Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Warm Tomato Sauce

Zucchini noodles or Zoodles are so much fun to make. I held off getting a vegetable spiraliser for so long and was just using my mandolin which did the job fine (you don't really need any fancy equipment) but I decided to try one out and was so happy when I did get my spiraliser! I now use it for all sorts of root vegetables like carrots, beetroot & zucchini. You can use the curly colourful veggie noodles in salads, soups, as a pasta substitute. The kids also really enjoy getting involved and making their own curly veggie noodles.

I have another zoodle and veggie noodle salad recipe here with different dressing options that you might like to try including a lemon tahini dressing and creamy pesto dressing. For this recipe I just made a warm basic tomato sauce, using simple flavours like garlic, basil and fresh ripe tomatoes, it is really refreshing and simple to make. I often have the sauce stored in the fridge and reheated when needed, the zoodles take next to no time to make.

Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Tomato Sauce
Simple Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) with Tomato Sauce

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric are 3 pretty awesome herbs. They each have incredible healing and beneficial properties and are used together often in Asian recipes. We always had a few bushes of lemongrass and ginger growing at home (you can learn how to grow you own ginger here). Making a tea from any one of these herbs on it's own or together is easy - chop, add water, simmer and enjoy. This Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black pepper tea is something I have on the stove most days. It's a super drink with so many benefits.

Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea
Lemongrass, Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper Tea

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

I recently had a go at fermenting almost all the veggies I had left in my fridge before going away for a holiday. This was the first time I tried fermenting green beans and they turned out so well, I also fermented some carrot & celery which I always seem to have in the fridge, you can check out the recipe here

It is quite a simple process since you don't need to massage them to bring out any juices like you do with cabbage. All you need to do is create a brine and cover them completely in a jar. It's that simple!


Lacto-Fermented Green Beans
Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery

Does anyone else end up buying a whole bunch of celery (because it works out much cheaper than buying half), using a few stalks and have the rest wilting in the fridge? This happens to me a lot! I tend to forget the remainder in the bottom of the fridge until its clean out time. I now have the perfect thing to do with the remainder of my celery!

Fermenting the celery still maintains it's crunch, and the sourness just adds so much more flavour to it. My old high school friend Michelle mentioned to me how her mum used to make fermented (pickled) carrot and celery at home. I thought I would try it out since they are 2 vegetables I seem to always have on hand and I was going away last week so I had to clear out the fridge. I came back home to a yummy surprise!


Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery
Lacto-Fermented Carrot and Celery

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey

Frozen Yoghurt Bark... I don't know who invented this but I'm very grateful for it! I have seen so many amazing variations on the internet and the options are just endless, I made this Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey and whatever I had at home, and you can do the same using fresh or frozen fruit, dried fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, cacao nibs or anything else you have on hand.

I really love including my kids in the kitchen, and this is one treat they can pretty much do themselves (apart from chopping up the fruit). They are also rewarded with a really delicious treat. 


Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey
Frozen Yoghurt Bark with Honey 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill

I remember the standard canteen menu when I was in primary school. I used to get so excited to go to school so I could order a Vegemite roll and flavoured milk (hehe). My parents spoke little english in the first few years and we only had Vietnamese food at home. I had no idea what a jar of Vegemite looked like or where to buy it, only that it was so yummy and that I could only get it at school.

Fast forward to now, and also being in another country, I am so impressed with my kids canteen menu. Being an International school in Vietnam, the menu caters for many backgrounds and includes a Western, Asian, Gourmet, Vietnamese menu and also a salad bar that changes daily. So when the Canteen Chef put on a cooking lesson for the parents on omelettes, I was interested just to go and check it out.

Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill
Omelette with Sauteed Red Peppers and Dill

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)

This was the first time I tried fermenting cucumber and I am so happy I did it. The cucumbers I found in Vietnam are a little different than the Lebanese or European cucumbers I was used to back in Australia. They have a tougher skin but are really sweet which I thought would work well fermented. I never came across pickling cucumbers or maybe I didn't actually look well enough, so I never tried fermenting cucumbers as I wasn't sure if it would work with the Lebanese variety which were my favourite (if anyone knows, please tell me!).

