Apple & Black Elderberry Muffin Crumble Tops

This is a great Breakfast muffin or snack for morning tea. This recipe contains Black Elderberries so it is filled with beneficial immune properties well known to support GAPS conditions. Black Elderberry bushes have been found in many parts of the world and grow very well as a native bush right here in Australia. The […]

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These delicious treats are suitable from Stage 6 on wards.
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  1. Peal and cut 4-5 apples into squares and stew them with a tablespoon of water. When cooked remove half a cup of the stewed apples to make the apple crumble topping. (put the remaining stewed apples aside).
  2. Add the half a cup of stewed apple squares to the remaining crumble mixture and mix together and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius
  4. With the remaining stewed apple (which will be approximately 1 - 1.5 cups of stewed apples) mash and mix until the apple mixtures is a smooth pure texture.
  5. In a new bowl, add the almond flour, eggs, apple pure, honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract and mix with a hand held electric beater or thermomix. When well combined, add the bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice and mix again for a further 20 seconds or so. This will aid as a raising agent.
  6. Add the elderberries to the cake mixture and stir them in with a wooden spoon.
  7. Pour the mixture into muffin papers placed into a muffin tin.
  8. When the mixture is settled in the muffin papers, add the prepared topping ingredients on top and place into the preheated oven.
  9. Muffins will take approximately 25-30 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on them as almond flour is easy to burn (Don’t cook them in too high temperatures).
  10. Remove from the oven when cooked and allow to cool on a cooling tray. Serve with yoghurt, kefir or sourcream
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Clinical Notes As with all stages of the GAPS diet, baked goods should only make up a small percentage of the diet and that the focus should be on healing nourishing foods, broths and juices.

Elderflower Champagne

This is a refreshing probiotic immune boosting beverage made through wild fermentation. Made with the white-colored flowers of the elderberry shrub (Sambucus nigra or S. canadensis), elderflower champagne is a naturally bubbly, lightly alcoholic beverage with a delicate taste. It’s worth noting that this fermented elderflower beverage isn’t technically champagne because it doesn’t contain the grape […]

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  1. Prepare the flowers Do not wash the elderberry flowers. There is a natural yeasts on the flowers that will initiate the fermentation process. Just shake off any insects and remove any sticks and leaves from the cluster bunch completely!! ONLY use the flowers themselves as the leaves and branch can be poisonous.
  2. Place the honey in a very large bowl and pour in the boiling water. Stir until the honey or sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Add the cold water. Stir in the vinegar or lemon juice and the elderberry flowers. Optional: I like to slice some round lemons pieces to add to the mixture.
  4. Cover with a clean dishtowel or cheesecloth and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 48 hours, stirring at least twice a day. By the end of these two days, you should see signs of fermentation: the top of the liquid will look frothy and bubbly, especially when you stir it. If the liquid is remains completely still after 48 hours, add a teaspoon of water kefir grains and wait another 48 hours, stirring occasionally, before proceeding to the next step. (the room temperature and the amount of beneficial yeast on the flowers plays a part in this process which is why you may or may not need the kefir grains) In most cases I like to add them any way, especially in the colder months).
  5. After 48 - 84 hours, pour the fermenting elderflower champagne through a finely meshed sieve to strain out the flowers (and lemon rind, if using). Use a funnel to help transfer the brew into clean plastic soda-type bottles with screw tops or thick ceramic or beer bottles with rubber flip tops. Do not use corked wine bottles because elderflower champagne is quite capable of popping out the corks or worse—exploding the bottles. Leave at least an inch of headspace between the surface of the liquid and the rims of the bottles. Secure the tops.
  6. Leave at room temperature for a week, “burping” (opening briefly) the bottles at least once a day. After the week at room temperature, move them to the refrigerator, but keep “burping” the bottles occasionally for another week.
  7. When ready to serve I like to add in fresh lemons, oranges and mint leaves. It is a lovely beverage.
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  • Elderflower champagne will keep in the refrigerator for several months.
  • The earlier you drink it, the yeastier it will taste. Wait at least 2 weeks from bottling if you want it at its best.
  • Sugar can be used in the fermentation process and don't worry, the sugar content will be consumed during fermentation.  The honey version takes slightly longer to ferment out than the sugar version.
  • The final drink should be fizzy and lightly sweet.

