BREAD – A Wheat and Gluten-Free WINNER!!

Wheat or Gluten issues disappear with this Fantastic Gluten-Free bread option. This Delightful bread is especially suitable for a grain-free or diabetic diet. It’s Super-Delicious and soft and springy. What else would you wish for from a bread alternative? Most days I prefer it over the wheat bread and I have no grain intolerances. 

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Yummy Gluten-Free Bread with Goats Cheese and Cherry Conserve

Yummy Gluten-Free Bread with Goats Cheese and Cherry Conserve

Gluten-Free Bread


2 ½ cups salted cashews, processed to flour

3 eggs

125g natural yoghurt

125g cottage cheese

1 ½ tsp baking soda

3 tsp chia seeds

3 tsp linseeds

¼ cup sunflower oil

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  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Starting with the dry, mix all ingredients together well.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check if toothpick comes out dry.

Easy, Peasy and Delicious!! Try it today. This bread is served sliced up in the usual way with your favourite sandwich or canapé filling. If you love bread and have had a difficult time with an allergy or intolerance this is the one to try.

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SEPTEMBER: ’tis the Season to EAT…

Welcome Autumn! The burning heat is now behind us and new colours are beginning to creep in. Vivid greens and yellows are now beginning to turn orange and red as the sun’s angle shifts and weakens in intensity. It’s time to prepare and stock up for the cooler months ahead. Here’s a few ideas.

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What’s good to freeze? What’s good to pickle? Most importantly what’s in Season? Let’s take a look at September and the Harvest it brings.

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Eggplant Parmigana Stack - recipe found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App

Eggplant Parmigana Stack – recipe found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App

September may mark the return of Autumn and some harvests slowing down but it’s also loaded with fresh Autumn and late Summer produce.


Beans, Beetroot, Bok Choy, Carrots, Avocado, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Lettuce, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Turnips, Squash, Tomatoes


Lemons, Raspberries, Strawberries

There are so many wonderful meals to make from this harvest. There is also a lot of canning and pickling to save produce for the winter months ahead. Cooking pot the iPhone App has wonderful recipes for cold and warm Salads just looking at the tomatoes, beetroot, turnips and squash. YUM! Vegetarian or Vegan Ratatouille and Eggplant Parmigana Stack come to mind as does Kimchee of all sorts. If you’ve ever made our Double-decker Pizza you’ll know what I’m on about and don’t forget the sliced avocado on top!

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How do I ever go back!! In-fact I think my taste-buds have had too much of the “Good Stuff” and I begin to feel the difference when I go out. Unless of course I’m fortunate enough to Enjoy Organic!!

OK let’s quickly look at Pickling, Fermenting and Canning. I think these topics deserve a lot more. In the next few posts I will endeavour to give them some justice. This month however there are heaps of cucumbers in season ready to pickle. When we look at fermenting, fruit are the way to go to give beautiful flavour to Kombucha, Mulled Wine or Mead. This September Strawberries and Raspberries make wonderful jams and spreads where the their wonderful flavours are locked in to last.

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LASAGNE: The Quick and Easy Cousin!!

I have watched and tasted Traditional Lasagne that is cooked All day. It’s true! It’s Delicious but do we have the time in today’s modern culture to cook all day? Do we cook for 20 or 30 or 40 people who just happen to be all satisfied with the same meal? It’s hard to find places where this still happens in today’s modern and fast paced world. 

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Beef Lasagne - Cooking Pot's Quick and Easy Cousin

Beef Lasagne – Cooking Pot’s Quick and Easy Cousin

OK this recipe does take longer than 30 minutes but this is also an opportunity to cook more!! Refrigerate or Freeze for later as a Main Meal or divide into Lunch portions when needed. When you feel like Lasagne simply reheat, add a salad and Who-La!!

All those busy days can now be stress-free and you’ll find more pennies in your pocket as an added bonus! Please use Organic or home grown ingredients whenever possible.


Beef Lasagne


500g minced beef

1 onion, chopped

oil for cooking

375g lasagna sheets

600ml thickened cream

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

herb finely chopped ie rosemary, oregano

salt and black pepper to taste

½ – 1 tsp ground nutmeg

550g jar favourite pasta sauce


2 tins diced tomato or 10 fresh

1 carrot, finely diced

1 large potato, finely diced

½ capsicum, finely diced

3 cloves garlic

1/3 cup tomato sauce

¼ cup sweet chilli sauce


Notes: Use extra parmezan cheese for garnishing if desired and add as many chopped veggies as you like into the beef mix. Garnish with Freshly sliced tomato.;

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  1. In a fry pan cook the onion and mince.
  2. Reduce heat and add pasta sauce and seasoning. If making your own sauce place ingredients in separate saucepan with oil and cook until soft.
  3. Place cream in a saucepan and stir with cheese salt and pepper and nutmeg. Stir and reduce a little.
  4. Place a tiny bit of meat sauce and spread in a baking tray to prevent the pasta sheets from sticking. Layer pasta sheets, meat and sauce. Sprinkle with extra cheese and herbs and bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes or until done.

