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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 Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib Marmalade

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Yeah this stuff is pretty darn special! As you can clearly see!

I have always had a thing for jams and marmalade. I used to absolutely love making jams but what I always had hated was the sheer amount of sugar that you had to put into the damn stuff! Not this marmalade, no siree – this marmalade uses only 1/3 of a cup of sugar to 6 oranges. Not too shabby.

The texture of this marmalade isn’t a solid jelly type that you would get it is a lot softer and more spreadable but it still tastes like marmalade and not any ordinary marmalade. Yes it is bittersweet but the flavour is just so much more than that – it is a fresh orange taste coupled with a complex chocolate flavour. It truly is beautiful. In a nutshell it smells and tastes like the best and freshest chocolate orange you could ever imagine.

This is perfect generously spread over some of my Paleo Granary Bread, Superfood Pancakes or even spooned over some coconut yogurt!

So, what an earth made me chuck some cocoa nibs into my marmalade mix? Quite simply I love anything chocolate orange but the wonderful folk over at Naturya supplied me with some of their exquisite products to get creative with and I have had these gorgeous nibs sat around getting nibbled on and sprinkled over everything and anything. All I will say is that there will be a lot more of the cocoa nib coming your way in the near future, but in a savoury form!

I have made the method for this recipe as simple as possible as real marmalade making is all faff, muslin cloths, you name it – it is just not for me, at least not when I am running a house full of children and animals. All you will require for this recipe is a stove top, a pan, a wooden spoon and something to store your marmalade in. Simples.

This recipe will require you to add in some orange rind, however if you aren’t a fan of the rind in marmalade simply zest 1 of the oranges before juicing.

Yields: Roughly 350g 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20- 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Juice & pulp of 6 blood oranges (reserve the rind of 1/2 blood orange)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup Naturya cocoa nibs
1 tsp tapioca flour dissolved into 1.5 tsp water

Method:

  1. Juice all of the oranges and save the pulp too – I find that this gives the marmalade that bit more of a fruity bite to it. Ensure that you save the rind of 1/2 of an orange.
  2. Cut the rind in half and slice thin strips lengthways, I definitely wouldn’t cut a strip any thicker than 5mm.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients (except for the tapioca flour) into a pan and place onto a medium heat. Bring the mix to the boil being sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Once boiling reduce the heat and leave the mixture to simmer. Simmer until the majority of the liquid has reduced and it coats the back of your spoon well.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in your tapioca flour thickener stirring vigorously. Return the pan to the heat and heat for 1 minute until thick.
  6. Pour the marmalade into a clean airtight jar and cover with a wax disc or cellophane lid before closing. Store in a cool dark place and use within one month.

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

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

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 Purple Potato, Parsnip & Parmesan Savoury Muffins

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I know what you’re thinking – savoury Muffins – weird right? Right! I too have never been able to get my head around the idea of a savoury muffin, it just seems ummm utterly repulsive! Well, after my muffin making escapades last week, and my children moaning about their Paleo school packed lunches being so boring I decided that I would try and make something a little more appealing and fun. So why not muffins? They’re super easy to make and packed full of nutrition. Turns out that these beauties are actually pretty tasty.

Unlike the majority of my baking recipes you will not find a speck of tapioca flour, but you will find quite a substantial amount of coconut flour. I decided to opt for coconut flour to keep these nice and moist and to give them an almost cakey edge – dry savoury muffins just for some reason seem like my worst nightmare. Being so moist also means that they are fast to devour so even if you have one of the slowest eaters in the household (like I do) you know that this is likely to not be left behind. I have also used some xanthan gum to help with moisture retention and some vitamin C to aid the ‘rise’ of these muffins to make you a beautiful muffin top.

Now if you can’t get hold of any purple potatoes, or want to stay away from those starchy beasts like I do then simply sub them for 1 small sweet potato. My kids, like all kids, however are carbofiends!

This recipe requires you to use a muffin tin or you could just use some large muffin case but I just prefer the simplicity of the tin and love the shape that it comes out in.

