Oat So Simple

Sheesh, another day another reaction! This time it seems I’m allergic to my husband! Well ok, not quite, but he is the cause of a flare up,of itchy, red eyes and major snotage! Nice! He had to climb in the back of his trailer today and got covered in oat dust. So here I am in October with, basically, hayfever! Yay!

In other news…. today has been super productive on the ice cream making front, and I’m actually looking forward to another weekend of creating flavours and yummy things for the ebook. 

I am ever so pleased with this jazzy little driftwood chalkboard shelf I whipped up from some things I had lying around the house.

I have been over come with creative urges today, so much so that DD2 had to reign me in from creating a full blown ice cream parlour in the hallway, complete with seaview and sand. Hmm, just as well I have people to temper my giddiness at times I guess. It is my dream to own a little beach side ice cream shack, so perhaps I’ll just have to direct my creativeness into making that dream a reality. First things first though, the book needs finishing first.

Oh, if you fancy joinng in over on our facebook page, I’ve been asking what your favourite icecream flavour is, and giving you the chance to receive a free copy of the book when it comes out. Hop on over and join in, and feel free to invite any friends who might be interested! You can find us at facebook.com/creativelypaleo

In yet more exciting news…. I’m going to be a Desire Map Book Club Leader in January! If you don’t know about the desiremap have a wander on over to Danielle’s website and be prepared to be enthralled! 

TTFN

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A Gingerbread Family

This week has been another hectic one in the Creatively Paleo family. I’m not entirely sure where the time is going to, but it seems almost incomprehensible that we are already in September!

Of course we don’t have the back to school rush that most families have, and for that I am eternally grateful! The idea of shopping for school shoes gives me the shudders! You may have seen the post about Primal Education a couple of weeks ago, well that is part of a lovely Not Back To School Carnival over at LiveOtherwise. Grab a brew and take some time meandering through all the posts, there are some really lovely stories included, and they might give you some interesting food for thought 🙂

I’ve been working hard on a couple of projects, the first of which I have just launched and am really quite pleased with. It was a proper family collaboration with the children all contributing ideas as well as helping with various technical aspects that my brain had a temporary block with! It’s a free guide to primalizing your family – it takes a gentle and respectful approach, because, in my opinion at least, there is no space for anything else when it comes to such a huge and important change in a child’s diet.

For the guide we’ve been testing out a paleoified gingerbread recipe, and after much tweaking we are really pleased with the result, and have included it as a cute little printable in the guide. We really hope you like it and have fun baking with your children!

Here’s a little graphic that I whipped up in the A Beautiful Mess app (I do so love that app!). If you click on it it will take you to the download cart thingy majiggy!

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We’ve been back to meal planning again this last couple of weeks, which definitely makes life much easier. There should  be some new recipes coming up on the site this week too, including a one pot chilli which was a real life saver in the campervan, and a tasty pork recipe with a Polynesian influence!

That’s it for now – don’t forget it’s #PaleoHour between 8 and 9 pm GMT tonight on twitter!

TTFN

 

Paleo Preserves

This week I had a hankering for a jammy dodger! Actually I prefer the raspberry creams – pulling off the bottom layer of biscuit, scraping the cream filling off  with your teeth then nibbling on the jammy biscuit centre that remains… ok, I play with my food I’ll admit it! Of course jammy dodgers and raspberry creams are a total no go these days, the pain is totally not worth the pleasure, and I didn’t have the time or the inclination to try to come up with a paleoified version, but I did make these instead.

They were pretty damn good if I do say so myself.

Once the jam desire had abated I wanted something zesty and tart, ah for the days of lemon curd tarts! Instead I figured I’d lemonify the little cakes and fill them with lemon curd… My daughter saw them and came up with this piece of “art”…

Oh deary me! That’s teenagers for you. My more tasteful take is below.

I’m starting a whole30 tomorrow so I have had a complete paleo blow out this week – terrible really to still be stuck in the idea of filling up on naughty things before launching into a period of deprivation; it goes against the grain (oops paleo pun there…) of the ethos really I think, but old habits die hard.

Sunday brunch the day before whole30 had to be pancakes. I couldnt be bothered grinding up seeds for my usual pancake recipe so I decided to give the purple sweet potato flour I made the other week a go instead. Topped with lemon curd they were a deliciously decadent treat whilst still being good clean eating!

Recipes for the jam, lemon curd and cakes will be coming up on the website in the next week if I can get near a computer.  I’ll also be documenting my whole30, so if you’re interested in keeping up with how it’s going you might like to like creatively paleo on facebook or follow us on twitter or instagram or if pinterest is your thing we’re there too! Social media whores, much?!

 

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It’s No Yolk!

Today the weather in these ‘ere parts was noticeably cooler so a baking day was declared. Well,truth be told, whether the weather was fair or fowl, today was going to be a baking day, as I had made a promise that the recipe for my take on Jamaica Ginger Cake would be up by the end of the week.

I had the ingredients pretty much sussed, but it just needed a smidge of tweaking, plus I needed to work out accurate baking times. The children are always SO disappointed when I have to do this; they absolutely hate having a mass of cakes to scoff!

There was a lot of fun and excitement in the kitchen today, far more so than usual. Firstly I forgot to add in the bicarbonate of soda to the bowl but remembered just as I was about to put the tray into the oven. The whole lot, bar one for the sake of experimentation, was scooped out, the bicarb mixed in, spooned back into the tray, and then finally into the oven.

I had expected there to be some difference in the mini loaf that was sans bicarb, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so vastly different. See what I mean? Kitchen science ticked for today’s home ed (home schooling).

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The other ridiculously exciting thing was that I saw my first ever double yoke. And then my second. And third. And fourth. Oh, and…. fifth! I could not believe it, and the children were equally as impressed.

I’m not sure these double yokes are a good thing though… one of the loaves came out looking like the devil! I’m wondering if I can sell it on ebay and make my fortune… Hmm, too late, smallest child has eaten it!

Well, drum roll people…… Here’s the finished item for your delectation. Enjoy! I’d love to hear what you think if you give it a try.

TTFN – I’ve the washing up mountain to deal with.

Puppies, Pottering, and Posh Parkin

This weekend the weather has been far too glorious to be stuck inside typing up recipes on the computer, so I haven’t!

Truth be told we’ve been very busy as we get the keys to our new house on Friday and, until today, only one box had been packed… hmmm! That situation has been rectified somewhat today, but you would definitely not think we were moving as soon as we are if you popped round for a cuppa!

Yesterday we visited my cousin whose dog has just birthed seven of the most ridiculously cute little puppies. Me and the children are using all means, foul and fair, to persuade the Mr to let us have one. See for yourself how unbearably awwwww worthy they are….

cuteness factor to the max


Today there’s not been so much cuteness, just lots of hard graft. The garden has to be tidied before we hand over the keys to this house, so weeding has been the order of the day. It’s a strangely enjoyable task, though not so much so when you’re not doing it for your own benefit (though plenty of vitamin was generated, win-win) , so to balance that little negative I gave my fruit trees and bushes a good feed and mulched them with some slate chippings, and they now await the transfer to their new home.

see my shiny new watering can in my favourite colour combo


After all the lifting of heavy things – how very primal! It was time for a tasty treat in the early evening sunshine, and what better than a slice of my Posh Parkin? It would have been all too easy to wolf down a slice or two without any ceremony, but when you’ve given something the posh moniker you’ve got to do the job properly haven’t you?

 

 it really hit the spot I can tell you, but shh… don’t let on that you know, because I snuck off away from the rest of the family and had that slice on the QT! Naughty? Oh hell yes, but very, very nice.

Now weather depending, I will get the recipe for my Oh Yeah Baby Jamaica Ginger Cake up in the next day or two. Try not to drool too much whilst you’re waiting.

TTFN

 

In Which Pru Goes All A Team

You know those days when you just have to have cake? Not just any cake either, a specific cake with a lifetime of emotional taste attachment? Yeah, well today was one of those days. 

I have had a thing for Jamaica Ginger Cake for as long as I can remember. My family will testify to the fact that I would fight you to the death to get the end pieces. I have always said that they should make a full sized end – it is pure, sticky joy. Sigh. 

Now I could have nipped to the shop, blown caution to the wind and bought a cake, and bugger the painful consequences, but, in the words of the inimitable Eliza Dolittle…. “I’m a good girl I am”. Honest guv, I am …

So Instead of heading out the door I headed to the kitchen to play with ingredients. I was VERY excited, so excited that I posted real time progress photos on instagram. Lips and finger nails were chewed ( pretty certain they’re Paleo) and actual squeeing could be heard as I sat glued to the oven door window. 

Everything looked good, but of course looks can be deceiving, so the family waited with baited breath to see how my experiment would taste. 

Result! They all wanted more, but being a proper meany the seconds will not be eaten until stage two of the experiment is complete, the sticky end test… hmm… moving swiftly on!

I will report back tomorrow, and all being well I will upload the recipe for you over the weekend. In the mean time I made you this little story board.

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