Food, Fun and Face!

Welcome to my blog! I'm starting this blog to add some spice to some of your kitchens! I follow a primal lifestyle which basically means I eat a whole bunch of vegetables, good meats, some fruit, nuts and seeds and a little dairy. I avoid eating all grains and try not to eat processed food and limit the amount of sugar I throw down my throat. Basically the name of the game is to eat REAL FOOD. Sounds simple right? But sometimes people find it hard to start to eat this way. So this blog is here to help you (and me) throw together some awesome tasty food . So please stay a while and get your creative kitchen juices flowing again!!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Leftover Pork Breakfast

So a new year has begun! Last year flew by for me like you wouldn't believe. Or am I just getting older and that's what happens??

I was pretty slack on putting up posts here. And to be completely honest my primal diet has slipped to the wayside more than I would like it to. I would like to blame the Christmas period for that but I was on the slippery slope much before then. It's amazing how easy it is to justify those chocolate biscuits and those salsa Doritos. Mmmmm, Doritos. And didn't you know burgers taste awesome!!

But at the end of the day I simply have to say to myself; "What's more important? Instant gratification that the crappy food gives me or my health?"

Now I'm not saying that I'm going to dive head on into a 100% primal diet as I know all too well that that isn't realistic. But I can aim for as close to 100% as possible. I mean I like a margarita just as much as the guy sitting at Dukes bar in Waikiki right now does and little pleasures like that can change your day for the better. Just not everyday!

Today I came home from the gym and had a look in the fridge and made this stir fry thing with left over pork.

There is a salsa I put over the dish at the end and you can buy it from the supermarket. It's called Herdez Salsa and going by the label it has no crap in it. I buy mine from New World. Not sure if other supermarkets stock it.

Ingredients:

Leftover Pork Leg
1x Onion
2x Tomatoes
1x Courgette
1x Capsicum
1x tsp Crushed Ginger
1x tsp Crushed Garlic
Half an Avocado
Fresh Coriander
2 Tbsp Herdez Salsa
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil




Start by putting a frying pan on a high heat and drizzle some olive oil into it.

Peel and slice your onion and  into the pan it goes.

To that add the crushed ginger and garlic and give it a good stir.



While that's frying away cut up your pork into small bite size chunks.

Also dice the courgette.

Once you can smell the onion cooking then add the pork and courgette to the pan.





Give that a good stir and let it fry for a few minutes.

Then dice up the capsicum and also dice up both the tomatoes.

Add the capsicum and tomatoes to the pan and stir.




And after a few minutes it should all look something like this:




Time to plate up your tasty meal!

Spoon as much as you want onto a plate.

Scoop out half the avocado onto the plate.

Take a big handful of the coriander and dice that up roughly and scatter onto the food.

Then take a couple of tablespoons of the salsa and spoon that onto the food as arty as you can make it.

Season with salt and pepper.




Enjoy!









Thursday, 22 August 2013

Primal Chicken Enchiladas

Did I mention I love Mexican food? Pretty sure I did.

This recipe is quite labour intensive and it's really good if you can have someone helping you to cut down on the prep time.

I got the inspiration from Mark Sisson's recipe but his one takes even longer and isn't that practical. So hopefully this recipe works well for you. The dish serves 4 hungry people easily.

Just a note on the chili's used in this recipe. I've used whole chipotle chili's that I bought from the supermarket. They come in a small can and can be found at New World. If someone else knows where to get them please leave a comment below so we know where to go!

The taste that these chili's have are amazing and complement this dish perfectly. Please make the effort to find them. Here's a pic of what the can looks like:



Ingredients:

1kg Chicken Thighs
3x Cans Tinned Tomatoes (I used whole Roma ones)
3x Garlic cloves
2x small onions
Ground Cumin
1x Can Chipotle Chili's
Cream
8x Egg Whites
Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Sour Cream
Optional: Fresh Coriander & Avocado




First thing is to pre heat your oven to 200°C.

Open your tinned tomatoes and drop into a saucepan on a medium heat. If you've used whole tomatoes then crush them up. The easiest way to do this is with a masher.

Open your can of chipotle chili's and pull out about 4 of them.




They are very soft and cut easily. Dice the chili's up as fine as you can go. You almost get a paste.

Then add the chili to the tomatoes.




Give it a good stir and let that simmer away.

After about 10 minutes add 2 heaped teaspoons of the cumin and mix.




If you have to turn the heat down a little then do so. You just want the tomato mixture to bubble slowly away.

Now pull out a deep dish frying pan or a big pot and put on a medium heat.

Slice up your onions and garlic and add to the pan with a good glug of olive oil.

Let the onions and garlic fry for a few minutes until the soften and then add the chicken thighs whole to the pan.



Don't forget to keep an eye on your tomato mixture and stir every now and then.

Fry the chicken on one side for about 6 or 7 minutes and then turn.





