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How much do you know about apple cider vinegar and its benefits?  What are your thoughts on it?  Well, let me share you some personal thoughts and experiences, as well as some different ways of using this liquid that you may not have thought of before.

I watched my dad for years have apple cider vinegar every day, and remember driving to a local farm to pick up some on a regular basis for him.  He was told to drink it to reduce the number of leg cramps he was getting.  When I tried drinking it as a kid, I think I just had it by the spoonful and it felt like it burned my throat.  Later I found out that he drank it with some fruit juice as well …

Apple cider vinegar morning drink

Fast forward a number of years to now and as most of you who’ve been following my culinary journey for a while realize, I have a special snowflake stomach with many, many, many digestive problems.   And over the past year or so I’ve come to find some (note, some) relief when I have some sort of apple cider vinegar in my daily food and drinks.  Many people recommend taking apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach, so I developed a morning drink that I try to have every day before breakfast.  But I wanted to share with you some other ways that I’ve incorporated apple cider vinegar in some, maybe surprising, ways through my daily cooking and baking adventures.





Ketchup (Whole30)

BBQ sauce

BBQ sauce (Paleo, vegan)


Let’s start of with some more obvious uses, shall we?  How many of you have looked at the back of a ketchup (or tomato sauce for my Aussie readers) and cringed at all the ingredients, especially the high fructose corn syrup?  And how many of you have actually checked out how easy it is to make ketchup, with no sugar?  If you haven’t yet, you should check it out and see that making ketchup at home only needs simple ingredients, one being apple cider vinegar.  And, while this doesn’t taste like the commercial ketchup, it’s very handy to have this in the fridge!

In a similar vein, what about BBQ sauce?  Oh, you can imagine the tangy BBQ flavor on so many foods right now, can’t you?  But again, have you looked at the ingredients in some of those commercial BBQ sauces?  Check out this recipe for homemade BBQ sauce, using apple cider vinegar to give it a good zing in taste! 


Honey tamari marinade

Peanut satay sauce (vegan)

Ok that’s enough about sauces.  Let’s look at some marinades that use apple cider vinegar, shall we?

Let me introduce you to my all time favorite marinade.  This honey tamari marinade is my go-to for marinated chicken.  Just ask my family.  Any time they see marinated chicken on the whiteboard for our weekly meal plan, they’re pretty sure I’m going to be pulling out this recipe.  And you know the funny thing is – I often make it Whole30 compliant, so without either honey or tamari … but I still call it a honey tamari marinade and no one is the wiser!

Now this next marinade is so versatile, it can be used as a dip, a marinade, or even a sauce for a curry.  And it involves my favorite food group – peanut butter (yes, I did just say that peanut butter was a food group!).  A lot of Thai sauces need to have that combination of sweet, savory, sour, salty and bitter – and this is where the apple cider vinegar comes in for this peanut satay sauce.  Definitely on the sour and bitter side, but perfectly balanced by the peanut butter and other ingredients in there.


Spicy Thai cucumber salad (vegan)

Broccoli and bacon salad (Whole30)

Following on the Thai theme, check out this spicy Thai cucumber salad.  So many fresh veggies in the actual salad, but it’s the vinaigrette where the zing comes in from the apple cider vinegar.  And of course, you can’t have the salad without nuts for added crunch!

Then there’s one of my all time favorite salads – this bacon and broccoli salad.  Two foods that I thought I’d never use in the same phrase as ‘favorite’, let alone in a salad!  And the addition of apple cider vinegar on this salad is so simple.  Just drizzle it over the veggies before adding the mayonnaise and eat to your heart’s content!

Entrees / main meals

Stroganoff baked potatoes (Whole30)

Avocado chicken zoodles (Whole30)

As a side note, why do Americans call their main course an ‘entree’ while in Australia, an entree is what you have before a main meal?

But I digress.  Two yummy savory dishes/ main meals / entrees that use apple cider vinegar.  And both are some of my favorite meals.  The stroganoff baked potatoes are always a hit in my family – to the extent that once I make it, I get asked to make it again.  Soon.  And the avocado chicken zoodles – well that’s a personal favorite because no one else in my family is as enamored with avocado as I am.  But in each case, the apple cider vinegar helps to give the sauce an extra zing to the taste!