They turned out so yummy, I didn't add any flavouring such as dill or mustard seeds. I left them plain, so I could eat them with any dish and not have any strong flavour overpower my food. It just worked out really well that I first tried them with my omelette stuffed with red peppers and dill! ahhh it was so delicious! This is just my preference as it also helps my kids try them out when I leave them plain, it just tastes a little sour and crunchy. Feel free to add any herbs or spices but just remember the fermentation process magnifies the flavours greatly, so if you are using garlic, 1-2 pieces would be enough.

Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)
Lacto-fermented Cucumbers (Pickles)

Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie

I am missing my mum's white kitchen bench back home, that's where I took this photo... I finally got my camera and mac setup and found this refreshing Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie on my memory card! I was making this during the Aussie winter after my dad harvested his home grown ginger and we had close to 1.5kg of fresh organic ginger to use up.

I was so busy packing and sorting for our move to Vietnam I actually forgot about it! oops! So glad I found it, I am suffering from a mild cold and a good dose of Vitamin C and ginger is just what I need, combined with the refreshing crushed ice and sweetness from the Goji berries. This Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie is adapted from the fresh fruit shakes I used to get back home near my mum's house. It's a must for anyone visiting Cabramatta (or Vietnamatta ;), fresh fruit is crushed with ice and sugar syrup (I usually ask to leave the syrup out). 


Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie
Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Goji Berry Smoothie

Friday, 3 October 2014

Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks

Living in Vietnam, it's so wonderful to see all the different fermented foods available, the cook at my children's school even makes and serves naturally fermented kimchi! Even so, I am finding it hard to fit in 2-3 serves of fermented foods to my children, mainly my 6yo who needs it most with all the health issues he has had. He can also now tell when his body is needing some extra probiotic doses of fermented veggies if we end up eating out too often and missing our home made meals. So I made a batch of fermented carrot sticks which we could zip lock up and take this out with us when we eat out and also pack in his lunch bag. This version is much quicker and simpler than the grated version of fermented carrots I have here so if you are short on time, and want to include more fermented foods in your diet, give these a try!

Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks
An easy portable probiotic rich fermented food for the kids - Lacto-Fermented Carrot Sticks

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs

So far life in Vietnam has been pretty good, a few little tummy hurdles which is to be expected when you are sampling all the good street food on offer, it is so hard to resist! but now I am focusing on getting out of holiday mode and getting back into cooking and exploring new recipes. I was given a challenge by Yvonne over at Life, Love & Paleo who I met over on Instagram (it is such a wonderful community and I have met so many other like minded food enthusiasts! I definitely recommend getting on there if you aren't already and don't forget to say hi to me <3)

I owned up to Yvonne that I have never made Scotch Eggs before when I saw her breakkie post about 2 weeks ago. So she emailed me the basic recipe and a few variations and set me this challenge, I got pretty excited seeing the variations as to be honest I kind of felt that Scotch Eggs looked a little boring, but I shouldn't have thought that as I never had one before (sorry!). I teamed up all the typical Vietnamese flavours I grew up with but using clean ingredients with no refined sugar or msg. Pork, eggs, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce and an assortment of herbs. You can never go wrong with this combo!


Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs
Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs

Friday, 5 September 2014

How To Grow Your Own Ginger In A Pot

Spring has finally arrived back home in Australia! While I sweat away during the monsoon season in Vietnam, my dad has started growing another batch of ginger at home. I really miss my dad's backyard. Everything in the backyard is edible with mangoes, bananas, lychees, longans, apples, guavas, blueberries, mulberries, limes, pomelo's, starfruit, papaya, tomatoes and an endless list of Vietnamese herbs, salads and so much more. Living self sustainably is something we always grew up with where ever we were. As a child I loved walking around the backyard and visiting each plant, checking on the blooms and fruit each tree had to offer.

