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November 17, 2019
Grain-Free Fried Chicken, Quirky Cooking

Grain-Free Fried Chicken with Buttermilk Gravy

When our family had to go gluten free and dairy free due to food intolerances, I tweaked my mother's fried chicken recipe and managed to make a pretty good gf df version - but once we went onto the GAPS Protocol we missed out on fried chicken for a couple of years... Until I decided enough was enough, time to make a GAPS/Paleo version! So I developed this almond meal and coconut flour recipe, which we love. For those who can have buckwheat, try the buckwheat recipe too - it's a bit simpler and just as yummy!
July 9, 2019
Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, Quirky Cooking

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache (grain-free, dairy-free)

It’s school holidays here in Australia, and hopefully all the parents of small children are having lots of fun with the kids home all day! But […]
April 12, 2019
Extra Puffy Brazilian Cheese Puffs, Quirky Cooking

Extra Puffy Brazilian Cheese Puffs! (Pão De Queijo)

We love it when my sister makes us Brazilian Cheese Puffs!! 😍 They never last long unless I hide some, so she usually makes a double batch, and we keep half the batter in the fridge for the following day. They are the BEST hot out of the oven, sliced open and slathered with butter... YUM!!!! But they're also great cold, and since they are nut free they make the perfect lunchbox filler. There’s plenty of recipes for cheese puffs out there, but these ones seem to rise better than others I've tried, and they don’t deflate as they cool due to the method of chilling the batter really well before baking. This recipe is gluten free, grain free and nut free.
December 4, 2018
Herb-Crusted Fish, Quirky Cooking

Lebanese Style Herb-Crusted Fish

It's nearly Christmas! If you are feeling inspired to make something extra special for the holidays, you can try your hand at Fouad's recipe for Sayadiyeh, which he recently demonstrated on SBS Food Safari! However, this year, we are keeping things much simpler. In the absence of an army of assistants, and in the heat of the Australian kitchen, simpler dishes are a must. Today we are sharing a recipe for Lebanese-style herb crusted fish. This recipe is adapted to use a Thermomix® method - you will find the original 'conventional' method in our cookbook, Life-Changing Food. We love that this dish can be prepared ahead of time and eaten at room temperature, or even cold. A perfect addition to the Christmas banquet!
August 18, 2018
Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Quirky Cooking

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

What happens when you want to make chocolate but you have no cacao butter, so you use butter instead? FUDGE!! This fudge was a delicious accident, and we couldn't be happier with the result! Use whatever nut butters and nuts you prefer - we thought we'd revisit our childhood with this peanut butter version. It's so creamy and delicious, we've had to taste test it quite a few times!! ;) Check out the recipe notes for dairy free, nut free, and reduced sugar variations.
August 9, 2018
Grain-Free Lasagne, Quirky Cooking

Grain-Free Lasagne

Lasagne is a comfort food that pretty much everyone adores. You'll notice that when someone changes their diet to eat gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, GAPS, keto... whatever it is... they madly search for a substitute for their beloved lasagne! Well, we feel like we've found the epitome of all lasagnes... using lasagne sheets made with our famous Grain-Free Dough/Pastry! A decadently delicious recipe for those wanting a gluten-free, grain-free, whole food lasagne - with dairy-free, nut-free and Paleo variations.
May 29, 2018
Quirky Cooking Lemon Yoghurt Cake (Grain Free)

Lemon Yoghurt Cake (Grain Free)

Who doesn't love a tangy, moist, lemon cake, with sticky lemon syrup drizzled over and cream or ice cream on top, and a cup of tea on the side? You guys obviously agree with me, because when I shared this recipe in our newsletter a few months ago it went crazy! Well, good news, here it is on the blog so it's easier to find now... AND my sister and I played with the recipe and improved on it, so it's even better now! Woo hoo!! 
March 15, 2018
Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice, Quirky Cooking

Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice

I now have cheesecake back in my life, and I'm so happy that I just had to share this recipe with you all - a healthy revamp of the old Aussie favourite, Raspberry Jelly Cheesecake Slice. :) Can't have dairy? Don't worry, there's a dairy-free, vegan version of the recipe as well!! WOO HOO!!
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.
September 28, 2017
Quirky Cooking - Healing Chicken Soup

Fighting Colds & Flus, and My Healing Chicken Soup Recipe!

When you've got a cold and you're feeling sick and miserable, or you feel the need for a super nourishing meal so you don't GET sick, what do you crave? For me, it's always chicken soup. Maybe it's something to do with my childhood, and mum making soup for us when we were sick... Chicken soup for me means love, nourishment and comfort. But it's not just psychological - it really IS medicine!