five spice chicken, avocado & macadamia salad with confit garlic mayo (keto)

this salad is inspired by one i tried at vault 21 in dunedin, new zealand.

the flavours were just incredible, its a salad on steroids – so i knew i had to try my hand at replicating it.

and this is perfect – just like the original.   there is no doubt itll make an impact at your table!

its easy to make.  the effort is in the confit garlic mayo, but please.. pretty please, please make it yourself… the flavour cant be replicated by store bought mayo… i promise itll be worth it and the fam will be impressed!

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bacon & cheese keto muffins

we are having unseasonably cold weather in new zealand… so much for a strong start to spring!  im making the most of staying inside by creating these delicious bites.

you cant get a much better match than cheese and bacon … made for each other – both flavours in these muffins are strong and satisfying.

so easy to make, all ingredients go in a bowl and come together using a hand mixer or food processer.  then 15mins later they are ready to eat! whhaaaaatttt!!!

get into it… they are a favourite in my house, even for those who are not keto!

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fish ‘n’ chips with homemade tartare sauce & spicy greens (keto!)

i had a craving for good ole fashioned fish and chips, but with my low carb diet, those traditional potato chips and the fish batter just werent going to fly.  dammit!!!

but it didnt turn out to be much of a sacrifice…  i adapted, and produced this stunner of a dish.

it blew away the cravings…. and the family didnt even miss the original!

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baked monkfish, with garlic & bacon brussel sprouts, red cabbage and toasted almonds

delicious!!!

the savoury and rich notes of the garlic and bacon veges are a perfect compliment to the tender and meaty fish baked in brown butter & lemon slices.

texture comes from the cabbage and brussel sprouts which are only lightly tossed on the heat like a stir fry, and the toastiness of the almonds is the final icing on the cake bringing it all together.

such a quick and easy dish to prepare, but max flavour!

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roasted broccoli, fennel & aged cheddar soup with pork fillet, hazelnuts & kale chips

not much beats a hot satisfying soup on a cool wintry evening.  best consumed in front of a roaring fire (ours is a gas fire… does that count?)

this one is deliciously rich, with an added tastiness that comes from the aged cheddar. the kale chips creme fraiche and hazelnuts cut through the decadence of the soup providing a beautifully balanced meal.

cut the pork out of it if you want – this just appeases my husband and the inevitable question “wheres the meat?” haha.  with that said, the pork is awesome with this soup.

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roast cauliflower & blue cheese soup, with crispy bacon, crispy kale & toasted hazelnuts

yes, soup can be a little boring.  this one is NOT.   pure decadence – the creaminess of the soup balances perfectly with the saltiness of the bacon, freshness of the kale and creme fraiche, and earthiness of the nuts.

i didnt serve any bread with this – its filling enough.  i used the crispy bacon as “dipping sticks” and it was gorgeous.  but if you do want the soup to go further, definitely serve with bread on the side.

i recommend taking your time roasting the cauliflower with a low temperature oven – it extracts more depth of flavour – but if you are in a rush, drive the oven up to 180deg… just know that a little flavour will be lost in the process.

indulge!

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