These are recipes my family love me making for them, some have come from my grandmothers. I believe in sustainable fair eating – not over the top eating so these recipes are rustic and family friendly sometimes using small amounts of meat.
It took me sending two slices to the bin to get the slice I want to make again and again – trouble is now I keep wanting to eat it. I think its the 3 layers of yumminess that does the trick. One layer is moist almond buscuit. The next layer is caramelly almond fudge and the top layer is chocolate.
This slice contains coconut oil so it must be kept in the fridge unless you live in the arctic.
To Make The First Layer
Combine the following in a bowl:
2 Cups of Almond Flour (sometimes called meal or maize)
2 Tablespoons of Physillium Husk
1/2 Cup of Xylitol (if your not diabetic change this for sugar)
1/4 Cup of Cocoa
Mix all these dry ingredients together
Into a microwave safe container put:
4oz of Butter (125 grams) and zap until it’s melted.
Add 1 Egg
1 teaspoon of Almond or Vanilla Essence.
Stir and then combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
Line a tin with baking paper and press the mixture into the tin. I find its best to do this with a wet hand.
Bake in the oven at 350F or 180C for 20 minutes and stand to cool.
To Make the Second Layer
Into your microwave safe container place:
Place 1/2 Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup of Almond Paste/Butter
2 Tablespoons of Xylitol
Heat until the oil is melted and stir well to combine the almond butter and coconut. Pour onto your slice and pop in the fridge to set.
To Make the Third Layer
Back into your microwave container place
1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
!/4 Cup of Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon of Xylitol
Heat until the oil is melted. Stir to combine the oil and chocolate. Pour your top layer on. Sprinkle with Chopped Almonds and set in the fridge
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There are four layers to this yummy parfait. A layer of crumb, lemon cheesecake mousse, fresh raspberries and meringue and if you don’t need your parfait to be diabetic or keto just exchange the xylitol for sugar.
You Will Need
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1/2 cup of almond meal
2 oz (60grams) of butter
3/4 Cup of Xylitol which you will use in two lots
1 Cup of whipped Cream
1 Cup of Spreadable Cream Cheese
1 Teaspoon of Gelatine Powder
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
2 Punnets of fresh Raspberries
2 Egg Whites
1 small tray
To Make Layer 1
Put in a bowl
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1/2 cup of almond meal
2 oz of butter
Rub together until it resembles lumpy breadcrumbs. Line a 7inch by 11inch tray with baking paper and spread the crumb mixture out over the tray. Bake in the oven at 180c (350F) for ten minutes or until lightly browned. You will need to watch this as it can burn quickly and without warning (a bit like some relationships) When browned put two heaped dessertspoons of crumb into the bottom of each glass
To Make Layer 2
Place a layer of fresh raspberries in each glass
To Make Layer 3
1. Put 1 cup of Whipped Cream into a mixing bowl. Add the 1 Cup of Spreadable Cream Cheese and whisk until combined.
2. Add 1/4 cup of the Xylitol and whisk until combined.
3. Melt 1 Teaspoon of Gelatine Powder in 1 Tablespoon of boiling water and stir until combined.
4.Add 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice to the gelatine.
5. Pour the gelatine mixture into the Cream Cheese Mixture whilst whisking and whisk until combined and thick and creamy.
Place three heaped dessertspoons of this mousse mixture over the raspberries (use a little more or less as you need)
To Make Layer 4
Seperate two eggs. (Put the yolks away to make an omelette). Whisk the egg whites until they form firm peaks adding the 1/2 cup of Xylitol bit by bit. Pipe or spoon this on top of the parfaits. Use a kitchen torch to cook the meringue until lightly browned or if your dishes are suitable pop briefly under a grill.
Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over the parfait and pop in the fridge to set.
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As soon as I was diagnosed with diabetes I made it my mission to create a fridge set cheesecake that tasted as good as any cheesecake ever. This recipe is the result of many tries and tastings.
If you’re not diabetic or keto just change the artificial sweetener for real sugar.
I tried so many different sugar alternatives for this cake (ohh the trauma of tasting cheesecakes after cheesecakes in striving for perfection). Stevia leaves a nasty after taste and I have ended using Xylitol which you can source from health food shops. I get it at The Source Bulkfood Shops . It has no aftertaste, isn’t too sweet and creates a soft creamy cake.
So here is the recipe:
You will need:
1/2 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of dessicated coconut
250 grams of spreadable cream cheese
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of whipped cream
1 teaspoon of lemon essence
1/2 cup of xylitol
3 teaspoons of gelatine
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of lemon juice
20cm cake tin
To Make the Base
In a bowl put
1/2 cup of Almond Meal
1/2 cup of Desiccated Coconut
1/2 cup of melted Coconut Oil
Mix all ingredients well and press into the base of a baking paper lined, 20cm cake tin. I make sure to use one with removable bottom or sides.
Pop the base in the fridge to set while you make the filling.
Note: These amounts create a lovely thin base, if you want a thicker base double all ingredients.
Using a stick whisk or mixer whisk together until well combined
250 gram of Spreadable Cream Cheese
1 cup of Sour Cream
1 teaspoon of Lemon Essence
1/2 cup of Xylitol
In a mug melt 3 teaspoons of gelatine in 1/4 cup of boiling water.
Stir well until the gelatine is dissolved
Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the gelatine mixture and stir.
Pour this slowly into the cream cheese mixture whilst whisking.
Make sure the gelatine is well combined and then add
1 cup of whipped cream and whisk again until well combined
Pour the filling on top of the base and pop in the fridge for a few hours to set.
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I love cheese, cheese with cheese, cheese with olives, cheese with anything else I can find so I can have cheese. I love cheesecake but I’m over the sweetness so for ages I have been thinking about making a savoury cheesecake to satisfy my longing for cheesecake but without the sugar.
This is an Olive and Cheese Tart. Its super easy. I made my own pastry but you don’t have to. You can use bought or make a biscuit crumb base if you want to but I’ve included the recipe for gluten free pastry I used.
I served this for lunch with salad and we all ate three slices each.
For the Pastry You Will Need
To Make the Pastry
Rub the butter into the flour until it is crumbed
Add the eggs and knead together adding extra flour until you have a soft dough that sticks together.
I always roll gluten free pastry between two sheets of baking paper and use the baking paper to support the pastry whilst I move it to the tin.
I used a 10 inch (27cm) diameter pie tart tin with a removable base. Make sure to grease and flour the tin well. Put the pastry into the tin pressing gently into the corners.
Blind bake the pastry for 10 minutes at 180o. Remove and cool.
While the pastry is baking have a cuppa and begin the filling.
To Make the Filling
Mix together until well combined:
1/2 cup (125ml) of Sour Cream
1 Cup (250ml) of Ricotta Cheese
1 Cup of (250ml)Cream Cheese
1 Cup of Tasty Cheese
1/4 Cup of Self Raising Flour
Zest of two Lemons of a piece of preserved Lemon chopped
1/2 heaped Cup of Pimento stuffed Green Olives chopped in half
2 Tablespoons of chopped Parsley
Salt and Pepper
To Make the Tart
Pour the filling into the tart case and bake at 180o for 40 minutes.
Thats it! Now impress everyone.