 

Elderflower Tea

Elderflowers contain wonderful immune properties. They are used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding. … Elderflower water is used in eye and skin lotions. Elderberry flowers can […]

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  1. Add 1 tablespoon dried elderberry flowers in a tea pot and fill up with boiling water. Elderberry flowers can be dried easily by hanging them or by drying them in the dehydrator.
  2. Let steep for 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and sweeten with raw honey to taste.
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Elderflowers contain wonderful immune properties. They are used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding. ... Elderflower water is used in eye and skin lotions.

Elderberry flowers can be dried easily by hanging them or by drying them in the dehydrator in preparation to store them for tea making.

WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE? It's Floral, But It's Nothing Like Lavender Or Rose. Yes, there's that slightly herby flavor you'd get from edible flowers, but elderflower's sweeter than you'd expect - and a little musky. It's closer to lychee in flavor, and it has a crisp, palate-cleansing finish.

 

Christmas Cookie Dough

Print Recipe Basic GAPS Cookie Dough Suitable from Stage 6 onwards You can make little faces on these cookies with a variety of different expressions and call them emotion cookies or you can make small gingerbread men for Christmas. Votes: 1 Rating: 5 You: Rate this recipe! Course Baking at home, Dairy free recipes, Deserts, […]

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Suitable from Stage 6 onwards You can make little faces on these cookies with a variety of different expressions and call them emotion cookies or you can make small gingerbread men for Christmas.
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (no hotter)
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, followed by massaging the contents in the bowl into a ball. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, add more nut butter or coconut oil if it is too dry or more nut flour if it is too moist. You want to create a cookie dough so keep mixing and squeezing the contents with your hands so that the mixture can be pressed and ready for rolling.
  3. When you have rolled the cookie mixture into a ball on the bench top, push down with the palms of your hands to flatten it a little and then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a flat surface approximately ¾ cm thick.
  4. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to make Christmas shaped biscuits. We have chosen stars, but you can make ginger bread shapes or any other Christmas shape you prefer.
  5. Place the tray in the preheated oven at no more than 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they do not burn. Almond flour burns easily so do not cook any higher than 150 degrees Celsius.
  6. Remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and let the cookies cool on the tray before trying to pick them up as they will be soft and may crumble. If left to cool, they will become firmer.

Raw Milk Kefir

The GAPS ‘dairy introduction structure‘ promotes introducing whey first followed by yoghurt and then Kefir.  When introducing any of these, we do it methodically by first conducting the ‘food sensitivity test‘ first, followed by adding small amounts at a time added to other food to ensure they are well tolerated. This approach is used because […]

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Food Sensitivity Test

Introducing Dairy The GAPS ‘dairy introduction structure’ promotes introducing whey first followed by yoghurt and then Kefir. When introducing any of these, we do it methodically by first conducting the ‘food sensitivity test’ first, followed by adding small amounts at a time added to other food to ensure they are well tolerated. This approach is […]

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Dairy Introduction Structure

Introducing Dairy The GAPS ‘dairy introduction structure’ promotes introducing whey first followed by yoghurt and then Kefir. When introducing any of these, we do it methodically by first conducting the ‘food sensitivity test’ first, followed by adding small amounts at a time added to other food to ensure they are well tolerated. This approach is […]

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Turkey/Chicken Leg Casserole

This recipe is an extract from the GAPS Book as a staple for the Introduction Diet as well as the full GAPS Diet.  It is an easy delicious meal to prepare and is easily modified to cater for need or preference.  Please refer to the clinical notes for people undertaking the Introduction Diet Stages for […]

