Ever since my journey into grain free cooking first began, I have seen recipes for grain free rice options and ignored them all. I kind of giggle to my self because, until just recently I have found the thought quite weird, maybe even a bit disgusting. Nothing against cauliflower. I quite enjoy cauli. I just couldn’t imagine it masquerading as a grain nor did I feel the need to pretend it was one. I was completely happy with a pile of veggies on my plate.…
Lacto-Fermented Fruity Beetroot Pickle.
Spruce up your bacon and eggs with a little magenta magic!
As a child, we always had homemade pickled beetroot in the fridge. My dad was a big fan of this plate staining addition to his daily ploughman-style lunch. He sliced them up in big batches as if they were straight from a ‘Family circle’ can. Although not quite as sweet, they were also a vinegar and sugar based pickle.
Sure this method preserved the beetroot and meant my dad could enjoy his beloved beet out of season, but it did little in the way of preserving nutrients. Beetroot are the bomb! They are crazy healthy. I’ve detailed that in this Roast Beetroot post. What a shame dad’s method lost much of the health promoting juice down the drain after he cooked them.
Like sauerkraut, beetroot pickle needs nothing other than salt and water. (Or whey if you have it) Old fashioned lacto-fermentation preserves and enhances the beetroot raw. No cooking is required!…
It has taken me a long time to write about sauerkraut. Some might wonder why it wasn’t one of my first posts. It’s because I’ve been nervous, probably as nervous as anyone who is considering fermenting for the first time. But thankfully I can now dispel your sauerkraut making fear. It’s easy!…
Beauty and the Beetroot.
Beetroot is a prehistoric vegetable packed with nutrients that too often gets left off our plates. They are a vital source of ‘good’ carbohydrate and sugar that will give you loads of energy.
I love beetroot because they are naturally sweet. In fact beetroot have the highest sugar content of any vegetable! So kids should love them….
Sweet Indian Coriander chutney.
This is officially the last of my coriander! I promise. 3 posts later I have finally used it all up; Coriander salsa, BBQ coriander lamb and this! Lucky, I never get sick of coriander.
This coriander chutney has an authentic Indian taste. I can’t help but feel transported to my samosa eating past. The smell alone induces intense traveling memories. India does that though hey?…
Fill up on good fat Guacamole
My husband thought it ridiculous that I wanted to post a guacamole recipe. “Everyone knows how to make guacamole”, he declared. Sure, I thought, they might be true but do they know just how extraordinarily good it is for them? So, it’s from this angle that I bring you the true ‘fat’ on guacamole! And for those who aren’t guacamole savvy the recipe is for you. I hope you enjoy my twist – I’ve added just a bit extra fat too!
Avocado is a good friend of mine because it’s been a saviour in our house. This special green mushy fruit saved me from years of parenting anxiety. You see, my son was (is) a frustratingly fussy eater. Fortunately he’s always loved avocado. His little body was wise to its nutritional bounty. Once he was off the boob, avocado was pretty much all he ate, lunch and dinner, for the first 2 years of his life….
This simple Cauliflower curry is a tasty light dish on its own but I made it on this occasion to accompany the Cardamon Lamb Curry which is one of my families favorite slow cooked meals.
I made this curry in the morning and then reheated it in the oven that evening to serve. The cauliflower became quite soft but it was incredibly tasty. The Indian spices had definately intensified over the day. I always prefer curry’s the following day.
Homemade yoghurt and plenty of fresh coriander and mint made it a stand out dish. I was surprised how much my kids enjoyed it too – they wrapped pieces of cauliflower up in a buckwheat wrap and had a lot of fun with it. Messy and delicious!…
Homemade Sticky Hoisin pulled pork with Asian slaw and buckwheat wraps
I’m not naturally a big fan of pork but made ‘sticky’ and ‘slow’ it enters an entirely new meaty territory on my palette. There is just something about Asian flavours and pork that is truly pleasing. I can’t pass on sticky pulled pork. This recipe would work just as well in a slow cooker. …