Sauces, stock and dressings

Chicken Liver Parfait

Since going to Dinner By Heston when we were in London I have not been able to stop thinking about the dish I had for entree which was his infamous ‘meat fruit’ which comes out looking like a mandarin on a board but is actually the most devine chicken liver & foie gras parfait in the world. That’s right. In. The. World.

This recipe was a Heston Blumenthal recipe I found HERE. I’m not going to write it out again because, well I am lazy & I am pretty sure you know how to click a link. I merged it with THIS Jamie Oliver recipe to end up with this awesome tasting remix.

A few things I changed… I soaked the liver in coconut milk, not milk, and I used ghee instead of butter. You could substitute the different types of alcohol for just one but my mum had all of them in her pantry so I used them all.

100g shallots, peeled and finely diced
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
1 bunch thyme (6-8 sprigs), tied
150ml dry Madeira
150ml ruby port
75ml white port
50ml brandy
400g chicken livers
1½ tsp sea salt
4 eggs
400g ghee

Place the shallots, garlic, thyme, Madeira, ruby port, white port and brandy in a bowl. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 24 hours….. I am impatient and I left it about 4 hrs. Place the livers in a bowl of coconut milk, cover and leave in the fridge overnight to reduce the bitterness.

The following day, bring the marinated shallot mixture to the boil, then reduce it until there is no liquid left; do not let it catch or burn. Remove the thyme sprigs & remove the shallot mix & set aside. Drain the milk off the livers, rinse & pat them dry with some paper towel.

Heat a little extra ghee the same frying pan. Throw in the livers and cook the for a couple of minutes on each side, until lightly coloured but still a little pink in the middle – if you overcook them they will lose their smooth texture and become grainy.

Take the livers off the heat and tip them into a food processor with the cooked shallots mix? Blitz until you have a smooth purée. Add the rest of the softened butter and continue to blitz, then season well. Add the eggs & blend again. Transfer the mixture to some serving bowls and cover with a few spoonfuls of melted ghee to seal.

Place in the fridge overnight to set then dig in! These should keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge while sealed with the ghee but we knocked them over much quicker than that.

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Probiotic Nut Cheese

Hi everyone! Obviously I am not making this recipe now because I am away on holidays overseas but seeing as though I would do pretty much anything right now for a good dose of probiotics, I thought I’d share this with you so you can get a healthy gut for me.

Our trip has been AMAZING, we have seen so many beautiful places, experienced fabulous foods & met some wonderful people but I am counting down the days until I get home to my own kitchen & can get back to nourishing my body in the way I like to.

On a side note, Trav didn’t take these pictures which is why they look rubbish…. But you get the idea.

2 cups raw cashews/macadamias/blanched almonds
Filtered
Contents of 2 probiotic capsules

In a bowl add the nuts & cover with water and leave to soak for 8hrs or overnight. In the morning, discard the soaking water & add the nuts with 1 cup fresh filtered water plus the contents of the probiotic capsules to a high speed blender/food processor & blend until smooth & creamy.

Place some muslin or cheese cloth in a sieve over a bowl. Add the cheese to the middle of the cloth, twist the cloth firmly to secure closed. Place a small weight (jar, mug, plate) on top of the closed cloth so that it is helping to weigh down the cheese and allow any excess liquid to begin to drain off. After about an hour you can add some extra weight. The firmer you want your cheese, the more liquid you will need to remove. Allow this to ferment at room temperature for about 12 hrs.

Once the fermentation has happened you can flavour your cheese if you like with fresh herbs, salt, pepper, spices, pesto etc or leave it plain. I have also used mine like a cream cheese filling for cheesecake.

Lime Mayo

Mayo is my latest condiment obsession at the moment. It was BBQ Sauce, man that gear is good, but mayo is the front runner at the moment. I have it on eggs, chicken, fish, meat, salad, my fingers…..huh? Whatever, you will too when you taste how delicious this is. It’s easy, it will store in the fridge in a jar for about a week…. If it lasts that long. I just use the yolks as the raw egg whites seem to flare up my allergies a but work out what you like. Go for free range & the best quality you can find, if you are eating these suckers raw, you want them to be from awesome, healthy, happy chickens.

Just in case anyone was wondering, our new baby Audrey is getting BIG! 16weeks & 29kgs. Holy smokes this fur-baby is going to be a beast. I am fairly certain she is also undercover for the Taliban. She is a terrorist. Into EVERYTHING, chewing things like my shoes, pulling clothes off the line & peeing in the house. Lucky she is cute otherwise she would have been dropped at the local Chinese shop to be used for spring roll filling…. I’m only joking, don’t call the RSPCA on me, we love her….. But maybe a little bit less every time she ruins a pair of shoes.

