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Sun drying excess fresh mint leaves for many months worth of peppermint tea. Fresh mint in black tea is delicious, but this is a way to preserve excess fresh mint before it goes bad and had to be tossed... in the worm farm of course (waste nothing!). You can do this to any cooking/drinking herbs for safe long term pantry storage. Store in air tight container.
#pepperminttea #mint #peppermint #sundried #minttea #infusion #herbs #wastenothing #simplicious
Homemade lactofermented #kimchi beginning a 7day ferment in the vege press.
1/2 wombok cabbage, cut into 2cm squares
2 carrots, halved lengthways, then sliced using mandolin
1 whole diacon radish, halved lengthways, then sliced using mandolin
Knob of fresh ginger, sliced using mandolin
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced using mandolin
1 tblsp sea salt
Sprinkling of my homemade chili flakes (made by grinding homegrown dried chillis, then adding a little salt as a natural preservative; they keep for years)
Juice from a previous batch of sauerkraut
OR 1 sachet of vege culture starter eg. #bodyecology
OR use organic veg, which has naturally occurring starter bacteria (lactobaccilus) on it, which acts as the starter culture - nb. This method is called 'wild fermentation', whereby the first batch will be slightly weaker than following batches, ie. each subsequent batch made with juice from the previous wild fermented batch will be more populated with beneficial bacteria than the last.
Mix all ingredients. Do not pound (pounding is only required for making sauerkraut). Place in vege press, contents fully submerged (add more water if required), for 7days (or glass jar with weighed object so everything is submerged). Refrigerate. Enjoy as a gut nourishing probiotic condiment with meals.
#probiotics #gutflora #reseeding #healthybacteria #guthealing #guthealth #lactofermentation #fermentedfood #culturedfood #wildfermentation #sauerkraut
Delayed Shrove Tuesday upload. Pancakes for religious purposes? Yes, please.
Two ingredient pancakes: blitz 2 pastured eggs per one banana using a stick blender until light and fluffy. Pan fry in coconut oil. Stack, decorate with chopped fruit, nuts, ghee and dust with cinnamon.
Whole30 police: I don't have a emotional relationship with pancakes, so please don't shoot me for using approved ingredients to make a #swypo treat for pancake Tuesday. 👮 Now I'm off to church! 😇💒 #paleopancakes #nutrientdensepancakes #healthytreat #refinedsugarfree #shrovetuesday #lent #catholicfood 😃
This is my attempt at making a couple of lowtox products for my skin, which absorbs much of what goes on it, including the millions of chemicals we're exposed to everyday, even in the furniture we sit on (true fact), affecting the role of estrogen. Inspired by this #SBS documentary I watched last night: http://www.sbs.com.au/programs/tales-of-the-unexpected/video/213608515920/Secret-Life-Of-Breasts
Homemade bentonite clay face mask, never fails to make my skin feel wonderfully soft: http://wellnessmama.com/5915/benefits-of-bentonite-clay/
Homemade deodorant recipe (I used arrowroot flour instead of cornstarch and added a little tea tree oil based on ingredient lists I'd seen on natural deo's in in health stores): http://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/recipe-homemade-deodorant-really-works.html
I use ACV (bottom jar) to zap zits.
And moisturise my body with olive oil.
I get all my ingredients in health stores or online. Geeze look at that head.
#facemask #lowtox #homemadedeodorant #naturaldeodorant #chemicalfree
Chicken, brussel sprout and sweet potato pie for dinner.
Filling ingredients: organic chicken meat (picked out of the pot of bone broth - waste nothing!), onion, garlic, shredded brussel sprouts, turmeric, passata, oregano from my garden, s&p.
Topping ingredients: sweet potato mash, ghee, s&p.
#Whole30recipes #whole30 #chickenpie #sweetpotato #brusselsprouts #simplicious
12 hour chicken broth. This stuff is nutritional liquid gold for so many reasons.
Info on bone broth here: http://www.sarahwilson.com/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/
I always save the fat off the top of a pot of broth for cooking.
