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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas cake – without grains!!!

Christmas cake recipe

We’re down to just fifteen days till Christmas, and as promised in yesterday’s post, (number three in our series of preparing for Christmas) it’s time to do a Christmas cake recipe. Australia is a very multi-cultural nation, and as such I think it is sometimes difficult for us to describe a national Christmas tradition. The […]

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, […]

Coconut Energisers – experimenting with flavours

Coconut energisers have quickly become a popular item in our households. The kids love them as a filling, healthy treat. Pa loves them as an mid afternoon (or mid anytime) energy boosting snack. And lots of people who come to our house sneak into the fridge to find one. So we have been experimenting with […]

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, […]

Coconut sugar chocolate icing mix

With the many birthdays and other special occasions associated with four little girls at school and kinder, I really wanted to have something that seemed a bit `normal’ for them to take for these times. The muffins were’t the problem, it was all that processed white sugar on the top! I wanted a substitute that […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake – a Thanksgiving treat

It’s that time of year….Halloween, Thanksgiving….time for all things pumpkin. At least on the north American continent! It’s time to pull out some great pumpkin treat recipes for the celebrations. Here we have a nice, easy baked pumpkin cheesecake. Make it a couple of days ahead as it is nicer when it has had time […]