Friday, 26 August 2016

Fennel Peach and Cucumber Simple Summer Salad

I make so many variations of this salad in the summer. It is super quick to make, satisfyingly crunchy and fresh. Add or omit whatever salad bits you might have lurking in the fridge; as long as there is a juicy piece of seasonal stone fruit, the aromatic crisp crunch equivalent to fennel and the hydrating freshness of cucumber and mint! An effective #happinesshack is a big bowl of this salad in the warm sunshine; my little robin friend flitting by the cherry tree in the garden.... Summer days...
 
Fennel Peach and Cucumber Simple Summer Salad

Friday, 19 August 2016

Blueberry Lemon Parsnip Dairy Free Cheesecake

A few weeks ago a fellow food blogger, Audrey Snowe aka The Unconventional Baker, who I admire immensely, instigated a little interactive Instagramming to encourage some social chitchat and engagement (albeit on a virtual level).

Blueberry Lemon Parsnip Dairy Free Cheesecake


Friday, 12 August 2016

Sundried Tomato Pesto and Olive Mini Muffins

Handy as an 'on the go' breakfast, snack or lunch. Packed with protein and good fats from eggs, olives and walnuts; antioxidant rich sundried tomatoes and garlic; and anti inflammatory basil, these mini muffins are satisfyingly filling. The nutritional yeast adds a cheesy hint; bringing together the intense sundrenched tomato and olive flavours of the Mediterranean. Yum!

Sundried Tomato Pesto and Olive Mini Muffins

Friday, 29 July 2016

Peach Mint Avocado and Pistachio Salad with Trout and Moroccan Spiced Dressing

Juicy sweet peaches, fresh mint, creamy avocado, crunchy pistachios and earthy beetroot, topped with flakes of subtle pink trout. A perfect summer salad. Alternatively, leave out the fish and serve as a large side platter to accompany barbecues all season long...

Peach Mint Avocado and Pistachio Salad with Trout and Moroccan Spiced Dressing


Friday, 22 July 2016

Matcha Cacao Nice Cream Cups

This cooling summer dessert is inspired by my Matcha-Maca-Cacao Tricolor Treats

Matcha Cacao Nice Cream Cups

It is super simple to make - no blender and only TWO core ingredients (plus a pinch of sea salt). The matcha and cacao add extra yumminess, colour and antioxidants but really, they're fabulous even without. Enjoy and make the most of the glorious summer sun  x

Friday, 8 July 2016

Turmeric and Coconut Cauliflower Steaks

This is a great meaty alternative for when vegan friends come for dinner. Serve alongside a rainbow of riced red cabbage and creamy ripe avocado before drizzling over a thick tahini dressing to bring it all together.


Turmeric and Coconut Cauliflower Steaks


Friday, 1 July 2016

Cleansing White Peach and Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

This is a great way to start the day as the matcha provides a lovely morning boost, with some caffeine and, more importantly, plenty L-theanine (an amino acid reported to boost concentration). The anti-ageing, antioxidant and detoxifying benefits are just extras thrown in for good measure.

Cleansing Peach and Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

Friday, 24 June 2016

Lemon and Rosemary Artichoke 'Houmus'

This is a variation on my Smoked Paprika and Porcini Artichoke Houmous - all the creamy deliciousness of regular houmous but replacing the legumes with more nutrient dense veggies. This version has a zingy lemon freshness and fragrant notes of rosemary picked from the garden.


Lemon and Rosemary Artichoke Houmous

Friday, 17 June 2016

Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream

When I was little I often spent summers in Hong Kong. One of my most vivid food memories (and that is some feat given the quantity and variety of foods consumed per trip!) is the purple Ube flavoured ice cream. It was like nothing I'd ever seen here at home (and no, the blue bubblegum flavour ice lollies do not count). To think an actual real food had a colour as bright and fun as a Strawberry Shortcake cohort was mindbogglingly glorious!

Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Friday, 10 June 2016

Red Cabbage Fig and Pistachio Moroccan Salad

Summer is here (in theory)! My lovely husband has awoken the barbecue from its state of hibernation and I am looking forward to relaxing meals al fresco. Again, relaxing in theory owing to the cooking being passed baton-like to the man of the house! Except in reality, barbecues aren't just about throwing a bunch of meat on the barbecue while laughing with carefree abandon over a chilled Pimms. If only.

Red Cabbage Fig and Pistachio Moroccan Salad

Friday, 3 June 2016

Apricot and Brazil Nut Cardamom Bliss Balls

The calming effect of rolling up a batch of bliss balls. These combine the tangy taste of unsweetened apricots (try to use unsulphured if possible even though the colour looks less pretty!) with the warmth of vanilla and cinnamon and an extra kick of aromatic spice from the complex flavour of cardamom.

