Almond & Basil Paste 

A teaspoon of almond and basil paste makes an awesome topping for blinis.

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1 cup almonds

Handful of basil

Splash of lemon

Pinch of salt

Water to dilute as necessary

Soak almonds for at least 4 hours. Then plunge in boiling water for 60 seconds.  Sit in the sunshine (optional 🙂 to shell almonds. They pop out of their skins easily! Blend all other ingredients.  Add a little water as necessary to make a smooth paste.

Serve on blinis, crackers or pasta.

Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Almond Basil Paste 

Here’s a Russian mini pancake also known as Blini. They’re perfect for a cocktail party!

1 cup organic buckwheat flour

2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp fine sea salt

1 cup milk of choice

1 large egg

Mix well by hand. Then in a non-stick fry pan cook on medium heat (one tablespoon for each bite-sized blini)

Top with smoked salmon.

For vegans make almond-basil paste (easy)

Note: Traditionally they have sour cream & caviar.

Sprig of dill  (optional) on top.

Kim-Chi Salad 

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My sister Gwyneth is a foodie like me. Today we got busy and made lunch together…here’s the recipe!

  • Rocket from the garden
  • Oven roasted beetroot (chunks)
  • Avocado
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Kim-Chi
  • Activated roast seeds (optional)
  • Olive and lime drizzled through salad

Leftover Vegie Lasagna 

Desperate times call for creative measures!

What do you do when your working from home, your starving and you haven’t shopped for a few days? You can drive to a cafe and buy something or you can get creative.  At lunch time today I opened the fridge door and was confronted by wilted vegetables.  I LOVE spinach pie with Fetta cheese but no dairy is allowed on the 30 day wheat free,  dairy free diet (sigh!).  

Layered Vegie Pie 

  • Cook spinach 
  • Add 2 eggs to spinach 
  • Bake and mash by hand  pumpkin 
  • Bake eggplant 
  • Layer and bake for a further 30 mins.  

Four top grain alternatives to try now   

Pantry staples to put a smile in your gut

So,  you’ve decided to repair your gut health.  That means finding alternatives to grain.  When I first started this food journey,  trying to find the beat alternatives made my head spin.  After weeks of research and many failed experiments these are my top picks.  

Why?  First,  they’re seeds not grains.  That means they don’t inflame the gut, making them easy to digest.

Second,  because they’re unrefined they’re high in fibre and therefore cleanses the gut efficiently.

Once you know how,  they’re really easy to prepare and a great substitute to grass grains.  So, without further ado, let’s take a look.

  1. Amaranth – Contains B vitamins, calcium, iron and Vitamin C. Amaranth may help lower cholesterol.
  2. Buckwheat – Rich in flavonoids like rutin and a good source of magnesium, buckwheat is good for your cardiovascular system. It’s a valuable food for those with diabetes, as it can be helpful for regulating blood sugar.
  3. Millet – A good source of manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, millet is beneficial for your heart.
  4. Quinoa – A good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin (B2). Quinoa may be helpful if you have migraines, diabetes or atherosclerosis.

The good news is these seeds are alkaline.

Eat no more than 1/2 cup (cooked) at one serving.

Fill your plate mostly with veges!

For non vegetarians add small amounts of fish or organic meat.