Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs from Practical Paleo (mostly)
Nov17

Thanksgiving Stuffing Meatballs from Practical Paleo (mostly)

I sorta think of Thanksgiving as a trial-run for Christmas. All the lovely recipes start appearing in my Facebook and RSS feeds and it gives me a six week headstart on Christmas dinner planning because we don’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving here, obviously. But this year I’m not in charge of dinner at Christmas. So I just have to make the scrumptious sounding recipes as and when! I love my Practical Paleo cookbook. It is...

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Blackberry Pork Loin and Feta Roasted Broccoli
Nov12

Blackberry Pork Loin and Feta Roasted Broccoli

Shopping ’round here is great. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes exciting. Like the other day when I found blueberries in the shop and ended up making Coconut Blueberry Muffins. Well, over the weekend, I found blackberries (same shop, in fact) so I bought those and figured, as I’ve still got a fridge full of Bacon Chocolate Muffins, I didn’t really need more dessert type items. I went with savoury. I had a pork loin...

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Cherry tomato, mozzarella, fig and black olive salad
Aug12

Cherry tomato, mozzarella, fig and black olive salad

I’ve said before, who needs a recipe for salad. But then again, sometimes recipes trigger you to put together ingredients that you might not have thought of before. So when I was in the supermarket the other day and saw that figs are currently in season, I grabbed a few with the intention of having fig and parma ham. But then I forgot to buy any parma ham. We had a bbq the other day and I love a bit of tomato and mozzarella to...

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Cherry Tomato Pesto Poppers
Jul15

Cherry Tomato Pesto Poppers

Excuse me while I have a li’l ‘canapé’ moment. I made some lovely walnut and rocket pesto today. Normally, I’d spread it on fish, or whatnot, but there were some awfully tasty looking cherry tomatoes in the supermarket today so decided to experiment a li’l. And it worked! Ingredients 70g of rocket leaves 75g of parmesan 100g of walnuts 4 cloves of garlic 4 or 5 tablespoons of olive oil teaspoon of pepper...

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Black olive, tarragon and chipotle tapenade
Jul14

Black olive, tarragon and chipotle tapenade

This (new-to-me) food processor is getting loads of use. The other day, I made some fresh tapenade. I was too lazy to make some flax seed crackers, so decided to make a li’l canapé (I’m so posh) of Llonganisa and tapenade. Works quite well for a tasty li’l snack! Ingredients 2 cans of pitted black olives (drained) 4 cloves of garlic (I love garlic) 1 tablespoon of capers 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons of...

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Cabbage and bacon
Jun05

Cabbage and bacon

Sent Steve grocery shopping on his own the other day. He came back with a cabbage – when I’d asked for cauliflower. “But it said ‘col’, that’s right, yes?” In catalan, ‘col’ is cabbage. ‘col-i-flor’ is cauliflower. You’d THINK he’d recognise it! Hey ho – gave me an excuse to come up with this tasty side dish! Ingredients Head of cabbage 5 slices of...

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Coconut Guacamole
May10

Coconut Guacamole

Oh this was nice. I slow cooked (I’m totally going overboard with the slow cooker, huh?) some beef with the intention of marking carnitas. I just googled that recipe and there were tons. But by the time the beef was cooked and shredded, I wasn’t hungry. So I shoved it in the fridge for another day. Today I got back from a day in Barcelona and wanted something easy. I actually, to tell the truth, would have fancied a...

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Red Cabbage with bacon n apples
Apr29

Red Cabbage with bacon n apples

Seriously, what an unimaginative name for this dish. Sorry. I had about half a red cabbage left over from the Broccoli Slaw that I made the other day and an awful lot of apples, so I figured I try cooking the cabbage. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked cabbage before. And I needed to distract myself for another hour or so while the chicken was still slow cooking. Ingredients Half a red cabbage (or so… you know, I’m...

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Asian Broccoli Cole Slaw (ish)
Apr25

Asian Broccoli Cole Slaw (ish)

In my perusal of many paleo/primal/low carb recipe sites, I kept running across “Broccoli Slaw”. But it was always mentioned in passing – you know, like ‘serve with some broccoli slaw’ or whatnot. Finally I decided to look up the recipe. I found Asian Broccoli Slaw from The Food Lover’s Kitchen and in their awesome book, Make it Paleo (which has pride of place in my kitchen!). And I almost followed...

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Celeriac and thyme
Apr16

Celeriac and thyme

Celeriac is one ugly vegetable. I saw it in the local greengrocers and had to have it. So I brought it home and then google’d some recipes. It seems the simplest is the best. Actually. I’m not so sure. I’ve cooked this loads of time and have never tried to cook it any differently. It’s just so good! Ingredients 1 ugly celeriac teaspoon or two of dried thyme tbsp butter tbsp olive oil pinch of sea salt...

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