Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Apple Tart -- gluten free, grain free, sugar free, delicious

Makes 1 pie in a spring form pan, or 24 small tarts

ingredients for the crust:

2 cups blanched almond meal
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tsp each of korintje, saigon, and ceylon)
1 tsp ground vanilla bean
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp water

directions for crust:

1. combine the ingredients for the crust
2. scoop the mixture into a springform pan lined with parchment
3. press very firmly 
4. bake at 345 for 20 minutes, until the crust is nice and toasty

ingredients for filling:

2 lbs royal gala apples cored and cut into pieces (5 large)
pinch sea salt
1 tsp ground vanilla
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp arrowroot powder

directions for filling:

1. toss the apple pieces with sea salt, lemon juice, and honey
2. add the arrowroot powder and stir well

directions for combining the two:

1. spoon the filling onto the baked crust
2. bake at 345 for 45 minutes in the upper half of the oven
3. cool and then remove from the springform pan

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