Yields: 8 medium sized muffins

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 small purple potatoes (finely grated)
1 large parsnip (finely grated)
1/2 cup Sukrin Almond Flour (I used this as it is fat reduced and thus less likely to burn)
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp Vitamin C powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
80g raw Parmesan (grated)
50g raw grass-fed butter (melted)
2 eggs
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
100ml nut milk

Method:
  1. Start by finely grating your purple potato and parsnip. I used the small holed grater attachment (I totally just made the name of that blade up sorry) and it was done in a matter of seconds. Once grated squeeze out the excess moisture using your hands and place the dried mass into a large mixing bowl. Pour away your excess liquid as you won’t be needing this for anything!
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  3. Add all of your dry ingredients including the grated Parmesan and stir until the potato and parsnip is covered evenly.
  4. Melt your butter and pour over.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together your eggs, olive oil and nut milk. Pour into your potato mix and stir until you have a nice smooth and thick batter.
  6. Lightly grease your muffin tin. Take a generous handful of the ‘batter’ and form into a ball. Pat it down into one of the indentations of the mufffin tin. You want it to be slightly higher than the indentation by about 0.5cm. Repeat until you have filled all of your indentations.
  7. Place the muffins into the oven until they are lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean and hot to the touch. This will take around 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before gently tipping out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely (or just dive in and eat away!).

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Paleo Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Paleo Salted Caramel Hot ChocolatePaleo Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Do you ever crave those super syrupy and junk loaded beverages from your favourite high street coffee shops? I know I sure do! So much so that I just had to figure out a solution to this sticky little problem. I often find that I want something simple to make and that doesn’t involve indulging in any real syrup, yes even Paleo syrup. Having said that though this is amazing served with a little drizzle of my Orange Salted Caramel from my Tangerine Dream Truffle Tart.

So by now I am sure that you have all heard of Bulletproof Coffee, it is a genius creation and I have one every morning for my breakfast. In fact I cannot drink a hot drink anymore without adding in some coconut oil and grass-fed butter – it just gives me that brilliant boost that I need to get through the day but also combats depression and improves my sleep. I wanted to apply the same principle to my salted caramel hot chocolate and I really believe that this is what gives it that genuine buttery caramel flavour. If you are Vegan don’t worry you can easily sub the butter for coconut or MCT oil and it will still taste of salted caramel as I have added in a little lucuma powder too for good measure.

What I will say though is that it may be best to consume this in the evening after your dinner as a dessert as it is quite high in carbohydrates and could easily make you crash out and tired – yes even though it is loaded full of good fats! I think this is my new bedtime bevvy!

The ingredients in this are fairly minimal but the recipe does call for a decent food processor, or even better something like a Nutribullet.

I can assure you that there is nothing out there like this right now that is as creamy and delicious! So why not go give it a whirl?!

Makes: 1 large cup or 2 small cups

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

3 medjool dates (pitted)
1 tbsp coconut oil (or MCT oil)
1 tbsp raw grass-fed butter (can sub for coconut oil)
2 tsp cacao powder
1.5 tsp lucuma powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/3 cup nut milk (or diluted coconut milk 50:50)
1 cup freshly boiled water

Method:

  1. In your blender add all of the ingredients except for your nut milk and hot water. Blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Add your 1/3 cup of nut milk of your choice and blend thoroughly.
  3. Finally add 1/3 of a cup of your hot water and blend. Repeat this process until all of the water has been used and the hot chocolate is nice and frothy. Pour and serve into your favourite mug! You may want to add a tablespoon of coconut cream and a drizzle of some of my Paleo Orange Salted Caramel I mentioned before!

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Paleo Crepes

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Ok so a super quick post on how to make Paleo Crepes for you all. I tried to keep the ingredients as simple as possible as I know people don’t always have everything in stock at home! And to be honest I didn’t either really!

Everyone loves crepes on Pancake Day so I felt a little guilty for not posting the traditional ones up! I filled mine with some whipped up chilled coconut cream with some vanilla powder and raw honey, a few sliced strawberries and some gorgeous raspberry icing sugar that I had left over from my Valentine’s Truffles… mmmm…

So anyway here you go guys! Paleo Crepes!

