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 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.
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!
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!
March 26, 2016
Banana Pecan Spice Bread (grain free), Quirky Cooking

Banana Pecan Spice Bread (Grain Free)

It’s Easter, and that means a lovely long weekend. I’m in holiday mode, and just want to spend the whole weekend sleeping in the autumn sunshine. And when […]
March 7, 2016
Grain Free Bread Formula

Grain Free Bread Formula

Almond Pumpkin Bread or Apple Sultana Spice Bread – same formula, different variations Do you ever wish you had a few simple recipe formulas that you could learn, so […]
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 […]
December 12, 2015

Moroccan Cauliflower ‘Cous Cous’ Salad

Hey everyone! As you many know, I’m madly working on my Quirky Cooking for Gut Health program, to teach people how to cook for the GAPS Intro […]