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This has always been one of my hubby Pete’s favourite meals. When my son Seth had his first son, I made this for him and his lovely partner Clara and Seth texted later – ‘Holy Jebus that was good!!! Can we have the recipe?’
So now I call it Holy Jebus Lentils.
Here is the recipe for you Seth and for everyone else who likes honest wholesome yummy food. This recipe has three cooking parts but don’t let that put you off as each part is super super easy.
Each part has only 2 or 3 ingredients and at the most 4 steps
Part 1 is the lentils, rice and pumpkin and I’ll give you the instructions for both white and brown rice. I use brown rice but I know some people really hate brown rice. Part 2 is the sauce and Part 3 is the onions.
For the Lentils you will need:
1 Cup of Lentils – I use the nice small brown ones sometimes called French Lentils but red or green is okay too.
1 Cup of Brown Rice (instructions included for white rice)
6 Cups of Stock – any stock is fine
2 Cups of chopped pumpkin
1 dessertspoon of maple syrup or brown sugar
Oil for frying
To Make with Brown Rice
1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the Lentils for about 5 minutes until they brown and start to smell nice and nutty.
2. Add the brown rice and fry for another 3 – 5 minutes.
3. Add 6 cups of stock, salt to taste and simmer covered for 40 minutes until all the stock is absorbed. If the liquid isn’t absorbed at the end of the cooking just leave the lid on for another 10 minutes or so and the rice and lentils will take up the remaining liquid.
4. While the lentils are cooking chop the pumpkin into 1cm cubes, rub or toss the pumpkin in the maple syrup and roast in the oven until cooked – about 30 minutes.
To Make with White Rice
Follow step 1 above.
2. Cook the lentils in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes then add the other 3 cups of water and the white rice and cook covered for another 15 minutes
Follow step 4.
For The Sauce You Will Need
1 Capsicum Chopped
3 Large Tomatos Chopped
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Brown Sugar
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Ground Cumin
To Make The Sauce
1. Fry Capsicum in pan until just going brown
2. Add all other ingredients into the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until tomato is going mushy
3. Blend until smooth
For the Onion You Will Need
2 Large Onions halved then sliced
4 Garlic Cloves chopped
1 Heaped Dessertspoon of Brown Sugar
To Make the Onion
1. Fry the Onion and Garlic until brown and transparent
2. Add the Sugar and fry until caramelised
You will now have four components, The lentils, the sauce, the onions and the pistachios
1. Place Lentils in a bowl
2. Sprinkle some pumpkin on top
3. Spoon the tomato sauce over
4. Add some Caramelised Onion on top
5. Sprinkle with Pistachios
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Every now and then my husband Pete gets a real craving for a good lamb casserole. Especially on cold wintry Ballarat days when the air blows icy from the Antartica, it whooshes right over Tasmania and straight up to our front door and nothing beats the cold like a hearty one pot. This is my go to recipe. It’s super easy and yummy and I make it in our slow cooker. I pop it on at night and the next morning we have hot lamb ready to eat all day with Golden Mash or Parsley and Cheese Dumplings – I have given you the recipe for both.
You will need
1 kg of lamb – I used a leg but you can use any cut of lamb you like. I cut it into large chunks.
4 Cloves of Garlic chopped finely
1/4 cup of plain flour
2 large potatoes sliced
2 Onions sliced
4 small to medium Carrots sliced
1/4 cup of mixed herbs
1 cup of Mushrooms sliced
if using a slow cooker add 1 cup of any broth
if using a stove top use 2 cups of broth
To Make It
Cut the excess fat off the lamb and chop it into large pieces and put it into the pot or slow cooker.
Tip in the flour and rub it over the lamb covering the pieces
Put in all other ingredients.
To Cook It
If using a slow cooker cook on auto or on high until bubbling then turn to low and cook for 8 hours (Or do as I do and put it on at night and leave over night)
If using a pot on the stove cook covered over a low heat for 2 – 4 hours or until the meat is tender and falling apart
Serve with either Golden Mash or Parsley and Cheese Dumplings:
Cook equal parts potato and pumpkin or yam and then mash with sour cream
1 cup of self raising flour
2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup of grated cheese
1 tablespoon of milk
Drop balls of dumpling mix about a dessertspoon size onto the top of the stew, cover and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until dumplings are cooked.
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Sometimes when you cook with only what you have in the fridge a surprise happens. This was one of those surprises. This was Sunday brunch and was so yummy we made it again for lunch today. Twice in one week so has to be good right. If you have some left over mash this is the recipe you need.
You will need
6 X- large eggs or 8 Large ones
1/2 cup of grated tasty cheese
1/2 cup of grated sharp parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese
1 cup of shredded baby spinach
1 cup of frozen or fresh peas
1 and 1/2 cups of mashed potato and pumpkin
1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk with an egg whisker until well combined.
2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a 24cm fry pan. When the oil is heated swish it around the pan so it covers the sides as well as the bottom.
3. Pour in the egg mixture and cook over a low heat on the burner for 20 minutes or until the frittata has risen and is cooked and not wobbly in the middle.
4. Sprinkle generously with grated tasty and parmesan cheese.
5. When cooked brown the top of the frittata with a kitchen torch or by placing under the griller.
Alternatively you could bake this in a moderate oven until risen and cooked.
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I made these cupcakes for my first grandchild’s baby shower. There is no gender reveal until the big arrival so I made pink and blue. I used the butter cake recipe that is used for the Jammy Plummy Cakes and a butter icing.
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I first made these about a week ago and due to popular demand have made them 3 times since. I like them hot with cream but they get eaten hot or cold and really quickly disappear. Because we are a gluten free household I use gluten free flour but this can be replaced with ordinary flour. This recipe will make six big cakes. For smaller cakes you will need more plums.
3 plums – not too ripe or they will just go mushy. I like the tartness of using quite unripe plums that are really firm
Jam – I use any jam we happen to have in the house
125 grams butter
3/4 cup of caster sugar
2 eggs beaten lightly
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 cups of self raising flour
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of yogurt
Making the jammy cakes
Butter the insides of a cupcake or muffin tin and then line the cake moulds with baking paper as well – now here I cut the baking paper from the corners to near the middle so the sides will fold into the moulds without creasing.
Place a dessertspoon of jam in the bottom of each mould.
Halve the plums and put each half into the bottom of the mould, pressing down so the jam spreads around the plum.
Now make the batter. Cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the beaten eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 cup of flour and stir in, add the milk and stir in, add the next cup of flour and stir in then add the yogurt and stir into the batter. Finally stir in the vanilla essence.
Place enough batter into the cake tin to cover the plum, you may need to spread it around. Next place a dessertspoon of jam over the batter and spread it around. Add another layer of the batter and spread it around to finish off.
Bake in a moderate oven for 25 minutes.
Remove the cakes but leave them in the moulds for 5 minutes.
Remove the cakes by turning them upside down on a wire cooling rack or on a tray and remove the baking paper. Serve the cakes upside down.
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I have been going mad for greens – especially on hot summer nights. Super healthy and super yummy what is there not to like when you mix those yummy greens with nuts and seeds.
