New Beginnings

Well, here we are in 2014!

I don’t know about you, but for us 2013 whizzed by in a flash! Even my 10 year old can’t believe how quickly it went by, so it can’t just be a phenomenon of the aging process!

Looking back on the year, I’m staggered by how much I achieved – given I have always been notoriously bad at sticking with things, the fact that my website has grown as it has is nothing short of miraculous! Having created 2 e recipe books to boot, well, it blows my mind to be honest!

My cooking abilities have definitely improved these past months, and I have plans to move further beyond my comfort zone in the kitchen in the coming months. 

I have lots of plans for 2014, many of which hinge on getting to grips with the issues I have around organisation. I will be blogging on a weekly basis, and adding 1 – 2 new recipes to the site each week. I think these are realistic plans, though with my waxing and waning enthusiasm they are also reasonably challenging! As part of this drive to become more organised, we are using weekly meal plans, something I find VERY difficult to stick with.  So far though, forcing myself to stick to them is making life much easier, and is freeing up more time. Once we get properly into the swing of things it should also help to save some pennies too. I intend to dedicate a section of the website to meal planning, with links to the recipes of course, and eventually shopping lists. 

I realise that I am very lucky to have plenty of time to spend cooking, but many of you have very tight schedules that don’t afford the luxury of hours in the kitchen, so I want to be able to offer quick, healthy, easy to prepare meals that will keep families happy! A tall order perhaps, but I feel passionate about healthy home cooking, and want to help more people to be able to switch to healthier food choices without feeling deprived or stressed. 

My son loves to cook and wants to have some input in the website, so we will be starting a section for paleo kids. Not quite sure how that will pan out yet, but he’s very excited about the idea, so watch this space. 

I will be creating some more e-books this year, content still to be decided. I plan on getting them onto kindle too, which is quite an exciting prospect. I have spotted a few typos in my festive feast book, so those will be getting edited in the next month, and I will of course send out updated versions to everyone who has bought a copy.

A whole 30 is on the cards at some point, but I’m not committing to a date as yet, I don’t want to set myself up for another fail by being over zealous in my commitments!

In non food related news… I am a Desire Map book club organiser and have started a virtual book club over here, do come along and join us, we will be kicking off on January 7th. If you haven’t heard of The Desire Map, it’s a refreshing way of working to create the life you want based on your core desired feelings. This is a programme that, along with the amazing life and biz workbook from Leonie Dawson, has totally changed my life for the better. I used a couple of other programmes in 2013 that had a huge impact on my motivation too – the 100 day challenge is what got me to publish 2 ebooks in the space of a month – but the Desire Map and the workbook were the things that really gave me a kick up the arse and will keep me moving and motivated in 2014.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my last creation of 2013 – a paleo advocaat! It was pretty damn good with a splash of lime juice and (not paleo) lemonade for a dairy free snowball! Snowballs are compulsory new years drinking in this house, and the more Del Boy they look the better 😉

A classy welcome to 2014 with a paleo ish snowball!

 

What plans do you have for 2014? Do you use any particular systems to keep you on track? I’d love to hear from you with any top tips or suggestions!

Well, that wraps it up for today, wishing you and yours a fabulous 2014, looking forward to serving you this coming year.

Much love

Pru & family xx

 

 

 

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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

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

 

Vegetable Geek!

I had SUCH an exciting weekend! Whilst some might have been off hiking mountain trails, jumping out of aeroplanes, swimming along city rivers, I …. well… I went to the supermarket! “OMG! You didn’t?” “Like, WOW man!!”  Yeah… OK, not the most exciting way to spend a weekend I’ll grant you, but seriously, it was very exciting to me. Let me show you…

Now do you see? For those of you who live in more exotic places, I’ll remind you that this is a supermarket in a small, North Yorkshire town, not central London! I mean, seriously? This is beyond exciting to me! I was also very excited to use my lovely ‘shroom basket to bring home some of my goodies in. If you follow me on instagram you’ll have seen this basket in the making process. I am beside myself with pleasure when I look at it, and can’t quite believe that I managed to do such a good job of the sewing.

Isnt that a lovely sight?

But look… there’s more (said in a Jimmy Cricket style. Don’t know who Im talking about? Eek, showing my age there! Here, http://youtu.be/IC4TaV8HEzw

Fab stuff! Lots of ingredients there that Ive never used before, even though I was vegetarian for over 20 years! I definitely eat way more vegetables now than I ever did. We had samphire for the first time with kedgeree  – a family favourite that I paleoified (that will be a word in the next oxford english dictionary!) I’ve been experimenting with the artichokes today – what a stunning vegetable that is! – and there will be a recipe to follow later this week.

The rest of the veg is waiting impatiently for me to pull my finger out and use it before it starts to go off, something of a problem in a modern house in the midst of a heatwave. Talking of which, this is the first time I’ve ever known creamed coconut to liquify in the packet, but it was very handy for a lovely recipe experiment I decided to start working on at 10.30 pm the other night. More of that later, I need to work on my piping skills before I share it with you, but I’ll just say chocolate orange… I’ve also been playing with a very exciting recipe, not one of mine I’m sorry to say, but one the the very clever Tara from Primal Power developed. My children are SO delighted with it I can’t tell you – my 10 year old son actually did a happy dance before leaping on me for a hug when he saw these…

Last night I used the same dough to make pizza. Yes, actual, real, crisp, holds together without crumbling, pizza. It was a momentous occasion in our house! This recipe is bloody brilliant for those of us who have children who sometimes just want to eat “normal” food but who can’t because it just hurts too much. Tara is selling this recipe for the very good value price of $3.95 and honestly, it is well worth it, she has clearly worked really hard to develop this and could have charged way more for something this good! Seriously, go and get yourself a copy. Click here to visit Primal Power.  We used swede in our version which worked really well, and is pretty cheap right now. I will be doing further experiments with this dough and will probably be putting up some recipes in the near future that use it.

ETA: We made Enchiladas and Samosas with it! Totally bloody awesome stuff frankly!

Later this week I’m going to be sharing our path to paleo with you, and talking about a seriously inspiring lady who was partly responsible for our massive change in diet. Til then… eat your veggies  and tell me about them, I’d love to know what your favourites are and how you keep them in good shape in this weather!

TTFN

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Moving On And Moving In

The last week or so has been one hell of a bumpy ride. We are finally in our new house (I cant call it home yet) and beginning to start getting organised. We have moved into a smaller house which we get the privilege of paying more money for! Gotta love renting hey? In an attempt to soothe my somewhat fractured soul (we didnt want to move but the landlord sold the house unexpectedly) Ive been playing in the kitchen. Ive gone from a fabulous range cooker to a crappy little built in oven and hob and so you’ll excuse me whilst I indulge in a little pity party! 

Anyhoo… at the weekend we took a trip to Leeds as the teens were doing their grade 6 Rockschool exams, so we visited the Chinese supermarket to stock up on a few bits and pieces. They had some exotic (to us country bumpkins) ingredients which I found rather exciting and the rest of the family found worrying! So far I’ve made a not to be repeated desert with some taro root; served up, perfectly fine if unexciting taste wise, boiled purple sweet potato; and…. most thrilling of all…. made purple flour! 

 

This has made me very happy! It is such a lovely, vibrant purple and I can’t wait to create a cake with it! I really hope it holds its colour through the baking process – assuming I can get to grips with the new oven that is.

Here in Northern England it’s the summer solstice. It’s a bit cooler than it was when we moved in and we’ve had some rain, which the birds, in the trees at the bottom of the ski slope like garden, seem to have enjoyed. 

Hope that the turning of the year brings you everything you’re hoping for. 

 

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