4 free range egg yolks (or 2 whole eggs) at room temperature
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups oil (I used a mix of olive & coconut. Macadamia oil would be a great option too)
Pinch salt
Zest & juice of 1 lime

In your food processor blend the eggs on med-high speed for 1 minute. Add the ACV, salt & Dijon mustard and blend for another minute. Now, with the food processor still running, drizzle the oil in as slow as possible. It should take you at least 5 minutes to get all that oil in. If you go too quick the mayo won’t thicken (you can still use it and it will taste good but it won’t be “dollop-able”). Once all the oil is in you can add the lime juice & zest & give it one last blend to combine. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Dip veggie sticks, meat, sweet potato wedges, your fingers, whatever in this business.

Audrey the menace. Don’t be fooled by that cute little Jeckle & Hyde face, she’s pure badness.

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Roasted Garlic Aioli

Who loves aioli? I do & I love it garlicky…. Is that a word? It should be. How else can one be expected to describe the strength of garlic-ness of something? On a scale of not-very-garlicky to it-will-keep-the-vampires-away-for-weeks, I like mine closer to the repelling Edward Cullen end of the spectrum. Mainly because I find him completely ‘meh’, pasty & angsty but that is a whole other discussion. Eat this aioli, it’s delicious & garlic is great for the immune system.

4-8 cloves roasted garlic (depending on how ‘garlicky’ you like it, I added 8 but I love garlic)

4 egg yolks (or 2 whole eggs)
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 1/2-2 cups oil (olive, macadamia or coconut)
Pinch salt
2 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs apple cider vinegar

This is basically an extra-delicious mayo. Add the eggs to the food processor & blend until creamy. Add the lemon juice & ACV & blend again to combine. Now with the food processor still running slowly start to dribble the oil in. Like almost drop by drop. That slow. If you are bored $hitless you have the timing of oil drizzling perfect. Hang on, it won’t be much longer. The mix should start to thicken & resemble a mayonnaise. Keep dribbling the oil in until you reach a consistency you like, then add in all the remaining ingredients & blend well to combine. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a week….. Or just make a massive batch of my Sweet Potato Fries and dunk them in this gear.

Cashew Sour Cream or Cheese

Sometime you just need a bit of ‘sumthin sumthin’ and this is that something. We have had this on TACO’S, drizzled on PIZZA or MEATZZA or just as a bit of something to dip other stuff in to…. By ‘other stuff’ I mean food, nothing weird. Don’t be weird. It’s a great alternative to sour cream if you can’t do dairy and the ‘cheesy’ version just works.

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Tomato Sauce & BBQ Sauce

How good is sauce? Especially with sausages. We had the most delicious lamb & rosemary sausages the other day, they were amazeballs. You know the Sherwood Rd Butcher does paleo-sausages? How good is that! I haven’t tried them but I have heard good things. Why am I rambling about sausages? I came here to tell you about my sauce. It’s good.

Did you know that one cup of regular tomato sauce has around 50g sugar? In sauce! It’s savory, why the hell is there that much sugar in it? No wonder kids go loopy. The condiments in your fridge are normally LOADED with hidden sugar. Sweet Chilli Sauce can have about 110g/cup! You can find my healthier version HERE.

400g fresh tomatoes
400g tinned tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tsp coriander seeds
2 lge cloves garlic, crushed
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, chopped roughly
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely diced
1 tsp rock salt
OPTIONAL- 1 bunch basil, chopped roughly
1 tbs coconut oil

In a large saucepan heat the coconut oil over a medium heat, sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, celery & coriander seeds until onion is translucent. Add the tomato paste & cook for a further 2 mins. Add all the remaining ingredients & bring to the boil. Reduce to a low simmer & simmer for about 20mins. Allow to cool before transferring to a food processor & blending until smooth. Store in sterilized jars in the fridge. Mine lasted about 2 mths.

BBQ SAUCE

This is the bomb. I have used it to marinate chicken wings, ribs, added to savory mince, dipped meat in it and probably a heap of other things. Every time is was delicious.

2 tbs tomato paste
1 cup MY TOMATO SAUCE (from above)
1 tbs honey
1 heaped tsp sweet paprika
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
100ml apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbs coconut oil
Good pinch of salt

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the tomato paste & paprikas. Cook for about 2 mins. Add everything else to the saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer & allow to simmer for 15-20mins over a very low heat. Remove from heat, allow to cool then blend with a stick mix or food processor until smooth. Transfer to sterilized jars & store in the fridge. Mine was fine for about 2 mths, it might last longer but I used mine all up by then.

