Recipe: Dreamy Creamy Triple Choc Chip Ice Blocks

It’s Summer, yay! And that, of course, means many hot days ahead, calling for cold food and drinks to cool us down.

So I have the perfect recipe for just that! And it’s a little decadent but super healthy at the same time… My Dreamy Creamy Triple Choc Chip Ice Blocks!

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Sound good? Look good? Want to make them? Then here’s the recipe so you can do just that!

DREAMY CREAMY TRIPLE CHOC CHIP ICE BLOCKS

You’ll need these:

Ice blocks:

1.25 cups pure coconut milk

1/2 cup organic pure cocoa powder

1 cup organic banana, roughly chopped

1-2 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp cacao nibs (plus extra for garnish)

Choc drizzle:

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp cacao butter

1 tbsp organic pure cocoa powder

1/2 tsp pure vanilla (powder, paste or beans)

2 tsp raw honey

(grab some of the ingredients for less than RRP in the Primal Pantry!)

Now do this:

Ice blocks:

  1. Place all ingredients, apart from the cacao nibs, into a blender and blitz until you have a smooth consistency and there are no chunks of banana remaining
  2. Stir in the cacao nibs
  3. Pour mixture into ice block moulds (purchase from op shops, supermarkets, homewares stores etc)
  4. Place in the fridge to set for a few hours

Choc drizzle:

  1. Using the double boiler method melt the ingredients so there are no lumps of cacao butter remaining. The water can be simmering but doesn’t need to be at too high a temperature.
  2. Once melted, remove from stove and allow mixture to cool down a little
  3. Once the mixture has cooled down but is still runny, pour into zip-lock bag (cut the smallest of holes in one corner to make into a piping bag) or a proper piping bag
  4. Place a large flat plate in the freezer
  5. When the ice blocks have completely set remove them from their moulds and lie them down on the cold plate from the freezer (to prevent the ice blocks melting quickly) then grab the choc drizzle bag and pipe over the ice blocks however you like. Across-ways back and forth is easy and looks great. Sprinkle some cacao nibs over for garnish. The chocolate will set pretty quickly then you can serve the ice blocks!

Easy as that! I hope you enjoy these rich, creamy, chocolatey, healthy, delicious goodies over Summer 🙂

I sure enjoyed eating those 3 after I took photos! I had to.. they were melting, it was the hottest day we’d had in ages and it was a matter of life and mess! lol

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To learn more paleo-friendly healthy, yummy, easy, affordable recipes feel free to contact me to organise a Private Paleo Cooking Workshop, or stay tuned on Primal E-News for upcoming cooking demo’s!

Aimee x

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

  1. Yummy healthy Ice blocks on a hot Summer day!
  2. Spending time out by a creek in the country yesterday and Clint catching 2 fish
  3. Our talk at Nebo Organics tonight
  4. New skills activity I learnt from Clint yesterday during our play session
  5. The salt lamp in this office helping relax me as I work and study

 

Our bug adventures – Part 1

That’s not a typo, it is actually meant to read “Our bug adventures”, not “Our big adventures”.. did you get a bit confused there for a second?!

If you read the blog post we did about our 2015 Paleo Camping Retreat you’ll know we’re open to eating bugs, because one of our awesome sponsors Primal Collective gave us tubs of roasted crickets! They actually just taste like savoury popcorn, serious! And as we’ve discovered recently catching and cooking up some bugs ourselves.. there’s not a great deal of flavour. Generally speaking anyway. It’s more the mindset and the look of them that’s hard to get your head around. But once you get past that and free yourself of the ick-factor so many people naturally have at first, it’s really quite a positive experience!

Humans have been eating bugs since humans first walked the earth. Insects are just another rung on the food chain ladder. But these days, with the modern conveniences we’re used to such as shops selling pre-cut pieces of attractive-looking muscle meats.. we are really out of touch with what our food originally looked like, where it comes from and how it lived before it served the purpose of feeding another form of life. I.e. Us!

