Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kiwano African Cucumber Salad

This is the start of posts I've been wanting to do for a long time. Exploring local markets and finding different and unusual ingredients that I can share with you.

I purchased this cute but weird looking number from the Saturday markets at Uki in Northern NSW. It's called a Kiwano African Cucumber. They where grown by Madhura Prya who is a Hari Krishnas from the Srigovinda Dham which is only a couple of kilometres out of town. The lady that gave them to us was Ayla who was doing great job running the stall at the markets. Lucky for us, both of them where there at the same time so we had a lovely chat with them and learnt so much about not only the fruit but also the people we both know in the area. The world really is such a small place when you consider we come from such different walks of life.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rich Chocolate Walnut Brownies

 Rich and chocolatey as this batch had some cream filled chocolates added to it. 

I've made this brownie twice in the last week and it doesn't last long! I have to say that it's gone within about 4-5 hours to be honest. It's a very rich and chocolatey brownie thats made with a short list of ingredients and left over egg yolks. It's the egg yolks and I think that add to the rich decadent flavour. Or was it the fact that the chocolate I added also had some filled specialty chocolates in it as well. Left overs from Easter. :-) No, can't be, as I didn't use them the first time but if you want to make it really special, that's the trick!! Mmmm think caramels!! I've inspired myself writing this post.

This is a quick post as my main aim for this one is me!! I need to get it online so it's easy for me to find whenever or wherever I am. Life is about to take a huge turn, more to come on that soon...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins with a Coconut Walnut Streusel - Paleo with nut free, seed free and fructose free options

After a few days of wild weather we had last Thursday and Friday we ended having the most amazingly beautiful weather over the weekend. I hope everyone got through the storms ok if your local and if your not, then I hope you had a gorgeous weekend as well.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Strawberry and Passionfruit Spark Pre-workout stars

There have been so many raw ball recipes going around, especially an apricot one that keeps popping up on my feeds. So, in a moment of madness yesterday, or should I say a moment of just needing to get away from working at my computer and clearing my head, I made these up and wow, they've come out really nice. The added flavour from the Spark Strawberry and Passionfruit pre-workout is so good. I don't think I've ever seen a pre workout snack, let alone one this good. With it's added boost of Pea protein its a double whammy of body building goodness. Remember our bodies need protein to build and repair, there is a higher demand for these when we workout and train hard. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Aussie Anzac Kingston Biscuits

It was my intention to call these Cream filled Anzacs or something like that but when I made them they just screamed out 'Kingstons'. I hope it's of no offence to have Kingston associated with Anzac but for culinary purposes they are a marriage made in wicked biscuit heaven. The boys eyes lit up when I showed them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Anzac Tarts - Paleo, vegan and pimped with protein

It's been few and far between posts I'm sorry to say but I'm glad I found some time to get this one together. It's a little experiment I've had on my mind for about 2 weeks. This year is a big year for the Anzacs and I wanted to do something a bit special and different. I've kept it Paleo and Vegan as usual but have added a burst of protein in the filling, not only does it add to the nutritional profile and help lower the GI which in turn helps regulate insulin release it also creates a nice thick and smooth filling without having to use excess fats such as nuts and oils.

I had to buy more coconut this week and it came to my attention that it's quite important to read the back labels, something I do anyway but for some reason you'd assume that coconut was just that.. Coconut! I was amazed at the extra ingredients they add to it. Everything from sugar, preservatives 220 and inhibitors of some sort, I didn't write them down but was shocked at how long the lists were on some. All I can say is, make sure you purchase the organic. Even Coles and Woolies have organic now so it's easy to get and I think worth the extra cost.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Choc Choc Chip Pea Protein Muffins with Fluffy Protein Frosting – Paleo, nut free, dairy free and Vegan options

Chocolate Swirly Goodness! 

I know Easter is over but I had a few choc chips to use up. But don't panic, these little babies are super healthy and I've added options to keep the sugars low if that's important to you. We try not to get too caught up in the mega low carb craze as they're essential for brain function and energy to get us through our busy days. The extra energy it gives us is vital when it come to getting 100% out of our workouts which in turn uses up the extra carbs we've ingested anyway. I know not everyone agrees with me and there is the school of thought that your body uses healthy fats as energy as well which is true. I've found coconut oil to be a great energy source I can't deny that but any excuse is a good one to enjoy healthy carbs ;-)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Chocolate, Choc Chip Easter Bun Brownie - Vegan

I know Easter is nearly over but I wanted to share this recipes because it contains lots of real chocolate! Our favourite way to use up some of the left overs is to add it too brownies which is really what this recipe is. It's really a brownie that I decorated to look like Easter buns.