Spiced Red Cabbage Stew

We had a smoked pork loin for dinner today with cauliflower mash and I had this beautiful red cabbage and a tart Granny Smith apple to use up. With a low carb count today I figured one green apple in an entire pot of 1 red cabbage could not hurt. Here is a tasty recipe I hurriedly scribbled down when a lovely former neighbour called over the holidays. The family became wonderful friends to our family … this is from many many years ago when I was still a little girl. We were lucky enough to be introduced by Traudi to delicious German food as she is a fabulous cook as well as her wonderful family traditions. I’m officially old enough now to call those “the good old days”! Heartfelt thanks to a dear friend who is still as kind, thoughtful and much treasured and loved by our family. Thanks for the recipe Traudi – please forgive my little twists on your version!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red cabbage (if you only have a green cabbage – go for it!)
  • 3 small onions
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tblspns oil, grapeseed
  • 1 tart green apple
  • 1 tsp each caraway seed, mustard seed, Chinese 5 spice or allspice, white pepper, salt
  • 4 tblspns brown keto sugar
  • 3 tblspns balsamic or other good vinegar
  • 2 tblspns butter

Method

  1. In a large pot that has a lid, heat the oil on medium to low heat
  2. When warm add spices and stir one to two minutes to infuse the oil
  3. Add diced onions and garlic, cook 4 minutes
  4. Add vinegar and keto sugar
  5. Let it cook until nicely glazed and onions are cooked through (forgot to take photos of this step!)
  6. Add the shredded cabbage and stir well until covered in onion and spice mix
  7. Add diced apple pieces, stir and place lid on pot, I did not peel the apples and they were fine!
  8. Cook gently over low heat for 30 minutes or longer if you like it really soft. I cooked it for 40 minutes as the red cabbage took a while to cook, it was very fresh
  9. When cooked, turn off stove and let rest 15 minutes with a dollop of butter on top. Lid on!
  10. Serve with pork and another veggie side.
  11. Delicious and healthy!

Here is the yummy tender pork loin my Sweetie smoked. Super tasty with jerk seasoning, paprika and sage!

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

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 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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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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Lime, Chili and Cilantro Coleslaw with roasted peanuts

My sister takes full credit for this tasty recipe shared with me recently.

It’s crisp, sparks with flavour and is a keeper.

Thanks SpotiD! 👌❤ it!

It will speak for itself, and here is what you need.

Slaw:

1 red onion, finely sliced
1 juice of lime
1 finely shredded red cabbage
3 carrots, grated
1/2 cup roasted peanuts

Mayo:
1 large lime, zested and juiced
1/4 cup good mayo
1/2 green chili finely chopped
Ground salt and pepper and 12 sprigs chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves and a thumb of ginger crushed through a garlic press

Method:

Marinade finely shredded onion in lime juice and salt for 20 minutes

Mix mayo ingredients together. (Zest/juice of lime, crushed garlic and ginger, chili, spices and cilantro)
Mix shredded veg together
Add 1/2 cup peanuts
Add to marinated onion
Fold in mayo
Top with roasted peanuts

I served it with a splash of reduced balsamic vinegar infused with fresh mint. Serve with boiled eggs and kielbasa sausage slices.

Super good!

My Chaffle Recipe (sweet) with berries and cream

I’ve been putting off trying out the mini waffle maker my partner bought for me … well, I think more nervous about making a keto chaffle itself!

The trick is to work fast, and I mean really fast.

Wow, are they are delicious!

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Eggplant Parmesan Bake

Aubergine, brinjal, eggplant … whatever you call it, this beautiful vegetable is the perfect keto veggie fat bomb. High in fiber to negate the carbs, it has a wonderful sponge tendency of soaking up oils and seasonings and delivering a delicious meal. You’ll need a large aubergine, sliced in thick disks, marinated in herbs and garlic, brushed with pesto and tomato paste and topped with mature parmesan, then oven baked.

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