Chocolate and coconut roughs

In the last 12 months I have had a big turn around in what I eat, and have discovered Cyndi O’Meara’s HGC Elimination Protocol. Last January (2013) I weighed in at 75kgs, and although all my friends told me I was slim or fine, I just didn’t like how I felt. Plus I felt bloated…

Hot cross buns

This recipe is taken from Karen Martini’s recipe in The Age. I used Stevia instead of sugar in the buns and I also grated the rind of an orange instead of using candied orange peel. Really happy with how they turned out, and everyone seems happy with the flavour! Ingredients Buns (this is half the…

Limburg cherry crumble flan (Limburgse kersen kruimel vlaai)

Doesn’t it piss you off when a recipe book can’t do the basic thing they are meant to do, and enable you to recreate it? Well, they have excelled themselves in the Dutch Cooking Today cookbook and got the proportions so out of whack, that I have finally decided to rewrite the recipe after testing…

Date pecan rum balls

Due to overwhelming feedback from my Facebook friends, here’s my latest and greatest guilt-free dessert.¬†Awesome for the wheat-free, sugar-free, fat-free conscious friends. I picked this recipe up today at work, attending a healthy cooking class (I work for a Health Insurance company, so it’s good to see the company promoting this stuff). Never mind blogging…

10 min Asian style chicken and noodle soup

Fuelled by a comment made my my 5 year old (who constantly reminds me that she is 5 and a half!) that I haven’t made chicken and noodle soup in a long time, I whacked one up today in 10 minutes, and it must have been pretty good, because it is being touted by all…

Fetta and Garlic Mushrooms

I married one of the few Dutch men on the planet who doesn’t like cheese. Yes, Tom won’t eat it. I don’t know why. I suspect he had some horror cheese experience earlier on in life. Who knows. It’s hard to believe really, considering his parents would probably die from withdrawal symptoms if you took…

Keeping it real – back to butter

I have long been an advocate of butter – as opposed to margarine. I don’t see what the lure is behind a man made concoction when compared to something natural. I personally believe that even though butter contains fat, that our bodies are better designed to absorb, burn and then excrete natural foods rather than…

Pain a l’Ancienne – Rustic French bread

Few things rival the sort of bread you can buy in France. In Australia, there is now a growing artisan bakery movement, and these days I can buy beautiful bread not far from home, but we have never been able to make anything at home that competes….until now. The recipe comes from The Bread Baker’s…

Lemon and passion fruit curd

We went out for breakfast this morning – a rare treat at the moment – and I know why. Somebody (very small who shall remain nameless) is very determined to stand in a high chair, scream, and snatch things off surrounding tables. Sure, I don’t expect much else from a 10 month old, but it…

Chicken with red peppers – Pollo Chilindron

I recall mum making a dish when I was young with chicken and red peppers, and I had a real fanging for it the other day (even though it’s probably been a good 25 years since I have eaten it). Mum called it Chicken Pepperoni – which is clearly not right because hers didn’t have…

Zuurkool met worst (a Dutch winter favourite)

I haven’t blogged for a while, probably because there is really no such thing as a work life balance when you have three kids. It’s more like work – life compromise. And unfortunately it’s the creative delights such as writing that get the first flick. I have to say however that I am really very…

Spiced root vegetable cake

It’s winter, cold outside, and when I get home from work with my hungry brood it is already dark (how depressing is that?). You walk in the door, drop the bags, and then the next dilema is what to feed all of the hungry mouths that include the palate of a 10 month old, and…