Restaurant review: Primal Pantry

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To celebrate Matt being on holidays we thought we enjoy a nice lunch out. If you are following a paleo diet your options are somewhat limited in Brisbane, but we decided to try the Primal Pantry. The Primal Pantry serves only organic produce, 100 percent grass fed meat, no refined sugar, no grains, no processed oils and limited dairy. It is the ideal place to go if you have allergies or food intolerances.

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For entre we shared succulent Crispy Chicken Wings with prosciutto wrapped scallops and
creamy cauliflower puree.

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For a main I tried the Confit Duck on seeded bread, with superfood watercress and
caramelized orange.

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Matt had the Mexican Beef Cheeks with crisp tortilla and cucumber salsa. I tasted some and we both thought this was the highlight of the meal.

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We also ordered sweet potato fries with aioli sauce and roast vegetables as a side.

We agreed it was a nice place to have lunch and that we’d be back sometime soon, perhaps to try their tempting breakfast menu next time.

Primal Pantry
Corner Florence and Macquarie Streets
Teneriffe, Brisbane QLD 4005
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Paleo Indian Lamb kofta

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These spicy kofta balls are great to freeze for later. You can mix the ingredients together in a food processor for a more refined end result, but I like to keep them rustic looking so I mixed everything together by hand.

Paleo Indian Lamb Kofta

olive oil spray
1 garlic clove, minced
250g lamb mince
1 egg
1 Tbsp currants, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp turmeric

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line a baking tray with foil and lightly brush or spray with olive oil.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Shape into 6-8 oval patties and place on the oven tray.
  3. Cook in the oven for 16 minutes (turning after 8 minutes), or until just cooked through.

Serve with lemon wedges and cauliflower rice or salad.

Serves 2.

Paleo Greek lemon chicken

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This paleo dish is a classic Greek-style recipe with flavours of lemon and garlic. Sprinkled with the herbs oregano and rosemary are optional, but oregano is a powerful anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Serve with vegetables or a Paleo Greek salad.

juice of 1 lemon
1 chicken, cut into ten pieces or ten wings
4 cloves of garlic
lemon cut into four wedges
1 tsp oregano
2 sprigs of rosemary
handful of parsley, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Place the chicken on a roasting tray and pour the lemon juice over the chicken. Then add the garlic cloves, lemon wedges, oregano and rosemary. Mix well together.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 40 minutes until the chicken has turned golden brown and the juices run clear.

Serves 4.

How to recover after a flare

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Inspired by Eileen at Phoenix Helix’s article on How To Survive An Autoimmune Flare, I thought I’d add some tips on surviving a digestive flare.

  1. Go back to your safe zone diet. The foods you know do not cause you any harm. My safe zone diet is now paleo and based on plain meats and roasted or boiled vegetables. I used to go straight to rice based meals after a flare, so this may work for some people. Think about easy and plain foods that you make at home from scratch. These are the safest for people with food intolerances and autoimmune issues. SCD Lifestyle talks more about creating a food safe zone.
  2. Drink water and coconut water to replace any fluids lost, so you stay hydrated.
  3. Try adding some fibre slowly to your diet. Think about flaxseed, psyllium, slippery elm or acacia powder or chia seeds.
  4. Drink a soothing herbal tea, such as Chamomile, or peppermint, which are good for digestion.
  5. Go for a gentle walk, as this will calm the nervous system and aids peristalsis of the gut.
  6. Do either yoga or meditation to create the relaxation response. Aim for 20 minutes each day. This reduce stress and inflammation and releases tension, including the bowel muscle.
  7. Give yourself a tummy rub. Use circular motion around the belly button, starting at the top right and heading left and then down and back. Use coconut oil and gentle essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint and chamomile.

What’s your best advice for surviving a digestive flare?

Taste test: Spiral’s dip and toss oils

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Spiral Foods has an exciting range of Mediterranean inspired dip and toss oils, made from 100% extra virgin olive oil. They come in three flavours:

  • sundried tomato and basil which was great in a greek salad (below)
  • rosemary and roasted garlic which was a perfect match for cold lamb and roasted vegetables salad
  • and basil and Parmesan which turned a simple potato salad into something special.