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This recipe is appropriate for the Introduction Diet from Stage Two onward, however if sever digestive disturbances are experienced, please refer to the clinical notes below for modifications.
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  1. In a large oval casserole pot, add the stock, water, slat, tomato puree, cayenne pepper and herbs.
  2. Mix well and then add the turkey or chicken legs
  3. The tops of the turkey legs will be exposed from the other ingredients. Brush the legs with some duck fat and lightly salt the legs.
  4. Add Diced onion, celery and crushed garlic to a fry pan with a tablespoon of duck fat and saute until soft and then add to the casserole pot.
  5. Add the casserole pot to a preheated oven at 160 Degrees Celsius WITH LID OFF for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  6. After the Casserole has been cooking for 2 hours, add the chopped vegetables. Mix them well into the sauce and leave cooking for a further 45 minutes.
  7. When the vegetables are cooked, remove the casserole from the oven. Serve the meat and vegetables on a dish and pour a few tablespoons of the sauce over the top.
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Fibrous vegetables such as celery must be avoided for people with severed digestive disturbances such as diarrhoea.  Broccoli and Cauliflower stalks must be completely removed only using the heads and vegetables containing any seeds, or skins must be removed.

Introducing Raw Vegetables

Introducing Raw Vegetables in Stage 5 of the GAPS Introduction Diet Intervention instructions: Add raw vegetables starting from the following: 1. Softer parts of lettuce and cucumber 2. When the above two vegetables are well tolerated, start adding other raw vegetables such as carrot, tomato, onion, cabbage, capsicum, celery etc. Points • Refer to Clinic […]

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Monitor stools: If diarrhoea returns or becomes a new concern, your patient is not ready for this food and should remain on the step prior for longer.

Fried Egg

How do you like your eggs? The GAPS Introduction Diet introduces soft boiled eggs first in stage two followed by scrambled or fried in stage 3. Relatively simple this recipe can be adjusted to suit the individual in terms of sunny side up and sunny side down, however the important thing to remember is to […]

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  1. Add the ghee to the fry pan and set on medium heat. Do not allow the ghee to burn
  2. I recommend cracking the egg into a small bowl first, and then pouring that gently into the pan. Make sure to pour slowly, letting the whites find their placement for 1 or 2 seconds before letting the yolk slip into the middle of the pan. Of course, you’re welcome to just crack and pour the egg directly into the pan.
  3. Cook the egg until the whites are cooked and the egg yolk is still runny. That is an official GAPS egg. We want the yolks to be runny to maximise the nutrition from the egg. You can flip the egg if you wish to have a sunny side down, however be careful not to over cook the yolk. Sunny side up will allow you to monitor the cooking of the yolk much better.

Scrambled Eggs

The GAPS Introduction Diet introduces scrambled eggs or fried eggs in stage three.  This is a simple and very quick recipe requiring very little preparation.  The ingredients contain only egg with a little ghee for cooking, however for more fluffier eggs, you can add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream or kefir. Print Recipe […]

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  1. Crack the eggs into a glass bowl
  2. Use a fork to beat eggs together.
  3. Melt ghee or duck fat in a fripan over low heat. Don't allow the ghee to burn.
  4. Add egg mixture and gently pull eggs to the center of the pan and let the liquid parts run out under the perimeter.
  5. Cook, continually moving eggs with the metal spatula, just until eggs are set. This will take approximately 1 to 3 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper; serve hot with a little parsley.
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When on the Full GAPS Diet, if digestion has improved you may introduce onion and celery to the mixture as well.

Guacamole

Serve ripe avocado daily with every bowl of soup and with meats and fish. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Although most of the calories in an avocado come […]

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  1. Slice the avocado down the middle and around the seed. Remove the seed and scoop the avocado out of it's skin and place into a small bowl.
  2. Crush the garlic with a garlic crusher and add it to the avocado. You may want to start with a small amount of garlic as raw garlic can have quite a bite, however one of the best foods for the immune system so I like to have at least 4 cloves.
  3. Add the lemon juice and crush all the ingredients together with the back of a fork or use a potato masher. When the texture is smooth to your liking, store in the fridge. The lemon juice will help preserve the colour for a while and it should last a couple of days in the fridge.

