Pesto French Toast with Ham
Sep25

Pesto French Toast with Ham

There’s just so many things you can do with a sandwich press. And with bread. And pesto. Together, they are magic. I’m a huge fan of sweet french toast with banana or apple cooked into it, but my partner prefers savoury so I whipped this one up as a test. Also. I’m not a huge fan of cleaning so I use the sandwich press often, with its delightful non-stick easy-clean surface. Here’s my recipe for a gluten and...

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Apple and Date French Toast
Jul15

Apple and Date French Toast

It’s another lazy breakfast made on the sandwich press! This is a sweet, delicious apple & date gluten free french toast topped with chocolate chips, cacao nibs, honey and coconut yoghurt.     Ingredients 2 pieces of bread (I’ve used burgen gluten free white bread) 1 x egg 1/4 cup almond milk 1 heaped tablespoon of coconut sugar 2 rings of freshly cut apple 6 dried dates or 3 medjool dates    ...

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Sprouted Rye Chocolate Balls
Jun27

Sprouted Rye Chocolate Balls

These healthy snack treats are made using a sprouted rye bread, moist enough to mix and roll into balls for a treat during the week. This particular blend from Pure Life Bakery is much more suited to this recipe due to the moist nature of the bread. The only other wet ingredient in this recipe is some coconut oil to help with setting when refrigerated.     Ingredients 150g sprouted rye bread from Pure Life Bakery 150g date...

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Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Fry
Jun08

Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Fry

Mushrooms are the only food which I don’t like. The taste. The texture. The smell. Ugh. But my partner loves them, so occasionally I cook him up a Sunday morning treat after a visit to the farmers markets. This one is simple, healthy and spicy with whole chilli to give a real kick. Ingredients 5 medium mushrooms per person 2 leaves of kale or a handful of baby spinach 1 chilli, cut into large pieces (or use a few extra types of...

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Peppa Pig Picnic Strawberry Cake
Jun01

Peppa Pig Picnic Strawberry Cake

It was the 2nd birthday of my favourite mini monster, my niece, and she just LOVES Peppa Pig. For a few weeks before her b’day on our Monday babysitting day, we watched Peppa Pig Picnic Episode & planned our special birthday picnic lunch. Our special days are just 5 days apart, and our weekly day fell right in between. She had a big party on her actual birthday, but for our special birthday picnic we planned our lunch to be...

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Date, Ginger and Cinnamon Spread
May21

Date, Ginger and Cinnamon Spread

This is an amazing and versatile item to have in the fridge as it can be used as a base for many healthy treats. We’ve used it with sprouted rye bread in this chocolate ball recipe, with callebaut 54% dark chocolate for our famous chocolate fudge recipe and as a spread on our raisin toast or banana bread. The recipe itself is very simple, but the method can be a little time consuming so it is recommended to do this recipe along...

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Sprouted Grain Coconut Crumble
Feb19

Sprouted Grain Coconut Crumble

My naturopath introduced me to sprouted grain breads from Pure Life Bakery more than a decade ago when he also suggested I stop eating all the things I was currently eating and replace them with actual food. Imagine my surprise when sprouted wheat bread tasted nothing like Tip Top soft white! Eventually, the obvious results changed my attitude to what I put in my face but to avoid boredom I have had to be creative with how I get my...

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Chia Pudding with Dates & Cinnamon
Feb01

Chia Pudding with Dates & Cinnamon

Every few years a new trendy seed hits the food scene. Quinoa has bombarded us for the last decade, but now we’ve moved on to Chia seeds as the latest hipster seed. But it isn’t just trendy… Chia is packed with protein, good fats and contains Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and fibre. Chia seeds are also gluten free, but they have an additional benefit for those of us with weak or damaged digestive systems and...

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Jam Donut Cupcakes
Jan25

Jam Donut Cupcakes

A cupcake that tastes like a jam donut? I’m in! I had been wanting to try these amazing cupcakes as featured on the Taste Magazine website. I decided to break my gluten and dairy free life to give these a try, and while I didn’t regret it straight away I have never eaten them since. They are delicious, fluffy, creamy and packed with sugar – absolutely nothing our body needs and everything it doesn’t, except...

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Pulled Pork
Jan15

Pulled Pork

Mexican food has kept me sane this past decade as I’ve navigated the world of gluten and dairy free eating. Almost all mexican restaurants cater for us with corn and rice based options so it is not only a staple when I eat out, but makes its way into our weekly menu often. I first tried a pulled pork recipe when the adorable Jamie Oliver demonstrated one on his cooking programs – I have no idea which program and have never...