English muffins (Paleo)

Pumpkin bread stuffing (Paleo)

Paleo bread

Flourless bread (Paleo)

Banana blueberry bread (vegan, no refined sugar)

And now we come to where apple cider vinegar can be used in baked goods.  My favorite way of using it!  I’m not going to go into too much detail about these, sufficient to say that using apple cider vinegar with a combination of baking soda produces bubbles, for lighter, yummier baked stuff.  So check out these recipes for English muffins, Paleo bread with no flour at all, pumpkin bread stuffing and the sweeter bread with bananas and blueberries!

Cakes and cookies


Carrot pineapple cake (Paleo, no added sugar)

Pumpkin choc chip cookies (no refined sugar)

Carrot cake cookies (Paleo, no added sugar)

Need I say more?  When you can make such yummy things as these?  You don’t need a huge amount of apple cider vinegar in any of these recipes, but adding it definitely gives the texture extra lift and lightness – and these cakes and cookies are also made without any refined sugar, so you can feel even better about eating them!  Check out the recipes for the carrot pineapple cake, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake cookies.

My basic rule of thumb when using apple cider vinegar in baking is wherever the recipe calls for any vinegar – white or otherwise – you can easily substitute 1:1 with apple cider vinegar.  It hasn’t let me down yet!

How do you use apple cider vinegar?

There we go, my friends!  I’ve shared the many and varied ways that I go through apple cider vinegar on a regular basis.  I’d love to know whether you use it and how?  And whether any of these ideas have appealed to you!  Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, enjoy cooking at home … with apple cider vinegar!


Giving you ideas to include the benefits of apple cider vinegar in more than just a drink. #applecidervinegar

Pina colada muffins

It’s like a pina colada in your mouth – but in muffin form!

It's like a pina colada in your mouth - but in muffin form! #pinacolada #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

Who loves the combination of pineapple and coconut in the classic drink – the pina colada?  Well, let me introduce you to these pina colada muffins!

I have to give Grant the credit for the idea of this recipe.  And thanks to my time at the Farmer’s Market, where I had to think a little bit on my feet to offer some new ideas throughout the season.  I wanted to provide another option of a healthy (i.e. no refined sugar) muffin.  And something different than just chocolate (although there is nothing wrong with chocolate in the slightest!).  So I was brainstorming with Grant one night about what other recipes I might be able to use at the Farmers Market.  And I remembered my strawberry basil muffin recipe.

But strawberries were kind of hard to come by as it was nearing the end of the season, and I really didn’t want to have to buy fresh strawberries every week I wanted to offer my muffins.  So even though I love the flavor combination of strawberries and basil, I wanted to try something a little more easier to mass-produce.  And I saw all my tins of pineapple in the cupboard.  So my brain got to working …

Now, this recipe can be dry, and it can be incredibly crumbly.  If you find that the batter just isn’t coming together, try adding 1 tbs of pineapple juice (from draining the chunks out of the tin).  If too moist, add a little more almond meal (and remember for next time to drain the pineapple a little more).  I found that when I was making these for the farmers market, just a little more pineapple juice helped the texture, as well as added a bit more flavor to the muffin part.

And who can resist big pineapple chunks in their muffin, as well as the sweetness of the coconut?  I ask you … and let me know in the comments below what you think!

Pina colada muffins

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey 75g
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted 62g
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups almond meal 300g
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks 165g
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut 30g


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Mix eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.
  3. Add almond meal and baking soda and mix until just combined.
  4. Fold in pineapple chunks and coconut, being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling to the top.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for at least 10 mins before trying to remove but don't leave for too long or they will become soggy.

It's like a pina colada in your mouth - but in muffin form! #pinacolada #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

It's like a pina colada in your mouth - but in muffin form! #pinacolada #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

Maple pulled pork stuffed spaghetti squash

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash – what’s not to love?

