Broccoli canapés

Broccoli canapés
Broccoli canapés

I saw a post by Donna Hay about cauliflower pizza base and I thought broccoli sounds more fun to use. Her grain-free, knead-free recipe is simple and has 4 ingredients: cauliflower, almond meal, eggs and parmesan cheese. I don’t know about cauliflower but the broccoli version is a success, so much better than the Paleo pizza bases and toasts I’ve had in cafes around Melbourne. I decided to make a Paleo-friendly version by replacing parmesan with arrowroot powder and sweet potato powder.

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Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting

Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting
Paleo chocolate cake with creamy avocado chocolate frosting

I have been baking chocolate cakes two weekends in a row. Last weekend was a photo assignment for FishHead Magazine with Laura Vincent‘s addictive chocolate cake with vanilla milk chocolate ganache. I tried to paleo-lize her recipe as much as I could and it turned out really well, taste-wise. I was supposed to make another batch using the same recipe but I came across this Naked Chocolate Cake recipe by Teresa Cutter of thehealthychef.com. All the ingredients are Paleo-friendly and her chocolate cream frosting using avocado sounds interesting, so I gave it a go.

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The carrot cake that almost started an angry mob

Carrot cake with pistachios and walnuts
Carrot cake with pistachios and walnuts

About two weeks ago, I met an American from Michigan who moved to New Zealand and unexpectedly became a Kiwi farmer. In 2009, he started a WordPress blog called Moon Over Martinborough to chronicle their life in the farm which eventually led to a best-selling book of the same title. Carrot cake everyone wants is the most enticing story behind a recipe that I’ve ever read. It teaches you a lesson about sharing your most beloved recipes, unless you want an angry mob of pitchfork-carrying farmers at your door.

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Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

Easy Brazilian cheese bread (Pao de Queijo)

JD’s version of another wonderful easy recipe from a rock star of a food photographer, my idol Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate.  The main and most important ingredient is tapioca starch which you can easily find in Asian stores. If you want to make gluten-free cheese bread, you’d love Katie’s Pao de queijo recipe!

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Gooey eggplant lasagna with chickpea polenta

Eggpant lasagna

Following last week’s survival kit disaster, I found a good use for one of the rusty cans of chickpeas. If you’ve been following my blog back from the time I made a scandalous confession, you know that I drool over Katie Quinn Davies‘ food photography. I also drool over her recipes. She is a rockstar both as a food photographer and as a recipe developer. [Read more…]