TINY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE POTS: sugar & dairy free

Let them eat chocolate! Every one craves chocolate occasionally. Sadly, milk chocolate is loaded with sugar and dark chocolate still has some dairy and sugar, so try these healthy, tiny chocolate pots and I guarantee your taste buds will be delighted.  If you cant stop at one serve, don’t worry, they are filled with all things wonderful from natures bounty….

WINTER PORRIDGE with winter fruits

Porridge, healthy and sustaining, spice up yours with this quick winter recipe. Every day breakfast needs to be simple, not a Michelin 3 star event!  I am sure, we can all agree on that. If you have 3 kids to get off to school, yourself to work and the dog to the vet, this recipe might just be for…

FRENCH LEMON TART dairy, sugar and gluten free

The French Lemon Tart as you have never seen it before….super delicious and healthy! 70’s girl has always made and loved the zesty, citrus flavours of French lemon tarts. With this recipe I can continue to enjoy this delight that now meets my ramped up healthy choices with this recipe. I have done some experimenting and this final result is a crowd…

CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH NUTMEG AND HAM HOCK

Move over minestrone this is my new winter “go to” soup.  Ham hock gives mild, cauliflower the boost it needs to make this delicious soup substantial and full of flavour. I buy whole nutmegs which look like small balls of wood the size of a red grape. Keep nutmegs in a sealed jar and grate fresh as…

CHICKEN, FIG, NECTARINE TAGINE WITH BLACK LENTILS

Bring fragrant smells of a Moroccan Souk into your kitchen!   Think Moroccan and we conjure up images of the deep, vivid, colours from the open sacks of spices in markets and stacks of highly patterned ceramics. Smells in the air are sweet and spicy, that  feed the senses from a culture that is centred around a…

GREEN PEA & HAM HOCK SOUP

A bag of frozen green peas just got interesting! Vibrant green, velvety texture, the aroma of this soup fills the kitchen and once served will bring a smile to everyone’s face. This soup is happiness in a bowl. Although the initial cooking time for the stock takes 2-3 hours, the recipe is easy and requires little effort in…

CREAMY, SPICY, CARROT AND COCONUT SOUP

Carrots just got interesting!  is important to make any recipe a success! Have you ever had carrots that have a bitter, kerosene taste ? This happens when to the ground is treated to kill pests that attack the carrots causing an unpleasant taste not to mention other nasties from toxic substances. I use organic carrots…

BRAISED CABBAGE & APPLE WITH PROSCUITTO & FENNEL SEEDS

The humble cabbage just danced onto centre stage again! Quick, simple, cheap and healthy, just what the doctor ordered! Cabbage is a versatile vegetable in this dish which is an oldie but a goodie.  This recipe wins hearts every time, especially in the depth of winter. Kids love it and find it easy to eat.  70’s girl served this…

CHILLI HONEY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS AND CRUNCHY SLAW

Easy to make, economical, healthy, a crowd pleaser, honey chicken is always a winner.  Having trouble with fussy eaters, worry no more, this dish will have them scurrying to the dinner table on the first gong. I often made this for my girls when they were younger and now my grandchildren. In cooking classes, high school kids who…

COS SALAD WITH FRESH SALMON AND GOAT CURD

Home late, hungry, need a quick meal to enjoy as you, unwind for the day and have a quite chat over the soft flame of a candle. I have the perfect  recipe!   The chat over the soft light of a candle happened to be with one of my grand daughters and Mr 70’s. We had…

PASSIONFRUIT YOGURT, STRAWBERRIES,TOASTED COCONUT AND ALMONDS

This dessert will wow everyone’s socks off and it only takes 5 minutes to make. Healthy, yummy and quick, a winning formula in the kitchen, this dessert ticks all the boxes. I make this for breakfast, snacks or as a dessert. No matter who eats this dessert the bowls are always licked clean. Sugar free…

FRESH GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

Sometimes simple is unbeatable. We too often search the world for fabulousness and forget what is under our very eyes. Paddling in the shallows at the beach while the sun slips under the horizon, reading a funny book under the dappled shade of a beautiful old tree on a hot summers day, the gurgling laughter of children, a…

