Low carb kitchen: cheese crackers

Ingredients

100g almond flour

1 egg

40g unsalted butter

250g extra strong cheddar cheese grated

half a teaspoon of oregano

Method

pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

In a large bowl mix the almond flour with the egg, butter and oregano

Add the cheese and combine to form a dough using your hands if you need to

split the dough into two rough balls and place between two pieces of parchment paper one at a time

flatten with the palm of your hand and then a rolling pin till they are about 4mm thick

Place these flat in the fridge or freezer to allow the dough to cool and harden a bit

When ready, say 30 mins, use a cutter or shaped container eg egg cup to form your biscuits and put them on the prepared baking sheets

bake in the oven for 10 -12 minutes till golden

allow to cool on the sheet before removing and eating.

Low carb kitchen: Almond pancakes

Ingredients

125g ground almonds

1 egg

90mls milk

1tbs inulin powder or granular sugar substitute

half a teaspoon of gluten free baking powder

half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

4 strawberries and 12 blueberries

20g dark chocolate melted

butter or coconut oil

Method

whisk the egg, milk and vanilla in a bowl

add the ground almonds, salt and baking powder and inulin powder and beat till smooth

heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and put enough butter or coconut oil in the bottom to coat it.

spoon the mixture into the pan to make four pancakes

when the pancakes bubble on top and firm a the edges and then flip and cook till golden brown

transfer to a warm plate

add the berries to the frying pan and reduce the heat to low

melt the chocolate in the microwave

add the berries to the pancakes and drizzle over the warm chocolate sauce

Natural and Low Carb Kitchen: Easy lemon pots

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp extra thick double cream
2 tbsp mascarpone
2 tbsp inulin or other sweetener
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt

Method

1. Put the cream and mascarpone into a bowl – whisk a little to thicken to desired consistency.
2. Stir in the lemon juice.
3. Add the salt and inulin, and gently combine.
4. Divide into two glass ramekins, top with a little lemon peel to decorate and place in the fridge until ready to eat.

Keto Mojo: Christmas and New Year Recipes

Keto Mojo is a comprehensive site that has great winter holiday recipes that you can use for any special New Year dinner you intend to make, or indeed at any time of the year.

Main meat dishes and impressive desserts are the main focus, but there are also plenty of canapes and side dishes as well as vegetable options.

Find out more at : Delicious Keto Christmas Menus & Recipes | KETO-MOJO (keto-mojo.com)

CrossFit: exercise, diet and research

CrossFit is a website which you may enjoy visiting.

In one site you can find detailed exercise advice, often in the form of videos, for strength training, recipes, and research findings related to health and dietary composition.

There is information on the low carb diet, which is particularly helpful for those with diabetes, who wish to lose body fat, or who wish to reduce their cardiovascular risk.

Lectures by a wide variety of speakers are also included.

https://www.crossfit.com/essentials

Jovina cooks seafood: New England Clam Chowder

America’s Culinary Food Stories-New England Clam Chowder
by Jovina Coughlin

From Manhattan to New England, clam chowder is known for its competing varieties as much as for its comforting briny flavor. It seems every state on the East Coast has its own take on the popular soup.
New England clam chowder is the most well-known and popular clam chowder. Though it’s named after New England and associated most with Massachusetts and Maine, food historians believe that French, Nova Scotian, or British settlers introduced the soup to the area and it became a common dish by the 1700s. The soup continued to gain popularity throughout the years and, according to “What’s Cooking America”, was being served in Boston at Ye Olde Union Oyster House (the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the country) by 1836.
New England clam chowder, occasionally called “Boston Clam Chowder,” is made with the usual clams and potatoes, but it also has a milk or cream base. It is usually thick and hearty; Today. the soup can be found all over the country but is still most popular in the North East.
New England Clam Chowder
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Ingredients
3 strips thick-cut bacon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 medium leek, washed and sliced
2 celery ribs with tops cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
3 medium-size white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (optional, you can thicken the soup by using double cream and cut down on the seafood stock)
4 cups seafood stock or bottled clam juice, divided
1 pound chopped fresh clam meat with juices or 2 (6.5 oz) cans of clams in broth
Kosher salt to taste
2 cups half & half
1 teaspoon white pepper
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Directions

