Geode Bomb : Fizz Boom Bath – Isabel Bercaw & Caroline Bercaw

Fizz Boom Bath!

Images and text from Fizz Boom Bath by Isabel Bercaw & Caroline Bercaw, Quarto US, RRP $27.99. Photography by Evie Abeler

 

Fizz Boom Bath © 2018 by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Da Bomb is a registered trademark of Da Bomb, LLC. “Sisterpreneurs” is a trademark of Da Bomb, LLC. Photography: Evi Abeler. First published in 2018 by Rock Point, an imprint of The Quarto Group 142 West 36th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10018 USA.

 

Geode Bomb (Page 49)

 

MAKES 3–4 BOMBS

 

‘GEODES ARE SPARKLY ROCK FORMATIONS THAT COME FROM DEEP WITHIN THE EARTH, WHERE THEY FORM SLOWLY OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS. THANKFULLY, THESE LITTLE BEAUTIES DON’T TAKE QUITE AS LONG TO MAKE AND THEY SMELL AS GOOD AS THEY LOOK.’ p. 49

Fizz Boom Bath - Geode Bomb

 

2¼ CUPS (497 G) BAKING SODA

1¼ CUPS (288 G) GRANULAR CITRIC ACID

¼ CUP (24 G) CORNSTARCH

¾ CUP (180 ML) OIL

1 TEASPOON CANYON SPICE FRAGRANCE

3–4 HALF-SPHERE MOLDS

2–3 DROPS RUBBING ALCOHOL

1 TABLESPOON SILVER MICA

12 TABLESPOONS OF COARSE SEA SALT

12–15 DROPS LIQUID COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE

1 TEASPOON COCONUT OIL

½ TEASPOON ECO GLITTER

 

1 In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch.

 

2 In a separate bowl, combine the oil and fragrance.

 

3 Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with your hands until the mixture becomes the consistency of wet sand. (If you don’t like to get your hands messy, you can wear rubber gloves for this part.) The more vigorous your mixing style, the better the ingredients will be distributed, so don’t be shy. Five minutes of stirring, compressing, and kneading should do the trick.

 

4 Press a ½-inch (13 mm) layer of bath bomb mix into the mold. The sides should be higher than the center, like the peel of a hollowed-out orange, and the edges should be a bit ragged. Allow to dry completely before removing from the molds.

 

5 Next, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the silver mica. Stir until a thin paste forms. With a paintbrush, paint the outside of the bomb with the paste. Let sit for 1 hour.

 

6 Add approximately 1 tablespoon of coarse sea salt to each painted half sphere, making sure to spread the salt to the outer edges of the half sphere.

 

7 Next, add 12–15 drops of liquid color to the 8 remaining tablespoons of coarse sea salt and mix well to distribute the color.

 

8 Add the colored sea salt to the center of the bomb and spread it out, as desired.

 

Note: Spreading it to the very outer edge of the mold will create the most realistic-looking geode.

 

9 Heat the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it. Using a pipette or spoon, distribute the coconut oil, drop by drop, over the sea salt to bind it together.

 

10 Let harden and sprinkle the eco glitter on top to complete the look.

Cheat’s Chicken Paella: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet – Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

p138 THE CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
11 G FIBRE PER SERVE GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH

Cheat’s chicken paella

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 20 minutes, plus standing time
COOKING 45 minutes, plus rice cooking time

 

Cheats Chicken Paella

olive oil spray, for cooking
600 g chicken breast or thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 large red capsicum, seeded, 1/2 finely chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 1⁄ 2 cups (375 ml) salt-reduced tomato passata
pinch of saff€ron threads, soaked in 2 tablespoons boiling water for 10 minutes
150 g broad beans
1 1/2 cups (180 g) frozen peas
150 g green beans, trimmed
1 cup (185 g) cooked basmati rice (see page 41)

2 cups mixed salad leaves, lemon wedges, to serve

Heat a heavy-based frying pan with a lid over medium heat and spray with olive oil. Add the chicken and cook, stirring for 4–5 minutes until browned all over. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Spray the pan with a little more olive oil, then add the onion, chopped capsicum and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in the paprika and cook for 30 seconds. Add the passata and bring to a simmer. Stir in the saffron mixture, chicken and 1/2 cup (125 ml) water and bring to the boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for 20–25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Preheat the oven grill to high. Line a baking tray with foil, top with the sliced capsicum and grill for 5 minutes or until softened and the skin is slightly charred.

Cook the broad beans in a small saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon, run under cold water and double-peel. Add the peas to the pan of simmering water and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Drain. Cook the beans in a saucepan of simmering water for 4 minutes or until tender but a little crisp. Add the capsicum, broad beans, peas and beans to the chicken mixture.

