Fancy a healthy home-made ice-cream? Healthy and ice-cream do not have to be mutually exclusive. I’ve made this recipe twice now and I like how I can use overripe avocados to make a dessert. This recipe also uses coconut milk so it’s good for the lactose intolerant. I don’t have an ice-cream maker so I use my blender.
The ingredients are as below to get slightly less than 2 litres of ice-cream. Use half the ingredients if you prefer less ice-cream.
2 ripe avocados
800 ml coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of maple syrup (more if you prefer a sweeter taste)
1 cup water
1. Place the avocados, coconut milk, maple syrup and water in the blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
2. Add the cocoa powder into the mix. Blend for another 20 seconds.
3. Pour the mixture into any container you like
4. Let the ice-cream freeze for a few hours. Don’t do what I did and take the ice-cream out after one hour. The ice-cream turned out less firm that I would have liked. The subsequent batches were better because they were fully frozen. Leave them to thaw for about five minutes before tucking into the rich goodness.
And voila, a simple and nutritious dessert to feed your tummy and soul.
Back in the 2013 when I first started this blog, there was no such thing as a paleo restaurant or takeaway or cafe in Singapore. You either had to cook at home to get a good paleo meal or just close an eye and brave it outside. First, Cavemen Food opened up at Novena Square Two. And now for people at Raffles Place, we have Project Paleo.
Here is the owner Joyce with her stall at 15 Phillip Street. Her food contain no refined sugar, no harmful additives, no diary and no gluten. Olive oil is used for cooking.
All sets go for $8, which include one main and two sides. The mains range from chicken to fish to beef to pork. The sides include sweet potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables. And fear not if you are vegetarian because you can choose three sides as well.
I chose the salmon with cauliflower rice and mushrooms. Here’s my verdict:
Salmon: tender but quite plain and less tasty than I expected.
Mushrooms: yummy! The best part of my dish.
Cauliflower rice: this tastes very interesting indeed – like coleslaw but a super healthy version. Some people in the paleo world eat this to simulate the mouth feel of real rice.
So the Singapore Restaurant Week madness continues at Blue Bali on Cluny. This is the second restaurant I booked and it I must say that I prefer it to Absinthe. With generous portions of food and an amazing ambiance that made me feel like I was transported back to my beloved Bali, I can say that I will be returning to this restaurant quite often. There were adequate paleo options on the menu as well and I was able to adhere quite well to clean eating with the starter and the main course.
Blue Bali on Cluny, located at Bukit Timah, is an outdoor Balinese restaurant. As you can see, they have done an excellent job in making the place look amazing, complete with Balinese statues scattered around the restaurant and a river stream on the edges of the place.
Did I mention that I love bread? Because I love bread, I’ve been baking on my own using paleo baking ingredients. I’ve had some successes (banana muffins and “pizza” turned out well) but had experienced many more failures. It’s not easy. Every measurement must be precise and the slightest change in the recipe can cause problems.
I decided to go to the experts and order a loaf of Rosemary bread from Nature’s Bakes. Not only is Pauline an excellent baker, she also coaches at Crossfit Singapore.
We met up for the first time today at an MRT station. I felt like I was on a blind date. “I’m wearing a sleeveless grey top,” I messaged her, “I’m sitting on the left hand side.”
The reason why I was meeting her was to buy a loaf of rosemary bread. The base of this bread was coconut and almond flour. There was no sugar or honey or fruits. Pauline warned me that it might be a bit plain so it was best to eat it with butter. Personally, I prefer my bread without sugar or fruits so then I can add whatever toppings I want.
I love breakfast, more so than lunch and dinner. Some people can just have a cup of black coffee in the morning. My brother often skips breakfast because he “isn’t hungry.”
Not me. I often wake up half starving and raring to sink my teeth into a hot slice of toast, bacon and eggs. Or prata. Or pancakes. Or scrambled eggs with garlic and cheese. One of my favourite things to do in hotels is to pig out at the breakfast buffet (also to be cheap and skip lunch after). I wouldn’t be interested in the Asian breakfast like the noodles or congee but I would wolf down pancakes, toast and eggs. Nothing has changed now, except that I try not to eat prata or other grain-based food.