Depending on how long you’ve been reading my blogs, you may find some of them unusual. I’m not afraid of using plenty of saturated fat. I love using butter and cream in my cooking and duck fat, ghee and coconut oil are my cooking “oils” of choice!
I don’t use grains containing gluten (mainly wheat, rye, barley) and for that matter, try not to rely on any kind of grain too much – a little non gluten containing grain every now and then as far as I’m concerned is ok though. I also try to limit our sugar intake. If I do use sugar, I use organic sustainable coconut sugar which is low GI and contains vitamins, minerals and other nutrients unlike processed sugar which contains nothing except sugar! Coconut Sugar is becoming easier to get in health food and whole food stores and can be used as a substitute in most recipes.
We eat lots of dark chocolate here – always organic and at least 70% cocoa solids and I often make my own raw chocolate from cocoa butter, raw cocoa powder and coconut sugar or coconut nectar syrup.
I am lucky enough to own a Thermomix. If you have one or have seen one, you will know what I mean. Since owning this amazing appliance, there is no doubt I have saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars on our household food budget, simply because of what I can now produce at home instead of buy. I’ve definitely saved hundreds of hours of my time as it cuts preparation and cooking time down dramatically and there are literally thousands of recipes available in books and online especially for the. However, my main motivation for owning one is that it’s just so easy to make everything from scratch with it. No additives, bulking agents, nasty cheap ingredients, just good wholesome food.
If you have a Thermomix, or are considering purchasing one, here are a couple of websites to inspire you. Quirky Cooking is amazing and Jo is always coming up with great ideas – mostly gluten and dairy free. The Thermomix Recipe Community has at last look, almost 5000 recipes put up mostly by owners with a great ingredient search engine.
I tend to use it with most of my cooking and preparation, however whenever I post something unless it’s a Thermomix only recipe, I will put up the conventional preparation method.