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Simple Satiation

Looking for an easy Sunday night dinner to enjoy while watching TV in your trackies on the lounge? Try this super simple Mexican style mince.

• Sauté one brown onion in butter and olive oil • Add 500gm grass fed beef mince to pan and brown • Stir in one chopped green capsicum and one plump ripe tomato • Sprinkle in Mexican chilli powder to taste and simmer to combine flavours • Transfer to an oven proof dish and cover with pizza cheese • Bake till Golden with stringy, cheesy goodness. • Serve with a generous dollop of sour cream (full fat of course) • Try this scooped into crispy lettuce leaves taco style ;)



Hot in the Kitchen

Yesterday was a fun day in the kitchen. I made a Spiced Pumpkin and Almond loaf (find recipe on the 'What's Cooking Good Looking' post)


20140320-100335.jpg Then I picked up two thick New Zealand Grass Fed Rib Fillet Steaks. I cooked these slowly in my Sous Vide and then finished in a hot pan with herbed butted. I also made a nice Red Wine Jus to finish the steak off. Served with steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli.




What's Cooking Good Looking?!

This morning while enjoying some bacon, eggs and gluten free grass fed beef sausage for breakfast I decided I'd share some links to recipes I am wanting to try or adapt in the future. Firstly just so I can find them again when I finally have some spare time to cook and secondly because they just look yum!!!

20140319-094542.jpg Spiced Apple Panckakes

Valentines Keto Fat Bombs

Cauliflower Tortillas

Southern Fried Chicken

Pumpkin, Bacon & Coconut Cream Soup This one I'll be adapting to make LCHF and will blog it when I do.

Spanish Fried Cauliflower

Garlic Aioli Made this one last night :) Yum

Coconut Milk Icecream

Pumpkin & Almond Bread Making this tonight! I'll let you know how it goes :)

Lamb Koftas I'll make this with a nice mint & garlic sour cream dipping sauce.

All credit for these recipes to their respective websites!

I love playing around in the kitchen! If you do try any of these recipes before me please feel free to comment with your thoughts.


Meatloaf and Mash

Dinner last night was delicious. I made Meatloaf with Creamy Roast Pumpkin / Cauliflower Mash and Steamed Broccoli Florets.

20140225-173628.jpg I began by browning 100g diced streaky bacon in loads of grass fed butter. Next I added one finely chopped large brown onion and sautéed until translucent. One large grated carrot went in next along with 1 tablespoon of whole grain mustard, mixed herbs, and a good screw of black pepper.

20140225-173450.jpg Once all that had cooked down nice I set it aside to cool while I prepared my pumpkin.

One quarter of organic kent pumpkin peeled, chopped & sprinkled with salt, pepper & smoked paprika and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

I placed it on a lined tray and into a 200°C oven to roast.

I then took my cooled ingredients for the meat loaf and combined them with 1 egg, 1kg organic beef mince and 1/2 cup of almond meal. Once combined this went into a loaf tin and in the oven with the pumpkin.

20140225-173544.jpg When the meat loaf was nearly finished I removed the pumpkin from the oven, boiled a full head of cauliflower until tender, drained and then mashed the two together with my stick blender and loads more butter.

The mash was so super creamy no sauce was required. Yummy!!!

A Little Eggs-periment!

As I've said before 90% of my days are spent working away on the highway in Central Queensland. 12-14hr days are the norm. On top of that I'm a very fussy bastard with my eating and one of my little quirks is that I don't like eating cold food.

So I am time poor and want a hot breaky on the road... What to do?! After pondering this for a while I had the egg-cellent idea to cook raw eggs in my thermos. From the fridge to the thermos, just add boiling water from the kettle and off you go. But would it work?

I did some calculations for the temperature of my eggs from the fridge, the area they would displace in my 500ml thermos and the amount of boiling water that I could fit in and the idea seemed sound. 20140205-110819.jpg For my first attempt at 4:30am today I poured boiled water over two eggs and let them stand for 5 mins while I finished getting dressed for work. I then drained that water topped it up with more boiled water and headed out the door to work.

I planned on eating my breaky around 7am but as my site was running busy this morning I didn't get to them til 9am. So did they work?....

20140205-111051.jpg So far so good :)


Success!!! How could I contain my egg-citement?! Eggs cooked with no time spent 'cooking'.

Tomorrow I am going to try again however I'm not going to refresh the water and see if I can get soft boiled. But for today I am egg-static!

Please egg-nore my terrible egg puns.... I guess the old adage is true. You are what you eat!

I also just wanted to mention a terrific new book about 'real food' Eat The Yolks by Liz Wolfe. Check it out at Cave Girl Eats


Meatballs! Need I say more?

When thinking about an easy dinner Tuesday night I decided to make some quick and delicious organic grass fed beef meatballs in tomato sauce. 20140130-084624.jpg

Form golf ball size meatballs from diced onion, organic grass fed ground beef, almond meal, salt and pepper and any desired spices or herbs.


Place in oven proof dish and cover with diced capsicum and chopped tomatoes.

Bake in moderate oven for an hour or so (timing is very forgiving with this dish). And enjoy!

I would normally serve with a roast pumpkin and cauliflower mash (lots of grass fed butter of course).


Day 25

Back home from work for two days and after a good nights rest it was weigh in time.... I am very excited to say I have left the 130s behind me. I have reached 129kg this morning and shall never return beyond! As a treat I decided to cook something for dinner tonight I have never cooked before. My 'go to' roast meat has always been beef, followed closely by lamb, pork or turkey. For some reason in the past 20 years of cooking I had never tried roasting chicken. Why did I wait sooooo long? It was delicious.


It was so quick to prepare. My method was simply to take one organic, grass fed chook. Place a pierced lemon and some fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme and marjoram) into the cavity, and seal it into a large oven bag with 2 peeled onions, 5 organic baby carrots, 4 chopped celery stalks, some garlic, salt & pepper and olive oil. Baked at 170°C for 1hr 40mins. The dish was accompanied by some pumpkin and sweet potatoe roasted in olive oil and fresh steamed broccoli.

Simple, delicious and great for us! So flavour full no gravy was required.... Just a spoonful of the garlicky, lemony pan juices.

LCHF RECIPE: Pepperoni Meatzza

I've been playing around with some LCHF cooking when I get a few minutes spare and today I wanted to give a bread free pizza a spin. I have seen recipes for a cauliflower pizza base but today I decided to get In touch with my inner Carnivore and create a meat based pizza (meatzza).



• Lean Beef Mince • Mozzarella Cheese • Pepperoni (check pack for low carbs) • Brown Onion • Tomato Paste • Brown Onion • Green Capsicum

Step 1:

20140119-143551.jpg Smoosh beef, cheese, salt, pepper, garlic and mixed herbs.

Step 2:


Form into large thin 'pizza base' and bake on high under grill til crispy and browned. Drain off any excess liquid that comes out.


Step 3:


Top the pizza with your ingredients.


Step 4:


ENJOY your delicious low carb high fat creation!