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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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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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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Pulled Pork Omelette
Mar04

Pulled Pork Omelette

This is an easy dish ONLY if you have some left over pulled pork in your fridge. I cook up a large batch and freeze it so we get sick of it after a few days so it gets frozen and we can then pull a container from the freezer on a slack night. That’s not why it’s called pulled pork though. The pork is pulled apart with 2 forks after being slow cooked in mexican spices.  You can also substitute any mince dish or meaty stew...

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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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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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Chicken and Bacon Lasagne
Jan31

Chicken and Bacon Lasagne

Of course you can make this recipe using regular or gluten free lasagne sheets, or even home made pasta, but for this recipe we tried the new san remo gluten free lasagne sheets. The result was awful the first time as I forgot to put foil over the baking tray (duh!) but the second time was great. The one pictured on this page was the first ever lasagne attempt for Drew and I think its safe to say … success! Ingredients 1 x...

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Orange Pancakes
Jan10

Orange Pancakes

A light and thin pancake recipe with your morning gloss of OJ cooked right in! INGREDIENTS ½ cup self raising flour pinch salt 1 egg ¾ cup milk 3 tbl/spoons softened butter 2 tbl/spoons icing sugar grated rind of one orange ½ cup orange juice METHOD Sift flour & salt into bowl add lightly beaten egg & milk mix to smooth batter stand one hour grease hot pan well pour in a little batter cook one minute turn cook other side...

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Smoked Salmon and Blue Cheese Risotto
Jul21

Smoked Salmon and Blue Cheese Risotto

A rich and creamy winter dish featuring delicious smoked salmon and your favourite blue cheese. We’ve deliberately not specified a brand because there’s too many to choose from. Shop local, look for cheeses made from ingredients sourced from your local area or made by local farmers. You’ll be amazed at the standard that’s hiding right there in your back yard. INGREDIENTS 1 litre of chicken stock 1 x large onion...

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Sweet Potato & Hummus Salad

We dropped in to visit some friends who have recently planted a vegetable garden to accompany their 5 chooks, turning a typical suburban backyard into a mini-farm. We picked some basil, cos lettuce and endive, all so crisp and green with life, eating it as we went and saving a bit for dinner. For dinner, they whipped up a ceasar salad using the cos lettuce, fresh eggs and left over Xmas ham while we used some Xmas leftovers of our own...

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Sandwich Press Omelette
Feb01

Sandwich Press Omelette

This is so easy that you will kick yourself that you’ve never thought of it. Go on, kick yourself. If, like me, you just avoided omelettes because they were just too hard then you are in luck. A $30 sandwich press is the most effective omelette maker you’ll find in your home. 2 flat hot non stick surfaces. It really is what omelette dreams are made of, so go on, get creative. Here’s one to start you off …...

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