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Photos on Sunday : Christmas Day Lunch

Photos on Sunday : Christmas Day Lunch

How was your Christmas Day?    Max and I started the day attending early morning service.  Then it is back home for breakfast.   In between long distance calls from families, lunch was prepared.  I hope you have had a beautiful day filled with many happy memories. …..          

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Banana Coconut Cake

Banana Coconut Cake

Hello All,  Good Morning and a Very Happy & Blessed Christmas.  XOXO Elsie The idea for the cake came from here which I adapted slightly .. simple to make, gluten free and dairy free.  It is very filling so a small slice will satisfy.  I serve it with coconut yogurt. Banana Coconut Cake Ingredients: 2 Read More…

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Marinated Sardines (Escabeche)

Marinated Sardines (Escabeche)

Marinated Sardines (Escabeche) Ingredients 12 sardines salt and pepper 70 ml  clarified butter or lard 1/3 cup coconut balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar) 1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, sliced thinly orange or lemon zest (about 5 cm) 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 fresh bay leaf Read More…

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The importance of bone broth

The importance of bone broth

“A big stock pot is the most important gift a bride could receive.” – Dr Francis Pottemger Making bone broth is a regular part of my kitchen routine.  I use bones from chicken, duck, beef, lamb and pork, odd bits such oxtails (my favourite), pig trotters, pig tails, pig skins and chicken feet.  When available, Read More…

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Photos on Sunday: New kids on the block

Photos on Sunday: New kids on the block

Photos of a pair of super cute twins,  at 3 weeks old, taken at my friend’s farm.  These goat kids are so adorable.  It is lovely to watch them skipping, hopping and running but photographing them is a different story … My friend has been sharing her lovely goat’s milk with me and I have Read More…

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Citrus Cured Lamb Hearts

Citrus Cured Lamb Hearts

Inspired by a recipe for citrus cured wagyu beef in Luke Nguyen’s Indochine, I made this amazingly delicious appetizer using lamb hearts. Citrus-cured lamb hearts Ingredients 2 lamb hearts juice from 2  Tahitian limes 2 tsp of coconut aminos 1 tsp of coconut nectar a pinch of salt & freshly ground pepper 1 tsp of Read More…

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Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Homemade Feta Cheese Ingredients 10 litres raw milk 1/4 tsp mesophilic culture 6 ml liquid rennet cheese salt whey/brine solution Method Heat the milk to 31deg C. Add the culture, stirring to combine. Cover and allow the milk to ripen for 1 hour. Add the diluted rennet and gently stir for a few minutes. Cover Read More…

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Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare A simple, nutrient dense meal! Ingredients best quality grass fed beef fillet (allow 125 to 150 grams per person) egg yolk (1 per person), use only the freshest, best quality eggs, preferably pastured seasonings spanish onions (finally chopped) salted capers (rinsed and chopped) gherkins (I used my own lacto fermented cucumbers) flat leaf Read More…

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Baked Ricotta with tomatoes & olives

Baked Ricotta with tomatoes & olives

Ingredients 350g ricotta (homemade) 50g parmesan (grated) 1 egg (separated) 1 tbs basil  (sliced thinly) lemon zest sea salt & pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180 C. In a bowl place the ricotta, egg yolk, parmesan, lemon zest, basil leaves and stir to combine. Add whisked egg white to the mixture  and gently fold Read More…

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When Chocolate is inevitable …… make it a good one!

When Chocolate is inevitable …… make it a good one!

Over the Easter holidays, I received an email from Pam, a friend and member of our monthly cook & chat group,  sharing a recipe for a homemade chocolate that she created.   With her permission, I am posting her recipe here: When Chocolate is inevitable – make a good one!           Read More…

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