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Some days I love social media.  I love being inspired by people who are way more creative than me.  And trying out their recipes, and adding a Sarah touch to them.

And then sometimes you get to meet these amazing people in person.  That’s what happened with me and Leanne from Crumb Top Baking.  We had been following each other for a little bit on Instagram when there was the Everything Food Conference held in Salt Lake City.  Now I knew I was volunteering at the event so when I saw Leanne post that she was going to be at the conference, we made a time to meet up.  And we did.  And Leanne is so lovely in person – we were able to discuss a whole range of topics including how social media can be good or not-so-good at times.  But that was one of the good times!

A few months ago, I wanted to feature some of these amazing recipe creators on my Instagram account, give them a ‘shout-out’, and so I approached Leanne with the idea that we share each others recipes on our stories.  And then she came back with the idea that we actually take one of each other’s recipes and make it, photograph it and then use that as a post.  So it sticks around, rather than disappear after 24 hours on the Instagram Stories.  She made my zucchini dip and made it look so wonderful (see here for her write-up and gorgeous photo!).  And then I had the agonizing decision as to what to make from her blog.

I was initially drawn to her pumpkin spice macaroons because I love things that are naturally gluten free (check out my mint chocolate macaroons I adapted from another blogger!), but I was going through a trial of restricting my nut intake to try to heal my gut (another post on that later!).  And then I saw this recipe, for maple glazed pulled pork.  Over spaghetti squash.  Now, could you get any more of my favorite savory foods in one dish?  I think not!

So I did change it a little bit.  I didn’t cook the pork from scratch (shock horror!) – I used some pulled pork we had bought at Costco.  But Leanne has some really simple instructions for making this yourself.  I also removed the onion and garlic powder as I was going through a low FODMAP eating plan at the time (again to heal my gut and again, more details in another post later!).  Leanne also included some shredded cheese to melt over the top, which I know would taste amazing, but with my dairy intolerance, I just skipped it.

But let me tell you, even though I had to leave out a number of ingredients, this was just amazing in taste.  And if you buy the pre-made pulled pork, and use your Instant Pot for cooking the spaghetti squash (google the instructions and you’ll have a cooked squash in 10 minutes tops!), you can have yourself dinner in maybe 30 minutes.  If you want to go the slow and traditional ways of cooking, it will take a little longer, but it’s well worth it!

Maple glazed pulled pork over spaghetti squash

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 - 1.5 lbs pulled pork 1 – 1.5 lbs
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper chopped

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

  2. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and brush the flesh with oil.  Place the squash face down on the baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the skin and flesh.

  3. While the squash is cooking, in a small dish, combine all ingredients for the glaze and set aside.

  4. Heat up a large frying pan, add cooking oil of choice and saute onions until soft.  Add the pulled pork and heat through.

  5. Add the glaze to the pork and combine well.  Once well combined, turn the heat to low and set aside, stirring occasionally until the squash is ready for assembly.

  6. Once the squash is cooked, remove from oven and set aside to cool enough to handle.  Scrape through the flesh with a fork to create strands, keeping them within the skin.

  7. Add the pork and peppers to the spaghetti squash 'noodles' and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until all ingredients are heated through.  Add cheese if you desire (and do not have any dairy issues).

  8. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.  Leftovers keep for 2-3 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from


A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo


Healthy cookie dough balls

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up!

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough


Yes, my love of cookie dough runs deep.  Very deep.  So deep you may say I should be called the Cookie Dough monster, not just the Cookie Monster!  My favorite cookie dough treats come in the form of chocolate covered truffles, or as a topping for brownies … or just straight out of the bowl via a spoon (see the photo to the left!).  But you may notice that both of these cookie dough treats are pretty high in sugar.  

So I took it upon myself to find a version of cookie dough, that was much less in sugar, and so simple to make that I could whip them up whenever the craving hit.  Which is often, I have to admit!  I follow a wonderful Instagrammer in vivacitybuzz and when she posted a raw cookie dough slice one day, I knew I had to try it.  I made a few tweaks, changed them to cookie dough balls, and now it’s my go-to snack, when I just want that hit of nut butter and chocolate together.

