It’s been more than two weeks since I’ve shared a recipe, opinion, tidbit, or pointless part of my daily life. I’ve actually spent the last two weeks focusing on work. Photoshoots with amazing people like Lola Berry, product shoots with some amazing wellness businesses and collaborating with beautiful souls in the magazine industry. It’s really shifted me on a private path to prosperity where I never thought I’d end up. It’s been hectically refreshing and I am really excited and scared for my future but am a huge believer in serendipity and am ok with learning curves, failures, tests.
So I have been busy in the kitchen, in the fermenting HQ and with the camera and cannot wait to share with you some great food and projects next week. My two passions are merging more and more and it is truly exciting. Hang in there with me as we restore and revitalise RealFood Mum.
Meanwhile let’s throw back to a great breaky recipe for a Saturday morning. The mornings are warming, the sun is shining and it’s a great time for a smoothie bowl of nourishment. I know I’m having one in the morning
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.
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.
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.
serves 2 (multiply as required)
preheat oven to 190c
PREPARATION TIME COOKING TIME
5 MINUTES 15 MINUTES
2 small handfuls of pumpkin seeds (or use a mix of pumpkin, sunflower and flax)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
1 tsp za’tar (or dry herb of choice)
In a blender, pulse egg until fluffy (remove)
add chopped zucchini and pumpkin seeds and pulse until ground
add egg, coconut oil herbs and salt
add coconut flour one tbsp at time and pulse lightly then leave for a few minutes to absorb.
Pour onto baking sheet and spread to desired thickness
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown
Flip and bake for a further 5-10 minutes
Take out, top favourite toppings and bake until heated through
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.
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)
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
Add juice and rind of lemons to kefir cheese and mix. Depending on taste buds add more lemon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I ferment anything and everything. I will be sharing all my recipes over the next little bit in prep for our workshop.
Here’s a classic
1/2 head purple cabbage (leave 2 leaves whole and aside)
1/2 head green cabbage (you can use 1 head of either, but I like mixing the 2)
3 small or 2 large carrots
2 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
2 Tbsp dill
1-1 1/2 Tbsp sea salt/ hymilalan salt
2TBS of coconut kefir
Shred, grate and chop your veggies.
Place in a bowl with salt
Massage until the cabbage becomes translucent
Place in jar
Place 2 cabbage leaves on top
Place a jar filled with water on top of leaves (you’ll have a jar in a jar look) Push down so its compact
Place jar in a bowl or on a plate (this is to catch any liquid that my bubble over if you have filled to top)
Cover and store in a dark place
Check after a day or so and push the jar further down. You will see the liquid increase.
After about 5 days you will have yummy, bright purple kraut. The taste will be salty and vinegary with an amazing earth flavour.
Try doing the Same with just carrots. Add more spices. I love ginger carrots with cardamoms and coriander.
Include these four cultures in every meal. Start with 1/3 cup of vegetarian with every meal. Think of it as your cleanser for each meal.
Grow that gut health and live with all the vitality you can.
Here’s a quick and easy meat for tacos well anything really, but was amazing in some grain free tortilla’s with avocado, cucumber, coriander and kraut!! Pleases the family and especially the ‘cave man’
PREPARATION TIME COOKING TIME
10 MINUTES 20 MINUTES
Coconut Oil for cooking
600 grams Grass Fed Steak (I used Rump)
2 Tomatoes (diced)
2 Red Chillies (diced with seeds)
1 Zucchini (diced)
Season meat both sides and heat grill with a little coconut oil
Cook meat 3 minutes each side and take off to rest
In a pan add a little coconut oil taco seasoning and vegetables, cook to soften
Add broth and simmer for a few minutes
Slice steak into thin strips and add to sauce
Simmer for another few minutes depending on how you like your steak. We split three ways- my daughter and I like rare so we took a portion out and let the rest simmer and absorb the sauce and cook a little longer
Serve with Tacos, Salad, Vegetables or any side dish you love.