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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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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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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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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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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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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Sultana, Apple and Cinnamon Pikelets
Feb28

Sultana, Apple and Cinnamon Pikelets

My Nana calls these pikelets or drop scones, and serves them with honey or jam with a side of fresh cream straight from the cow. They are great served fresh and hot with a cuppa, or they can be refrigerated for a few days and served for school lunches. Ingredients 2 x eggs 1.5 cups regular or gluten free SR flour mix 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk or almond milk (if mixture is too thick to roll easily off the spoon...

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Green Bean and Coriander Salsa
Feb23

Green Bean and Coriander Salsa

So, maybe it’s cheating to call this a recipe. It’s just a really light, fresh salsa which I whip up to have with a mexican meal and it looks all pretty in a photo so here it is … Ingredients 1 x small yellow capsicum (peppers) 1 x medium tomato 20 x green beans 1 x medium cucumber Leaves from 5 x coriander (cilantro) stalks 1 x teaspoon paprika 1 x tablespoon olive oil 1 x tablespoon white vinegar Method Chop all...

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Haloumi Egg & Pork Salad
Feb13

Haloumi Egg & Pork Salad

A quick mid-week meal, a delicious but filling warm salad packed with protein and nutrients. Ingredients 2 slices haloumi cheese per person 120 grams pork strips per person Snow pea sprouts 2 boiled eggs per person Yellow cherry tomatoes Green beans 2 handfuls washed baby spinach per person Ingredients – Pork Marinade Dried or fresh basil, thyme, oregano Olive Oil Lemon Juice Method Marinate pork in herbs, lemon juice and olive...

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