Date & Dark Choc Hot X Buns

15 04 2014

The dough recipe has been adapted from Primal Girl’s Magic Dough Recipe. You are going to want to get it in you sneaky little hands because that gear is ver-sa-tile! I made pizza dough the other night with it & as much as I love a Cauliflower Base Pizza, some times you just want a real dough and that gear is brilliant!!

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Figgy Coconut Balls

13 04 2014

It’s a rainy old day here in Bris-Vegas & that means it’s perfect weather to get in the kitchen & make lots of food…. Despite how it may appear from my recipe ratio of sweets to actual food, I don’t just eat cake & chocolate all day…. Not all day.

Ever noticed that dried figs sometimes taste like some sort of booze? No, it’s not because I soaked them in booze….. Or because I was chowing down on them when I was already drunk. Huh? Just me? Weird thing to say? I totally think I can taste like brandy or port or something like that in dried figs? No? Whatever. These balls taste boozy to me, let me know if you get that too.

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Raw Berry Tart

9 03 2014

Raw Tarts are all the rage at the moment…. I think the vegans are largely responsible. That’s not a dig at vegans, I love this raw tart business. There is a lot of raw vegan ‘something-or-another’ kicking about in health food cafés & shops, it’s the new black, all the cool kids are doing it so I thought I’d best dip my toes in too…. To the concept, not the tart. I wouldn’t put my feet in the tart, that’s just unhygienic.

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Lime Mayo

20 02 2014

Mayo is my latest condiment obsession at the moment. It was BBQ Sauce, man that gear is good, but mayo is the front runner at the moment. I have it on eggs, chicken, fish, meat, salad, my fingers…..huh? Whatever, you will too when you taste how delicious this is. It’s easy, it will store in the fridge in a jar for about a week…. If it lasts that long. I just use the yolks as the raw egg whites seem to flare up my allergies a but work out what you like. Go for free range & the best quality you can find, if you are eating these suckers raw, you want them to be from awesome, healthy, happy chickens.

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Choc Chunk Coconut Cookies

14 02 2014

I love cookies. Especially the choc chip kind when they are warm out if the oven & the chocolate is still melty…. Is that even a word? Meh, it is now. Melty chocolate is the best, unless of course it has done it’s ‘melty’ business somewhere it shouldn’t, as in, not in a cookie but in your handbag. That’s not cool. You know what else isn’t cool? Cookies that are packed with processed sugar, highly refined white flour & weird dodgy fats like margarine. These cookies are totally cool though so don’t you worry about that.

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Butter Pecan Ice Cream

6 02 2014

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I freaking love ice cream. It is one of my favourite things in all of the land. This is probably my favouritist flavour so far. That’s right favouritist. It must be good then right? Well you will have to make it to find out. I wish ice cream grew on trees, like paleo ice cream trees, not ‘chemical $hitstorm loaded with crap trees’, someone should invent that….. But then they would be genetically modified wouldn’t they. Well that’s a damn shame. Just eat ice cream. It’ll make you happy. Read the rest of this entry »





Roasted Garlic Aioli

23 01 2014

Who loves aioli? I do & I love it garlicky…. Is that a word? It should be. How else can one be expected to describe the strength of garlic-ness of something? On a scale of not-very-garlicky to it-will-keep-the-vampires-away-for-weeks, I like mine closer to the repelling Edward Cullen end of the spectrum. Mainly because I find him completely ‘meh’, pasty & angsty but that is a whole other discussion. Eat this aioli, it’s delicious & garlic is great for the immune system.

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Ginger Coconut Bookies

13 01 2014

What do you get when you cross a BALL with a COOKIE? A BOOKIE! These little bookies are like little bombs of joy. If my tastebuds had feet they would be doing a happy dance right now. If you want your tastebuds to be busting some moves too then just make these. It’s that easy.

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Crap-Free Coleslaw

5 01 2014

Did anyone else used to think it was called ‘coldslaw’ too? I bet you did even if you won’t admit it. You’re only lying to yourself. Anyway, coldslaw makes much more sense than coleslaw because it really is cold ‘slaw’…. I don’t actually know if ‘slaw’ is a thing or if I just made that up? Stand by, I’m off to google it….. Right, so it turns out that ‘slaw’ is not a word, it’s just short for ‘coleslaw’. I also happened upon another fact…. ‘Cole’ is actually derived from the Latin word ‘colis’, meaning ‘cabbage’. Whatever Wikipedia, I still think coldslaw makes much more sense.

