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Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Chilli Soup Recipe – Paleo

Add to the slow cooker: Chicken thighs or legs, skin, bones and all. Roughly chopped onions, marrow or courgette and red pepper. (any veg would do) Half a finely chopped long green chilli. Half a pint of chicken stock or water A tin of coconut milk Cook on slow all day while you go out and do more interesting things that watch it. About ten minutes before you want to eat add: spinach frozen or fresh veg (carrots, peas, cauliflower etc.) the other half of the…

Kefir – making yoghurt video

Kefir grains are clumpy little brain like cauliflower things that turn milk into yoghurt overnight. Kefir is supposed to be rammed full of probiotics and other things of goodness but if you are just interested in the taste, think slightly zingy yoghurt. It makes great dressings with olive oil and garlic and is nice mixed with honey too. There is a nice big list here that says you can use Kefir anywhere you might use buttermilk. If, like me you are paleoish most of those recipes will need heavy…

Very Easy Oatcake Recipe

Thank you Diana who gave me this very easy recipe for fantasticly morish Oatcakes. It's from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls section in the Guardian. I particuarly like the instructions to open a bottle of wine but am sad that the instructions to drink it are missing. As my sister said, it must be a typo. Bill's Rona oatcakes This recipe is Bill Cowie's, island manager of Rona in the Inner Hebrides. He made a batch when we were filming and fishing with him in July. We devoured every last…

MInced meat, coconut and greens stew

Living Below the Line Paleo Style Day 2

Weight 10st 7.4lb Breakfast - an egg with steamed nettles and a teaspoon of celery, leek, tomato, wild garlic fried up in coconut cream (the starter for todays meatballs). I also poured my kefir over it making it non paleo. Lunch - 2 meatballs to snack on while I was cooking, mince and coconut stew - celery, a dessertspoon of mince, a lump of creamed coconut, some leek boiled up with some chard.  It's a huge bowl and I'm not sure I'll get through all of it. I am much cheered by…

Foraged greens and mince paleo patties

Living Below the Line – No Grains/Paleo Day 1

Day 1; Weight - 10 stone 8.8lbs Mood - slightly anxious Breakfast - one boiled egg Lunch - meatballs and foraged greens, carrot and dandylion leaf salad Dinner - pepper stuffed with mincemeat and foraged veg,  tiny portion of butternut squash oven chips. Lots of lemon balm tea I'm a bit worried about portioning out my rations. I have to get it right or I'll have no food by Wednesday. I'm mostly worried about the mince, which I have never cooked with before and I am worried it will go…

living below the line shopping

Living Below the Line – Paleo Style – Shopping List and Menu Plan

For my £5 I bought: Sweet potatos x 3 - 50p Squash 1/2 50p Soya milk -(not pictured) 59p Coconut cream 59p Eggs 89p - I decided to save 11p and go for sad battery eggs instead of freerange. Mince £1.48 Random veg bought from my fridge 45p The 'random veg' is what I have leftover in the fridge, which is a leek, a manky bit of celery, a small carrot, some samphire, a small cooked beetroot and a bag of reduced capsicums. And I found a tomato in the street, it's mine…

cauliflower base pizza

Cauliflower Base Wheat Free Pizza Recipe.

This is doctored from the second recipe in the Guardians 10 best Cauliflower recipes. This one is gluten free (as was the original recipe) but mine has no cheese. It does have eggs and yoghurt though so not vegan friendly. It's kind of like a flat loaded omelet but it has a crunch to it. You could probably get away with just one egg and make up the protein by adding ham or prawns or tofu to the top. To make one pizza Ingredients: Half a cauliflower Half a courgette A…

Vegan Squash and Tofu Bake Recipe – Savoury or Sweet

This is an egg free variation of My Vegetarian Whole 30's Pumpkin Pie recipe which is at the bottom of this page. My version is incredibly versatile and foolproof.  I originally made it with sugar and spices to fill a pastry case but it sets on it's own enough without pastry and is as nice like that. Bake it for longer and slower and it will be firmer. Ingredients for the basic recipe: 600g of any pumpkin or squash 200g firm tofu 25g creamed coconut Turn the oven onto…

kale and beetroot pizza

Beetroot and Kale Pizza Recipe

The Dough 500g Strong White Bread Flour 1tsp dried quick acting yeast 1tsp salt 1tsp sugar if it is cold 1tbsp olive oil 300ml of lukewarm water Put all the ingredients in a large bowl, mix up then put out on the table to knead. Resist the temptation to add more flour, it will all come together if you give it time. Knead for as long as you can stand, I aim for 5 minutes. Bring the dough together into a ball. Oil the bowl lightly then put the dough back in, cover with cling film…

