Recipe Recommendation: February

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of February. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Date and Walnut Loaf

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I mentioned in our last post that Kel was heading to the Philippines on a mission trip with our church. While he was there, Ethan and i stayed my Mum, Step-Dad and brother in Sydney. My parents were on a refined sugar free fast for the time i was there so i decided to try making this date and walnut loaf that only uses the dates as the sweetener. It turned out really well and was a hit with everyone!

Again, i was hoping to be able to recommend more recipes however i have to admit I’ve been a bit slack in the cooking/baking department. Hopefully next month!

Recipe Recommendation: January

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of January. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

It’s a week late this month because we were busy preparing for Kel’s mission trip with church to the Philippines!

Spinach & Feta Quiche

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Obviously a spinach & feta quiche isn’t a hard thing to make however i wanted ratios more than anything. I didn’t have any mushrooms so i didn’t add them however apart from that i followed the recipe and it turned out so well! It was extremely delicious.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve been wanting to find some more treat recipes for Ethan and he loves sultanas so i was looking up sugar free, refined sugar free or low sugar sultana cookie recipes and i couldn’t find any! Anyway i thought well instead, why i don’t i just find a chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute the chocolate chips for sultanas? And so that is what i did. And they turned out really well! Ethan wasn’t a huge fan however Kel was, haha.

And I’m so glad that I’ve been able to recommend some recipes again this month! I’m disappointed that i couldn’t recommend more, especially as i tried more than the two above however it’s better than none.

Recipe Recommendation: December

Well i haven’t been having a lot of luck lately with other people’s recipes as once again, i have NO recipes to recommend!

January is sure to be a month of trying many other people’s recipes as i have lots of ingredients to use up (you know when you have jars of things in the fridge and you just want them GONE). So hopefully i will have at least one!

Anyway, so i don’t leave you empty handed, these were our Christmas Eve treats that i baked/assembled. Coconut Ice (bottom container was for Kel’s Dad as his Christmas treat), traditional Scottish petticoat tails, and rum balls decorated as Christmas puddings (the ones on the left are alcohol free for Kel’s Mum). I didn’t have any rum though did i? So i used some homemade scotch that one of our customers gave us for Christmas – delicious! And for my first attempt, i am actually SO proud of my little Christmas puddings.

Recipe Recommendation: November

This month is a little different.

First of all, it seems that i haven’t really tried out many other people’s recipes. The unfortunate reality is that i have. They just haven’t been any good so i don’t want to recommend them. Secondly, like the month of September, I’ve been cooking and baking, just using a lot of recipes that are my own.

However i do have a recipe to share! It’s not for something you eat though…

For over ten years now, instead of shaving my underarms, i have been waxing them. I used to get them waxed, then when the budget got tighter, Kel would wax them for me using sugar wax, which is a homemade wax made of sugar, water and lemon juice. For years now, i have never found a recipe that i liked and the sugar wax has always been a bit, well, crap. I ran out of my last batch about a month ago so i found another recipe to try and IT WAS AMAZING. When Kel ripped back that strip, you could hear the shhhiiick of the hairs being ripped out all through the house. It was FANTASTIC.

So if you’re looking for a sugar wax recipe, i highly recommend this one.

How to Make All Natural Wax for Leg Hair Removal

I was tempted to have a before and after shot of my underarms to show how amazing it was however i wasn’t game as this is mainly a food blog. Ha.

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Recipe Recommendation: October

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of October. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Baked Scotch Eggs

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It was Kel’s birthday on October 2 and I wanted to give him a picnic style lunch. I’ve been wanting to try making my own Scotch eggs for ages now and I thought what better time to make them than for Kel’s birthday. I have a habit of trying out new recipes when you really shouldn’t – special occasions, when you have guests or when you’re the guests – however these turned out quite well. They aren’t super pretty to look at however they tasted good! Also I’m sure deep fried ones taste better however I liked that these were baked as it was a bit healthier.

Deliciously Crunchy Paleo Rhubarb Crisp

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I had a neighbour give me a big bunch of rhubarb and we were having lunch with some friends so I thought I would make this for dessert. It was delicious! Ethan adored it too and it was great that he was able to be part of dessert and we didn’t have to worry about it being full of sugar. Apart from halving the number of apples in the recipe, I also added some shredded coconut to the crumble. We ate it with Tilba Jersey Cream, which negates it being Paleo however I’m sure you could whip up some coconut cream and it would be an equally delicious accompaniment.

Vegan Tuscan Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

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This is another recipe from my many mentioned favourite, Detoxinista. It’s a fairly new recipe on her blog that I saw and liked the look of. We tried it last week one night for dinner and it was SO GOOD. I didn’t find it necessary to add the maple syrup as the pumpkin adds its own sweetness and we also had a light grating of cheese on top, which isn’t vegan of course. It was very nice paired with a glass of red!

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Tell me, do you have any delicious recipes that you’ve tried to recommend this month?

Recipe Recommendation: September

Looking back at this month it seems that I haven’t done much cooking or baking! However I think it’s just that I haven’t used many other people recipes 😉 Only mine!

Anyway I did prepare dried kidney beans to put in my spaghetti bolognese because Ethan just loves beans. You need to make sure you prepare them correctly as they are toxic when they are raw. I use these directions here if you ever need to know!

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Recipe Recommendation: August

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of August. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Dairy-Free Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

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I LOVE potato and leek soup. Kel likes the idea of potato and leek soup however he always finds that they are never potatoey or leeky enough. The last recipe i tried was not a success. I decided to try another recipe and this one makes me laugh at the simplicity of it (and that it’s on the website for Dummies). And WOW. It was DELICIOUS. Kel really liked it too. It must be that most potato and leek soups have too many other ingredients in them. Anyway this recipe has a big thumbs up from us.

Sugar-Free Spiced Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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For Ethan’s birthday cake, we wanted something relatively healthy. We still haven’t introduced him to refined sugar and we hope to hold out as long as possible. This cake recipe was really tasty and you don’t miss the sugar at all, especially with the addition of the raisins. Obviously i omitted the walnuts as they are a potential choking hazard for children under five. Kel iced it and decorated it to represent Ethan’s favourite book – Hickory Dickory Dock. Everyone even sang it to him at his party!

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Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars (GF)

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These were another trial sweet item for Ethan’s birthday party because he LOVES lemons. He also really enjoyed these bars! As did we 😉 I omitted the coconut sugar in the base though because i felt that the maple syrup was enough sweetener for a one year old!

Paleo Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars

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Our hens have finally started laying again and we have eggs coming out of our ears. Obviously we sell them through the shop however everyone’s hens must be laying too so we’re aren’t selling as many as we did previously. We don’t want to sell them if they aren’t super fresh so I’ve been trying to use up the “older” eggs to keep the stock rotating well. Coconut flour generally uses heaps of eggs so i browsed the net looking for interesting recipes to try. This one doesn’t use as many eggs as i was hoping for however it sure is a winner! I’m not a huge fan of the texture of coconut flour in baking however these weren’t as obvious in their coconut flour texture – even more so a winner!

That’s all for this month, hopefully next month there will be a few more savoury recipes 😉