I’ve made these with many different types of nut butter (almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc), but found that cashew butter just seems to give the nicest taste.  The original recipe uses a combination of cashew butter (1 cup) and tahini (1/3 cup), which you’re more than welcome to try.  But the chocolate chips are non-negotiable.  I mean, sure you can add other ingredients like cranberries, or raisins, but the chocolate chips just give that crunchy, sweet texture that I love.

You can also melt a pile of chocolate (dairy-free if needed) and dip these cookie dough balls in the chocolate, allow to chill and harden before biting into them all.  Who wants to join me in being a cookie dough monster?  I’m happy to be joined by any or all of you!

Healthy cookie dough balls

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Servings 12


  • 1 1/3 cups cashew butter
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips together until well mixed.

  2. Take 1 tbs of dough and form into a ball.  Place into a freezer-safe container and repeat until all dough is used up.

  3. Chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough

Strawberry bread

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added!

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

Don’t you just love strawberry season?  My family does, although my kids go through phases of eating a whole container of strawberries in one sitting, and then totally forgetting about the strawberries being around after I’ve just bought some more to make up for the fact that they’ve eaten a whole container in one sitting.  So I’ve had to get creative with using up strawberries, and this is where my strawberry basil muffins, strawberry chia pudding and berry spinach salad recipes were born.

But I wanted to have a little something sweet and a little something savory this time with the strawberries.  And I thought to myself (which is always dangerous), what happens if I add strawberries to my very simple bread recipe?  It took a few goes to get the right consistency with adding extra moisture from the strawberries and having to compensate with coconut flour, but I had this strawberry bread for breakfast and snacks quite happily while I was recipe testing.

It keeps well in the freezer, but I’d highly recommend toasting this for the full flavor experience.  Note that this strawberry bread is quite crumbly, so I’d slice it up before putting in the freezer, maybe in individual bags so you don’t end up breaking the piece of bread just trying to pry them apart.

But I’ve loved having this strawberry bread, toasted, with some ghee.  Simple, yet satisfying.  I love it and I hope you do too!

Strawberry bread

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup strawberry puree (cut up strawberries and blend)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup strawberries chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8x5" loaf tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the almond butter and eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl until well combined.

  3. Add the baking soda and apple cider vinegar and mix well.

  4. Add the strawberry puree and coconut flour and mix well.

  5. Fold in the strawberries until well dispersed.

  6. Transfer to loaf tray and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.

  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing and sitting on wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Bread can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 7 days.

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

Peanut butter cauliflower cookies

Don’t knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them – grain-free and no refined sugar … but with cauliflower for the added crunch!

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

It looks like I’m becoming known for some of my strange food combinations.  Like these peanut butter mystery cookies.  Or putting cauliflower into a chocolate dip.  Just as some examples.  But you know what?  They work for me.  And honestly, I’m only putting recipes on this website that I personally like.

And so I introduce you to these peanut butter cauliflower cookies.  To be completely transparent, this recipe came about because I was wanting to use up some cauliflower rice but me being one of the biggest Cookie Monsters out there, I thought I could combine the two objectives!  And as I was sifting through my recipe folder, I came across my peanut butter quinoa cookie recipe … here’s how my thought process panned out:

“Hmm – I haven’t made these cookies in a while.  But I don’t have any quinoa.  Cauliflower rice kind of looks like quinoa, doesn’t it?  I wonder how putting cauliflower rice in a cookie would taste.”

And so the recipe was born.  I took these cookies to work and challenged my colleague to choose the secret ingredients (similar to my mystery cookie challenge).  I had to tell them it was a vegetable … but even then they didn’t guess.  But what came as a shock to me was revealing cauliflower as the veggie in these cookies led one of my co-workers to be grateful he didn’t have any … he had recently had a stroke and the doctors told him not to have cauliflower for a few months as his blood thinners worked their magic.  So be warned – don’t use cauliflower with people who have recently had strokes!