This is one recipe where I add heaps of veggies and make as much as will fit in my oven. One is always frozen and one is left in the fridge for a quick lunch. After all that lasagne I have a 2-3 month break but having said that let’s ‘step out of the box’, there are some great variations that don’t necessarily contain meat or tomato!

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AUGUST – ’tis the Time to Eat…

The last month of summer is upon us in the North. It’s time to get sorted in the kitchen, plan and maybe adopt some Healthy new eating changes? It’s time to trial meals and menus and see if they work for You and your Family. A Healthy and Wholesome eating change can be daunting and some of us might be anxious about trying new things. 

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 This is a list of the fresh produce in season and available in August. Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out!! Healthy and Wholesome cooking can go light on your hip pocket too. It just might take a tiny little bit of planning and you’ll soon find that having a Healthy, Wholesome and ready to eat meal on your table in minutes. It takes far less time than driving to the nearest take-out!!  

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice

Nut Quinoa Brown Rice


celery, corn, cilantro, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, Asian greens, collard greens, cucumber, herbs 


blackberries, blueberries, mango, grapes, figs 

This month the produce is ripe for Stir-fry! Any Stir-fry! Be it meat, egg, tofu or nut it’s fast and completely Delicious!! Try it with a brown rice, quinoa and nut or lentil mix or if you don’t have the extra time noodles are faster. Rice is a fantastic food to add turmeric to and improve your health at the same time. 

Left over stir-fry can be made into Japanese pancakes called Okonomiyaki. This is a great breakfast eaten regularly in Japan. If this takes your fancy be sure to supply yourself with plenty of Yakitori Sauce. These Healthy and Wholesome, Quick and Easy recipes and others like it are found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Download here: 

The choice of seasonal fruit is fantastic! Blueberries, figs and mangoes are among my favourites or should I be more precise and say Are my favourite. Right now, Blueberry Ice-cream is screaming at me and so is a warm Blueberry Crostada served with fresh cream. Then a Raw Mango Pie or a warm Fig and Pumpkin Tart. Hmm Yummy… 

Ok, I think I’ve just inspired myself and must go make something for dessert, after all, all those quick stir-fry dinners might just leave me enough time to make an Awesome Treat!! Remember to Cook Out Not Throw Out so check your pantry first. 

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Herbology: Too HOT or NOT!!

So what is your definition of Hot? Stifly heat outdoors, Sexy Hot or gut-wrenching Spicy Hot!! We’ll go with the latter and talk Chilli Hot! There’s a lot to be said for chilli. It’s a beautiful looking shrub growing to about 1 metre which bears shiney and crisp, colourful fruit but the heat is it’s thorn. Having said that, not all peppers are hot. Some infact are swee, But All peppers are known for their culinary flavour.

So what are they NOT known for. Let’s look at cooking, gardening remedies, circulation, sinus releif, cancer just to name a few. The hotness of a chilli determines it’s use except in cooking where flavour is also concerned. The hotness of a chilli is measured “Scoville Heat Units” (SHU). A mild bell pepper measures 0, a jalapeno 2500-4000 units and a Habanero measures 200 000 – 500 000 units.

Peppers are also good for you high in vitamins and minerals especially vitamin C. 100g of chilli provides 240% RDA vitamin C. It also contains significant levels of magnesium, potassium iron and manganese. These aid in conrolling heart rate, blood pressure and anti-oxidant properties which facilitate tissue repair and known to boost immunity. For some great Healthy and Wholesome recipe ideas that include chillis sweet and hot or both: download Cooking Pot the iPhone App here: more information:

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Jerk Chicken with Beans and Rice

Jerk Chicken with Beans and Rice

Some Caribbean, Indian and Asian cooking likes a lot of heat. Caribbean and Mexican cooking uses scotsdale and harbanero peppers for untimate heat. For a milder taste jalapenos are used. Indian cooking prefers harbanerons and Asian cooking is famous for it’s red birds-eye chilli. In cooking, flavour is just as important as heat if not more. As a result de-heating techniques are applied such as de-seeding, ommitting the bulb or simply cooking the chilli whole without cutting it then removing during the cooking period when the appropriate flavour and heat have been reached.

Dishes can be made milder by using bell peppers or capsicum which are rather sweet but boost the flavour of many dishes. Sweet paprika is another example found in Eastern European dishes like Goulash or Golombki where both tomato and cream are used as the sauce base. Both of these fantastic recipes are found on Cooking Pot the iPhone App. Download it here for something different:

Chilli is also used as a garden spray to ward off pests and help your veggies grow without pestiside. Grind 4 birds-eye chillis and 2 cloves garlic in a pestle and mortar. In a 750ml container add ½ tbsp soap flakes, chilli and garlic paste and 500ml boiling water and mix. Let stand until cool and strain into a spray bottle. Will keep for 2 weeks. Spray on your veggies for a natural insecticide and watch your garden flourish!

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