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Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

So here it is, possibly one of the most loved curries of the British, the Chicken Tikka Masala and boy is it delicious! This is ultimate comfort food at it’s best! In fact it is thought to have originated in the an Indian restaurant in the UK! You can read more about that here.

This dish doesn’t take a particular amount of skill to make but it will require you to marinade your chicken the night before if you want it to taste that little bit more special. You will then have to bake it before making your masala sauce.

This curry is pretty spicy so if you’re not a spice fiend just add 1/4-1/2 tsp of chilli powder to your masala rather than the 1/2 tbsp.

Most of all – enjoy!!!

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 20 minutes (plus overnight wait for marinating chicken)

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the marinated chicken:

3 cloves garlic (peeled)
2″ piece of root ginger (peeled)
Seeds from 5 green cardamom pods
1/4 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg or mace
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground red chilli powder
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 cup coconut yogurt
Juice 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp good quality olive oil
500g chicken breast (cubed)
2 tbsp raw grass-fed butter (to baste)

For the masala sauce:

4 large tomatoes
3/4 cup tomato purée (roughly 200g)
2 cups of water
2 garlic cloves (peeled)
1″ piece root ginger (peeled)
1 green chilli (deseeded & finely diced)
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (ground)
1/2-3/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt (dependent upon your tastes)
1 tsp whole cloves
1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
6 green cardamom pods (crushed)
2 tbsp raw grass-fed butter
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp raw honey

To garnish:

Small piece of root ginger (julienned)
Small handful of fresh coriander (roughly chopped)

Method:

  1. The night before cooking start by making the marinade for your chicken. In a pestle and mortar grind your garlic, root ginger and spices into a paste
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together the coconut yogurt, lemon juice and olive oil. Add in your spice paste and mix thoroughly. Add your cubed chicken breast and mix until covered evenly. Cover the bowl in cling film and place into the fridge overnight.
  3. The following day pre-heat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4 and place your marinated chicken into a pyrex/baking dish.
  4. Melt your butter and set aside.
  5. Bake the chicken for 10 minutes but give it a quick stir and baste it twice with some of the melted butter. Drain off the excess marinade and juices and baste with the remaining melted butter. Return to the oven for a couple more minutes until it is lightly golden on the outside but still slightly undercooked. Remove from the oven and leave to one side.
  6. In a pestle and mortar grind your ginger and garlic into a smooth paste.
  7. In a large saucepan combine the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and water. Stir until evenly mixed then add your ginger and garlic paste, diced green chilli, salt and the rest of the spices. Cook on a low heat for roughly 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and become very thick. Remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Strain the sauce through a large sieve into another container. Pour the strained sauce back into the saucepan and then bring to the boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to a low heat and then add the butter, coconut milk and raw honey. Stir thoroughly.
  10. Stir in the chicken and warm through.
  11. Serve up and garnish with ginger juliennes and chopped fresh coriander.

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Paleo Spicy Cumin, Ginger, Lime & Roasted Queen Squash Soup

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I have had a Queen squash staring me in the face all week and I couldn’t decide what to do with it – that was until the weather became horrid which naturally led to me craving soup!

It is very rare these days that I get to indulge in a little bit of spice with my food, I mean real wholesome spice! You know, the kind that makes your nose run and your heart pump like a lion. As the baby was having her nap I thought I could sneak my lunch in before she woke up and so I got to work.

This soup is creamy, spicy, has a little tang and a whole lot of flavour, and what I like the most about it is the fact that I do not have to use any stock – I am actually a very lazy cook, I can’t be bothered with stock and if I were going to bother I would be making it from scratch, and I only use vegetable stock – I hate literally any meat stock.

This recipe will require you to roast your squash and some garlic first but it is pretty effortless. You will also need a food processor or immersion blender!

If you’re a bit shy on the spice you might want to use half the amount of chilli as it is at the higher end of ‘medium’. Anyway enough of my blabbing, get to work on this perfect Winter warmer!!!