Makes: 8-10 crepes (really depends on how thin they go)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes (plus 15 minutes resting time)

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup Sukrin Almond Flour (I used this as it is fat reduced and thus less likely to burn)
4 eggs
250ml nut milk (or 50:50 coconut milk/water)
Zest of 1 lemon (finely zested)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional but delicious)
Pinch Himalayan pink salt
75g raw grass-fed butter (melted) (can also sub for 50g coconut oil)
2 tbsp raw honey (melted)
A little extra butter/coconut oil for frying.

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl sieve in your flours.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl whisk together your eggs. Make a well into your flour and gently whisk in your eggs.
  3. Carefully whisk in half of your nut milk. Be sure to whisk gradually to prevent the batter from becoming lumpy.
  4. Now whisk in your lemon zest, vanilla powder and Himalayn pink salt.
  5. Whisk in your remaining nut milk.
  6. Carefully whisk in your melted butter and raw honey.
  7. Leave the mixture to rest for 15 minutes then give a quick whisk. The batter will be about as thick as single cream but slightly thinner. You should be able to feel a tiny bit of resistance to it but not much.
  8. In a large non stick pan melt a small knob of butter. Place the pan on a medium heat.
  9. Pour an even layer of your batter into the pan and pour around until you have covered the base of the pan with a fine layer of the crepe batter.
  10. Place the pan on the heat and cook until the crepe begins to bubble upward and the underside is golden brown. This will take a few minutes. Flip the pancake over (or use your pancake flipper over like I do – my significant other). Cook for a further minute until lightly golden.
  11. Repeat until all your crepes are cooked and either cover in your favourite filling and roll of fold into half and half once more. Happy Shrove Tuesday guys!!!

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Paleo Blueberry Pancake Muffins

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Yup and just when you thought breakfast (and a Paleo Pancake Day) couldn’t be much fun – BAM! I throw these crazy bad boys in your face!

This takes all of the faff out of making pancakes, is relatively low in sugar and is a complete breakfast in well ummm a muffin? puffin? no that’s a bird… well some sort of muffin and pancake hybrid anyway. The texture is very similar to a pancake but slightly more airy and muffin like. If you have made my Paleo Superfood Pancakes before then you will be familiar with most of the ingredients within this recipe.

Not only are these a great on-the-go brekkie they are also great for workout fuel and recovery! Splendid!

To create a beautiful muffin top (the only time when a muffin top seems to be socially acceptable) like in my pictures you will want to add 1/4 tsp of Vitamin C to the batter, although I have noted this down as being optional it really does gives a brilliant rise. But don’t worry they will still rise although probably not as spectacularly. I have also noted down using milled chia seeds, this is just my personal preference as it creates a really smooth texture to the muffins but if you have just some regular ones they won’t change the mix too much.

This recipe will require you to possess a muffin tin… obviously.

Makes: 7 medium sized muffins

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large banana
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or 2 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup)
4 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
2 tbsp almond flour
2 tbsp milled chia seeds
2 tbsp raw grass-fed butter or coconut oil
1.5 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp Vitamin C (optional but gives a great rise!)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional but delicious)
50ml almond milk (or 50:50 coconut milk:water)
3/4 cup blueberries (packed)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Combine your banana, coconut sugar and eggs into a food processor or mash by hand until a smooth puree.
  3. Process in the rest of your ingredients except for the blueberries until smooth. If you aren’t using a food processor then just whisk in the dry ingredients. Also pre melt your butter or coconut oil and then gradually add in your nut milk bit by bit to escape any nasty lumps.
  4. Stir in your fresh or frozen blueberries. Leave the mix aside to rest for a few minutes. It will thicken up slightly due to your chia seeds.
  5. Lightly grease your muffin tin. Spoon in enough mixture to fully fill each indentation. That was roughly around 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp for me.
  6. Place into the oven and bake until fluffy and golden brown all over. They should be firm to the touch and bounce back. To make sure they are fully cooked place a knife into the middle and it should come out very hot to the touch and clean. This will take anywhere between 15-20 minutes but always keep an eye on them as everyone’s ovens differ!
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before gently tipping out of the tray and leaving to cool on a wire rack- MUFFINS!!!

