Vegan Coconut Broth – for all things yummy –

vegan curry 1 vegan curry 2   Every week – I make this – every week I fall in love all over again. It’s THAT good! You can serve over steamed vegetables, add as a sauce to brown rice and greens or a stir fry, use as a soup and just dump in your favourite raw foods…it’s uses are endless. Don’t be put off what looks to be a large list of ingredients – I always have these on hand and most people do.

Thanks Rocket for getting me typing- he gave my husband the word in the surf “Tell your wife to put up her recipes if she’s gonna load up those pics!”

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1 medium to large onion
  • 2 large or 4 cloves of garlic (more in winter!)
  • 1-4 red chillies (depends on how hot you like it)
  • Lemongrass (fresh I use 4 sticks – peel outer leaves and crush the white part with heel of knife then roughly chop bottom of stalks – stop when they go too stringy) or if using pre-made about 1 – 2 tablespoons.
  • Coriander – a large handful, crush the roots then chop. Also chopped leaves. In my mind – too much coriander is never enough
  • Tumeric – get yourself 2 knobs (about fingers length) and grate in a fine grater. Skin and all – I don’t bother peeling and if it’s super fresh you don’t need to peel.
  • Ginger – 1 x knob – peel this one and roughly grate.
  • 4 limes
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (2 if you like it really sour!) Tamarind paste is available at the asian grocers (or maybe even the asian section in supermarket?) and it gives everything the “sour” – it’s the secret ingredient you NEED in your fridge – I use it in all curries, asian dishes, even rice.
  • 1/4 cup tamari (or soy sauce) but tamari is SO much better. No gluten, less salt, use 1/2 the amount of soy as much richer and stronger flavour.
  • Salt
  • Coconut Cream and/or coconut milk (or I use one of each). Check the ingredients – go the organic if you can – it’s a lot better than the generic supermarket brands that have got weird shit in them)
  • Steamed vegies.
  • Sprouts to garnish
  1. Saute on medium heat one largish onion in coconut oil.
  2. Add garlic & chilli. Mix well and stir for about 8 minutes until onion and garlic are soft.
  3. Add lemongrass, tumeric, ginger & coriander. Stir around for another few minutes – it should be smelling delicious by now!
  4. Add your tamarind paste, lime juice, tamari & some salt. Stir for another 2 minutes or so.
  5. Add 1 x tin of coconut cream, 1 x tin coconut milk and 1/2 a tin of water. Mix well, turn down heat and flavour up.
  6. While that’s simmering away, I get a large bamboo steamer into a pot with about 2.5 cm of water in the bottom on a high hotplate. Peel 1 x sweet potato, some pumpkin and brocolli and chuck in) Put bamboo lid on plus pot lid. Just when softening I put in snow peas and kale or whatever else you’ve got fresh. Arrange steamed veg onto a plate and cover in your broth. Top with raw sunflower sprouts and raw corn for extra crunch
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7 reasons why “paleo” is a steaming pile of doodoo…

Far out – meat slaughter is coming to a “health” food store near you, your Yoga teacher could quite possible be spouting some shit about “losing weight following paleo principles” and it’s quite probable that stink you’re smelling is just your neighbour cooking up a carcass for “bone broth”…and don’t get me started on the snooty fucking waiters that tell you “the pork belly is just divine darling, cooked grain free of course and served with a cauliflower rice, with a bacon, liver, heart, bone & eyeball foam…F*CK OFF!

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So here’s 7 real good reasons to go back to being a “vego” and eating the foods that NATURE (not the butcher) has given us…FRUIT, VEGETABLES, WHOLEGRAINS, SEEDS, NUTS…

Here it is EATING LOADS OF MEAT & AMIMAL PRODUCTS IS NOT HEALTHY – not for you, not for your baby and certainly not for the planet…

1) It’s a rich persons diet. You can get an entire box of organic spray free vegetables – for your 1 steak, and paying $16 for 200g of activated almonds is BULLSHIT!

2) It’s probably chock full of cancer causing chemicals. Unless you’re buying organic, grass fed carcasses you’re eating animal that has been fed GM (genetically modified) grains (not an animals natural food) and living in diseased conditions.Cattle / chickens etc raised for the slaughter are held in deplorable conditions. Raised on hormones and antibiotics. Not so “optimal” now is it?

3) You tell me you’ll be skinny, muscly, amino acids build muscle right? When did skinny become the new “man fix”? Is this male body dysmorphia gone wrong? Are we bringing up our men / sons / daughters and telling them to look like this is healthy? Is that healthy? Mentally, emotionally? Preaching health is great, preaching a certain body type is not.

4) Monoculture is unsustainable for the planet. If every person were to adopt a “paleo” diet – it’s goodbye to all those things you enjoy – clean air, clean water and beautiful scenery. Instead you’ll be driving abbatoirs (ever driven by one? It’s pretty fucking awful!)

