The art (& fun) of food drying

dried fruit

Summer! The time of harvest for so many beautiful fruits. And traditionally, the time for preserving fruit and vegetables for use over the colder months. Every time I go to the Farmer’s Market lately I am inspired by the abundant array of luscious fruit and veggies. Really……it’s hard to resist a tray of huge, golden mangoes!!! When […]

Have a healthy Merry Christmas

cucumber finger foods

Well this time tomorrow evening it will be `the night before Christmas’. Most of  the food preparation will have been done, gifts all wrapped, and the kitchen floor mopped. Time to relax with a drink in front of the TV and  watch Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. A long […]

Drinks for special occasions – with no added sugar

drinks for special occasions

It’s only 3 days till Christmas. Today started with a trip to the local farmer’s market to stock up on the fresh produce. Then it was a full afternoon of making lots of healthy, paleo goodies ready for Christmas. Even had time to try some new recipes and put a whole lot of mangoes into […]

Mango and yogurt icy poles

mango and yogurt icy pole

Here’s another post in our series of Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas. It’s just nine days till Christmas – and there’s a lot going on in our household. These past few days have been quite busy for me with our Miss Mac having surgery (tonsil and adenoids). Along with all the usual end of […]

Basil pesto and tiny tomatoes

basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto has always been one of those things that I have thought of as a `special occasion’ item; a bit of a treat; and definitely not cheap to buy. Then of course there is the ingredients list in some of the store bought ones. They’re not all `clean’. With the fact that we’re fortunate […]

Nutrient rich icy treats – ginger, mint, pomegranate

healthy icy poles

It’s summer here in Australia so one of the staples in my kitchen at this time of year is Icy Poles (or an `ice block’). The kids love these nutrient rich icy treats, thus there have been lots of experiments happening in my kitchen recently. Of course Icy Poles tend not to be a really […]

Don’t let unwanted ingredients undermine your paleo Christmas

vegetable oil in nuts

This is the time of year when we really want to be able to have some convenience foods on hand. Or at least be able to run to the shops to pick up the bits and pieces to make food preparation easier. Today in our Preparing for a healthy paleo Christmas series we want to alert […]

Apricot balls – a healthy treat

Apricot balls recipe

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post in our Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas series, our son Paul’s favourite treat is apricot balls. My Mum used to have a bowl of these on the table every Christmas, just for him. Sometimes they were the bought variety. Other times they were a home-made recipe with sweetened […]

Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar Salad, one of those classic salads that really needs a good dressing. I’ve tried so many bought ones in the past, and never been quite satisfied. Recently I have been experimenting with a paleo version. There have been lots of failures – too much garlic, or an overwhelming taste of anchovy, or too thin, […]

Ranch Dressing mix – home made – no additives!!

One of the things I really love in the summer is a nice Ranch Dressing. Not the ones you buy in a bottle here in Australia, but the popular American brand, Hidden Valley. It’s a dry mix you buy in a packet and add to the liquid ingredients of your choosing to make the addictive, […]