Charlie's Bird

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Foodie file

Ok, in response to Countess Kaz’s request, here some deets about some of the dietary stuff we have been doing.

I have found ingredients easily accessible at your local health stores and diskem’s of the world. I spent a quick R800 at Diskem on Friday evening, buying coconut oil, xylitol, coconut flour etc… Even some of the bigger retailers are stocking more of the out of the ordinary ingredients. I fond almond and cashew nut butter at one of the local farmers’ markets around here too, so one just has to keep one’s eyes open.

The recipes I have tried have until now come off the internet. There are so many! Apologies to anyone who feels possessive over their recipe’s, but here goes some of them.

Oopsie bread this appears to be a bit of a staple in the paleo, carb free diet world

  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 table spoon psyllium husks – optional, but gives a bit more texture
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder – optional, because not strictly no carb

Whip the whites until stiff peaks form, very stiff. Beat the yolks and cream cheese, mix in the optional husks and baking powder, then fold in the whites. I spooned the batter out into a vague roll shape, sprinkled with poppy and sesame seeds and baked at 150 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with whatever you fancy. This week I’m thinking hamburgers!

Breakfast Granola has become my non egg breakfast of choice. I serve it with 150gm of double cream Greek yoghurt – still wrapping my head about that, and about 20-30gm of blueberries.

  • 30ml coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground dry ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 100gm coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 100gm coarsely chopped hazelnuts
  • 100gm sunflower seeds
  • 100gm flaked almonds

heat you oil over a medium heat, add your spices and toast for a minute or 2, add the nuts and seeds, and coat with oil in spices, stirring for a minute or so. Spread out on a baking tray and bake at 150°C for about 15 minutes. Turn out onto paper towel and allow to cool down, before storing in an airtight container. I use about 20-30gm a morning.

Cauliflower Pizza bases are a close facsimile, and tasty. This recipe says it makes 2, I had to double it to get 2 bases, granted they were quite large.

  • 2-3 cups of grated cauliflower snow
  • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg

Cook the cauliflower snow in the microwave for 4 minutes. pour out onto a tea towel to cool down, and once you can handle it, squeeze as much water out of it as you can. Mix the cauli with the other ingredients until it comes together. Put it onto a greased baking sheet, pushing and patting into a circle, not too thin, not too thick. Bake at 180°C for about 10 minutes until turning golden and getting crispy around the edges. Then top with whatever you fancy, and bake again, until the cheese is bubbling and golden! Yum!

Banting Bread is the first recipe I have found that closely resembles bread. Flip, it is delicious!

  • 22ml Psyllium Husks
  • 150g mixed seeds
  • 200g almond flour
  • 5ml baking powder
  • 100g greek yoghurt
  • 250g cottage cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 50ml melted butter

Mix the dry ingredients together. Beat the wet ingredients together. Mix together, then place in a loaf tin or silicone. Bake at 180°c for 1 hour. I’m not sure how long it will keep for – I’ll let you know!


  countesskaz wrote @

Excellent….helps a lot. Is is worth doing this diet/way of eating? is it “maintainable”? Everyone seems to be having the most awesome results.

  charliesbird wrote @

It does seem sustainable, but you need to enjoy meat. I’ve said to Charlie, I can do 3 months of being very focussed, and then I want to relax a little, not stressing over every bite I put in my mouth, but sticking to a lower carb idea.

  drhf wrote @

Its not about the meat its about the FAT!

  drhf wrote @

Do you actually measure portions??
I added sesame and flax seed to the granola, cause i had some lieing around. But I actually think some coconut would go great!! My head is totally around the greek yoghurt!!
But think the seed crackers are more of a winner!!

  countesskaz wrote @

what is cauliflower snow?

  charliesbird wrote @

cauliflower that you have either grated with a cheese grater or blitzed with a stick blender/food processer.

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