#brothoflife #chickenbroth #chickensoup #bonebroth #bonebrothheals #nutrition #nutrientdense #guthealing #gutsealing #guthealth #simplicious
Organic chicken frames about to go on low for 12hours covered in filtered water with a dash of vinegar to draw out the minerals, which will become a beautiful bone broth (aka, a mineral rich homemade chicken stock). I'll strain and season it with s&p after. You could also add chopped onion, carrot celery in the final few hours for added flavour. Each organic carcass cost me $3 bucks.
#bonebroth #guthealing #chickensoup #gutsealing #chickenbroth #chickensoupforthebodyandsoul #simplicious
Dins: Warm bolognese 'dip' with raw vegetable sticks. Went nicely with a bowl of creamy 'neep & leek soup (soup recipe posted yesterday) and a side of foraged dock leaves sautéed in ghee.
#whole30 #Whole30recipes #leftovers #jerf #detox #realfood #wholefoods #sugarfree #dairyfree #grainfree #glutenfree #preservativefree #additivefree
Touring Old Government House in Parramatta yesterday. Of course the kitchen is my favourite room. I would definitely dig making bread and churning butter by hand every single day. :) #parramatta #oldgovernmenthouse #australia #history #parramattapark @cityofparramatta @oldparramatta
Each week I'm going to set an optional #challenge to #whole30 goers (or anyone who's interested). For week two, I invite you to start mixing up the ingredients you typically use.
Animal protein: Try an unfamiliar cut of meat. If you're a chicken breast kind of gal/guy, then try wings or chicken neck soup or make duck a l'orange instead. You could slow cook some osso bucco beef bones or make kangaroo rissoles instead of your usual bbq rump steak. You could roast some marrow bones and pick out that juicy gold with a chopstick or get really brave and add a little liver (nature's multivitamin) to your scrambled eggs or make a steak and KIDNEY pie with parsnip mash instead of using potatoes. Or forget land animals altogether and give a beautiful whole fish (expand beyond salmon or tuna) in the oven a go with lemongrass and galangal. Perhaps you've always wondered what the fuss over soft shell crab is about (coated in coconut flour then fried in ghee of course) or maybe you'd like to try steaming some mussels in a rich basil and tomato sauce.
Fruit/Vegetables: if you usually reach for the same three veges in the supermarket shelf (does carrot/potato/broccoli sound familiar?) then try an Asian green grocer. Think winter melon soup, shaved fennel salad with grated diacon radish or stir fried bitter melon. Instead of your usual apple a day, try a persimmon, some pomegranate or a guava (something in season). Even if u can only manage just ONE new food this week, that's great. But since vegetables & fruit are our only source of carbohydrate, we may as well use this opportunity to expand our cooking repertoire, develop our taste palettes and broaden the range of nutrients we usually consume. Hey, it could even be fun!
Strategy: locate one unfamiliar item in the shop/at the market. Then google it with the word 'recipe' to see what comes up.
Can't wait to hear about your adventures! Week Two, come at me, bro!
Peace, love and vegetables (...and animal protein and approved fats), Karls xo
#varietyisthespiceoflife #nextwhole30star @whole30recipes
Prepared a big pot of soup this afternoon. It's 'neep and leek.
Variety is the spice of life!
Sweat chopped leeks in ghee, add diced turnip, stock/broth. Simmer until soft. Blitz until smooth. Season well. You could also add coconut cream for some creamy factor or a few potatoes.
Garnish with #zaatar, activated almonds and nutmeg.
#soup #broth #vegetables #turnip #leek #Whole30recipes #whole30 #nextwhole30star
#Whole30 day 5 lunch. Fueling up before a night out where I know I'll be starving if I'm not prepared. Homemade everything from scratch:
Minty lamb patties (lamb mince, onion, fresh mint, shallots, oregano, egg, s&p) with onion rings, foraged dock leaves, carrot and homemade mayo on a mushroom 'bun' cooked in lamb dripping (dripping rendered after roasting lamb ribs a few weeks ago, saved and frozen till required). Made extra patties to freeze. Crispy beetroot coins (definitely not 'chips', no, definitely not) sliced raw using a mandolin then tossed in garlic infused olive oil and sea salt then oven baked.
