The Low down on the LOWER body

Not for the faint (or fart) hearted

 

If you know me, you know I love talking about bums! If you’re thinking this is a little left of centre then you’re wrong. I love talking about the way it functions. My whole life I’ve had an interment relationship with my digestive system and felt like my whole life revolved around the porcelain throne.
I found this lady who also loved bums and last year I was lucky enough to be in the same room, be taught the craft of lacto-fermentation and talk about poo, health and all things cabbage and coconuts.
Last month an article appeared in my inbox that took me back to the beginning of my lifestyle changes and the understanding of what really does come from your rear end.

So I introduce….or re-introduce the lovely Maria Hunt from yourdigestion.com.au and the article that may have you laughing, crying, gagging or hopefully more aware of your health than ever before.

http://yourdigestion.com.au/blogs/news/14119309-do-you-have-a-healthy-bum 

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Orange and Coconut Cake

Yes we still going nutty over Oranges here. They are going to be thrown out if I don’t squeeze all of them this weekend.
I decided to make a cake to give away (of course) to see whether I could just bulk bake, freeze and then give gifts of orangey goodness. My husband said I should sell them in a cake stall…..

I remember making coconut flour cupcakes about a year ago for my daughter and they tasted pretty darn good so I winged the recipe a bit by adding coconut kefir as a probiotic alternative and made what my ‘taste testers’ have said is a good enough cake. I think with some orange cashew cream or maybe an almond maple glaze with orange segments, this would be a great afternoon tea cake to take anywhere.

Orange and Coconut Cake

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Grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, nutfree, Lowfodmap
Preheat oven to 180c
PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                1 HOUR 20 MINUTES

 

INGREDIENTS

5 eggs
1 cup coconut milk kefir (alternatively use a milk of choice)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup  melted coconut oil
2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine all dry ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times (break up any clumped coconut flour)
2. Add wet ingredients and pulse until a smooth batter forms
3. Pour into lined round or square tin
4. Bake for 50 minutes
5. Leave to rest in tin for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool

**Cut into portions to freeze.

Kids and Adults do love MILO

Who doesn’t love a good milo? Who has read the ingredients???

A hot chocolate on a cold winters day or night? We often have carob or raw cacao, cinnamon and maca with a dash of vanilla with some almond milk (we use the automatic milk frother machine….perfect) But when I can remember or more so when I’m willing to give up some of my nuts and seeds I make this drink mix.

My tip- grab a little bit of boiling water and make a nice paste then mix with milk or ‘nicecream’ or sprinkle on pancakes, on cappuccino’s on your dinner if you love and miss the malt and chocolate taste.

Superfood Choco Powder

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INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons linseeds (meal is fine and this is the one that is the hardest to grind)

2 tablespoons organic activated sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated sesame seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 cup organic activated almonds

1/4 cup organic activated brazil nuts

1/4 cup organic activated cashews

1/4 cup organic activated pecan nuts

1 cup raw organic cacao powder (or carob to avoid caffeine will taste a little different)
2 Tbsp Maca or Mesquite Powder
1 tsp Liquorice Powder (optional for sweetness)

1 cup organic rapadura sugar (alternatively you can omit sugar completely and add a dash of maple syrup and a ¼ tsp vanilla extract if needed to the drink once mixed)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grind nuts and seeds in food processor or even better a Thermomix (i wish) or a coffee grinder to a fine powder (think Milo)

2. Add Cacao/ Carob, Maca/Mesquite, Liquorice Powder and Rapadura Sugar to mix in a jar and shake shake shake!

3. Test with Milk of choice for taste.

*When serving use 4 teaspoons to a glass of milk

* Store in the fridge or freezer.

*If you don’t activate that’s fine, use raw nuts and seeds or grind and then roast for an even more amazing flavour.

 

Traditional meals are good

It seems gone are the 90’s and all the info on low-fat and zero fat. 2013/2014 is the year of the traditional’s. I will admit that I jumped on the low-fat diet (sugar hike, artificial, preservative laden foods…yum) Thanks to those days I was at my worst!
But we never said goodbye to meats and traditional recipes. Allergies, healthy eating, calorie counting, fat analysing has seen so may great meals put on the back-burner. My grandmother lived a well-rounded diet, was a fit young lass and died from old age. Her recipes stick with me and I know that she’d be high-fiving me on my traditional methods of cooking.
As part of our weekly menu planning, the family chooses what meats are going to take us through lunches, left over creation Thursday night and a breakfast option.

