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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Keto Mexican Cheese Corn Bread

You guys, this is really delicious. I’ve never been a fan of corn on the cob, or served up piled on my plate. But I do love corn bread. My Mother makes a steamed corn bread with minced corn that is utterly sublime. It is steamed in a pressure cooker in a deep pudding bowl with a tented aluminum foil lid tied down with cooking string. Utterly delicious. I wish I had a photo of it from back in the day!

Here is my recipe which is a fond throwback to my very old and most thumbed, loved and favourite recipe book, Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. More on this marvelous and beloved vegetarian book after my recipe adaptation to a keto-friendly recipe with some changes. No sweetcorn in here but a super moist corn bread with good flavours. I did purchase an entirely natural corn essence but you don’t need it!

Let’s bake!

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Almond Cloud Summer Keto Dessert

If you have fresh berries, gelatine, cream and 10 minutes to spare, try this light and delicious easy keto dessert. It’s … almost Panna cotta? For non-keto use same quantity cane sugar.

Almond Cloud Summer Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope gelatin (or 1 heaped tablespoon)
  • 1 cup water, cold
  • 1/2 cup heaped keto sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 ½ tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 tblspn passion fruit concentrate (optional)

Method

  1. In a pot, pour in cold water
  2. Add gelatine, whisk to dissolve.
  3. Add sugar once dissolved. Heat water until just warmed but not simmering, stir until sugar is dissolved too.
  4. Add cream.
  5. Add essence. Cool and pour into non stick mold.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 hours minimum or overnight.
  7. Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream.
  8. If you have, place on top of a slice of keto shortcake, then add fruit and whipped cream.

It’s heavenly!

I used this wonderful sugar free passion fruit concentrate from Hawaii in this dessert.

Breakfast!

Hot keto porridge with blueberries, cream and keto honey, bullet proof coffee.

Dinner idea:

Cauliflower and broccoli cheese, Mediterranean veggie tray bake and pork chop.

Every curry I make starts with:

Toasted spices, added onion, pureed ginger and garlic, curry powder, turmeric, chili powder, bay, lime and curry leaves. Add fresh diced tomatoes, simmer and add meat of choice. This turned into a chicken curry.

The view from my home office upstairs. Crabapple blossoms!

Keto Snaperdoodles, with flaxseed and spices

Gosh. I am in love with these. They remind me of a Biscoff cookie flavour but with the goodness of flaxseed, oatbran and almond flour. They are crunchy and very moreish! Don’t you love the name? I was going to call them Keto Snaps and my sweetie came up with this fun name! Basically an almond snap turned into a tasty little crunchy cookie square. Healthy, full of fibre, gluten free and lchf. I will try them with a bit of coconut flour next time and I’m sure you could substitute a ¼ cup of almond flour with finely shredded coconut too for more texture and flavour!

Summary: we’ll be making a buttery sweet dough in a mixer with spices, keto caramel syrup and vanilla essence, pressing into a large cookie tray, chilling in fridge for an hour then scoring and baking for 15 to 20 minutes. Scoring again and then cooling right down before storing.

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Keto Burfi (Indian sweetmeat or dessert)

My Dad had business friends who used to give him delicious Indian sweet treats around the time of Diwali. He would bring home an exquisite platter of colourful home-made “sweet meats” and we would enjoy the delicious variety sparingly, knowing how much work, care and love went into making them. They had edible gold and silver leaf, pastel sprinkles, hues of green, pink and orange or crispy golden deep fried, sometimes also studded with a few tiny silver balls or decorated with rainbow coloured puffed rice. As a child I remember hearing the Women and Girls would gather together in large groups in sizeable home kitchens and spend a day or weekend making these delicious, beautiful, delicately spiced exotic treats together, then sharing them with family and friends. I wished I could be a part of such a close knit culture, togetherness and bonding over such an auspicious time of year.

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Keto Basque Cheesecake

I’ve never made this crustless cheesecake and only eaten it once in a restaurant. Four of us shared a slice and I remember promising a keto version to myself. I’ve adapted a few recipes into this LCHF keto recipe and it’s as delicious as it looks. Much lighter than normal cheesecake if you keep your mixing light and not overly beaten. It has a wonderful dark “burnt” caramelised edge and warm depth of flavour and is creamy and much less dense than a traditional cheesecake. I do believe it is traditional in Spain to enjoy it alongside a glass of Sherry!

A large part of important prep is having your baking pan well greased with butter, layering two sheets of parchment paper, also buttering after each is layer is put in the pan. Leave a good amount of paper higher than the top of the pan by at least 10cm (4 inches?) as this beautiful cheesecake can rise quite a bit and above the rim of the cake tin. It is now my most favourite cheesecake.

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Keto Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Do you have 30 minutes to spare to make this sauce?

5 minutes to gather and measure your four and a ¹/⁴ ingredients; amother 5 to melt the buttery sugar together and 5 more to let the butter and sugar foam and boil stirring all the while. 1 more minute to add the cream and then 14 minutes of gentle boiling and stirring and voila! Cool off by dunking your pot in a bath of ice water and then bottle when cooled.

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Fudgy Keto Brownies

This keto recipe is based on Alton Browns twice baked method and makes 48 sizeable brownies (I used a 40x20cm lined pan) and the recipe can be halved. What magic is this twice baked method that they turn out so moist? It’s a mystery! I also prefer a process of melting sugar into the butter as keto sugar can be very gritty, and this fixes that problem. Just be sure not to let the butter get too hot when dissolving the sugar in the butter.

These Brownies are fudgy goodness; so much so that you might end up cutting them into smaller squares. They are concentrated chocolate bombs, almost like a chocolate fudge dessert. You have been warned!

Summary: melt butter and sugar, mix in dry ingredients and then eggs; bake for 15 min, cool for 15, bake for 35 – 40 min

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Chocolate Date Rum Ball Treats

These are gluten free and not exactly keto as they have dates, but no sugar added and I used keto chocolate to dip them in. Delicious holiday treats. Big thanks to my Sister who found the base recipe I could work with!

Lastly, I have newfound respect for chocolatiers, as wow, I have never made chocolate sweet treats before. It was a learning experience!

Summary: soften chopped dates in butter, rum and fresh fresh orange juice, add to processed dry ingredients. Form into balls, roll in pistachio and coconut – or either; refrigerate while melting chocolate then cover with chocolate and store in fridge.

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