Keto Raspberry Cupcakes

We’re back from camping at the coast where we were nestled in a temperate rain forest we love deeply and just a few hours drive away. There is something about living in a tented home that speaks to old memories of the soul. Completely unplugged and uncluttered. It’s renewing and a restorative sacred reminder of how simply we can exist. I was sad to leave.

I went grocery shopping on our return and came home with some beautiful raspberries and felt like cupcakes. Here is my final recipe after some hesitation about adding chocolate, I decided they would be lovely without … and they are! Yes, those are strawberries decorating them, I forgot to keep some raspberries back for decorating! I used mint leaves too.

Summary:

Make sure butter, eggs and cream cheese are all at room temperature. It prevents your batter curdling.

Prep your cupcake pan first. Always nice to get that out of the way. We’ll bake at 350⁰F for +-30 minutes. First, melting butter and sugar together; then whisking the dry ingredients together; separating the eggs and beating the whites until stiff; lastly, adding the beaten egg yolks together with the buttermilk and cream cheese and then mixing the batter all together. While baking, make your icing. I made a butter and cream cheese glaze, adding rose and vanilla essence and a few fresh raspberries.

This may make more batter than a dozen cupcakes, so I made two little dessert treats on the side in little flan dishes.

Recipe:

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Cheesy Zucchini Egg Bites

Our dairy delivery just started a local Farmer to Table Veggie Box. It is wonderful, a veritable treasure trove of goodness. Included were 4 beautiful zucchini. And some wonderful sweet onions. Our fridge is full so I made this for some space!What we’ll do: turn the oven on to 350⁰F; grate the zucchini, onion and cheese, mix in the dry ingredients then blend the eggs and olive oil, fold egg into zucchini onion mix and scoop into muffin pan. Makes 12 large bites.These are about 130 calories each, 4g net carbs, 8g protein and 8g fat each.If you would like to add more cheddar cheese, you can load some up on top. More carbs and calories then! Cooked, diced bacon could be added to as well as finely chopped fresh red chillies. A bit of lemon zest for extra zing or fresh herbs chopped in. Experiment with your favourite savoury flavours or other cheese – crumbled feta and diced olives? It’s so much fun!
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Keto Nut Butter Cookies with chocolate chips

We had some almond butter that was in the cupboard for months. So here is a quick little recipe I put together to use it up. I’m sure that peanut butter would be just as delicious, or any other nut butter!

Summary: we’ll be mixing the eggs and keto sugar first, then beating in the nut butter (it’s a workout without a beater!). Adding almond and vanilla essence, a little bit of nut flour and then once mixed placing teaspoons-full into a greased baking pan preferably lined with parchment paper. Press with an oiled fork, push in a few keto chocolate chips if you like and finish with a grind of Himalayan salt. Bake at 350⁰F for 12 – 15 minutes until browned. Makes about 20.

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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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