Monday, January 26, 2015

Recipe: Secretly Skinny Peanut Butter Biscotti

Secretly Skinny Peanut Butter Biscotti - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

I was a bit of a goody two shoes when it came to school. Generally speaking, I did all of my homework, got brilliant grades, behaved in class and only ever had one detention - but there was one time I thought I was surely going to be kicked out of the school and never allowed back in again. 

I was probably about thirteen, only in year seven and in the home economics room working on a "prac". "Pracs" were just practical lessons where we actually got to cook instead of talk about the theory behind it or work on boring classwork. 

Naturally, prac lessons were my favourite. I've always been someone who loved to bake and cooked so I loved being able to bake and cook and call it "school work" - but on this day, I thought my life was ruined.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

Here was little Kristy and her food tech partners, baking up a batch of deeeeeeeeeeelicious biscotti and all was right with the world - until we began to cut it. 

We were using electric knives to saw through the biscotti's thick crust and all of a sudden plumes of black smoke began to billow out of the back of my knife. Oh no, oh no! She's going to kill me - I've broken the school's knife. 

I started to panic internally.... what do I do? 

Do I put the knife back in the drawer calmly and pretend like nothing ever happened?

Oh no wait, it might set on fire - and then the whole school would be set on fire and it would be all my fault - and surely those police detectives would be able to trace the clues and find my fingerprints on the knife, wouldn't they?

What do I do what do I do what do I do...... 


Healthy Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, clean eating friendly, healthy biscotti recipe

I didn't get kicked out of school and the teacher laughed at my panic over an ancient electric knife - but after all that fuss I decided that I would never ever make biscotti again because, whilst delicious, I wasn't going to take my chances with breaking something else.

Well... that never ever lasted quite some time - but a couple of months ago I decided to try my hand at biscotti again and had some deeeeeeeeeeeelicious successes. This recipe is ridiculously delicious and won't break your knife - instead, you'll find you have delicious jhealthy peanut butter biscotti in no time at all that's ready to dunk into your favourite cup of tea or coffee or devoured on its own. 

These aren't super sweet (though there is the option below to make them sweeter) but they are justttttt right and super crunchy with a delicious peanut butter flavour. Dip them in chocolate for a special treat or leave them as is - the choice is yours!

So let me share the recipe with you! >>

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Six Sentence Sunday: 25th January 2014

Ohhhhhhh how I love the weekends - but oh how I love long weekends more as I feel like I can fit so much more in (well... er... because I can... derp)

After a pretty meh morning (getting blood tests and feeling absolutely exhausted due to my low iron levels), Jesse and I decided to improve our weekend with a backyard picnic dinner which was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better than any normal dinner (snacky dinners FTW) as I didn't feel like cooking :P 

Today we've had a day full of fun and friends with church this morning, a barbecue lunch with friends post church and then we had some friends over for a swim this afternoon as it is H-O-T!

Tomorrow we've got the day off for Australia Day (hooray for national public holidays!) so we're having a barbecue with my Uncle and Cousins to celebrate in a relaxed but fun way. 

And it must be some kind of a Christmas summer miracle as I've been in the pool twice this month :P (I hate swimming and bodies of water and never ever go in the pool :P) 

But now I'm off to try something completely new for dinner as I'm going to try my hand at making a Kristy-friendly Sang Choi Bao (Sung choi bao? Asian lettuce cups?) so wish me luck!

But tell me, how has your weekend been?
And what's on your dinner table tonight?
And do you like swimming in the summer time (someone tell me I'm not a complete weirdo!)?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recipe: Asian Inspired Rice Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing

Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing Recipe - low fat, gluten free, clean eating friendly, vegan, vegetarian, easy salads, impressive side dishes

With Australia Day coming up, we've been thinking about all the things we love about the awesome country we live in.

Jesse and I love Australia and truly believe it's one of the best countries in the world. One particular thing I love about the country we call home is how diverse it is. 

We have beaches and mountains and deserts and rivers and everything in between - but the people who call Australia home are always pretty diverse too. We live in a country that is made up of so many different cultures of people - and one of the big benefits of that multiculturalism is that we have so many choices when it comes to food! 

When our friends at Chang's got in touch with us asking if we'd be interested in developing some recipes for them for Australia Day, I jumped at the opportunity! You see, Jesse and I love Asian flavours and putting an Asian twist on dishes. 

There's so much flavour in Asian food - from the salty sweetness that's traditional in Thai cuisine to the aromatic flavour of Chinese cuisine - and Chang's make it easy to get that flavour at home with their extensive range of products. From must-have sauces and noodles to vegetables and over 30 gluten free products, Chang's make it easy to create Authentic Asian food at home and have been bringing the tastes of Asia to Australia since 1968. The company is Australian owned and lead by father daughter team Patrick and Elaine Pow and is an Australian household favourite with the products available in over 500 stores nationwide.

Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing Recipe - low fat, gluten free, clean eating friendly, vegan, vegetarian, easy salads, impressive side dishes

As it's summer time we've been having lots of barbeques with our friends and family and are planning one for Australia Day this Monday, so I thought it was the perfect time to come up with some Asian inspired dishes that are perfect for barbeques. 

And why not start with one of my favourites? This Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing is a SIL family fave and it's so simple to make - not to mention healthy, fresh and delicious!

Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing Recipe - low fat, gluten free, clean eating friendly, vegan, vegetarian, easy to make salads and sides

Best of all, this salad recipe is super versatile and allows you to use up whatever you have in the fridge - or whatever is freshest and in season! You can throw in whatever veggies you like and tailor it to suit your tastes. It also looks quite impressive on the table which is always important too - right? ;) 

Serve it with the dressing mixed through or keep the dressing on the side for your guests to drizzle as desired. Make it into a meal by adding some grilled marinated chicken or steak or serve with grilled prawns for a super summery dish!

But let me share the recipe with you! >> 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Recent Things: Frangipanis, Date Nights and Important Reminders

Recent Things in the Southern In-Law World

Hello my loves! Friday has rolled around again and I am so ready for the weekend! Jesse's been away almost all week so I can't wait to spend the long weekend with him before he goes away for work again on Wednesday. 

Nevertheless, lots has been happening this week so let me catch you up! >>
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