Carrot and Parsnip Soup with Crunch

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A warm, filling soup – perfect on a chilly evening with some crusty, gluten free bread (why not try the potato bread recipe? You’ll find it in the search bar).
Roasting the vegetables in the oven before adding to the soup, brings out some wonderful strong flavours. Add the pecans and coconut for some nice crunch.

Serves 4

5 medium sized carrots
4 medium sized parsnips
olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Dash of salt

150-250 ml coconut milk
350-450 ml water

100 ml chopped pecans
50 ml shredded coconut
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Chili flakes

1. Peel and cut the vegetables into halves even sized slices and place in a casserole dish
2. Drizzle with olive oil, vinegar, chili flakes, juice and salt.
3. Roast in oven 200 C about 40 minutes (until caramelized and tender)
4. Deglaze the oven pan with some of the above water (pour the liquid into the hot pan and stir to release the flavours that have stuck to the bottom of the pan).
5. In a saucepan, add most of the milk and water (including the deglazing liquid) with the veggies and let simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Using a handheld mixer, purée until completely smooth. If too thick, add some more liquid.
7. Taste and add more chili or juice, as needed.
8. In a dry pan, toast the pecans and coconut, add some salt.
9. Pour into soup bowls and add the pecans and coconut then drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil and/or chili flakes on top

Aubergine Chutney, Coconut Chickpea Hummus with Quinoa

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This dish has three main components and makes for a delicious light lunch or a starter. Of course, the chutney and hummus can be used on their own too. The toasted coconut/nuts/seeds in the hummus gives a wonderful crunch to each bite! A must try!!

1.Aubergine Chutney
2 aubergines, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
olive oil

½ tsp curry
½ tsp turmeric
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp agave syrup
1 tbsp soy sauce

50 ml water
50 ml olive oil
75 ml coconut cream

Shredded basil.

1. Sauté the onion, garlic and aubergine over low heat until soft.
2. Add the spices, vinegar, agave and soy sauce. Stir for a few minutes.
3. Add the liquids and simmer 10-15 minutes.
4. Lastly, stir in the basil.

2.Coconut Chickpea Hummus

100 ml un-peeled almonds, chopped
75 ml shredded coconut
75 ml sunflower seeds
salt and pepper

400 g cooked chickpeas
2 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 lemon, zest and juice

1. Toast the almond, coconut and sunflower seed in a pan. Season. Set aside.
2. Combine the chickpeas, chili, paprika and lemon in a blender and run until well blended. Add some water (or juice from the chickpeas) if it is too thick. It doesn’t have to be smooth.
3. When done, turn off the blender and stir in the toasted mix.

200 ml quinoa
500 ml water (or vegetable broth)
salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, whole

1. Wash the quinoa and combine all ingredients in a pan
2. Cook the quinoa for 12-15 minutes
3. Discard the bay leaf and garlic

Rocket salad
Olive oil

1. Plate on rocket salad with tomato sliced.
2. Chop some rocket salad and sprinkle on top together with some olive oil.

Coconut Chocolate Treats

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These little treats are quick to make, not too sweet and not only gluten free but also dairy free and low fodmap. Don’t forget to refrigerate the coconut cream 24 hours before whipping.

Makes about 25 small treats

200 ml oats
75 ml cacao
25 ml maple syrup
50 ml rice syrup
50 ml grape seed oil (or other neutral oil to your liking)
pinch of salt

1. Combine the above ingredients.
2. Drop (using 2 teaspoons) small heaps onto a baking sheet covered with baking parchment.
3. Bake in 200C over for 8-10 minutes
4. Take out and flatten the base slightly, let cool

Whipped Coconut Cream:
1 can of coconut cream (or milk)

1. Refrigerate the coconut cream 24 hours. Do not shake the can.
2. Scoop out the separated, top creamy layer. Whip into a fluffy cream
3. Place into piping bags and pipe onto the little chocolate bases.

Sprinkle with cacao powder.

