Paleo Bestsellers for 0,99$

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For those who follow our Facebook page, you might have already seen that Buck Books is doing a Paleo Event on the 25th of November. For one day they will be selling about 15 (we got it wrong on our Facebook, for some reason I thought it was 12) Paleo bestsellers for only 0,99$ each. The list will include books such as Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution, Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint and Beyond Bacon. The first two books are definitely must reads for people who are interested in the Paleo diet. I personally want to get my hands on Beyond Bacon and The Ancestral Table because I’ve heard great things about these two books. I’d recommend you check it out yourself and subscribe to Buck Books, as their name indicates they always sell books for just a buck (or 99 dollar cents) and contrary to what you might expect the book selection tends to be pretty good. I hadn’t heard from them before they announced this Paleo Event, which I found out about through Candy from Candy in Wonderland (check out her lovely blog please), I subscribed immediately because I love reading and collecting books so if I can get my hands on a good book for just a buck, I’m down with that.

You can click the link below to subscribe to them. Make sure you don’t miss out, the Paleo Event is one day only!

 

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Coffee banana shake

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I’m really excited to share this one, this coffee banana shake is the perfect as an afternoon treat and divine in the morning. Those who enjoy their coffee should continue reading as I am going to tell you how to make the perfect coffee shake.

You’ll need:

  • 1 medium sized cup of strong brew coffee, the coffee needs to be chilled so either freeze cubes in your freezer or keep some in the fridge
  • 3 banana’s ( peeled and sliced)
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter ( if you want this to be a paleo recipe, skip the peanut butter and replace it with coconut butter 1 tbsp)
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 8 to 10 dried dates depitted
  • a high power blender/ vitamix or handblender ( if you are using frozen coffee cubes you’ll need a stronger blender, if the coffee has been sitting in your fridge a handblender will work just fine)
  • If the consistency is too thick you can add some water

( this will make enough for 2 large drinks, or 4 small ones)

Put all your ingredients in a blending bowl and blend. You can top it with some coconut powder, nuts or your favorite dried fruit.

For more breakfast and smoothie/shake ideas visit our recipe page

Enjoy!

Kim

 

 

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Animals of Instagram

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Get ready for an overload of cuteness and attitude, we present to you:

Sir_Popsicle

Meet Sir Popsicle, the coolest cat in town!

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Tomochunba

Tomochunba, the most photogenetic cat around.

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Sarrah_hedgehog

easthetically pleasing pictures of an easthetically pleasing creature

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Pitterpatterfurryfeet

There’s two of these!

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Winnythecorgi

Ain’t no dog cooler than Corgi

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lifeofvi

Violet is a fierce fashion model

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meimei_the_chowchow

A beautiful ball of fur

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Winter recipe: Paleo Scotch eggs in tomato sauce

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eggsScotch eggs were one of my favorite when I was a kid, I mean eggs AND meatballs, what could beat that? Luckily meatballs are not a problem when going paleo, thanks to Elana from Elana’s Pantry I learned that breadcrumbs can be easily replaced by almondflour and when I’m out of almond flour I use arrowroot as a substitute. Both work just fine but give a slightly different taste and finish. I like to alternate between them, but it’s really up to you. So here it is, one of my all time favorite recipes:

For the scotch eggs you’ll need:

  • 500 grams/1 pound of ground beef
  • 5 eggs
  • +/- half a cup of Almond flour/ arrowroot
  • a teaspoon of cummin
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 50 gram of butter ( or 2 table spoons of baking oil )

Boil 4 of the eggs for 10 minutes. Peel them once they are cooled down. Mix the ground beef with 1 off the eggs, the almond flour and the spices. Gently shape the meat evenly around the eggs. Bake 20 minutes with around 50 gram of butter. ( medium heat)

For the tomato sauce:

  • 8 peeled tomatoes ( chopped)  or you could use 2 cans of 400 gram diced tomato’s
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Lime juice of 1 lime
  • 50 gram of butter
  • 1 stalk of celery , chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Some finely chopped basil

