Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Roasted Lamb Shoulder
Keto Lamb Shoulder

Lamb is my absolute favourite meat! As previously posted, Funnyman makes the best ribs, but when we are feeling fancy or entertaining guests on a lazy, winter Sunday afternoon, I love to whip up a slow-roasted shoulder. The best part of this recipe isn’t the lovely roasted tomatoes that are served alongside it (which perfectly cut through the fat with its plump sweetness), but the deeply-rich, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy that I make with the juices and cooked down onions. Check out the M&L Side Dishes section for some ideas for additional accompaniments this Christmas…

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Keto Creamed Spinach

Keto Creamed Spinach

This is my FABULOUS Keto Creamed Spinach recipe – perfect when served with a juicy ribeye nestled alongside it. It serves two people, so double up the ingredients to feed the family (although we all know that a mountain of fresh spinach will wilt down to nothing, but luckily it happens pretty quickly, so simply add the spinach to the pan in two or three batches at a time.) I gently caramelised shallots and garlic for added flavour beforehand and added the raw spinach to the pan – again, cooking slowly and over a low heat with no added moisture (please don’t boil your spinach!). It takes some patience and constant stirring, but the results are crazy-amazing…

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Keto Creamed Leeks

Keto Creamed Leeks
Keto Creamed Leeks

I get so many messages from friends wanting to know what knives I use. When I finished culinary school (now, almost 10 years ago), Funnyman bought me a Robert Welch Cook’s Knife and… I LOVE IT. I use a hundred times a day, I sharpen it with pride and it still lives in its protective box. No one is allowed to touch it, not even Mark – unless he wants me to use it on him. Coming up to Christmas, if you are looking to get a great knife set for your loved one, RW have a set now available – a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. So, to cut a long story short, I thought it would be a great time to showcase what knives I use, especially on this dreamy side dish which is so simple to make and will sit perfectly on the side of your grilled steak, or roast this Christmas.

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Beurre Noisette (Brown Butter)

Browned Butter
Browned Butter

Let’s take butter up a notch in flavour! Try this recipe at least once – I promise you will not regret it. Deep, rich, nutty flavours that remind me of caramel, a block or two of browned butter can be used to cook eggs, add to your baking, or melt and pour over cooked vegetables, like I did on my Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts. If you have mastered keto pancakes (my recipe is coming soon – keep an eye on my Instagram), you can pour this melted beurre noisette (the fancy French term for browned butter) after cooking and scatter with powdered sweetener. The possibilities are endless. (hello, BPC, anyone?!) And – even more good news: You are essentially removing the milk solids from the butter, so this is even lower in carbs than regular butter (in fact, its zero carbs). If you love it (and I know you will), make a larger batch next time.

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Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise

Coming from South Africa, a (mandatory) Potato Bake was the highlight of any braai – especially in my family where my aunty and cousin would get frequent requests to bring one along to family gatherings. (They would add bacon and mushroom soup powder if I can recall correctly.) It is a wonderful memory and one that deserved mention here. Anyway, after moving to the UK, I used to make my own version, which was more of a classic Dauphinoise. After going keto, not being able to tuck into one stung a little, until recently when I discovered how low in carbs celeriac was! (Up until then, I avoided it thinking it was a root vegetable and therefore a no-no). So, I adapted the exact recipe I used to do, but used celeriac instead of potatoes. Fantastic results, and perfect to enjoy alongside the Pork Belly and Keto Gravy I posted on Monday.

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Pork Belly with Keto Gravy & Relish

Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions
Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions

I have been so excited to put up this post in the lead up to Christmas! It’s the perfect option for a lazy, Sunday afternoon roast. Or, if your Christmas party is small this year and you aren’t a fan of turkey (like me), why not do something different? This pork belly recipe will happily feed five people and features a delicious, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy. Do not skip the red onion herb relish, its the ideal acidic, sweet accompaniment that cuts through the fatty pork. I enjoyed this with my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise – both of which are my most popular recipes on the blog!

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Quick-and-Easy Low-carb Phở Bo

Low carb Pho Bo
Low carb Pho Bo

Backpacking around Vietnam with Funnyman in 2010 was one of our best holidays ever! I recall having phở (pronounced “fuh” – not “foo” or “foh”) for the first time in Hanoi – and I was blown away! I happily slurped it down numerous times as we travelled from north-to-south over those 3 weeks! Now, almost 10 years later, and hardcore into my low-carb lifestyle, I wanted to relive those awesome memories so I created a quick 15-minute phở which may not be like granny’s authentic bowl of phở on the Hanoi street corner, but its damn close! I used the (konjac / shirataki) ‘noodles‘ from the UK company Eat Water’s range to make it low-carb friendly. You will love it! Let me know how you get on..

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Low-carb Thai Prawn Curry with Cherry Tomatoes

Keto Prawn Curry
Keto Prawn Curry

Fragrant, spicy, creamy… this prawn curry was made using Thai yellow curry paste and coconut milk. I struggle to find Thai yellow curry paste in the stores here in the UK, so I buy it online. It’s authentic, delicious and affordable. I quickly cooked the prawns before starting the curry (and then added them back in to warm through before serving) because if you simply add the raw prawns directly into the hot curry to cook, you may end up with a bit of an unsightly grey soup and delay the sauce reducing (I learnt this from experience). The sauce is reduced until thick and creamy and then simply poured over konjac pasta. The plump prawns, sweet cherry tomatoes, salty fish sauce, spicy chilies, acidic lime and the fragrant coriander create perfect harmony. I also added a teaspoon of sweetener to finish it off with a little much-needed sweetness. Simply put – you need to eat this!

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