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.

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 chocolate banana milkshake

choc-banana-milkshake
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 orange ice blocks

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Citrus and coconut water are a refreshing combination on a hot day. You could add a pinch of sea salt and have these as a replacement for those hydrating ice blocks you get at the chemist, as coconut water replaces electrolytes in the body.

Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops, otherwise use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.

1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

  1. Combine coconut water and freshly squeezed orange juice in a jug. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
  2. Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.

Makes 4 ice blocks.

Bliss balls

bliss balls

These balls are sugar-free and full of healthy goodness. The sweetness comes from the dried dates and sultanas with a touch of honey.

Bliss Balls recipe

2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of sultanas
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of almonds
2 Tbsps cold-pressed organic coconut oil
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsps honey
2 Tbsps water
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Put all ingredients apart from the water into a food processor and blend until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and continue to process until it becomes sticky enough to roll into balls.
  3. Use a dessert spoon to measure the mixture and roll into firm balls.
  4. If you like, roll the balls in desiccated coconut to coat the outside (optional).
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 20 small balls.

Taste test: Melinda’s Gluten-free goodies Heavenly Chocolate Fudge Brownie

chocolate brownie

We were lucky to receive a packet of Heavenly Chocolate Fudge Brownie from Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies to trial. I was wanting to make something sweet for afternoon tea and these were the answer.

The lactose-free chocolate was morish and I had to stop myself from eating the chips! I must admit I made a bit of a mess melting the chocolate and butter in the microwave, so next time I would do this on the stove top. Alternatively I’d suggest checking the mixture every minute and the recipe on the back of the packed does suggest this.

It was then easy sailing as I mixed 2 eggs with the brownie premix, which I then combined with the chocolate and butter mixture.

I didn’t line my cake tin as suggested, but I did use a non-stick tin sprayed with oil. I popped it in the preheated oven and 25 minutes later it was done. You can leave the cake in less time for a more fudgy result, but I left them in for the full amount.

The result was gooey, moist chocolate brownies, with no funny after-taste that you sometimes get with gluten free products. They have kept well for a few days, although best eaten on the day of cooking.

It’s not hard to see how these become bestsellers.

Available from Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Independents, and various online stores.

 Thank you Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies for allowing us to try Heavenly Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Luscious lemon sago

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After five attempts at making sago, I have finally found the answer. It still looks like frog’s eggs, but it’s a light and refreshing dessert.

Sago is sometimes sold as ‘seed tapioca’. The one  I used is made by McKenzie’s and they clarify the difference on the back of the packet:

A common alternative to Sago is Seed Tapioca. Sago and Tapioca are both starch extracts, sago from various southeast sago palms and tapioca is processed from the tubers of the cassava plant.

This explains my mixed results. Perhaps I should rename the recipe to Luscious Lemon Seed Tapioca? Naw, it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

You may like to try this recipe with limes instead. I like to eat lemon sago alone, but you can serve it with fresh or stewed fruit and cream or custard.

1/2 cup of sago
2 cups of water
1 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp golden syrup

  1. Wash the sago and soak for an hour in some water.
  2. Rinse off the water. Add 2 cups of water to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. When boiling, add the sago and stir until quite transparent (this can take 15-30minutes).
  4. Add the lemon juice, golden syrup and sugar.
  5. Pour into a bowl or mould and chill.

Serves 4.

Stewed rhubarb

stewed-rhubarb

I’ve worked out that I’ve been cooking my rhubarb for way too long! I do like it mushy though. Isn’t this a vibrant red?

1 bunch of rhubarb
1/4 cup of water
4 Tbsp honey or sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced

  1. Cut the ends and leaves off of the rhubarb. Then cut the stalks into pieces about 3 cm long.
  2. Place the water, sugar (or honey) and lemon juice on to boil in a pot.
  3. When boiling, add the rhubarb.
  4. Cook gently with the lid on until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool.

Serves 6.

Note: SCD and GAPS safe if you use the honey.

Mango coconut cream pie

This dessert doesn’t have much eye appeal, but it’s yummy and very healthy.The cashews and chia seeds contain protein, calcium, iron, and essential fatty acids. We used coconut cream and diluted 50:50 with water to make coconut milk. You could even serve this dish with your morning porridge or muesli.

1 cup of cashews, soaked, rinsed and strained
1/4 chia seeds (to make 1/2 cup chia seed meal)
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquified
1/4 cup raw honey or coconut sugar
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 mango, sliced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  1. Soak the cashew nuts for at least 3 hours beforehand.
  2. Grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder, or similar, to make chia seed meal.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and puree.
  4. Pour the mixture into a pie dish and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit.

 

Almond Flour

Almonds are high in manganese, vitamin E and magnesium. As they have a high fat content, it is important to store them properly to stop them from becoming rancid. Store shelled almonds in a tightly sealed container, in a cool dry place away from exposure to sunlight. Almonds and nut flours can be stored in the refrigerated for several months, and in the freezer for up to a year.  Almonds still in their shell have the longest shelf life.

Almond meal is the same as almond flour.

Here are some of the Australian companies that can supply you with bulk quantities of almond flour for cooking:

GAPS Australia
$105 for 5kg certified organic blanched almond flour
Email: linda@gapsaustralia.com.au

Almondco Almond Hut
Sell almond meal (blanched) in a 10kg carton for $100.00. Freight to Queensland will be a further $33.65.
Phone: 08 8586 8800 Email: admin@almondco.com.au

Queensland Fruit and Nut Distributors
Almonds blanched meal is $12.80 per kg. Delivery to Brisbane was $7.58.
56 Parramatta Rd, Underwood, QLD 4119
Phone: 07 3208 9488 Email: sales@qnf.com.au

Hellene Food Brokers
Almond meal is $10.50 per kg in a 10kg carton. Delivery to Brisbane is $1.00 per order.
17 Duncan Street, West End, QLD 4101
Phone: 07- 3844 2822 Email: sales@hellenefood.com.au

Kumari Spices and Things
$13.30 per kilogram. No minimum amount.
199 Robinson Road, Geebung.
Phone: 07 3265-2099

Mrs Flannerys Natural Grocers
Sells almond meal for $18.99 per kilogram. No minimum amount.

Prices current as of August 2011.