Cooking the perfect GAPS egg

Eggs are the easiest food to digest and their nourishment has been compared to breast milk because it can be absorbed almost 100 percent without needing digestion.  Egg yolks provide many amino acids, vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12, A, D & biotin), essential fatty acids, magnesium and zinc among many others.  Eggs are particularly high […]

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Eggs are appropriate for the introduction diet from stage 2 onward and for the GAPS Baby Diet Protocol from stage 4 onward
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  1. Cook the egg so that the egg white is cooked and the egg yolk is still runny. This may require your own testing on the stove because every stove type will generate different heat and some are more immediate than others. Once you have achieved the desired egg, try to remember the time it took to cook it and you will have the perfect egg every time.
  2. For the perfect GAPS egg to ensure teh white is cooked and egg yolk runny, we recommend 3-5 minutes as shown on the egg cooking time chart.
  3. Peal the egg shell under cold water whilst it is still hot but not too hot to touch. This makes for an easier way to peal the egg with out breakage, otherwise put it in an egg cup, slice off the top and scoop it out.
  4. Add an egg to every bowl of soup.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a condiment suggested to be eaten as a side dish whenever meat is consumed and especially at the end of the day when the body’s enzyme storage is depleted having already been expended on previous meals earlier in the day.  The evening meal is often the most difficult for people who suffer from […]

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  • 1 Fermentation Vessel A glass jar or crock with a weight to hold the vegetables submerged under the brine and an airlock system with a release valve to allow air to escape whilst creating an anaerobic environment. Refer to Weck images below
  • 1 Mandolin For slicing cabage (or use a knife)
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  • 1 Fermentation Vessel A glass jar or crock with a weight to hold the vegetables submerged under the brine and an airlock system with a release valve to allow air to escape whilst creating an anaerobic environment. Refer to Weck images below
  • 1 Mandolin For slicing cabage (or use a knife)
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  1. Thinly slice or shred the cabbage with a knife or mandolin. I like to use a mandolin.
  2. Place the shredded cabbage in a large glass bowl and add the dill (optional).
  3. For Wild Fermentation, add a generous amount of salt to the cabbage and mix it through with your hands to allow an overall coverage. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes to allow the salt to draw out some of the cabbage juice naturally. 5-8grams - (max 15grams) per 1kg cabbage. HINTS: Salt allows the cabbage to sweat so that juices can be extracted to create the brine. For Cultured fermentation, add the commercial culture starter as per packet instructions.
  4. Mix, massage and knead the ingredients with your hands. Bruising the cabbage this way allows the cabbage to extract a natural brine solution. Keep kneading until you have squeezed a substantial amount of juice from the mixture. Sometimes this may take 10-20 minutes. HINTS: It is beneficial to have someone with strong hands to do the kneading & massaging.
  5. Place mixture into the selected fermenting vessel and pack and push the mixture down so that the cabbage is compacted in the bottom and the juice is sitting on the top of the cabbage with a minimum of 4 - 5cm’s or 2 inches. It is important to push the cabbage down firmly so that no air is trapped and the cabbage is completely submerged in and under its own brine juice. HINTS: If for any reason the cabbage is not submerged under enough of its own juices, you may need to add a small amount of filtered water with more salt (15 gms of salt to 1 ltr).
  6. Place the weight on the top of the cabbage to keep all the cabbage submerged. Push the weight down and you will see more juice rise to the top. It is very important to ensure that all the sauerkraut is submerged under its own juice. If any bits of cabbage float up to the surface, remove them throughout the fermentation process to prevent them from going moldy.
  7. If you use a canning jar with a rubber ring top, and close the lid, be sure to burp it a few times in the first few days to release the pressure. If using the weck airlock system which has it's own release valve allowing gasses to escape without letting air into the jar, place the rubber ring around the top and clamp down the lid with the attached release valve to the top. Store in a dark place for one to two weeks (ie pantry).
  8. The sauerkraut may be consumed and ready to eat after 5-7 days but it matures better with age so it is good to wait the full two weeks unless the outside temperature is hot which will speed up the fermentation process.
  9. The sauerkraut may be stored in the fridge after 1-2 weeks of fermentation. If there is any scum or mold development on the top – remove this. The kraut remaining under the juice will be fine.
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Optional: It is also nice to add a little grated carrot to your sauerkraut.