Ingredients for the Salad
2 large cloves of garlic chopped
2 flowers of broccoli chopped
1 bunch of broccolini chopped
1 large handful of spinach leaves chopped
10 baby tomatoes quartered
1 small handful of mint leaves chopped
1 small handful of chives chopped
A generous handful of sesame seeds
A generous handful of almonds
A generous handful of flaked almonds
Ingredients for the Sauce
1/2 cup of tahini
A good splosh of soy sauce
A good splosh of lemon juice
1 heaped teaspoon of sugar
Water to thin to desired consistency
Gently fry the chopped garlic cloves, the stalky ends of the broccoli and broccolini that are good to eat until the broccoli is nearly cooked then add all the seeds and nuts and continue to stir fry until these are brown then set aside
Stir fry the broccoli and broccolini until cooked but not soggy.
Combine all ingredients, the chopped tomatoes, spinach, mint leaves, chives, nuts and broccoli mix.
Serve with the sauce on the side.
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My kids say this is their all time favourite salad. So when I make it I do so in a huge tray as I know it’s all going to get eaten.
For the dressing
1 cup of probiotic kefir milk or yogurt
lemon juice to taste
1 teaspoon of tumeric
For the salad
2 large chicken breasts, butterflied and cut in half sideways to make thinner
curry paste of any kind (I used korma)
1 finely diced red onion
1 tablespoon on cumin powder
1 400g can of lentils or equivalent fresh and cooked
1 large diced tomato
1/4 cup of white wine
1 big bunch of coriander leaves
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves sliced roughly
1 cucumber sliced thinly lengthways
1 large carrot sliced thinly lengthways (I used a mandolin for the carrot and cucumber)
250 grams of sliced mushrooms
Rub the chicken all over with the curry paste until well covered, then sear in a pan until cooked through and set aside to rest
In the same pan fry the diced red onion, cumin powder and cashews until the onion is cooked. Add the lentils and stir fry for a minute or two to distribute flavour.
Add the sliced mushrooms, diced tomato and wine and continue to stir fry until the mushrooms are cooked and wine absorbed. Set aside
Slice the chicken into strips, now add all ingredients including carrots, cucumber, spinach and coriander. Serve cold with the sauce on the side.
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This is Indea’s favourite breakfast and she asked me to share it. Super easy but super yummy and vegetables are the star. Long weekend Breakfasts are sacred in our family, many pots of tea, coffee, good food and long leisurely yarns with those you love most – what in life is better?
For this Sanga you will need
Toast for each person. Indea and I like an open sandwich but Pete likes two sliced of bread, top and bottom for his.
Tomato Pesto ( you can use shop bought or you can make it. I like to whizz together garlic cloves, sundries tomatoes, macadamias and enough olive oil to make it to a spreading consistency)
To make it
Grill or fry the haloumi and capsicum until golden and cooked through, slice the tomatoes and avocado
Spread the toast liberally with the tomato pesto, layer the vegetables on top.
Super easy and super yummy
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Impossible Pie is an oldie but a goodie. It’s called Impossible Pie because it’s impossible to stuff up. If you cook it too long it becomes a cake and too short and its baked custard. I’ve bought it into the modern era by adding Matcha.
There’s only one step to this pie. Usually I whizz everything up in a blender but you can mix it all by hand.
2 Cups of Milk or Coconut Milk
1 Cup of desiccated Coconut
1/2 Cup of Self Raising Flour
125 grams (4 Oz) of butter
3/4 Cup of Castor Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Matcha Powder (Green Tea Powder)or 4 for a stronger flavour
To Make it
Whizz all these ingredients in a blender or mix well by hand. Pour into a greased and floured baking dish. Bake at 175c for 60 minutes. Turn the oven down if the top is getting too brown.
When cool place in the fridge to set and serve cold with cream.
Use vanilla for normal impossible pie, add extra matcha for stronger flavour, sometimes I use coconut milk instead of cows milk – this gives an extra coconut flavour but also makes it a bit heavier. Some times I use half milk and half cream for extra creaminess, decadence and extra calories.
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It is getting so hot in tropical Queensland that meals which require very little cooking, are healthy and quick to make, are essential. Tuna, egg and olives make such a happy trio. I created this last night and we settled back with our bowls of yummy couscous and tuna, under the ceiling fan and chilled out with Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
For four hungry people
You will need
4 Tuna Steaks – You can use Tempeh for a Veggie Option
2 Cups of dry Couscous. I use corn couscous because we are gluten free and this is available in most supermarkets in the health section
4 Eggs boiled hard, shelled and chopped
1 cup of chopped Olives
I red Capsicum finely diced
125 grams of Feta cheese
1 bunch of finely chopped fresh Coriander (otherwise known as cilantro)
1/4 cup of Lemon juice
1/4 cup of Pomegranate syrup (sometimes called Pomegranate Molasses)
1/2 cup of toasted Pine Nuts
The seeds of one Pomegranate
To Make it
Prepare the Couscous by putting the dry couscous into a large bowl and pouring over 4 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Whilst this is happening I pop on the eggs to boil. When the couscous has absorbed most of the water and is fluffy and soft to eat drain it in a sieve and run it under the cold tap. This will stop the cooking process and stop it from becoming gluggy. Place the well drained cold couscous into a large bowl.
The Olives, diced red capsicum, most of the chopped coriander keeping some aside for garnish, crumble in the feta cheese, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of pomegranate molasses. If you are adding pomegranate seeds and/or toasted pine nuts pop them in now too.
Combine well until the pomegranate molasses and lemon juice are thoroughly spread throughout the couscous.
Set aside and sear the Tuna Steaks on both sides
Place the couscous salad into bowls, place the sliced Tuna steaks on top, sprinkle on the diced egg and remaining coriander.
Add a 1/4 lemon to each plate so eaters can squeeze over their tuna
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We love this Poke` on hot tropical nights when heating up the oven is an absolute no. It’s fresh, healthy and super quick to make, more importantly it’s super super yummy. There are many variations on Poke bowls and this is mine.
These are ingredients you will need for each person.
1 Cup of chopped mixed greens. Any greens will do. I use spinach and beetroot leaves and occasionally throw in some blanched broccoli or asparagus.
1/2 Cup of diced Tomato
1/2 Cup of diced Cucumber
1/2 Cup of diced avocado
1/4 Cup of crushed Macadamias
140 gram fillet of diced Salmon or Tuna – make sure its really fresh and a good colour
Put all these ingredients into a bowl.
Now make the dressing and again these are the ingredients for each person
1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Wasabi
1 Dessertspoon of lemon juice
1 Teaspoon of Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon of Horseradish Cream
Chilli as you like it.
Stir well with a fork until combined.
Pour the dressing over the Salad and toss through, coating the fish in the dressing.
1 finely chopped sheet of Nori Seaweed
1 Dessertspoon of Sesame Seeds
Now enjoy how great and refreshed this makes your body feel after eating it.
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This is our go to quick healthy snack. I love Agedashi Tofu and could easily eat it for three meals a day. This recipe takes less than half an hour to whip up. What can I say? Tofu has come a long way.
This recipe makes 2 large serves.
You will need
400grams of Firm Silken Tofu
1 teaspoon of Bonito Stock
1 cup of Potato Flour
2 Tablespoons of Mirin
1 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1 Cup of water
First Make the Stock
Place the bonito stock, water, miring and soy into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Then set aside.
Next Make the Tofu
Because you are using Silken Tofu you will need to be gentle with it.