5) Water usage – all humans use WAY to much water. It’s not infinite – it will run out. We’re talking 15550 litres of water per kg of beef…I’ll give you a minute to absorb that. 15500 litres of water PER kg of beef (compared to 50 litres for 1 orange) The more meat, the more water. The more water the less water. (Australian stats)

6) Grains are the devil?…not really! How long have we been eating “bread?” About 10000 years. The bread of today is crap -we all know that. But buying  a fermented sourdough bread is good! That’s real bread – kinda like comparing chicken to chicken nuggets. Bread is not your enemy!

7) Disease and life expectancy? Well we all died at around the age of 30-40 back in those days. Today we’re living till 80’s – disease free and medicine free. If you eat well, sleep well, and be well – you’ll live well….simples right?

Save the cows – eat some plants. Fruit is your friend!

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How to hack a Vegie Burger (with no recipe) simples….

So you love vegie burgers, but those supermarket one’s are pretty yuck, (my kids won’t eat them) and mock meats are disgusting (I love a tofu burger though) Here’s how to make your own vegie patties – GF, DF, egg free, shitfree & vegan. In 6 easy steps!

  • Steam or lightly boil some vegies – I used potato, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, (options / additions – pumpkin, spinach / kale, corn). Put the lighter vegies in after the potatoes have started boiling – ya don’t want soggy!

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  • Chop some garlic & onion. (You can lightly saute if you like, I just add raw)
  • Add your beans / base – I used a tin of organic cannelini beans. Rinse your beans very well, and let dry before using. (Or pat with a paper towel to remove excess moisture) (Options – lentils, black beans)
  • Add some crunch – I added 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1/3 cup of sesame seeds.
  • Add your flavour – I added salt, pepper, coriander root, cumin. (Options curry powder, fresh herbs) The one thing I ALWAYS add is sumac – lemon flavour – it goes with everything…
  • Mash roughly, allow to cool. Form into patties and refrigerate. Fry or bake. That’s it – your done. Serve them up on some fresh wholegrain bread with your fave chilli sauce & salad, or be mega healthy and serve on a bed of baby kale / spinach topped with an avo salsa. Store in fridge / freezer whatever – they are VERY versatile!

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Serving ideas? On some rye toast with avocado, hommus, salad & chilli sauce, pictured here with homemade bread & homemade chilli (yes I’m good aren’t i!?) Freestyle on a plate with a salad, in a wrap with your favourite fixings…healthy, easy, good!

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Lucky Fruit, Alchemy & Our Tropical Fruit World Adventure

Hi! 2015 is here – it’s a new year, whoop whoop! Fresh start – and what is better than Summer in QLD & fresh fruit! And I mean REAL fruit, not the 8 month old apples you’re buying at Coles! With the “Paleo” mongers and the “I Quit Sugar” freaks (yes, I am talking about you Pete & Sarah!) fruit has been put on the “naughty” list. What a crock – fruit is life, and a gift from the gods…have you ever taken the time to really look at fruit and fruit trees? Well if you’re ever in Byron, Northern Rivers or the Gold Coast / Brisbane – take a day and go to Tropical Fruit World. I thought I knew fruit – and my mind was blown! Not only by the fact that they grow OVER 500 species of fruit onsite, but the knowledge the staff have, on pretty much everything! Like did you know a pineapple in the wild takes 15 years to grow! And that lychees are the worlds oldest fruit-dating back around 4000 years, and that mangoes are the worlds most eaten fruit? (I thought it was bananas) And get this – they have a fruit (well a berry actually) called Miracle Berry, and it completely changes your taste buds!? I won’t spoil the surprise with what they do at Tropical Fruit World – but you can read all about Miracle Berry here – and it was even banned by the FDA in America! But the miracle is that this berry could have the ability to alter what people eat, so they eat better. That would be good, right? And for 1000’s of years fruit has been written about, talked about and used medicinally. Even the white coat lab geeks are turning to fruit (and veg) to look at certain things under the microscope – and the terms “cancer curing” is going to come from nature – 100% for sure!

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Here’s just a few items growing at Tropical Fruit World.. Dragonfruit – My very most favourite fruit in the whole wide world, is actually a cactus! They come in array of colours (all grown on site at Tropical Fruit World), they are chock full of antioxidants, have good fats & protein (yes, naysayers – fruit has protein!) because of the seeds & fibre. Why wouldn’t you want these in your diet? And the addition of half a frozen one to your smoothie in the morning will make it bright pink…guaranteed to tempt “fussy” eaters..