A week on WW2 rations – day 7

Breakfast  toast and dippy egg, juice some cheating here with an extra egg but this used the last of the butter ration Lunch - out, T had chips, I had a sandwich Dinner - vegi sausages (in ration, I was intending vegi burgers but these were easier) mashed potato with some out of ration butter, sprouts and broccoli   The week is done T had some black market pretzls, we used one extra egg and about a teaspoon of butter extra, but we did…

A week on WW2 Rations – Day 6

Breakfast cornflakes and a small spoonful of sugar although there is loads of it left juice Lunch Toasted sandwiches, 2 x smoked salmon (bacon substitute) and mushroom for T 1 smoked salmon and mushroom for me and a bowl of vegi soup Dinner thoughts at 2pm something potato based, possibly pasties (again) We have most of my ration of cheese left, some fish, 2 vegi burgers, possibly mashed potato so I can save some potato for potato pastry tomorrow. We also have 2 eggs still and a…

A week on WW2 rations – day 5

Friday is an inset day at school so we plan to have a late Breakfast/Brunch Toast Vegi Sausage Baked Beans Fried Egg That will leave us just one egg until Monday and no more baked beans or sausages. It will also use up some of the butter ration with the toast. Late Lunch/Early Dinner Eating out! Yippee, hooray, I might even have a glass of wine, I am sure they served wine at the Ritz during the war, we will go to Bella Italia which isn't very WW2 but we have tesco vouchers. We are also…

A week on WW2 rations – day 4

Halfway allready! I weigh 10st today, 1.4 down from yesterday. My neighbour has just come over with a lovely smoked rainbow trout so that is lunch for me! I still have extended soup to eat and I'm looking forward to the leftover mushroom soup, which was so easy to make despite using a little of the butter ration. Onions and garlic softened in butter, add mushrooms, cook a while, add water, cook til soft, whizz up, add milk - I used soya 'cos that is what we like. Breakfast Porridge and…

A week on WW2 rations – day 3

I should have weighed myself on Monday but I forgot - I'm 10st 1.4 I can't imagine with all the sugar on the ration I will be anything less on Sunday. Breakfast Porridge and honey Juice We are out of honey and treacle, I think we will use our ration book to buy a pot of honey. Packed Lunch for T Cheese and lettuce sandwich half a honey sandwich juice 2 Anzac biscuits 1 small coconut biscuit A Satsuma! We are out of bread too, hence half a honey sandwich. T went on a school trip…

A week on WW2 rations – day 2

Menu plan Breakfast Porridge and honey juice Packed Lunch smoked salmon sandwich (instead of bacon which T doesnt eat) anzac biscuits juice raisins My lunch vegi soup toasted tomato sandwich salad smoked salmon anzac biscuits Dinner smoked salmon, potato and mushroom pasty for T, mixed veg pasty for me with oven chips  for both of us salad and beetroot for me coconut shortbread biccies I'm feeling the sugar overload and a lack of protein. Have arranged to trade my sweet…

A week on WW2 rations – day 1

Breakfast Porridge with treacle and left over strawberries cooked down, soya milk. I made tea in a teapot to stretch the bag out to 2 cups.   T's packed lunch is Cheese and mushroom sandwich, honey sandwich, raisins, juice (should be squash but we don't have any) and a carrot with propeganda "carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout" I've saved the crusts to make something else with later in the week. My lunch is vegetable soup, bread and…

WW2 recipes – Carrot Fudge, Buns and Cookies

Carrot Fudge (Recipe from Colleen Moulding's "Frugal Recipes from Wartime Britain"). You will need: 4 tablespoons of finely grated carrot 1 gelatine leaf orange essence or orange squash a saucepan and a flat dish Put the carrots in a pan and cook them gently in just enough water to keep them covered, for ten minutes. Add a little orange essence, or orange squash to flavour the carrot. Melt a leaf of gelatine and add it to the mixture. Cook the mixture again for a few minutes, stirring all…

WW2 recipes – Anzac Biscuits

YOU WILL NEED 1 cup of plain flour 1 cup of rolled oats 1 cup of desiccated coconut 1 cup of brown sugar ½ cup of butter of your ration. 2 ½ tbs golden syrup ( or honey) 1 tsp bicarb soda 2 ½ tbsp of boiling water Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut into a bowl. Melt the butter and golden syrup or honey in a pot over low heat Mix the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter and golden syrup or honey Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix it all…