Category Archives: Dairyfree

Fermented Mustard

Taken from Pete Evans and adapted to our requirements.
We put this on everything from salads, eggs, meats, vegetables

Fermented Mustard

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INGREDIENTS

  • 185ml of strained sauerkraut brine (at least 3 into fermentation- oh and don’t worry too much if a few bits of cabbage end up in the brine)
  • 80 grams of mustard seeds (brown are hotter than yellow so keep that in mind)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. of Maple Syrup
  • And if you can tolerate them;
  • 1 French shallot finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pop the seeds, brine, salt and if using shallot and garlic in a bowl.
  2. Cover the top with a plate and leave at room temperature over night
  3. Add Maple Syrup and Turmeric to mix and whizz in a food processor until it is the right consistency for you- the more you pulse the less whole seeds you will have.
  4. Taste and add salt if needed to season
  5. Pour into at least a 250ml jar and secure lid
  6. Refrigerate for up to 3 months

Dressings- try these on your meals. In a small jar mix

  • mustard with some olive or macadamia oil, shake and pour over salad, vegetables, meat or even on some sourdough.
  • Use above and add ¼ mashed avocado, shake and pour
  • Add an extra ‘zing’ by adding 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar or balsamic to the mix, shake and pour.

Serve a dollop on a steak, with some prawns.

 

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Chocolate Granola

Just made the best tasting ‘nola’ (aka granola, cereal, muesli….whatever you call it) so I have to share my triumphs.

It tastes just like coco pops but it’s good for you!!! My cherub is impressed with her chocolate for breakfast.

Coco-Nola

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Walnuts
1/4 Cup Macadamia Nuts
1/4 Cup Sunflower seeds
1/4 Cup Pepitas
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder
1 Tbsp Mesquite Powder
2 Tbsp Cacao Powder
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)

Step two Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
1 Cup Sprouted Buckwheat (Buckinis)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. On an oven tray combine all the nuts and seeds
2. Add powders, oil and maple
3. Toss
4. Pop in an oven at 200c
5. After 5 minutes mix on the tray(you don’t want to burn the powders and get it stuck)
6. Add Buckwheat and coconut. Leave oven door open (this is to make sure the coconut doesn’t burn)
7. You will smell an aroma of chocolate and coconut, this is when it’s done (about another 5 minutes)
8. Open oven door fully, pull tray out of doorway, leave tray on rack and leave to cool.
9. Once cool, grab a pestle or a measuring cup and squash all the nuts until crushed to your liking.
10. Put in jar
Serve with Coconut milk or nut milk, berries and banana.
Enjoy in moderation. For us a small portion is substantial as it’s packed with fats, protein and carbs.

Over indulgence may lead to belly ache ha ha

Pizza

How hard is it to find a pizza base that works for grain free? I’m still testing this one but I will share so please give me your thoughts.
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I am forever Googling and Pinterest searching for ‘Paleo’ pizza dough but I haven’t found one that works for me and the family that’s easy, quick and not packed with high starch foods. A while a go I made a base that was my cracker recipe and it was great, it’s my personal favourite but in volume it’s a lot of seed and flax for pizza really. Today was one of those days where I was determined to find a happy medium for pizza especially when I promised my princess it was pizza night.

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raw dough

This base is grain free, nut free, dairy free and was actually really light in texture (the key to coconut flour, use little and don’t over work it and fluff the eggs- how is that easy……eggs and blenders are a match made in heaven that is all).
Pumpkin seeds/pepitas are a great little green seed. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and also a source of calcium, iron and some B-complex vitamins and protein. Great for all the family. Soaking and dehydrating also removes the phytic acid which the digestive system cannot break down. But like all nuts and seeds all in moderation and too much of good thing can do more harm than good.

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Pizza Base

serves 2 (multiply as required)
preheat oven to 190c

PREPARATION TIME           COOKING TIME
5 MINUTES                  15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

2 small handfuls of pumpkin seeds (or use a mix of pumpkin, sunflower and flax)
1/2 zucchini
1 egg
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
1 tsp za’tar (or dry herb of choice)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a blender, pulse egg until fluffy (remove)
  2. add chopped zucchini and pumpkin seeds and pulse until ground
  3. add egg, coconut oil herbs and salt
  4. add coconut flour one tbsp at time and pulse lightly then leave for a few minutes to absorb.
  5. Pour onto baking sheet and spread to desired thickness
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown
  7. Flip and bake for a further 5-10 minutes
  8. Take out, top favourite toppings and bake until heated through
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lovely green slices of yum

‘dairy free’ Probiotic Lemon Cheesecake

I have been super busy on a new project that I can’t wait to share with the world. Things are getting exciting here!!!