Heat butter in a wide skillet on medium heat. Add the chopped onion , stir and reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stir occasionally, add the garlic, increase the heat and cook for about 30 seconds. Put the tomatoes, the lime juice and the celery in a casserole, add the cooked onions and garlic. Let it cook at medium heat for 3 to 4 hours , add the basil, the salt and the pepper and the Scotch eggs, keep on your stove for another 15 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

Enjoy!
Kim
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Winter Recipes: Bell Pepper Stew

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Food deserves time, care and attention and while I rarely get excited over a  quickly stirred up meal,  slow cooked food lifts my spirit like nothing else. From the first chop to the last scraping at the bottom of the pan. There’s a certain gratification that comes with patiently and carefully preparing a meal, putting in the time, attention and love it deserves. Letting the flavors slowly fill up the room in anticipation of that first bite. It is the ultimate antidote to the instant gratification that plagues our generation.

Winter calls for comfort foods, flavourful slow cooked stews, energizing bone broths, soups and warm, satisfying mashes. So I would like to share some of my favorite recipes with you.

First in row this Bell Pepper Stew. Keep in mind that bell peppers are summer vegetables ( same goes for tomatoes), however these can still easily be grown during winter or you can keep some of your summer’s produce stocked in the freezer.

You’ll need:

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 350 ml red wine
  • Fresh orange juice from 1 orange
  • 2 table spoons of tapioca powder
  • 2 table spoons of raw cacao powder ( optional but gives it an interesting flavor)
  • Salt, cayenne pepper

For those who would like to add meat, I suggest you use a small-sized leg of lamb with the bone still in it and add it from the start ( the lamb will need at least 5 hours to cook- depending on the size- and the bone will give it the benefits or a bone broth, the acidity of the orange juice and the wine will help draw out the nutrients and soften the meat)

  • Peel your peppers( instruction video below)
  • Peel you onion
  • cut all your vegetables
  • put all the ingredients in a cast-iron casserole, keep the lid on at all times
  • Add the wine and the orange juice
  • if you want to add meat, add it now.
  • Leave on the stove at a low temperature for about  5 to 6  hours ( this depends on whether you added meat and how thick your slice of meat was, you will need to check if the meat has more or less fallen from the bone and looks like it’s done, if not keep it on the stove until it is. If you are unsure just taste the meat)
  • At this point there will be a lot of liquid in your stew so you will need to bind your  sauce: l take out a cup of the liquid from your stew and mix in the tapioca and cacao powder until you’ve got a smooth mixture. Add this back to your stew, mix well in order to avoid lumps. Tapioca is starch extracted from cassava root and is used as a thickener in gluten free and paleo recipes. ( it is a replacement for flour, which is usually used by people who do eat gluten). If you don’t have tapioca you can use arrowroot powder .
  • Add a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper
  • Leave on the stove for another 10 minutes.

I like to service this with red meat, pre-boiled baked potatoes, fries or jacked potatoes with garlic butter and a salad on the side.

Enjoy!

Kim

 

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How to make bone broth

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We’re long time bone broth fans and have talked about it’s benefits before in our 10 benefits of gelatin post. Since Harper’s Bazaar has now sort of declared bone broth to be the new kale, I thought I’d might share some nice broth making tips with you.

1) you can make bone broth from any kind of bone really, if you’re not used to drinking broth I’d recommend starting with chicken, other broths can smell and taste a little strong to those who’re not used to it.

2) Since you’ll be pulling out the nutrients from the bones it’s important to use bones from healthy animals so go for organic, free range, grass fed.

3) the basic idea is putting a large crockpot or stockpot on low heat, filling it up with a bunch of bones covered with water and a couple of tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar. The vinegar helps to draw out the nutrients from the bones.

4) When using chicken you need to let it simmer for a minimum of 4 hours, for other bones this will be 6 hours. For more taste and nutrients, just add more hours (you can go up to 24 hours for chicken bones and 48 hours for denser bones) and make sure to add some more water every now and then.

5) you can add diced carrot, celery and onion or a bouquet garni for extra flavour. If you’re going for a long cooking period of 24 to 48 hours, make sure to add these extras towards the end of the process.

