Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Nut, Seed and Fruit Bread by Mette Helbak

When I first started eating real food and following a paleo lifestyle, I found Instagram to be a really wonderful and inspiring place. I met many amazing people who have also become friends and it is also where I found Mette Helbak's account. It was one of the first accounts I started following and I am still in love with her beautiful farm to table creations and foraging adventures. She was so kind to share her delicious nut, seed and fruit bread recipe with me a few years ago and I have permission to share it now with you!

Nut, Seed and Fruit Bread by Mette Helbak
Nut, Seed and Fruit Bread by Mette Helbak

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Vietnamese Meatballs (Xíu Mại)

My middle one asked for his favourite recipe by grandma - xíu mại (Vietnamese meatballs) which I did not get a chance to write out yet, or really just was a little lazy as mum would always cook it for us. She's now back in Sydney so over FaceTime she gave me her recipe and walked me through the steps. I was surprised how easy it was and wish I had tried to make these delicious meatballs earlier. 


Vietnamese Meatballs (Xíu Mại)
Vietnamese Meatballs (Xíu Mại)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Braised Chicken with Ginko, Lotus & Water Chestnut (Ga Tiem Bạch Quã)

A traditional Vietnamese dish I grew up eating often served during special days such as the lunar new year (Tét). I never knew growing up how lucky I was that mum regularly cooked with all these amazing superfoods such as gingko biloba, goji berries and lotus nuts. Such common ingredients in Asian cooking! This Braised Chicken with Ginko, Lotus & Water Chestnut is a simple one pot recipe that produces a delicious soft fall off the bone chicken that is naturally sweetened with coconut water, goji berries and Chinese dates.


Braised Chicken with Ginko, Lotus & Water Chestnut (Ga Tiem Bạch Quã)
Braised Chicken with Ginko, Lotus & Water Chestnut (Ga Tiem Bạch Quã)


Monday, 4 April 2016

Raisin Bread (Dairy Free, Nut Free and Grain Free) Paleo, GAPS Option

I found out my 7 yo has been trading his food for treats at school. I couldn't work out why his behaviour seemed off and his skin looked terrible so I asked his friends and could not believe he has been trading his crispy home made bacon for treats! I know the bacon is good (check out the recipe here) and he always asked for extra to 'share'. I didn't know whether to be angry or pleased, I was a little bit of both. It made me realise I should make a few more clean treats so he didn't feel like he was missing out. That's where this grain free, nut free and dairy free Raisin bread comes in. 

Raisin Bread (Dairy Free, Nut Free and Grain Free)
Raisin Bread (Dairy Free, Nut Free and Grain Free) - Great for school snack packs