Pat the Tofu dry with towel.
Cut the tofu into cubes, I use fairly large cubes and cut each 200g packet of Tofu into 4.
Coat each cube in potato flour
Immediately gently fry each cube on each side in the hot coconut oil until slightly golden.
Place the lightly fried Tofu in a bowl, pour over the warm broth, sprinkle with the bonito flakes and enjoy immediately.
Note: You can purchase mirin, bonito flakes and stock in most supermarkets but if yours doesnt have it an asian grocer most likely will. You will find the potato flour in the flour section of most supermarkets
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My lovely husband Peter looked at the salt content in shop bought bread and had a coronary over his sardines on toast so I said I would make home made bread for him that was 100% rye – his favourite.
This bread is so yummy and so easy to make I’m now making it every second day – (ahh what you can manage when the kids fly away).
Smile because there are no arduous hours of kneading and the smell of bread cooking and the taste of hot bread smothered in butter is one of those things that makes life worth living.
Just make sure you have somewhere warm away from drafts to leave the bread whilst it rises. Up here in the tropics that means anywhere.
6 Cups of Rye Flour
2 Teaspoons of Yeast granules
2 Dessertspoons of Molasses
1 Teaspoon of salt
1/4 Cup of Rice Bran Oil
2 Cups of Warm Water
To Make that Dough
Put the rye flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre, put the yeast into the well, sprinkle the salt and molasses over the yeast. Pour over 1 of the cups of warm water, stir the well until the salt, molasses and yeast is mixed into the water but don’t stir in all the flour.
Leave it in a warm place for about 15 – 20 minutes, after this time there should be bubbles in the watery-yeast mix.
Pour in the other cup of water and the oil and mix the whole lot up until combined. Cover with a towel if you have drafts near by and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size or for about 1 – 2 hours.
Now cover your hand in rye flour and knead the dough. I usually do this in the bowl using one hand. As its rye you won’t knead to knead (hah hah) for long – just until the dough is doughy and holding together and a bit shiny and elastic – no more than 20 kneads.
Now shape it into the tin you want to bake it in and leave it in a warm place for another 1 – 2 hours until it doubles in shape again.
Bake that Bread
Now bake the bread at 175 degrees celsius or 350 farenheight for 1 hour.
When cooked tip the bread out, slice, smother so its dripping in butter (another coronary coming on) and try not to eat the entire loaf in half an hour.
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We have rushed or no breakfast during the week but weekend breakfasts are sacred in our family – they last over many cups of tea and coffee for as long as possible. This fried rice was born when I got up to make big weekend breakfast of rice that reminded me of the rice breakfasts we had in Cambodia. When I opened the fridge door I found we had barely any supplies and I wasn’t ready to get dressed and hit the shops so I used what we had. Luckily I had a few really yummy ingredients that surprised us all by making a perfect marriage and now this is our family fried rice recipe and now we eat it for any meal and cook enough to make sure there are plenty of left overs .
Ingredients you will need:
5 Cups of Brown Cooked Rice
1 Red Capsicum finely diced
800 grams of Broccoli heads finely shredded – don’t cut the broccoli into florets slice through it like you would if shredding lettuce so it falls off the head like rice
2 Red Onions – love love love sweet red onions
1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
200 grams of Prosciutto torn into pieces
2 teaspoons of Keanes curry powder – this is optional – sometimes I leave it out. I use Keanes for this recipe rather than making the curry paste, because it is mild for breakfast and has a slight sweetness.
Making the Fried Rice
Place a good dob of coconut oil into a large frying pan (I use one that has a 34cm diameter)and heat it, when its good and hot and everything will sizzle drop in the prosciutto, onion and capsicum and fry until the onion and capsicum is browned and the prosciutto is crispy. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Beat the eggs into a bowel. Warm some more coconut oil in a fresh smaller pan (I use one that has a 26 cm diameter). When hot pour in the eggs, lift the eggs around the edges as it cooks so the uncooked egg can run underneath to cook. When cooked flip out onto a bread board, roll and slice into thin strips.
Now put the large saucepan (with the prosciutto mix) back on the heat and add the shredded broccoli. Cook for a couple of minutes until the broccoli softens, then add the cooked rice, soy sauce and curry powder. Finally add the shredded eggs and fold through.
Added extras – I like a squeeze of lemon juice over my rice, my husband Pete likes more soy sauce and fried egg.
Vegetarian Option – Discard the prosciutto and instead use Tofu Chips. To make Tofu chips cut hard tofu into rectangles. Mix 4 tablespoons of flour with mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Coat the tofu pieces and fry in coconut oil. Then add to the rice at the end with the eggs.
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It was a scorching 35 degrees celsius in Townsville and so what did I decide to do to stay cool – I decided to bake. Really I was trying to avoid looking at my manuscript which is due back at the publishers in just a few weeks because I am filled with trepidation – no I lie – I am filled with utter panic that I’m not up to the task. So instead of writing why not bake. My Peter has declared this his all time favourite cake. It was influenced by Pete Evans – all kudos and bowing to Pete Evans but I’ve made a few changes to his wonderful recipe (sorry Pete) to suit our tastes. But if you want his version of this cake which included dried fruit that My Pete can’t eat and less nuts and more eggs you can find it in his book Healthy Every Day. This is a dense nourishing cake so don’t expect light and fluffy. I like it served hot with cream, Pete liked it cold with ice-cream. Its super easy to make. I posted my original how-to-stay-cool-while-Australia-burns-carrot-maple-and-walnut-cakes to Facebook and some of my friends asked for the recipe but as I never measure I had to bake another cake – seen above so here is the recipe.
4 cups of grated carrot
100 grams of chopped macadamias
100 grams of chopped walnuts
125 mls (1/2 cup) of maple syrup
125 mls (1/2 cup) of coconut oil
2 teaspoons of Vanilla essence
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon ( Being a cinnamon lover I usually spill a little more cinnamon in)
2 teaspoons of ginger
125 grams Self Raising Flour Gluten Free or use 125 grams of any other flour and add 1 teaspoon of baking powder
6 large eggs or 8 smaller eggs
Mix all this together and bake at 175 degrees, 20 minutes for smaller serve cakes (which is what I baked) and 60 minutes for a large cake or until a skewer comes out clean
It is so hot in Cairns and we wanted a dinner that was light, healthy and meant no baking. So I created this salad topped with a yogurt sauce. Meals that show off the beauty, colour and flavour of simple vegetables are always my favourites. We loved it and hope you do too.
I cup of Quinoa
2.5 cups of water
1 massel stock cube
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
1 sweet potato
1 red capsicum
100 grams of natural yogurt or greek yogurt
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato pesto
1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil
oil to sauté
parsley to top
asparagus to add some green
Cook the Quinoa
In a saucepan place
1 cup of quinoa
2.5 cups of water
1 massel vegetable stock cube or a teaspoon of stock powder
Cook for 20 minutes until the water has been absorbed by the quinoa
Whilst it’s cooking
Lightly brown 2 tablespoons of pine nuts and set aside
Prepare and Cook the veggies
Slice the vegetables in strips and place one type of vegetable at a time into a heated and lightly oiled pan and sauté until cooked and browned. When each vegetable is cooked set aside and do the next one.
