Musaman beef curry


6 teaspoons ground coriander

6 teaspoons ground cumin

4 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large onions, chopped

8 cloves garlic, chopped

2kg chuck steak / gravy beef, trimmed and cut into cubes

2 x 400ml cans coconut milk

1kg baby potatoes

2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate

1 tablespoon olive oil


In a large pan, add the oil, chopped onions and garlic.  Cook on medium heat until the onions are soft, stirring frequently.

Add the spices and cook until fragrant.

Place the meat, spice and onion mixture, tamarind concentrate, coconut milk, and potatoes into the slow cooker.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours

Spiced lamb and sweet potato casserole


1kg lamb mince

2 onions, diced

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

4 cloves garlic

2 x 400g tinned tonatoes

140g tomato paste

3 large sweet potatoes, chopped into small cubes

250ml chicken stock


Heat the oil in a large pan.  Add the onion and garlic, stirring for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft.

Add the lamb, cinnamon and cumin.

Break up the lumps in the lamb with a wooden spoon.  Cook until browned.

Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.

Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock and sweet potatoes.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Gut busting soup

This soup not only tastes great, warms and nourishes but is also full of ingredients to keep your gut health in check and to keep the bad bugs at bay!

Spices have been valued through the ages, partly because they taste great, and partly because their medicinal properties were valued.

This soup contains cloves and star anise as the main spices.

  • Cloves contain a compound called Eugenol, which has many properties including anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and good for eliminating intestinal worms.
  • Star anise is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and can be helpful in fighting the flu.
  • By boiling the whole chicken, you are getting all the gut building, immune boosting nutrients from the chicken.
  • The onions and garlic are full of prebiotic fibre, which feed the good bacteria in your gut.
  • Carrots have traditionally been used to get rid of intestinal worms by killing the eggs!

So this soup is really using food as medicine!


1 whole organic chicken

3 star anise

6 cloves

2 onions – finely shredded

2cm piece of fresh garlic, sliced

2 large cloves of garlic, sliced

3 zucchini – spiralised

4 carrots – julienned

1 celery (leaves removed) finely chopped


Put chicken in slow cooker and fill with water.

Add the star anise, cloves, garlic, onion and ginger.

Cook on HIGH for 3.5 hours

Carefully remove the chicken into a pyrex dish

Add the celery, carrots and zucchini into the slow cooker and put the lid on.

Cook on HIGH for 20-30 min.

Served the veggies and broth, topped with some of the shredded chicken.

Lamb and potato curry


2kg cubed lamb

1kg potatoes, peeled and diced

2 onions, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger

5 cloves garlic, crushed

4 teaspoons cumin

4 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 tablespoons curry powder

1 tin tomatoes

2 cups chicken stock (or water)

1 tablespoon olive oil


Heat oil in pan, and add garlic and onion

Cook on medium heat until soft

Add the spices and cook until fragrant

Put the lamb, the onion mixture, potatoes, tinned tomatoes and chicken stock into the slow cooker

Cook on LOW for 8 hours

Serve with cauliflower rice

Beef, spinach and date tagine

I always make in bulk and eat leftovers for lunch or breakfast.  This will make about 10 servings.


2kg chuck steak cut into cubes

2 large onions

4 cloves garlic

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 cup beef stock or water

2 x 400g tinned tomatoes

1 large bunch silverbeet (chopped)

200g dried dates

1 tablespoon olive oil


Finely chop the onion and garlic (I chop them in the thermomix to make it easier).

Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic gently until soft.

Add the spices and fry until fragrant.

Put the beef cubes, and the onion spice mixture in the slow cooker.

Add the tinned tomatoes and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

After 8 hours, take off the lid and add the silverbeet and dates.  Stir through.

Cook for half an hour on HIGH with the lid off, to cook the silverbeet and evaporate some water.

Serve with mashed potatoes, sweet potato or some other seasonal vegetables.

Osso Buco

Osso Buco Recipe

My kids get super excited when I make Osso Buco.  The meat is so tender and yummy, it melts in your mouth.  It contains collagen and gelatin, great for gut healing. The bone marrow from Osso buco is also great for immunity.  The dinner pretty much makes itself, its so simple.  Serve with mashed potato or cauliflower rice.


900g Osso Buco (including bones)

4 garlic cloves

2 onions, sliced

3 carrots, sliced

3 sticks of celery, sliced

1 cup bone broth


Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours