It’s been really chilly in Scotland over the past few days (supposedly this is pretty typical for Scottish summers!), and so I thought some nice warm soup would be perfect.
I’ve been living for the past month mostly on this tropical island off the southern coast of China called Hainan. I know I’m super lucky!
It’s been a bit tougher doing Paleo out here because all the ingredients are different, and I don’t have hardly any cooking supplies! I just have 2 electric cookers (one is on the ground!) and a microwave.
Since I’m unable to cook many of my usual recipes, I’ve been experimenting some with the local produce and creating some new ones. This Ginger Apple Celtuce Paleo Stir Fry recipe is one of my favorite creations. It’s also paleo autoimmune friendly (omit the chili from the recipe – that was how I made this dish initially actually). If you don’t know what Celtuce is (also known as asparagus lettuce), then check out my post about it here (you can find it in many Chinese supermarkets around the world).
Sometimes you just need bread crumbs for a recipe, and that can be tough when you’re trying to stick to a Paleo diet.
That was the case when I was making meatloaf. If you don’t use bread crumbs in this meatloaf recipe, it’d just be this dense chunk of meat (not very tasty!).
So, how do you make Paleo bread crumbs fast?
One of the things I’ve missed since going Paleo is ice cream, especially during the summer months when you see people eating it everywhere!
I actually first gave up real ice cream when I found out I was lactose intolerant 6 years ago (it took me a while to believe it, despite the fact that pretty much all Asians are lactose intolerant!). It was at that point that I discovered lactose-free ice creams (where they put lactase into the ice cream to help us lactose-intolerant people digest it) – it still had dairy in it though.
Then later, I discovered coconut ice cream (I started seeing them sold in Whole Foods), although I have to admit the first few brands I tried put me off them. However, I turned back to coconut ice cream after trying it at Lick in Austin (pictured below). Their coconut ice cream was so good that I had to go back twice during my trip!
So, what do you do if you don’t live in Austin like me?
Make your own Paleo ice cream!
Summer is near for many of us in the Northern hemisphere! So, I wanted to share with you this really really easy Paleo sorbet recipe for cooling off. You don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe – just a blender will do. And it takes just 5 minutes to make.
It was Jeremy’s birthday a week ago, and we celebrated by making this amazing Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe (with chocolate frosting and coconut chocolate ganache!). The cake got the thumbs up from both my mum and Jeremy’s mum. Personally, I think the frosting was superb and made the cake simply amazing.
Ketchup (or Catsup) is so common a condiment that we often forget it’s not Paleo! In fact, if you look at a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, you’ll find that it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and “natural flavorings” (I always find this rather suspicious as it could mean a lot of different things).
The solution? Make your own Paleo ketchup! When I first decided to make Paleo ketchup, I thought it was going to be a ton of work, but it turned out to be remarkably simple. This Paleo ketchup recipe is my favorite one – there’s a great mix of spices to make it really flavorful.
Amazing TIP: In case you miss it in the recipe, I also added in little bit of gelatin (it makes it a tiny bit thicker but doesn’t really change the consistency even when refrigerated, but provides some added health benefits!).
We’ve been making these vegetables for a while now, and it’s always a hit with the family and guests. The combination of fresh herbs with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and butternut squash along with the leeks is fantastic!
Our time in India was fantastic (3 Indian cooking classes, a camel ride in the Thar desert, meeting random travelers, seeing the beautiful Lakes of Udaipur, marveling at the amazing colors in Jodhpur, and so much more). It’s definitely gotten me excited about cooking more Indian dishes too.
One of the most common things we had in India was Masala Chai (Tea). We drank it with fresh goat’s milk in the middle of the Thar desert with some villagers, we had it at a random deserted road-side stall, and we made it in every single cooking class we attended.