But even more exciting was my milk kefir grains. I ferment my grains in coconut milk/cream/meat every other day and totally forgot about them needing the sugar in lactose so I thought they had died. Thanks to a kefir expert or two I revived my babies and now they are producing both cows and coconut kefir.

Milk kefir is a bit of controversy. Some say the lactose is fully fermented out others say that it’s not. Me, I’m on the fence. I ferment my cows milk longer to try and ferment as much lactose out and I only have a small try and give the rest to the family as their probiotic through making smoothies, ‘sour cream’, tzatiki or as I did here for this recipe make some amazing desserts. My gut has been ok and by small amount I mean one serve once a week.

My next test is to make coconut cream kefir cheesecakes so stay tuned for an update.

Lemon Kefir Cheesecakes

Gluten free, low FODMAP, dairy free (debatable), egg free, sugar free

PREPARATION TIME      TOTAL TIME
                      1-2 days in total

Serves 4

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INGREDIENTS

1 litre Milk Kefir (on 2nd ferment strain through a cheese cloth over a bowl for 24 hours, keeping the solids and using liquid whey for other uses)
2 lemons juiced
rind of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil melted
1 Cup of mixed nuts blitzed
1-2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (obviously I’m not a sweet tooth)
INSTRUCTIONS

  1. As said above, strain grains through a cheese cloth or nut bag to separate the whey and kefir. I hung my nut milk bag off a spoon over a jug and let it drip overnight
  2. Add juice and rind of lemons to kefir cheese and mix. Depending on taste buds add more lemon.
  3. To sweeten you could also add 1 tbsp of maple syrup or rice malt syrup. Leave overnight in fridge if you can as flavours will be so so so amazing after another day.
  4. Melt Coconut Oil, blitz nuts and seeds in food processor until fine. Mix together with maple syrup or rice malt syrup. Taste and add more sweetness to nut mix if desired.
  5. In a muffin tray or any pie tin/tray line with baking paper and press the nut mix in to form a base. Pop in freezer for 10 minutes.
  6. Spoon Lemon Kefir Cheese on top of base and smooth out or peak up (be creative). Either serve now or pop into freezer to semi set for 30 minutes.

 

This is a great way to get the probiotic’s into the family and friends.
You could also use your own yoghurt if you don’t have kefir.

 

Cinnamon Scrolls

mmmmmm cinnamon cooking is amazing. I think I consume it more than I consume coconut oil- actually I consume it with coconut oil every time ha!

It’s a fabulous spice and has amazing powers that fight inflammation, digestion and bad moods. We add it to smoothies, milks, chocolate, cakes, savoury meals, kombucha, tea, everything we can.
I wanted to make a not so sweet treat for my possum this week that I knew would be an ok, sometimes thing. She loves biscotti’s so I decided to create a biscotti/scroll type thing whilst trialling dates back in the diet. I haven’t been brave enough to try any yet but I hear that they taste pretty ok- accompanied with dairy free caramel glaze…..I was told I love you a lot.

We spent most of the day in the kitchen as there hasn’t been much new  baking action worth writing home about to my amazement my three-year old did most of the work.

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kids love creating

Cinnamon Scrolls

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree

PREPARATION TIME              TOTAL TIME
20 MINUTES                    1 HOUR

pre heat oven to 190c

INGREDIENTS

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1 ½ Cup Blanched Almond Meal
1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
½ Cup Coconut Oil
½ Cup Water
1 egg

Filling

½ Cup Medjool Dates chopped (3 in total)
1/3 Cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp cinnamon powder
2 Tbsp coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Ghee (opt out and increase coconut oil to 3 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp seed butter (I make sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seed)

Glaze/ AKA Dairy free condensed milk

400ml coconut cream
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add Flours, egg and water to bowl and combine

2. Melt oil and add.

3. Dust baking paper with coconut flour and knead dough until well combined

4. Roll between two sheets of baking paper until 1 cm thick.

5. Pop in the freezer for 10 minutes+ to set

6. Make filing by blending everything in food processor

7. Take dough out of freezer and spread filling all over
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8. Roll into log very carefully (I had to press bits of mine together again- I think it wasn’t set)

9. Cut into segments

10. Bake for 30 minutes

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Glaze

1. heat coconut cream on stove until all liquid

2. add maple syrup and whisk

3. simmer for 20 minutes, leave to cool

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Drizzle glaze over scrolls or brush over, set in fridge or devour then and there

1. Why Paleo?

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1. Why Paleo?