The fact humans do naturally eat bugs for survival and fuel seems to have been forgotten.

So because this is such a unique thing in the eyes of most, Clint and I thought we’d write about our bug hunting and eating adventures in the hopes of inspiring others to get on the insect train!

Our friend Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef has been eating bugs for a while. He often sends us photos of scorpions and other insects he finds in the bush near him in Canberra and then cooks up at home in coconut oil and other typical paleo flavourings. He’s really inspired us, we’d wanted to do this ourselves for a long time but were always a bit nervous about the safety of it. There’s so little information on the internet about which bugs are safe to eat, we just didn’t want to eat something that ended up being poisonous. Of course!

But a few weeks ago a new friend of ours saw an article we shared on Facebook by Stirring Change on eating dehydrated ants and indicated she was keen to try this herself. So we asked if she’d like to come on a bug hunt with us and she jumped at the chance!

We picked a day and a location and off we went into the bush to catch us some bugs! Our friend Sarah and her son had a list of edible insects they’d found online and Clint and I were pretty well read on the bugs in the area that would be safe to consume. We took some gloves, plastic containers and headed down the main track of a local parkland, turning over logs, sifting through leaf litter and basically looking in all the places we figured bugs would be.

We must admit, it was a pretty slow process! There weren’t as many rocks and logs as we’d hoped, but over the course of an hour or two we ended up a few keepers…

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That big sucker is actually a giant centipede! Plus there’s a witchitty grub-type thing, a bush cockroach and a beetle.

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This little guy is a regular centipede. Not to be confused with millipedes which we read are not safe to eat. To tell the difference, centipedes only have one leg per body segment, whereas millipedes have more.

“But don’t centipedes contain poison?” I hear you say? They do indeed but we’d read that cooking the bugs cooks out this poison, making them totally safe to eat!

Only 4 bugs (the beetle didn’t seem worth it so we didn’t include him) and 4 people to share around to.. hmmm. Sarah ended up letting us take them home to eat. I think she was still too nervous to cook them up herself! We didn’t mind!

She had wanted to score a haul of ants to take home to dehydrate, but when we started trying to catch some ants at the beginning of our trek we soon realised they are pretty hard to get! They’re really quick, so when you manage to get one or more in a container, you have others trying to get out at the same time. We figured we’d need to design our own ant-catcher contraption, or go home and Google for some ideas. So that’ll be for another bug hunting expedition!

Clint and I took these few bugs home and fried them in just coconut oil and salt. The centipedes and roach turned out perfectly; nice and crispy. The grub, however, wasn’t so nice, but we found out later from our friend The Free-ranging Chef that we needed to cook it slightly differently so we’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time.

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Yes, there’ll be a next time! We’re already planning the next Bug Hunt! Cos, well, you could say … we’ve caught the bug for it..! haha sorry, couldn’t resist!

Next week we’re planning to try catching ants with a homemade trap (cos they are fast little buggers and tricky to catch!) to dehydrate. Plus more general insects so we can keep experimenting and hopefully enjoy a bigger feed!

So as well as the actual bug hunting, we also eat farmed bugs. The roasted crickets are great, but recently we also found out about cricket FLOUR! Or “powder” to be exact, because of the texture roasted crickets become when broken down.

Our new friends from Bugsy Bros in Brisbane sell packets of cricket powder and kindly gave us some to play around with. I’ve been cooking with it and really like it!

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I even used it in a recipe I gave at my last Sunny Coast cooking demo… Mini Banana Muffins… and the tasters when down a treat! They’re a great addition for kids and adults lunchboxes because they’re small but filling and nourishing. That extra protein helps you stay fuller longer, and the exclusion of nuts, and even coconut flour, means there’s less chance of bloating and feeling ‘heavy’ after eating, unlike many paleo muffin recipes.

