Vegan, Gluten & Dairy Free Entertaining made Easy

Do you feel like you often miss out on all of the really cool and delicious things in life? Well we have some excellent news for you…..Yes it’s true Peninsula Larder’s Flavour Pearls are Vegan, Gluten and Dairy Free!

You can add some delicious bling to your all of your dinner party favourites…..or not even cook at all…..just add a sprinkle into a glass of sparkling.

Here are a few food ideas that work well with the addition of Flavour Pearls….

A little starter perhaps….

Clearly bocconcini is not dairy or vegan friendly….click here for a recipe to make your own vegan bocconcini or substitute with something else

Petite Caprese Salad & Balsamic Flavour Pearls

Ripe cherry tomatoesMolecular Gastronomy_Black Pearls

Milk cherries (baby bocconcini)


Balsamic Flavour Pearls

Salt and Pepper

Chinese soup spoons to serve.


Simply slice the tomatoes and bocconcini, layer alternately in oyster spoons. Season with salt and pepper to taste and finish with a sprig of basil and a generous scatter of Balsamic Flavour Pearls.

Alternately….this is an excellent entrée or share platter with your main course….just upsize the tomatoes and perhaps buy some buffalo mozzarella. Tah dah!

*these can be prepared a couple of hours in advance. Just cover with a little glad wrap and leave them on the bench. No need to keep them in the fridge as they taste better when room temperature*


A little something on the side….or bulk it up for the main event…


Simple Fresh Salad

Mixed leavespetite salad


Cherry tomatoes

Olive oil

Lemon & Black Pepper Flavour Pearls

Now this is an easy one…..just combine your favourite salad with enough leafy stuff to lighten it up on the plate and scatter over a few Pearls for a flavour ‘pop’ ….the ingredients above are a great start and there are a few more suggestions below.

(PS: the pearls in the picture are actually  Sherry Vinegar Flavour Pearls…sorry they were a custom flavour and are not available from our store!)

*try shaved fresh fennel, finely sliced apple, dill, wild rocket and a sprinkle of Tangerine Flavour Pearls

*chargrilled vegetables…zucchini ribbons, peppers, roast red onion, semi dried tomato, fresh basil and Balsamic Flavour Pearls

*quinoa, shaved red onion, fresh continental parsley leaves, coriander leaves, finely diced peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and Cherry Flavour Pearls

*chickpeas, roast pumpkin, sliced green beans (blanched), baby spinach leaves, fine sliced red onion, White Balsamic Flavour Pearls


Simply sweet…..

Flourless Chocolate Cake & Tangerine Flavour Pearls

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C & grease and line a 22cm cake tin with baking paper


180g butter, chopped20150423_132847

220g quality dark cooking chocolate, chopped

1 1/4 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup almond meal

1 cup cocoa powder, sifted

5 eggs

Tangerine Flavour Pearls


Place the butter, chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Place the almond meal and cocoa in a bowl and whisk in the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs gradually, whisking until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until firm. Allow to cool in the tin. Serve with thick double cream and a generous serve of Tangerine Flavour Pearls…or Strawberry…or Cherry…or Passionfruit…or Spearmint…or Blackcurrant…or Chocolate…or Salted Caramel. And if you want to get really fancy…here is a link to a YouTube clip showing you how to make spun sugar


Well I hope this has given you a little ‘food for thought’….or perhaps you have a friend or loved one that follows a Vegan, Gluten or Dairy free lifestyle….share this post with them or why not buy them some Flavour Pearls as an awesome surprise!

Until next time…

Rodney & Fiona

“Food that’s beautiful to look at seems to taste better than food that isn’t.”
Emeril Lagasse
‘Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking’ (1993)