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Cultured Cashew Eggnog Cocktail

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A cultured cocktail for the whole family…..
I made this dairy free eggnog for the first time this Christmas for my family and they all loved it.  The basic recipe can be enjoyed by the whole family and sometimes I add a splash of Cointreau to the big kids glasses.
My boy doesn’t like yoghurt, but he will drink my cultured eggnog in a heartbeat.

We also like to enjoy it as a quick breakfast entrée if we’re heading out early or meeting friends for brunch.

If you can’t get our cashew yoghurt, just substitute in any yoghurt to make your cultured eggnog.  Refer here for our stockists. Continue Reading →

Sweet Spud Sprouted Buckwheat Soda Bread

This is my favourite bread recipe for so many reasons……

Sweet Spud Sprouted Buckwheat Soda BreadNot only does it taste delicious and is super simple to make, it’s structured from simple nutritious ingredients; buckwheat, sweet potato and chia seeds.

It is allergy free and free from gluten/grain, yeast, gum, sugar, preservative, dairy, egg, nut and oil.

I have made loads of variations of this recipe including wraps, loaves and pizza bases.  For those of you not familiar with ‘soda breads’ they are traditionally made with wheat flour, salt, bi carb SODA and buttermilk.  The reaction between the acidic buttermilk and the soda causes an instant rise/bubbling in the dough without the need for yeast, baking powder or egg.  I got the idea for this bread one day at my sons kindy when the teachers made a sandpit volcano erupt using bi carb soda, water, vinegar and food coloring.

PizzaPlease note that it is really important in this recipe to mix the wet and the dry mixes separately and to have the oven hot and your baking sheets, spoons etc ready before you combine them.  Remember it’s a soda bread and once you combine the wet and dry ingredients the chemical reaction starts immediately and you need to get your buns in the oven before they deflate.  Continue Reading →

Kefir Soda – Secondary Ferment

IMG_7284The possibility of flavours for the secondary ferment are endless. I experiment with different flavours all the time depending on what fruit I need to use up. If you’re going to use juice, consider using freshly pressed juice as store bought juice inferior in nutrition and usually contains preservatives. I’ve never used just juice as I prefer a milder fruit flavour from fruit pieces with a splash of lemon juice. Fresh citrus juice is easy to add as it doesn’t require you to drag out and wash the juicer every night. I do my kefir brewing every night after dinner. I do a dairy batch, primary water and seconday soda water in around 5 minutes, not much effort really for the reward. Continue Reading →

Water Kefir – Primary Ferment

Water Kefir - Primary FermentWater kefir is a traditional soda that is packed with probiotics. The probiotics in kefir are stronger than yoghurt. They are a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria working in harmony to aid digestion and take control of pathogens. Start slow on Kefir as you may have a die off reaction as the colony invades and takes over the pathogens. It’s worth pushing through die off as you’ll soon reap the benefits of a healthier gut. Kefir is easy to brew and kids love the bright fizzy drink. I always brew in two stages to keep grains pure and clean. As an added bonus I don’t have to pick fruit from the sieve or rinse the grains. The first ferment, the primary ferment is an aerobic ferment using the grains in straight sugar water. The grains are then sieved out, and started on another primary ferment. The kefir water is bottled and capped for a secondary anaerobic ferment with added fruit. The capping of the bottle creates the Fizz factor. You don’t have to cap if you prefer still. Continue Reading →

Crispy Chicken Skins & Drippings

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My boy is absolutely mad for fat and skin. He loves these chips. They are so much healthier than the packet trans fatty acid crisps at the shops and they are so simple to make. I get my organic chicken skins frozen from my local butcher for $8.99/kg.  They save the skins from skinless cuts like chicken breast, thighs and legs that would otherwise be wasted, shame.  This is a great way to use the whole bird, make some crisps and get some liquid gold organic dripping.  Read more about why we eat fats here under the fat paragraph. Continue Reading →

Coconut Cross Buns

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Coconut Cross Buns

Grain, dairy, egg, nut, seed, yeast, soy, sugar, sweetener and fruit free.
GAPS, SCD, Paleo, Gluten Free

These little buns hold together surprisingly well considering they are egg, yeast and gluten free. They are similar to a muffin in texture and are naturally subtly sweet from the coconut, rosewater and cinnamon. Continue Reading →

Chicken & Asparagus Risotto

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This is a great comfort food recipe for GAPSters and other grain free dieters missing their rice. I first made this dish while on GAPS intro and found it was easier and quicker than conventional risotto as there was not sweating over the stove stirring and less washing up as it’s a one pot & vitamix dish. Continue Reading →