Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paleo Lamingtons - dairy free




Just because we make healthy choices doesn't mean we have to miss out. Here are my Paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free Lamingtons just in time for Australia Day. I was a bit nervous when the family tried them but when I got comments like 'they taste like the real thing' I thought! YES! I am definitely going to share this recipe. I just whinged it with the cake but made sure that I wrote down the recipe. I went back to the good old method of creaming the eggs and sugar, I don't know if it made any difference as the cake it still quite dense but it works well with the thick firm layer of chocolate and coconut and the whole Lamington flavour and experience is still there and that's what it's all about. 


I hope wherever you live you are having great weather because I tell you what we have got an absolutely beautiful day here today. We got an inundated with rain yesterday as we got drenched in something like 150ml over a 24 hour period. Everything looks amazing, bright, clean and colourful and today we have clear skies, sunshine and perfect temperatures.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lentil Mushroom Bolognaise



Well, here I am in the Tropics. I was awoken this morning to sound of rain on the tin roof of my parents house in Darwin. Perfect start to my first day up here. I missed getting up here for Christmas to see them all. My brother and sister and their families are here as well so I try to get up as often as I can. So much has changed since I left 13 years ago but at the same time some things have stayed the same. I went for a nice long walk yesterday afternoon, my body was screaming out for it after a full day sitting in cars, planes, drinking tea and chatting. I did the walk I used to do when I lived up here. It was great! I walked past my old house that I designed and built back in 1991-2 on 5 acres. To see the garden and trees all now more that 20 years old was fantastic. They are huge!! Other than that not much has changed but I have heard that the new owner have re-done the kitchen and bathroom which I'm sure was needed as they do tend to get a bit tired looking after a while.

Today I want to share with you the recipe for my versatile vegan Bolognese sauce. As you can see from the pics I served it with wholemeal gluten free noodles but for my husband but I had it with spiralled zucchini noodles (zoodles) and sometimes I just pour it over a pile of grated zucchini, carrot, beetroot and lots of chopped greens.  Sorry about the crap pics, I really need to work on my night time photography.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Banana Muffins - Paleo and dairy free




Wow! How about this hot weather. For all of my Northern Hemisphere followers who have been experiencing extreme cold we're had the opposite. I suppose the results of how we live our lives in these extreme conditions can be pretty much the same.. we stay inside and hibernate, you turn your heaters up and we put our air conditioners on. 

So that's exactly what we did yesterday. We only run the one in the lounge/dining area which means we all congregate in the same area. It's pretty good actually. I've got to spend some good quality time with the boys. They did their usual thing and whinged that there was nothing to eat. There always is it's just that they have a boys look. So I made them up a huge Lasagna with my diary free B├ęchamel sauce and loads of lentils plus these muffins! When I asked what flavour they'd like the answers where very vague but I did hear a dark chocolate there somewhere. Sounded good to me as I had a weak moment before Christmas and bought some dark choc chips. I then said what about chocolate banana muffins? Answer: No they don't go together!! like what! so I quietly headed off to the kitchen to prove him wrong! Here is the result and might I add the verdict was.. 'these won't last long there really good!'

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Paleo Cinnamon Donut Muffins




Happy New Year to all of my valued followers, visitors and passerbyers.. (I'm sure that's a word) It was a quiet start to the New Year for me. I suppose that's how I like it really. Hubby went back to work yesterday morning and all the kids where busy doing their thing, as you do. My evening walk was wonderful, the beachfront, restaurants, cafes and Parks where packed for the fireworks and evenings celebrations. I love that I can do that.. just go for a walk with my little flossy.. (that's my dog, Roxi) and just be in the thick of it then walk up the hill and be home here overlooking the hinterland out the back where it's nice and quite. I'm really blessed, I love where I live. 

I posted these muffins on my instagram account and got a few enquiries about it so I thought is would be nice to add them to my blog and share them on Facebook. They were a quick afternoon snack for the boys on the weekend and turned out really well. They've stayed nice and fresh and fluffy soft which is great for a grain free, gluten free muffin. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Last years healthified Christmas treats


Sharing with you a quick round up of some of last years treats I did for Christmas. All of these recipes are Paleo and Vegan and taste just as good, if not better than their so called real thing. I really think these are the real deal as they are made entirely of natural plant based ingredients. I hope you enjoy. 