It’s been a few weeks since this sweet pink meat has graced us, and boy was it delicious. Cooked traditionally (with low fodmap adaptions) served with some seasonal vegetables and devoured in record time. The leftovers are sliced, diced and shaved for lunches, another meal, breakfast and to use for ‘frittata-pizzas’ tonight.

Corned Beef is a salt-cured beef product. The term comes from the treatment of the meat with large-grained rock salt, also called “corns” of salt. Speak to your butcher about getting a cut of Beef cured, know your curing process (salt brine)  and where your meat comes from (grass-fed). If you’re stuck for time,  a low and slow cooked corned beef is perfect. Enjoy…..

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Corned Beef Silverside

INGREDIENTS

1-2kg of cured beef (speak to your butcher about getting a corned beef silverside)

4 Cups of Filtered Water

1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns

3 Dried Bay Leaves

4 whole cloves

*optional 1 onion quartered of not avoiding FODMAP’s

INSTRUCTIONS

Slow cooker (all are different but in general High=4 hours, Medium/Auto=6 hours, Low=8 hours)

Work out your time frame (I had 6 hours yesterday so I set mine to Auto)

1. Rinse meat in cold water and place in slow cooker
2. Pour water over top (you may need a little more if the water does not cover the meat)
3. add other ingredients
4. Leave it to do its thing
5. If you are home, turn half way through (don’t know why but I always have)
6. When there is half an hour to go test the meat by pushing against outside, you want to feel a medium pressure (to know this put your middle finger and thumb together and feel the base muscle where your thumb connects to your wrist- the chunky part- call it an old hospitality university tool) I do this because you need to rest the meat before you carve and it still cooks when you remove it from the pot.
7. Wrap in aluminium foil and rest for 20 minutes before slicing against the grain.

On the Stove (aka no slow cooker, running out of time)

If you’ve got two hours then we can do this
Follow everything from above apart from time.

1.Place meat in cold filtered water (no need to boil)
2. Set element to low and add all ingredients
3. Check as above
4. Rest before carving

Serve with steamed seasonal vegetables and cauliflower bone broth mash sauce and some fermented vegetables and fermented mustard.

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There’s still time today to pop this one one…..

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Kids in the kitchen- RAW cake

It’s amazing how much kids really do take in what ‘mum does’ in the kitchen. For my birthday my daughter wanted to make me a cake. We set out searching the cupboards and fridge for her ingredients and then she put me to work. Check out instagram for the finished cake before we demolished it with folks.

This is what we created. We still don’t have a name for it, any thoughts throw them my way!

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All dairy, grain, sugar (you can add) free.
The coconut was a lot for me to tolerate but as that occasional indulgence I survived, after all it was my birthday.

Raw Cake

PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES                2.5-4 HOURS (overnight)

Step by step per layer Ingredients and Instructions

1. Bottom Layer (nuts about seeds and coconut)

½ cup activated mixed nuts and seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp Tahini
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil

Pulse in blender to combine
*optional- you can add a sweetener of choice to sweeten it up is necessary. Taste test it and add 1-2 tsp of maple syrup

Press through to edges into tin until evenly spread

 

2. Second Layer (berrielicious)

½ cup frozen raspberries and blueberries
Top of a coconut cream can (probably 100ml)

Pulse in food processor
Pour onto bottom layer and freeze

 

3. Third Layer (my favourite- avo-lotta mousse)

1 and a half avocados

3 Tbsp Raw cacao
*again add some maple if you like or half a banana

Pulse until combined

Pour onto berry layer
Check the second layer has set before pouring this one (we were a little adventurous and it sort of merged)

 

4. Forth Layer (cocobana cream frosting)

Meat of 1 young coconut
2 tbsp of coconut water
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 brown banana or frozen banana

Process on high for a few minutes to break down coconut (especially if your coconut meat is a little tough)

Pour on top of mousse layer

 

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My poppet added surprises along the way too. There was coconut flakes scattered between layer two and three, goji berries between three and four and topped with fresh strawberries on serving.
It was a lengthy process, but on a rainy day it was fun and we had all our layers ready to go. Freezing time will depend on how thick your layers are but generally half an hour for each was good.