6) after you’ve cooked your broth, make sure to cool it as fast as possible to prevent any bacteria from multiplying. You can do this by putting your pot in a sink filled with cold water

7) don’t salt until finished, otherwise it might get too salty

8) some people like to take of the froth that forms at the surface, mainly because it doesn’t look nice, you can do this but it’s certainly not a requirement.

9) If you don’t want your broth to be too fatty, you can remove some of it after the broth has cooled down. Personally I don’t mind the fat so I just leave it in

10) your broth will last about a week in the refrigerator

Want to know why you should drink bone broth? check out this post

 

Enjoy!

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Why and how you should quit your phone

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I have figured that when it comes to time management one of the biggest obstacles these days is our phone and the constant access we have to the internet, our friends and social media. I won’t deny that the introduction of the smartphone has a lot of perks and depending on your line of work might even be invaluable to you but it needs to be used sensibly .Constant beeps, vibrations, lights, sounds demanding your attention, distracting you from your work, your conversations with real life people, or that beautiful scenery. We call it multi tasking but seriously? We are just half assing it. We are not giving our work, our friends, our surroundings or even silence the attention it deserves. Constantly being on your phone is inconsiderate, rude, wasteful, overall it is just a display of bad manners and inefficiency.

Therefor I challenge you to manage your phone like you would manage any other task that needs to be done: Give it its proper time and place. Sure, you need to check your emails, your social media, but do you really need to check them every 30 minutes? What’s the worst that could happen in that time frame? Unless you are a doctor or a fireman you don’t need to obey every beep coming out of that thing. Lives are not depending on it, so relax put the phone aside, breathe easy, continue what you were doing.

So how do you quit your phone? ( these are applicable to both phone and internet usage)

  • If you don’t already have an agenda, keep an agenda. Don’t keep one on your phone because this will only lead to more staring at your phone, which is the very thing we are trying to avoid here. No, keep an actual, tangible agenda. If need be, keep an agenda in your head, but only if you’ve got a reliable head and a fairly straight forward schedule, but really.. just buy an agenda.
  • Schedule in time for your social media, internet, mails, time on your phone like you would do with any other task. The amount of time really depends on how much you actually rely on social media for your work. Someone’s agenda might only have 3 half hours a day dedicated to email, social media or internet usage in general, while others might have several hours dedicated to it.
  • Be specific. Don’t put in 9 to 10: Phone/ internet, specify what you actually want/ need to get done during that specific time. Put in 9 to 10: read and respond to emails. 11 to 11.30: update and respond to messages on social media. 2 to 3: read favorite blogs/ browse for interesting articles. 4 to 5: do research on this or that subject.
  • When you are working on your computer and you don’t actually need the internet ( you are writing an article or editing pictures for example) close it down. Don’t keep your facebook, your twitter, your pinterest page or whatever it may be that you enjoy keeping a close eye on open. Close it down, you don’t need to get notifications while you are working, you don’t need to see that there are 12 new tweets, you don’t need to check instagram every 5 minutes, whatever’s there will stay there, don’t worry. Focus on what you need to do, close it down.
  • This also goes for your phone, either place it where you can’t see or hear it or just shut it off. OK you might miss a call, but this isn’t a big deal. Back in the day people used to miss calls all the time, no biggie. Just make sure that you’ve got a decent message on your answering machine and people will get back to you, or you will get back to them, you’ll figure it out. The message on your answering machine could even give them a timeframe to call you back, just say ‘Hey, I will be available for calls between 5 and 8, please call me back during that time’ . People might be surprised to hear your message at first but your phone is not your pacemaker, you don’t need it on you all of time so don’t treat it like it is the thing that’s keeping you alive.
  • Keep in mind: You don’t need to be available all the time.
  • Be reasonable, know yourself. If you are fervent internet user and your right hand has more or less become a phone, putting your phone aside for a long period of time might inflict some discomfort and stress ( at first that it)  so know what kind of person you are. Do you need to do this gradually or do you respond better to drastic changes? Know yourself and make your changes accordingly.

Might I add that I am by no means an expert on time management, the above suggestions are merely based on my own experience and some common sense.

 

Good luck,

Kim

* photo from Pinterest

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