After the war ended in Vietnam, food was scarce and the rations per family were limited. Everyone who could, did grow their own food to supplement the small rations that were provided. It becomes something that sticks with you, and I can totally get that. My mum and dad, where ever they went provided for themselves in every way and taught us to do the same. It also taught us to really appreciate what nature could provide us.

How To Grow Your Own Ginger In A Pot
You can easily grow approximately 1kg (2 ounces) of ginger per pot

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Organic Hibiscus & Raspberry Kombucha Tea

One of the top things on my packing list was my Kombucha scoby. I sealed one up the night before we went to the airport with lots of starter tea and packed it in with my 3 boxes of Body Ecology Veggie Culture starter in a cooler bag and an ice pack. It arrived safely in Vietnam, and I got to work on the second week making my fermented cultured veggies and Kombucha tea.

Unfortunately the weather was so warm I didn't expect such a quick ferment and after a week, it was not very palatable, so I poured the overbrewed kombucha into a 3 spare jars and within a week I had 3 healthy new scoby's! Great to have some spares. It took me 3 tries to get the balance right, in the end I used a lot less starter tea and reduced the size of my scoby by tearing it gently and added around 2 litres of green tea & sugar. We were rewarded with some tasty stuff which my 6 yo cannot get enough of!

I proudly showed one of the local ladies my scoby, she laughed at me and said only old people have those. They are really hard to come across! How sad in a country where culture and traditions are still valued and going strong, that these traditional foods are disappearing! I hope I can spread the word over here! ;)

Organic Hibiscus & Raspberry Kombucha Tea

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Moving to Vietnam with my kids

It's been a while since I have written a post! I have been a little distracted with moving our family from Australia to Vietnam last month. We've been in Vietnam now for just over 3 weeks and I have to say, I am really loving it and blessed to have such an amazing skyline to wake up to. The contrast between rice paddies, undeveloped grass fields and sky high buildings is incredible. It never gets boring. I witnessed the most incredible sunset from our window while we were having dinner at home. We have a view of the Saigon river which flows from Cambodia, through south Vietnam and merges into the South China Sea near the Mekong Delta.

The most gorgeous sunset I have ever seen. Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (taken on iPhone)

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fruit Salad Stack fun with the kids during school holidays

I love school holidays without the morning rush, pickup times and having to rush meal times to fit everything in. So this means we have more time to enjoy our food and get a little creative with the kdis. Fruit salads are great way to get a nice combination of all fruits & colours together, you can chop them up and use the fruit shell as a bowl (my 6 yo loves his pineapple bowl) or slicing the fruit horizontally and letting the kids make their own fruit salad stack.

Fruit Salad Stack
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad Stack are alot of fun to make with the kids

Friday, 27 June 2014

Coconut Fudge with Edible Flowers (Nut free, Grain free)

I saw a gorgeous recipe with some edible flowers in some butter online and wanted to do something similar but only could think of fudge! So here I have some nut free, grain free & refined sugar free Coconut fudge with edible flowers, you can use any edible flowers (organic if possible). You should be able to find them at your local organic store or farmers market. The colourful petals within the white coconut fudge creates a really pretty effect if you want something to impress your guests with! I had to fight the hubby off so I had some fudge left to photograph, so this recipe is definitely a winner! If you don't have access to any organic edible flowers you can leave them out and just make a plain coconut fudge. 
Coconut Fudge with Edible Flowers (Nut free, Grain free)
Coconut Fudge with Edible Flowers (Nut free, Grain free)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Turmeric Spiced Parsnip Chips (Baked)

I love going to my favourite organic store and checking out their discount veggie section at the back of the store, most of the produce is still in excellent condition with the herbs just needing to be trimmed and placed in water to be revitalised, and the zucchini is as fresh as the full price ones, only that the larger unwanted zucchini's are moved to the back. So I picked up a bunch of beautiful parsnips recently and decided to spice them up with some turmeric and chilli.