I realised how closely linked my lifestyle is to the REAL Paleo when I attended the seminar 'The Paleo Way'. The way most interpret is a lot of meat and a lot of 'Paleo Treats' when really its 60-80 g protein and say no to treats (because to be honest if you are eating the correct way you may not even need to snack at all from hunger)

we're all 99.9% identical, we are the same as our ancestors (being hunter gatherers) and have the same things available-these are the principles we should live by- N.G

We have an abundance of real food available to us but in actual fact we consume so much processed, packaged, sugar and starch laden products that our guts are terribly inflamed. Our primal bodies were not made to consume these foods. 
One thing for sure that I can say is that I have no idea what our ancestors ate, but I know the things they didn't so you can work out from that statement right there what you should nourish your body with. But in saying that it's not that simple (or complicated). What is now happening to our real foods is not what was happening to them 3 million years ago. Our soils are depleted, our fruits are bred for sweetness, our vegetables are grown to gigantic proportions, they are not simple foods anymore (on a commercial front). Go to any supermarket and look at the potatoes, pumpkins, corn, zucchini(HUGE and lacking in nutrients) taste the fruits (once you get through the sprays and wax). Now go to a farm or market or find someone that grows their own and see theirs, taste theirs......DIFFERENCE!!! And you'll hate it because we have been bred to consume starch and sugars when in fact we weren't made to. Extreme? No! Informed? Yes!

Paleo touches on the 'Hunter, Gatherer' expression a lot. Now you don't need a bear skin outfit, a spear and to hunch over like you have the worlds worst scoliosis (thanks the uneducated, 'non-extremists' for painting that picture for the public) it's a simple concept that means to source your foods or grow it. To go that extra step for the health and wellbeing of your family and know where your food comes from and how. You may be thinking that you are doing just fine as you are as you eat pretty ok really and kudos if you do, but how much better will you be if you made small changes to your diet that incorporated more 'hunter, gatherer' 'Paleo' principles?! 

And that's No1 (6 pages of notes condensed)


Food for thought, I know....I'm still chewing down on the Paleo principles as I am still a little apprehensive and defensive when I talk about my family and how we eat as I believe that everyone is the biggest judge on everyone else's eating habits. I'd like to convey myself as not someone who 'judges' (unless you consumes take away and junk daily-then I'll be inclined to disagree sorry), I'd like to be someone who encourages others to THINK about their food choices and sources and to educate people on the benefits of making changes to their eating that can decrease illness, inflammation and improve energy, mental health, and overall wellbeing. 

Let me know if I am crossing the judgemental barrier into extremist as I would hate to be labeled an 'orthorexic'!

Happy Weekend to Everyone

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The Paleo Way

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It seems every blogger and their daughter has posted a review on ‘The Paleo Way’ tour that was held nation wide a couple of weeks ago. I have been reading through all 26 pages of notes that I took wondering how I would summarise what I took in and learnt into a short, interesting blog post?! Let’s just say that there is no short answer to my review on the night. It went for over 5 hours, Nora Gedgoudas was A.MAZING (yes I am exaggerating that word) I have expressed my love for her and her book ‘primal body, primal mind’ before and recommend it to anyone who is looking for education on eating real food.

I think what I took out the night was that ‘Paleo’ is such a label and is interpreted mostly as a huge carnivore diet based on lots of protein and bacon. In fact…..well in primal fact the truth be told is that the presenters expressed that their ‘Paleo’ is a well balanced diet. Yes it is lower in carbohydrates than what most dietitians recommend and yes there is a strong push for fat, but in actual reality the main source of food is vegetables, good, organic vegetables, lots of wild caught fish, nuts, avocados, pasture raised AND FINISHED meats. ‘Know and grow’ was a great statement by Pete Evans. Know where your food comes from or grow it. Eat seasonally, sustainably and in healthy portions. There was no extremities in foods to avoid; if you really listened with an open mind that is, clearly avoid high inflammatory foods (especially if you have gut issues) they cause gut permeability and have little nutrient value in your diet that you can’t get from real food.

There is a new TV series coming to channel 7 (here in Australia) all self funded by Pete and his partner Nic. It will feature interviews of leading scientists, chefs, dietitians etc from all around the world supporting ‘The Paleo Way’ and what the principles of eating a real food diet are.

So in my re-cap I thought- why condense it to one post? Why not share what I learnt in topics from my scribble so that if you missed seeing Nora and are really interested in learning more about Paleo/Primal/Real Food/ Whole Foods then I will share my notes.

1. Why Paleo?