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An Australian Christmas menu…

We recently hosted 17 adults and 9 babies for a Christmas lunch, the perfect way to road-test a new house (especially the kitchen!). The secret to it running smoothly… good preparation (and a kitchen with plenty of bench space and a big oven!). Here’s the menu …

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Basil kale cashew and walnut pesto Hey Bernice paleo gluten free dairy free and sugar free pasta dip recipe
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Pesto – Basil, Kale and toasted Cashews and Walnuts (Paleo, Gluten Free and Dairy free)

I had heaps of basil (cause I planted heaps in my new veggie patch and can’t keep up with the major over-supply!).
With a bag full of kale, and plenty of nuts to choose from I set about experimenting with different quantities of each to come up with this great Paleo, gluten free and dairy free pesto recipe.

Apple crumble
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Winter Warmers, comfort food for a cold night: soups, chilli and crumble…

Think of this as a showcase of some of my favourite winter recipes.
Now the southern Hemisphere summer is officially over, I am pulling out the perfect winter recipes that comfort me when it is cold, raining and windy outside. Some of these you’ve seen before, but the highlight of this post is the Tunisian soup below.
Let’s start with soups…

This is my all-time favourite soup, no arguments, it is simply the best…

Tunisian Lemon, Pumpkin and Chickpea soup

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Almond crackers – gluten and dairy free, the perfect detox food!

It’s detox time for me at the moment. I’m on my third week, 3kg down and starting to feel great. I’ve said I will continue doing it until we move into our new house (another 5-6 weeks!).

I did a massive detox about 5 years ago, guided by a wonderful naturopath at Glow. For four months I cut out caffeine, dairy, wheat, red meat, fruit (except grapefruit), potatoes, corn, mushrooms, anything processed… you get the idea (it was really restrictive!!!). Along with all that I was systematically cleansing each internal organ of my body… bowel, stomach, kidney, liver using herbal tablets and powders.

You’re wondering why would I put myself through such deprivation? Apart from needing to lose some weight and get healthier, I was suffering from headaches (almost daily), my hands were peeling, I had really bad hay-fever that had come on when I turned 30, and I felt really sluggish.

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Homemade Sausage rolls

When you’re little you dream about being famous for something…. dancing, ballet, horse riding. I never thought I would be famous (well amongst my friends – does that count?) for making sausage rolls.

I don’t know when it all started, but over about 15 years I have developed a little bit of notoriety for my sausage rolls. To be honest I don’t think they are very different to anyone elses – but who am I to argue with the masses.

There is one claim to fame I will happily take – that a friend’s five year old loves them (and my banana bran muffins), and he doesn’t eat much other than cabana! So that was a big triumph! The great thing about this recipe is you can pack it with carrot (or zuchini… or anything that can be grated), wrap it in pastry, top it with tomato sauce… and the kids will never know!

So here’s the recipe… (with a few variations):