Would you like the recipe for the muffins so you can easily test out the cricket powder without it being a really strong and overpowering taste experience? And also to hide it from the kids? Here it is!

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MINI BANANA MUFFINS

You’ll need these:

1 cup Natural Evolution banana flour (found here)

3 tbsp Bugsy Bros cricket powder (grab some here)

3 large organic bananas (brown spots are best!)

1-2 tsp each of pure vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg

Honey to sweeten (1 tbsp. – 1 cup.. It’s up to you!)

1/2 tsp each of bicarb (aluminium-free), baking powder (gluten and rice-free) and Himalayan salt

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 pastured eggs

3 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee

Do this:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor (or leave out bananas if you want chunky muffins. Add them in at the very end and blitz for a second or two) and mix well
  3. Grease some mini muffin trays/moulds with coconut oil or ghee, then spoon mixture into trays/moulds and place on a baking tray in the oven
  4. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden brown on top

Tip: place slices of  banana on top before baking to make them prettier!

Ideas: swap banana for pumpkin or sweet potato (to help bind and moisten but with less sugar), add dates for extra sweetness, add whole blueberries, turn into savoury muffins with grated veggies and savoury spices/herbs… there are so many ways to change this recipe to suit your health needs and tastes!

These muffins are nutrient-dense so a few are very filling and great for school and work lunchboxes. They are nut-free which is great for schools or when having kids’ friends over who have allergies. They can be made coconut-free by using ghee or olive oil instead of coconut oil (the cricket powder is high in protein so it’s a perfect swap).

Storage Tip: Double the quantity, make large batches and store in bags or containers in the freezer to thaw and use when needed! For use within a few days store in an air-tight container out of the fridge.

So there you have it.. you’re up to date with our recent bug adventures and even scored a healthy and yummy recipe you can use insects in!

We hope this inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and try bugs if you haven’t before. Life’s so much more interesting and fun when we walk outside of those boring comfort zones and try new experiences 🙂

Please let us know how you go with bug hunting and/or eating, we’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for Part 2 🙂

Aimee (and Clint!)

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY INSECTS ARE CLASSED AS CRUSTACEANS DUE TO THEIR SHELLS SO ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU CONSUME IN REGARDS TO ALLERGIES

5 Things We’re Grateful for Today:

  1. Trying cool new foods like bugs and cricket powder
  2. The rain on the garden today
  3. Clint having a good birthday yesterday and loving his gifts
  4. Special friends who bring joy to our lives
  5. Natural movement and play
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Recipe: Smoky Hot BBQ Sauce

Thanks to Sunshine Coast Paleo Lifestyle Meetup Group member Andrea for sending us this winning recipe!

Andrea kindly gave us a batch a few months ago and we loved it. Clint was eating it with a spoon it was that good, so we thought it about time to give you guys the recipe so you too can make and enjoy this deliciousness!

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SMOKEY HOT BBQ SAUCE

Yields approx. 2 cups

NF based on approx. 1/4 cup

 

What you’ll need:

1 onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can tomato paste

1.5 cups fresh organic crushed tomatoes

¼ cup pure date paste

½ cup unsweetened pure applesauce

1/4 cup organic balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, or coconut vinegar

3 tbsp organic Dijon mustard

Juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp coconut amino’s

1 tbsp fish sauce (omit if can’t find paleo version)

2-3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

¼ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp smoked paprika

3-4 dried chipotle peppers, chopped

1 cup water

¼ tsp all natural liquid smoke (omit if can’t find paleo version and just add more paprika)

 

Now do this:

Add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor and process until completely reduced to a fine, liquid puree.

Transfer that puree to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, partly cover and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the sauce is nice and thick and darker in color.

Kill the heat and let the sauce come down to room temperature.

If you want a really smooth BBQ sauce, pass it through a fine mesh sieve (you will have to help it through by swirling it around with a ladle), otherwise, just transfer it straight to an airtight container and refrigerate.

