Anzac biscuits

Recipe: Better (gluten-free) Anzac biscuits

It’s been ages since I’ve eaten Anzac biscuits because they are definitely not gluten-free and. I know there are several paleo versions floating around in the interwebs but oats are such an important ingredient in this particular cookie that IMO they don’t deserve to be called Anzac biscuits at all.

Back when I reintroduced oats in my diet to follow the Chinese doctor’s nagging recommendations, I tried a few brands of gluten-free (by US standards, which are less strict than Australian) and uncontaminated oats. I didn’t have any issues with any of those so I use them regularly. For this recipe I used this brand of Australian uncontaminated oats. To learn more about oats, gluten and contamination click here.

I also bumped up the protein content by adding some whey protein powder and used a relatively low amount of unrefined sweeteners (coconut sugar and maple syrup), hence the name “better Anzacs”. Don’t be fooled though, these are still treats!
Hope you’re having a great Anzac Day!

Better (gluten-free) Anzac biscuits
Yield: about 14 medium chunky cookies

Better Anzac biscuits

Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup uncontaminated oats
  • 1/2 cup plain whey protein isolate
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Wet ingredients

  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (fan-forced works best).
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients in a saucepan and melt on the stove (or place them in a bowl and melt in the microwave).
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix well with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. With your hands, make golf-sized balls with the batter, pressing firmly to make sure everything sticks together. Place on a tray lined with wax paper and flatten with your hand.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on your taste (20 minutes will yield darker and crunchier cookies).
  7. Let cool down and enjoy.

Product review: Healthy Everyday meals by Pete Evans

Now that some Woolies shops are stocking Healthy Everyday meals, I took the opportunity to buy a couple and sample them without committing to a big online order. These meals have been designed by Pete Evans and made by Paleo Cafe, which means they are free of gluten, added sugars, etc.

Healthy Everyday meals

One thing that had caught my eye from the website is that the meals stay good for way longer than other ready-made meals we sometimes purchase. This is because the meals are packed in vacuum sealed bags, which make them look less sexy (think hospital food) but increase their shelf life. This also meals that the range includes only foods that can keep well in this type of packaging, so things like salads are off the menu.

Healthy Everyday meals

We tried the BBQ pulled pork with pickled cabbage & sweet potato mash and the cottage pie with sweet potato mash & rich vegetable gravy. Despite the aforementioned “meh” look, both meals looked way better when plated and heated, and tasted even better. We found the serving sizes were decent (each one weighs ~400g, definitely smaller than our usual meals) and provided a good amount of protein and fibre.

BBQ pulled pork

I paid $13.50 for each meal at Woolies, more expensive than the price per meal if you buy directly from their website, but not necessarily if you consider shipping costs. I think the extra dollars over say a takeaway meal are worth paying considering the quality of ingredients and flavour.

Cottage pie

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About Life

Review: About Life (Bondi Junction)

I had shopped at About Life before, I had eaten their food (at an event they catered for) but I had never sat down at one of their in-store cafes for a meal. These work as a canteen/cafe, with salads, breakfast items (e.g. yoghurt, fruit, muesli) and hot dishes served up in cold/hot food displays for you to fill up a container, pay for your meal and go. There is also a menu with breakfast and lunch items you order like you would normally in a cafe.

We grabbed two small boxes with ready-made miso chicken slaw (white cabbage, carrots, shallots, chicken, red onion, miso and coriander dressing) and steamed vegetables. They were pretty filling and were much more interesting than your typical pre-made salad. Even the steamed vegetables, as boring as that sounds, came with the novelty of steamed cabbage and radishes.

Steamed vegetables, miso chicken slaw

Small boxes of steamed vegetables and miso chicken slaw ($7.90 each)

We also ordered a grass-fed linseed beef burger with cheddar, cheese, tomato, grilled onions, raw tomato relish & greens and a pulled pork paleo sandwich free-range pulled pork slow cooked in bone broth with raw tahini slaw & greens. You can swap the bread in any of the burgers for paleo bread (the pulled pork paleo sandwich comes with it by default). I liked the beef burger much better. The patty was huge and pink in the middle (the way I like it) and I liked how its meatiness was complemented by the cheese, relish and onions. Yes, eating with your hands would be a challenge. Use cutlery.

