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Banana Bread

Posted by Tricia on 4 December 2015 | 13 Comments

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For my last birthday I was given the NZ cookbook "Whole". This is Monique Satherley's Paleo Banana Bread. It's the best textured gluten free cake/loaf I've found to date and I'll definitely be playing around with this recipe for different blends. What's more I had all the ingredients in my pantry. It's super simple and if you are like me and seriously cutting refined sugar from your diet and with a post menopausal sweet tooth this is perfect to have on hand. 

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Buckwheat Pancakes for Breakfast

Posted by Tricia on 18 September 2014 | 13 Comments

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Buckwheat flour is a perfect alternative to regular wheat flour when making pancakes. I've always prefered them over "regular" as the wheat ones usually make me feel a little sick. Buckwheat flour is gluten free and makes a denser and fluffier pancake.IMG 5440 Perfect for soaking up lemon juice and maple syrup! You can buy buckwheat flour from your local whole food store and from more enlightened supermarkets. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel and rhubarb. The cultivation of buckwheat grain declined sharply in the 20th century with the adoption of nitrogen fertilizer that increased the productivity of other staples. Buckwheat pretty much has everything going for it. It's gluten free, heavy with flavonoids, helps regulate/lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system. It's certainly worth adding to your food basket. For recipe read the full post.

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Orange Macadamia Cake

Posted by Tricia on 27 August 2014 | 6 Comments

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There's a glut of citrus and eggs around here at the moment so I decided to rustle up my orange and macadamia cake. You can use almond meal if you prefer, in fact I think that is what the original recipe called for. Macadamias are the only nuts I can grow here and I have a basket full of unshelled nuts. My eldest daughter Molly was visiting for the weekend so I took the opportunity to shell some while we sat and talked.IMG 5309  There is something so satisfying about eating cake and knowing it's not just sweet and yummy but has major goodness as well. For recipe read the full post.

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Gluten-free Banana Bread

Posted by Tricia on 17 August 2014 | 3 Comments

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My youngest daughter Cherry put me onto this recipe a few weeks ago. Say Banana bread and it doesn't get me very excited but tasting this, well that was another story altogether. It was good and delicious. I've altered the recipe quite a bit from the original but from memory I think this version may be even yummier. Read the full post.IMG 5304

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Deliciously Citrusy Almond and Polenta Cake.

Posted by Tricia on 18 November 2012 | 3 Comments

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I've been wanting to use polenta for years now. I finally have and it's certainly earned a spot in my cake-baking repertoire. These days I reserve baking for special occasions however, sometimes I would like to have a cake in the tin that I can indulge in now and then with a cuppa, and preferably it be wheat-free. This cake fits the bill exactly. The "flour" content is half polenta/half almond meal which brings down the cost of ingredients.  I have another orange cake recipe where I use all macadamia meal. It's very, very delicious. I have my own macadamias, but it does takes forever to get enough nuts for a cake out of the shells. If I have someone around who is hungry enough for that cake they will often shell the nuts. Remember the story about the little red hen? For the recipe read the full post.

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The Best and Easiest Minestrone Soup ever

Posted by trisha on 18 May 2010 | 0 Comments

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Here is a soup that tastes as if it's been slow cooking for hours yet takes only about 45 minutes from start to finish to make. I find it quite challenging to make a really good soup. This soup is very tasty, hearty and filling, and economical. It's my kind of soup.

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