Apricot and Brazil Nut Cardamom Bliss Balls

Friday, 27 May 2016

Two Tone Beetroot Spiralised Salad

Aside from being beautiful with the two tone jewel shades without a single E number in sight, red and golden beets provide a subtle diversity in nutrients and flavour.

Two Tone Beetroot Spiralised Salad

Friday, 20 May 2016

Raw Carrot Cake Squares

Though the general consensus of carrot cake is that it is healthy because it features a vegetable in its title, invariably this is just delusional and wishful thinking! However, all carrot cakes were not created equal...

Raw Carrot Cake Squares
 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Singapore Zoodles

As spicy or mild as you choose (add or remove chilli peppers/ seeds to taste), this dish was always a favourite growing up. Mum made it very spicy!

Singapore Zoodles

Friday, 6 May 2016

New York Post, Wednesday 4th May 2016!

One of my green smoothie bowls was pictured in a double page feature about smoothie bowls in the New York Post this week!

Matcha Maca Mint Green Smoothie Bowl

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Matcha Bliss Balls

I created these for my little boy whose favourite colour is green and I wanted to surprise him with something (naturally) green on the top of his birthday cake. He also has a mini obsession with bliss balls (as do I)!


These are nut-free but work really well with pistachio nuts instead of the sunflower seeds if there are no nut allergies to be catered to. Pistachio nuts also add even more green vibrancy to the end result.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Water Chestnut Sushi Rolls

The ultimate carb and calorie free way to eat 'rice' is undoubtedly to blitz vegetable of choice into 'rice' like grains. Oftentimes blitzed up raw vegetables can be rather crumbly, rendering the process of making (and eating!) neat little sushi rolls a frustrating pastime.

Water Chestnut Sushi Rolls

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Banana Brownie (Egg-free Nut-free Hidden Greens)

No sugar, no nuts, no eggs, no grains or gluten (obviously), no nasties. Contains hidden kale and spinach. And the best thing? The kids LOVE it!

Egg-free Nut-free Hidden Greens Banana Brownie

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Raw Banana Bread Cookie Dough Balls

Super simple little wholesome snack using a few kitchen staples.

Raw Banana Bread Cookie Dough Balls

These are especially useful for school snack boxes as they are nut-free - just make sure they don't get too warm!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Courgetti Meatballs with Speedy Squash-Mato Sauce

Weekday family friendly easy meals always come in useful. Save any leftover meatballs and serve cold with a salad the next day or in a lunchbox. If you have plenty of time then feel free to slowly simmer a more in-depth flavoured tomato sauce but this Squash-Mato Sauce is a quick and healthy 5 minute option. I serve them on raw spiralised courgette but any spiralised or mixed sauteed vegetable will do just fine.

Courgetti Meatballs

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Chocolate Nut Butter Easter Eggs

These are adapted from my Guilt-Free Chocolate Recipe

Chocolate Nut Butter Easter Eggs

A little bit of fun for the Easter festivities without having to suffer any ill effects of sugar, dairy or gluten. I like my chocolate bitter and happily enjoy it without any sweetener but feel free to sweeten to taste with a little maple syrup or honey. To make these nut-free, try subbing the almond butter for tahini mixed with a little maple syrup or honey or use sunflower or pumpkin seed butter. Happy Easter x

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Matcha Mint Green Protein Bowl

Another day another smoothie bowl! A perfect way to get in your 5 a day or simply a little pick me up snack or breakfast bowl. Never a wrong time for a bowl of green goodness. Cleansing, refreshing, vitamin packed and satisfyingly protein-rich. Have a good day x

Matcha Mint Green Protein Bowl

This recipe was created for the lovely people over at  Creative Nature Superfoods where you can get 10% discount on any of their products using code IMPAL10.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Sweet Potato, Chocolate & Chia No Bake Cake

Be still my beating heart... I kid you not, I needed to exert an extraordinary level of self-restraint not to eat the entire contents of the food processor prior to this mix making its way into the cake tin. It exudes a dangerously Voldermort-esque allure! And when it came to slathering over the creamy top onto the base I may have accidentally on purpose left more than a generous amount at the bottom of the bowl for licking out - cook's prerogative and all that. Shhh - don't tell my kids! Mooohaha!

Sweet Potato, Chocolate & Chia No Bake Cake

Monday, 22 February 2016

Creamy Celeriac and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Lunch in a flash for when the day is cold and the body is craving something warm, creamy, nourishing and comforting. Quite simply throw everything in a pot, boil, blend, enjoy.

