Health

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.
June 29, 2018

Impossible Cake

I wanted to create a cake that is made entirely out of whole foods: ingredients with intact cells; and since my daughter gets itchy skin from eating eggs and dairy, the cake not only needed to be free from starches such as rice flour, but also needed to be egg and dairy free. Have you ever seen a recipe for a gluten-free, grain-free, starch-free, egg-free, dairy-free cake that is made entirely out of whole foods? I haven’t, and so, I came up with what I now term, the Impossible Cake. And it tastes delicious!
April 19, 2018
Osso Bucco with Nightshade Free Variation, Quirky Cooking

Osso Bucco Stew (with Nightshade Free Variation)

Recipes like this one are a mainstay in our family, because once you've chopped up the veggies you don't have much more to do except wait for it to cook! Slow cooking is such a great time-saver for busy families and the result is rich and delicious, the ultimate comfort food, full of nourishing goodness. Not to mention, it's an economical way to cook, as you can use the cheaper cuts of meat that are often overlooked. Then there's the benefits of slow cooking meat on the bone, and the resulting flavour which will have your family begging for more! You can't lose, right? 
March 20, 2018

Joel Salatin: Regenerative Wisdom from the World’s Most Famous Farmer

In episode #94 of A Quirky Journey Podcast, Fouad interviews Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms in Virginia, USA. Joel is featured in Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, The Omnivore’s dilemma, where Pollan proposes Polyface Farms as the model farm for the future. Joel is considered a revolutionary in the agricultural world as he brings attention to the ability of animals to regenerate damaged land. Joel’s focus is on using nature to heal nature, and his farming practices produce large yields of food, which yes, surprisingly, has a net positive gain for the ecology.
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!
July 26, 2017

Where do I start with GAPS?

One of the questions we are frequently asked is, “Where do I start with GAPS? It feels so overwhelming, I don’t know where to begin!”. There seems to be both a knowledge barrier and an emotional barrier when GAPS is considered, and many are overwhelmed just at the thought. Our belief is that just by considering GAPS, you’ve already started your GAPS journey. In other words, GAPS begins when you start exploring the diet, getting educated on gut health, and when you start making little changes to the way you eat to be more in line with the GAPS principals. This is a guide for you to make the transition to GAPS as easy as possible.
June 27, 2017
Fat Bomb Jellies, Quirky Cooking

Fat Bomb Jellies

Only a few years ago, it seemed like the entire world was certain that fat was going to kill us. From the perspective of a population that was suffering from extreme weight issues, soaring cholesterol levels and an epidemic of heart disease, cutting out fat seemed to be the logical thing to do. If ever there was a usual suspect, fat had to be it: it was energy dense (all those calories in a single tablespoon!), full of cholesterol (the stuff we see in clogged arteries), and it tasted really good (tasty things have to be bad for you)!
May 11, 2017

Naturally Healthy Skin (and a Weleda Giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Weleda. A big thank you to Weleda for creating beautiful, organic skin care products that our family love to use, and that don’t irritate our skin. Read to the end to find out how to enter our Weleda giveaway! Growing up, I always struggled with skin issues. The acne started in my early teens, and by my late teens my skin was so bad […]
April 7, 2017

Life-Changing Food: The New Cookbook from Quirky Cooking

It’s a little over a year from when we started, and Fouad and I are proud to say that Life-Changing Food, the new cookbook from Quirky Cooking, […]
December 23, 2016
Christmas Cookies - Love, Joy, Peace, Stress

Simplifying Christmas

“Tis the Season – Keeping it Real” (photo by Veronica Sherman) Christmas can be a stressful time of the year. There’s the pressure of finding the perfect […]