Cream of Celeriac Soup With Bacon Croutons (Gluten/Grain/Dairy Free)

One of the things I love about living in Germany is the strong belief in only eating seasonal foods. They celebrate asparagus season for god’s sake: And right now, celery root is in season so I’m going to make me some of this! Thanks for the recipe, Tabitha!

Tabitha's Gluten Free Dishes

IMG_0884-1This soup is a little bit of creamy sophistication in a bowl.  Requiring just a handful of ingredients, its super easy and quick to make.

I have an ongoing love affair with Celeriac (also known as Celery Root).  Often friends say ‘I don’t like celeriac’ but when I dig a little deeper they’ve often only tried it once and it’s been badly cooked or plain, so I make it my mission to change to initiate them into the world of celeriac lovers.

One of the reasons I love celeriac is its versatility.  It’s brilliant at absorbing and mixing in with a vast range of flavours and textures whilst retaining a quite confidence through its subtle but somewhat nutty flavour.

To find out more how I love to cook with Celeriac check out all of my celeriac starring recipes; Celeriac Remoulade & Fuckit Lists,  Paleo Beef, Celeriac & Chestnut Mushroom…

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Thursday’s WoD

Welcome to the part where I whine about my crossfit workout. Which I secretly love, but am not really getting any better at.

Here’s what we did on Thursday:

Turkish Get-Up

Shoulder Press 5-5-5-5
5 Sets
1min Kettlebell Swings (russian), 24/16kg
1min Ring Rows
1min Box Step-Ups, 2x16kg / 2x12kg
1min Rest

Let me tell you something about this workout. I sucked at it. I have a giant bruise in the crook of my arm because I basically have that butterfly bone syndrome. Except with veins. Anything I do causes a huge bruise. Getting blood drawn causes me to look like a junkie for the next week. And I just had blood drawn. I cried like a small child in the doctor’s office, but that’s a story for another day.

Our box step-ups involved holding a 10kg plate. Because we trade in creative torture here. Some other people were holding 20kg plates of course, and making a hell of a lot of noise about it. But they had penises. Not me, just the 10-er thanks. Except every time I stepped up onto the box, my knee caused the plate to smack into my chin. And when I stepped down, it pressed into my bruise. It was basically the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever done. And I had to do it 5 times for a minute each time.

The kettlebell swings were fine. I only had a 10kg bell, but I was banging those swings out like a champion Russian kettlebell swinger. That’s a thing, right? And the ring rows were also fine, although I was basically doing them from an 87degree angle.

And that was it. Headed home with a tomato face and felt very good about myself indeed.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Oh. YES!



Tis the season for pumpkin everything!

Ever since Starbucks came out with an early release of the PSL (don’t get me started on those things!), fall has been in full swing – and pumpkin has taken over just about every menu item and grocery aisle. There’s just no escaping it.

I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin. I tend to prefer warm apple and cinnamon flavors in the fall, but as I’ve said many times before, my tendency to hop on the fad ingredient bandwagon typically gets the best of me.

I did a little nutritional investigation and was very pleased to discover all of the great health benefits of pumpkin. It’s packed with tons of Vitamin A (helps with vision among other things) and Vitamin C (boosts immune system function), is full of fiber (keeps you feeling full for longer), and is a great source of beta-carotene (super antioxidant which…

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Top Ten Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day

Very good advice!

Confessions of a Creative Writing Teacher

Goya -The sleep of reason produces monsters (c1799) recut

In addition to writing and teaching, one of the things I do for a living is to evaluate manuscripts for their suitability for publication. I read fiction (and non-fiction) across several genres, and write comprehensive reports on the books. I try always to guide the author towards knocking his or her project into a shape that could be credibly presented to literary agents, publishers and general readers. You know how Newman and Mittelmark introduce How Not to Write a Novel by saying, ‘We are merely telling you the things that editors are too busy rejecting your novel to tell you themselves, pointing out the mistakes they recognize instantly because they see them again and again in novels they do not buy,’ well they’re right; I am one of those editors.

However good the idea behind a novel, when the author is still learning the craft of writing – like any…

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Real and easy custard – Paleo and Dairy free

I hate waste and always wonder what to do with the yolks. And I love custard but haven’t been able to eat it for years since I have a dairy allergy. Get. In. Ma. Belly.


Are you constantly separating eggs to make use of the protein rich whites?
Ever wondered what to do with the left over yolks?
My solution is custard – and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating this healthy version either!

Paleo Almond Milk Custard

1 egg yolk to 1 tbsp tapioca starch (arrowroot) to 1 cup almond milk

Whisk egg yolks and tapioca together until smooth, then gradually add half the almond milk ensuring smooth texture is maintained.

Slowly heat on the stove, stirring (with a whisk) continuously.

As mixture thickens gradually add the remaining almond milk.

Continue stirring until desired consistency achieved.

Enjoy hot or cold!

Add 1 tsp honey/maple syrup to sweeten.
Add 2 tbsp cacao powder to make chocolate custard.
Add lemon/orange rind or a vanilla bean to mixture during cooking to add flavour.

This recipe works for cows milk as well. I have…

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What the Show “Friends” Did Right

Good, good advice!

A Writer's Path


The television show Friends was immensely popular. It won 62 Primetime Emmy Awards. According to the Nielsen ratings, it was within the top 5 shows for 9 solid years. Personally, I loved it. Its message said that with the right friends, we can weather anything that life throws at us.

But why was this show so popular? It wasn’t by chance that it became a television giant. Today we’re going to comb through the reasons why I feel the show was successful and how you can use these methods to improve your writing.

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