26 January 2013

primal nest

Little Owlet, Tiny Owlet and I just made the most delish cheddar, herb crackers. Yum.  #primal #baking #willbloglater

We seem to be finding some kind of rhythm in our nest with our meals most days. We're eating a smaller range of foods than ever, but we're feeling happier about our choices and healthier and stronger for them. Most days we are finding abundance within our smaller range of options. Nowadays, a visit to a supermarket means a quick tour around the perimeter and then home. The majority of aisles hold almost nothing for us... Smaller local shops and the farmers market are where we shop now and we're happy for the time saved, although our food bill has almost doubled. Our morning tea platters are looking a bit different...

Platters are looking a little different at ours these days #morningtea #primal #paleo #yum #fixtinysteeth

Earlier in the month we woke daily with Tiny pointing to her chipped front tooth and saying "teeth hurting" with a pained expression. Big gulp and off to the dentist we went... where our suspicions and worst fears were confirmed. The dentist recommended a general anaesthetic to remove Tiny's tooth and fillings in 6 of her 8 top teeth. However, she did give us a glimmer of hope that as Tiny's pain wasn't constant, we could work on reducing its sensitivity and managing pain for as long as possible. Because Tiny is only 2yo, we're much more comfortable holding off any intervention for as long as we can... So we do this. Right now, thanks to our current diet, her pain has stopped and we are getting on with things as they are.

I'll save going into our regular meals and what we actually eat for another time, but I can tell you we are not eating any grains, sugars (refined or otherwise), legumes, nuts and most fruit. Dairy, meat/fish, vegetables, the occasional berry, eggs and fats are where it's at, for us. Most days are great! Some days are hard. Today was hard. We woke with extra hungry bellies and not much in the fridge. The owlets were missing comfort foods and baking them with me. So we made crackers. They lasted 10 minutes.


Primal Cheddar & Herb Crackers

3 heaped tbsp coconut flour
1 large egg
1 - 2 cups grated cheddar cheese - organic and not ultra-pasteurised, if possible.
2tbsp butter - organic, grass fed if possible. Softened, unless you are using a food processor.
1/2 tsp baking powder
1tbsp sized bunch of fresh herbs

generous pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180 deg.
Mix together in food processor or by hand, with a fork, until it comes together in a nice ball. Add more cheese if the dough feels too sticky.
Roll to about 2mm, between two sheets of baking paper, remove top sheet, and place on baking tray.
Score rolled dough into squares & mark all over with a fork.
Bake for about 12 mins until slightly golden and the house smells yummy.
Cool on a rack before devouring.


  1. Thanks love! I have some chia crackers to try for B, but I'll do these, as well. The challenge will be not to try any myself for the moment! It's amazing how much faster trips to the supermarket are now, isn't it? :)

    1. It feels a bit silly whizzing around the supermarket, actually. These are so yum - it will be a challenge indeed! I hope B loves them. xx

  2. Hey, Lauren :)
    Just wanted to write you a little message of hope..... when we started eating like this, our bills doubled, too, and we also found that we had days where it felt like there was nothing in the house. Then we started meal planning, even snacks. I struggled a bit mentally with the rigidity of planning but it has made a difference. We shop fortnightly, and where our fridge used to be bare in the second week, it is now still abundant. Batch cooking, prepared snacks, so much easier. Also, our bills have reduced again, not quite to where they were, but nowhere near as bad as they got. We are not as strict as you (still have nuts and some legumes, and the kids still eat quite a wide array of fruit) but regardless, we all feel so much healthier. Are you eating seeds (such as chia)? Good luck with it all, it will def come to feel natural.

    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement, Nic! I haven't written where we're up to with our meals and planning yet, but most of the time its great and we are so well stocked... except for yesterday - shopping day after guests have been ;) It does feel so natural! And the owlets are eating so much more, it amazes me!

      No seeds either right now. Missing quinoa and chia especially. Hopefully we'll get back to them soon. xx

  3. This one may work for both a baking day and comfort food.


    Fingers crossed for Tiny's teeth.


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