Summer Cucumber Salad

With the weather warming up, I thought I’d share a simple summer idea. This is a perfect BBQ side salad. Cucumber, a fresh creamy dressing, a hit of dill, and ready in minutes! Oh and did I mention that it’s keto friendly?

Keto Cucumber Salad

Keyword: Cucumber, Keto, Salad,
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Lebanease Cucumber
  • 1/4 cup Kewpie Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 bunch Fresh Dill
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Cut cucumber into slices, approximatly 2-3mm thick. Using a mandolin makes this easy
  • Season the cucumber with salt, and place in a bowl while you make your dressing
  • Combine sour cream, kewpie mayo and fresh dill. You can add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as well at this point.
  • Now, once you have made the dressing, some liquid should have drained out of the cucumber slices. Drain this out of the bowl and discard.
  • Combine cucumber and dressing. That's it.

Nutritional Information (per serve)

Calories140
Total Carbs3.4g
Net Carbs2.4g
  Fiber0.9g
  Sugar1.8g
Protein0.5g
Fat12.9g

Sous Vide Scrambled Eggs

If you haven’t had sous vide scrambled eggs, you don’t know what you’re missing. Put your beaten eggs in a zip lock bag, add a touch of butter put it in your water. Pull it out, scramble the eggs while in the bag with your hand, cut a corner off and pipe it onto your plate. Delicious, and mess free!

Sous Vide Scrambled Eggs

Prep Time1 min
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Eggs, Keto, Sous Vide
Servings: 1 peron

Equipment

  • Sous Vide Setup
  • Zip Lock Bag

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Butter

Instructions

  • Preheat water to 167 degrees (75 degrees C)
  • Place eggs and butter in a zip lock bag and seal
  • Place in water, and cook for 15 mins
  • Remove from water and scramble the eggs in your hand whilst still in the bag
  • Cut one of the bottom corners off the bag, and pipe the scrambled eggs onto your plate
  • Season and serve.

Three Little Pigs Burger (how to redeem your pork crackle)

When I’m hungry and feeling really carnivorous, I like to do some really weird stuff. Here’s an idea for a breadless (and keto) burger, for when you’re up for something epic. It’s basically pork three ways: belly, patty, and bacon.

The point behind this post isn’t really a recipe for a burger. Burgers are basic. Ground meat, salt and pepper. This is all about the belly.

So, I’ve stuffed my pork crackle up. Oh sh*t.

We’ve all been there. Cooking a pork roast, trying to impress some guests, you open the oven and the crackle just isn’t crackle. Its soft, rubbery, everything that delicious pork skin shouldn’t be. Maybe only one small part of it has puffed up nicely. How can you share that amongst your guests? They’re going to get angry. People get seriously judgemental when they’re served rubber.

What do I do?

This will be the most amazing thing you’ve ever done. Go out and get yourself an electric heat gun from the hardware store. Put it in your kitchen. It’s now your crackle redeemer. Turn it on and move it slowly over your roast. Watch in amazement as your rubbery unappealing skin turns into something that will leave your guests wondering how the hell you got it so right. Just don’t tell them you cheated. Check it out:

Keto Teriyaki Sauce

Being a Japanese food lover, I certainly had a difficult time adjusting to the ketogenic lifestyle. Especially when it came to things like rice, katsu, and teriyaki sauce! I set out through trial and error, to create a sugar free teriyaki sauce, which is keto friendly. This is it.

What is Teriyaki Sauce?

The meaning of the word teriyaki, comes in two parts. Firstly the noun teri (扼), which is the shine that is given by heating the mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar, which is tare (踴), and yaki (潦), which refers to grilling. The traditional ingredients generally include the tare, along with garlic and ginger. Teriyaki sauce has come to mean a dark sweet sauce, with lots of umami and a heap of flavour, and is the perfect marinade for Japanese inspired grilled meat and vegetables.

This recipe uses tamari instead of soy sauce, as well as stevia as a sweetener to bring it together.

All it takes is to mix all ingredients together and heat on a medium heat until thickened. At this point you can either strain the garlic and ginger out of the sauce, or leave it in, according to your taste. Thats it. Simple right?

Delicious, Keto Teriyaki Sauce

Keto Teriyaki Sauce

Keto Teriyaki Sauce
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time9 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Keto, Sauce, Teriyaki

Equipment

  • Pot / Frying Pan
  • Measuring Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Tamari
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Seasame Oil
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 4 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 10 g Ginger Fresh, Chopped
  • 10 drops Liquid Stevia

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  • Heat mixture on a medium heat on stove, until thickened
  • Strain (optional) and allow to cool.

What can you use it for?

Just about anything! It lends itself perfectly to grilled meats, such as chicken and beef, as well as mushrooms and other vegetables. Also works as a chicken marinade for keto sushi.

Keto sushi

Try it, and let me know what you think.

A quick guide to equilibrium (EQ) curing

So, you’ve wanted to have a go at curing your own meat? Not sure where to start? This should hopefully answer some questions. Equilibrium curing is the most accurate way to cure meat. It involves adding a calculated amount of salt/spices, and allowing enough time for all of the salt to distribute evenly throughout the meat. The benefit is, you can never over salt using this method no matter how long you leave it in the cure (sometimes months or even longer). 

The salt levels are calculated based on a percentage of the weight of what you’re curing. This ranges somewhere between 1.8%-3.5% (ie for every kg of meat, use between 18-35g of salt). When using cure #1/2 (nitrite/nitrate), this is added to your mix at 0.25%. Worth reading up about different types of cure in relation to safety etc. Note that this counts as part of your salt (ie if you’re wanting 3% total salt, you would add 2.75% salt plus 0.25% cure). 

Salt and cure need to be weighed accurately (no measuring volumes such as teaspoons – doing this in the best case scenario would leave you with in inaccurately salted product, worst case scenario you may not have safe levels of salt and cure in your product). I use a jewellery scale bought for a few dollars on eBay. 

Spices can also be weighed out at this point according to your recipe. They can also be added after curing depending on what it is that you’re making.

An example of a properly weighed out curing mix

The time that the meat has to be left in the cure  all depends on what it is, thickness, fat content etc. To give you an idea, pork belly requires a minimum of 7 days, pork loin requires 14 days, and something like a lamb leg would also require 14-21 days. I can’t stress this enough:

You can’t leave it in for too long, but not long enough will result in a product that hasn’t reached equilibrium and isn’t cured properly.

Now. Once you’ve weighed out the correct amount of salt, cure and spices, you’re ready to apply it to the meat. Take your curing mix and spread it evenly across the surfaces of the meat. Then, place it either in a ziplock bag or vacuum seal it. After which it can sit happily in your fridge until it’s ready for drying, smoking or cooking.

bacon with cure mix
Pork belly with cure mix applied (soon to be delicious bacon!)
bacon vac sealed
Pork belly with cure mix, vac sealed (different recipe to above photo, but also bacon in the making)

After the allotted curing time, the meat is removed from the cure and dried, smoked, cooked etc. There’s no need to rinse it, but you can if you choose to. Don’t go soaking it in water, wine etc after curing. This will only alter your salt levels which you calculated accurately at the start. 

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Cured meats, drying in my curing chamber (more on this later)