GRILLED RUBY GRAPEFRUIT WITH HONEY AND CINNAMON

Rise, shine and say hello to a new day with simple, fresh and delicious food I promised simple, fresh and delicious food and in todays blogs 70’s girl will deliver. Nothing shouts winter more than the groaning boughs of citrus trees straining under the weight of their load of oranges, lemons, mandarins and grapefruit. I have…

LASAGNA WITH MUSHROOMS, GLUTEN FREE

Comfort food, make two and freeze one. Is there anyone who doesn’t like lasagna? It is the ultimate family meal, comfort food and kids love it.  I have made this one with lean turkey mince, gluten free lasagna and goat milk instead of cow milk. This is a dish that you can pack in and hide a…

LAMB MUSHROOM AND WINTER VEGETABLE SOUP

Slow cooking wins hearts in winter I am surprised, by the oohs and aahs we hear bone broth today. When I look through cookbooks and hipster café menus one would think bone broth is a revelation, a new discovery! Slow soups, stocks and cooking has been around forever in most cultures with some variations. The slow cooking draws out…

CAULIFLOWER PECORINO AND QUINOA FRITTERS

Take one large cauliflower and make multiple dishes These are healthy, yummy, quick, inexpensive and easy to cook. Cauliflower is a healthy choice food containing quercetin a powerful antioxidant with many anti inflammatory benefits. Boost your vegetable intake and give these a try. Many variations can be made from this basic recipe. With winter cauliflowers at their peak,…

RED WINTER SALAD WITH TAHINI ORANGE DRESSING

Colour, crunch and zing Let the sun shine in winter with this colourful salad palette. 19 seventiesgirl loves a salad. I took a whole lot of things out of the fridge and from the garden and made this amazing salad that would accompany any dish on a cold winters night. Add goat curd, some roasted…

SEED BREAD, GLUTEN FREE

Gluten free, pseudo grains and seeds easier to digest   Gluten free foods are more readily available now but caution still applies when buying processed foods. Many gluten free breads contain a chemical cocktail that reads like a science experiment, so read labels carefully. Bread was baked traditionally every day,  it is not a food…

ALMOND, SWEET POTATO, APRICOT AND COCONUT LOAF

A sweet treat Occasionally we all need a sweet treat. This sugar free loaf ticks every box for taste, health, portability and versatility. I bake and freeze this recipe for afternoon slumps or a quick breakfast if I am on the move early. I take it on plane, road trips, when  go bush walking and the kids…

STUFFED ROAST RED PEPPERS

Mr Seventies went to the farmers market and came home with a bag full of surprises that ranged from earthy field mushrooms to  a big bag of fresh red peppers. As you know, 19seventies girl likes to maximise plant foods when cooking and these stuffed peppers, served with a crunchy green salad, fit the bill. They can be made ahead,…

GINGER, LEMON AND HONEY TEA

Winter sneezes, coughs and colds can be kept in check with this warming lemon, ginger tea. There are  lots of things we can do to keep ourselves healthy throughout the winter that are natural, cheap, easy to do and don’t involve multiple trips to the chemist shop, doctor or stockpiles of tissues. Simple, uncomplicated changes to…

CRUNCHY RED WINTER SALAD

19seventies girl loves a salad and seriously considered eating a salad a day as one of my New Years resolutions for 2017, but who needs that type of pressure! Most days I seem to eat a salad of some sort of salad without really thinking about it. When I travel, I find the one thing…

QUICK VEGETABLE MUSHROOM SOUP WITH DULSE FLAKES

Clean up with this soup that is quick, has great flavour and warms the cockles of your heart. BOF…… short for bottom of the fridge. Sometimes we need to clean out the fridge, use up all the bits and pieces or make a quick dish from what’s around the kitchen. Many of us often cook…

BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

Be berry healthy with blueberries! Smoothies are a great way to maximise nutrition when you are pushed for time. I tend to stick to the same formula with my smoothies and just vary the fruit. I don’t have these everyday but they are delicious, healthy  and good to include on a regular basis into your diet. Smoothies…

GREEN SMOOTHIE…..my go to energiser

Drink green and stay lean! 19seventies girl has been drinking juices and green concoctions off and on, since the late 70’s. The recipes and equipment has changed somewhat, but I have always felt the benefits of fresh vegetable juices more than any vitamin supplement could ever dish up. Hip and trendy green smoothies are on many a café and…

