Red Chicken Curry in Coconut Cream

Here is a recipe I made today. If it’s winter where you live, it’s warming and hearty.One more thing, please toast your spices and then blend them – if you can. It’s worth the small effort and your nose will thank you!Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds
  • 3 – 4 cardamom seeds
  • 4 tblspn oil or butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 – 2 shallots
  • 4 – 6 large chicken thighs
  • 1 tblspn garam masala
  • 1 – 3 tblspn curry (I like spicy!)
  • 2 tblspn turmeric
  • 1 tblspn chilli powder
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 – 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 1-2 carrots or small yam
  • 2-3 zucchini
  • 3 red/yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tsp turmeric

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Cranberry Rum Orange Red Onion and Brie Galette

This is wonderful as an appetiser to start a special meal or as a main dish served with green veggies or a salad. We had it as our Christmas eve dinner starter.

If you’re making this for a dinner party I suggest you make the pastry and filling a day ahead to assemble and bake on the day.

Cranberry Orange Red Onion and Brie Galette

Pastry Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter (4 oz or 120g)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tblspn xantham gum
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Filling Ingredients:

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  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 4 tblspn butter
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 green apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 orange, use zest and squeezed juice
  • 2 tblspn rum
  • 2 tblspn very good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tblspn brown keto sugar
  • 1 tsp thyme or mint
  • 1 round brie or camembert

To make pastry: place dry ingredients in mixer or food processor and cut in cold butter. Mix until butter rubbed in. Add parmesan cheese and 2 eggs and process until a dough forms. Wrap and place in fridge to chill while you make filling. Flatten the dough a bit before storing to make it easier to roll out.

In a decent sized pot, melt butter. Add sliced onions and cook until softened. Add cranberries, orange juice, rum, orange zest, grated apple. Stir gently. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar and stir. Let simmer about 25 minutes, gently stirring just a few times. Lastly stir in mint or thyme if you are using herbs and turn off stove.

Heat oven to 350⁰F or 180⁰C

Let onion filling cool quite a bit. Pop the brie in the freezer while you roll out the dough. The brie will be easier to slice. I wrapped my dough in parchment paper which I then used for baking on. On a big pizza pan, roll out the dough into a round but it does not have to have perfect edges. Hopefully you have a rolling pin, or press down with your hands until round-ish and flat. This is the beauty of a galette. Rustic and improvised!

Spread half the onion mix in the middle leaving a generous border of pastry open which you will fold in. Slice the brie into the onion mix. Top with the rest of your onion mix and then the rest of the brie slices. Use up all that brie!

Fold your pastry over and in towards the filling mix covering about ⅓ of the onion mix. If it’s hard to work with chill the pan in the fridge to firm up the pastry. Pinch closed any pastry “holes” on the sides. Brush pastry with beaten egg or milk/cream.

Place in the middle of your oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is just turning golden.

Serve slices after letting galette rest about 10 minutes out of the oven.

Happy Holidays! 🕯❤

Cranberry Brandy cake, rum chocolate brownies and cardamom shortbread.

Chocolate coconut oatbran crunchies

Holiday tea party

Keto Lamb Stew: the spring edition

Hello! It’s been a while as life has been busy with getting vaccinated, more work and less time for cooking. Yesterday I made this ground lamb stew. We had some beautiful big radish and I subbed them as potatoes. I’m sure you know, but radish cook soft and just like potatoes, absorb the delicious flavours of a stew and are very satisfying.

To summarise: while browning the onion cut your veggies up, add the lamb, veggies and top with herbs, fresh or dried, add seasoning and simmer until tenderly cooked. Lets go!

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Easy Egg Foo Young

Sometimes you have days when a quick lunch or dinner dish is all you feel up to, or it’s been a busy day and you’re not feeling like the usual longer meal prep. Our favourite dish to make on days like these is Egg Foo Young.

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Keto Chile Rellenos

This was quite an adventure to make. My partner was kindly given some peppers at the community garden by a fellow gardener. My sister gave me a fab Mexican cookbook some time ago that I love and I watched a video of an amazing woman cooking chile rellenos on a wood stove in Mexico. Both inspired me. I hope you’re inspired too!

Recipe at the bottom!

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Tender Buttermilk Chicken Curry with Summer Veg

We’ve had a cool start to summer, it’s been more of an extended spring. I’m not complaining as it meant I could make a late seasonal curry with some local farm chicken.

I tried slow roasting one of these chickens, but the good outdoor life made them strong, tough and healthy, just like chickens should be! Tasty but a tad chewy!

In South Africa we call these chickens “scratchy fowls” meaning they have had a free happy life, scratching in the fields for bugs. Nothing happier than the a vision of a happy scratching fowl roaming free!

So, as buttermilk tenderises chicken meat beautifully,

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Keto Empanadas

Worth the time and these are delicious. I think a Keto version is such a win, as it’s meat wrapped in a cheese dough. I mean, how can that not be good?!

If you have leftover savoury ground beef these would be the perfect leftover plan. Also, I would suggest making the ground beef filling ahead and let it cool off completely as it’s easier to work with in the dough. Hot filling in a cheese dough is not fun to work with – I found that out as this was one of those spur of the moment “I need empanadas – after 3 years of none – in my life” now! Also let your dough chill in the fridge at least 30 minutes. It’s possible to make these in one go but you’ll see how hard it was to work with fresh warm dough and filling in my pics below.

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Dinner for Two

LCHF Waldorf Salad

Chicken Breast Pesto Rollmops

Roasted Petit Peppers

Spiced Cauliflower Mash

This whole meal started with a Waldorf Salad yearning, which usually is inspired by the beautiful apples in the grocers this time of year. Also, my partner was not feeling the best. I only know how to cook, not how to heal, though in some ways food has amazing properties of healing I suppose. I also wanted to partly test drive this chicken idea as I’d like to make a version if it when our friend comes to dinner.

This is going to be more a summary of what I made and not exact measurements. I’m pretty sure that anyone who visits this blog is a way more accomplished cook than I’ll ever hope to be! Run with your own measurements, instincts and culinary acumen!

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Roasted Zucchini Lasagna

Well, Lasagna is not photogenic! But I think the flavour is worth the effort and there will be leftover unless you’re more than two in your household. I make meals on the weekend for work lunches to box up and this one is perfect. You start out by Continue reading