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If Haribo made Paleo Gummy Foam Chews…

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So firstly I would just like to apologise for the rubbish photos – I think that they just don’t do these little sweets any justice at all.

As some of you probably already know (especially my Instagram followers) I have been trying to perfect some Paleo licorice. The black aniseed kind but also some raspberry ones too. In the midst of all of this experimenting I managed to create some amazing sweeties – they are reminiscent of  the flavour of a raspberry Chewit but the texture steers toward a foam gummy (think the white bottom part of a Haribo heart) although with a little more chew. I guess a tad like nougat actually.

I couldn’t think of what to call these so you can call them by your own pet name if you’d like. For now they are pretty much just Paleo Raspberry Foam Gummies haha!

Now mine were cut into little bite size pieces but I wish that I had rolled the mix out and cut them into little hearts. It would have been amazing for Valentine’s Day. I think what will be coming soon to you all is a chocolate bar version of this so keep your eyes peeled!

I am yet to be able to afford some grass-fed gelatine so unfortunately I am using the icky sheet stuff for now. But anyways here you go – onto the fun stuff, but just to warn you you will need a handheld electric whisk of somesort and this is very sticky business!

Yields: Roughly 325g

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
2.5 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup freeze dried raspberry powder
1/2 tsp beetroot powder
1/4 tsp malic acid (optional but gives a great sour boost)
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
6 leaves gelatine
1.5 cups tapioca flour (plus 1/4 cup for dusting)
1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Method:

  1. Firstly soak your leaves of gelatine in some cold water.
  2. In a medium sized pan combine your coconut sugar, coconut milk and water. Place on a high heat and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute then reduce the heat and leave on a steady rolling boil for roughly 5-6 minutes until the mixture starts turning into somewhat of a thick syrup.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in your coconut oil. Mix well until the oil has fully melted and combined into the mixture.
  4. Sift in your raspberry powder and mix well. Then add your beetroot powder, malic acid and Himalayan pink salt. Mix well until fully combined.
  5. Squeeze the water from your gelatine leaves and mix into the hot mixture until fully dissolved.
  6. Now stir in your 1.5 cups of tapioca flour and xanthan gum. Scrape any excess from your spoon and using an electric hand whisk (on it’s lowest speed setting) begin to whisk until smooth. The mixture will begin to become very thick and sticky quite quickly so as soon as it is combine stop whisking. You will want to whizz off as much of the excess from the whisks as possible!
  7. On a work surface sift half of the remaining tapioca flour and scrape out your mixture on top of it. Sieve the remaining half on top. Leave to cool for about 3 minutes.
  8. Divide the mixture into 2″ chunks and roll into 0.5-1cm wide tubular rolls. Cut into 1″ sized pieces and cut off the ends of each of your rolls for a neater mix. You will need to work fairly fast with this mixture as it starts to becomes harder to manipulate when it cools. Repeat the process until all of the mixture is gone. You can knead smaller pieces into larger ones just be sure that they aren’t covered in too much tapioca flour or they will not roll smoothly. If you wish to roll out as one large sheet and using small shape cutters cut into whatever shape you like.
  9. Once all of you mixture has been used up chill in the freezer for 1 hour in an open container. Remove and leave uncovered for 30 minutes. Then you can place an airtight lid on to keep them fresh. Although I haven’t tested to see the quality of these over time I think you can leave these for around 1 week if stored in a cool dry place.
  10. I hope you enjoy them and be inventive! Try different fruit powders or even dip into chocolate!

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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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Paleo Crumpets

Paleo Crumpets

Yes you did hear me right! PALEO CRUMPETS!!!

Not a huge fan of bread but I am a mahoosive fan of crumpets! Nice, crisp on the outside, squidgy & chewy on the inside… crumpets…crumpets with big chunks of grass-fed raw butter on them… mmmm…

Start drooling and making Homer noises (like I do) people – because now you can make these delcious gluten and grain free crumpets for yourself!

It’s not as hard to make as you may believe (as long as you follow the instructions) you should end up with a batch of fabulous crumpets that you can devour on your own or share – if you’re the crumpet sharing type that is. One particularly instruction that is crucial to gaining those beautiful holes that you love is the bicarbonate of soda! Yes you really must add this last and yes you do have to leave it for the 15 minutes. If you don’t they won’t be very holey!

