Nourishing Christmas Cake

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A couple of weeks ago I saw my friend Jo of Quirky Cooking fame (please get out from under the rock and discover her amazingness if you haven't already) was lamenting a good christmas cake, while her family are doing the healing GAPS diet. Well, it got me thinking: Is it possible? Would it taste nice? Would the texture be able to be respected? Would it pass with the British born and raised Dad? So this GAPS Christmas cake was born as a test. Gluten, dairy, grain, starch and even nut free, … [Read more...]

Life changing Rocky Road with REAL marshmallow

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If you're going to eat a treat, make it really good and make it whole, I say. Make it the absolute best version of 'it' that it can be. Otherwise, what's the point? Rocky Road is one of those treats that when commercially bought it is filled with weirdness and far from natural.   Check these ingredients out for the top selling marshmallow brand Genetically modified corn flour Wheat starch Fake, petroleum derived  colouring (not all but most are. Use Chemical Maze app if in … [Read more...]

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...]