This BBQ sauce gets better after sitting in the fridge for a few days and it will keep for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.

 

Enjoy 🙂

Recipe: Paleo Vanilla Honey Custard

Clint is really loving my Fudgy Choc Brownies at the moment and one day while making them, recipe testing for my upcoming e-book, I decided to have another crack at making some custard to go with them.

 

My last attempt was a lumpy scrambled egg disaster so I kinda hadn’t been keen to try again since! But, I had a go, added plenty of vanilla and honey to give it a really nice flavour, and it turned out perfectly!Oh and I was a little gentler and more patient, that kinda helped!

I’ve tried it again a couple of times since, so I know it works and I’m excited to share my recipe with you guys!

 

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HONEY VANILLA CUSTARD

 

You’ll need:

1 tin Ayam coconut milk (full-fat)

1-2 tbsp honey (depending on your taste)

3/4 tsp pure vanilla (I use Sunshine Vanilla black label, so good! Available here) or paste if you don’t want flecks of brown in the custard

1/2 tsp arrowroot powder

2 pastured egg yolks

 

Do this:

  1. In a small-medium saucepan add the egg yolks and whisk well then set aside
  2. Pour coconut milk into another small-medium saucepan and bring to a moderate heat slowly
  3. Before the coconut bubbles/boils (it just needs to be warmed through), remove from the heat
  4. One spoonful at a time add coconut milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add bit by bit, not too fast, otherwise the eggs might curdle
  5. Eventually you can add the remainder of the coconut milk with no problems
  6. Place that saucepan onto the stove, using low-moderate heat, add the honey, vanilla and arrowroot. Continue to whisk well for a few minutes until mixture thickens up a bit. Be sure to scrape the edges of saucepan properly to prevent egg cooking too much on the bottom
  7. It won’t become incredibly thick, unless you add more to thicken it with like arrowroot but I find too much stays a tad grainy which isn’t pleasant. You will see the mixture thicken up though and when it’s ready, remove from heat and pour into a serving cup/jug

TIP: IF you did happen to get some lumps/curdling happening on the bottom of the saucepan simply use a strainer to remove the lumps, easy fixed!

Serve over fudgy choc brownies like I did, with some ice cream, or drizzle over a paleo cake or pudding, or just drink it cos it’s so delicious on it’s own!!

“Why the egg yolks and not the eggs?” you ask. Well mum and I both don’t often eat whites because we’ve learnt the yolk is the healthiest part and often whites cause people to have egg allergies. So as often as I can I try to make foods without whites so mum and I can both enjoy them, and when I tried custard both ways I actually preferred yolk-only anyway as it seemed to create a better consistency. You can use the whole egg if you wish, but you’d only need to use 1 for this recipe.

Enjoy 🙂

Free from: dairy/gluten/grains/nuts/soy. Contains egg and coconut

Aimee x

 

5 Things I’m Grateful for Today:

  1. Sitting in t he sun outside for ages today
  2. The latest Outback magazine coming in the mail today
  3. All the new native raspberry seedlings that have popped up recently
  4. Country music
  5. Blogging!

Recipes: Jelly + Jaffa Panna Cotta

The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival on the weekend was fantastic! We were thrilled to be a stallholder and even more so that I was invited to do a Gelatin Cooking Demo as well. What an opportunity!

Yesterday I showed a group of about 40 people how to make Orange Juice Jelly, and Jaffa Panna Cotta – 2 of my favourite gelatin dishes.

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Not only are they healing and nourishing for the body, but also easy and affordable to make  and delicious! What could be better?!

I promised the attendees I’d provide the recipes for these, so here they are…

JUICE JELLY

Fruit jelly in the glass bowl toped with fresh fruit.

