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!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Steak Chilli

This is another one pot wonder. It's my spin on a Jamie Oliver recipe.

My taste for spicy food is starting to increase. I used to be a crying baby when it came to eating anything with a kick to it. But now I seem to be able to handle it a bit more. (Look mum all grows up!) So I'm branching out and trying to make some traditional spicy foods with a primal spin.

I guess traditionally chilli to me has always been with mince meat and beans. This time I decided to omit the beans and use steak instead of mince.

Any stewing type beef will do in this recipe. I used chuck steak.

Give yourself a few hours for this one to cook so might be a good one to try on your day off.

Ingredients:

2kg Stewing Steak
Olive Oil
1 Cup Black Coffee
2 Heaped tsp Cumin
2 Heaped tsp Paprika
1 Heaped tsp Dried Oregano
2 Fresh Bay Leaves
2 Red Onions
3-4 Fresh Chillies
2 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Garlic Cloves
Salt and Pepper
4x 400g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Honey
3 Capsicums
Optional: Sour Cream


(Nb: For some reason there is beef stock in the picture above. Not sure why but disregard it as it's not needed!)

Okay, into the good stuff.

Put a large casserole type pot on a lowish heat.

Peel all your garlic cloves and slice finely. Put to one side.

Peel and dice your red onion.

Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the pot.

Add the cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaves and onions.

Give it a good stir and fry for about 10 mins or until the onions have softened.


At this point make a cup of black coffee. Don't drink it. Please. It's for the dish.

Chop up half of your fresh chillies and add them to the pot. If you like it quite hot then leave the seeds in. If you like it milder then deseed the chillies. The fresh chillies I got from the supermarket were not at all that hot so I also added 3 tsps of fresh minced chilli from a jar I had in the fridge.

Also add the cinnamon sticks, sliced garlic and a good pinch of salt and pepper.



Give it a good stir then add the cup of coffee, the tinned tomatoes and the honey.

Cut the steak into just over bite sized chunks and then add to the pot and stir away.

Cover with a lid and on a low heat let it simmer away lightly for 3 hours. Stir it occasionally.

After the 3 hours is up remove the lid and with 2 forks break apart the meat chunks. It should fall apart.

Slice up your capsicum and add to the pot.



At this point chop up the rest of your fresh chilli and add to the mixture. Have a taste of it first and if it's already spicy enough for you then don't bother with adding the rest of the chilli.

Leave the lid off and let it simmer for another 30 mins, stirring occasionally.



Serve into a bowl and if you desire add a dollop of sour cream. I recommend this!



I also ended up adding some extra smokey Jalapenos from this brand of Mexican stuff:


You can buy them from some supermarkets and places like nosh and farros. They ended up complimenting the chilli perfectly!

Enjoy.





Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A day in the life...

I am happy to say that I am now on holiday for some much needed rest!

This means I'll be able to post up some more awesome primal recipes for the world to see.

Also for the month of August I'm tightening up on my nutrition and trying to eat more clean.

The main goal for the month isn't to cut sugar and treats out completely, as this is not realistic, but to drop a few things like chocolate that were becoming daily snacks!

So I thought I would post up here what I have eaten in the last 24 hours.

Here is yesterday's breakfast:


This took no time at all to prepare. It's simply a sirloin steak with fried onion and broccoli and a fried egg. Also a dollop of Dijon mustard to go with the steak.

Lunch:


This was leftovers from dinner the night before. It's Jambalaya. The recipe for this I've posted before.

I find that the meal people will falter on the most when they are trying to eat clean is lunch. If you walk out that door in the morning and you haven't already got anything in your hot little hand to eat for lunch then you will be more likely to put something in your face that you probably shouldn't.

So leftovers is the perfect lunch meal. Just put it in a lunchbox and you're done.

Dinner:




This was the best Chili I have ever made. Ever. Full stop.

It looks a bit sloppy here but I tell ya it was outstanding. I'll post the recipe for this tomorrow.

So on this day I ate 3 meals and that was that. No snacks. And to be honest I didn't feel like any.

I find that I eat snacks or treats near the end of the day not because I am hungry but because I just want to put the sugary goodness in my face.

So since I'm being a little stricter over August I'm holding out to temptation to eat something sweet after dinner and after a few minutes the urge passes and that's that!

Today's breakfast:


I was in a bit of a rush, (meaning I didn't want to wait for anything to be cooked), and put together this for breakfast.

A couple of hard boiled eggs that were already boiled, some rare roast beef, tomato, cucumber, feta and some avocado.

T'was all delish.