This one doesn’t contain the truck-load of cr@p that is in the store-bought versions and is exactly what I felt like in this 57-million-degree-heat. Not even exaggerating, it actually is that hot.

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Top Deck Chocolate

10 12 2013

I love chocolate. I really, really do. It makes me happy in my heart. These days it tends to only be the homemade variety or some good quality dark chocolate that ends up in our house. This has been one of my favorites so far. Loaded with magnesium from the fabulous raw cacao & some healthy fats from the deliciously smooth cacao butter & coconut oil, this gear is good. Real good. Like you might need to hide it from yourself in the back of the freezer behind the dog mince to stop yourself eating it at breakfast time. Not that I did that…. BUT if I did there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that. Besides, if no-one saw me it never happened, right?!

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Coconut Crepes

2 11 2013

My mum made some delicious crepes with pulled pork for my birthday so I thought I’d have a crack at my own. I didn’t want to use too much arrowroot starch but coconut flour can be a total bit$h to cook with without it. I tried a couple at the start without the arrowroot starch, hot tip…. Just don’t. They were a disaster. Trav still ate them but they were not crepe-like, they were a pile of broken bits. Much like my ego was starting to become.

These can be used like a tortilla and I totally intend to crack them out for a Mexican fiesta feast one night. I think they would work brilliantly as chicken enchiladas or quesadillas. You could also make them a sweet crepe and shove all sorts of fab poached fruit inside.

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp garam marsala (optional- you can omit completely or replace with cinnamon for a sweet crepe)
6 eggs
Salt & pepper
2 cups Coconut milk (or milk if your choice)
2 tbs Arrowroot starch (cornflour would work too, some flavorless whey might work too, I haven’t tried, let me know if you do)
Makes about 15 crepes

Pop everything into the food processor & blend until smooth. Heat a small frypan & add a dash of coconut oil. Pour in the crepe batter & swirl it around the pan to form a thin, even layer. Now the trick to being able to flip these suckers without them ending up as a pile of scramble is to let them cook almost all the way through before you attempt the flip. They should be browning around the edges, then you can flip them and cook briefly on the other side. We filled these lovely morsels with some pulled pork & salad but they would be pretty devine filled with berries & yoghurt drizzled with chocolate sauce…. Just sayin.

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Chai Protein Bounty Bars

20 10 2013

Ok, let’s be clear. Coconut butter & coconut oil are NOT the same thing! I don’t care if the lady/man/weird hippy/talking cat at the healthfood shop told you they are the same. They are clearly off their face & don’t have a clue about the wonderful world of coconut & they are lying to you. I don’t know why they are lying to you. Maybe they don’t like you. Maybe they want to keep all the coconut butter for themselves…. that would be understandable. You can try to use them interchangeably if you like, but it’s going to end in tears, oily coconut tears. So here’s the deal. Think about peanut butter & peanut oil. You know they are not the same thing right? Same deal. Coconut OIL is the oil pressed from the flesh of the coconut. Coconut BUTTER (also called coconut concentrate or coconut manna) is coconut flesh puréed to form a liquid or butter. Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s make these babies.

If you are not a fan of the old chai flavor you can just omit all the chai spices & make regular protein Bounty bars. You can leave out the protein too if you like. If you leave out much more though there will be nothing left so let’s not waste each others time & just do as I say. These are loaded with fabulous healthy fats, protein & are super low carb. You need these in your face ASAP.