Serves: 4-6 people

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hr 05 minutes

Ingredients:

For the soup:

1 queen squash
4 cloves garlic
4 tbsp good quality olive oil
5 shallots (peeled & roughly chopped)
1 red chilli (diced)
2″ root ginger (peeled & sliced)
4 tbsp raw grass-fed butter (can be substituted with 2 tbsp coconut manna 2 tbsp coconut oil)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
500ml water
250ml nut or diluted coconut milk
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
A generous handful of fresh coriander

For the garnish:

A few sprigs of fresh coriander
Cracked black peppercorns
Oil of your choice

Method:

  1. Firstly you will need to roast your squash. Pre-heat your oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5.
  2. To prepare your squash, wash it thoroughly and cut in half. Scoop out all of the seeds with a spoon and then cut each half once more so that you have quarters.
  3. Place your squash quarters onto a baking tray and pour 1 tbsp of olive oil onto each quarter. Brush the oil evenly all over the bottom, top and sides of the squash.
  4. Using the back of a knife carefully bash your cloves of garlic to loosen everything up and get the flavours going. Do not remove the skin! Place the garlic on top of each squash segment and lightly brush a little oil on top.
  5. Place into the oven for 30-45 minutes until soft all the way through and slightly browned/caramelised around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  6. Once cool enough to handle peel away the skin and cut the squash into cubes and set aside until needed later.
  7. Now start prepping your shallots, chilli and ginger. In a large, heavy bottomed pan melt 2 tbsp of your butter until frothy and add your shallots, chilli and ginger. Now peel your roasted garlic cloves and add to the pan. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Add your cubed squash, spices and Himalayan pink salt and stir. Cook for around 10 minutes on a low heat until lightly caramelised.
  9. Now pour in your water, nut milk and lime zest. Leave to simmer until almost all of the liquid has reduced. Remove from the head and pour into a food processor.
  10. Add your remaining butter and lime juice and process until smooth. You may have to do this in batches depending upon the size of your food processor!
  11. Add your handful of fresh coriander (stalks and all) and pulse in until lightly chopped.
  12. Serve immediately, drizzle with an oil of your choice and garnish, or reheat when ready to eat! You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days or alternatively freeze and use within one month.

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Paleo Lemon Cardamom Broccoli & Kale with Toasted Almonds

Paleo Lemon Broccoli

I didn’t want to keep this one under wraps anymore. I love my veggies but I have noticed that nobody ever eats enough veggies when they are Paleo. All I ever see is meat with a tiny, negligible portion of veg on the side. So I thought maybe you guys could do with getting some greens down your gullet!

I have this great story book I used to read to my two older kiddies when they were much much younger (and now Anya) called Vegetable Glue. It is about a little girl who never eats her veggies and various body parts drop off because she doesn’t – she finds out that vegetables contain glue that keep all of your body parts stuck together. It really is great. But this book does actually have a brilliant point, the largest portion on your plate should always be veggies! I won’t write a whole lot of waffle here but if you want to know why you should eat your greens check out this link.

Now onto the dish itself! This is a much loved side dish in my house by everyone – my kids absolutely adore it! The best thing about this is it takes about 15 minutes to make without too much faffing around and the flavours are bold yet have a nice depth to them to keep your taste buds tantalised! As this is rather clean tasting you can pair it up with most food, it goes well with Asian dishes especially, and super well with fish.

So here it is, I hope you enjoy it!

Paleo Lemon Broccoli

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

75g almonds
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 cloves garlic (finely diced)
Seeds of 6 cardamom pods
3/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 medium head of broccoli (approx. 350g)
250g kale (shredded)
Zest & juice of 1 lemon

Method:

  1. Start by preparing your almonds. Pre-heat your oven to 180C and evenly spread your almonds onto a baking sheet, it doesn’t have to be lined but if you’d prefer to it won’t cause any problems either. Place into the oven and cook for around 10 minutes (give or take a couple of minutes depending on your oven), but be sure to check a couple of times on them and give them a little stir about. They will be done when they are nice and golden brown (an aroma usually comes out of the oven when they’re ready).
  2. Start by chopping your broccoli into florets, and cut the nice meaty stem into round slices and then quarters.
  3. Peel and finely dice your garlic. In a wok (or large frying pan) melt your coconut oil on a medium to high heat. Place the garlic and cardamom seeds into the oil and fry for 30 seconds until the seeds begin to pop a little and the garlic is golden. Now add your broccoli and Himalayan pink salt. Fry the broccoli for a good 5-6 minutes being sure to turn it over until it is slightly charred on each side.
  4. Whilst your broccoli is cooking give your almonds a quick check and turn and place your shredded kale into a colander and wash it under warm water if you haven’t already. Give it a quick massage to really get the flavours going.
  5. Add your kale to the broccoli mix and stir evenly. Reduce to a low heat. Place a large saucepan lid on top of the vegetables and steam for 1 minute. Remove the lid and remove from the heat.
  6. Remove your almonds from the oven and leave to cool for a minute.
  7. Zest your lemon and stir the zest into the broccoli followed by the lemon juice.
  8. Roughly chop your almonds with a herb cutter or give a quick pulse in your food processor. Throw the almonds in and toss them about until evenly distributed. And there you have it! One tasty yet simple veggie dish!