Turmeric Spiced Parsnip Chips (Baked)
Turmeric Spiced Parsnip Chips (Baked)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Raw Kelp Noodle & Fermented Cultured Veggie Salad

Raw Kelp noodles are a staple item in our pantry, they are so easy to prepare with no cooking needed and are a perfect addition to any asian style salad. They have a crunchy texture without any strong taste, low carb and full of trace minerals. Made from kelp (a sea vegetable) and extracts from brown seaweed, it's a great replacement over rice noodles. You can also heat them up in broths and soups. I love just mixing them up with some thinly cut vegetables and some fermented cultured carrots. It takes no time to prepare either as you only have to rinse them in cold water straight from the package.


Raw Kelp Noodle salad
Raw Kelp Noodle salad with Fermented Cultured Veggies

Friday, 16 May 2014

Roasted Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts

I have been trying to add more turmeric to our dishes (due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties amongst so many other benefits) and thought I would try to spice up some brussel sprouts and boy this combination tasted so good! Roasted in the oven with some ghee, it makes the perfect side veggie dish.

Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts
Chilli and Turmeric Brussel Sprouts

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Salad for One with Pear

I love adding a little fruit to salad sometimes for some added sweetness and tang. Pears are in season in Australia at the moment so it's a great time to start add them to a few dishes. This salad is simple and really can be thrown together with what ever greens and nuts you have on hand. 

Salad for One with Pear
Salad for One with Pear

Saturday, 10 May 2014

I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook Review and a Simple Caramel Recipe

I got a copy of the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook in the hope of getting some new ideas to feed my 3 boys and although it's not all grain free cooking, it's mostly gluten free, processed sugar free and junk free. My middle boy (now 6) is probably the fussiest of the three, and I don't blame him with all the nut allergies and tummy problems he has had. I am always on the lookout for new inspiring recipes and got some new dishes to include in our meal plans now thanks to the IQS kids cookbook.  I tried out a few recipes and also have a few more on the list to to try.

These are the pumpkin pikelets I made with grated apple, crushed almonds and a simple caramel sauce.


Pumpkin pikelets with a simple caramel sauce IQS Kids
IQS Kids Pumpkin pikelets with a simple caramel sauce 

I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook - DIGITAL

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potato Fries

On most weekends, soon after getting up, I usually bake a big batch Sweet Potato fries which I leave out all day for us to graze on. Some days I like to vary it up with different spices, the simple addition of Cinnamon goes so well with the Sweet Potato. I preheat the oven while I chop and prepare the sweet potato, then pop it in, set the timer and go about the morning.

Paleo Cinnamon Sweet Potato Baked Fries
Cinnamon Baked Sweet Potato Fries in Coconut Oil

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Vietnamese Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric Chicken (Paleo)

This dish was one of our staples growing up. Mum would serve it with steaming hot jasmine rice and it was always so delicious. I have adapted my mum's recipe (which included sugar) to make it Paleo friendly using fresh lemongrass, ginger and turmeric, if you can't find any fresh turmeric, you can use powdered turmeric (but fresh is so much better tasting so try and find it at your local asian store) but don't substitute the ginger for powdered ginger. It will be worth it!

Vietnamese Lemongrass, Ginger and Turmeric Chicken Paleo

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups

This is a very simple and fun treat to make with the kids. You can also make it nut free by leaving out the nut topping and top with shredded coconut instead. This combination idea comes from a Vietnamese dessert my mum makes called Kem Chuoi (Banana ice cream) which is simply a sugar banana (flattened slightly) covered in sweetened coconut cream, sprinkled with toasted peanuts and frozen. Making them in a mini patty means you can just have a small bite sized treat at a time rather than the whole banana and it just looks way better!


Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups
Banana & Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cups 

Using very ripe bananas is best (they need to have black spots on them to create the ice cream texture and sweetness) and you can get the kids to help slice the bananas (with a butter knife) and assemble them in the cupcake patties.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Cold Potato Salad

Yes, it's Paleo! if you can handle some potatoes and don't need to be nightshade free, there isn't any reason not to be able to include some white potatoes. Since nom nom paleo posted her Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes they were back in my diet, and actually the only way I cooked potatoes at home - it's that delicious! Now here is another. It's obviously not an original recipe, one of my best friends passed this onto me and I'm sure many of you already have your own version, but I only ever knew potato salad to be covered in mayo and sour cream. This cold version with a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar is simple yet so tasty, not to mention the benefits of resistant starch from the cooked and cooled potatoes (you can read more about that here). I also like that you can prepare the potatoes the day before, making it a very simple and fuss free salad to prepare.

Paleo Cold Potato Salad
Paleo Cold Potato Salad

Monday, 21 April 2014

Fermented Ginger Carrots

We love our fermented veggies at home and it's nice to have a little variation from the standard carrot veggies we always have at home for the kids. The addition of ginger is amazing, the ginger itself becomes a little tangy and sour and is so delicious. My kids stick to the standard carrot version, so I usually make a smaller batch of these just for us oldies.

Fermented Ginger Carrots
Fermented Ginger Carrots

Friday, 18 April 2014

Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Cups (Paleo and Nut Free)

This is a very quick, simple and refreshing frozen nut free treat that can be made ahead of time and only requires five (5) ingredients. I use a little coconut sugar to sweeten it slightly which has a very low GI (good for slow release of energy and doesn't cause blood sugar high's and lows or crashes) and also contains beneficial minerals. It does contain fructose so if you are avoiding sugar, feel free to substitute with some liquid stevia. I prefer the taste of coconut sugar and for us it's ok to use as a treat.

Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Cups (Paleo and Nut Free)
Coconut Raspberry Chocolate Cups (Paleo and Nut Free)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Fermented Cabbage & Carrot (Pickled, Sauerkraut)

This basic fermented Cabbage and Carrot with green apple and lime juice is a staple in our house. I add it to almost everything and try and include it at least twie a day. I use it as a side with our meals including savoury breakkies, mixed through our salads, with lettuce wraps, chopped finely into some guacamole or sometimes on its own (I love the sourness and crunchy texture).

It is really simple to make and can easily replace your need to buy expensive probiotics. Including fermented veggies in our daily diet has been so beneficial to us and especially for my children. It can help with sugar cravings, bloating, recurrent sore tummies, healing the gut (from overuse of antibiotics) which also can help with symptoms like ADHD and tics. All of these symptoms were present in my children and have been dramatically reduced. I cannot recommend it enough!


Fermented Cabbage and Carrots Pickled Sauerkraut
Fermented Cabbage & Carrots with Green apple and lime juice

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Nut Free Chocolate Banana Bread (Paleo, Grain free & Gluten free)

When I buy bananas I always like to buy a little extra so we end up with some bananas that over ripen, I usually freeze them for smoothies or bake with them. This is my 10 yo's favourite lunch box treat. The recipe is based on Slim Palate's Paleo Banana Bread recipe which is by far the best grain free banana bread recipe I have tried and a favourite of ours. I needed to make a nut free version since my 5 yo is allergic to nuts and also to be able to add it to their school lunch box so this is my kid friendly, school friendly, nut free version.


Nut Free Chocolate Banana Bread (Paleo, Grain free & Gluten free)
Updated pic :) I used raw cacao nibs instead of cacao powder for this one. Yum Yum!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Chocolate Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes (Grain free, Gluten free)

This is a chocolaty twist to the 2 ingredient banana pancakes and were a hit with the kids. I topped it with maple nut butter syrup, cinnamon coconut cream, raspberries & coconut flakes. I have to be honest, it tasted amazing, but I don't normally top the pancakes so generously and I usually leave out the nuts. This is definitely a treat for us, so feel free to leave out the steps for the toppings if you are rushed for time, the pancakes do taste great on their own!

