Well, to be honest, this is not exactly a recipe. More of a cooking tip I guess. But points for the effort, right? Anyway. Last year I shared few of the modified (healhified?) Czech Christmas classics. But I’m living in Australia for a while now, so I guess it’s time to give the typical (and not so typical) Aussie Christmas meals a chance to shine as well. And what else should I start with than a ham. So here is a tip on a sugar free and healthier glaze / crust for you guys – Mustard Ham (Paleo, Low Carb).
Easter is around the corner (even though some shops here in Australia started selling hot cross buns and carrot cakes already at the end of January!) and I’m starting to think what food to make this year. Because same as other holidays, Easter usually comes hand in hand with lots of food in our household. I love meeting with my family and friends over good food. But I also like to stay healthy and away from foods that are simply not worth it. And with the Easter goodies most of the times the store bought cakes and pastries are really really far from healthy and good for us. Which means they are not worth it for me.
As it is my first year of blogging which means sharing my cooking adventures with few more people than my family, there is quite a bit of room for reflecting at the end of this year. But even though there are definitely things that I think I could’ve done different, things that didn’t go very well (ehm, my first attempt for flax-seed flour goodies?) and things I could’ve improve, I prefer to think mainly about the good stuff. Why should we beat ourselves for something we didn’t achieve just because one year is ending? There is gonna be plenty of room to do our best the next year too. So let’s just cast aside the “unsuccessful” days (things are usually for a reason, right?) and focus on the bright side. What are your achievements this year? What are you really proud of? I would love to hear from you.
I think that now it’s the perfect time to start prepping the Christmas sweets. So we won’t have to go nuts just few days before Christmas and actually enjoy the holiday mood. Hopefully. Because that’s something I’m really aiming for this year. How is it in your household? Do you stress about Christmas and try to do everything last minute? Or do you stay completely calm and let things be? I have to admit that I’m usually trying to do everything just few days ahead (as I usually work till the last day). Clean our home, shop for all the food, then prep all the food, get the gifts, decorate the tree… It can be quite a lot if you are working (taking care of your family, … you name it) to do all the extra stuff in just few days. So why not make it easier this year?
Today I’m going to share a recipe for another delicious Christmas-worthy side dish with you. Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon, which also happens to be Paleo, Whole30 friendly and Low Carb. How good is that? And did you know that pumpkin is a great substitute for almost any potato dishes? I can’t really have white potatoes as they don’t agree with my stomach. And I don’t like to eat sweet potatoes frequently because of the many carbohydrates in them. But I would have pumpkin almost every day. No joke. It’s definitely one of my favourite vegetables. What is your veggie pick? Anyway, back to the Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). Not only pumpkin makes it lower in carbs than potatoes would, but it’s also more nutrient and makes the taste of the salad satisfyingly on the edge of savoury and sweet.
I have to say this is my favourite sugar-free but sweet recipe I made so far. A total must have this Christmas. And it’s so easy. And so much better for you than the store bought version. Which is full of refined sugar, palm oil, skim milk, whey powder and artificial flavours by the way. Not nice. Definitely not healthy. Anyway, why not to try something healthier this Christmas? These no baked Coconut Snowballs are super simple, free of gluten, sugar and dairy, but still delivering the desired taste of holidays. You can make it for a little treat after the Christmas meal or even as a healthy gift for your friends. Continue reading
When it comes to Christmas, there is one thing that almost everybody loves back home. The Christmas sweets and cookies. Almost every family would have a plate of these little goodies on their Christmas table. These days lots of people buy them in bakeries or from enthusiastic individuals as the baking requires a lot of time. But some Czech women would still “compete” – who will make a wider variety of them, who will have more of the difficult ones to make etc. Some stick to the time-tested family recipes and some try something new every year. My mom used to make at least 12 different types of these little sweets when we were kids. And we just could’t wait to finally test them with my brother…
So, this might not be a typical Christmas dish. Not even back home. But it’s not so far from the Czech tradition either (in a way). As I already mentioned in the recipe for Traditional Czech Potato Salad, the typical meal at Christmas is fried crumbed fish and potato salad for us. But since I have a fish allergy there won’t be any recipe for the fried fish coming from me any time soon (sorry). Maybe I will figure out something with prawns or other shellfish which I can have. However in the meanwhile here is this simple recipe for Oven-Baked Coconut Chicken Strips (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). But how did I get from fish with classic bread crumb crust to a chicken breaded in coconut? I know, quite a jump forward. But there is a slight similarity.
Is it too early to start posting Christmas recipes? I hope not. Because I’m getting really excited. My first Christmas in Australia. However, I decided to share a Czech recipe today. Because I’m still going to stick to a few traditions even if overseas. So let’s start the holiday season with this Traditional Czech Potato Salad (Paleo, Whole30). And read a bit about the traditional meals below 🙂