March 23, 2018
Gluten Free Maamoul, Quirky Cooking

Gluten-Free Maamoul – Lebanese Easter Pastries

by Fouad Kassab This year I took it upon myself to make the impossible possible. The challenge was, could I create a gluten-free maamoul - Lebanese Easter Shortbreads - that's as good as the real deal? Inspired by my macadamia and currant shortbreads which I included in our cookbook, Life-Changing Food, I have created this recipe for gluten-free/grain-free maamoul. The result, I promise you, is as good if not better than the originals. And if you don’t believe me, bake a batch and see for yourself. The only thing is, do you have the self-control to wait until after Easter to dig in?
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.
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!
March 20, 2017
Honey Sweetened, All Natural Marshmallows

Easy Marshmallows: Honey Sweetened & All Natural

Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, additive free, naturally sweetened marshmallows!  The other day I decided I really should work out a Thermomix version of honey-sweetened […]
January 22, 2017
Caramel Macadamia Cupcakes, Quirky Cooking

Caramel Macadamia Cupcakes

Caramel Macadamia Cupcakes – recipe below! How awesome are summer holidays? We’ve had a great time with family and friends – swimming, bushwalking, star-gazing and waterfall exploring; having […]
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 […]
October 14, 2016
Pumpkin Brownie Pudding with Peanut Butter Sauce -

Pumpkin Brownie Pudding with Peanut Butter Sauce

Sometimes I come up with really wacky interesting ideas for recipes. This one got me a few weird looks from my friends and family, but I’m used to that. Once […]
December 16, 2015

Grain Free Gingerbread Biscuits

When my kids were little, their favourite Christmas tradition was eating gingerbread ‘star biscuits’ and drinking ‘pearl tea’ (hot water, almond milk and honey), while dancing around […]
April 3, 2015
grain free dairy free hot cross muffins quirky cooking

Grain Free Hot Cross Muffins (GAPS Friendly)

You’ve probably noticed that I’m a very last minute kinda person. I’ve been meaning to work out a grain free, GAPS friendly hot cross bun recipe […]