Pumpkin Spice

If you are in the US, you are probably about to see this stuff EVERYWHERE and in everything. I have never had a pumpkin spice latte and I'm pretty sure I've never even had a real pumpkin pie. It's not a "thing" here. I was super intrigued by the concept of pumpkin spice and did some research into what went into it. I love spice. LOVE LOVE. I enjoy learning how to use spice in new ways, creating my own, bringing out the best flavours in foods. So, of course, I made my own pumpkin spice. It's actually quite easy.

Keto Pizza Bowl

I love pizza. Always have, probably always will. When I found out there was such a thing as keto pizza, I was the happiest diabetic ever. Skillet pizza, fathead pizza, cauliflower pizza, chicken crust pizza, meatza, so many variations. However, they all involve quite a lot of prep time. I wanted something that killed the craving and didn't take 3 hours of "is the dough supposed to look like this??"

Pizza bowls are easy to do, this took me 20 minutes to put together. If you prep it the night before it would make an epic lunch at work - all you need is a microwave. Whatever your pizza preference is, if you like anchovies on your pizza, asparagus, artichokes, spinach, avocado, bacon... it all works.

Suggestions for toppings:

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Salami
  • Ham
  • Biltong
  • Blue cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Chorizo
  • Onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Ground beef/lamb/pork
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chilli
  • Rocket/Arugula
  • Grilled eggplant

How to do keto when it feels like life is trying to sabotage you

Keto is not easy. Such a huge lifestyle change is never going to be easy, even when everything is in your favour, it's quite an adjustment. Now imagine if your life suddenly decides to start doing some internal sabotaging. Work gets crazy, you are studying full time, you have a new baby, or you have to spend lots of time away from home for whatever reason.

There are many ways you could suddenly find yourself facing the choice of life or new "diet". I've been pretty lucky so far, I work from home, don't have kids and when I started keto I had a lot of time to experiment with new food. But I am more the exception than the rule.

A few people have asked me how to fit keto into a busy lifestyle. This is a list of ways to simplify keto and ways to manage a new way of life when you just don't have time. Keto hacks. This list is not all inclusive, and should be used as a guide, rather than a list of absolutes to follow

Chicken Skin & Bacon Chips

Do you miss potato chips and all the other crispy, delicious, carb-filled things? I do. I don't actually miss those things, but sometimes I would kill for crunchy food. Crispy, crunchy deliciousness to eat with sour cream dip, guacamole, or chicken liver pâté.

Pork crackling is an appropriately crunchy snack, but it's not everyone's cup of tea, and not always easy to source or make. Bacon is usually a staple in keto houses and chicken skins are relatively easy to get hold of. Each time I make chicken soup, I remove the skins before using the chicken. They can both be turned into crunchy bite sized chips. 

You will need:

  • bacon, the fattier the better
  • chicken skin
  • 2 baking trays, preferably one large one and one smaller one
  • baking paper
  • a heavy oven safe pot
  • kitchen scissors
  • salt, pepper & any other spice of choice