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10-Minute Paleo Creamy Wild Mushroom & Herb Soup

Paleo Wild Mushroom Soup Paleo Wild Mushroom Soup

I made this soup today for my lunch as my other half hates mushrooms. It’s rare that I’ll get any mushrooms in and when I do my daughters usually steal them all!

This soup is like a sophisticated cream of mushroom soup. It’s creamy but it’s got a nice sweetness too it accompanied by a fab herby after taste. I’ve kept the recipe simple with minimal chopping and it’s designed to be fast enough to make but without forgoing the taste! It really is gorgeous!

Why not serve it up with some of my delicious Paleo Granary Bread?!

Serves: 2 people (or 1 greedy person like myself!)

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

25g raw salted grass-fed butter (or 2 tbsp coconut oil)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2-1 tsp finely ground black pepper
1 sprig of rosemary, thyme, & sage
100g wild mushrooms (I used Chanterelle)
1 tin (400ml) coconut milk
1 tbsp raw honey (or 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar)

Method:

  1. Start by finely chopping your garlic and red onion.
  2. Heat your butter in a heavy based medium pan on a low heat until melted.
  3. Once the butter begins to bubble add in your garlic and onion. Move around the pan coating everything evenly in the butter.
  4. Add your rosemary and thyme. Run your fingers in the opposite direction to the growth of the leaves and they should fall off quite easily.
  5. Tear your sage leaves roughly and add in. Stir everything thoroughly and heat until the onions have softened.
  6. Add your salt and pepper. 1/2 tsp of black pepper will give you a mild kick and 1 tsp will bring a nice heat to it.
  7. Now add your mushrooms and fry lightly for 1 minute. Be sure to stir frequently.
  8. Add your tin of coconut milk. Raise the heat to low-medium and bring to the boil.
  9. Once boiling lower to a simmer, add your raw honey and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat, serve up and drizzle with your favourite oil. Truffle oil works best but you can also use extra virgin olive, macadamia or avocado oil!

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Paleo Goan Fish Curry

Paleo Goan Fish Curry

Paleo Goan Fish Curry

I love star anise it is amazing! The scent is just beautiful and it transports you away onto some heavenly deserted island type place… Ok it doesn’t – that’s not possible, but what is possible is a party in your mouth. BOOM! Just make this. It is amazing!

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the curry:

2 star anise (dry roasted & ground)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 bulb garlic (peeled)
3″ piece of root ginger (peeled)
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp mild curry powder
1/2 tbsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground red chilli powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion (diced)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 tin tomatoes (or one large tomato diced)
1 tsp tamarind paste (or 1.5 tbsp lime juice)
400ml tin of coconut milk
600g pollock (cubed)

For the tarka:

3 tbsp coconut oil, raw grass-fed butter or ghee
1 tbsp black mustard seeds
Handful of curry leaves

For the garnish:

3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh coriander

Method:

  1. Start by dry roasting your star anise in a pan. They’ll be done when they start to let off a strong aroma and brown slightly.
  2. Remove and grind into a powder in a pestle and mortar or using the milling attachment you have on your blender or Nutribullet.
  3. Next add your salt, garlic and ginger and grind into a paste. Stir in your remaining spices.
  4. In a large wok melt your coconut oil and add in your spice paste. Fry on a low to medium heat until slightly browned. Be sure to keep the spice mix moving to prevent burning. (By now your kitchen should smell beautiful!)
  5. Add your diced onion and coconut sugar and fry until softened and slightly caramelised.
  6. Add your tinned tomatoes and apple cider vinegar and simmer over a low heat until it has reduced and you are left with a paste.
  7. Pour in the coconut milk and add your tamarind paste or lime juice. Simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken slightly. If it becomes too thick you can add in some extra water. I find that it is all down to personal preference.
  8. Add your pollock and cook for a further 5 minutes. You don’t want to over cook your fish otherwise it really kills this dish so be careful!
  9. Remove the curry from the heat and set aside.
  10. In a frying pan melt your coconut oil to prepare your tarka. Add your black mustard seeds and curry leaves. Cook until your mustard seeds start popping and jigging around the pan. Pour over your curry and listen to it sizzle!
  11. Finally sprinkle with some chopped coriander to garnish and serve up! Delicious!

