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January 23, 2018

Gluten – All you need to know, with Dr Tom O’Bryan – A Quirky Journey Podcast #88

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognised speaker and workshop leader specialising in the complications of Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity and Coeliac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.  During this interview, Dr O'Bryan goes into great detail as to why gluten is so problematic: from our inability to digest it, to the inflammation it causes in our system, to the pesticides used in growing gluten-containing grains. If you're considering quitting gluten, or at least trying to get off gluten for a while, we highly recommend you listen to this eye-opening episode of A Quirky Journey. 
December 19, 2017

Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Red Wine Sauce

By Fouad Kassab - We used to serve a more complicated version of this recipe at my restaurant, Baraka. The incredibly popular dish was made by cooking the lamb in a master stock braise with burnt garlic and onions. At home, I use the recipe below, cooking the lamb in a slow cooker. It involves very little preparation time and results in a brilliantly tender and delicious meal with very little effort.
December 15, 2017
Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake, Quirky Cooking

Paleo Christmas Fruit Cake & Christmas Recipe Round-Up

Well it's that time of year again, when the Christmas excitement (and the Christmas stress) begins to escalate, and we madly scramble for Christmas cooking ideas and gift ideas, try to tidy up the house because family is coming, and wonder why we didn't get organised earlier this year like we were planning to??? (Or is that just me? Ha ha!) Here's a recipe round-up and a beautiful grain free Christmas cake recipe to help you out!
October 26, 2017
Braised Brussels Sprouts, Quirky Cooking

Braised Brussels Sprouts and Second Chances

I can’t remember where I was the first time I tried Brussels sprouts, but I do remember the bitter flavour made even worse by the over-boiled texture. I was in my early twenties, and having grown up in Lebanon, Brussels sprouts were new to me. It certainly was not a culinary revelation. For many years, I avoided the vegetable, deterred by its sulphurous smell and the soggy memory of our first encounter. But this is why forgiveness and second chances are so important.

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