When all vegetables are cooked place the 2 tablespoons of garlic and the 2 tablespoons of tomato pesto in the pan and lightly cook then add the cooked vegetables and sauté for a further 3 minutes until the vegetables are well coated with the garlic and tomato.
Prepare the Quinoa
When the quinoa is cooked add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice (you will need the rest for the yogurt) and the pine nuts and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and lightly stir through the quinoa.
Prepare the Yogurt Sauce
Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a generous pinch of salt through the yogurt
Place the quinoa in each serving bowl or plate, top with the vegetable chips and spoon over yogurt.
We love spanakopita – the salty fetta, healthy spinach. I have worked to perfect this recipe over the last 6 months to get it how we think is just the right combination of fetta, other cheeses and the spinach. Its super easy to make. Super yummy and there is never any left over.
You will need:
1 diced onion, sautéed until it is just browning
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 cup of grated tasty cheese
200 grams of fetta cheese (I use the Danish because I love its creaminess)
300 grams of spinach leaves, chopped and make sure they are dry (even though I find it difficult to cook anything that has the word baby to describe it I do use baby spinach leaves)
3 tablespoons of fresh oregano
1/2 cup of gluten free self raising flour – now you can leave this out and sometimes I do – but then you have to make sure the spinach really is dry. If you add the 1/2 cup of flour you will have a fail safe pie.
No salt – the fetta is salty enough on its own
To make it:
Combine all these ingredients and pour into an oiled baking dish and top with extra cheese and some extra fresh oregano. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes or until set and browned nicely on top.
To Upload it
Sometimes – and my daughters love it when I do this – I line the greased dish with nitrate free prosciutto and then pop the spinach cheesy mix on top. It does make it more salty but also super yummy.
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I am a bit of a fussy muffin eater – they have to be moist and full of fruit and flavour. I have tried so many ways to make them but family feels I have hit the jackpot with these ones.
These are our favourite muffins – super yummy – super moist and they never last longer than the day they are cooked.
We love them for breakfast but they are also great for afternoon tea. I hope you love them as much as we do.
1 and a half cups of S.R. Flour
1/3 cup of oat bran (if you can’t get oat bran ground oats will do)
3/4 cup of dark brown sugar
200ml container of any yogurt (3/4 cup). I use a nice Jalna berry one
1/3 cup of cocoanut oil
1 cup of fresh or frozen berries
1 large banana, split down the middle and cut into thick slices
For Cinnamon sugar mix 1/4 cup of cinnamon with 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar – you will use this to sprinkle on your hot muffins
gently combine all ingredients
ladle the mix into muffin tins lined with baking paper. I make six large muffins but you could do 12 small ones
Bake the 6 large for about 20 minutes at 180 C or 350 F. If you make 12 small ones probably about 12 minutes will do it. You can tell they are ready when they are springy on top.
Remove from oven when cooked and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
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This recipe is one of my favourites – I love a good vegetarian Chilli as a comfort food, and a chilli that has chocolate in it is even better. I have been making this recipe for 20 or so years now. It tastes even better the next day when the flavours have really infused so if you are making it for friends you can make it the day before they come over.
Chilli Non Carne
You will need
2 sticks of celery finely sliced, making sure to include the leaves which have all the flavour
1 large or 2 small capsicums diced, you want the pieces to be between .5 and 1 cm (1/4 inch), you don’t want them too large and chunky
2 cloves of garlic – I use double this at least but I do love garlic so feel free to use more if you are also a garlic lover
2 onions finely diced
2 dessertspoons of chilli paste (more or less if you want extra hot or mild)
2 dessertspoons of dried oregano
1 dessertspoon of cumin powder
A good slug of olive oil.
Pop all this on the stove to simmer until the onions are tender, stir occasionally and whilst its simmering away prepare:
4 cups of carrots diced finely as above or grated if you want a mushier texture. I like the carrots diced because I really enjoy carrot flavour but my Girls prefer the carrots grated.
1 400 g tin of kidney beans
1 400 g tin of diced tomatoes
When the onions are tender and all those spices have cooked and blended add the carrots, kidney beans and tomatoes and cook covered over low heat until the carrots are really cooked. Normally I like my veggies crunchy but for this recipe you really want those carrots to be soft and to absorb all the chilli flavour.
Usually cooking the carrots takes about 30 minutes. When cooked add,
50 grams of good quality dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of tomato paste or pesto
Stir until the chocolate has melted, the chocolate will give the chilli a lovely rich colour and deeper flavour.
Serve with coriander (cilantro) salsa, sour cream or greek yogurt and rice or corn chips
Combine in equal proportions:
diced avacado, cucumber and tomato
Sprinkle with lemon juice and lightly toss through 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander
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My Aunt used to make this dessert every Christmas and I loved it. She was a strict Baptist so she never added the sin bit that I’ve put in – but my attraction to sin always did make me the black sheep of the family.
Its super quick to whip up.
500 grams of chopped strawberries ( don’t make the pieces too small) halves is usually okay unless they are those enormous G.M strawberries that the supermarket shelves are now full of.
1 sliced banana
1/4 cup of liqueur , – there’s the dash of sin. I used limoncello but cointreau would work, as would grand marnier, brandy, champagne etc. If you don’t want the alcohol you can omit it.
Leave this to marinade for about 1 hour in the fridge
2 cups of chopped marshmallows
1 cup of grated eating chocolate, I used Lindt Dark Strawberry Intense, but Toblerone would be great or Lindt Dark Chilli Chocolate.
300 mlx of thickened cream whipped
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mint
Gently combine this with the fruit.
Serve in a glass and sprinkle fresh mint on top – voila – a kinda healthy dessert – well it has got fruit in it so that means no calories right?
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I lived on this soup when I was a poor art student in the late 70’s. I dressed in bright green tights and retro 1930’s dresses from the op shop, lived on a student allowance of $70 a fortnight and made gallons of this soup. I passed on this recipe to my youngest son who is at present a poor Jazz Piano student at the Conservatorium in another state (God I miss him!) . This soup is great because you can use it as a base and add anything you like to it according to your budget. It’s super healthy and so now I am putting it here for my son Seth who is an actor on the other side of the world in L.A. (God I miss him!) ,
Into a large pot place one and half cups of each of the following vegetables:
1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
A good lug of olive oil – about 4 tablespoons
salt and pepper
Fry everything for about 5 minutes stirring often. Its really important not to skip this step, this is what really brings out all the lovely vegetable flavours.
500 g (1 lb) of the cheapest bones you can find, lamb, beef, oxtail, ham hock, chicken anything is fine. I used lamb bones today but I just use what ever is cheapest. If you want a vegetarian soup leave out the bones but add some lentils or other legumes instead.
2 litres of vegetable stock, you can use the ready made stock or you can use powder or cubes and water which is what I did.
Bring to the boil then simmer gently for one hour.
Remove the bones. The dog is waiting patiently for the bones, this is the dog with his I’m being good waiting for those bones face
Chop a bunch of parsley and add to the soup – this will taste great and give you a really good shot of iron.
Serve sprinkled generously with parmesan or tasty cheese.
Things I sometimes add to this soup are
bacon pieces, lentils, white legumes like haricot beans, other veggies like potato, yams, zucchini etc.