BARS-
200g coconut butter
1 tsp cinnamon (omit if not doing chai)
1/2 tsp cloves (omit if not doing chai)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (omit if not doing chai)
1/4 tsp cardamom (omit if not doing chai)
1 tsp vanilla powder (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup protein powder (OPTIONAL- you can use extra coconut instead)
1/2 cup coconut (shredded or dessicated)
1-2 tbs maple syrup or stevia to taste (OPTIONAL- I didn’t add any sweetener to mine)

CHOC COATING
2-4 tbs raw cacao (start with 2 & add more to taste)
1 heaped tbs ghee or coconut oil
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice
1-2 tbs honey/maple syrup or stevia (OPTIONAL)

In the food processor mix all the bar ingredients together until well combined then pour into a baking paper lined tray and pop in the freezer to set while you make the coating. For the coating, add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and melt together gently. Adjust the sweetness/cacao level as you need to. Once smooth, remove from heat & set aside. Grab the bars out of the freezer & cut into the sizes you want. Dunk them into the Choc mix & place on a baking paper lined tray in the fridge to set. Now you can eat.

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Mixed Berry Choc Ripple Ice Cream

19 10 2013

Oh ice-creamy goodness how I enjoy thee. The weather is heating up so has come the time for my ice cream maker bowl to resume its place in the freezer so that I can make ice cream on a whim. You know what’s annoying? Wanting to make ice cream & the bowl isn’t frozen. Height of inconvenience. My friend bought an ice cream maker this week. She didn’t realise you had to freeze the bowl first. Needless to say that batch of ice cream was not a success. If you have bought/are going to buy an ice cream maker, you’ve got to freeze the bowl first people, like overnight, not just a few hours. That’s my pearls of wisdom for the day. I’m fairly certain you are all feeling very enlightened by this information.

Homemade ice cream kicks ar$e on the store-bought chemical $hitstorm with 34 ingredients, none of which you can pronounce. This one is a delicious mash up of berry goodness & chocolatey yum. It is a low sugar recipe that packs a flavour punch.

Berry Bit
400ml coconut milk
400ml coconut cream
250g mixed berries
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
OPTIONAL – Stevia or maple syrup to sweeten

Choc Bit
1 lge ripe avocado
1 cup coconut water (you can use a milk of your choice instead if you like)
2 tbs raw cacao
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch stevia (or 1-2 tbs maple syrup)

Add all the berry bit ingredients to the food processor & blend well until smooth. Pour into your ice cream maker & let it do it’s thing.
Give the food processor a quick rinse. Now add all the choc bit ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth. Taste it & see if it needs more cacao or sweetener. Set this aside until the berry ice cream is just about done. When the berry bit is done, pour it into a container, pour the choc mix on top & swirl it through with a spoon/knife/fork/finger…. Pop it in the freezer for about an hour to set properly, scoop it out & get it in your pie hole.

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Toasted Coconut Rough Chocolate

10 09 2013

You know what I love about toasted coconut? It tastes like unicorns are dancing on your tongue, spreading their joy to all your tastebuds. You know what I hate about it? Toasting the b@stard. Let me show you how it goes.

Pop it in the oven (or in a frypan)….
Check once…. Nothing
Check again….. Nothing
Check again…. Just browning on the edges
Check again…… Burnt to freaking smithereens like a smouldering pile of charcoal

Seriously coconut, I love you, why do you betray me so? I thought we had something special? I tout your amazing health benefits to all those who will listen! I spread your love far & wide & this is how you repay me? I am hurt, really hurt. People, you really need to keep a close eye on this process, coconut will screw you over without a second thought.

Raw cacao butter looks like white chocolate when it’s solid & it is the fat component of the cacao bean where my beloved raw cacao comes from. It is a very stable fat & gives homemade chocolate that awesome ‘mouth-feel’ that we find in the store bought stuff without all the other random cr@p they add.

400g coconut- toasted (GOOD LUCK!!)
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbs maca powder (optional- Lucuma would be great too)
2 tbs cacao butter (melted)- you can prob sub for coconut oil

Add all the ingredients to your food processor & blend until it becomes liquid. Pour onto a baking lined tray or into chocolate moulds or ice cube trays and pop in the fridge or freezer to set. Be careful, don’t be distracted through the toasting process & may the force be with you.

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Tomato Sauce & BBQ Sauce

6 09 2013

How good is sauce? Especially with sausages. We had the most delicious lamb & rosemary sausages the other day, they were amazeballs. You know the Sherwood Rd Butcher does paleo-sausages? How good is that! I haven’t tried them but I have heard good things. Why am I rambling about sausages? I came here to tell you about my sauce. It’s good.