Divide the rice among 4 plates or bowls, top each bowl with one quarter of the chicken and vegetable mixture and serve immediately with the salad leaves and lemon wedges to the side.

 

Brekky Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Herbed Goat’s Cheese: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

p74 THE CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
5 G FIBRE PER SERVE GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 2 PROTEIN 1 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 1 DAIRY 1.5 FATS AND OILS 1

Brekky fritters with smoked salmon and herbed goat’s cheese

SERVES 4 (Makes 8 cakes)
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 15 minutes, plus potato cooking time

 

Brekky Fritters with Salmon

8 thin slices (400 g) smoked salmon

HERBED GOAT’S CHEESE
115 g soft goat’s cheese (such as a small log of Bourdin chevre)
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons finely chopped
flat-leaf parsley leaves

BREKKY FRITTERS
3/4 cup (90 g) frozen peas
500 g potatoes, quartered, steamed
and chilled overnight (see page 41)
1ž 1/2 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon light sour cream
150 g cabbage, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
olive oil spray, for cooking

To make the herbed goat’s cheese, place the cheese, chives and parsley in a small bowl and stir to combine well. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate until required.

To make the fritters, cook the peas in a small saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender, then drain and set aside. Place the cooked potato in a large bowl and roughly mash with a vegetable masher. Add the milk and sour cream and roughly mash. Add the peas, cabbage and spring onion and stir to combine, then fold in the
flour.

Divide the mixture into 8 even portions and, using lightly floured hands, form into patties.
Heat a large non-stick heavy-based frying pan over medium heat, then spray with olive oil. Dust both sides of each patty lightly with flour, then place in the pan and cook over low–medium heat for 3–4 minutes on each side or until golden. (Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches.)

Serve the fritters warm with smoked salmon and herbed goat’s cheese.

SERVES 4 (Makes 8 cakes)
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 15 minutes, plus potato cooking time

Tangerine Tempter: Fizz Boom Bath – Isabel Bercaw & Caroline Bercaw

Fizz Boom Bath!

Images and text from Fizz Boom Bath by Isabel Bercaw & Caroline Bercaw, Quarto US, RRP $27.99. Photography by Evie Abeler

 

Fizz Boom Bath © 2018 by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Da Bomb is a registered trademark of Da Bomb, LLC. “Sisterpreneurs” is a trademark of Da Bomb, LLC. Photography: Evi Abeler. First published in 2018 by Rock Point, an imprint of The Quarto Group 142 West 36th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10018 USA.

 

 Tangerine Tempter

 

Tangerine Tempter (Page 21)

 

MAKES 3–4 BOMBS

 

“WHO DOESN’T LOVE THE TANGY FRAGRANCE OF A FRESH, RIPE TANGERINE? THIS VIBRANT FIZZER WILL HAVE YOU CANCELING YOUR EVENING PLANS IN FAVOR OF A SOAK!” p. 21

 

2¼ CUPS (497 G) BAKING SODA

1¼ CUPS (288 G) GRANULAR CITRIC ACID

¼ CUP (24 G) CORNSTARCH

¾ CUP (180 ML) OIL

1 TEASPOON TANGERINE FRAGRANCE

½ TEASPOON ORANGE LIQUID COLOR

3–4 SPHERE-SHAPED MOLDS

 

1 In a large bowl, mix together the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch, and divide into two equal parts.

 

2 Separately, combine the oil and fragrance, and divide into two equal parts, coloring half orange and leave the other half uncolored.

 

3 Add the oil mixtures to each batch of dry ingredients and combine.

 

4 Mix each batch separately with your hands until each mixture becomes the consistency of wet sand. Wash and dry your hands between each mixing segment. (If you don’t like to get your hands messy, you can wear rubber gloves for this part.) The more vigorous your mixing style, the better the ingredients will be distributed, so don’t be shy. Five minutes of stirring, compressing, and kneading should do the trick.

 

5 As you press the mixture into the molds, gently swirl the orange and white mixes together with a spoon handle.

 

6 Press the mold halves together and let the bombs dry for 24–48 hours.

 

7 Once they are completely dry, remove them carefully from the molds. If you only have one mold, you can also gently remove the bombs as you make them and lay them out to dry on a flat surface. Try not to touch them until they harden.