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This is Peter’s favourite curry – the one he asks for as his birthday dinner. Here it is for Seth who is looking for yummy veggie meals for those trying to live on a budget in L.A, and all the rest of you who want to try a really yummy, easy vegetarian curry.
1 chopped onion
1 chopped capsicum
1 teaspoon of seed mustard
1 dessertspoon of curry paste ( more or less to taste)
2 dessertspoons of dark brown sugar, (I hate to use sugar but it really does bring out the lovely sweetness of the pumpkin)
1 dessertspoon of lemon juice
2 heaped dessertspoons of sultanas (preferably sun dried no sodium nitrates which are super bad for you)
1/2 cup of cashews
a few lugs of olive or cocoanut oil
Throw all these into a good sized pot and stir over heat until the aromatic smells combine into deliciousness and start to fill your house and make you all hungry, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and leave to sauté whilst you prepare the veggies.
1 large tomato chopped
1 zucchini (courgette) chopped
200 grams of mushrooms sliced
1/2 butternut pumpkin chopped unevenly, (this is so the smaller pieces become mushy saucy bits whilst the larger bits retain their shape)
Add all these to the spices and stir well, still sautéing for a few minutes so the spices coat the vegetables. Its really important to sauté it all to really give the pumpkin its nuttiness. Then pop on the lid and keeping on low simmer for 30 minutes or until the larger pieces of butternut are cooked. It doesn’t matter if the smaller bits get a bit mushy as you want that – they will become part of the curry sauce.
When the butternut pumpkin is cooked add 270 mls of cocoanut cream and 4 dessertspoons of chopped fresh coriander (more or less to taste – I love coriander so there is never enough for me).
Sprinkle chopped roasted cashews on top
Serve with microwaved pappadums and rice
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This is a such an easy salad to toss together, so healthy and fresh and it’s my girls favourite salad. Often if I’m short of time I take short cuts and use store bought dukkah and sesame dressing. I’m including my recipe for dukkah and dressing so if you want to make the whole thing yourself you can.
This make 4 ample serves for hungry eaters.
500 grams of Chicken fillets
4 eggs boiled for 8 minutes
4 freshly cooked baby beetroots
1 bunch of freshly steamed asparagus (don’t over cook it, you want a crispness to it)
4 handfuls of fresh salad greens of any type
1/2 cup of sesame and pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
Dukkah – or make your own (recipe below)
Japanese creamy sesame dressing (or make your own)
Ingredients for the Dukkah
4 tablespoons of pistachios (almond, hazelnuts are a good alternative)
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of coriander seeds
1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of pepper
4 good slices of lemon peel
Throw all this into a food processor and blitz, (adjust the pepper if you don’t like it too hot)
2 dessertspoons of tahini
1/4 cup of sesame oil
3 dessertspoons of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
mix the oil into the tahini, slowly add the lemon juice so it doesn’t curdle, add salt and pepper
Making the Salad
Coat the chicken strips in the dukkah and fry until cooked and golden brown.
Peel the hard boiled eggs, rinse but don’t dry and coat each egg in the dukkah.
Cut the eggs into four pieces
Place a handful of greens on each plate.
Add the beetroot, asparagus, egg, chicken strips.
Sprinkle with the pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Drizzle with the dressing.
Happy Days! The Neal family favourite salad
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My baby daughter (okay she is 17 so maybe not a baby) is off to the other side of the world – to Italy and she wants to make a Fair Dinkum Aussie Meal for her host family. She decided there was nothing more Fair Dinkum Aussie than Shepherds Pie and asked me for my recipe.
So why do I call it Hidden Shepherds Pie – I have been making this one for years and when the kids were little they never picked up on the hidden veggies and lentils which add to the texture. But its not just stuff kids don’t like that are hidden in here – there are also yummy slices of Tomatoes and Cheese.
It looks like a lot of ingredients but it is really quite simple to make.
The secret to this recipe is it tastes even better the next day.
This serves 6-8 people.
2 – 4 cloves of Garlic (depending on taste – we are 8 cloves kinda people)
2 Tablespoons of fresh Herbs or 1 tablespoon of dried Mixed Herbs. For fresh I used rosemary, thyme and oregano because that is what grows on my back porch.
1 Stick of Celery sliced thinly
1 kg of Minced (Ground) meat. We use Kangaroo – its low fat, cheap and ecologically sound in Australia. Kangaroos breed prolifically and don’t hurt our environment. You can use Lamb or Beef just as easily
I Grated Carrot
I cup of Peas fresh or frozen
1 can of Lentils
2 Tablespoons of any Gluten Free Flour
2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Red Wine (more if like me you want to have a glass while you cook) or Balsamic Vinegar
4 generous Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
3 Cups of Diced Sweet Yellow Potato or Yams or Butternut Pumpkin
4 Cups of Diced Potato’s
Sliced or Grated Mature Tasty Cheese
Let’s Make it
In a deep saucepan fry the onion, garlic and herbs in a good lug of olive oil until the onion is transparent. Then add the meat, grated carrot, celery and peas and continue frying until the meat is cooked.
Remove from the heat.
Add the flour and stir thoroughly so lumps don’t form. Then add the Lentils, Soy, Worcestershire, Red Wine or Balsamic and the Tomato Paste.
Pour into a deep baking dish and pat flat.
Cover the meat with slices of fresh tomato
Cover the tomato with a yummy layer of Tasty Cheese.
Boil the diced Potato until cooked soft enough to mash.
Mash the potato with Olive oil (I used 3 tablespoons of Oil) – you want a soft but firm consistency.
Place the mashed potato on top of the cheese and spread evenly with a fork
If you want to you can drizzle olive oil or grated cheese over the potato to assist browning.
Bake 20 minutes @ 350F
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Remember school – for me it was just like the movie “Mean Girls” where the bullies always seem to get everything they want and the good girls (that was me – super goody goody) get trampled on. All my kids are the good kids and I always tell them that it turns around when you’re adults but I don’t know that’s really true or we wouldn’t need all those workplace bullying laws.
Anyway school can be tough. And what do us mothers do when we can’t solve our kids problems for them – we feed them up instead so that at least they will stay strong. So I made these for my daughters lunch box, a nice cheer up treat that is also super healthy for any work or school lunchbox – AND – They are super easy to make, I think all up it took me 10 minutes to throw these together.
These Bliss Balls are fruit free because like many people my kids really hate dried fruits.
1 cup of ground almond meal or other ground nuts (almond is technically not a nut but a kernel)
2 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 teaspoon of treacle or golden syrup or honey (make sure its a very generous teaspoonful)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
3 tablespoons of coconut flakes or shreds
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
125 ml of tahini or peanut butter (tahini is a good option because peanut butter is not allowed at some schools due to allergies)
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 generous tablespoon of cocoa powder
toasted shredded coconut to roll. (to toast the coconut I pop it into a fry pan and gently heat stirring occasionally till it starts to brown. You have to watch it though because once it browns it will do it quickly and will continue to brown after you remove it from the heat)
Making the Bliss Balls
Throw everything together in a food processor and blitz till it holds together.
With wet hands roll mixture into balls and roll to cover in the toasted coconut and refrigerate.
And your done 🙂
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It is so difficult to make gluten free pastry that stays together when cooked and doesn’t taste like thongs (flip flops for non aussies).