Raw Vegan

 Raw Vegan

Raw Vegan

Vegan Paleo

Raw Vegan

Paleo

Random Christmas Tart 

Raw Vegan

Raw Vegan

Wishing all of my treasured followers a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year. I may get a post in before hand but if not Enjoy!

PS Hope to get a healthy dairy free and a vegan custard recipe up. It may happen tomorrow. I've tested one and it was pretty good, I now want to test a vegan one.. :-) 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chocolate Brownie Layered Birthday Cake - another epic Paleo cake



It's getting closer to Christmas, I still have all of my presents to buy, I'm starting to get a bit stressed and anxious about it I think so today I really need to get out into the shopping centers and get it done!! I just don't really like shopping. I tried to get it done online but I didn't hit the 'purchase' button always wondering if there was something else I needed to add to the cart or I may find something better and now it's too late!! O'well, at least I have a pretty good idea of what I want to get everyone, I will embrace the outing and enjoy my little shopping adventure. Now all I have to decide is which shopping center am I going to go to. First world problem I know.



Finally, here is the recipe for the Birthday cake I did last weekend. Everyone loved it. Especially the birthday boy!! You've got to love an exotic chocolate birthday cake that's actually nutritious. It's also low GI and from all the research I've done on teenage acne and skincare Low GI helps to keep it under control along with the antioxidants in the raw cacao, healthy fats in the nuts,seeds and avocado, vitamin C and antioxidants in the goji berries and blueberries and coconut sugar is a low GI sweetener ranging from about 35-37 from what I've read and that really covers everything that makes up this delicious cake. I could rave on about all the other nutritious elements it contains but hey, this is a guilt free, heart healthy, body enhancing, metabolism boosting treat! Not a lesson on nutrition. Just get into it and enjoy, your body will thank you for it. :-)



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Raw Christmas Tarts - Fat free, Rawtill4 and Paleo options



It's my oldest sons birthday today, 24. Wow, how did that happen so fast. All mothers say that but it's true. It just feels like yesterday that they were little. Heading off for the first day of school, running around the house playing with there toys, siblings and friends. I think the thing I miss the most is them being small enough to embrace and cuddle. I loved that. I never felt that too many hugs would spoil them. I really believe that it creates a more secure child that grows into a well adjusted adult. Feeling loved and wanted is one of the most important aspects when it comes to feeling confidant and independent and also helps with creating their own relationships when they get older. To be able to love someone freely and feel the love in return without that person having to reinforce the love for you constantly creates secure relationships. Being needy and clingy can be a bit overwhelming and draining and in the end just gets too hard. It is my belief that children that are not shown this love, touch and nurturing at a young age tend to grown up feeling like this. Always looking for it and why not, it's an essential requirement of self development, confidence and creating the ability to love unconditionally.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bishops Cake




Whenever I think of this cake it takes me back to being about 8 years old, the Christmas tree is up, it's raining (I lived in the tropics) there's a bowl of fresh nuts on the coffee table and nut shells on the carpet (we later worked out that the dog was shelling her own) and mum's in the kitchen making amazing Christmas food. My mum is a fantastic cook. We never went without when it came to good food. There was always an abundance of super fresh seafood as my dad would get it straight from the trawlers (until he came home from a visit one day only to inform mum that he had purchased one, a prawn trawler that is!) cakes, cheesecakes, roasts, vegetable dishes, pate's, panetone and all things Christmas, even the house was beautifully decorated. 

My dad is European so we always had some sort of exotic traditional German and Italian treats. This must be where my love of food developed. I distinctly remember at the age of 16 after 4 years at boarding school and being 10 kg heavier I decided that being a fatty was not for me. I didn't want to live on diets so here started my journey of eating healthy and moving my body. I devoured every Pritikin book out there and started to healthify all of my favorite recipes, treats and meals. This passion of mine to create healthy alternatives isn't a new one, it's been my life long obsession.