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Pea & Ham Soup

You know what normally turns me off pea & ham soup? The colour! It’s just so…… Muddy & bleh. So I made mine really green…. Because fluro green soup is way less offensive right?!

So this isn’t really ‘pea & ham’ as much as it is ‘pea & bacon’ soup but I feel like that is just a minor detail in what is a majorly delicious pot of goodness. If you have a ham hock, or want to use a ham hock you can certainly go right ahead. It will still be super tasty but, we all know that bacon is ham’s hotter & more desirable older brother and really, the ultimate in pig-related-products….. Disagree? I don’t really care. Use your fav pig bit, it’s your soup. Probably don’t use pork shoulder…. Or fillets…… That would probably be pretty wrong & I take no responsibility if your soup is disgusting. Make it my way & it will be a mouth-party.

2L chicken BONE BROTH (or stock)

1 bacon hock (about 1kg)
300g frozen peas
1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed

Sauté the onion & garlic in a small amount of coconut oil (or oil of your choice) in a big saucepan. Once translucent add the bacon hock & stock. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 1.5-2hrs. Remove the bacon hock and pull apart, removing the fat & skin and adding the meat back to the pot. Add the peas to the hot pot and use a stick blender to blend until smooth (you could also do small batches in a blender). Finally add the parsley & reblend until completely combined. Serve with some cracked pepper.

Buttered Up

Have you been ‘Buttered Up’ yet? You really should get ‘Buttered Up’. Or maybe you should ‘Butter Up’ someone else? Are you with me? No? Let me enlighten you. I have just started making my own range of deliciousness in a jar! You are probably going to want to get it in your gob ASAP.

‘Buttered Up’ is the new range of nut and nut-free butters by ME in stock NOW at Primal Pantry. Yahoo. Whoop-dee-do! The range has started with a nut-free Gingerbread Butter, a Coconut Choc Chip Butter & a Chocolate Cake Batter flavour. All are gluten free, dairy free and paleo approved.

Whether you eat these right off a spoon from the jar or use them as a replacement for nut butter, butter or coconut oil in your baking, you won’t be disappointed. Great to have on hand as a snack when you need something quick & easy, or used however you like to use peanut butter or Nutella! Smear that gear on whatever you fancy, add to your recipes & mine and make sure you share the love so we can all find more ways to be #butteredup.

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Mexican Spice Shredded Beef

I really dislike most things about Winter. The dark. The cold. The short days. Walking the dog early in the morning & not being able to feel your face….. There is one thing I really like about Winter though, slow cooking things. So easy, so time efficient, so delicious. Slow cooking is like magic, it makes things like shanks, cheeks & shin, that should taste like old shoes, taste like unicorns have been dancing on your tongue.

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Chocolate Bread

Here you go. The much anticipated moment you have been waiting for. In my opinion, it will have been worth the wait. This is freaking good gear. This bread could be made without the cacao if you didn’t want a chocolate bread…. But really, who doesn’t want chocolate bread? Weirdo’s, that’s who. If you are a weirdo who doesn’t want chocolate bread, we can’t be friends, but you can still adapt this recipe to suit your weirdo ways. Add a teaspoon of vanilla powder for vanilla bread or leave out the sweetener, add some fresh herbs & make a savory loaf.

This bread can be used otherwise in any which way you please. I’d suggest toasting it under the grill or in a sandwich press, smearing it with butter, ghee, coconut butter or nut butter, or any other splendid topping you like and shoving it swiftly in your pie hole before someone else does. It’ll be the quick or the dead with this bread around…. Well maybe not dead. But definitely sad & hungry. This was adapted from a recipe by AGAINST ALL GRAIN.

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Chocolate Coconut Jubes

These remind me of Chico Baby lollies!! I am loving gelatin right now and add it to everything and anything! Tea, coffee, smoothies, soups, pretty much any liquid really. I have two different types, one that Gels Up that I use only in hot things so it dissolves completely or in things like these jellies that I want to gel. This one you can add to anything and it will dissolve. Both are completely flavorless too. So what’s up with the gelatin obsession? Prepare to be enlightened!

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Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup

Soups are such an easy way to cram a whole load of nutrients into one bowl. You can chuck in any veggies that are still in the fridge and are starting to look a little sad or even add some leftover cooked meats. This week I had a slow cooked turmeric chicken and veggie casserole thingy that I just didn’t feel like so I threw it all in a big pot with some bone broth, heated it up, blended it to smooth & dinner was served. Using homemade BONE BROTH is a great way to get loads of minerals, calcium, magnesium and gut-healthy gelatin into yourself too, it’s super easy to make and I keep a few frozen batches in the freezer all the time. You know why your nana used to make chicken soup when you were sick? Because over 70% of your immune system is in your gut, if your gut isn’t healthy you get sick all the time! Heal and nourish your gut with nutritious homemade stock/broth to keep that immune system healthy…. See, nana’s know their $hit.

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Hot Choccy

It’s hot chocolate kinda weather today so here you go. Chocolate fiends pay attention NOW! On our recent trip overseas Trav & I became mildly addicted to Italian Hot Chocolate…. Trav more so than me, he even had a tantrum after we trekked halfway across Paris to get what someone online had touted as ‘Paris’ best hot chocolate’, only to find that the shop was no longer there. It’s was the kind of hot chocolate that you want to eat with a spoon it’s so thick but I am fairly certain it was NOT even slightly nourishing and loaded with sugar & God knows what else.

This version contains some awesome healthy fats, antibacterial, anti microbial & anti fungal properties from the coconut cream, a cracker dose of magnesium from the raw cacao & super dark chocolate & the gelatin provides a nice protein boost and is brilliant for the health of our skin, hair, nails, digestion, immune system & joints. It is like dessert in a mug.

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Pancakes with Strawberry Ginger Syrup

You know I thought this whole ‘baby brain’ biz was just a farce….. But I am actually getting dumber by the day and am CONSTANTLY misplacing things. I lost my water bottle the other day…. Found it in the bathroom cupboard a few days later. I am not sure how I am going to function in society if this gets any worse. Anyhow, on to the food.

Sometimes, especially on Sunday nights, we have ‘breakfast for dinner’. This generally involves bacon, eggs, sautéed kale, mushrooms…. You get the gist. This week when Trav suggested ‘breakfast for dinner’ my pregnant brain went straight to pancakes. I added zucchini to them so that Pebbles (current nickname for the growing bub) was getting some veggies in too.

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