Creamy Pesto

Fresh herbs are the bomb, they add a flavor punch to any salad, meat or veggie dish with very little effort. They can jazz up the most pedestrian of dishes & make them into something amazeballs and the top news is, they are pretty easy to grow yourself so you always have some on hand. You don’t need much space, just a few small pots and, a hot tip for new players, get the kind of pot that has the self-watering bit at the bottom….. Trav bought me these ones after I kept killing the last lot of herbs because I forgot to water them. Poor herbs.

Basil has been hailed for its excellent anti-inflammatory benefits as well as its antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, and even some types of cancer. Did you know that dill is a very good source of calcium!? It is also a great antibacterial and contains oils that can help neutralize some types of carcinogens.

1 full packed cup chopped herbs (I used a mix of dill, basil & parsley)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 heaped tsp fresh grated ginger
1 avocado
Juice 1 lemon
1 tbs tahini
2 tbs olive oil
Pinch salt & pepper

Blend in your food processor the herbs, ginger & garlic until it is as finely chopped as you can get it. Add the remaining ingredients & blend well until smooth. You can add extra olive oil or even some water or green tea of you want a runnier consistency. I used this to dress my super salad concoction of kale, fennel, grated beetroot, grated carrot, chopped apple, baby tomatoes, capsicum, dried seaweed flakes, celery, cucumber & homemade turmeric sauerkraut. I will certainly NOT get scurvy after that meal!

And here’s my kick a$$ super salad

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Raspberry Chilli Relish

This is kinda a crossbreed of chilli jam & some form of relish or chutney. I actually don’t even know what constitutes a relish v’s a chutney. Let me know if you know, I may need to rethink the name of this condiment. Off track. Back on. This condiment/saucey thing is delicious and makes a splendid accompaniment to chicken, fish, turkey & salads. Probably other things too but they are all I have tried it with at this stage. Not jammed full of sugar like most of its kind, and not loaded with random things to thicken it.

2 red chilli’s, finely diced (take the seeds out if you don’t like a ‘burn your face off” kinda relish)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red onion
1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup chia seeds
Pinch stevia or dash honey
Coconut oil for cooking

In a saucepan heat a little coconut oil, once hot, sauté onion, garlic & chilli until onion is translucent. Reduce to a low heat & add raspberries & stevia/honey and stir gently until berries are completely defrosted and are warm. Remove from heat. Stir through chia seeds and pour into a sterilized jar or air tight container. Store in the fridge. We had ours with a spinach slice, roast turkey, goats cheese stack. It was delicious.

Here it is with the turkey creation…..

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Capsicum & Walnut Dip

Say no to cr@ppy sugar loaded, preservative full & artificial everything dips from the supermarket! That would work well on an election banner ;) Make your own people! It is cheap, super easy, you know EXACTLY what is in it, and, the best bit is it will not de-rail your clean eating. Have your dip & eat it too. Woo hoo! This made LOADS of dip, I ended up eating it with my salads, omlettes, dinner for a few days as well as taking a container of it to a party with my own home made crackers.

2 red capsicum, deseeded
3 cloves garlic
Handful fresh basil leaves
1 tbs fresh grated ginger
2 tbs coconut aminos (or tamari)
Juice 1 lemon
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
About 2 tbs olive oil
Pinch salt & pepper

In the food processor add everything except capsicum & nuts and blitz until all chopped as best you can. Add capsicum & nuts and pulse a few times until it is the chunkiness you like. That is it. Done. Told you it was easy didn’t I?

Paleo Spinach Hummus

This is a great version of hummus if you are after a Paleo-friendly dip. You can leave out the spinach & peel the zucchini if you want to really trick people into believing it’s the regular kind but I like to add green stuff to whatever I can. This totally tastes like hummus because tahini is what gives hummus it’s distinctive flavor, not the chick peas that are traditionally used, they are just there for texture & the raw zucchini does that just fine.

Zucchini is low calorie and a great source of fibre. It is rich in vitamin A, flavonoid and poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species from the body that play a role in aging and various disease process. Tahini is high in vitamins E, F and T, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, biotin, and choline. It is also a source of vitamin A & is one of the highest sources of methionine, an essential amino acid, and is high in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus, and is an excellent source of calcium.

2 raw zucchini
1 big handful baby spinach (optional)
1-2 cloves garlic
1 heaped tbs tahini
Juice 1 lemon
Big pinch salt & pepper
Few tbs extra virgin cold pressed olive oil – as much as you need to get the consistency you want

Blitz everything in the food processor until smooth. Ta da!