Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Baby Spinach, Golden Beet and Feta Salad

A simple and colourful salad with creamy feta. Only 4 main ingredients for this delicious baby spinach, golden beet & feta salad. Golden beets are super sweet and even better if you can find the baby ones. I have also used purple carrots to add some colour but the usual orange carrots would work too. The creaminess of the feta and sweet crunch of the thinly sliced beets and carrots make a delicious combination. 

Baby Spinach, Golden Beet and Feta Salad
Baby Spinach, Golden Beet and Feta Salad

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Crispy Roast Pork Belly

I grew up eating crispy roast pork asian style, we never made it at home but would buy it at the chinese bbq place where they hung the roast ducks and bbq pork in the window. When I made my first crispy roast pork belly I felt pretty nervous as my parents eat it all the time and my husband grew up with roasts. I followed a few different recipes (by Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver) and was surprised that even I could make a crispy pork roast! This is a simple version that I now follow and produces perfect crispy crunchy crackling each time using an electric or gas oven.

Crispy Roast Pork Belly
Crispy Roast Pork Belly

Friday, 24 July 2015

Raw Coconut Fire Ball Roulette

This isn't so much a new recipe, just a twist on my raw cacao surprise bites recipe (see the recipe here) and a fun idea for entertaining your guests. These raw coconut balls have a lovely balance of sweet and salty and are filled with crunchy raw cacao except one or two balls have cayenne pepper and/or chilli flakes for a surprise fiery kick! 

Raw Coconut Ball Roulette
Take a chance with each raw coconut fire ball!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Simple Whole Roast Chicken

I didn't grow up eating roast anything. It wasn't until I met my husband that I learnt how to make a roast. His mum actually showed me how to make my first roast dinner and since then I have tried various recipes and received lot's of tips. I've stuffed the chickens with onion, lemon, thyme and other stuffing variations, sticking knobs of butter under the skin or rubbing butter all over. All these different recipes turned out wonderful, but sometimes when I feel lazy I like making this simple version as you don't need anything for the chickens except five pantry items which I always have in my cupboard. I then add lots of colour and freshness with any salads and veggies I have on hand.

Simple Whole Roast Chicken with Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato
Simple Whole Roast Chicken Dinner

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

A friend recently asked me why I did not post all my salad recipes on my blog and I realised that I often put salads together just based on what I have on hand or that my favourite salad combos are too simple. So I'm trying to make more of an effort to post them up. This pear, walnut & blue cheese salad is a very simple (not original) salad combination of 4 main ingredients - lettuce, pear, walnuts and blue cheese. I love thinly sliced pears in salads. The crisp sweet bite of pear adds a nice texture and balance to the creamy blue cheese. 

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad
Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Things I like to make - Divine Sugar Free Orange Cake

This divine sugar free whole orange cake recipe by sugar free kids is one that I keep making over and over. It's one of my favourite recipes to make when I can get my hands on organic oranges. It is light, soft, moist and keeps for days in the fridge so you can also make it ahead of time.

Things I like to make - Divine Sugar Free Orange Cake
Things I like to make - Divine Sugar Free Orange Cake

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato

A very simple side dish to go with any roast or baked dinner. I used to steam or boil my sweet potatoes for mashing but this method just saves time and extra effort (thanks to my friend Natacha for this one!). By placing the sweet potato with skin on in the oven with your roast, its ready about the same time and also produces lovely caramelised bits. If you're doing a bbq, just wrap the whole sweet potato in foil to prevent it burning too quickly.

Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato
Roasted Mashed Sweet Potato

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Raw Cacao Surprise Bites (nut free) - 5 ingredients

I made these raw coconut cacao surprise bites a long time ago on my instagram account (see here) before my blog came along and thought it was about time to add the recipe over here. I took a break from making sweets last year as I couldn't find all the ingredients in Vietnam and with all the tropical fruit available I didn't feel any urge to make many treats. Since I'm back in Sydney for a visit I thought it was nice for the kids to enjoy these raw cacao surprise bites again. You only need five ingredients to make this delicious nut free treat which go well in school lunch packs too.

Raw Cacao Surprise Bites (nut free) - 5 ingredients
these little balls of delicousness have a raw cacao surprise inside that gives it a wonderful crunch

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Passionfruit Mojito Kombucha Tea Recipe

I am really excited about my new passionfruit mojito kombucha tea combination. Passionfruit on it's own is amazing with kombucha and the addition of mint and lime just makes it even more amazing. Lately I've been inspired by the cocktail list that my hubby enjoys and have been on a roll with my strawberry mojito kombucha tea (see it here) and pina colada kombucha tea recipe (see it here). I am so happy to be able to share this recipe with you over on Paleo Foodies.

Passionfruit Mojito Kombucha Tea Recipe
Passionfruit Mojito Kombucha Tea Recipe