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Asian Style Pork Belly

Asian Style Pork Belly

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INGREDIENTS

A decent cut of pork belly (mine was about 600g for our little fam)
1 Tbsp Tamari or Coconut Aminos
2 Tbsp Water
1 tsp Chinese five spice
2  crushed cloves of garlic (optional)
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1.Score skin in a diagonal pattern
2. Marinate meat only part of the belly (keep the skin as dry as you can) in a baking dish of the water, tamari/aminos and spice (garlic if using)for at least 2 hours.
3. Rub Salt and coconut oil into skin

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Pork Belly before crisping the skin

Oven 
1. Line another baking dish with foil. This is going to get sticky and messy in the oven so you’ll be thankful you followed this step.
2. Slowly cook you pork belly in the oven at 120c degrees for 4-6 hours, watching it until it begins to tenderise.
3. Once tender take it out of the oven and spoon some of the mixture onto the skin.

4. Place it back into the oven and crank it full for 5-10 minutes (mine took 15 minutes of close watching but my oven is 100 years old).

WATCH IT CLOSELY PLEASE OR YOU’LL LOSE YOUR CRACKLE

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Pork Belly after crisping

5. Tap the top, it should start to sound ‘hard’.  Take it out at this stage and let rest for 10 minutes.

Slow Cooker (Yep I know, it gets easier)
1. In the bottom of the slow cooker, pour the brine up until the point which you can place the pork belly in without the mixture touching the fat
2. Slow cook for 4-6 hours, or longer if on low. No worries on burning here. In fact it’s only going to get moist as all hell and be amazing.
3. Follow Directions from Oven Method steps 3-6 in a baking dish for the broil/crackling steps.

 

Slice and serve with some **asian greens, kelp noodles, zoodles and tahini ginger dressing

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Greens tossed and dressed

**Steam a mix of broccolini, bok choy, choy sum or any other asian green on a boiling pot for five minutes.
Meanwhile soak kelp noodles in a boil of hot water

Dressing
In a jar mix 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp fresh ginger, 1 chilli diced, squeeze of 1/2 lemon (or tsp Apple Cider Vinegar)
Shake in jar until tahini breaks down
Drain noodles, combine with veggies, pour over dressing

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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 

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!!!

 

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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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Fries

Sick of Sweet Potatoes? It’s hard not to delve into sweet potatoes at every meal and nutritionists and pt’s around the world say eat a potato a day as you are not eating enough carbs. To be honest sometimes I look at a sweet potato and want to throw it at the wall. Sometimes I want an easier option than peeling an oddly shaped hard to cut vegetable. I love zucchini, I eat it everyday and don’t get sick of it (yet) my daughter loves zoodles but misses fries so to whip these up in 20 minutes, I’m a pretty cool mum.

Here’s some alternatives to the traditional fries that we all love;  zucchini, eggplant, daikon, capsicum, sweet potato, turnip, pumpkin (harder varieties). Cut in fries, rounds, shapes of all kinds!!

Zucchini Fries

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*apply for all vegetables
Preheat oven to 190c

INGREDIENTS

1 Zucchini per two people
1-3 egg
⅓ cup coconut flour
⅓ cup arrowroot flour/powder
1 tbsp Nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Ghee

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place lined tray with oil or ghee in oven to preheat

2. Slice Zucchini into long fries or wedges (thickness totally up to you but keep them consistent for cooking)
3. In seperate bowls mix eggs and then dry ingredients
4. Dip zucchini into egg mixture then into dry and coat.
5. Bake for 15 minutes before turning and repeating on other side

Serve with cultured mayonnaise, homemade sauce or guacamole.

Perfect side for any dinner. The kids will think they are chippies and for school lunches they are divine!

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