Did you know that one cup of regular tomato sauce has around 50g sugar? In sauce! It’s savory, why the hell is there that much sugar in it? No wonder kids go loopy. The condiments in your fridge are normally LOADED with hidden sugar. Sweet Chilli Sauce can have about 110g/cup! You can find my healthier version HERE.

400g fresh tomatoes
400g tinned tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 lge cloves garlic, crushed
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, chopped roughly
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely diced
1 tsp rock salt
OPTIONAL- 1 bunch basil, chopped roughly
1 tbs coconut oil

In a large saucepan heat the coconut oil over a medium heat, sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, celery & coriander seeds until onion is translucent. Add the tomato paste & cook for a further 2 mins. Add all the remaining ingredients & bring to the boil. Reduce to a low simmer & simmer for about 20mins. Allow to cool before transferring to a food processor & blending until smooth. Store in sterilized jars in the fridge. Mine lasted about 2 mths.

BBQ SAUCE

This is the bomb. I have used it to marinate chicken wings, ribs, added to savory mince, dipped meat in it and probably a heap of other things. Every time is was delicious.

2 tbs tomato paste
1 cup MY TOMATO SAUCE (from above)
1 tbs honey
1 heaped tsp sweet paprika
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
100ml apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbs coconut oil
Good pinch of salt

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the tomato paste & paprikas. Cook for about 2 mins. Add everything else to the saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer & allow to simmer for 15-20mins over a very low heat. Remove from heat, allow to cool then blend with a stick mix or food processor until smooth. Transfer to sterilized jars & store in the fridge. Mine was fine for about 2 mths, it might last longer but I used mine all up by then.

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Strawberry Choc Chip Super Fudgy Brownies

1 09 2013

It’s my birthday & I’ll eat brownies for breakfast if I want to….. And I totally think you should too, just to help me celebrate! It has been an amazing ‘Birthday Week’ courtesy of The Fitographer spoiling me every day this week with cards, gifts & outings. I am feeling pretty lucky and super thankful. So thankful I am making brownies. For breakfast. I think brownies should be an ‘always’ food, same as coconut & vegetables. Dietary staples.

These fudgy little suckers are delicious, loaded with magnesium & just enough sweetness to not have you plunging into a diabetic coma. Enjoy. I know I did.

1/2 cup coconut butter (or nut/seed butter)
OPTIONAL- extra coconut butter for drizzling… I mean WHY wouldn’t you?
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey/maple syrup (or 10 fresh dates)
2 heaped tbs raw cacao
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 tbs cinnamon
Pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped strawberries (or other berries)
2 tbs cacao nibs (or dark choc chips)

Preheat oven to 160C. Add everything except strawberries & cacao nibs to the food processor & blend until smooth. Stir through strawberries & cacao nibs. Pour into a baking paper lined loaf tin or small baking dish. Bake for about 20 mins. You want them to still be fudgy & gooey inside because they will set more as they cool. Allow to cool, drizzle with extra coconut butter, chop into squares & store in the fridge….. Or eat them all at once. I can’t confirm or deny if that occurred in this instance.

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Sweet Potato Blondies

23 08 2013

A friend of mine just had a baby so I made her a batch if these to keep her nourished while she was forced to consume disgusting hospital food. These are a great source of healthy carbs & great fats that are especially important for a nursing mum and pack a far better nutritional punch than hospital jelly & custard…..Vomit. Being in hospital with no escape from that revolting food is one of my worst nightmares, please promise me that you will come & bring me real food if I ever end up in a hospital bed! I mean seriously, how are people meant to get well when you are feeding them absolute cr@p? Bizarre people, it’s just bizarre.

1 tin (420g) of chickpeas or cannelini beans, rinsed really well & drained (you could substitute for this amount of extra sweet potato if you like it paleo, it will change the texture a bit)
1/4 cup coconut oil, grassfed butter or ghee
1 cup puréed sweet potato
1 cup nut butter/seed butter/coconut butter
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
10 fresh dates
1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 160C. Add the dates, chickpeas & coconut oil to the food processor & blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients & blend again until all combined. In a baking paper lined cake tin or baking tray, pour in the mixture. Bake for 30-40 mins until a skewer inserted comes out just a little wet. The Blondie will continue to set once out of the oven & you want it to stay fudgy so don’t overcook it. Allow to cool completely before cutting & store it in the fridge if you don’t devour it all at once. It would also be delicious drizzled with some more coconut butter.

