Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots (Đo Chua) - Naturally Fermented

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
Vietnamese Pickled Carrots (Đo Chua) - Naturally Fermented

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Grain Free Energy Breakfast Bars (Paleo, GAPS with Nut Free Option)

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!

Grain Free Energy Breakfast Bars (Paleo, GAPS with Nut Free Option)
Grain Free Energy Breakfast Bars (Paleo, GAPS with Nut Free Option)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Coconut and Chia Pancakes 5 Ingredients (Paleo, GAPS, Grain free and Dairy free)

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love these 2 ingredient sugar banana pancakes (see recipe here) which give the batter a much thicker consistency than the standard bananas, just adding some shredded coconut and chia seeds really changes the texture and flavour. My husband who is the only one that doesn't like the 2 ingredient sugar banana pancakes as much in our house loves this version. It's a quick breakfast recipe and works well in lunch boxes, being nut free they work great as a school option for the kids too so you can pack up any leftovers for snack time.

Coconut and Chia Pancakes 5 Ingredients (Paleo, GAPS, Grain free and Dairy free)
Coconut and Chia Pancakes 5 Ingredients (Paleo, GAPS, Grain free and Dairy free)

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Cucumber Hamwich and Fermented Carrot Sticks

This cucumber hamwich and fermented carrot sticks isn't so much a recipe but more of a healthy fun lunch box or after school snack idea. We don't often have cold meats as it is hard to find pasture raised junk free ham and salami here but every now and then my kids love a cucumber hamwich and some fermented carrot sticks as a snack.

Cucumber Hamwich and Fermented Carrot Sticks
Cucumber Hamwich and Fermented Carrot Sticks