You’ll Need:

2 cups organic juice (pulp-free, or not if you want fruit/seed texture)

1-2 tbsp pure beef gelatin powder (depending on how wobbly or firm you want it)

Optional: raw honey or other healthy liquid sweetener (I love Hello Honey Australia honey, it’s beautiful!)

Do this:

1.  Pour juice into a medium-large saucepan sitting on the stove, but without turning the stove on

2. GENTLY and SLOWLY sprinkle gelatin powder, from the tablespoon, evenly over the surface of the juice

3. Let it soften for a couple of minutes until gelatin becomes translucent from absorbing the liquid. This process is called ‘blooming’. The thicker the liquid being used, the more of a ‘brainy’ effect will occur!

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4. Once all the gelatin seems to have softened turn the stove to a medium-high heat and grab a whisk or fork ready to stir and finish dissolving the gelatin granules as the liquid heats up

5. The gelatin won’t take long at all to finish dissolving. Once it has, remove saucepan from the heat and either pour through a strainer if you think you ended up with some clumps of gelatin, or straight into a container. If making jelly cups for a party, pour into those. If just making a batch of jelly to take serving sizes from later, pour into a large container (glass is  best)

6. Place in the fridge to set over a few hours. The smaller the container/s, the quicker the setting process will take, and it’ll depend on how cold your fridge is also.

7. If making jelly cups, pretty-them-up a bit by adding grated or diced fresh fruit and/or a dollop of pure Ayam coconut cream to the top as a garnish and for added flavour and texture

Jelly cups are perfect for school and work lunchboxes and jelly in general is a terrific snack or with part of a main meal. I actually have banana jelly for brekkie every morning along with an egg yolk and some grass-fed lamb or beef mince.

To make fruit jelly simply bloom the 1-2 tbsp to 2 tbsp water (instead of the juice as per recipe above) in a saucepan. Follow blooming and dissolving process then pour into a blender with fruit (banana works great) and set in the fridge as you normally would. Easy! Banana jelly does go brown in the fridge but the soft fluffy texture and taste are not compromised.

To make lollies: simply use 2 cups of liquid to 4 tbsp gelatin powder!

JAFFA PANNA COTTA

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You’ll Need:

1 tsp – 1 tbsp pure beef gelatin powder (depending on how wobbly or firm you like your panna cotta)

400ml 100% pure coconut milk (or cream if you want a thicker, richer result. I use the Ayam brand)

2 tbsp pure organic cocoa powder

2-4 tbsp raw honey (depending on how sweet you want it) (I love Hello Honey Australia honey, it’s beautiful!)

Rind of 1 orange, keep some aside for garnish

½ tsp pure vanilla essence

Do this:

1. In a small or medium saucepan add 1 cup of coconut milk, orange rind, cocoa, honey and vanilla

2. Whisk to combine

3. Turn the heat off JUST BEFORE the mixture bubbles then leave there for the flavours to infuse

4. In a shallow container add the remaining coconut milk

5. Using a spoon to gently sprinkle the gelatin powder on top of the coconut milk, aim for an even layer completely covering the surface of the milk. This method is called ‘blooming’

6. Let the gelatin mixture rest for about 10 minutes. In this time the mixture on the stove would have infused

7. After 5-10 minutes, heat the mixture on the stove again being careful to not let it bubble, as with before

8. Remove it from the heat and whisk the gelatin mixture into the warmed mixture

9. Once it’s completely combined, pour through a strainer into a large container or individual serving containers then place in the fridge to set

10. It will take 2-3 hours to set depending on how cold your fridge is and size of panna cotta. Cups will take less time than one big container full.

11. Once it’s set, use a knife or spatula to scrape around the edges to make it easier to remove then turn the container/s upside down onto a serving plate until set panna cotta comes out. It has a jelly/pudding-like consistency so it should come out with no breakage if it’s set properly

Alternative you could serve it still in the containers

12. Garnish with remaining orange rind then serve!

There you go, 2 really healthy and easy sweet dishes for you to make and enjoy!