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Reed Avocado – Yes avocado are fruit..and Reed avo’s are the very best, yummiest, creamiest variety you can get! We know avocado is great for your skin, your heart health etc. The guys at Tropical Fruit World even have their own facial Avocado Oil – we couldn’t resist buying some and it’s goooooood! Way cheaper and 1000 times better than the cosmetic brands you’re putting on your skin right now. (And not tested on animals either!) The avo products and oil are all done locally. Great for a gift or sending O.S

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Not only do you get to shop at the very best fruit shop you will find – full of colourful, wonderful fruit.SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

And you can go crazy for sauces, foods, gifts, handmade ice-cream etc in the Gift Store (all free entry) – with things like Lemon Myrtle Mist to Dragon Fire Chilli Sauce (I’m buying 3 bottles next time) to Aboriginal textiles and everything in between SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA You also get to go on 2 tours! Tour 1 is a tropical fruit tasting. It’s very informative and you get to try literally dozens of fruit (most of which you haven’t tried before – & I guarantee your kids will try stuff there they would never try at home!) SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA Tour 2 is a tractor ride through the fields and seeing acres of dazzling fruit, starts with a quick talk about the fertileness of the valley, and a view of Mount Chincogan to the west. You then ride through acres and acres of colour, and smell, and sights – it’s hard to describe in words! After a quick stop at the bottom where your guide picks some fruit and weaves his magic with the miracle berries – you are in for sensory overload! How can these berries be so..well..miraculous!?? When the tractor stops to park you walk over a rainforest bridge where you can play with some very cool and friendly farm animals , You then hop on a boat and go for a very cruisey river ride. And then a train ride! Far out – talk about getting bang for your buck! Ha, ha – then it’s back to the top – where you go mental buying fruit. We have been eating fruit all week, the kids have had some very interesting lunch boxes this week – that’s for sure.. SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA SUCH a good day, So worth the drive. I am actually driving down every week and buying a big box of fruit! It’s that good… My advice – Eat fruit, eat lots of it!!! Your skin will be glowing, your hair will be shining, your teeth will be whiter, you’ll have more energy, you’ll eat better and therefore you’ll sleep better – what’s not to love? Get your kids down there and introduce them to REAL fruit – you’ll never look back – and you’ll be amazed at how much more REAL fruit they will eat!

Get your school or kindy to do a tour. And if you’re local (aka the GC) you can get in FREE!

Thank you very much Tropical Fruit World for having us! See you every week when I come to stock up! If anyone is keen for fruit but cannot make the drive, you are welcome to drop a box and $$ to my place and I will shop for you! Namaste! Here’s to a fruity Feb! 

Kelly’s Pomegranate Power Salad

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With minimal ingredients this salad will pack you a powerhouse of nutrients.. pomegranates have been around for centuries and here’s just a few benefits

1) Blood / heart – anything red = heart health! And the tannins keep your arteries clear and help to lower cholesterol

2) Prostate – as above. men should be eating heaps of red raw fruits and vegetables to avoid prostate cancer

3) High in Vitamin C and Vitamin K

4) Used Ayurvedic medicine – for heart, blood building and as a traditional remedy against intestinal parasites and dysentry.

Pomegranates pop up in Ancient history all around the world – they’re not called food of the Gods for nothing! Check it out here!

SALAD:

1 cos lettuce. (Wash, trim and quarter)

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1/2 cup (cooled) toasted pine nuts (toast lightly, not too dark)

Seeds of a pomegranate (Roll fruit across counter to loosen seeds. Cut in 1/2 and scoop out seeds. Discard membrane. You can pop left over into juicer)

DRESSING:

1/3 cup quality extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons quality red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons seeded mustard

fresh oregano (optional)

TO MAKE;

Layer lettuce on a plate. Sprinkle across pomegranate seeds, crumbled feta and pine nut (alternate so you get lots of colour). Grind salt and pepper. Dress. Serve. Enjoy. Christmas in July anyone??

This served 2 adults and 1 child (with some roasted veggies), but I could eat all that on it’s own as meal! Super yum! Thanks Kelly! Mwah!

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Pecan Paleo Pie in your eye!

Seriously – even if you can’t cook – you can cook this. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s got F.A ingredients!

Paleo, schmaleo I says – but this tastes bloody amazing and you can whip it up for your running / cross fit paleo freak friends!

Turn oven onto 180. Lightly grease a pie dish or rectangle tart tin.

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2 cups almond meal
salt
2 tablespoons (warmed) coconut oil
1 egg (free range of course!)
Chuck it all in food processor and zap it tall it forms a ball. Take out and press into dish. (This pie crust will work for anything – any type of pie and/or desert.) (You can bake for 12 minutes or so in oven and keep – or just fill and bake)

FILLING;
3 eggs
2 tablespoons warmed coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
1 block of dark (plain) chocolate (I used Lindt 70% dark)
2 cups pecans

Chuck eggs, oil & sugar into food process and whip until blended. Break chocolate into chunks and throw pecans onto pie crust. Pour liquid over the top and bake for 40 minutes….