But for everyone else, give these cookies a go and let me know what you think!

Peanut butter cauliflower cookies

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, grain-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower rice uncooked
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and prepare two baking pans with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the peanut butter and maple syrup until creamy.  If peanut butter is difficult to stir, put in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

  4. Place tablespoonfuls of batter onto the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool on pan before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Cazuela de vacuno

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal – using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker!

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Here’s an interesting combination for you all – the Sarah-take on a classic Peruvian dish, adding in our favorite probiotic drink of kombucha as one of the ingredients.  Intrigued?  Read on!

So this recipe was adapted from another of my friend Chef Freyka’s recipes, after I took a cooking class with her all about cooking with kombucha.  Now, you may remember that we make our own kombucha at home, and Grant and I drink it every day to keep my digestive system working as well as it possibly could be.  So I was so excited to take this cooking class, where I learnt a whole pile of new recipes, using kombucha as a sauce, or as a marinade, even in a cake …!

And for those of you who have been following me for a while, you will remember that our family loves Peruvian food – with such classics as aji de gallina, lomo saltado and arroz con leche already on this website for you to make at home with us!

So this recipe combines both of these interests in one very tasty dish.  Originally it was designed to be seco de cordero (or lamb stew), but I changed it a little to call it cazuela de vacuno (beef stew).  Now, normally the cazuela de vacuno has big chunks of beef and vegetables in a thin broth, but even when my family were living in Chile, we always chopped the meat and veggies up into more bite-sized morsels.  So again, I’m changing a classic dish into one my family likes.  Feel free to keep the meat and veggies as bigger chunks if you wish, or you can call it a nice Peruvian beef stew if you’re more pedantic.

Whatever you call it though, I hope you give it a try because the flavors are unlike any Western stew!

Cazuela de vacuno (Peruvian beef stew)

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 250 g broccoli chopped
  • 250 g cauliflower chopped
  • 2 lb stew beef cubed
  • 2 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp aji amarillo paste (yellow pepper paste)
  • 2 tbs red salsa
  • 2 tbs chimichurri
  • 2 cups kombucha


  1. Place the onion, garlic, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Add the beef, cumin, aji amarillo, salsa and chimichurri and stir until well mixed.

  3. Pour in the kombucha and stir again.

  4. Slow cook for 4 hours, or until beef is tender to the fork.

  5. Serve immediately with rice, salad, or other side dishes.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef Freyka Nunez del Prado, Harmons Cooking School

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Iced matcha latte

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days – full of good nutrients to keep you going!

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

By now you’ve probably realized that I’ve hopped on the matcha bandwagon in a big way.  I mean, look at my matcha latte, my chocolate matcha slice and my matcha chocolate turmeric cups that I’ve published in recent months.  But let me bring this iced matcha latte to you, because it’s just a little bit different.

This came about when I was looking for something to eat or drink mid-afternoon.  You know, when those munchies attack you?  But I wanted to stay away from anything sugary, knowing that it would lead to wanting to eat copious amounts of cookie dough, or ice cream, or something else.  And I’ve realized that any drinks I have should contain both protein and fat to make me feel satiated.  And this iced matcha latte has all of the above.

Simply almond milk and matcha (obviously), but with the addition of some collagen peptides (for protein) and almond butter (for good fats).  I’ve tried this with coconut butter, with tahini and even with an avocado and they all taste good.  But my favorite is with the almond butter.  Add some ice.  Blend away and you’re good to go.

So give this iced matcha latte a go and let me know what you think!

Iced matcha latte

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, no added sugar)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice


  1. Blend all ingredients except the ice to combine well.

  2. Add the ice and blend until desired consistency is achieved.

  3. Drink immediately and enjoy!

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

S’more cookies

Grain-free, egg, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s’more cookies – perfect for any time of year!