This recipe for pastry is fantastic, its rich and buttery and crisp. So I have used it to make a traditional Apple Pie.
Shortcrust Pastry Dough
1 cup of Ground Almonds
2 Cups of Plain Gluten Free Flour
2/3 Cup of icing sugar
200 g of cold butter or margarine
Crumb together the flour, almonds, icing sugar and butter. Then add the egg and with floured hands work into a dough. Now for non gluten free dough you would pop it in the fridge at this stage and let it rest but I find that just doesn’t work with gluten free flour and the sooner you use it the better and the less you work it the better.
Saving 1/3 of the dough for the top of the pie roll out the remaining dough.
So I roll it out straight away on baking paper and use the same baking paper to line the pie tin, so I just lift the whole thing into the pie tin and trim any edges that need trimming. Its good to do it this way because even though this pastry is yummy, its still gluten free which means its a pain in the you know what to work with. Cover the pie with baking paper and pop in your blind baking balls and bake in a warm oven 180c/350F for 12 minutes. Remove the ceramic balls and let the shell cool.
8 Granny Smith Apples
I made a thick custard and once cool spooned it into the bottom of the pie dish. But you don’t have to, you can just go full on apples.
I used thinly sliced granny smiths (green apples). Make sure to cut all the cores out thoroughly or they will taste like toe nails in the pie.
In a pot cook the sliced apple with a cinnamon stick and the zest of one lemon for no more than 10 minutes. You want the apple softened but still firm so it doesn’t turn mushy. Drain the apple and let it cool before adding to the pie.
Add the cooled apple to the pie. Now you can either lattice the top or completely cover the pie with dough (if you do this make sure you make fork holes for hot air to escape), decorate the top however you want to, let your imagination run wild and create a painting on top of the pie. The rolled out pastry will still need supporting as you place it on the pie. I actually cut strips right through the baking paper and the dough and supporting the dough with the paper turned them onto the pie.
I used natural food colouring for the rose buttons.
Bake the pie again for 20 minutes.
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So I had a really crap week, really bad, I felt really screwed over by someone I cared about and I may have spent several days lying around with tissues and ice-cream or not :).
Then my friend Louie set me a challenge, could I make a gluten free fruit tart?
There is nothing better when you feel like crap than to cook something that is celebratory and forces you smile just by looking at it and fruit tarts are such bursts of colour.
So I took up Louie’s challenge.
The first two efforts went in the bin, despite using flour assured by the manufacturer, was perfect for gluten free pastry. The outcomes were like most gluten free pastry, rubbery enough to re-tread a tyre.
So I then I had a light bulb moment and here is what I came up with for Louie.
And if you live in Cairns and want to try the real thing – the actual tart I made, you can do so at the gorgeous Louie’s gorgeous café – Tosca’s at Earlville. (P.S thanks Louie for cheering me up)
I made this with a lovely zingy lemon filling but I will also give you the recipe for a chocolate
1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut
butter for greasing
2 tablespoons of marmalade jam
for lemon filling
250 mls of cream
250 gr of cream cheese
100 gr of lemon curd/butter
for chocolate filling
250 mls of cream
1 cup of chopped chocolate good quality
To Make the Tart Shell
You will need to really grease with butter or margarine a pie/tart tin.
The best to use is one with a removable side.
Now you can’t grease this enough. Its really important every part of the tin is well greased.
Separate 3 eggs. Put the yolks aside (don’t tip them out you will need them) and mix the egg whites with one and a half cups of shredded coconut.
Gently spread this over the bottom and sides of the tin. It will be quite a thin layer. But egg white is an excellent binder. Artists used to use it as a medium to paint with by mixing egg whites and pigments.
Put it in a slow over around 160C until it browns. Leave to cool.
To Make the Filling
In a saucepan mix together 250g of cream cheese, 4 generous tablespoons of lemon curd/butter and 250 mls of cream. Stir this together over a low heat until there are no lumps and it is runny or alternatively mix it all up in a blender. Continuing over a low heat mix in the 3 egg yolks. Continue stirring over a low heat until you see the first sign of reaching a boil. Its important to keep stirring, you dont want the egg to cook, you dont want the filling to catch on the bottom of the saucepan and burn or create lumps.
Remove and leave to cool a little.
Putting it altogether
Pour the filling into the pie shell and pop it in the fridge to really cool.
Once cool decorate with fresh fruits and glaze.
Bring to the boil 2 tablespoons of marmalade jam/jelly.
With a pastry brush gently brush the hot jam over the fruit.
Decorate with fresh mint leaves.
Melt together I cup of chopped dark chocolate (good quality) and 250 mls of cream Add the egg yolks Stir continuously until the first sign of boiling as above.
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I was going to post some delicious gluten free biscuit (cookies for non aussies) recipes but instead I have decided to go healthy. This recipe for Quinoa Frittatas is one I make for my daughters for their school lunches. They are full of yummy veggies, cheese and what is life without cheese? and of course Quinoa an excellent source of protein, fibre, carbs etc.
This is a super healthy but super yummy recipe.
This recipe will make 12 Quinoa Frittatas in a large muffin pan
Cook 1 cup of quinoa in a saucepan with 2 1/2 cups of water and one vegetable gluten free stock cube. I use Massels stock cubes which also have no nasties like msg.
1/2 cup of gluten free self raising flour. I use white wings but any brand or type is fine.
salt – just a pinch
Herbs, just a handful chopped well, I use what ever is growing well in my pot plants on the back verandah, today is was oregano and thyme.
6 cups of mixed finely diced or grated vegetables. I used mushroom, grated zucchini, capsicum, spanish onion, carrot – what ever you have on hand will work. I have used grated sweet potato which was yum.
2 cups of cheese, I use 1 cup of tasty and 1 cup of shredded parmesan
Combine this and spoon into 12 lined large muffin pans.
Sprinkle a little cheese on top.
Cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
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I made these for my daughter’s class when she had to take morning tea to share. She said the kids loved them and ate them before the junk food. I make them for the ultimate in comfort food on a cold afternoon in front of a movie, or afternoon tea with friends.
The recipe is actually based on an old school text book from the 60’s and 70’s called ‘Cookery the Australian Way’. I wanted to do Wood-work but only the boys were allowed so I had to learn to make exciting dishes like fried liver, junket and arrowroot custard – then one day we got to make butterscotch scones and they were delicious.
I have changed the recipe quite a bit to accommodate gluten free flours but these goodies owe their heritage to a falling apart school text book.
125g butter (not margarine)
125g dark brown sugar
3 cups of Self Raising Gluten Free flour
300g Sour Cream
Making the Salted Caramel
1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy – add salt to taste and set aside
Making the Scone Dough
1.Combine the eggs and sour cream and add to the 3 cups of flour. Mix well and then with floured hand knead into a ball of dough.
2. Place the dough on a floured sheet of baking paper. Sprinkle some flour on top and place another sheet of baking paper over the top.
3. Roll the dough out between the two sheets of paper into a rectangle approximately 40cms long, 25 cms wide and .5cm thick (5mm).