Pulled pork paleo sandwich

Beef burger (10.90) in paleo bread ($2.00)

The pork sandwich was good and had heaps of pork (everyone else: please note this is the right amount of meat to put in a sandwich), however I liked the flavour of the burger better. As I said before, the paleo bread is included by default so you won’t have to pay extra for it.

Grass-fed linseed beef burger

Pulled pork paleo sandwich (10.90)

Alvaro ordered a coconut water iced coffee that was so good, I ended up drinking half of it.

Coconut water iced coffee

Coconut water iced coffee ($6.90)

About Life Bondi Junction
31 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction
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Thr1ve @ Home

Thr1ve @ Home

Ever since Thr1ve opened their first shop at MLC Centre it has been one of my go-to lunch options whenever I don’t bring my own. It has also been one of my top sources of caffeine because 1) Allpress and 2) mountain coffee (their version of bulletproof coffee). And since a few weeks ago, they are also a source of ready-made meals whenever life gets too hectic to cook.

Thr1ve meals

The ready-made meals, which follow the company’s vision (and robbwolfism) look, feel, perform, are made with quality proteins, smart carbs, good fats, and are all gluten-free. The website has a nifty filtering option so that you can select meals that are dairy free, keto friendly, nut free, post training, seafood free, snacks or vegetarian. The meals that contain grains have either a mix of brown rice and quinoa or gluten-free pasta in the case of the lasagna (which is delicious BTW).

Dinner: @thr1ve hearty bolognese with ratatouille #healthyfood #delivered #glutenfree #realfood #jerf

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They have such a wide variety of meals that is hard for me to name a favourite. We’ve ordered most of the meals they have available: beef cheeks, beef madras, beef stroganoff, cottage pie, healthy lasagna, hearty Bolognese, Mexican chilli, Rogan Josh, slow cooked brisket, pulled lamb, butter chicken, chicken cacciatore, chicken tagine, jerk chicken, green chicken curry, grilled chicken, roast chicken, fish cakes, and teriyaki salmon.

 

I’ve tried a good percentage of those meals and enjoyed all of them, but I gotta say I have yet to find a paleo-friendly meal delivery service where the cauliflower rice stays fresh for a few days. The good news? Most of the meals come with a few different choices of sides, such as ratatouille, seasonal greens, sweet potato mash, and roasted vegetables.

Lunch: @thr1ve Spanish chicken cacciatore with seasonal mash. #lookfeelperform #healthyfood #delivered #glutenfree #realfood #jerf

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Meals come in a sealed split plastic container (good for those people who can’t stand the components of their meals mixing up). The label lists all the ingredients, allergens, nutrition information, use by date and reheating instructions. That being said, all the meals can be frozen so go ahead and order a big batch (shipping is free for orders over $120).

Label

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Review: New breakfast menu at RealFood Connection (Camperdown)

RealFood Connection has just launched a new breakfast menu. This is one of my favourite cafes in Sydney because everything is gluten-free and many items are also dairy-free. In addition, because they also offer a meal delivery service, there are always delicious and healthy takeaway meals you can grab if you don’t feel like cooking.

I was a bit sad to see that the chunky bacon and sweet potato hash had left the menu but excited to try a couple of the new items. But first, coffee.

Long black

Long black ($3)

The breakfast platter was our favourite, just because we like a lot of variety on our plates. As we say in our country, “en la variedad está el gusto”. This is a meal for big appetites and comes with two free range eggs (poached, scrambled or fried), bacon, haloumi, avocado, roasted pumpkin, leafy greens and two slices of toast. The buckwheat toast is the new default, replacing the paleo toast which is still available for extra $2. I loved how the flavours complemented each other, especially the sweet caramelised pumpkin and the salty haloumi.