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Ah yes, the American summer.  Full of BBQ’s, fire pits, camping, roasting marshmallows … and s’mores.  For years my mother would love it when she received care packages from friends and family in the US, because they would undoubtedly contain boxes of graham crackers.  (Just as a side note … Australians would call these ‘grey-am’ crackers, whereas we’ve found many Americans call them ‘gram’ crackers).  And then, she would get some chocolate and marshmallows.  And I remember trying to toast some marshmallows using the gas stove-top, to put in between the graham crackers with the chocolate.  And shove the whole thing in my mouth.  Ah, good times … good times.

Fast forward to now, when we are actually living in the US and there’s campfires, fire-pits and other things all around.  Now, my kids don’t really get into s’mores that much – because they are pretty messy – so they’ve invented some other combination of roasted marshmallows plunging into puddings … but that’s a story for another day!  And it’s expensive to buy gluten-free graham crackers.  Yes, I have made s’more cookies before, including my love of peanut butter, but these s’more cookies are so much different to that recipe, I dare you to try both and let me know which you prefer!

So these are totally grain-free, and Paleo-friendly if you choose your marshmallows wisely.  Or you could make your own (I haven’t quite gotten that enthusiastic yet).  And they are even egg-free – I’ve started to discover uses of beef gelatin in baking so beware (you could totally substitute an egg for the gelatin if you need/want to!).  But know that there’s no refined sugar in the cookies themselves but they are so chewy, with the right amount of sweetness, and they hold together so well.  Who needs the classic messiness when you can have all the flavors in a portable cookie form?

And these cookies have gotten the thumbs up from two of the pickiest eaters I know (being my husband and son!) so give them a go and let me know what you think!

S'more cookies

(Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs beef gelatin
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the almond butter and honey until well mixed.  Add the vanilla and baking soda and mix well.

  3. Sprinkle the beef gelatin on top of the batter and mix well.

  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows until well dispersed.

  5. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on the tray before attempting to move.

Recipe Notes

If you do not have sensitivities regarding eggs, feel free to use 1 egg instead of the gelatin.

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Things I’ve learned at the Farmers Market

It’s halfway through my very first farmers market season and I’ve learned so much already, I couldn’t wait to share with you!

South Jordan Farmers Market

Well, it’s September and I’ve managed to make it through my first month of selling my gluten and dairy-free baked treats at the South Jordan Farmers Market.  And I have to admit, I’m having a ball!  Yes, it is a fair commitment to make all these treats every single week, and yes, it’s a fair commitment of time every Saturday, but I think I’m slowly but surely making a difference.  Here’s a few things that I’ve learned along the way:

1.  Condense preparation into 2 nights a week if possible

During the first few weeks, I was baking every single night leading up to the Saturday.  Sometimes 2-3 hours every night.  Now, that didn’t really impact me that much because my kitchen is my happy place, but I could see the strain on the family – ‘Mum’s baking for farmers market again, don’t go in the kitchen, don’t breathe in her vicinity because of food-borne illnesses’, those sorts of comments.  Mind you, they were all pretty keen on sampling the merchandise (for Quality Assurance of course!).  Which leads me to the next point:

Preparation for South Jordan Farmers Market2.  Use the family to help prepare the food as well as sell 

One of my biggest sellers so far has been my lemon coconut slice.  And well it should be because it is just the right balance of sweet and tangy.  When I’m describing it to potential customers, I often say that the secret ingredient is love.  Well, love and powdered sugar!

But to get the most amazing flavor out of this slice, you need to use fresh lemons.  And you can imagine I need a fair amount of lemons each time that I decide to make this for the farmers market.  The first time I zested and juiced 5lb lemons all by myself.  And then said never again.  So I’ve recruited the kids into helping with the lemon preparation – bribing with finished products usually works!


3.  Get to know the other vendors

The vendors at the South Jordan Farmers market are pretty cool.  I am next to Tamales Tita, who almost always sell out before 1pm and just down the road from Birningham Bees – an amazing man who had both arms amputated through an accident but has such a sunny disposition and so helpful with his prosthetic arm!  We usually help the Tamales family to set up their booth, and always give cold water to the honey guy!  We’ve also gotten to know some of the farmers that come to sell their fresh fruit and veggies – Tagge’s farms and Nelson Farms in particular.