Fry for another 6 or 7 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through and then add the tomato mixture to the frying pan with the chicken.




Turn the heat down and pop on a lid and let it all simmer away for about 20 minutes.

Once the 20 minutes is up pull out the chicken thighs and slice them up and put them back into the frying pan with the sauce.


Keep that on a very low heat at the back of the stove just simmering away very slightly.

Grate some cheese.

Now for the hard part.

Time to make your 'tortillas'.

Separate off 8 egg whites into a bowl and to that add 1/3 of a cup of cream.



Give that a whisk until it's all mixed together.





Now get a small frying pan if you have one and put that on a low heat. I used a 25cm frying pan. If you don't have one then don't worry just use the best non stick pan you have.

Drizzle a little olive oil into the pan.

Take about 1/3 cup of the egg and cream mixture and pour it into your pan all the while trying to make a circle. No big deal if you can't. Just do your best. Mine changed shape all the time. Here's a pic of the first one in the pan:



And here's a pic of the last one in the pan:



You get better at it as you go along!

Fry the mixture for about 30 seconds then pop a lid over it and leave for just over a minute.

Using a plastic spatula or whatever works for you gently pry it under the tortilla and loosen it up so it's easy to get out of the pan. Once the bottom has browned ever so slightly it's ready to come out of the pan.

Just to reiterate you don't have to 'flip' the tortilla over. It cooks just fine all the way through with the lid on.

Plop the tortilla on a plate. Add to it a little chicken and some grated cheese.




Then as best you can roll it up or fold it nicely and place in an oven tray.



Keep going like that until you have used up all the egg and cream mixture. This is where someone else giving you a hand is really helpful. You should end up with something like this:




You will have lots of sauce and chicken left over. Put all the left over chicken around the outside of the enchiladas and then cover the whole thing in the sauce.

Grate a little cheese over the top and pop it in the oven.




Bake for 20 minutes.

And this is the end result:


Carefully find your tasty enchiladas that are hiding under all that goodness and serve them up on your plate. Making sure you also get some of that extra chicken that's floating around them!

I've just added a dollop of sour cream here but you can chop up some fresh coriander and sprinkle over and also eat with it a little avocado.


Enjoy!!


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Mango & Snapper Ceviche

I really love Ceviche.

It reminds me of eating Mexican food and being in Hawaii. Oh Hawaii how I love you.

It's probably the easiest dish you could make. And the flavours you get out of it are amazing.

The trick to Ceviche is to make it only just before you are going to eat it. To get the best taste in your mouth make sure all of the ingredients are chilled in the fridge first. No one likes warm ceviche...

This dish serves 4 people.

Ingredients:

500gm Fresh Snapper
2x Spring Onions
3x Lemons
1x Mango
1x Avocado
Handful of Fresh Mint
Bigger Handful of Fresh Coriander
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1x Small Chili (optional)



Have everything all laid out and ready to go as it doesn't take long to prepare.

Dice up the Avocado and add to a large bowl.



Mango cutting lesson coming up:

When I first tried to cut a mango many years ago I tried cutting it right down the middle and struggled to get through the stone in the middle. Silly Pala.

This is how you do it.

Turn the mango on its end. Poke a knife into it from each side to find out where the stone is.

Now you want to cut the 'cheeks' of the mango off down each side of the stone. Like this:



Then take each cheek that you have cut off and run the knife through it in a grid pattern cutting just down to the skin of the mango.



Then holding the cheek over the bowl you turn the mango inside out and all the little squares of mango present themselves to you ready to be cut off into your bowl.



Next chop up your mint and coriander and add to the bowl.




Finely dice up your spring onion and add to the bowl.



Then dice up your snapper and add to the bowl. Make sure there are no little bones hiding in your fillets before you start cutting. Give it all a good stir.


Now time to make the dressing.

In a separate small bowl you want to add the juice of 3 lemons, a little black pepper and about a teaspoon of sea salt. Also just a small lug of olive oil. Give it a good mix up.




When you are ready to serve pour your lemon mixture over the snapper in the large bowl.

Give this a good stir. Once it's all mixed in divide it up into 4 small bowls.

If you leave the lemon juice on the fish for a long time then the fish will start to cook in the acidic lemon juice so make sure you only do this when you are ready to serve.

If you like a little kick then chop up a small chili and add to your own bowl.

Drizzle a little olive oil all over it and season with black pepper only.




Enjoy!







Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Chicken Salad with a Mint, Coriander and Lemon Dressing

Day 2 of clean eating is underway and already feeling better for it. Maybe it's just a mental thing but that doesn't matter as long as you're in the right frame of mind then you'll make good decisions.

How many peeps out there actually plan out exactly what they are going to eat for the day? Or even the week for that matter? I would be interested to hear if you could leave comments below.

This salad is once again super easy and quick to make and tastes amaze-balls.

