In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour and salt. Gradually add water, whisking constantly, until a smooth, thin batter forms. Let stand, covered, at least 4 and up to a maximum of 8 hours
Preheat oven to 280C and position oven rack in second position from top. If you have a pizza stone or sheet pan, set it on the rack (it will help crisp the farinata from below, but isn't required).
Pour olive oil into well-seasoned large cast iron skillet and swirl to fully coat bottom in an even layer. Using a spoon, scrape any foam from surface of batter and discard. Stir batter to mix well, then pour into skillet. Stir gently to swirl oil on top of batter
Season all over with black pepper and sprinkle with rosemary leaves, if using.
Change oven setting to grill. Set skillet on pizza stone or sheet pan or on the oven rack if not using a stone, and cook until farinata has just set, no longer jiggles, and is browned all over, about 11 minutes. If your grill cycles off, you can prop the oven door open with a utensil to keep it on the whole time.
Let farinata cool slightly until set. Eat warm or at room temperature.
At first, when I was told that we needed to completely eliminate dairy from Gracie’s diet (probably for always) I was very concerned. It’s pretty well known that children need appropriate calcium intake to ensure they grow strong bones and teeth. However if your child has food allergies/intolerances you need to look for alternatives.
Below shows the daily intake requirements for children of different ages:
Babies 0–6 months
approx. 210mg (if breastfed)
approx. 350mg (if bottle fed)
Babies 7–12 months
Children 1–3 years
Children 4–8 years
Children 9–11 years
Adolescents 12–18 years (including pregnant and breastfeeding young women)
So what other foods are high in calcium?
Dark Leafy greens: 95mg in 1 cup of Kale
Oranges: 65mg in 1 fruit
Broccoli: 45mg in 1 cup
Seaweed: 126mg in 1 cup
Sesame seeds: 126mg in 1 cup
Almonds: 72mg in 1/4 cup (20 nuts)
Fortified soy, nut or oat milk: 300mg in 1 cup
Fish (with bones). 402mg in 1/2 cup of canned Salmon
Grace is currently at the age where she is testing boundaries and that typically means she can often refuse to eat the foods I make her. Perseverance is the key, I ‘try and pack a lot of goodness in her food, whether that means me putting extra green veggies in a meatloaf or a sprinkle of sesame seeds over her food.
Simple ways I boost Gracie’s intake:
Fruit Smoothies made from Coconut Vitasoy (enriched with calcium)
Chia puddings made with Coconut Vitasoy (enriched with calcium)
Sprinkle sesame seeds over her food
I’ve posted below a simple but tasty recipe for Salmon Patties which are very high in calcium. If you look through my recipe index you’re find some other great ideas too.
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Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until it comes together – the mixture should be sticky enough to hold its shape when pressed. If it’s too dry, try adding a touch more water.
Roll 2 tbsp of mixture into a ball and press onto a lined baking tray until 1 cm thick. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut the circle into a star, returning the surrounding mixture to the food processor. Repeat with remaining mixture until all shortbread is shaped into stars. Top with an almond.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges.
Drizzle with extra tahini and sprinkle with cinnamon.
This recipe calls for almonds, I replaced with Macadamia nuts to fit in with Gracie's special dietary requirements.