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Paleo Granary Bread – Yup it’s Paleo and tastes like granary!!!

Paleo Granary Bread

So I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – I am NOT a bread fan! Really, I’m not even joking here. Having said that though, this has actually become my favourite thing to snack on.

I live in a mad house where things are non stop and I am continuously on the go. I’m often awake at 5am and don’t get to sit down until 8 or 9pm – it truly is that horrendous.  This usually means that I don’t have time to make any decent lunch or I will have to wait until much later to get any real food down me. Although bread is time consuming to make it is actually pretty simple and quite rewarding too. This is the ultimate nutrition packed bread for people on the go! (And for bambinos and kids too!)

Sukrin Flours

Sukrin coconut, sesame & almond flours.

I was very lucky to have received a bundle of goods from Sukrin to have a little play with and this is one of the very many things that I have created with their flours. I used their Almond Flour and Coconut Flour in this recipe. The difference with their flours in comparison to other mainstream ones is that they have a slightly reduced fat content (don’t worry this is done by cold pressing!) which makes them much finer and more malleable –  almost like real flour!

Makes: 1 small loaf

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Proving Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time: Roughly 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:

For the yeast mixture:

1 tbsp dried active yeast
60ml nut or coconut milk
60ml cold water
60ml boiling water
3 tbsp coconut sugar

For the bread mixture:

1 1/4 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup milled  flax seed
1.5 tbsp milled chia seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 to 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt (this really is down to personal preference)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
2 eggs
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
Small handful of sunflower seeds (to ‘decorate’)

Method:

  1. Firstly prepare your yeast mix. In a cup or measuring jug combine your milk, cold water & hot water.
  2. Stir in your yeast and coconut sugar until the coconut sugar begins to dissolve. Leave to stand for around 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine your tapioca, almond and coconut flours. Next add your flax seeds, milled chia seeds and sunflower seeds.
  4. Add your salt, baking powder and coconut sugar and stir until evenly distributed. (Sometimes I find it easier to just use a whisk!)
  5. Next add your melted coconut oil and eggs.
  6. Your yeast mixture should now have doubled in size. Give it a good stir and pour into the flour mixture.
  7. Now add your apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and mix until your have a nice tacky dough.
  8. Line a small loaf tin (mine is roughly 9″x5″ with greased parchment paper and transfer your dough. Grease your hands with a little coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking to you and  ‘knuckle’ the dough in until it is nice and even.
  9. Sprinkle over the remaining sunflower seeds and gently press into the dough.
  10. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to proof in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. This can be inside your oven with the light on or if you’re good at judging temperature pre-heat it for a few minutes with the door open.
  11. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees or Gas Mark 4.
  12. Place your bread in the oven.
  13. Your bread will be done once it is golden brown on top and has come away from the sides a little. The best way of testing this is to pop a sharp knife into the middle of the bread and if it comes out clean and boiling hot to the touch then it is ready!
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Remove the baking parchment and place the loaf back into the tin. This helps to crisp up the crust somewhat! Don’t leave in the oven for any longer than 5 minutes otherwise you will end up with a burnt loaf! I find that if you leave it to get to a dark brown colour it is perfect and does not in any way taste burnt!
  15. Remove from the oven, tip out of the loaf tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  16. Serve with some good old grass-fed raw butter and some soup – oooooooh yeah!

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Paleo Tahini Mixed Veggie Noodles & Sweet Egg Omelette

Tahini Noodles and Sweet Egg Omelette

So, the lovely people at the Caveman Kitchen sent me their Vegetable Spiraliser to have a play with and I created this wonderful meal!

It’s a sort of Middle Eastern and Asian fusion dish that I knocked together with all of my favourite ingredients I had left in my kitchen. It’s comforting, it’s flavoursome and it’s spicy!