Leftover turmeric roast potatoes, refried in lamb dripping.
That's lunch done. Ohhh, yeah. :) #Whole30recipes #nextwhole30star #paleo #paleoburger #mushroombun #lambburger #burgerporn #realfood #homecooking
I ALWAYS cook extra, but I NEVER throw food away. Bits n bobs from the week gone, all snug in their boxes ready to be frozen and grabbed on any busy work day for ready made compliant lunches. The more often I do this, the more variety I build up in my freezer, 'cause no one wants to eat the same thing everyday. Lean Cuisine eat your heart out! 👊 🍊Roast pumpkin
🍗Chicken and Butter Sauce Curry
🍅Stir fried omelette filling
#mealprep #timesaving #nourish #leftovers #fastfood #realfood #schoollunches #wastenothing #kitchentip #whole30 #simplicious
#Whole30 day 4 Dinner: homemade nori rolls filled with tuna, avocado and pan fried egg whites leftover (waste nothing!) from the yolks I used to make this decadent mayonnaise, sprinkled in dulse flakes. Piped it out of the cut-off corner of a small bag. Bomb diggety! 15mins tops including mayo making using stick blender. Happy Friday. :) 30 days #whole30 digestive reset: no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sugar, no alcohol, no msg/additives, no Paleo treats, no cheats. Eat only meat, poultry, fish, eggs, veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, natural fats (olive oil, animal fat, ghee, coconut). #Whole30 #realfood #detox #nori #seavegetables #seaweed #iodine #homemademayo #egg #tuna #avocado #Whole30recipes #nutrientdense #highfat #paleo #nextwhole30star
I took this 'unusual fruits platter' as a #Whole30 alternative to cake to a birthday dinner this week; unusual being subjective of course. But I knew they'd be a curiosity for these particular kids and everyone had fun trying things they'd never seen or tasted before.
Lychee, longan, fresh fig, dragon fruit, blood orange, sugar plums, star fruit.
#fruit #asianpersuasion #eattherainbow #broadenthepalate #nextwhole30star
#Whole30 day 3 dinner: Butter Chicken 'of sorts' (it's always everyone's bloody favourite, isn't it? But I'll tell u why anything us Aussies call Butter Chicken is BS in a minute), sautéed silverbeet grown in my backyard and the most outrageous twice cooked organic crispy turmeric potatoes that are so good they have me wondering whether I've pushed the boundaries of #swypo tonight. Curry on hot chips much? What detox? The Brits would approve of this combination. But these are actually compliant.
Back to the Butter Chicken. So I'm heading to Himachal Pradesh in 2.5 months and whilst scoping out the food scene at my local northern Indian restaurant in preparation for my trip, the waiter almost kills himself laughing telling us the story of 'Australian Butter Chicken'. The first BC he ever ate in Australia, he actually thought was a dessert! So there you have it. Ya think you're eating authentic Indian and then, bam! Your sugar loving, western palette fools you again. And it's actually called 'Murgh makhani'. Ok?
Well, I intend to track down the real deal when I'm in Rome... so to speak.
I'll call this 'Chicken and Butter Curry': Flash fry spices (coriander seed, cumin seed, garam masala, cardamom, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, chili powder, etc - there are regional variations) and onion in ghee (ghee is Indian style clarified butter). Add tomato paste. Then diced chicken thigh. I used some coconut cream too, but traditionally the meat is marinated in dairy cream. Simmer.
Twice cooked spiced turmeric potatoes:
Par boil cubed potatoes. Drain. Toss in ghee, organic turmeric powder and cumin seeds. Oven roast until golden and crispy. Drain any excess ghee drippings into the curry pot. I ate my curry on 'chips' like the loyal 6th generation British descendant that I am.
#chickencurry #winnerwinnerchickendinner #butterchicken #indianfood #spices #potato #ghee #nextwhole30star