Breakfast platter

Breakfast platter ($18)

Even though I’ve had the paleo pumpkin and chia seed toast, which is made on premises, I ordered a slice to compare it to the buckwheat toast side by side. The buckwheat one is sturdier and blander, the paleo one is bigger and has more flavour. Choose according to your priorities.

Buckwheat toast, paleo toast

Buckwheat toast, paleo toast

We also tried the beef brisket and sweet potato hash, a generous serve of grass-fed pulled beef brisket sautéed with sweet potato and greens, and served with two free range poached eggs. It’s a hearty breakfast full of flavour, perfect for winter. I have to admit I liked the chunky bacon hash a bit better (because bacon), but I can see myself ordering the brisket again in the near future.

Beef brisket and sweet potato hash

Beef brisket and sweet potato hash ($15)

RealFood Connection
2 Sterling Circuit
Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9516 0267
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Product review: Fine Fettle Eats

I’ve been a Fine Fettle customer for several years now. Their flats have been a life saver when travelling, and an awesome healthy anytime snack. I’m always thrilled to try their new products at the farmers markets. This time the new kids on the block are Eats.

Fine Fettle Eats

Eats come in the universally recognisable instant ramen cups. After brief flashbacks of MSG-laden camping food, I picked up the cups to look at the label. These instant meals are based on dehydrated vegetables and contain no gluten, preservatives or oil. They are also vegan and contain mainly quinoa and legumes with different seasonings.

Vegetable & lentil

Mediterranean quinoa

Mexican quinoa

The contents come in a sealed plastic bag inside the cup, next to a small spork. In the photo below, you can see the three steps for getting your meal ready: inside the bag, out of the bag, in the process of being rehydrated.

Different stages

It takes 180ml of boiling water and 10 minutes to get these meals ready and I’m happy to report that they are exponentially better than ramen cups. I liked all flavours, although my favourite was vegetable & lentil, which was nicely seasoned with cumin and had a noticeable chilli kick. Alvaro found it too spicy and preferred the Mexican quinoa, which, unexpectedly, was the milder of the three. Mediterranean quinoa, with a distinct tomato flavour and a bit of heat, was my second favourite.

Ready to eat

At the time of writing this post, Eats are not in Fine Fettle’s website yet, so if you want to buy them head to Eveleigh farmers markets on Saturday mornings. I paid $5 per cup, but I’m pretty sure this is an introductory price only.

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Kooee jerky

Product review: Kooee! jerky

Jerky and macadamias are my go-to snack when I need something nutritious and portable. My favourite macadamias are Hand’n’Hoe (I buy them at the Eveleigh farmers market) but I’m still looking for the “perfect” jerky.

I was researching some things (read: wasting time) on the net when I came across Kooee! jerky, which caught my eye thanks to their short list of gluten-free, refined sugar-free ingredients. This jerky is made in Tassie using top quality Cape Grim grass-fed beef.

Smoked chipotle, sesame ginger

The current flavours are smoked chipotle and sesame ginger. I love the packaging, both visually and functionally. The serve is not huge but you can reseal the bag in case you don’t finish all the jerky in one go. The jerky pieces are the right size (don’t you hate when you get a long strip that is impossible to break down with your bare hands?) and, most importantly, very thin. This means that they are easier to chew and, in the case of the sesame ginger, crunchy. I absolutely loved both flavours but if I had to choose, I would pick the smoked chipotle, which was not very hot.

Smoked chipotle nutrition facts

Sesame ginger nutrition facts

I also got a sneak peek of new flavours that are in the pipeline: habanero and mountain pepper.

Habanero, mountain pepper

The habanero flavour is H-O-T, even for me. The heat overpowers the flavour if you eat these by themselves but I can imagine they would make a great vehicle for guacamole, for example. The mountain pepper was nice, with a more familiar jerky flavour.

Habanero nutrition facts

Mountain pepper nutrition facts

Out of the four flavours I sampled I preferred the two that are currently on the market (sesame ginger and smoked chipotle). A huge thanks to Andy for sending me the samples, and, most importantly, for his excellent customer service. I have found my favourite brand of jerky.

Head over to Kooee!’s website to learn more about this great beef jerky.