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Passionfruit Tarts

9 08 2013

I love making desserts & sweets! I especially love making a healthier spin on an old favorite! I made a great version on a lemon meringue pie last week, it was delicious, it looked amazing and I would share it with you except that my photographer deleted the photo & I can’t have a recipe without a photo. It wouldn’t be right. I won’t even buy recipe books if there isn’t a picture of every single thing… Who am I kidding, I don’t buy recipe books, BUT if I did, I wouldn’t buy one without pictures. Anyway, my point is, I am gong to have to make the lemon meringue pie, chocolate banana bread & strawberry choc chip brownies again & get pictures before you can have the recipes, woe is me. Until then, make Passionfruit tarts, they are awesome. You can leave the cacao out if the idea of chocolate & Passionfruit weirds you out, that would obviously make you a weirdo because chocolate goes with everything but who am I to judge.

BASE-
200g coconut
2 heaped tbs nut butter
4 fresh dates
2 heaped tbs raw cacao (optional)

FILLING-
1/2 cup Passionfruit pulp
1 heaped tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)
200g raw cashews, soaked for at least an hour in water & drained
250ml coconut cream
Pinch stevia or 2-3 tbs maple syrup

For the base blitz everything in the food processor until it comes together like a dough. Press into the bottom of cupcake or tart moulds.

For the filling- add the cashews & coconut cream to the food processor & blend until smooth. Add ginger & the sweetener of your choice & blend to combine. Stir through Passionfruit pulp. Spoon into moulds on top of base and pop in the fridge to set overnight or in the freezer for a few hours. Once set, remove from moulds, place in mouth, enjoy.

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Eggplant Bake

31 07 2013

Eggplant is a good source of potassium, Vitamin K & magnesium. There is also a phytonutrient found in eggplant skin called Nasunin which is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. How helpful, thank you eggplant.

Ever noticed how walnuts look like little brains? Well that is because they are smart little nuts. They are LOADED with vitamin E which is an excellent antioxidant, rich in omega 3 fatty acids which provide an excellent anti inflammatory action for our bodies and contains lots of important B-complex vitamins. What clever little nuts.

1 lge eggplant, chopped roughly
3-4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped roughly
Handful walnuts
Goats cheese to top
Pinch salt & pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs melted coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

This is so easy, almost too easy to even write down. It will probably take you longer to read this than actually prepare is dish. Preheat your oven to 170C. In an ovenproof baking dish add chopped tomatoes & eggplant and toss well with coconut oil, salt, pepper & cinnamon. Spread evenly over the baking dish, top with crumbled goats cheese & walnuts & bake for 20-30 mins until golden.

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Nut-Free Coconutty Balls

29 07 2013

These are no-nut balls. Yep, I just said that. Sometimes you just need to not have nuts in your life, other days you just need nuts. Today was a nut-free day AND I have Coconut Butter from Honest to Goodness to create with before the GIVEAWAY. If you want to be the lucky recipient of a jar your can get all the details HERE. I am going to give away one jar this week, one next week & a few more on the 14th August. Get posting & sharing the MFR love!

200g sunflower seeds, lightly toasted (or nut of your choice)
150g Coconut Butter
Zest & juice of 1 orange
50g Goji Berries (optional)
1 tbs Maca or Lucuma powder (optional)
2-3 tbs Raw Cacao

In your food processor blend the sunflower seeds until they start to form a paste. Add the coconut butter & orange zest & juice, lucuma/maca & blend until smooth. Add the goji berries & pulse a few times just to combine. Now I made 3 different types of balls, you can choose one or make them all too. Some I just used the batter as it is now, rolled balls & that’s it. Others I rolled the same batter into balls then rolled the balls in raw cacao to coat at the end. The last lot I added a couple of tbs of raw cacao to the food processor, gave it a bit of a blend, then rolled that chocolatey goodness into balls.

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