As with all breads this batter has a proofing time – do not skip this stage! Really don’t you’ll have flat and lifeless crumpets!

This recipe does require you to purchase some crumpet rings, I actually used egg rings! If you don’t have either of these you may want to attempt using some large biscuit cutters leaving the crinkle side facing up. It will however be a lot harder to remove the crumpets before you flip them as sadly biscuit cutters aren’t too ummm ‘non-sticky’ shall i say. When I first started to make my crumpets (about a year ago now) I used my biscuit cutters and what I found the most helpful was lifting the whole crumpet with attached cutter out with a tea towel and then carefully using a sharp knife to cut from the underside, tracing around the ring until the crumpet had loosened sufficiently to pop out.

The cooking time can also be reduced with the more crumpet rings that you have in your possession! I only have 2 crumpet rings so it took me about 45-50 minutes to make 10.

Best served with raw grass-fed butter but for a super naughty crumpet spread on some raw honey, drizzle on some maple syrup or even use a nice dollop of my Black Forest Chia Jam!

Makes: 10 large crumpets

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (plus 45 minutes proofing)

Cooking Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the yeast starter:

100ml cold water
100ml boiled water
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp active dried yeast

For the crumpet batter:

1 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup Sukrin almond flour
1.5 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp milled chia seeds (optional but great for texture)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
100ml almond milk
2 eggs
1 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

25g raw grass-fed butter (for cooking)

Method:

  1. Firstly start by switching on your oven at the lowest heat. Leave for 10 minutes to warm sufficiently.
  2. As your oven is pre-heating begin to make your yeast starter. In a cup or measuring jug combine hot water with the coconut sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir in your cold water followed by your yeast. Leave to rest for 10 minutes or until it begins to become very frothy.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sieve in your tapioca and almond flours. Add your baking powder, milled chia seeds and Himalayan pink salt. Using a whisk thoroughly mix the ingredients until evenly distributed.
  4. Slowly pour in your almond milk whisking fastly – I use a handheld electric whisk as it’s the fastest thing to do and prevents any lumps from forming.
  5. Now whisk in your eggs and honey until you have a nice smooth batter. Now is the best time to turn off your oven!
  6. Mix together the frothy head and watery yeast mix of your yeast starter until it’s a nice brown and smooth liquid. Pour into your batter a small amount at a time, whisking thoroughly. Gradually pour in more of the mixture until it becomes the consistency of thick cream – think double cream. Set the rest of the yeast mix to one side as you may need it after the proofing stage!
  7. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp towel and place into the pre-heated oven. Be sure to leave the door open for the first 15 minutes of proofing and then close for the remaining 15 minutes!
  8. Remove your mixture from the oven and give it a quick whisk – if your batter seems thicker than the consistency of double cream then pour in a little of your reserved yeast mixture.
  9. Add in your bicarbonate of soda and whisk. Leave to one side for 15 minutes.
  10. Heat a large frying pan on a low heat with your crumpet rings in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and place a small knob of butter into the pan until it melts. Using a pastry brush, brush the inside of the crumpet rings and the bottom edges. Return the pan back onto the heat.
  11. Next take 3 tablespoons of your mixture and spoon into each ring. That’s 3 tablespoons per crumpet. Be sure not to stir or agitate the mixture in the mixing bowl or the pan otherwise you will lose those beautiful holes!
  12. The first stage of cooking the crumpets will take you about 6 minutes. Firstly you will see lots of tiny bubbles appear on the surface, next those bubbles will turn into larger ones and then begin to burst.
  13. Once the outer half of the diameter of the crumpets begins to look firm, and the inner half semi-firm  it will be time to lift the rings off. Using two forks anchor into the upper lip of the rings firmly and slowly lift the rings off, you could use a teatowel but the fork method can be a lot of fun.
  14. Using a spatula flip over your crumpets and cook for a further 1 minute until lightly golden. Repeat the process (right from the start of step 10) until you have cooked all of your beautiful crumpets! Serve up with some grass-fed butter et voila! Paleo Crumpets!!!

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