were’ lucky as it’s easy to find veggie/vegan places to eat. Anyway we find we prefer eating in. The last few times we’ve eaten out we’ve had to ‘complain’. And it’s cheaper to eat in 🙂 x

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      2. Yes, it’s cheaper to eat in. I agree.

        I shall try the polenta as chips this weekend. I have everything I need for it. Thank you.
        I have made the ice-cream using frizen banana’s. I loved it.

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      3. Tried polenta as chips today and I enjoyed having polenta more this way. I just need to experiment with how long to leave them in the oven, as I think I may have left them in a bit too long.

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    1. Thank you. I’m definitely not having milk in my diet anymore except for what I have mentioned, if I have a chicken roast dinner, then I won’t worry about the mash and Yorkshire pudding. Not with hardly having it. That bit doesn’t affect me. But going back to milk on cereals, drinks etc. I shall stick with my equivalent. 😊

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    1. I know benefit I had before short term going dairy-free, but now, further benefits than before. Thank you for sharing about your experience going dairy-free.

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  3. I love to mash my avocado with a bit of lemon juice, garlic salt, and dried onion powder, because you’re right. They are kind of bland on their own. Keep experimenting!

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