Creamy Celeriac and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beetroot Pancakes with Blueberries and Fruit Compote

So many festivities requiring a complimentary foodstuff to celebrate and commemorate with this week! After yesterday's Chinese New Year dish I am going to share this pancake recipe I actually created last summer. It's interesting looking at my photos from just over half a year ago - still being the complete amateur photographer that I am, taking all my photos on my ipad with my untrained eye, I'm not sure I'd have styled them quite this way now, nor used the same angles and positioning. Life eh? Ever evolving... Happy Shrove Tuesday x

Beetroot Pancakes with Blueberries and Fruit Compote

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chicken with Cordyceps Militaris and Pak Choi

Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey! Given there is nothing more in keeping with Chinese celebrations than eating I thought it apt to post a Chinese dish - something very typical of what my mum might make at home.

Chicken with Cordyceps Militaris and Pak Choi

Not wanting to impose impossible to source ingredients on anyone, this dish is perfectly yummy substituting the cordycep militaris (a fungus used widely in Chinese medicine and cooking) with any conventional mushroom eg shiitake. I know my mum would actually recommend adding in a small handful of cloud ear fungus to this dish but I think one obscure ingredient per recipe may be sufficient!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Carrot and Apricot Spiced Smoothie Bowl ('The Orange One')

Affectionately known as The Orange One, this has hints of carrot cake about it, with the cinnamon and spices. The apricots lend a slightly more tart flavour making it perfect as a refreshing breakfast wake-up.

Carrot and Apricot Spiced Smoothie Bowl

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Beetroot and Red Cabbage Cumin Soup

Deeply comforting with its rich scent of cumin together with the bold colour and flavour of sweet roasted beetroot, this antioxidant packed soup is delightfully delicious.

Beetroot and Red Cabbage Cumin Soup with Mixed Seeds and Coconut Cream

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Macadamia Nut Superfood Fudge


Consider this a warning - this is a highly addictive substance. In some circles it could be considered a banned foodstuff in light of its ability to incite overindulgence!

Macadamia Nut Superfood Fudge

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Massaged Kale and Kelp Noodle Salad


Kelp noodles are still a new discovery for me but it makes  a nice change from courgette (vegetable) noodles as the texture has much more bite and is slightly crunchy. It amazes me that they are raw, gluten free, low carb and basically made from seaweed and water.

Massaged Kale and Kelp Noodle Salad with Chicken

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Another Birthday Cake and Simple Chocolate Frosting

Let me cut to the chase: this was my birthday cake. And a rather significant birthday at that! Which basically meant I had free rein to incorporate all my favourite things - and felt absolutely no obligation to include the things that aren't. Yay!

P.S. Best wishes for 2016 - may it be filled with happiness, health and much joy!


Monday, 21 December 2015

Carob Seed and Nut Energy Bars

Something about the countdown to Christmas is synonymous with an abundance of indulgent goodies. Perhaps it's the sweet joy of being with family and friends, sharing food, festivities and fun. Wrap these delightful little bars as gifts, scatter them on a board for sharing or just sit and savour one by the glow of a cosy fire. Red ribbons optional but chocolate coatings a seasonal necessity! 

Carob Seed and Nut Energy Bars

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Serious Cocoa Fix Sweet Potato and Spinach Mini Muffins (Flourless, Nut-free)

This is one for the serious chocolate lovers - who love it dark, dense, slightly bitter and ever so grown up!

Serious Cocoa Fix Sweet Potato Mini Muffins

Friday, 11 December 2015

Banana Bread Smoothie Bowl

Serve as breakfast, snack, dessert, or even as a lunch alternative. This recipe featured as a guest post over on  Perfectly Paleo a UK based online source for paleo-friendly cupboard essentials.

Banana Bread Smoothie Bowl

Kids and grown ups alike will enjoy this smoothie bowl, full of vegetables to ensure a hefty dose of vitamins and a modest insulin impact. The secret ingredient to make it extra sweet and creamy is butternut squash, while maca powder gives a lovely butterscotch flavour - particularly delicious with cinnamon, banana and honey. I recommend adding a spoon of collagen for protein and amino acids but this is optional and will not affect the taste if omitted.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Mini Turkey Burgers

Make these big or small - wrapped in lettuce wraps or alongside a colourful salad or pile of roasted veg. The kiddies usually prefer them miniature-sized next to a big creamy blob of mashed sweet potato.

Mini Turkey Burgers

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Elphie's Spirulina Mint and Carob Raw Cake (Nut-Free)

Most Paleo/ Vegan raw cakes (the ones that kinda masquerade as cheesecakes but actually taste nothing like cheesecake!) are packed with nuts. Aside from the fact I am appalling at portion control and eating nuts by the cupful, albeit in a smooshed up consistency, really does me no favours digestively or calorically speaking, my daughter is actually allergic to several varieties. I made this to celebrate her major achievement this week and hope she likes it!

