Monday, December 17, 2012

Paleo Ginger Bread Cake

I have to admit that I have not had ginger bread cake ( well, I do not have sweet tooth....So I hardly eat cakes) till a week ago when the hubby bought one from Starbucks. I took a bite and love it.. and so the search for Paleo version begins.

Googled " Paleo ginger spice bread" and the most often popped up recipe is this Paleo Ginger Bread Cake with Maple frosting ( <+ click). For some reason, the recipe does not appeal to me... so the search continues.

I saw this Honey Cake recipe from Elana's Pantry and decided to use it as a base for my own Paleo Ginger Bread Cake :)

Ingredients ( Adapted)
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 table spoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
1 tablespoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice mix
1/2 cup of oil ( coconut or canola)
1/2 cup of honey ( or more if you like it sweet)
4 eggs

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 8"x8" baking pan
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
3. Beat the eggs till pale yellow and frothy
4. Add in oil and honey to the eggs
5. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes


Crockpot Beef Stew


I really do not like this picture. It does not do justice to the beef stew. This is probably one of the best recipe for beef stew.. well.. even the hubby who is not a fan of beef stew agreed with me. And of course... it has to be good since I am the creator of this recipe :)

I have been looking at a number of beef stew recipes and most of them contain some ingredients which I do not like.. so I decided to create my own :)

This is really a good recipe for a busy day... a crockpot and 10 minutes of preparation time and Bingo.. dinner is done.

 2 pounds of stew meat
 3-4 carrot , chopped
3-4 celery, chopped
2 potatoes
1 onion - chopped coursely
2 cup of beef broth
2 cup of red wine
1 table spoon of thyme ( more to taste)
1 table spoon of oregano ( more to taste)
1 small can tomato paste 
1 teaspoon of paparika
3-4 bay leave
Cayenne pepper ( to taste)
Pepper and salt ( to taste)

1.  Season the stew meat with the spices, salt and pepper for at least 30 minutes
2. Lay the crockpot with the onion , carrot and celery
3. Put in the seasoned stew meat
4. Pour the beef broth and wine into the crockpot, add in the tomato paste ( add in more thyme and oregano to taste) and bay leaves
5. Stir and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours


Friday, December 7, 2012

Paleo Gumbo (Crockpot)


I have been thinking of Gumbo since I saw the pack of Andouille sausage which the hubby bought. So the search begins for a good recipe. Its hard to find a recipe which I like so I decided to create my own using various source. 

 Surprisingly, my creation turn out pretty good. The hubby had two helpings... so it must be good :

One and half pound of chicken breast, cut into cube
A pack of Andouille sausage
One green pepper, diced
One onion, chopped
11/2 cup of okra, diced
1 cup of diced tomato with juice
2 cup of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of paparika
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of cayenne (more or less to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Marinate the chicken with the spices for at least 30 minutes
2. Brown the sausage in a pan with olive oil. 
3. Brown the chicken in the pan after the sausage.
4. Lay the crockpot with onion,pepper, okara. Add in the chicken stock and diced tomato.
5. Add the saugage and chicken. Add in more spices if desired
6. Cook for 7-8 hours on low