If you live on the Sunshine Coast feel free to grab some of the ingredients from our Primal Pantry catalogue – pretty much all are less than RRP and absolutely all are quality.

If you’d like to grab ALL of my gelatin recipes you can purchase the Sweet Goodness with Gelatin e-book, which contains everything I know about gelatin and all the sweet recipes you’ll ever need so you can make any recipe you come across online, and be creative with flavour combinations for the techniques you’ll learn.

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The Paleo Kitchen Creations e-book Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef and I created together also has an amazing melting cheese recipe using gelatin and doesn’t contain any dairy or nuts. It’s incredible!

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To learn to make loads of other healthy, easy and affordable paleo-friendly dishes book in for a private cooking workshop with me! They are always a lot of fun 🙂

Please let me know if you have any questions about gelatin or paleo living in general feel free to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!

If you were at the demo yesterday.. thank you for coming and I hope you enjoyed it!

Aimee x

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1.A fabulous weekend at the Real Food Festival

2.Educating people on the health benefits of gelatin

3.Primal Fitness Class on today, because I can’t wait to play!

4.Roast veggies because they’re just so easy and delicious

5.Forest play time

Recipe: Easy Paleo Honey No-Soy Chicken

At our last meetup on the weekend Clint and I took along a few paleo goodies for t he picnic, and the honey soy chicken I made was a huge success.

 

Especially with my little friend Lachy who has a lot of food allergies and often can’t eat much at meetup picnics. I always try to include something he can have and this time he scoffed down the chicken, with a big smile on his cute little face. So I thought I’d better get this super easy, tasty recipe up on the blog for more people to enjoy!

 

Remember… my recipes are pretty much always really simple and easy, I’m not into overly fancy meals because often a lot of ingredients with a lot of processes involved in putting them together can  be confusing on the gut. So if you like my kinda view of cooking then you’ll like my recipes.. I hope 😉

 

HONEY NO-SOY CHICKEN

Pollo a la soja, miel y limn

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius

You’ll need:

2 x free-range chicken breasts

3 tbsp coconut amino (for nightshade-free I use Matakana range available here, but otherwise use Niulife or a similar brand)

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2 tbsp local raw honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: crushed garlic, ginger

 
Do this:

For the time-poor folk…

1. Cut chicken into strips or cubes and place in a deep oven dish

2. Add the coconut amino, honey and salt/pepper

3. Get your hands in there and mix thoroughly so the sauce is coated evenly over the chicken

4. Place in the oven, uncovered, and set the timer for 20 minutes. Then at 20 minutes get the tongs or a large spoon and mix the chicken around so the inside raw pieces move to the outside and all chicken cooks properly

5. Place back in the oven for another 20 or so minutes or until all chicken is cooked through

6. There’ll be a lot of liquid at the end but I like using this as sauce for pouring over veggies as it can be placed in a container in the fridge and used later, or it can be simmered down on the stove right away to thicken up. Add some arrowroot to create a honey soy gravy

7. Store chicken in an airtight glass container in the fridge. It’s great served cold! If you include the liquid, you’ll find it’ll become jelly once refrigerated, yay!

Now for those with more time up their sleeves…

1. Follow steps 1-3 as above but then place in a container in the fridge for a few hours to marinate. This will infuse the flavours into the chicken more

2. Then cook and store as mentioned above

How easy is that!?!

It will go great sided with cauli rice, veggie mash or mixed into a salad
Enjoy 🙂

Aimee

 

5 Things I’n Grateful For Today:

1. A fun meetup at the Glasshouse Mountains and people enjoying my food

2. The 30 mins of magical #NakedSunTime I just got on the balcony

3. Wrestling Clint yesterday and finally getting him to the ground, woo!

4. My ‘Cowgirl’ mug cos it’s cool!

5. Country music

Recipe: Coconut Lime Curd Tart by Aussie Paleo Chef

Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef is a magician in the kitchen, that’s no secret, and he puts most of his amazing recipes up on his Facebook for all to see and re-create.

