|Braised Vietnamese Meatballs (Paleo, GAPS, AIP Friendly)|
Sunday, 16 October 2016
I recently learnt how to make this simple braised Vietnamese meatball dish and it's become a family favourite, especially for my 8 yo who started on the full GAPS diet a couple of months ago. It's so quick and easy to make (as well as cheap!). Served with steamed vegetables to dip in the meatball liquid, or over some cauliflower rice (or rice if you can), you need to put this on your monthly dinner rotation!
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Cassava was one of my favourite tubers growing up, I have delicious memories of the savoury curries and all the sweet desserts my mum would make. I have certainly neglected to use this amazing little tuber in my kitchen once I moved out of home. Now that I'm living in the land of cassava (Vietnam) with homegrown cassava at my mum's country house I'm going to be making a few cassava recipes with my all time favourite Vietnamese Cassava Cake (bánh khoai mì) first.
|Vietnamese Cassava Cake (bánh khoai mì)|
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Growing up in my mum's house there were always jars of pickled carrot, daikon radish, cauliflower, lemons and cumquats sitting around. My mum used sugar, salt and allowed them to sit and create their own brine. I absolutely loved the sweet and sour crunch the vegetables added to all our dishes. We made iced fermented lemon and cumquat drinks during the summer which were sweet, salty and sour all at the same time. Since I have been using raw organic sugar for my kefir and kombucha, I thought it would be fun to add to my fermented vegetables to try and re-create my mum's pickles. I was really pleased to get my mum's approval for this recipe! (it is a lot less sweeter than her original version and the longer you leave it, the less sugar there is).
|Vietnamese Pickled Carrots (Đo Chua) - Naturally Fermented|
Sunday, 11 September 2016
I often get asked how to start the transition over to a real food / paleo lifestyle for the family and the best tips I have from my personal experience is to initially replace just one meal a day (breakfast was easiest for me as you can also eat breakfast all day :) and make sure you have some pre-made compliant food and snacks to avoid bad last minute choices. These grain free energy breakfast bars are perfect for this. You can have an energy dense bar for breakfast, pack for school / work snack or freeze for later. It also takes under 30 minutes to make!