Liquorice Wheels

Adapted and inspired by the craft of Amy Sue, these delightful liquorice wheels taste like the real deal and send your kitchen into a frenzy with the adorable liquorice aroma that sets your patience to the test.  With another dehydrator recipe, you will be left with your mouth watering whilst these nutritious treats take time […]

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  1. Prepare 3-4 dehydrator trays with teflex sheets and put them aside.
  2. Remove the pits from your dates (this is easier when they are at room temperature).
  3. Grind your star anise with a mortar and pestle to a very fine powder (or use anise spice ready prepared).
  4. Add the dates to the food processor or thermomix and add the water and vanilla extract. Process the dates until they form a smooth paste. You may need to run a spoon down the sides a few times to ensure there is an even blend during the processing. When a smooth paste has formed, add the ground anise spice and briefly blend again to ensure it is all mixed evenly.
  5. Add the paste into a piping bag to create long smooth tube like lines. Keep the nozzle end close to the sheets to avoid creating wiggly lines. You may need a little practice first to see what I mean but don't worry if they are not perfect, they are still going to taste great and once they can be smoothed out slightly during the coiling process.
  6. Place the trays in the dehydrator at 115 degrees for approximately 12 hours or until they are ready for shaping but not completely done. Make sure you do not over do it. Some may need to dehydrate less than this and others may need to dehydrate a little longer.
  7. When the liquorice is pliable enough to shape into coils, gently roll them on the dehydrator sheet to un-stick them from the sheet. Start shaping your coils by starting from one end continue to curl them flat on the dehydrator sheet. (They are a little easier to do this if you take the sheet off the tray and lay the sheet flat on the bench).
  8. When the coils are tightly bound, place them onto the dehydrator mesh sheet (without the teflex sheet) to complete the drying process at the same temperature for another 8 hours. The time may differ at times requiring more or less time on different occasions. You know they are ready when they are dry and not sticky.
  9. Don't over dry them to the point that unwinding the coil causes the wheel to break.
  10. Individually wrap your liquorice wheels in baking paper and pin with a staple. If you want to get fancy, you can add your own label and put them in a special bag to give as a special gift made with love.
  11. Alternatively you can make the same recipe in one flat leather slab and cut them with scissors and roll them up. I call these Liquorice Leather Rolls. These take much less time and are easy to wrap and roll. 🙂

GAPS Basic Healing Soup

*Please refer to our meat stock recipes to create the base for this soup.  This soup recipe can be adapted to make any meat, poultry or fish and vegetable combination soup made from previously prepared meat stocks.  For the purpose of this recipe, we will be cooking the chicken and vegetable soup but you may […]

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*This meat stock recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Diet Stage One - onward *You will need previously prepared homemade meat stock for this recipe: refer to our meat stock recipes for this.
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  • 1 Litre Chicken Meat Stock Refer to our meat stock recipes: or locate the link to our Chicken Meat Stock Recipe below in the notes
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  • 1 Litre Chicken Meat Stock Refer to our meat stock recipes: or locate the link to our Chicken Meat Stock Recipe below in the notes
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  1. Bring some of the meat stock to boil, add chopped or sliced vegetables: onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, marrow, squash, pumpkin, spinach etc. and simmer for 25-35 minutes. When on the introduction diet, you can choose any combination of available vegetables avoiding very fibrous ones, such as all varieties of cabbage and celery. All particularly fibrous parts of vegetables need to be removed, such as skin and seeds on pumpkins, zucchini and squash, remove stalk from broccoli and cauliflower and any other parts that look too fibrous.
  2. If you made your own chicken stock and saved the chicken meat for other recipes, dice the meat that you set aside and place them in the pot with the vegetables. (if you did not save the meat from your stock recipe - cook a new fresh chicken according to the recommendations shown in the stock recipe first and then pull all the meat and skin from the chicken and dice it into small pieces and add to the vegetables). Otherwise continue to cook the vegetables and meats until the vegetables are soft. Approximately 1 hour on simmer.
  3. When vegetables are well cooked, add the crushed garlic, bring to boil and turn the heat off. We want the garlic to be added at the end to be only slightly cooked to receive maximum immune benefits from it.
  4. If you are cooking for children who are fussy eaters or for babies starting out on solids, you can blend the soup which will make it easier. This recipe will generally keep in the fridge for 5 days but can also be frozen.
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Serving for GAPS

Serve the soup with a drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil on top (1-2 tbl sp).  Add sauerkraut or juice to the soup when ready to eat or eat  1 – 2 table spoons sauerkraut at the beginning of the meal.

