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    Experimenting in the Kitchen

    I’ve been trying a few recipes in the kitchen adding a new favourite and discovering a few ‘don’t repeats.’ Seed & Nut Balls – A huge favourite that we are making just about daily are these Jewel Bliss Balls, full of goodness with almonds, chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds as well as yummies of dates and dried apricots. I suspect the ultimate yummy is the choc chips we have substituted for cocoa nibs, perhaps not so healthy. Totally happy to know we are eating all the goodness of seeds and nuts. Thanks to Marijke for the pin. Seed & Nut Bars – Thinking more seeds I trialed a different…

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    Kitchen Creativity: Wins & Losses

    I’ve been enjoying a creative time in the kitchen recently, claiming quite a few wins along with a spectacular loss. Wins Kale Juice  I was rather dubious about the look of kale juice, it was so green! A friend reassured me it didn’t taste green and it didn’t. I love kale juice, it’s so refreshing. My usual ‘go to’ choice for breakfast and it always leaves me energised. My recipe: Squeeze 3 oranges, 2 kale leafs (strip off stalks) and a pear (optional) Blend and drink, that simple. Spinach Quiche Spinach quiche has long been a favourite here, PC in particular loves it, which I know makes me very fortunate…

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    Determined to Master: Sponge Cakes

    As a child and teen I attended country ‘do’s’ and dances, at each of these events the tables would groan with home baked goodies carried in by the farmer’s wives. Caramel, chocolate and jam slices, scones with jam and cream, a variety of cakes, layered sponge cakes, goodies upon more goodies.   My brother and I spent many holiday’s at our Great Uncle and Aunty’s dairy farm, Uncle would rise early to milk the cows and we’d help. We were back at the house by 8 o’clock eating breakfast on a pretty tablecloth, jam in glass dishes and creamy milk in pretty jugs, our Aunty certainly had the knack. Ah…

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    Plating Up

    In our early years as a family, many an afternoon I would ring my husband at 4.30pm at work and ask him, “What will we have for tea!?” Not planning properly and frozen in decision making, we consequently bought pizza on far too many nights! I came to realise that the key to success for us in our cooking juggle was organisation.  On the days that I thought about tea immediately after breakfast and removed meat from the freezer accordingly, were the days all went well (at least in the meal arena;)    It became apparent that I functioned far better with a plan, I was not good at making…

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    Yoghurt in the Slow Cooker

    We purchased yoghurt for a Christmas treat and then craved more.  At $5 a litre the cost was astronomical, so I began investigating how to make our own.  Using these recipes and tips we made a batch up, cost only $3 for 2 litres!  Using a slow cooker is so simple, just three basic steps. Pour 2 litres(.52gal) of milk into slow cooker. Cook on high until temperature reaches 180F.  Takes about 2.5 hrs. (You will need a milk thermometer.) Take off lid and cool until temperature drops to 115F. Add one cup of yoghurt (containing live cultures) and half a cup of powdered milk. (Too runny otherwise).  Place lid back on and towel over…

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    Grain Free for Over a Year

    It has been over a year since we began on our Primal/Paleo journey, going grain free, sugar and dairy free etc.  Our teen the most affected by acne has not eaten grain bread in all that time! You may remember after reading Loren Cordain’s Dietary Cure for Acne we embarked on this journey to help rid our teens of acne. In the beginning we began most enthusiastically, the whole family, all at once.  Well some were more enthusiastic than others;)  We were eating no processed foods, we were eating real food; plenty of meat, seafood, eggs, lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and omega 3 fats.  We weren’t eating; white potatoes, grains, sugar, dairy, legumes and omega 6…

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    Paleo and Experimentation

    Our 30 Day Elimination period came to an end a fortnight ago, teen with moderate acne’s inflammation was greatly reduced and skin was looking great, the best it has looked in two years.  As an added bonus we were all experiencing improved health. We decided to re-introduce potatoes first and this appeared to be successful, although we continue to limit the amount of potatoes in our diet.  Next trial; our teens were longing mostly for a hot cereal breakfast, after much thought teen at the most risk trialled with rice flakes and goat’s milk.  The gusto and enthusiasm was a joy to behold.  A few days later we also trialled…

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    Beginning Paleo 30 Day Elimination Diet

    As recommended in The Dietary Cure for Acne we have begun our 30 Day elimination diet. We are endeavouring to follow the ‘rules’ as closely as possible, however we realistically acknowledge that eliminating sweet potatoes is impossible.  We have already eliminated potatoes, as one child says, “What else is left!” About four days into the diet I ‘slipped,’ I was making a zucchini pie and figured that 2 cups of wheat flour between 10 people translated to only one-fifth of a cup each,  my teens would be fine.  They weren’t!  The next day one child noticed the first new pimples in days and another’s hayfever symptoms were much worse again. …