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You could also use the oils for dipping bread in, or tossing through pasta for a quick and easy dinner. The best thing about these oils are that they are certified gluten-free and sugar free. What I really like about these products is there’s only natural real ingredients listed on the bottle, and there are no strange unpronounceable nasties.

All three flavours are balanced well and would make a delicious addition to your kitchen. They come in an attractive slim bottle, and would make a nice gift idea paired with packet of fancy pasta.

Available from the Spiral Foods website.

Thank you Spiral Foods for allowing me to trial these products. 

Primal leek and potato soup

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This leek and potato soup is a satisfying dish. It manages to be smooth and creamy texture without the cream. To make this a paleo dish you could make it with sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.

Primal leek and potato soup

coconut oil
1 leek, chopped
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups of chicken stock or bone broth

  1. In a large stock pot, heat the coconut oil on medium heat.
  2. Add the leeks and saute until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock to the pot and bring to the boil. When the stock boils, add the potatoes and bring back to the boil. If needed add boiling water to cover the potatoes.
  4. Then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are soft.
  5. Remove from the heat and blend until smooth with a hand mixer or blender.
  6. Divide among bowls and serve warm.

Serves 2.

Paleo coconut granola

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This granola is for lovers of coconut. There’s no dried fruit, just any combination of nuts and seeds you want to try or have available in the cupboard. I used a combination of pecans, walnuts and pepitas.

Paleo coconut granola

3 cups coconut flakes
2 cups of nuts and/or seeds, roughly chopped
2 Tbsps chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g coconut oil or butter, melted
3 Tbsps honey

  1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees C and line a baking try with baking paper.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and then spread out evenly on baking tray.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. Turn mixture half-way through.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  5. Serve with almond milk or coconut milk.

Makes 5 cups.

Paleo chocolate banana milkshake

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I love milkshakes, but dairy ones give me a bloated stomach, so this one is made on coconut milk. Chocolate and banana are a great combination and with few extra ingredients it’s a winner.

Paleo chocolate banana milkshake
1 cup coconut milk
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 tsp cocoa or cocao powder
4 dates or 1 tsp honey
a pinch of cinnamon

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and wiz to mix.

Serves 1.

Paleo Greek salad

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This delicious salad is packed full of flavour. You could add 75g goat’s feta cheese to make it a primal recipe and more classically Greek, but this is a nice variation without. I don’t need to tell you to use the freshest ingredients.

Paleo Greek salad
1/4 medium red onion, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced
12 Kalamata olives, whole
8 cherry tomatoes
1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced

  1. Soak the sliced red onion in water for several minutes to take out the bite (optional).
  2. Combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Add the following dressing.

Dressing
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp oregano

  1. In a screwtop jar or bottle combine the olive oil, vinegar, oregano and season with a little salt and pepper. Shake well.

Serves 2.

Restaurant Review: The Paleo Café Brisbane

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The Paleo Café is located on the corner of Market and Mary St, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. I have also been to the Paddington café where there is only indoor seating and no bookings allowed. They are both popular places so you’ll need to arrive early to get a seat.

The paleo diet encourages followers to eat like cavemen – consuming lots of meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and berries, while eliminating sugar, grains, legumes and dairy. So one great thing about this chain of cafes is that it is the perfect place to eat for people with celiac disease or food intolerances.

The first time we visited for breakfast, where I had eggs and avocado on toast. I was keen to try the grain free bread, which turned out to be the perfect addition. I also tried the bulletproof coffee, but it wasn’t for me. I like their regular cappuccino which you can have on coconut or almond milk.

For my birthday we went again to the Paleo Café and just about all of us ordered the lamb burger, which is a tender lamb patty on linseed focaccia with mint aioli, rocket, tomato, onion, avocado and gherkin topped with beetroot relish and served with sweet potato chips and more aioli. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the chips were the highlight.

For work lunches I have regularly been having the Mediterranean Vegetable Salad, which is a generous mix of roasted eggplant, olives, onion and greens, topped with a moreish salad dressing. You have the option of adding some protein, with chicken, prawns, salmon or kangaroo, but I like to have it plain. Sometimes I treat myself to dessert, but these are really rich, so it’s best to share with a friend.

Highly recommended for a lunch date with friends or family.

Paleo Café
The Paleo Café chain has five cafes in Cairns, Paddington in Brisbane, Brisbane CBD, Bondi Junction in Sydney and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

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