Never add sauerkraut, its juice or olive oil directly to any hot food as this will kill the probiotic bacteria, enzymes and minor component nutrients.  Always wait for the food to cool at a temperature you can eat it before adding them.  The general rule is:  if you can put your finger in it, then it’s ready.  Refer to the introduction diet for the progressive introduction of sauerkraut and olive oil.

The ratio of stock, meat and vegetables is individual and dependent upon the size of the batch you wish to make.

Clinical Notes:

The introduction diet is primarily designed for people suffering with diarrhoea and that is why the chosen vegetables are low in fibre.  If you have chosen to follow the introduction diet because of leaky gut and food allergies but are more susceptible to constipation, it is important to add more fibrous vegetables like cabbage and celery.  Don’t avoid cutting off stems from broccoli etc and leave the skins and seeds on vegetables like zucchini.  You may even decide to serve up some well cooked beetroot with your soup.

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  • Cut vegetables and meat into small neat sized pieces unless you plan to blend or puree it for smaller children.

Other suggested and allowable ingredients

  • Fresh or dried Italian or French mushrooms can be added to pork, lamb or beef soup to enhance the flavour. Dried mushrooms can be crushed by hand before adding to the soup
  • Chopped parsley, coriander, oregano or dill
  • A spoonful of yoghurt or sour cream (creme fraiche)
  • Red onion
  • Spring onion
  • Cooked ground liver
  • Boiled eggs (yolk still runny)
  • Raw or cooked beetroots
  • Other herbs and spices (only when digestion has started to show improvements)

 

Duck Dripping

Duck fat is an old time cooking staple in Southwest France and a secret ingredient of chefs use worldwide. Incredibly tasty with a silky mouth-feel, duck fat enhances anything it is used to cook with. The great thing about rendering your own duck fat is that you end up with a batch of cracklings—delicious to […]

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Duck Dripping
Rendered Animal Fats: Stage one appropriate onward
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Prep Time 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time 1-2 Hours
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Prep Time 15-20 Minutes
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Option one Dripping
  1. From one whole organic duck, remove the fat and skin and set aside. The duck meat and bones can be frozen and used in a later recipe. Alternatively you can ask your butcher for duck or chicken skins.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake your duck fat on top of the dripping rack with the oven pan placed beneath to catch all the fat dripping.
  3. When all the fat is cooked in approximately two hours, remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before filtering through a stainless steel strainer. Discard the fat and pour the dripping into heat tempered glass jars like the ball mason wide mouthed jars - see link for supplies below. Be careful not to pour into regular glass jars to avoid the risk of breakage.
Option 2 Rendering
  1. From one whole organic duck, remove the fat and skin and set aside. The duck meat and bones can be frozen and used in a later recipe. Alternatively you can ask your butcher for duck or chicken skins.
  2. Cut skin and fat into medium pieces and put into a medium heavy-bottomed pot. Add ½ cup water and simmer over medium heat until water evaporates and skin pieces are crisp and have released all their fat, about 1 hour.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before filtering through a stainless steel strainer. Discard the fat and pour the dripping into heat tempered glass jars like the ball mason wide mouthed jars - see link for supplies below. Be careful not to pour into regular glass jars to avoid the risk of breakage.
Recipe Notes

Storage: Store in Ball mason wide mouthed freezer safe jars.  These are heat tempered and will not crack when you pour the lard into them.

This fat can also be made using chicken skins: just ask your butcher for a bag of chicken skins.  This can also be rendered on a low heat in a slow cooker whilst also producing tasty crunchy chicken skins for snacks.  Kids love em.