Patch Cafe

Review: Patch Cafe (Richmond, VIC)

Patch Cafe offers paleo and paleo-inspired items in their menu. The cafe is huge and service is great.

Patch Cafe

My first beverage was my usual long black but then I feel compelled to try a matcha latte made with organic almond milk. I only wished the tea cups were bigger.

Long black

Long black ($3.8)

Matcha latte with almond milk

Matcha latte with organic almond milk ($5.5)

We had breakfast with our friends and their 3 kids. The little ones shared The showstopper (pumpkin, banana, coconut flour & almond butter waffles candied bacon ice-cream, house-made paleo Anzac crumble, seasonal berries & fruit, drizzled with maple syrup) and bacon and eggs. The showstopper made justice to its name.

The showstopper

The showstopper ($20)

My sister and I shared A ‘toast’ to you (spiced cauliflower ‘toast’ with apple cider poached eggs, accompanied by smashed avocado with dukkah & chopped cilantro topped with smoked salmon & caviar served with scattered tahini kale chips) and Let’s smash it! (smashed avocado with cashew feta, mint & chilli on PATCH paleo bread. Served with a poached egg, spiced tomato salsa, pomegranates, fluffy tri-coloured quinoa & a wedge of burnt lime), ordered with extra bacon. I liked the smashed avocado a lot better, but the cauliflower ‘toast’ was a nice change of pace.

A 'toast' to you

A ‘toast’ to you ($19)

Let's smash it!, plus bacon

Let’s smash it! ($17), plus bacon ($4)

I also had a taste of I’m a fun-ghi (omelette crafted with an assortment of wild mushrooms sautéed in olive oil & thyme, accompanied with a balsamic reduction & white truffle oil. Served with your choice of goats cheese, with paleo toast), which I originally wanted to order. It was a nice omelette.

I'm a fun-ghi

I’m a fun-ghi ($18)

We did not need more food but there were a number of clean treats tempting us, including paleo donuts. We tried one glazed with chocolate & chilli, which was tasty, not spicy, and didn’t feel naughty at all.

Paleo donut

Paleo donut

Our friends ordered a gluten-free muffin that was perfect for me because it had almost no sweetneer, but the kids didn’t like for the same reason.

Gluten-free muffin

Gluten-free muffin

Patch Cafe
1/32 Bendigo Street
Richmond VIC 3121
(03) 9029 0328
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Review: Paleo Cafe (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

Although Paleo Cafe is a franchise and so 90% of the menu is the same as in Sydney, the one in Burleigh was a convenient 10-minute walk away from where we were staying. It’s bigger than the Bondi Junction branch as you can see in the photo below.

Paleo Cafe Burleigh Heads

Paleo Cafe Burleigh Heads

Our breakfast started off with coffee: long black, almond milk flat white and signature iced coffee (espresso mixed with almond and coconut milk, topped with coconut coffee ice cream, honey and cacao nibs).

Almond milk flat white, long black Signature iced coffee

Almond milk flat white, long black, signature Iced Coffee

They have a couple $10 breakfast specials, including the classic bacon & eggs with free-range eggs, your choice of regular or nitrate-free bacon, sautéed spinach, herb-roasted tomato and Paleo toast. Below is one served with nitrate-free bacon and one with smoked bacon and avocado instead of tomato. The toast was on the cakey side, but it was nice anyway.

Bacon & eggs

Nitrate-free bacon & eggs ($10 on special)

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Bacon & eggs with avocado instead of tomato ($10 on special)

Eggs Benny with pulled pork

We also ordered the eggs Benny (poached free-range eggs, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, creamy hollandaise on Paleo English muffin), plus extra pulled pork.

Eggs Benny plus pulled pork

Service was friendly and fast. If you’re on the go, you can pick one of their takeaway meals or a protein bar.

Paleo Cafe Burleigh Heads

Paleo Cafe
1/4 Park Ave
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
(07) 5659 1808
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Review: Marie Anita’s (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

We recently spent 3.5 days in the Gold Coast, attending a Buddhist course. We stayed, as usual, in an apartment building. We had great kitchen facilities and shops nearby but given that Maria Anita’s was only 250 metres away, I didn’t cook at all.

