Saturday, 26 March 2016

Spiced Pancakes - Grain Free and Dairy Free

I'm missing the Easter celebrations back home as it isn't celebrated over here and mostly, I'm missing the smell of hot cross buns! but... I'm too lazy to bake so I just made these hot cross bun inspired spiced pancakes. They are grain, dairy, nut and sugar free - perfect for school lunch boxes and really simple to make. So if you want to fill your kitchen up with real Easter bun aromas in the morning without the hassle of beating, kneading and baking dough, here you go! :)


Spiced Pancakes - Grain Free and Dairy Free
Spiced Pancakes - Grain Free and Dairy Free

Lemongrass, Ginger and Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy free)

I tried making panna cotta 2 years ago after my first taste at a friend's house (thank you Gabrielle!). It was a complete fail, even after reading, searching and comparing endless versions trying to work out the best proportions for cream and gelatin. I couldn't get the light yet creamy consistency. I decided to try it again with home made coconut milk and added a little Asian twist of lemongrass and ginger. I served these lemongrass, ginger and coconut panna cotta after our Thai Paleo themed lunch and was so happy to get the approval from all my guinea pig friends :)

Lemongrass, Ginger and Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy free)
Lemongrass, Ginger and Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy free)

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Whenever I find cherry tomatoes, I buy as much as I can to have leftovers to roast and store in the fridge for salads or freeze for sauces later on. The process is pretty simple and so rewarding as the roasting intensifies the flavour of the tomatoes. Choose organic if you can!


Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lemongrass, Chilli & Turmeric Chicken

This Vietnamese lemongrass, turmeric & chilli chicken dish is another one of my mum's recipes that I grew up eating. It's quick and simple to make and you can easily marinade the chicken ahead of time or freeze them into portions to prepare for a meal later in the week. Once thawed it takes about 20 minutes to cook, making this a great option to plan for dinner during the week. 

Lemongrass, Chilli & Turmeric Chicken
Lemongrass, Chilli & Turmeric Chicken

Monday, 14 March 2016

Charred Eggplant (Aubergine) Salad with Sumac

This charred eggplant (aubergine) salad with sumac is my beautiful friend Mahi's signature salad. The smoky soft eggplant combined with the fresh, crisp, tart, fragrant flavours of the other ingredients is incredible. The charring process is the most important step, don't skip it by roasting or steaming the eggplant, you won't get the beautiful smokey flavour that makes this dish so special. You can prepare the eggplant the day before to save time if needed, then toss the rest of the ingredients together when ready :)

Charred Eggplant Salad
Charred Eggplant Salad

Saturday, 12 March 2016

The Best Home Made Bacon - 3 Ingredients

If you love crackling you're going to love this quick simple bacon recipe, it really is the best home made bacon. Best tasting and best ingredients. Just pork belly, salt, pepper and about 20 minutes under the grill. No sugar, no nitrates, no preservatives, no msg and no curing required. Crispy and salty with a little crackling on each piece!

The Best Home Made Bacon - 3 Ingredients
The Best Home Made Bacon - 3 Ingredients

Monday, 7 March 2016

Vietnamese Vegetarian Stew

A Paleo lifestyle for me isn't all about meat, I grew up with meat free days whether it was consciously or unconsciously. My mum followed the Buddhist calendar and following certain ancestral ceremonies we had vegetarian days at home which I really loved. Her Vegetarian stew is one of my favourites eaten with steamed rice and fermented bean curd. 


Vietnamese Vegetarian Stew
Vietnamese Vegetarian Stew