Lard & Tallow

Rendering animal fats are very simple – in this recipe we will provide three ways to render lard and tallow/suet ►Lard from Pork FAT ►Tallow & Suet from Beef or Lamb FAT Ask your butcher for a big bag of any of the above animal fats (preferably organic) ► Dripping from a Duck, or Goose […]

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Rendered Animal Fats: Stage one appropriate onward
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Cook Time 2-4 Hours
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Option 1: Dripping in the oven - You will need a large oven tray with a dripping rack
  • 1 Kg Raw Pork Fat Alternatives: Tallow (beef or lamb fat) cut off any excess meats
Option 2: Rendering in the oven - You will need a large oven tray
Option 3: Slow Cook Render - You will need a slow cooker
  • 1 kg Raw Pork Fat Alternatives: Tallow (beef or lamb fat) cut off any excess meats
Prep Time 15-20 Minutes
Cook Time 2-4 Hours
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Option 1: Dripping in the oven - You will need a large oven tray with a dripping rack
  • 1 Kg Raw Pork Fat Alternatives: Tallow (beef or lamb fat) cut off any excess meats
Option 2: Rendering in the oven - You will need a large oven tray
Option 3: Slow Cook Render - You will need a slow cooker
  • 1 kg Raw Pork Fat Alternatives: Tallow (beef or lamb fat) cut off any excess meats
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Option One: Oven Dripping
  1. Preheat the oven to 120 - 130 degrees Celsius.
  2. Trim off any meat still attached to the fat - we only want the fat. A little bit of meat left on the fat is harmless as it will drop out during the rendering process, however it will change the flavour.
  3. Place the fat pieces on your dripping rack and sit your dripping rack on or inside your oven pan.
  4. Render the fat for approximately 2-3 hours. The liquid fat will drip from the large piece of fat into the bottom pan.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before filtering through a stainless steel strainer. Discard the fat and pour the lard into heat tempered glass jars like the ball mason wide mouthed jars - see link for supplies below. Be careful not to pour into regular glass jars to avoid the risk of breakage.
Option Two: Oven Render
  1. Preheat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius.
  2. Trim off any meat still attached to the fat - we only want the fat. A little bit of meat left on the fat is harmless as it will drop out during the rendering process, however it will change the flavour.
  3. Cut your lard or tallow into small pieces (approximately 1 inch cubes) and place into your oven dish.
  4. Pour the water into the oven dish, this will reduce the lard or tallow from burning on the edges and the water will evaporate during the process.
  5. Place the oven dish inside and cover with a lid.
  6. Render for approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours whilst attending to it by stirring occasionally with a steel spoon. The fat cubes will gradually release its fat in liquid form whilst becoming crisp and shriveled. If you notice that the water has not yet evaporated, you can increase the temperature to 165 degrees Celsius and keep it uncovered for ten minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before filtering through a stainless steel strainer. Discard the fat and pour the lard into heat tempered glass jars like the ball mason wide mouthed jars - see link for supplies below. Be careful not to pour into regular glass jars to avoid the risk of breakage.
Option 3: Slow Cooker
  1. Trim off any meat still attached to the fat - we only want the fat. A little bit of meat left on the fat is harmless as it will drop out during the rendering process, however it will change the flavour.
  2. Chop your fat into tiny small pieces. Alternatively you can mince the fat in a food processor or thermomix, however it is important to note that your fat will need to be frozen before you mince it or it will result in a slimy mess and clog the blades.
  3. Place the fat into your slow cooker. Turn it onto the lowest temperature and cook for 3 - 4 hours.
  4. Cooking times will vary depending on temperature, volume and size of the fat pieces but a general rule is to cook until you have small browned cracklings in a bath of clear fat.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before filtering through a stainless steel strainer. Discard the fat and pour the lard into heat tempered glass jars like the ball mason wide mouthed jars - see link for supplies below. Be careful not to pour into regular glass jars to avoid the risk of breakage.
Recipe Notes

Storage: Store in Ball mason wide mouthed freezer safe jars.  These are heat tempered and will not crack when you pour the lard into them.

Coconut Vanilla Fudge

This recipe will show you how to make your own sensational additive free chocolate. CONTAINS NO nuts, dairy, sugar, eggs or other additives.With a soft fudge coconut cream and vanilla flavoured centre, slightly coated in homemade dairy free chocolate, these old family favourites will be consumed quickly in our home. You can make them rough […]

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This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the full GAPS Diet and who do not have serious digestive issues.
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
Passive Time 45 Minutes
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Coconut Cream Filling