That’s it! Seriously fool proof!

Jamin’ Oat Slice – DF, GF, Egg free, Unrefined

Yeah it’s been a while, while I have still been cooking like a mofo – the photographing, recipe writing  takes a long time! I have been trying to move more and sit less (something we can all do!) so I have some to catching up to do!

We only eat eggs from chickens I know and love (and feed) and right now we we’re out. I try and make a healthy (small) snack for the kids on Sundays that last the week. With no eggs and a bit over anzacs I came up with this.

So this was kinda an oat slice…

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1 cup biodynamic wholemeal spelt flour (use coconut flour if total GF)

1 cup 5 grain porridge – tricitale, spelt, oats, barley, rice (all rolled) (buy GF oats)

pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon GF baking soda (Bobs Red Mill have GF and aluminium free)

2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar) the jam is sweet so you don’t need much!

1/2 cup coconut oil (warmed if winter – I just hit the microwave for 10-15 seconds)

Jam (I used a sugar free jam but here is a recipe for Chia Gel Jam if you want to make your own)

Put oven onto about 180

Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Add coconut water and work with hands. (Should be nice and moist). Press half the mix into a paper lined square cake / slice tin. Spread a thin layer of jam over the top. Add the rest of the mixture and press nice and compact. Bake in oven for between 30-40 minutes. Colour should be darkening.

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Allow to cool. Slice into  small squares.

Please enjoy….

Self-sabotage – WTF do we do that for!?

Hmm, sorry it’s been a while – life kinda got me off track for a while! 

After running into a neighbour / friend who was smoking her face off yesterday (on the way to pick up kids) I thought I’d have some insight (?) into why the hell when things go “wrong” we go on the attack? Usually on ourselves.

This lovely woman has changed her life, she broke up with husband a while ago, then moved with kids to a new suburb, made all new friends, starting kick-boxing, lost about 40kg and met a man and fell in love. Unfortunately relationship did not pan out – my poor lovely neighbour sits on her verandah drinking and smoking all day! She’s stopped exercising, stopped smiling, stopped living! And started walking down the path of many regrets! She wasn’t a smoker by the way. Misery loves company, one’s called booze and the other’s name is cigarettes. 

We’ve all been there right? As women (and this goes for every chick I know) we need the face-to-face closure. I need the bastard to look me in the eye and tell me he doesn’t love me anymore. Then I need to know why? Then I usually punch something (possibly him, in the face….) then I get crazy, go on a rampage, look hot, party and have revenge sex with someone (usually WAY younger) and then come back to earth ready to go back into the (dating) battle. 

But that was quite a few years ago! What do you do if you break up and you’re in your 40’s? You can’t party like a maniac and have revenge sex..can you? Well I know they do on TV but that’s not for reals….right? I guess that’s where the drinking by yourself on your verandah kicks in…boo, hiss! I told my neighbour I would be dragging her out for a walk soon – she looked at me like I was a disease…best wait for another week then…. 

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Green Mango Salad – Vegan. Gluten Free

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Oh My God! Where has this been all my life???? How have I not eaten this before???? I am going to eat this every day for about a week! My Dad owns 12 acres in Currumbin Valley and the property has loads of mango trees. With possums, flying foxes, cows (yep cows love mangoes), birds and Mother Earth knows what else stealing them I thought I better go get my fair share! So with a very steep hill, a washing basket and a homemade extended scythe, Dad (77 years old), Me and Vinnie (a.k.a the pest) crawled under the electric fence and hit up the trees. We battled cow pooh, spiders, more spiders, ants, BIG ants, but we came up trumps. It was hilarious actually.

So with my box of green mangoes I have decided to try a green mango (Thai influenced) salad. My husband doesn’t like coriander (in fact he hates it), and the kids don’t like either unfortunately… I don’t make so many. (I detest making 2-3 meals to suit everyone). But with everyone giving me the poohs this week, I decided to let them fend for themselves. Make you own breakfast, own lunch etc.etc…

So last night here’s how I did it:

  • 2 green mangoes. (I grated one and sliced and kinda matchstick the other)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • handful of roasted, salted cashews
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped (all white and some green)
  • coriander and mint (that mint and basil would be nice but I just grabbed what was in the garden)
  • 1 or 2 fresh red chillies (optional, but why wouldn’t ya???)

Other things you could add – some sliced Lebanese cucumber. Cherry Tomatoes. Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tamari (you could soy – although that contains gluten, or fish sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • salt

That’s it! Chuck all your salad ingredients in a bowl. Serve. Throw a few extra cashews on top for presentation. Dress to your liking. Enjoy! Love summer….