Place a 4- to 6-quart pot over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bacon, leaving the fat in the pot, and crumble into small pieces onto a plate; set aside.
Add the butter, onion, leek, celery, thyme, seafood seasoning and bay leaves to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until onions and potatoes are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
Return the bacon to the pot and increase the heat to medium-low.
Dissolve the flour in 1 cup of the clam broth or seafood stock. Add the mixture gradually, stirring continuously, until incorporated. Stir and cook 5 minutes. (or you can take the worry about lumpy soup by not using it at all!)
Increase the heat to medium and slowly add the remaining clam broth or stock, 1 cup at a time, incorporating it into the mixture before adding more.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the clam meat with its juices. Keep stirring 5 minutes, until the clams are tender.
Add the cream slowly; then stir in the white pepper.
Discard the bay leaves before serving. Garnish each serving with chopped parsley.
Note
Many USA supermarkets carry frozen, chopped clam meat in 1-pound containers, which is fresher than canned and just as convenient. Simply defrost before using.

My comments: I’ve had the pleasure of having several different versions of clam chowder in various parts of the USA and the creamy version without added tomatoes is my favourite. I’ve had it in New England and San Francisco.  I can’t remember where I had the one that had tomatoes in it, but I was rather disappointed. How you make this soup will depend on how low you wish to cut carbs and how tolerant of wheat you are. Clam chowder is very filling so you will need only light accompaniments eg a salad or fruit.

 

Low carb store: Aubergine bake

AUBERGINE BAKE

INGREDIENTS
2 shallots, peeled & chopped
100g mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 aubergine
1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, torn
Sea salt & black pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
1 mozzarella ball, roughly chopped
100g strong cheddar, grated

CREATE IT
1. Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan and soften the shallots over medium heat.
2. Add the mushroom and cook until beginning to soften (use more oil if needed).
3. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
4. Drain most of the liquid from the tinned tomatoes and add to the pan with a pinch of salt and pepper, keep on a low heat whilst you cook the aubergine.
5. Slice the aubergine into rounds about 1/2cm thick and use the remaining olive oil to brush each side.
6. Cook the aubergine in batches in a hot griddle pan to soften and colour, turning half way through (2-3 minutes each side). Place on a plate to uselater.
7. Take an oven dish and add a layer of the tomato sauce to just cover the base.
8. Layer half the aubergine on the sauce and top with the tomato slices.
9. Scatter the chopped mozzarella on the tomatoes.
10. Use the remaining aubergine to add another layer.
11. Stir the basil through the remaining tomato sauce and pour over the aubergine.
12. Top with the grated cheddar cheese.
13. Place in a pre-heated oven on medium heat for 30-40 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
14. Serve with a fresh green salad.

Jovina cooks seafood: Stuffed sole fillets

Stuffed Sole Fillets
Stuffing Ingredients
4 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 scallion, minced
1 medium garlic clove, minced
½ celery stalk, finely chopped
1 mini bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper
½ oz oyster crackers crushed (optional)
Fish
12 oz sole fillets
Lemon juice
Butter
Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking dish just large enough to hold the fish with olive oil cooking spray.

Combine the filling ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Spread the filling evenly over each fillet and add a few drops of lemon juice over the stuffing.

Roll each fillet, jelly-roll fashion, and skewer it with toothpicks and place in the prepared baking dish.

Dot each roll-up with butter and cover the baking pan loosely with foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes till the fish flakes with a fork so you know it is ready.

Jovina bakes low carb: Banana bread

Banana Bread
Ingredients
1 banana
1 and 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon almond flour (ground almonds)
3 eggs
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup low carb sugar substitute
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts plus 15 walnut halves
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mash the banana with a fork.
Process the eggs together with the mashed banana and the melted butter with a hand
blender or hand mixer to a smooth dough.
Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl. Pour into the bowl with the egg and banana
mixture and stir well.
Add the chopped walnuts and fold into the batter.
Line an 8-inch bread/loaf pan with baking paper/parchment with the paper extending over the ends of the pan. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Pour in the bread dough into the pan and place the walnut halves in five rows across the top of the dough.
Bake the bread for 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Check the bread after 30 minutes. If the top is brown, cover it loosely with aluminum foil to prevent the low-carb banana bread from burning.
Let the banana bread cool and then lift out with the aid of the parchment paper. Cool completely before slicing.

Jovina bakes low carb: Ricotta cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake
Makes one 8-inch square cheesecake, to serve 12
Cheesecake Ingredients
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar substitute ( I use monk fruit)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 eggs
Zest of 1 orange
Blueberry Topping
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (10 oz)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons low carb sugar substitute
2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder mixed with 2 teaspoons water
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until set. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Cover. Refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled with the blueberry topping.