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Fruit Tagliatelle


Maple Coconut Tagliatelli

Delicately flavored “tagliatelle” makes for a light and fruity dessert. In the photo above, I served this dish with a chocolate sauce but then felt that the chocolate was a little too overwhelming. Instead I would recommend a citrus/berry sauce which balances nicely against the tagliatelle. Please find recipe below.
This recipe is gluten and dairy free. It is low foodmap too if you keep the serving to less that 1/4th of the recipe (60 ml coconut water is considered low fodmap).

Serves 5-6

The base:
400 ml Coconut Milk
200 ml Coconut water
75 ml maple syrup
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tbsp agar agar

1. Combine the agar mix in a saucepan.
2. Boil 5-6 minutes.
3. Pour into small round bowls. Do not pour too much into each bowl as this will make the tagliatelle too wide.
4. Chill in refrigerator.
5. When set, remove from bowl and start shaving into tagliatelle (see photo).


100-150 ml mixed berries
A little maple syrup
Juice from ½ lime

1. Marinate the berries in the syrup mix for a few minutes.

150 ml frozen berries
1-2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
50 ml water

1. Slightly thaw the berries
2. Run the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor

Lime zest

Coco Fruit Salad


A festive dessert! Maybe not a fruit salad in a traditional sense but a mix of persimmon, mango, coconut and kiwi. Best served cold in a small glass. If you can’t get persimmon, why not try another fruit, nectarine maybe? Great for breakfast, snack and desserts! Delicious and healthy! Slightly less healthy, but probably really, really good, would be to add one tablespoon of Malibu liqueur in the coconut/yoghurt mix…

Makes 4-6 small servings.


1 mango
Zest of a lime
(chili flakes – optional)

2 kiwis

4 tbsp coconut cream
8 tbsp pureed persimmon (about 1 fruit)
Dash of salt

75 ml coconut cream
75 ml Greek yoghurt
dash of salt
1 tsp agave syrup

Chopped pistachios

1. Cut the mango into pieces and puree in a blender (or handheld mixer). Add the lime zest and, if you want to experiment with a spicier version, add some chili flakes. From a small spoon, drop piles on a sheet of baking parchment and, using the back of the spoon, flatten into thin rounds. Dry in a food dehydrator on 45-50C or in an oven for 10-12 hours.
2. Puree the kiwis and pipe them onto a sheet of baking parchment and dry them as well.
3. Cut the persimmon into chunks, run in a small blender (or a hand held mixer), combine with the coconut cream and salt and pour into serving glasses.
4. Combine the coconut cream, Greek yoghurt, salt and agave. Place in a plastic bag and pipe the mixture on top of the persimmon cream.
5. Place in the fridge to chill.
6. Serve with chopped pistachios and some of the dried fruit pieces on top.

Strawberry Ice Cream – Dairy Free

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If you can find fresh coconuts (can be bought on-line), this is a very easy ice cream to make. Only takes a bit of planning (the soaking takes a lot of time). To make it even creamier, or if you don’t like almonds, you may substitute the almonds for cashews. With almonds though, it is not just dairy and gluten free but also low fodmap (with a limit of a 12 almonds serving, you can safely eat 1/5th of this ice cream).

100 ml soaked almonds (about 55 almonds)
100 ml young coconut meat (should be enough in one small coconut)
Pinch of salt
25 ml maple syrup
25 ml rice syrup
50 ml almond milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
400 ml fresh strawberries, cut up
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1. Soak the almonds 24 hours, after half the time, change the water.
2. Crack the young coconut open with a meat cleaver and scrape the meat out with a spoon.
3. Combine all ingredients (except for the oil) in a blender. Process until smooth.
4. Slowly incorporate the oil while processing. Do not overblend.
5. Pour into ice cream machine and make according to the manufacturer’s instruction – OR – pour into plastic container and place in freezer. Remove and stir every hour until frozen.
With this dish I like to serve some dehydrated strawberry slices. They are wonderful, intensified in flavour and naturally sweet. If you own a dehydrator, I can definitely recommend dehydrating thinly sliced strawberries.
Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

Coco Thai Chicken

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It is all in the sauce! Really! This sauce is just amazing! I like to steam the chicken in my steam oven but will give the recipe for an oven baked chicken below. A quick and easy recipe but the chicken should be marinated for about 6-8 hours so don’t forget to allow time for this. The dish is also dairy free and low fodmap.

