Beef Bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is a traditional slow cook French recipe, it is cooked in red wine with mushrooms and shallots. It is a delicious stew and perfect for low carb eating. I do not put any flour in to thicken the sauce and as I like to serve this with puréed cauliflower I use a spoonful…

Asparagus and leek quiche with a cauliflower cheese crust

There are no grains in this cheesy cauliflower quiche crust.  Egg whites are used to crisp up the crust and ensure a seal against the filling leaking out. The extra yolks are added to the filling to make it rich and creamy. Asparagus is in season in New Zealand so I like to use it…

Hard boiled egg and parsley salsa

This hard boiled egg salsa is great with meat or fish but also great as a light lunch piled onto cos lettuce leaves. It is quick and simple to make and can be pulled together in just 15 minutes.Ingredients. 3 generous tablespoons of pine nuts. 2 scant tablespoons of capers. juice of 1 lemon. 30ml…

Chocolate Coconut Hazelnut dairy free cheesecake

This chocolate hazelnut cheesecake is no bake, no dairy, no sugar except for the small amount in the 90% chocolate. I am using Nelson company Divine chocolate for my 90% chocolate, this beautiful chocolate is dairy free and has very low sugar. I am using Nelson company Little Bare for my full fat coconut cream,…

Rhubarb jelly

This rhubarb jelly is another simple way to get more gelatine / collagen into your diet. Rhubarb is extremely low in carbs for a fruit but is rich in vitamins and minerals. I love the tart fresh taste of rhubarb and prefer it without any sweetener, in its unsweetened form it is very refreshing and…

Fish Broth and Fish Soup

To make a really good fish soup you need to start with a really good fish broth. I like to use fish heads and frames, buy them from your fishmonger they are usually quite inexpensive. It’s really worth the small amount of effort to make fish broth and I generally make 4 to 5 litres…

Calendula and herb dressing

Calendula is well known for its healing qualities it is anti-inflammatory,  anti-bacterial and it contains antioxidants in the form of flavonoids and carotenoids which convert to vitamin A, important for vision and healthy skin. So if like me you find you have an abundance of flowers you can make this yummy, healing, herby, green dressing,…

Chocolate Pots & Truffles

For me chocolate is something I eat a small amount of most days, I only eat the 90% chocolate and I have learnt to love it’s bitter sweet flavour. Dark 90% chocolate has lots of health benefits it is a fabulous antioxidant and is rich in polyphenols. It can be hard to get 90% chocolate in…

Green wraps and green pesto sauce

These wraps are very versatile, they can be eaten warm or cold as wraps, they are strong enough to take for lunches or picnics they can be used as a canalloni substitute for pasta type bakes or shredded to make fettuccini and covered with a sauce and they keep for several days in the refrigerator.Ingredients…

Chorizo and Cavelero Nero soup

This spicy soup is a traditional Portuguese dish made with lots of dark greens and spicy sausage. Caldo verde, as it is called, is eaten a lot both in Portugal and in Brazil and the recipe varies from region to region. I was first introduced to this soup by my English friends Linda and Tin,…