Chocolate Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes (Grain free, Gluten free)

Saturday, 1 March 2014

No Bake Banana & Raspberry Slice (Nut Free)

This is a really simple but delicious dessert that can be made in around 30mins. It has a no bake sweet & salty nut free raw base topped with cinnamon coconut cream, grilled bananas, raspberries, cacao nibs & coconut flakes. You can top it with whatever is in season or to your preference, grilled peaches would also be lovely.

No Bake Banana & Raspberry Slice (Nut Free)

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Vietnamese Paleo Garlic & 'Soy' Chicken (Soy Free) Ga Roti

Ga Roti is one of my favourite dishes that mum would cook when we were little. Only 5 ingredients, the chicken is reduced with coconut water, garlic & soy. I replaced the soy sauce with coconut aminos which works perfectly well. Its quick to put together making it perfect for a weeknight meal when time is restricted. I usually keep a store of frozen drumsticks or thigh fillets in the freezer, all the remaining ingredients are staples in our house which makes this an easy emergency meal.

Paleo Vietnamese Garlic & 'Soy' Chicken (Soy Free)

Monday, 10 February 2014

Nut Free Sweet & Salty Coco Cacao Bites

I made these yummy nut free bites with just five ingredients for my 5yo to take to school as he started Kindy this year. He has a nut allergy and with most schools nut free, it's a great little treat to pack for school even if your child has no nut allergies.

It is refined sugar free and sweetened only with Medjool dates. The cacao nibs add a nice cholatey crunch which isn't bitter at all with the sweetness of the dates and the hint of salt just brings out all the flavours. The best part is it takes less than 10 mins to make a couple of weeks worth of lunch box treats (if you can refrain from eating them yourself!)

Nut Free Sweet & Salty Coco Cacao Bites
Nut Free Sweet & Salty Coco Cacao Bites (new pic added 2016 - we are still making these :)

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Paleo Crispy Chicken Tenders

This is a favourite of the kids and also mine, a very quick and simple but delicious meal served with whatever salads or veggies we have on hand and a small portion of fermented veggies. I use chicken tenderloins as they are the perfect size and are super moist. You can also just use chicken breast, sliced & lightly tenderised.

I can get this meal ready and plated within 30 minutes which is a great option for weeknights when the kids come home hungry from school.

Paleo Crispy Chicken Tenders

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Orange & Portaluca Angel Hair Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

I love a light refreshing salad for lunch or dinner sometimes, I don't always have meat with every meal and this is totally satisfying with the fat from the avocados and oil. It is also really easy to put together and you can make extra to keep for the next 2 days or so in the fridge. I usually prepare more veggies than I need, then I make variations over the next few days to keep things interesting. You can do this by adding different nuts & seeds, sprouts, protein (like eggs or chicken) or simply changing the dressing.

This salad can be made with whatever veggies you have in the fridge, so long as you have some root veggies like carrot, beetroot, radish or zucchini (does not work with starchy root veggies like potato/sweet potato etc). You don't need to have all of them, at least one type is needed to make the angel hair noodles. So feel free to change it up to suit what is local and in season near you and most importantly in your fridge!

Orange & Portaluca Flowers with Veggie Angel Hair Noodle Salad

Monday, 20 January 2014

Vietnamese Caramelised Pork & Egg Rice Paper Rolls

We often have this version of rice paper rolls at home as I'm not that big a prawn fan. Traditionally it is Pork & Prawn with herbs & vermicelli noodles known as Goi Cuon. We leave out the vermicelli but we do have rice paper as it is such a small component to all the fresh herbs & lettuce but you can leave the rice paper out and just use lettuce wraps to make this 100% paleo (we don't have any problems with rice so it's ok for us every now and then).