Spirulina Mint and Carob Raw Cake

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Paleo Tabouleh

A beautiful (and healthful) dish to adorn the table whatever the season - whether a sunny picnic lunch or a festive Christmas side dish, the jewel bright pomegranate seeds and fresh flavours are always a welcome addition.

Paleo Tabouleh

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Matcha Blondies

I love matcha and I love brownies - the hybrid result is these deliciously squidgy, naturally sweet and full of goodness Matcha Blondies.

Matcha Blondies

I adapted the recipe from my Squidy Sesame Protein Brownie recipe but obviously without the cacao 
and using the antioxidant rich flavour of matcha with warm honey and vanilla undertones. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Sundried Tomato, Sumac and Black Garlic Baba Ganoush

Hands up who hasn't yet tried black garlic?

Sundried Tomato, Sumac and Black Garlic Baba Ganoush

Friday, 6 November 2015

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Dream Cake

Could anything be more the stuff of dreams than indulgent chocolate being healthy? Well, in this case, a resounding yes!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Dream Cake

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Anchovy Avocado and Seaweed Cucumber Boats

This simple dish is how I envisage umami. Salty anchovies balanced with zesty lemon juice and fresh coriander all enhanced by the taste and crunch of nori seaweed. Big bold and intense flavours of the topping are paired perfectly with the diametrically opposed fresh cucumber base.

Anchovy Avocado and Seaweed Cucumber Boats

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Spicy Autumn Squash Soup

There's something about autumn being synonomous with soup. Salads are sometimes not what the body craves when the leaves are cascading from the trees and the daylight hours are rapidly diminishing.

Spicy Autumn Squash Soup

This vibrant soup is enough to brighten the darkest of days and the spicy ginger and punchy turmeric and cayenne awaken the senses when it can be tempting to lie like a sloth lamenting the loss of summer!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Fig and Blueberry Grain-Free Porridge (N'oatmeal)

With the weather turning colder my regular breakfast salad is starting to feel a little amiss. More than the odd morning have I caught myself sneaking covetous glances and salivating slightly at the steaming bowl of porridge (oatmeal) across the breakfast table being enjoyed by my gluten tolerant other half.

Fig and Blueberry Grain-Free Porridge (N'oatmeal)

Friday, 16 October 2015

Guest Post on Paleo Parents: Kale and Lime Cupcakes with Whipped Coconut Cream

Kale. Coconut. Cake. These are definitely a few of my favourite things!

Kale and Lime Cupcakes with Whipped Coconut Cream
When the lovely people at Paleo Parents agreed for me to feature a guest post I was over the moon with excitement. Then I was struck with the dilemma of choosing just ONE recipe!

After much to-ing and fro-ing I settled on the one that encompasses how I feel about the food I choose to cook and eat every day: healthful, tasty, pretty and unconventional.Thank you again to Paleo Parents for featuring my recipe - you can go check it here Guest Post Kale and Lime Cupcakes

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Squidgy Sesame Protein Brownies

As much as I love coconut flour and am fiercely loyal to the regular inhabitants of my life, dietary or otherwise, sometimes, out of nowhere comes an itch to venture off-piste just for a brief adventure!

Squidgy Sesame Protein Brownies

Friday, 9 October 2015

Oil Pulling Review

Got to try it before you mock it right?


This morning officially saw the last of the 250ml jar of coconut oil I opened 31 days ago to begin my oil pulling experiment. I didn't miss a single day. I started out with a miserly teaspoon and gradually worked up to a heaping teaspoon.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Steamed Chinese Cabbage Parcels

Chinese food is often stereotyped as heavy, greasy and seasoned with a hefty dose of MSG. Let me assure you: This is a myth!
Steamed Chinese Cabbage Parcels

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Anniversary Chocolate Mousse Tarts

To celebrate our anniversary I wanted to make something special. And obviously I had to make enough for the children!

Anniversary Chocolate Mousse Tarts

Looking back at the person I was on my wedding day feels like looking back at a long lost friend - I haven't caught up with her for a while, shared a joke (or a gluten and dairy pizza). Though she's changed a lot, one thing that has remained unwavering is her love of chocolate - albeit these days without the dairy and only a fraction of the sweetness.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Matcha Jelly Babies (Gummies)


Full of collagen boosting gelatin which is protein-packed, these gummies provide a nutritious and filling little bite for kids and grown ups alike - beats Haribo any day!

Matcha Jelly Babies (Gummies)

Monday, 21 September 2015

Spirulina Detox Smoothie Bowl


Spirulina is touted as somewhat of a superhero of the food world - it lays claim to superpowers that include fighting viruses, preventing cancer and warding off the effects of ageing. It contains all the essential amino acids and is high in protein. Quite veritably Superman in the skin of the Incredible Hulk!

Spirulina Detox Smoothie Bowl