The Birthday Party Project #1

Oscar’s birthday is coming up in August and he’s having his first “kids party”.  The first 2 birthdays where just with family, but this year we will be inviting friends from day care.  If there’s one occasion when no food should be off-limits to Oscar it’s his birthday party, so I have identified some party food recipes that I think I can modify, and I’m going to give them all a test run between now and then.  To avoid eating party food everyday for the next 2 months we will try a bit at home then I’ll take the rest in to work.I tried out the first receipe last week – Cocomallows from  I wanted to try this one first to test out natural food colouring on Oscar.  Natural food colouring is high in salicylates and on his current re-introduction list.  If some natural food colouring here was OK, then I could use some to decorate his cake (which started out as Iggle Piggle, then a train and now a green dinosaur!).  Unfortunately it didn’t work too well.  24 hours after eating the first piece we had an accident, he ate a 2nd piece that night and we had another accident in the morning.  Interstingly, even though he liked them he ate less than half of each piece.  He later told me they made him feel sick.  This might be true, but he says the same thing about beans and carrots, so its hard to tell.  To confuse the issue he has also had asthma for the past week and been taking ventolin everyday.  The last time he took ventolin he was still in napppies, so we would never have known if he was having this kind of reaction.

This is a real shame, because they are delicious – I got heaps of volounteers at work to taste test more recipes!.  I may still make marshmallows for the party, but I’ll play it safe and stick to white.



Serves 60
Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 2 hours
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Amines Allowed, RPAH Elimination Diet - High Chemical, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet - Moderate Chemical
Meal type Sweet Things
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Special Occasions
Home made marshmallows squares, no preservatives, colours or additives.


  • 1 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons powdered gelatine
  • 3/4 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Hoppers Cherry Red natural food colouring
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut (Refer to Basics page)


1. Preheat the oven to 120°C. Spread the coconut over the base of a non-stick baking tray or pan and place in the oven to toast for about 10 – 15 minutes minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Give it a bit of stir half-way through. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Grease a large pan or rectangular container at least 3 cm deep and approximately 20cm x 30cm. Line with baking paper, allowing the paper to hang over the sides.
3. Place the sugar and cold water in a saucepan over low heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
4. Place the boiling water into a bowl and and sprinkle the gelatine over the top. Stir with a fork to dissolve the gelatine. Add to the sugar mixture and bring to the boil, stirring. Allow to boil for 15 minutes, stirring continuously. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.
5. Using an electric mixer, beat the gelatine mixture on medium speed for 5 minutes, then on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it is thick. Add the vanilla and tint with food colouring to your desired colour (more food colouring means more salicylates). Beat until combined then pour into the prepared pan. Level the top with a spatula and put into the fridge for 45 minutes to set.
6. Lift the marshmallow out of the pan and use a hot knife to cut it into squares about 3cm in size (a 20cm x 30cm pan will give 60 marshmallows this size). Roll each piece in the toasted coconut.
7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.


Low Chemical / Failsafe, Moderate / High Salicylates, Low/Moderate Amines

Refer to the Basics page for fresh coconut.


  1. Gelatine contains sulphites, but most of these can be removed by boiling, but may still be a problem for very sensitive people.
  2. Fresh grated coconut contains moderate amines and salicylates.
  3. Natural food colouring contains high levels of salicylates.

1. For a low chemical version leave out the food colouring and roll the marshmallows in icing sugar or a 50/50 mix of icing sugar and cornflour.
2. If moderate salicylates and amines are OK just leave out the food colouring.
3. If salicylates and amines are not a problem use organic shredded coconut (Macro foods) instead of fresh.  This will take less time to toast.



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