4. Spread the caramel evenly over the dough
5. Roll from the long side into a 40cm long roll (like a long sausage)
6. With a sharp floured knife slice into 2cm thick slices and lay flat on a baking tray
7. Bake in a hot oven of 200o Celsius for about 10 mins
8. Wait till they have cooled a bit before removing from tray but they are hard to resist and usually get eaten as soon as they are cool enough for fingers to grab
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Yes my son ate 5 bowls of this Gnocchi in one sitting (he has grown to over 6ft tall – maybe it was the Gnocchi). It’s his favourite dish. I make this with a Gorgonzola sauce and prosciutto crumble but my kids do like really strong flavours, if yours don’t you could just as easily use parmesan or tasty cheese instead of Gorgonzola and make the dish veggo by omitting the prosciutto crumble and using parmesan or herbs to garnish.
For the Gnocchi
2 cups of sweet golden potato (sometimes called yam or kumara)
2 cups of white potato (I like Desiree)
1 cup of Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
3 heaped teaspoons of Herbs (I used fresh Parsley, Chives and Oregano from my pot plant garden because that’s what I had, you could also use Basil)
For the Sauce
2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
1 cup of sour cream
100g of Gorgonzola (or other cheese)
1/2 cup of vegetable stock (I use Massels, it has no nasties and is gluten free)
To finish off
3 tablespoons of prosciutto fried till crisp and crumbled or grated parmesan or chopped fresh herbs
Chopped Baby Spinach
Making the Gnocchi
1. Dice and cook the potatoes till soft, drain and cool. Whilst cooling I make the sauce.
2. Once cooled mash the potato very well
3. Add 1 egg
4. Add flour 1/3rd at a time and mix in well
5. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and then bring it down to simmer
6. Using floured fingers and a floured teaspoon, gently take teaspoons of the potato mixture and form them into Gnocchi shapes – don’t overwork them or they will become heavy.
7. Carefully drop them into the simmering water, don’t overload the saucepan.
8. When Gnocchi have floated to the top let them cook for 1 – 2 mins before removing with a slotted spoon. Don’t let them cook for any longer or they will become soggy.
9. Place the Gnocchi on a bed of chopped baby spinach (so your kids get some greens and because baby spinach is sooo yummy) and pour the sauce over the gnocchi, garnish and serve
Making the sauce
1. In a saucepan fry the garlic till browning
2. Add sour cream and stir regularly till melted
2. Crumble in the Gorgonzola and melt whilst stirring regularly
3. Add the vegetable stock
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My daughter says this slice is so good she would give up meat for veggie food like this and she asked me to make it two nights in a row. It’s super easy so have a go!
3 heaped cups of Mixed Veggies (I used spring onions, asparagus, parsley, corn, spinach and potato but have added others and basically use what I have in the fridge)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup of sour cream
200g of Fetta (I love Danish fetta because of its creaminess)
1 cup of shredded parmesan plus a bit extra for on top
3 tablespoons of Pesto
6 tablespoons of Gluten Free Corn Cous Cous (or GF breadcrumbs)
1. Lightly cook the veggies until they are just tender (you don’t want them to go mushy when baked). Drain very well.
2. Sprinkle the cous cous over the base of an 8 inch, well buttered or oiled square baking dish. The cous cous will form a base for the slice.
3. Mix together until there are no lumps (well maybe only a few, it’s hard to get rid of them all) the eggs, fetta, sour cream, parmesan and pesto
4. Sprinkle the drained veggies over the cous cous
5. Pour the mixture over the top and shake a little so it gets in around the veggies
6. Sprinkle the extra parmesan (and some tomato slices if you feel like it) over the top
7. Bake for 25 minutes at 180C
8. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving
It tastes even better the next day for brunch!!!
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Welcome to my Gluten Free Recipe Blog.
So I am starting this blog with my kids favourite recipe. Aussie Meat Pie with an epic gluten free pastry. I thought I would bring my kids up to be good Vegetarians and to entice them I made them Apricot Tofu instead of Apricot Chicken which they declared was yuk! and Kidney Bean Bolognaise which was yukker! and eventually I gave in to their demands for meat. Mince is without a doubt the easiest meat to cook, especially for an ex veggo.
My Coeliac daughter bemoans the lack of gluten free comfort food – (as she’s a bit of a carnivore) especially a good yummy gluten free aussie meat pie.
So I made her this one.
Credit where credit is due it was inspired by Jamie Oliver – thanks for the cream cheese idea Jamie – it’s great for holding gluten free flour together.
I thought there would be left overs but it all got gobbled up.
I served this pie in Aussie tradition with Mash, Gluten Free Gravy and Peas.
200 grams of Gluten Free Self Raising Flour. (I use Organ)
100 grams of Cream Cheese
100 grams of butter
A good splosh of Olive Oil
600 grams of lamb mince (you can use beef)
1 large onion – red/purple onion is best because of their sweetness
2 teaspoons of French mustard grained
1 Tablespoons of GF Soy Sauce (I use Kikomans)
3 Tablespoons of GF Worcestershire Sauce (I use Spring Gully)
2 extra Tablespoons of GF Flour
140 gram tub of Tomato Paste
1 heaped cup of grated carrot
1 Gluten Free beef stock cube (I use Massels)
2 Tablespoons of Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
Prep Time 20 mins.
Making the Pastry
Now normally you would use plain flour in this recipe but I rarely use plain flour for any Gluten Free flour item because anything using GF flour tends to be heavy. So to combat that I nearly always use Self Raising.
Put the 200 grams of Self Raising Flour into a food processor with the 100 grams of cream cheese and 100 grams of butter and pulse process until thoroughly mixed. It won’t form a lump like ordinary flour but will form granules like bread crumbs. Tip it into a bowl and then form a ball of the pastry with your hands.
Put the pastry into glad wrap or aluminium foil, seal and put it in the fridge. I use aluminium foil because I think that plastics leach into our food and we don’t want that! Leave it in the fridge whilst you make the filling.
Making the Filling
Leave the pan on the stove for all these steps, I am a patient cooker and use a low gas setting.
Finely chop or process the onion.
Put the onion into the olive oil in a pan and fry till browning or at least translucent. Stir occasionally.
Add the mince and fry until browned, continue to occasionally stir.
Add the 1 heaped cup of grated carrot, stir well.
Add the 2 teaspoons of mustard, the 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, sprinkle in the crumbled stock cube, add the 140 grams of tomato paste and stir to combine.
Sprinkle the extra 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour over the top then stir really well and cook for a minute to cook the flour to remove the flour taste and thicken the filling.
Remove from the stove top, cover and set aside to cool.
Don’t worry that the carrot isn’t cooked.
It will be by serving time.
When the filling is room temperature remove the pastry from the fridge.
Now this is the tricky bit with Gluten Free flour. Put the pastry onto one sheet of baking paper and work the pastry until it is soft and warm and pliable again.
Then push it into a round shape and flatten it out as much as you can without over working the pastry.
Put a sheet of baking paper over the top of the pastry and roll it out the rest of the way until it will cover the top of the pie dish.
Put the filling in the pie dish.
Keeping the pastry on the baking paper gently tip it onto the filling then chuck out the baking paper and with a fork make some holes in the pastry for air to escape and scallop the edge if you like. It’s really important to use the baking paper to support the pastry while you get it on the filling, gluten free pastry is extra crumbly.
Bake for 20mins at 180C 350F