Coffee

Everything in this cafe is gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and ingredient quality takes priority. All dishes are made with free-range meats, wild-caught fish, organic produce when possible, etc. There are dairy-free, grain-free and vegan options throughtout the menu.

Philosophy and suppliers

I contacted them through Facebook to let them know I would be taking some photos and their response was both quick and affirmative. We found service on site was warm and friendly, although slow (good things take time). Keep that in mind if you’re in a rush.

Pantry shelf

Milk alternatives for coffee and tea include organic coconut milk (extra $0.5), and raw almond or cashew milk (extra $1.2). There is also the option to add cold-pressed turmeric juice (extra $1.2) to your brew.

Golden chai, long black

Golden chai latte ($5.2), long black in a mug ($4.4)

There’s a wide selection of cold beverages such as raw nut milks made with organic raw almond or cashew milk, fruits and spices. The hippie version of the humble milkshake, if you wish. For example, the spiced banana caramel banana pictured below, which contained banana, lucuma, mesquite, and cinnamon.

Spiced banana caramel banana raw cashew milk

Spiced banana caramel banana raw cashew milk ($8.50)

Organic blenders (aka smoothies, $9.50), made with organic fruit and veggies, are another good option if you’re after a liquid meal. The protein-packed, featuring activated seeds, fermented brown rice protein with super greens, spinach, pear and organic coconut milk, was a popular choice.

The breakfast menu features usual suspect (poached eggs on toast, pancakes, waffles) in their gluten-free, super food-packed upgraded versions. We tried the organic baked portobello mushrooms, organic labneh, sorghum toast with extra free range poached eggs and free range streaky bacon, and the free range poached eggs, sautéed organic greens, avocado, organic living sprout medley and salsa verde with extra sorghum toast and sustainable hot smoked salmon. Out of the three options of toast on the day, we chose olive and garlic. Best gluten-free toast ever.

Free range poached eggs

Free range poached eggs, plus toast and hot smoked salmon ($25.50)

Organic baked portobello mushrooms

Organic baked portobello mushrooms, plus poached eggs and bacon ($22)

There are also daily specials, like the bruschetta in the photo below.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

People who like sweet breakfasts would enjoy something like the buckwheat pancakes, berry compote, organic pure maple syrup, organic coconut yoghurt.

Buckwheat pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes ($18)

Breakfast is served all day, but who wants breakfast when the lunch/dinner menu has so many appealing options? We tried: roast organic beetroot salad, organic labneh, free range streaky bacon, dukkah, seasonal greens, free range shredded Angus beef cheek, radicchio lettuce bowls, avocado, organic seasonal salad, raw cashew hollandaise sauce, pan seared wild caught fish, organic coconut spinach, organic spiced quinoa, toasted coconut, organic living sprout medley and 150g pecan-crusted free range petite eye fillet, organic sweet potato mash, sautéed spinach, organic spiced tomato chutney. All were delicious and I would happily order them again. I also got to try a forkful of the raw vegetable patty, organic seasonal salad, smashed avocado, organic living sprout medley, raw cashew hollandaise sauce, also very tasty.

Roast organic beetroot salad

Roast organic beetroot salad ($19.50)

Free range shredded Angus beef cheek

Free range shredded Angus beef cheek ($24)

Pan seared wild caught fish

Pan seared wild caught fish ($26.50)

Pecan-crusted free range petite eye fillet

150g pecan-crusted free range petite eye fillet ($28)

Raw vegetable patty

Raw vegetable patty ($17)

Last, but not least, there is a counter full of healthy treats to grab for dessert or as a quick(er) meal on the go. I had a bite of the apple crumble muffin, raw mango & coconut cheesecake and triple coconut muffin, all of them awesome.

Raw mango & coconut cheesecake

Raw mango & coconut cheesecake ($17)

Treats

Muffins

Marie Anita’s
1863 Gold Coast Hwy
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
(07) 5659 1324
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