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Best Ever Choc Chip Cookies – AND they’re gluten free. Win! 

Sunday nights have become my bake sale marathon, except there is no selling these baked goods, we need them all for eating. So tonight I made my (paleo) Banana Chia Pancakes and carrot cake muffins, but husband always needs a sweet treat so I whipped up some choc chip cookies. He does get a little annoyed that the recipe is slightly different every time, and these ones turned out freakin good, so I thought I better document it. 

Get this in a bowl and mix together:

125g soft butter

1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup tapioca starch

Splashes of vanilla

As many chocolate chips as you see fit. 

Roll in balls and flatten, they might spread a little so give them some space. Bake for 14 minutes on 180 degrees, they come out that perfect mix of soft in the middle and a bit of crunch on the outside, with an overall delicious chewy texture. 

Now, go hide them from the kids. X 

   

Apple & Ginger Stewed Rhubarb 

Well, finally some kind of winter has descended upon Brisbane. But, don’t be fooled she says, I’m only going to make a portion of your day worthy of warm dressing, the other part of the day you’ll probably be able to have a swim.  In celebration of the temperature possibly getting below 20 degrees celcius, I am eating a lot of stewed rhubarb. (more…)

Xmas Present #3 – Green Bean Relish – In memory of Pippa

My grandmother (Pippa or Lorraine) used to make the best green bean relish. I’ve recently had memories about it after she passed away last year, and have been trying to recreate it. (Family members reading this, if you have any idea where the original recipe could be, please let me know!)

I’ve discovered that there aren’t many people in the world who know about the delights of Green Bean Relish, but I am changing their ways.

This is the recipe I’ve come up with, and I have to say its pretty darn good… with eggs in the morning, sandwiches at lunch or meat in the evening. Again, its also a pretty low cost thing to make, and could be used as a very delicious gift!

500g green beans
2 brown onions
1 cup water
1 cup malt vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tblsp mustard seeds
2 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper
2 tblsp corn flour

Basically, I just chopped the beans and onions, and put all these ingredients in a pot for about an hour. After an hour, I put the cornflour in a jug, and mixed a bit of hot water with it to make that white milky consistency. Note, I tried this by ladling some of the liquid out of the pot, but it didn’t work, it was too lumpy.
Pour the cornflour mixture into the relish and stir and allow to thicken. It depends how thick you like it, but you could put more in if you like it thicker.

Enjoy!