 

 

#MeatlessMonday: Lentil Hotpot with Steamed Greens – The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet -Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

 

p178 THE CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
21 G FIBRE PER SERVE GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 1 PROTEIN 2 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 3 DAIRY 0 FATS AND OILS 0

Lentil hotpot with steamed greens

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 1 hour, plus potato cooking time

 

Lentil Hotpot

olive oil spray, for cooking
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 × 400 g tin salt-reduced chopped tomatoes
1 × 400 g tin lentils, drained and rinsed
1 × 400 g tin salt-reduced four-bean mix, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups (180 g) frozen peas
5 potatoes, cut into 5 mm thick slices, steamed and chilled overnight (see page 41)
sweet paprika, for sprinkling
1 head broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets
100 g green beans, trimmed

 

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Spray a 1.5 litre baking dish with olive oil.
Heat a deep heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and spray with olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and curry powder and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Stir in the tomatoes, lentils and bean mix and bring to a simmer over medium–high heat, then stir in the
peas and return to a simmer; add a little water if necessary to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Spoon the lentil mixture into the prepared baking dish, then top with the potato slices, placing them in overlapping lines to cover the lentil mixture. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake the hotpot for 45–50 minutes until the potato topping is golden
and crisp.

Just before serving, steam the broccoli and beans in a steamer basket over a saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes or until tender but crisp.

Serve the hotpot with the steamed vegetables alongside.

into small florets
100 g green beans, trimmed

 

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shawarma with Crushed Chat Potatoes and Salad: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet – Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

 

BEEF AND LAMB MAINS p175
8 G FIBRE PER SERVE LOW FODMAP GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 1 PROTEIN 2 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 2 DAIRY 1 FATS AND OILS 0

SlowRoastedLambShwama

 

 

Slow-roasted lamb shawarma with crushed chat potatoes and salad

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 25 minutes
COOKING 2 hours 30 minute, plus potato cooking time.

2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
3 teaspoons dried Greek-style oregano
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 × 800 g boneless butterflied lamb leg, all visible fat trimmed
olive oil spray, for cooking
600 g chat potatoes, steamed, lightly crushed and chilled overnight (see page 41)
juice of 1 lemon
200 g salt-reduced low-fat feta, crumbled or diced

BROCCOLI, CUCUMBER AND PEA SALAD

1/2 small head broccoli, broken into florets
150 g frozen peas
1 baby cos lettuce, base trimmed, leaves washed, dried and shredded
1 Lebanese cucumber, halved length ways, seeds removed, then thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 spring onions (green tops only), finely chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Combine the allspice, paprika, 2 teaspoons of the oregano, the
cinnamon and some freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl and rub all over the lamb to coat well. Place in a ceramic baking dish, then pour in enough water to come 2 cm up the side of the lamb, taking care not to pour it over the lamb.

Spray the lamb with olive oil, then cover the dish tightly with foil. Roast for 2 hours, checking the
water occasionally and adding more if necessary. The lamb should be tender and easily shredded with a fork.
When the lamb has been cooking for 1 hours, place the crushed potatoes in another roasting tin and pour the lemon juice evenly over the top. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oregano, then roast for 1 hour, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, to make the salad, cook the broccoli in a saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes, then add the peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water then set aside.

Just before serving, combine the broccoli, peas, cos, cucumber and spring onion in a bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, then add to the salad and toss to combine.

Shred the lamb with a fork, then serve  200 g per person with one quarter each of the roast potatoes, salad and feta.

Brekky Rice Pudding: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet – Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

 

 

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

**I eat this or a version of it most mornings ( and sometimes for lunch) 🙂

BREAKFAST 71
7 G FIBRE PER SERVE LOW FODMAP
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 0.5 PROTEIN 0 FRUIT 1 VEGETABLES 0 DAIRY 1 FATS AND OILS 1

Brekky rice pudding with fruit and almonds

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 10 minutes
COOKING 25 minutes

1 cup (100 g) basmati rice
600 ml high-calcium, lactose-free skim milk
1 stick cinnamon
1 large wide strip lemon zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
ground cinnamon, to serve
seeds and juice from 4 passion fruit
125 g strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
20 g flaked almonds
2 tablespoons lactose-free natural yoghurt, to serve

 

BrekkyRicePudding

Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil, then add the rice and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a heavy-based saucepan. Add the milk, cinnamon, lemon zest and vanilla and bring to the boil over
medium heat. Reduce the heat to low–medium and simmer, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes or until the milk is absorbed, the rice is cooked and the mixture is thick.

Stir in the maple syrup.

Divide the rice pudding among 4 bowls, sprinkle with ground cinnamon to taste, then top evenly with the passionfruit, strawberries and almonds and serve warm with yoghurt.

This can be made the day before and chilled in the refrigerator overnight, if desired. The pudding will thicken on chilling, so loosen with a little extra skim milk, if you like.