Australia Day Celebrations

As per usual a holiday with holiday food and if you’re like me and avoid having to join in the festivities because the array of food you CAN’T eat and WON’T eat is being waved in your face it’s just torture… then read on. I have an Aussie line up that will have all the Western Diet Eaters begging you for a bite.
This can all be done the day before, the morning of- You only need 2 hours out of your day.

Cold Roast Chicken
People seem to buy a chook from the shops, some rolls, coleslaw….no more!Image

1 free range, chemical free chook (trust me they taste better)

2 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil (melted but cool)
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Paprika
1 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp Himalayan Salt
1 large Lemon

Preheat oven to 180c

Grab a Roasting tray, pop your chicken in.
Cut lemon in half, pop both halves into the cavity
Mix spices and ghee
Rub all over giving a good massage
Season with salt

Cooking will depend on your chicken size but generally it is 30 mins for every 500grams.
Pearce with fork into breast (between the leg joint and see if juices are clear. Alternatively You could cut into chicken and see also)
Take out of oven, wrap in foil and leave for 20 minutes

Carve and pack for picnic or arrange on a platter with homemade slaw, a big bowl of homemade mayo and some delicious hard boiled eggs.

Slaw
Alter if you are avoiding nightshades, or blanch before if you are avoiding raw

1/2 purple cabbage (shredded)
2 Carrots (julienned)
1 Red or Yellow Capsicum (julienned)
2 Zucchinis (ribboned)
Mix of a bunch of basil, parsley and mint

Toss all together in a bowl

Mayo

1 Large free range egg
1 cup oil
Squeeze of 1 Lemon
Pinch of salt

Use a large jar that will fit hand blender (barmix) in
Place egg in first
Add oil, lemon and salt
Let egg settle to bottom
Use hand barmix, bullet and start pulsing.
Mayo will form quickly, work the mixer up and down
Add flavours like mustard, chives, dill, pickles, curry, chilli….whatever your taste is.

Lamingtons

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Yes, these are doable, I doubted myself and searched hard to find one that I was happy with.

Sponge
6 free range eggs
2 Tbsp 100% Maple Syrup, honey or rice malt syrup (whatever sweetener you use)
2 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 cup coconut oil (or macadamia oil)
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp gluten free baking powder

Chocolate
1/4-1/2 cup liquid coconut oil
160ml coconut milk
2 Tbsp cacao
2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla

Desiccated coconut to roll in

For the Sponge……
Preheat oven to 160 (or as I did, turn oven down from chook temp)

Place eggs in ball
With hand beater, beat on high for 7-10 mins (until they are super fluffy)
Add sweetener and vanilla, mix for another minute
Add Coconut oil, mix for another minute

Sift flour and baking powder in (I didn’t sift and I wish I did…lumpville)
Mix well.

Pour into 22cm slice tin (lined with baking paper fully)
Bake for 25 minutes
Leave to cool for 30 mins before removing from tray
Cut into squares when completely cool

For the Chocolate…..
Make sure coconut oil is liquid (and maybe a little warm)
Add all ingredients to bowl
With hand mixer, mix on low for a minute until combined

Assembly…..
Now you can slice these squares in half and spread some chia jam on them or go as is
Dunk squares into chocolate
Roll around in coconut and place on cooling rack
Place in fridge to fully set

Fried Rice
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Picture is before cauli-rice (leftover cauli from lunch was thrown in by my daughter)

1 whole cauliflower (heads cut)
1 zucchini
1 Carrot
1 Sweet Potato
1 cup brocoli florets
1 bokchoy
3 Rash (chemical free) bacon
2 Free Range Eggs
Handful coriander
2 Tbsp Tamari
A few drops of fish sauce
Salt and Pepper

In food processor place cauliflower and pulse until it crumbles to rice consistency
Place in saucepan with 1 Tbsp water, lid on and on low heat for a couple of minutes (personal thing, I like it not 100% raw for my digestion. Raw is fine though)

Dice veggies to same size.
Cut Bacon into strips (2cmx3cm)

Add a little ghee to pan, fry off bacon
Add veggies and fry until soft. (keep tossing/stirring to avoid uneven cooking)
Add tamari, fish sauce to two beaten eggs
Make and well in centre of veg and pour egg
Once egg is cooked
Slice into strips in pan

Salt and pepper to taste

Leave to cool

Add cauli-rice and coriander

That there my friends is a recipe for Australia Day success.
Pop the carcass into the slow cooker before you leave and get some bone broth going for post-Australia day cure.
Enjoy your day, celebrate like a true Aussie, listen to JJJ Hottest 100, grab some Vitamin D and laugh with friends and family.

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