Vietnamese Pork & Egg Rice Paper Rolls

Crispy Cheese & Bacon Clouds (Cheese free & Vegetarian options)

I was trying to make Cheese & Bacon Blinis with my favourite 3 ingredient batter by My Heart Beets, it was impossible to get them perfectly round. So now these are called Cheese & Bacon Clouds. Making fun names for foods and getting the kids involved makes the whole eating process so much more enjoyable for everyone!


Crispy Cheese & Bacon Clouds with Assorted Veggie Art

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Paleo Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

Okonomiyaki is traditionally made with wheat flour, eggs, cabbage, spring onions and other assorted additions that vary depending on where you go. We usually have octopus in ours which was delicious! It is then covered in Okonomiyaki sauce which is a dark sweet & tangy soy based sauce and mayonnaise, topped with Bonito flakes. 

I made this recipe using My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Naan recipe. It really should be called a magical everything batter or something because it is so versatile and a perfect base to make so many dishes paleo friendly (check out my Paleo Vietnamese Pancakes (Banh Xeo). I made this Okonomiyaki version Vegetarian friendly suitable if you eat eggs, but you can add any topping of your preference like bacon, sausages, chicken or seafood like prawns & octopus.

Paleo Japanese Okonomiyaki (Pancake)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Oodles of Zoodles & other Veggie 'noodles' with Lemon Tahini Dressing & Creamy Nut Free Pesto

Zoodles or zuchini noodles are a favourite in our house. I usually get a 10kg box of organic zuchini and we manage to go through it in just over 2 weeks with the majority of it's uses as zoodles. Its a great dish to bring along as a guest, it usually generates a lot of curiosity to these strange noodles are and people are surprised to learn it's just zuchini. So far they have been a hit with our non Paleo family & friends. 

Last night for dinner, we had zoodles with with carrot, beetroot & radish, cherry tomatoes & basil in a lemon tahini sauce. I held out from buying a spiraliser for a long time, and was quite happy with my mandolin, you can even just use a knife to evenly and finely slice the zuchini. In the end I decided the price it would cost for a spiraliser was well worth it if we were going to be eating this regularly, the cute little spirals of veggies also won me over.

Oodles of Zoodles & other Veggie Noodles

Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Dip

This is a catchup recipe from my Instagram account I posted a little while ago. Cauliflower is such a versatile and yummy veg, a bit like potatoes you can roast them, mash them & boil them but without the carbs and starch of potatoes. My 2 yr old loves them roasted in ghee and a little salt (no luck with the older 2, but that's ok, can't win them all!). We sometimes have this spicy tahini dip to go with them (it would go well with any roasted veggies you have on had :)

Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Dip
Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Dip

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Lemon Chia Seed Gummy Squares

This gummy recipe is super easy to make and quite refreshing with freshly squeezed lemon juce for flavouring. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients, high in Omega 3's and can help reduce blood sugar spikes with their gelatinous coating to name a few benefits. Combined with gut healing gelatin, this makes a very simple nutrient dense & nourishing treat.


Lemon Chia Seed Gummy Squares

Monday, 13 January 2014

Herbie Spiced Rolled Eggs

This is a really simple, refreshing breakfast or lunch that you can make quickly with limited time and also great as a portable lunch or snack to take to work. The options are endless and only limited to what herbs & spices you have in your pantry.

I  like to have these eggs with a fresh salad or veggies, usually dressed in extra virgin olive oil, balsamic or apple cider vinegar. It also works perfect as an emergency protein snack. You could pack it with some carrot & cucumber sticks. If I am eating them at home, I like them medium, but if I am taking them out, its easiest if they are hard boiled as they need to be robust enough to get bumped about in my bag with out all the yolky goodness exploding.