Ingredients:

2x B/less & S/less Chicken Thighs.
Lettuce Leaves
Half a Capsicum
1x Tomato
Juice of half a Lemon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Mint
Fresh Coriander
Salt & Pepper



Firstly put a pan on a high heat.

Take your chicken thighs and lay them on a board and season one side with salt and pepper.



Lay the chicken thighs seasoned side down on the hot pan. There's no need to oil the pan or anything. There is enough fat in the chicken.




Once the thighs are in the pan then season the side facing up with salt and pepper.

Now time to start to mix all the salad bits together.

Rip up the lettuce leaves and put in a bowl.

Dice up Tomato and Capsicum and add to bowl.

Chop up a handful of mint and coriander and add to bowl.

Add a swirl of the olive oil.

Add the juice of half a lemon.

Give it all a good mix through.




By this stage it will be time to turn your chicken thighs over.

Cook them for another few minutes and they are cooked right through.

Remove from pan and cut up into slices and add to your salad.



Mix them through and enjoy!!


Monday, 8 July 2013

Tuna Scramble with Tomatoes and Spices

Once again I've been super slack at putting up posts to this blog. I can only say I've been lazy!!

Kristy and I are starting our own little challenge of clean eating today. So hopefully I can come up with a whole bunch of new meal ideas for you primal eaters.

I've found that the travel with the new job has been tough on my eating. And that has followed on to home where I've found myself just buying a whole bunch of crap that I don't need to eat but seem to feel the need. So to break the cycle I spent 15 minutes writing down exactly what I was going to eat for the month. I don't usually need to do this but I've let my eating slip so much that I need a kick in the pants to get back on track and having a meal plan sitting in front of me makes the job a whole bunch easier and holds me accountable.

So this morning I made an extremely simple scramble with Tuna and spices.

Ingredients:

1x 85g can Tuna (in spring water)
1x small onion
Handful of Baby Tomatoes
3x Eggs
Dried oregano
Dried Basil
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil



Put your frying pan on a high heat.

Add a swirl of olive oil to the pan.

Slice up your onion and add to the pan.

Drain the can of tuna and add to the pan.

Grind a little salt into the mixture and lots of pepper.

Add about a tsp of oregano and a tsp of the basil to the mixture and stir.



Slice up your baby tomatoes and add to the pan and stir.



In a separate bowl crack the 3 eggs and whisk up with a fork.

Once the tomatoes have fried for a couple of minutes drop in the eggs.



Leave it for about 45 seconds then mix around the mixture until the eggs have just cooked and then turn out the smoosh onto a plate or bowl.




Enjoy!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Pork Slices and spiced Brussels Sprouts


Well it's been a mighty long time since I've done a post!

I have just recently started a new job which has taken up all of my time over the last few months but now is the time to get back into posting some delicious primal recipes.

I'm also going to try and do a few posts now and then about eating primal while travelling. Seeing as the new job has me going overseas all the time it's always a challenge to find primal meals everywhere. Ill be the first to admit that it's been very difficult to stick to the lifestyle while I'm away but what more can we do than try our best? Hopefully sharing my experiences while travelling will give you guys some more ideas on how to stay on top of things!

Today's meal was once again very simple to put together. And the simple ones always end up tasting the best!

Ingredients:

Pork Slices
Brussels Sprouts
3x Tomatoes
1x Red Onion
Spices
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper




First thing of course is to put some music on! Get those tunes going to get you in the mood for cooking.

As soon as you walk into the kitchen turn the oven on to full temp.

Grab an oven tray put and put theory slices in with the skin up.

Rub a little olive oil on the skin and then salt them generously.




Spread the pork slices out a little and them pop them in the oven and turn the heat down to 200*C.

Give the pork about 40mins before you start preparing the Brussels sprouts.

Once you have waited patiently and stopped dancing to your sweet tunes then its time to get the Brussels sprouts going.

Before we get onto this lets talk spices. I just recently came back from L.A. and brought back with me a big jar of garlic and dried spices all in one. Not sure if we have anything like this in N.Z. 

But never fear. We can just mix up some spices. You can buy dried garlic granules here and use this if you can but if you can't get your hands on it then use the fresh stuff!

My mixed spice combo had in it: oregano, basil, parsley and paprika. So if you want to mix together about 1.5 tsp of each then that will set you right.

Slide up your onion and drop into a pan on a medium heat. Add a couple of gluts of olive oil.



Let that fry off for a little while.

While that's frying away cut your brussel sprouts in half length ways.

Then add them to the pan with the onion.





Then add the spice mix to your pan and give it a good stir.

Also season now with salt and pepper.





Let that fry away for a few minutes and while that's happening slice up your tomatoes.

Then add the tomato to the pan.




Give it all a good stir and turn the heat down a fraction and put a lid over the pan.

Every so often take the lid off and give it a stir.

When the pork slices are nice and golden and the skin is crispy it's ready to plate up!





Enjoy!!