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the ‘noodles’:

4 large carrots
4 courgettes
1 large aubergine
Juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp coconut oil (for frying)

For the tahini dressing:

Juice of 1 lime
6 garlic cloves (peeled)
3″ piece root ginger (peeled)
1/2 large bunch fresh coriander
5 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

For the sweet egg omelette:

9 free-range eggs
2 tbsp raw honey (melted)
3 tbsp coconut/liquid aminos
1 tsp coconut oil (for frying)

Optional seasonings:

1 tbsp Nanami Togarashi
1 tbsp sesame oil
Handful of chopped fresh coriander

Method:

  1. Spiralise your carrots and courgettes and place into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Slice your aubergine into slices lengthways and then slice again into thin ‘ribbons’. Place into the mixing bowl with the rest of your vegetables.
  3. Pour over your lime juice and mix thoroughly. Set aside until later.
  4. Now prepare your dressing. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside until you cook your noodles!
  5. For the omelette whisk together all of the ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  6. In a large frying pan melt your coconut oil over a low heat and pour in your egg mixture. Cook on a low heat for around 5 minutes. Once the top starts to look as though it is wanting to form transfer to a grill until fully set. Remove and set to one side.
  7. In a large wok melt your coconut oil over a medium heat. Transfer your veggie noodles and fry for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour over your tahini sauce and mix evenly. Reduce the heat to a low heat and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring every minute. Turn off the heat.
  9. Flip your omelette pan upside down over a chopping board. Fold the omelette into four or just simply roll the omelette up swiss roll style! Cut your omelette width ways into mouthsized chunks.
  10. Transfer your noodles into your serving dish, top with your sweet omelette and any of your desired toppings. Enjoy!!!

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Paleo Garlic, Olive & Rosemary Focaccia Bread

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So the wonderful people at Perfectly Paleo sent me some Sukrin Sesame Flour to create a bread with. We both decided that focaccia would be fab!

Now as you may (or may not know) I have never been a bread fan. Not even before I embarked upon a Paleo diet. Bread was always lifeless and weighty and I just didn’t like it. This bread though is lovely.  I actually really enjoyed this much to my own surprise. I put this down to the big flavour burst that you get from the little pockets of garlic and rosemary. Even my kids loved this and have been telling me that I should be baking this daily and putting it into their lunch boxes?!

What I like best about this bread is that it is gluten-free, grain-free & even nut-free!

It does however require yeast, so if you have cut yeast out completely from your diet you might find that you have a very flat bread indeed, but it will still be tasty!

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Proofing Time: 1 hour

Cooking Time: Roughly 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the yeast mixture:

1/2 tbsp dried active yeast
25ml nut or coconut milk
25ml cold water
25ml boiling water
1 tbsp coconut sugar

For the bread mixture:

1 cup tapioca flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 eggs
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp coconut oil melted

For the seasoning:

1/2 bulb garlic (peeled)
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Handful of mixed olives (I used Nocellara and Leccino olives)
Extra 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

Method:

  1. Firstly prepare your yeast mix. In a cup or measuring jug combine your milk, cold water & hot water.
  2. Stir in your yeast and coconut sugar until the coconut sugar begins to dissolve. Leave to stand for around 10 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine your tapioca, sesame and coconut flours.
  4. Add your salt, baking powder and stir until evenly distributed. (Sometimes I find it easier to just use a whisk!)
  5. Next add your melted coconut oil and eggs.
  6. Your yeast mixture should now have doubled in size. Give it a good stir and pour into the flour mixture.
  7. Now add your apple cider vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and mix until your have a nice tacky dough.
  8. Line a 6″x8″ baking tin with greased parchment paper and transfer your dough. Grease your hands with a little coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking to you and  ‘knuckle’ the dough in until it is nice and even.
  9. With a greased finger indent the dough with roughly three rows of four indentations that are evenly spaced out.
  10. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to proof in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. This can be inside your oven with the light on or if you’re good at judging temperature pre-heat it for a few minutes with the door open.
  11. Whilst you are waiting for your bread to proof prepare your seasoning. In a pestle and mortar grind together your garlic, fresh rosemary and salt into a paste. If you have problems removing the rosemary from the stalk the best way to do it is to pull the leaves downwards in the opposite direction to how it grows and they should just slide off easily!
  12. Stir in your olive oil and set aside until the bread has risen. This will ensure that the flavour absorbs into the oil – yummy!
  13. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees or Gas Mark 4.
  14. Once the bread has risen, press into your indentations again and fill in with the seasoning.
  15. Press in your olives and pop in the oven for around 20 minutes.
  16. Your bread will be done once it is golden brown on top and has come away from the sides a little. The best way of testing this is to pop a sharp knife into the middle of the bread and if it comes out clean and boiling hot to the touch then it is ready!
  17. Once ready drizzle over the remaining olive oil and leave to cool for around 10 minutes before lifting out of the tin.
  18. Slice into 4 pieces and serve warm. Delicious!

