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Low-Carb Roast Baby Cabbage Wedges with Bacon

My sister, an excellent cook, suggested this method for roasting fresh young cabbages, and I was dubious at first because I’m not enthusiastic about cooked cabbage. How wrong I was – thank you Sophie! These tender, slightly charred wedges are quite simply delicious with their plain dressing of fruity olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Low-Carb Roast Baby Cabbage Wedges …

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Low-Carb Slow-Roasted Pork Neck with Caramelised Onions

The gravy I made for this dish was not a thundering success. I figured that whizzing up the golden onions, apple slices & carrots with Dijon mustard and a splash of cream was an inspired idea for a low-carb gravy, but I was mistaken. The flavours were great, but it had a curious grainy texture, with none of the silken …

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Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem Broccoli, Garlic & Cream

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it’s so quick and surprisingly delicious. It takes about eight minutes to cook from start to finish, and I eat it at least three times a week because I’m smitten by Woolies’ tender-stem broccoli, which has become one of the mainstays of my low-carb regime. Quick Low-Carb Gammon Steak with Tender-Stem …

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Hello diabetes, and how I have had to adjust my cooking style

In January this year I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I was dismayed and shocked, but mostly childishly infuriated. After all, AFTER ALL, I whinged to myself, I’ve never had a sweet tooth, and haven’t eaten a slice of cake, a bun, a biccie or a pudding for at least five years. What’s more: I was maddened with my …

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Low-Carb Cucumber, Dill & Yoghurt Salad with Capers and Anchovies

I can’t get enough of this light, flavour-packed cucumber salad, and luckily I get plenty of it, because my kids think it’s vile. They just don’t understand my love affair with Scandinavian flavours such as dill, capers, lemon, salmon, boiled eggs and anchovies, possibly because their Norwegian DNA – courtesy of my Great-Grandma – has been diluted to the point that …

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How to Make Thick & Creamy Greek-Style Yoghurt

Take a litre of milk, plus half a cup each of cream and milk powder, and in six hours you can create this gorgeously thick snowy-white yoghurt, which has a voluptuous texture and a creamy, tangy taste. I haven’t bought a single tub of supermarket yoghurt since I nailed this method five months ago, and my family devours it in …

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Low-Carb Parchment-Baked Feta with Thyme & Chilli

A puffed-up parcel of melty feta, hot and rustling from the oven, makes a splendid snack when you’re entertaining friends and family.  Part of the fun of food baked in paper is tearing open the parcels and inhaling the gorgeous aromatic steam, so bring this straight to the table and open it in front of your guests. A slab of …

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Roasted Golden Beetroot with Spinach, Bacon & Ruby Grapefruit

A warm salad of slow-roasted beetroot with wilted spinach and crisped bacon bits, sprinkled with olive oil and flecks of ruby grapefruit. Roasted Golden Beetroot with Spinach & Bacon. Golden beetroot is a hybrid popular these days among chefs and foodsters. I’ve tasted it a few times in restaurants, and it hasn’t blown my skirt up. In each dish I’ve …

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Low-Carb Slow-Cooked Courgettes & Cherry Tomatoes with Melty Feta

Vegetables cooked to a tender mush are frowned upon these days, and I have to agree with the general sentiment that bright, fresh and tender-crisp is the way to go. I very seldom cook any plant to the point of disintegration but, then again, there are a handful of vegetables that are sublime when subjected to long, slow seething, among …

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Low-Carb Green Bean, Tomato & Prosciutto Salad with Basil Oil

Substantial meal-in-one salads are so quick and versatile. I can fling them them together in the late afternoon, then serve them for dinner a few hours later (on their own for family members watching their waistlines, and with warm bread or crunchy potato wedges for those of a scrawnier build). You’ll have to forego the bread and potatoes if you’re …

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