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Protein Slice Birthday Cake
Jan10

Protein Slice Birthday Cake

My partner isn’t a huge fan of sweets, so there’s no point getting him a birthday cake because I end up eating it all! A few years ago I started making him protein slice and balls to save the $5 per bar that he was spending on these pre and post gym snacks. Using his most basic of protein powders, pure whey protein, and fine quality chocolate, healthy seeds, and nuts this slice is a complete meal or a quick snack. So when...

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Pomegranate & Raspberry Cocktail Cubes
Jan08

Pomegranate & Raspberry Cocktail Cubes

My freezer is full of cold fruity treats through summer because it is a great way to use up fruit before it spoils and means I’ll always have something healthy on hand to whip into a smoothie or slushie. These cocktail cubes are just one of the many variations that worked incredibly well as an icecube or as a base for a frozen cocktail. The ice cube can be added to a glass of soda water, apple juice, lemonade, vodka or as a...

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Tia Maria Chocolate Balls
Jan05

Tia Maria Chocolate Balls

These are a deliciously rich, decadent treat to have with coffee or a glass of Tia Maria or coffee after dinner. The recipe is simple, and you can substitute most alcohol varieties into this recipe such as Kahlua, dark rum, Brandy, Whiskey etc. Creamy alcohol like Baileys goes best with white chocolate, however this recipe works with baileys too. You may want to substitute the cocoa for coconut flour if you don’t like the...

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Green Beans & Bacon
Jan02

Green Beans & Bacon

When you’re first trying to eat healthy, it seems like you are being punished and all the tasty things taken away. There’s a couple of simple ways to avoid feeling deprived, and that is to allow yourself a wide range of good fats (as fat carries flavour) but increase your intake of vegetables, in particular the green ones. Bacon really helps you get used to the flavour and overcome that ‘you don’t make friends...

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Glazed Maple, Apple & Clove Ham
Dec26

Glazed Maple, Apple & Clove Ham

Christmas time comes around, and there’s always a request for a glazed ham in our household! This recipe is a simple but effective way to give an extra burst of flavour into a pre-cooked ham. If you are wanting to cook your ham from scratch, follow a recipe which involves boiling it in a pot of salt and water. I usually opt for a pre-cooked ham so I have room in my kitchen to cook other food. Cooking a ham from scratch requires...

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Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake
Dec13

Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake

This mud cake base has been modified in so many ways, and it has never failed me yet. I’ve failed it a few times, but if you stick with the core basic ingredients and always remember to increase wet/dry ingredients to suit your variation, you’ll get some amazing cake and dessert results. This recipe is gluten and dairy free as it uses nuts and fruit to keep it delicious and moist with just a splash of milk (I use almond)...

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Sandwich Press Omelette
Dec13

Sandwich Press Omelette

The sandwich press is the only way I can make an omelette. And why fight it when they turn out this good! The edges of the press keep the egg mixture from running out while the non-stick surface is perfect for easily removing the egg. You can also avoid that messy step of flipping the omelette by simply pressing the lid down as soon as the egg is sealed and folding it in half over the ingredients. This recipe serves 2 for breakfast,...

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Epicurious Garden at Southbank
Sep09

Epicurious Garden at Southbank

Brisbane recently kicked off Spring with the launch of a new culinary experience at Southbank, the Epicurious Garden. The seedlings are all small right now, but we’re looking forward to seeing the growth through spring and into Summer. Unlike the herb garden further along the river, it doesn’t appear as though this is for public use although it was a little unclear. There’s some pics of the new garden below, and...

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Gone Chocco Classes
Aug24

Gone Chocco Classes

Gone Chocco is our own unique format chocolate class, aimed at beginners who want to produce unique gifts at home without spending a fortune on equipment. At each of our classes you will spend 3 hours eating, learning and making your own chocolate creations, with demonstrations designed to assist you in producing amazing chocolates to take home. To book a class, gather a group of 10 or more friends to book your own class on any date!...

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Pea and Ham Soup
Jun08

Pea and Ham Soup

Without a doubt my favourite soup, pea and ham is the perfect balance of all the best flavours and is packed with nutritional goodness. My guests are usually surprised to find out that Pea & Ham soup has almost every vegetable in it, well at least my version does, which means it works as a main meal. Ingredients  1 large ham hock 500g bag of dried split peas 2 large carrots 1 x turnip 1 x swede 1 x potato 2 x celery sticks 1 large...

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