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Paleo Borscht (with a Paleo Soured Cream)

Paleo Borscht with a Paleo soured cream swirled through!

Paleo Borscht with a Paleo soured cream swirled through!

Borscht, borscht, lovely, spicy, warming, snuggly, yummy borscht.  If you don’t like this, then you are mad.  Absolutely delicious!

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Paleo borscht:

2 medium beetroots 300g  (3/4 diced, 1/4 shredded)
2 small onions shredded
1/4 cabbage shredded (red or white)
2 sticks celery
1 carrot diced
1 sweet potato peeled diced
1/2 bulb garlic
50g grass-fed raw butter (can be substituted for 25g coconut oil or 4 tbsp olive oil)
3 tsp allspice
2 bay leaves
1 tsp hot smoked paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
1.4l vegetable stock
3 tbsp agar agar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’)
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
1 tsp coconut sugar

For the Paleo soured cream:

1/8 tin (20ml) coconut cream
1/4 tub (62.5g) coconut yogurt
Juice 1/2 lemon
1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’)

Method:

  1. Wearing rubber gloves (trust me you do not want to turn beet red!), peel and dice 3/4 of your beetroot. Set aside the remaining 1/4 beetroot.
  2. Shred your onions, cabbage and remaining 1/4 beetroot separately and set aside.
  3. Dice your celery, carrot and peeled sweet potato.
  4. Peel and crush your garlic cloves.
  5. Melt your butter (or oil) on a low heat in a large heavy bottomed pan until bubbling.
  6. Add your allspice, bay leaves, garlic and onions and cook until softened.
  7. Add your hot smoked paprika, ground black pepper, diced beetroot, celery, carrot and sweet potato.  Stir until thoroughly coated in butter and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add a small amount of stock and return to the heat for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add the remaining stock and cook for 10 minutes.
  10. Add the agar agar, shredded cabbage and beetroot. Cook for a further 8 minutes or until all of the vegetables are tender.
  11. Add your vinegar, salt and coconut sugar. Mix thoroughly and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  12. For the Paleo Soured Cream, combine all of the ingredients and whisk thoroughly! Simple.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

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Paleo Chicken Satay with Stir Fried Shredded Veg

A bowl of shredded stir fried vegetables served with Paleo chicken satay

Creamy, delicious, flavoursome and nutritious!

I really do love a good satay, and obviously since leaving peanut butter far behind myself I forgot that satay even existed, until, I ate some almond butter straight from the spoon. Ijust thought “Boy do I NEED a satay”… And that’s the really boring story behind how I came up with this dish.

It is however super yummy, kid friendly, easy to prepare and I have also put in a little vegan adaptation in there.  Well I just substitute the chicken for mixed vegetables of my choice, but sweet potato is just lovely in this too!

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes (and 2 hour marinade time)

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the marinade:

500g chicken breast pieces (500g mixed veg is great  for a Vegan option or even sweet potato!)
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
8 cloves garlic
3″ piece root ginger
1/4 cup coconut sugar
Juice 1 lime
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/8 can coconut milk

For the sauce:

1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 can coconut milk

For the shredded veg:

1 tbsp coconut/olive oil
4 carrots (peeled)
2 large courgettes
1 large onion
Drizzle of sesame oil
Sprinkle of Himalayn pink salt

Method:

  1. For the marinade, combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste. Frequently scrape down the sides to ensure the ingredients grind down thoroughly.
  2. Place the chicken breast pieces into a large bowl, pour over the marinade and stir. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  3. Once marinated heat a large non-stick frying pan or wok and add your marinated chicken.  Fry on a medium heat rotating the meat and sealing in the flavours for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add your almond butter and coconut milk and stir. Cover with a lid and cook on a low simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is tender.  Place to one side and prepare your vegetables.
  5. For the shredded vegetables run all of the vegetables through a food processor which has a grater disc with medium holes or grate by hand.  Of course if you own a ‘Spirooli’ you could also run them through there.
  6. In a non-stick frying pan add your coconut oil and lightly fry the vegetables until they start to brighten up in colour. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with the salt and drizzle with the sesame oil.  Stir through and then serve. Simple!
A close up of a bowl of paleo chicken satay and shredded stir fried vegetables.

What a beauty!