Herbie Spiced Rolled Eggs

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Simple Mango Passionfruit Pudding and Strawberry Pudding variation

One of my favourite desserts at Yum Cha was Mango Pudding. Usually made with mango, evaporated milk, sugar & mango jelly. This version uses coconut cream, tummy healing & nutritious grass fed gelatin, low GI coconut sugar and of course lots of real juicy mangoes. I added a layer of passion fruit to add a nice. It's deliciously simple to make and can be made the day before. It's also easily transported as the first 2 layers are set, so it's a great dessert to bring to a dinner party and impress your host! You can also use small shot glasses for a healthy kids party treat instead of packet jelly shots.


Mango Passionfruit Pudding

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Paleo Vietnamese Banh Xeo Recipe

Banh xeo also known as Vietnamese Omelette, Crepe or Pancake is traditionally made with Rice Flour, Wheat Flour, Turmeric and filled with pork belly, prawns, cooked mung beans & bean sprouts. The batter is usually crispy along the edges and deliciously tasty served with a range of Vietnamese herbs, salad and Nuoc Mam dipping sauce (watered down fish sauce with lemon juice, sugar & crushed fresh chilli)

Now if you haven't by now come across my current favourite find - My Heart Beet's 3 ingredient naan recipe which can be used in so many ways, you need to see it now! The Banh Xeo batter is based on this recipe to replace the rice & wheat flour and make it paleo friendly. The result is a deliciously crispy pancake that got the thumbs up from my Mum! Now that means alot!!


Paleo Vietnamese Banh Xeo



Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Coffee & Cream Gelatin Squares

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do love the smell of coffee and I'm loving it as a gummy. I originally made coffee flavoured gummies for my hubby but since my coffee buttons disappeared so quickly I had to make more in a hurry. This version was a lot easier as it was as simple as pouring it into a pyrex dish in layers, setting it in the freezer then cutting it into cubes.

Coffee Gummies

Frozen Salty Nutty Banana Bite Sandwiches

I posted these last year on my Instagram account, one of our favourite snacks for the kiddies to store in the freezer, especially during the summer time.

They are delicious fresh as well if you cannot wait to freeze them, but worth the wait frozen. The combination of sweet, salty & nutty and the crunch of cacao nibs. Yum!


Frozen Salty Nutty Banana Bite Sandwiches

Paleo friendly slaw & my new favourite find - My Heart Beets 3 Ingredient Multipurpose Batter

This is my current favourite find and I just have to share it! If you haven't come across it yet, you have been missing out. Ashley from My Heart Beets has created the most simple and versatile 3 ingredient Naan (Indian Bread) recipe. It is incredibly easy to make and incredibly tasty, even my fussy 5yo loves it and his non paleo cousins. In fact, I need to make a double or triple batch and sometimes I barely get a scrap as it gets gobbled up that fast.
Delicious Crepes made from My Heart Beets Naan Bread recipe

Monday, 6 January 2014

Yummy Gummy Lollies made with Gut Healing Gelatin

Gummy lollies that are good for you and the kids? Yep! That's right! Made with real ingredients and free from added nasties and refined sugar. They keep for a few weeks in the fridge and can be packed in your kids school lunch box for a healthy treat, using fresh fruit juice, spices, gut healing gelatin and sweetener of choice. They are lots of fun to make with the kids too :)


Yummy Gummy Lollies made with Gut Healing Gelatin
Yummy Gummy Lollies made with Gut Healing Gelatin

Sunday, 5 January 2014

How to Flavour and Create a Fizzier Kombucha Brew with a Second Fermentation

In this Post:
  • Learn how to flavour your kombucha tea with a second fermentation
  • Learn how to make you kombucha fizzy like soda
  • Find lots of flavour inspiration
  • You can learn how to make your first batch here
If you are looking to replace your soft drink habit with something healthier, Kombucha tea is a great way to curb those cravings for something fizzy and sugary. There are lots of health benefits which you can read here.

Kombucha tea is fine to drink after the first fermentation, however, if you desire a fizzier & flavoured brew, you can flavour it with a second fermentation. The possibilities of flavours are endless. My kids love their daily 'buch' and it is so easy to make.