At our Paleo Camping Retreat on the weekend he mentioned one recipe in particular to our campers, and when I went to forward it onto them for him, I just  had to include it in a blog post so even more people can see it and give it a go.

I, for one, am definitely giving this one a go, and very soon!

Thanks Dan for your incredible kitchen creations, you’re my favourite paleo chef 😉

 

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COCONUT & LIME CURD TART

 

Line a spring-form cake tin with non-stick baking paper and refrigerate

 

For the curd:

3 large eggs

180g raw honey or coconut syrup

Zest from 2.5 limes

180ml freshly squeezed lime juice

100g coconut oil

 

1. In a stainless bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, zest and juice

2. Place the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water and cook

3. Continually stir, or whisk, the custard gently to ensure the eggs don’t cook

4. As the custard warms add the coconut oil in 4 or 5 batches, allowing each addition to incorporate before adding another

5. Continue to cook and stir until the curd becomes very thick (if you have a thermometer between 70 and 75 degrees Celsius). Be patient and vigilant with this process (anywhere from 10-30mins) as the curd is the hero of the tart

This recipe is refreshing, sharp and tart and isn’t very sweet so if you prefer more sweetness add another 50g or honey or coconut syrup to the recipe.

 

For the tart base:

100g shredded coconut

60g almond meal

160g dried white mulberries (or another kind of dried fruit)

40g coconut oil

 

1. Place the coconut, almond meal and mulberries in a food processor and blend until ‘crumb’ like.

2. Add the coconut oil and blend to incorporate

3. Press the crumb mixture into the base of the prepared cake tin and refrigerate

 

To assemble:

Spoon the curd over the chilled base and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours

 

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Crepes – so versatile!

Our good mate Dan the Aussie Paleo Chef gave me this recipe when he was here in May, which I LOVE, and got me totally addicted to banana flour at the same time! I’d actually never made crepes before, I hadn’t come across an easy recipe that didn’t use a zillion eggs. But this recipe is so minimal and so insanely easy, it’s amazing and you should definitely give it a go!

 

You can either make your crepes savoury or sweet, it’s totally up to you. Be creative!

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CREPES

Makes about 12 medium crepes

You’ll need:
4 eggs
½ cup Ayam pure coconut milk
2/3 cup banana flour
Ghee or coconut oil for pan
Himalayan salt to taste

 

Sweet options:

– Organic cinnamon powder and/or pure vanilla added to the batter
– Organic berries or fruit of choice, Ayam pure coconut cream, pure maple syrup, raw honey added to cooked crepes

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Savoury options:

– Organic dried herbs and spices added to the batter

– Organic veggies, fried egg, bacon, strips of meat, avocado, paleo melting cheese (recipe available in the Paleo Kitchen Creations e-book), anything you like!

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Method:
1. Blend eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, flour and coconut milk in a tall jug with a stick blender
2. Add small amount of salt
3. Bring a small fry pan to a moderate temperate and add small amount of ghee
4. Pour 1-2 tbsp crepe mixture in and move pan to coat the whole pan with the mixture
5. Using a silicon spatula lift one edge as soon as it dries on top, then flip over. 30 sec – 1 min should be plenty of time to cook properly
6. Place on a plate and repeat with the remaining mixture
7. Once all crepes are made, place one on a plate with desired fillings
8. Serve and enjoy!

 

How easy is that right?!  Have fun crepe-making!

Aimee

 

5 Things I’m Grateful For:

1. Dan giving me so many amazing recipes

2. Donating money to the Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal today thanks to people who came to workshops and sessions

3. Stickers! Life is better with bright and colourful stickers!

4. The Paleo Camping Retreat coming up in a few weeks.. SO EXCITING!!!

5. Clint’s cuddles. They’re the best 🙂

Recipe: Paleo Apricot Bites

Paleo Apricot Bites Recipe – by Aimee

These babies are ALWAYS a hit at my cooking demo’s! Actually more than I ever expected them to be which is nice!

