Melting In Melbourne

It’s disgustingly hot at the moment – we’re in the middle of 4 consecutive days over 40C/104F.

I’m also in the middle of a Whole 30 challenge.  The hardest part has been resisting sugar laden icy poles and sorbet.  I’ve been making smoothies with frozen banana or pineapple (plus cacao powder, cocoa nibs, coconut cream, goji berries and water) and green juices (one green apple, lots of kale, cucumber, ginger, mint, lemon).  I try not to have more than one of these a day to try to keep my sugar intake low … I’m not quite succeeding, as yummy scrummy nectarines and blueberries are in season.

A fantastic chilled Whole 30 recipe is Nom Nom Paleo’s Watermelon Gazpacho.  The whole family is loving this and we’re making a batch every couple of days.

We got a copy of Melissa Joulwan’s latest Well Fed 2 book for Christmas.  Almost all our meals at the moment are from the Well Fed books (I have the electronic version of Well Fed 1) as they’re easy and delicious.  Even if you’re not Paleo, I highly recommend you get one or both of these books as there is so much variety and all the recipes are very tasty and easy to follow.  I actually got WF2 for my mum, and the best thing is that she no longer has to ask me ‘what should I use instead of’, as Melissa already has this information right there on the page. Even an experienced cook will find these books useful, as Melissa has some novel ways of doing things (I’d never considered baking my burgers before, but they worked really well, and I didn’t end up with a kitchen full of smoke like I normally do when I pan fry meat on the stove top — we desperately need a new extraction fan, because you don’t have to burn anything to set off the damn smoke alarm at the moment).

Some of our favourites so far are:

  • Tod Mun Chicken Cakes with Cucumber Relish (WF2)
  • Mayo done a myriad of ways as per WF2 by adding different seasonings – I’ve been using Louisiana Cajun Spice and Guacamole Spice a lot.  I’ve been putting mayo on everything from shredded lamb shoulder (gyros!) to home-made sweet potato chips (dusted in Cajun seasoning and salt).
  • Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (I made mine without the onion and garlic due to Allium intolerance, and added a chopped green apple and a peeled/chopped celeriac).
  • Lamb Rogan Josh
  • Lamb Mulligatawny Stew (WF2) — I also added a handful of sultanas to this.
  • Congratulations on Whole30-ing — sorry you’re melting! I can relate! Our summers in Austin, Texas are just like that… terrible!

    So excited to see my recipes on your list. Glad you’re enjoying them. Thanks for sharing!

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