And one of the awesome things that I started doing was trading.  For example, the Birningham Bees guy gave me some honey – I made my honey almond slice.  Tagge’s farms and Nelson Farms both gave me a big batch of peaches – I made my peach muffins.  And when I’m with customers I make sure they’re aware that I’m using local produce.  And obviously  I give some freebies to the companies that gave me the ingredients and so the cycle continues!

South Jordan Farmers Market

4.  Don’t make too much product

Now this is a tough one to figure out.  How many baked goods do you make each week?  You don’t want to sell out at 10am, missing a whole 4 hours of potential customers.  But then again, you don’t want to take home 200 items that didn’t sell (yes, that’s what happened the first week after I made way too much!).  I’m keeping track of my sales each week (obviously!) and I’m always comforted to see even the smallest growth in numbers sold.  Since I started 5 weeks ago, I’ve increased sales by just over 20 items each week.  It doesn’t sound like much, but considering the foot traffic in the market isn’t like the big downtown farmers markets, I’m ecstatic.  The fact that I am now selling just over 150 items every week always astounds me!

5.  Have fun

For those of you who know me in reality, you’ll know that I’m pretty much an introvert.  Ok, I’m seriously an introvert.  So standing behind a table of baked goods that I’ve made, trying to convince customers to buy my stuff, and answer their (sometimes odd-ball) questions, takes a lot out of me.  But I love getting to know the repeat customers.  And hearing people tell me that the muffin was spot-on.  Or that the lemon slice was the best ever, notwithstanding the gluten and dairy-free requirements!

And having the kids help out with selling on Saturdays is awesome – I get to hang out with both of my amazing kids.  Separately, or else it wouldn’t be so awesome!  Henry does the first shift, then Abby comes to take over.  It’s always interesting to see how well their mental arithmetic goes … so I’m calling it extra-learning experiences for them!

South Jordan Farmers Market

Now, if you’re in the South Jordan area on a Saturday, and you’re interested in tasting some of my treats, you can actually sign up to find out what I’m making each week.  Just fill in the field below and you’ll get an e-mail every Friday so you can get your taste-buds ready!

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Thanks for reading – until next time, enjoy cooking at home (or paying me to cook at home to feed you!)


Indian chicken

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free, even Whole30 compliant!

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Now my family, Henry in particular, is a big fan of butter chicken.  So much flavor with all the Indian spices, it’s what he always looks for when we go out to an Indian restaurant.  Even when we go to an Indian buffet, if there isn’t any butter chicken, Henry’s just not interested.

So when he asked me to make butter chicken at home for one of our meals, I had to go searching for an option that didn’t include any butter … and one that would taste good.  I happened upon this recipe from One Lovely Life and thought I’d give it a go.  The first time I made this, I followed the recipe and used a slow cooker, but then thought I’d play around with it a little bit.  And feedback from the kids was that it tasted really yummy, but it’s not butter chicken.

So I’m calling this recipe Indian chicken – so you can get the Indian flavors, but without the expectation of the specific butter chicken texture.  Now I love to chock this full of veggies.  And serve it over veggies – like my cauliflower rice.  But you can serve it with normal rice, other veggies, or even Naan bread (or another type of flatbread) if you desire.  And leftovers are amazing – the flavor just intensifies even more!

Give this Indian chicken curry a go – and let me know what you think in the comments!

Indian chicken

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb chicken breast diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup spinach coarsely chopped
  • cilantro leaves for garnish


  1. Heat oil of choice in  a medium frying pan and brown the chicken pieces, possibly in two batches depending on the size of your frying pan.  Remove the chicken from pan and allow to rest on paper towel.

  2. In a medium frying pan, saute the onion in the oil until translucent and soft.  Add the garlic, ginger and spices.  Cook for 1 minute longer until the spices become fragrant.

  3. Add the coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.

  4. Add the chicken back to the frying pan and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.  Add in the spinach and squeeze the lime juice in just prior to serving.

  5. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with vegetables, or cauliflower rice

Recipe Notes

Adapted from 

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

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