I first created them when I’d been looking for a date stuffing mixture recipe online. I came across one I  liked but I had to tweak it to suit the ingredients I had on hand. Once I’d made it and stuffed a heap of dates for the paleo picnic meetup the next day, I ended up with a lot of mixture remaining, so I decided to press it into silicon molds I had handy, placed ’em in the fridge for half an hour or so, and wah-lah, I had cute little apricot cups!! So I’ve stuck with that and shown people at my paleo cooking workshops, who’ve all absolutely loved them. Now I’m giving you the recipe so you too can make these incredibly easy and healthy little bites of deliciousness at home!

Paleo Apricot Bites

APRICOT BITES

Grab these:

1 cup organic dried apricots (sulphite-free and probably browny-black colour!)

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 1 hr and strained

3-4 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup organic desiccated coconut (or shredded, or chips, whichever is cheapest, it doesn’t matter because it’s getting blended anyway)

Psst… if you live on the Sunny Coast you can grab most of those from the Primal Pantry!

Do this:

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it’s a fine sticky-but-sorta-crumbly mixture

mixing

2. Place spoonfuls into silicon cupcake molds, stuff a bit into dates, roll with your palms into log shapes, make balls, whatever you want to do, it’s totally up to you the shape you make these!

3. Leave in the fridge to firm up, for about 30 mins or so. The coconut oil will solidify making the mixture less oily to handle

Serve and enjoy!

silicone cups

Variation: make chocolate using cacao or cocoa butter double boiled, with pure organic cocoa powder and honey added. Drizzle on or around the apricot bites once they’ve been in the fridge then leave out for a few hours for the chocolate to set properly. Choc coated apricot bites!! Yes please!

cups 3

dates 1

Apricot bites are great for kids lunchboxes, taking on day trips or picnics (in a cooler bag), to work, as a side to brekkie or lunch.. they’re such handy little morsels. And they’re free from gluten, dairy, grains, additives, preservatives, refined sugars, soy. Yay!

Enjoy! And please let me know if you come up with any variations or ways to make this recipe even better, I’d love to hear 🙂

Aimee x

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Paleo English Muffin recipe

Thanks kindly to Amanda McDonald for posting this recipe in our Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meetup Group Facebook Group recently!
muffin
Grab these:
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp milk of choice (pure coconut milk or almond milk, or half/half)
1 tbsp coconut flour*
½ tbsp melted grass-fed ghee or melted coconut oil*
⅛ tsp baking soda mixed with ¼ tsp Apple Cider Vinegar*
¼ tsp honey* (optional, can omit sweetener, but use full-fat canned coconut milk for milk of choice)
1 pinchsSea or Himalayan Salt*
* available in Primal Pantry
Do this:
-Melt the butter or oil in a round, glass or ceramic ramekin (can use a 3½ inch, 6 ounce ramekin).
-In a separate bowl, mix baking soda and apple cider vinegar together (it will be very fizzy and bubbly). Set aside.
-Add the remaining ingredients to the ramekin and whisk or stir with a fork briskly.
-Add the baking soda/ACV mixture to the ramekin and stir in well.
-Stir, scraping the sides until clump free, may have to stab at some stubborn clumps.
-Bake in the oven at 200°c for 12-15 minutes until the middle is firm.
-Take a knife between the bowl and muffin and slide around to loosen edges.
-When cool enough to handle, remove from bowl, and cut in half sideways.
-Toast in an oiled fry pan until lightly browned on each side (like a pancake). This is an important step, do not skip!
-Use a spatula to press the tops of muffins lightly down while pan toasting.
**Add zucchini and onion for a more savoury option or organic sultanas for a sweet version
Enjoy 🙂