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 Strawberry and Lemon Cheesecake with pecan crust

Quick, light and no baking!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 oz butter or 3/4 stick (5 tblspns)
  • 3 tblspn keto sugar
  • 1 cup pecan flour (ground pecans if you don’t have)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed

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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Gingerbread Fruit Bake

I never had fresh berries so for this recipe I used a few plums. They were not quite ripe either! Anyhow, the gist of this recipe is to bake your fruit in butter while you prep the batter. Add the light scone-like topping, flaked almonds, more spices, bake and you’re done! Delicious with a cup of coffee and topped with whipped cream.

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Keto Danish Pastries with Strawberries

If you have some fresh berries and ingredients for fathead dough, then you have the basic ingredients to make this recipe. The process is in three stages. First the filling, which is basically like a light cheesecake filling. Next you mix the dough and while it’s baking you make a quick glaze. This was my first time baking these and it took me a little longer than it should. Next time I will have everything prepped and be more organised. I literally decided to bake these on the fly today when I saw the strawberries needed to be eaten. Here goes!

Filling

  • 1x 8oz cream cheese package
  • 1/2 cup ground white keto sugar (if it’s too granular it’s not pleasant)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of a lemon (an orange would be good too if you don’t have lemons)

Beat all the ingredients well together.

Dough:

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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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Quick Microwave Keto Bread and other Snippets

Yesterday I tried four different versions of quick microwave bread. I used little flat ramekins for each bread and then cut them like a pie slice to show the texture. They are easy to pop out, slice through the middle and toast, if that’s what you’re looking for. The secret I found to a perfect mix was 90% almond flour and 10% coconut flour. The coconut flour binds it nicely! I discovered this in the last of the 4 mixes I tried. The pure coconut flour was the one I liked the least – it was still good – just too heavy for my taste.

My favourite were the last two I made. One was a mix where I added a 1/4 cup of strong white cheddar cheese, the other was spiced and sweet. Another secret is to melt a tsp of butter into the dish you are going to use.

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