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Luscious Low-Carb, Sugar-Free Vanilla Cheesecake with a Nut Crust

I have made many cheesecakes in my life and this one is, I think, the very best. The baked part is luscious, dense and creamy, with an almond-flavoured nut crust, while a top layer of barely jellied vanilla-scented sour cream adds a delicious final flourish. You won’t believe, when you taste this, that it contains not a speck of sugar. …

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Low-Carb Mediterranean ‘Pasta’ Salad, but with Calamari

A bright mixture of tender calamari rings, olives, tomatoes, capers, feta, baby marrows and frizzled chorizo bits, in a punchy garlic & lemon dressing. I’ve invented this recipe to quell my longings for my favourite pasta salad, because after almost a year on a punishing low-carb regime, I still find myself battling cravings for carbohydrates. Low-Carb Mediterranean ‘Pasta’ Salad, but …

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Low-Carb Swedish-Style Meatballs in a Creamy Lemon Sauce

Low-Carb Swedish-Style Meatballs in a CreamyLemon Sauce, with Cauliflower Mash. These juicy meatballs are mouthwateringly good, and I hope you’ll give my new recipe a try.  I adore meatballs, and in this recipe I’ve eliminated all starch to make this recipe suitable for diabetics and anyone else on a low-carb, #LCHF or Banting regime. The lemony cream sauce cloaking these …

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A discovery: how to cook beef topside & fillet in a wonderful Wonderbag

It’s taken several months of experimentation to write this blogpost, because I wanted to test the method over and again so it works perfectly for you every time. In a nutshell: you can use the Wonderbag, a brilliant energy-saving South African innovation, to produce tender beef topside (and fillet) that’s uniformly pink within, dark and caramelised on the outside, and filled with flavoursome …

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Low-Carb Double Cauliflower Cheese

I love cheesy cauliflower cloaked in bubbling white sauce, but not a morsel has passed my lips since I started my low-carb regime last year. Then it occurred to me  – why not make a ‘white sauce’ from puréed cauliflower? I did, and that’s why I’ve called this new recipe Double Cauliflower Cheese.  It’s also doubly cheesy, with a topping …

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Low-Carb Griddled Baby Butternut with Chorizo, Feta & a Lemon Dressing

This beautiful black plate is the work of my uncle, master potterDavid Walters of Franschhoek. The shiny black slick of glaze across the plate is designed to stop your fork from grating. I seldom see these beautiful baby vegetables in the shops, and when I do spy them, I grab a few punnets and race home to cook them. They’re similar to courgettes [zucchini] but …

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Spicy Low-Carb Roast Chicken Soup

Although the picture below shows a few dabs of fresh red chilli, this is delicately spiced and mild enough to offer to kids. I’ve used restraint because I don’t want the spices to overpower the deep delicious chickeny flavours of this soup. The chilli is there to give the soup a finishing kick, but entirely optional.  I often use ready-roasted …

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Low-Carb Double-Bacon Cheese & Herb Mini Quiches

I have called these cheesy puffs ‘Double-Bacon’ quiches because they contain two doses of what is arguably the world’s most delicious ingredient. There are crisp bacon bits on the inside, and more strips to line the muffin pans. If you’re a vegetarian, or don’t eat bacon for whatever reason, you can use fine courgette ‘leaves’ as a casing for these …

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Creamy Low-Carb Cauliflower-Cheese Soup with Lemon Butter & Bacon

A quick yet deep-flavoured soup with a whisper of nutmeg, a luxurious topping of crisped bacon and swirls of lemony butter. This is a new low-carb version of my 2009 recipe for Cauliflower-Cheese Soup: because I’ve given up on carbs it contains not a speck of flour, not a cube of potato, nor any similar starchy thickening agent.  This is gluten-free, diabetic-friendly, and …

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Two Scrumptious Low-Carb Cheese, Nut & Herb Pestos

Feta, Blue Cheese, Herb & Toasted-Walnut Pesto with Griddled Courgettes (recipe below).  One of the things I miss most on my low-carb regime is glorious garlicky hummous.  Although hummous has a relatively low glycaemic-index ranking and load – depending on how much tahini it includes – it is still fairly packed with carbohydrates, so I avoid it these days. Over the …

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