Sunday, 31 July 2011

Green Lentil Salad GF SCD

Green Lentil Salad

This green lentil salad is super delicious and full of plant protein. High in protein and low in fat, green lentils are rich in dietary fibre and phytonutrients which are essential to maintain a good immune system. They're also a great source of folate, thiamin and Vitamin B6 as well as iron, manganese and phosphorous. They are perfect for adding to soups and salads.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Grain Free Cheese and Vegetable Flan GF SCD

Grain Free Cheese and Vegetable Flan

Sunday was our family birthday get together and it was my turn to host! Most of our birth signs are Cancer or Leo and I try to cook dishes that everyone can enjoy but which don't appear to be too out of the ordinary to most our guests. I made this flan as one of the dishes for our buffet.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Onion Bhajis and Cauliflower Pakoras GF

One of my favourite Indian foods, the traditional onion bhaji recipe is made with gram flour. Gram flour, which is also known as chickpea flour, garbanzo flour and Besan, is milled from naturally gluten-free gram or Chana Dahl, a small chickpea with a fine yellow colour. Having a low GI ranking, it is a healthy alternative to some of the widely used gluten-free flours which contain a high amount of starch. It has a sweet but earthy taste and is used widely in Indian and Middle Eastern cookery.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Grain Free and Refined Sugar Free Carrot Cake GF SCD

Grain Free and Refined Sugar Free Carrot Cake

This delicious grain free, gluten free and refined sugar free carrot cake recipe is a great choice if you're looking for a healthier option. It's not just the carrots which make this cake a nutritious treat, the walnuts, almonds, apricots and spices add an abundance of vitamins and minerals.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Sun Dried Tomato, Onion and Garlic Bread Rolls GF SCD

Grain and Gluten Free Sun Dried Tomato, Onion and Garlic Bread Rolls

We watched a documentary last year showing how they undertook the most challenging big cat rescue ever, saving 13 lions from shocking conditions in the run down Oradea Zoo in Romania. The cats were rehabilitated and released into a 9 acre reserve at the end of May 2010. We decided to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park this year as part of my birthday celebrations, it was a fantastic day out.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Apricot and Pistachio Ice Cream GF SCD

Apricot and Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Cream

I always buy organic dried apricots because they are free of sulphites which is why they are dark brown in appearance as opposed to bright orange. Dried apricots are brimming with beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in the body, a powerful antioxidant which boosts the immune system. They are also an excellent source of potassium, calcium and iron. Inside a fresh apricot stone is a kernel which contains a nutrient called amygdalin or B17, also known as laetrile. This is believed to attack cancer cells and thus prevent and even cure cancer. 

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Onion Bhajis SCD GF

SCD Onion Bhajis in a pan

Once I'd discovered the joys of onion bhajis, the wonderful, spicy, flavour packed crispy little balls of onions bound together with a batter full of delicious, fragrant spices, I was hooked! But they are not suitable for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet so I created a SCD legal version - not quite the same but still packed full of flavour.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Chilli Omelette GF SCD

An omelette topped with vegetable chilli and yogurt mint dip

Tonight I made Vegetable Chilli with my son who adheres strictly to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Since we were making the SCD legal version, we used 2 fresh green chillies instead of the chilli powder and included most of the seeds. We also added a carrot, sliced thinly. It tasted hot, so to cool down the chilli a little we made a yogurt mint dip.

Though most of the family ate the chilli with brown basmati rice, my son decided to serve his on top of a two egg plain omelette. We poured yogurt dip over the top of the chilli.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Baked Beans GF SCD

a dish of baked beans

Haricot Beans are also known as Navy Beans. This is because they were a staple food of the US Navy in the early 20th Century. I suppose you could say that baked beans were one of our staple foods before I started cooking for the SCD and I developed this simple recipe so we could continue to enjoy one of our favourite foods.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Vegetable Stock GF SCD

A display of fresh vegetables

This vegetable stock is very simple to make and can be used in soups, sauces and casseroles. It doesn't contain vegetable fat or sugar which are so often found in commercial stocks.