Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Low-Carb Greek Keftethes (Meatballs)

Serves 6, your time = 30 mins, chilling time = 2 hours
One serving contains 17g fat, 29g protein, 3.6g carbs and 1g of fiber for 2.6g of net carbs.

Keftethes are great cold as a starter or hot as part of the main meal, they never last long in my fridge.
Most cultures have their own twist on the humble meetball and most, like Keftethes are easy to make.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Low-Carb German Obatzda

Serves 10, your time = 10 mins, chilling time = 2 hours
One serving contains 36g fat, 14.5g protein, 3.1g carbs and 0.1g of fiber for 3g of net carbs.
The thing I miss most about Germany is spending an afternoon at a Bavarian Biergarten with family and friends. When we lived there my wife and I fell in love with Obatzda, a soft cheese and onion dip that is a perfect accompaniment to beer, Bretzen (large pretzels) and in an emergency, vegetable sticks.

Much of what I enjoyed at the Biergarten does not fit into a low-carb lifestyle but Obatzda does!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Live Octopus Sashimi

Ate this at a wonderful Sashimi restaurant in Busan, Korea.
Tasted no diferent to normal Octopus Sashimi but definately more of a talking point. 
They clung onto your chopsticks, and once you wrestled them off your chopsticks they latched onto your teeth making them hard work to actually eat.. so I guess they are healthier overall because you consume more calories eating them :-)
Carbs, minimal 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Low-Carb Greek Tzatziki

Serves 8, your time = 5 mins, cooking time = 0.
One serving contains 11.3g protein, 5g carbs and 0.2g of fiber for 4.8g of net carbs.
Tzatziki is probably the most common dish on any Greek table. It’s also one of those dishes where every cook has a different version on the “authentic recipe”. I just love this side dish; I can eat it with almost anything, providing I am not meeting anyone the next day :-).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Low-Carb Korean Gomtang (beef soup)

Serves 8, your time = 20mins, cooking time = 4-6 hours.
One serving contains 16.5g protein, 4.7g carbs and 1.2g of fiber for 3.5g of net carbs
This Korean Gomtang beef soup is filling, healthy, low-carb and easy to cook.

I found this recipe in Chang, Sun-youns’s fantastic book called A Korean Mothers Cooking Notes. I purchased my copy on my first trip to Korea after falling in love with the people and their cuisine. My Korean college helped me choose, advising that it was indeed full of authentic and popular Korean dishes. It is available on Amazon in hardback and softback.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Low-Carb Greek Moussaka

Serves 8, your time = 1 hour, cooking time = 30 mins.
One serving contains 25.1 protein, 11.1g carbs and 5.7g of fiber 
Moussaka is one of the most known Greek dishes and even in its original form it is relevantly low-carb. Altering it to cut out most of the carbs is quite easy and a version was even included in the Atkins cook book. My version is a hybrid of the Atkins one and an authentic Greek one I love with some personal experimentation.
I think it tastes better and has a lower carb count than Atkins!
It does take some time to cook so when I do make it I like to make 2 baking tins and freez one. This serves 8.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Low-Carb Butter Chicken Masala from India

Serves 4, your time = 5mins, cooking time = 20mins.
One serving contains 18 protein, 14.6g carbs and 4.1g of fiber for 10.5g of net carbs.
This is a new blog and perhaps the expectation is that anyone blogging about food and sharing recipes must be a great cook. I'm not a bad cook, even if I do say so myself, but I'm also a reluctant cook and bussy so I like fast, easy food. You wont find much convenience food in my kitchen because cooking from scratch is much faster, easier and healthier than many realize but this is one of the exceptions.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Low-Carb Greek Marithes Tiganites (Fried Smelts)

Serves 6, your time = 5mins, cooking time = 3 mins.
One serving is 36.2g of protein, 2.1g of carbohydrates and 1g of fiber so 1.1g net carbs

This is a great carb free starter or snack that takes about 5 minutes to cook.

We lived just south of Athens in a seaside town called Glyfada. There were lots of tavernas selling lots of fish, I remember these little fried fish well; I remember eating lots of them. They're amazingly easy to cook, a bit crunchy, and the flour coating soaks up the lemon perfectly.

Friday, January 13, 2012

My first food memory

I grew up traveling the world, living in a different country every year or two so I was exposed to world food from the start. 

My first actual food memory is from when I was 4 years old. I was living in Uganda and I was helping our housekeeper gather great big grasshoppers to make a traditional Ugandan soup. Thanks to wikipedia I now know they were Nsenene or  long-horned grasshoppers  and that it was traditional for children to help collect the grasshoppers.

So whats this blog about?

I am on a mission to find food from around the world that is natural, simple, preferably traditional and low-carb/LCHF/Palio. I travel a lot and have always loved spicy and exotic food. This blog will be a place for me to share low-carb recipes I have found or foods I love that I've adapted to low-carb.