Take out of freezer before serving and leave to thaw for 10-20 minutes. Yes it wasn’t perfect, it crumbles, there was mess but it was delicious and so not that unhealthy really!!??
Portion into perfect sizes and freeze up to 3 months.

 

 

Lotsa Laksa

A hit of chilli in the chilly weather

 

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I am all over this winter thing at the moment. I love the cold cold and I love the hot hot. Apart from running in 1c winter is my season. One reason I love winter….chilli. I love hot food and I am lucky in a way that my gut is in a good state to enjoy a good hit of heat every so often.

This week I decided to turn my traditional Thai Green Curry into a Laksa. I never really knew what a Laksa really was but I realise that I have been eating them for some time now.

With the use of fish broth and some amazing gelatinous bone broth I created a beautiful fish curry soup packed with vegetables. I slow cooked mine in my cast iron pot in the oven, but it is a great quick dish or you could use a slow cooker. The house smelt amazing!!! And to top it off it’s a great week-long dish too, I had it with salad,  with a side of greens, for breakfast and in a wrap. Food is so versatile, it’s amazing how far you can stretch one dish into so many more exciting taste bud adventures (yes I know I harp on food sustainability……give the recipe already!!!)

 

A Lotta Laksa

Preheat oven to 150c
PREPARATION TIME       TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES             1-3 HOURS

INGREDIENTS
1 side of Snapper (not sure on weight but I’m guessing 1 kg’s of fish) You could also use chicken, salmon, any white fish, pork, duck etc
2 Carrots
1 Large Zucchini
1 Eggplant
Green beans (I didn’t measure but it’s usually a sizeable handful)
Half a broccoli
Quarter of  Head of Cauliflower
1 Small Sweet Potato cubed
*onion and garlic for non fodmapper’s
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Paste
1 tbsp cumin
2 lemon grass sticks (soft inside diced)
1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
1 tsp turmeric powder (I used that and some freshly grated too for a change)
1 tsp coriander
2 small red chillies
2 large green chillies

600ml Bone Broth (fish broth or chicken)
Top of the can of coconut cream (place in refrigerator for an hour then scoop of thicker top, reserve liquid for smoothies)
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce

I added 1 tbsp of concentrated chicken broth and extra water towards end to make it into the soupy laksa. It set wonderfully cold too, so when heating returns to a Laksa. mmmmm

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Mix paste ingredients together (a coffee grinder is perfect for this) if not a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender.

2. In a pan heat oil
3. Add vegetables (apart from beans and broccoli) and saute (add onion and garlic first if using)
4. Add paste and mix through vegetables
5. Add Broth, Coconut Cream and Fish Sauce and bring to simmer
6. Place whole portion of fish on top of vegetables
**7. Place lid on pan and slow cook in oven for 2 hours
8. Remove from oven and add Broccoli and Beans, replace lid and leave for 10 minutes before serving.
**To eat now
7. Chop fish into cubes and add to pan, simmer for 10 minutes or until fish flakes away
8. Add extra broth and beans and broccoli and simmer until broccoli is al dante
**Slow cooker
7. Cook on desired setting for amount of hours you have available.
8. Add Beans and Broccoli 10 minutes before serving. Set to high for this period of time.

Serve with fresh Coconut Cream Kefir, Coriander, Extra Chilli and choose between some ‘zoodles’ or kelp noodles to add some fun to the dish.

Leftovers are seriously underrated!!!

 

Leftover Laksa Salad
Leftover Laksa Salad

 

Burgers & Fries

Take one Veggie Burger or one Meat Burger add a little salad, some homemade cultured mayo, relish, sauce, some grain-free buns and you have the best home ‘take away’ you’ll ever eat.
Often we forget that you can get better than eating out by doing it yourself but the convenience of eating out is more favourable.

So I say make a lot of patties and freeze them, always have eggs and whip up some buns or use large field mushrooms like we do to cap off the burger.

Fry some sweet potatoes or try my zucchini fries. Eating real food can be just as yummy as take away and you’ll avoid the bloat, the guilt, and the mood swing tomorrow!

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