Zesty lemon & yoghurt cake

gluten and dairy free lemon cake

My grandmother as many people who've been with me for a while here, was a marvellous baker and maker of desserts. I've come to realise lately, that I was passed the baton when she died 4 years ago, which was about the time I went from baking the odd thing, to becoming passionate about creating desserts of my own, that were gluten free and more nourishing than the standard white flour / white sugar desserts we seemed to be surrounded by. One of my favourite memories is of being under the tree … [Read more...]

2 minute Teff bread

Teff with smashed avocado and herbs

I wanted something 'bread like' and all I had was the Teff flour I've been experimenting with. I had bacon on the go in one pan and a salad sorted, so it also had to be instant. The experiment began and resulted in this super simple pancake like, airy soft 'bread' that is great to toast up over a couple of days and spread smashed avocado, paté or dips on top, or even perhaps pop under the grill for a couple of minutes with pizza toppings. Consider it a quick new little feather in the cap for … [Read more...]

Orange & Poppyseed cake

gluten free orange and poppy seed cake

Orange & poppyseed is a style of cake I've never particularly loved, but the other day a follower, Mikaela, asked if I knew of one, and I thought - well, why not give it a go my way and see if I like it more. I did and it is actually really nice. I don't like sickly sweet citrus flavours, so the traditional version with buckets of white sugar in them and refined flour, just tasted yucky to me. This has a hint of sweetness and nourishing, wholefood flours, so it makes it earthy, dense and … [Read more...]

Sweet and smokey pulled pork

smokey sweet pulled pork

Sweet and smokey pulled pork is one of those things that people revere when they taste out and about as something they couldn't possibly produce themselves - It must be SO difficult to make something so tasty, right?  Well, not so, actually. All this recipe was, was a little thought about my favourite spices and getting that smokey and sweet balance right, rubbing it all in, and voila! Not hard at all. I first tried this out on two gorgeous people who are headed around the world on a year long … [Read more...]

Simple Buckwheat Soba noodles

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I love soba noodles. These were such an exciting discovery for me when I realised I was gluten intolerant 11 years ago. When sourcing them though, you have to be sure you're getting the 100% buckwheat ones, as most brands contain wheat (if this is a problem, preference for you) This is the easiest little recipe - A great 2 solo lunches in a row type of thing with a change of accompaniment perhaps to spice things up, or chilli added for day two. I hope you love it as much as I … [Read more...]

Winner winner chicken dinner

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This is my 300th post. I started my blog in the first week of February 2012 so it's my 3rd blog anniversary and while I'm sure I could have come up with a super exciting dessert recipe or elaborate philosophical piece to mark such an occasion, instead it's a simple chicken dinner. I really like that in a way, because achievable low tox living is what I'm all about - whether it's in the kitchen, in your mind, on your skin or around your home. Real Food is easy. We've been convinced otherwise … [Read more...]

The inaugural lunch box – And Lunch Box Tips

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So after 3 years of joyfully helping people with back to school lunch box ideas as the occasions arose, today it was my turn to pack my first lunch box. I was a little nervous in the lead up to the first day of the little man's school life. The past year he went through that super shy / social freak out phase. Despite it eventually subsiding say after that first swim lesson of term or hour of a party, I wondered whether today would be really hard. I was braced and ready. We'd talked about how … [Read more...]

Fool proof chicken liver pate

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Pâté has got to be one of the most nutrient dense and delicious things you can regularly enjoy. Personally I don't make it or eat it if I can't find organic, pasture raised for ethical reasons. The choice is yours but things to consider are... Why organic when it comes to chicken? Three reasons Free range is a loose term and can still mean heavy antibiotic use, cramped quarters and little time outside. Most chickens are fed grains with genetically modified corn and soy in their mix. Bad … [Read more...]