5 ideas to use up your leftover almond pulp

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Our culture is a little milk obsessed. With so many opting out of dairy for allergy or dietary preference, instead of opting out of milk altogether, they're turning to alternative milks. Almond milk is the fastest growing in popularity. I'm not a huge fan of packet almond milks nor of drinking massive quantities of the stuff. Fine, if you fancy a drop for your tea or coffee, or a little for a smoothie, but if you eat lots of good, real food, there is no need to 'supplement' with almond milk so … [Read more...]

Epic salad

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I've had a busy week of workshops and have decided to run with the theme of making the absolute most out of beautiful, natural ingredients by showing just how satisfying and 'epic' a salad can be. We humans crave the "new". I've been thinking of late it's because we used to be nomads and there was always a new plant to explore, or animal to catch... Food marketers of course give us 'new' stuff all the time, but their playing on our desire to be continually excited by food, leads us down a … [Read more...]

Banoffee Pie – Gluten free, Dairy Free

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A healthy banoffee pie. Is it possible? One without condensed milk or gram crackers or brown sugar? Yes. Yes, it is. It's even possible to be completely dairy free and low fructose. If you know from my facebook community, every now and then I put a call out for a naughty processed / refined recipe that people would love to healthify. This time, Banoffee Pie came out on top of the 140 answers! I hope you love it. Once the components are made, it's super simple to put together. The whole … [Read more...]

Buy Nothing New Curry – Vegetarian / Vegan

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I love that I'm writing this up on world vegetarian day! No matter what style of diet or nutritional 'box' you might put yourself in, we could all make more room for veggies! This got dubbed the 'buy nothing new curry' because the veggies used for it resembled bits and pieces fit for the compost bin. BUT, I like to push the envelop and reduce waste wherever and whenever possible, so I decided, on a night when my boys were out for dinner, that I'd make the curry for myself and test it. Oh how my … [Read more...]

Chocolate Custard Tart

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This is a decadent gluten free, grain free and optionally dairy free tart perfect for allergy friendly indulgence. It's a bit of a project the first time as you get your head around everything but it's actually really easy and I adore the custard making ritual if I have time to do it properly and not in the thermomix (Shhh, I don't want to hurt the thermomix's feelings) Each first Sunday of the month, my family has a get together lunch, to make sure we all catch up at least every month. Most … [Read more...]

Frozen Yoghurt – Breakfast, dessert or icy pops

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Frozen yoghurt these days can mean an ingredient list like this, a best selling 'low fat' yoghurt - talk about weirdo packets of fakeness! My rule is, if I have to look something up with google to see what it is in an ingredient list, then it is not a food I could make in my kitchen and therefore processed and not real food (while there might be real food ingredients in the mix). There are ingredients in here that are documented to be known irritants to gastrointestinal tract, liver, … [Read more...]

Salted Carob Bliss balls

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People ask me if I've got a bliss ball recipe quite often. I can't really answer why I don't. I really don't love how sweet they usually are, I guess.  I was looking at a new commercial one released the other day for Mum, which she wanted for her golf round and we were shocked to see a 20g ball had 7g of sugar - Yes, that's 35% sugar! Remember sugar can creep up because it's rather addictive to us. All of a sudden it's 3 dates, a piece of fruit, a 'wholefood' biscuit a veggie juice with apple in … [Read more...]

Easy gluten free birthday cake for 20 people

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My default is easy, emotional, rustic and quite frankly hap hazard. When it therefore comes to making a little person's birthday cake and 'themes' are bandied about, I get worried. I won't use the weirdo icing to get the 'right' colours.  I won't use strange icing pastes to get that super smooth look. It's just not me. So, for the dinosaur theme, I got to thinking. I also had to think fast because i'd burnt a cake that morning and was running out of time. This is the cake that was born. It's … [Read more...]