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#RealFood For Kids: Low-Carb ‘Grannies in Blankets’

This is a new twist on a beloved South African dish: Ouma Onder Die Komberse. Big, juicy meatballs are flavoured with nutmeg, onion and lemon zest, wrapped in soft cabbage ‘blankets’, then baked in a creamy lemon sauce. The paragraph above comes directly from just-published Real Food: Healthy, Happy Children, by Kath Megaw (Quivertree, 2015), and I’m honoured to have been …

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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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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 Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew with a Naartjie Gremolata

It’s the gremolata that makes this stew special: a heavenly scent of citrus, parsley and garlic billows up as your face meets the plate. The starring ingredient here is freshly zested naartjie [clementine] peel – a glorious South African flavour that brings such warmth and colour to winter kitchens. Beef Shin, Tomato & Olive Stew with Naartjie, Lemon, Garlic & …

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Low-Carb Griddled Chicken Breasts with Romesco-Style Sauce

There are many variations of this flavour-packed Catalan sauce, and here is mine.  Being a low-carb recipe, it contains none of the fried breadcrumbs sometimes added to romesco sauces.  If you’re on a low-carb, #LCHF or diabetic diet, I don’t think you’ll miss the crumbs at all, because the toasted hazelnuts and almonds add lovely crunch, while the fiercely roasted …

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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 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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Low-Carb Paprika Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans and Olives

Low-Carb Paprika Chicken with Tomatoes, Green Beans & Olives  An easy family dinner with gutsy tomato and olive flavours, freshened with snappy green beans. My fixation with excellent paprika  – both smoked and sweet – has not abated, and I can’t get enough of this gorgeous ingredient. This dish is low in carbohydrates and suitable for anyone on a #LCHF …

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Easy Maas (Amasi) Drained Cheese with Capers, Radishes & Herbs

A creamy, delicate white cheese that’s incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. I’m excited to share my recipe with you, and hope you’ll try it, because it’s so versatile and delicious. I’ve used a beloved Southern African staple ingredient – amasi, or maas, a soured/fermented milk – to create this drained cheese, and combined it here with some spiky contrasting flavours. …

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