recipe

The omelette

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I think people get intimidated by omelettes. No? Maybe it was just me. For YEARS (this was back when I used to pretend that porridge was healthy and/or filled me up till lunch) I was convinced I couldn’t make an omelette. I remembered my mother saying something about moving the outside bits in towards the centre as they cooked but this just screwed me up more. They always ended up scrambled.

So you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re meant to hassle omelettes into life, but in my experience? Not so much. I don’t do it the French way (whisking on high heat – too labour intensive for me, it’s the morning and I haven’t made coffee yet), I do it like this:

Serves 2 adults and 1 toddler who’s already had breakfast but always wants whatever I’m having.

Method
1. Whisk 6 eggs in a bowl.
2. Melt some ghee or butter in a DECENT non-stick frying pan on a medium heat.
3. Pour in the eggs and go off and do something else. Fix your make-up, you’ve got tide marks on your cheek.
4. When it’s about 80% cooked, you can start fiddling. Try and run the uncooked egg off to the side or under the cooked bits.
5. Don’t wait till it’s totally solid, it’ll go rubbery.
6. Add salt (Maldon salt flakes changed my life and my cooking btw) and pepper.
7. Add some ham and spinach or whatever’s hanging out in the fridge.
8. Fold the omelette in two, then divide between two plates.
9. Consume.
10. You’re welcome.

The ultimate paleo banana bread

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Ok now, listen up, because on August 2nd I’ve decided that I’m going to start a Whole30. That means no processed foods of any kind, no sugars or honey, no dairy, and absolutely no more bastardised paleo foods (such as banana bread). For 30 whole days I’m just going to eat meat, fish, vegetables and small amounts of fruit and nuts. And no booze.

NO BOOZE?!

No booze.

So before I dive into that, I need to give you my recipe for banana bread, because a) it’s definitely not Whole30 approved, and b) I have tried them ALL, with varying results, and this is the one that makes my heart sing. The thing with paleo banana breads is that when they’re bad, they’re so dry they suck the spit right out of your mouth, but when they’re good, they’re moist and delicious and ah-mazing. This one is almost more chocolate than banana, but you can still kid yourself that you’re eating a healthy fruit thing, right? Who cares anyway, it’s a treat that’s sweet but is grain- and dairy-free. I have fed this to non-paleo people at 3am when they’re angry and drunk and they have practically wept with the deliciousness.

By the way, all the recipes that I tried used American measurements so that’s what I’m working with here. You’re just going to have to go with the cups thing – yes I know it’s annoying – or use an online converter.

Ingredients
Dry ingredients
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1 tbsp of chia seeds (because I put them in everything)

Wet ingredients
3 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup melted ghee (or butter)

Method
1. Preheat oven to 160°C, grease a loaf tin with butter and line with baking parchment.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients (coconut flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, bicarb of soda, salt, chia seeds (if using) in a large bowl and remove any lumps with a fork.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, honey and vanilla. Add the mashed bananas and mix well. Then add the melted butter and stir.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
5. Pour into loaf tin and bake for 45 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Coconut Pancakes

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Now I’m generally an omelette-for-breakfast kind of girl, but sometimes I get a hankering for something a bit more substantial at the weekend. Enter coconut pancakes. They’re a bit more effort than scrambling an egg but still fairly quick to whip up. For me, they’re the epitome of Sunday breakfast perfection. Plus my toddler goes absolutely apeshit for them.

Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1-2 tbsp raw honey*
5 eggs
120ml (1/2 cup) coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
65 g (1/2 cup) coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 pinches salt

Method
1. Microwave the coconut oil to melt it, then whisk in the honey.
2. Whisk the eggs in one at a time.
3. Add the coconut milk and vanilla extract.
4. Add the coconut flour, then the baking powder and salt.
5. Heat some ghee (or coconut oil) in a pan on a medium heat. Ladle in some mixture – keep them small or they’re impossible to turn.
6. Flip when the bottom is brown and cook on the other side.
7. Serve with honey and blueberries.

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* The best type of honey to use is raw honey, which is vastly different to the supermarket-bought variety. Raw honey is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition whilst conventional honey is, well, sweet, but not nearly as good for you. Since I went paleo, I’ve been trying and failing to get my hands on raw honey in Ireland. I’ve searched a tonne of health food shops and several shops online, but so far nothing. But if you can get it, USE IT!