Serves 4
2 green chilies, seeds removed
2 tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp soy sauce (light)
12 coriander leaves
2 limes, zest and juice
1 tsp sugar (can be omitted)
400 ml coconut milk

1 tsp cornstarch (to be added to the sauce at a later stage)
5-600 grams chicken breast, mini fillets
250 ml wild rice
Chili flakes to decorate

1. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a blender and run until smooth.
2. Place the chicken in the marinade for 6-8 hours, refrigerated.
3. Cook the rice according to the manufacturers instructions (generally 20 minutes in double amount of water)
4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and bake in a 200 C oven for 20 minutes (or until done).
5. In a small saucepan, heat the marinade/sauce. Combine the cornstarch with a little water (1-2 tsp) and stir until dissolved. While stirring, add the cornstarch mix to the sauce and make sure the sauce has been brought to a boil before removing from heat (otherwise it won’t thicken).
6. To serve, put a spoonful of sauce on the place and then, using a spoon or any other kitchen tool, spread the sauce out in a semi circle. With the help of a ring mold, add the rice to the plate. Add the chicken sprinkled with chili flakes.

The Tomato Soup

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Quick and delicious! One of my favourites. Creamy and as spicy as you’d like. Can be made dairy free and low fodmap if you leave out the crème fraiche topping or just substitute it. (Low fodmap: you can use some tofu cream cheese whipped up with some rice milk to make it smooth, use lactose free creme fraiche or use some soy based sour cream – if based on soy protein, not whole beans).

Serves 6
800 g chopped tomatoes
500 ml coconut milk
1 tsp Sambal Oelek or other chili paste
300 ml water
2 cubes vegetable stock (fodmap friendly)
Salt, if needed

100 ml Crème fraiche
Chili flakes

  1. Add all ingredients (except crème fraiche and chili flakes) and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. With a handheld blender, mix into a smooth soup.
  3. Add some salt if needed.
  4. Whisk the crème fraiche.
  5. Serve with chili flakes on top and a dollop of whipped crème fraiche.

Coconut Baked Salmon with Wok Vegetables and Red Sauce

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A wonderful, asian inspired salmon recipe. To cut the vegetables into strands, please use a Spiral Slicer (Spiralizer).

Serves 6

6 salmon fillets, boneless, about 140 g each

Salmon marinade:
1 green chili, finely chopped
3 tbsp Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1 pinch of ground paprika
1 tsp honey
Juice from 1 lemon
1 garlic clove
Salt, pepper

1 cucumber

Wok vegetables:
1 parsnip, cut into strands
2 carrots cut into strands
1 zucchini (courgette), cut into strands
I red onion, thinly sliced
Oil for frying
Salt and pepper

Red Sauce:
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 oranges, juice
200 ml fish stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp corn flour
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
A pinch of ground chili

Coriander leaves to decorate

  1. Oven at 180C
  2. Place all the ingredients for the salmon marinade in a blender and mix until a smooth paste. Place the salmon in individually tin foil parcels, spoon over the marinade. Close the parcels and place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Cut the cucumber into 3-4 pieces (the fewer the better). Remove the seeds with the tool used to remove an apple’s core. With a sharp knife, start carving a long, thin, spiral. Arrange the spiral cucumber on the serving plate. The longer spiral the more beautiful. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the wok vegetables. Heat the oil in a wok pan (or large frying pan). Add all the wok vegetables and fry a few minutes over high heat, constantly (gently) stirring. Season.
  5. In a small saucepan, heat some oil and sauté the ginger. Add the remaining ingredients for the red sauce except the corn flour. Let simmer a few minutes. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and add to the sauce while stirring. Bring to a boil and keep stirring while simmering for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Place on plates, leave salmon in parcel or take out, as you desire. Add the wok vegetables, cucumber spirals and red sauce. Sprinkle some coriander on top.

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