CHICKEN, SEED AND ROAST VEGETABLE SALAD

Layer a salad and make a meal that’s fresh, full of flavour and texture. 19seventiesgirl loves a salad, and to be honest, I am trying to eat them more often, aiming to have one a day but not always meeting the mark. Variety is the spice of life and in this area the salad can…

BIRCHER MUESLI WITH TROPICAL FRUITS

Fabulous tasting and enough to last a few weeks, breakfast can be fuss free. Wake up sleepyhead, eating this breakfast will give a great start to the day. This is another fuss free, easy recipe that you can make enough to last a few weeks and keep in the fridge in a sealed container. I love summer,…

THE HUMBLE FRUIT BOWL

The fruit bowl has held its significance throughout history and has been used for many a still life artist to draw inspiration from. It reflects  form, season and colours of the fruits in the bowl. I love a fruit bowl and have always had one, even it only contains lemons and limes in the really hot weather….

 ALMOND MYLK, WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN!

The supermarket shelves are emptied as fast as they are restocked with alternate milk or mylk products. Next time you reach for a carton…..stop…… read the label and think about making your own almond milk. Just when 19seventiesgirl thought she had ditched enough of the processed foods, more surprises appear around the corner. Milk and…

EASY SUNDAY NIGHT VEGETABLE SOUP

It’s great to rummage through the beautiful cookbooks and food magazines  for inspiration and linger over the pictures but sometimes we just want a repertoire of quick, easy, go to, recipes for each season. Soups give great mileage and can be made from autumn through to spring. The choices of soups seem infinitesimal and many require little…

GOLDEN STRAWBERRY MYLK

Voo doo, hoo doo, as Mr 70’s says…… Anything 19seventiesgirl makes, left of centre in the kitchen, is given a sceptical raised eyebrow from Mr 70’s. When he drank, after some deliberation; the strawberry, turmeric smoothie I made him, I was indeed surprised.  Recently he has put the lycra on and taken up bike riding, to…

RED CABBAGE CRUNCHY SLAW WITH CHILL AND BARRAMUNDI

RED CABBAGE CRUNCHY SLAW WITH CHILL AND BARRAMUNDI A salad a day keeps the weight at bay! Let your imagination go wild in the kitchen with this fresh, crunchy, delectable, salad. Fresh food, lots of it, is best for your health, your waistline and looking great well past your years. So put down your cup…

The Perfect Poached Egg, forget diamonds and fancy cars

Mr 70’s who is no Jamie Oliver, surprised me this morning, on our 40th wedding anniversary. He has only ventured into the kitchen on a few occasions and made one of his repertoire standard dishes from a short list of 2 perfected delights…….toast and coffee don’t count as, really, I think my dog Mabel could perform that…

QUICK PRAWN COCONUT, VEGETABLE CURRY WITH BASMATI BROWN RICE

  Gluten, sugar and lactose free I love this dish for its versatility. I have used prawns but any fleshy fish, cut into bite sized chunks can be used. I have also used chicken before, instead of fish. The vegetables can be varied, depending on what you have and the season. Broccoli, snow peas, peas and…

Summer: A Peach Extravaganza Dinner: Menu

Menu for 12 people: gluten free After the Christmas holidays summer in Australia is all about chilling out, heat, flies, thongs, escaping to the beach, rivers dams or swimming pools the beach and stone fruit washed down with a perfect Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris. I am lucky enough to have a range of fruit trees…

PEACH BELLINI

From Venice with love….. the peach bellini….. The Bellini developed in Venice, had the original version made from fresh white peach juice and chilled Prosecco. I used my beautiful, succulent, yellow peaches that are sweet, juicy and the colour of a golden sun setting on the horizon of a hot summer’s night. The chilled peach juice…

Feta, White Bean, Spinach Dip with Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil Pesto

Gluten free Serves 12 as part of a selection of starters   19seventies girl loves a good dip at a gathering and this one definitely trumps them all. It is full of Mediterranean flavours, with a smooth creamy texture, crunch on top from the pine nuts followed by the oozy fresh flavours from the basil pesto. I…