½ cup sesame seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup coconut chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 120 degrees celcius
- Heat a large fry pan
- Without oil, brown the almonds until they just start turning brown.
- Set aside.
- Repeat with walnuts and then sesame seeds
- Take pan off heat and combine all the seeds/nuts into the pan
- Add coconut chips
- Pour coconut oil over and mix until all the granola is coated in oil
- Spread mixture out onto an oven tray covered in baking paper
- Bake for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes, until coconut chips start to brown.
- Let granola cool before storing it in Tupperware in a cupboard
Tastes great with plain yoghurt and garnished with a bit of cinnamon and/or Stevia. I often eat this as dessert because it’s great for satisfying sugar cravings.
- To chop the walnuts, you can either bang them in a bag with a rolling pin or something like that, or just break them into bits with your hands like I do.
- A lot of granola recipes tell you to mix in Stevia and cinnamon at the coconut oil stage but I find that the taste of these gets cooked away so I only add these right before I eat the cooked granola. This is also good because it allows for different tastes – people can add as much or as little as they want. For example, I add a pinch of cinnamon while The Coach adds about 3 tablespoons. Seriously – I think he has a problem…
I call this the Carrefour Granola because you can buy all the ingredients from Carrefour (duh). When we first arrived in Qatar we didn’t have a car so had to get around using taxis. The taxi system here is somewhat challenging and taxis are in short supply. It’s therefore important to shop at the larger malls so that you can be guaranteed a ride home at the end. And what supermarket do all the large malls prefer? Carrefour of course!
A lot of homemade muesli recipes call for things like sunflower seeds but I am yet to find any that are a) raw and b) unsalted. This is the simplest muesli I could make with the materials at hand. When we get a car I’m planning a trip to a store called Megamart which apparently has a wider range of health food than Carrefour.
I know. This sounds like a weird request. But I love soft boiled eggs or as I like to call them, dippy eggs, but search as I might I just could NOT find an egg cup anywhere. When I first arrived I just used the lid of the egg carton but that’s a real pain in the bum. Do the Arabs not eat soft boiled eggs? Or the French for that matter? I couldn’t find egg cups in any of the Carrefour branches.
So imagine my joy when I stumbled upon an egg cup in Daiso, the Japanese store in Hyatt Plaza (the one with the giant shopping trolly out the front, next to Villagio). It was 7 Riyals from memory. Or maybe 4. Whatever. I suspect this is not the first time I will find a gem in this little treasure chest of a store – there’s about 2 hours worth of browsing in this baby. And it feels like you’re in Japan! Hai!
Here are some more goodies that Daiso sell. Be sure to pamper that special someone with a body scrub…
If you’re not a food blogger, why are you posting recipes?
Ah, fair question dear
reader made up person.
Here’s the thing. I was told by a naturopath that I’d have to go on the Candida Diet exactly 3 days before I left Sydney to move to Doha. I had time to spend about a million bucks on herbal supplements, print out my new diet and was off on a plane. My only other resource was a book called The Body Ecology Diet (more on this book later).
Now, despite the fact that the Middle East are champions at constructing the world’s tallest building, underwater hotels and indoor amusement parks, they’ve got nothing when it comes to ‘tricky’ eating. So you can forget your carob, your almond butter, your organic free range eggs. Hell I can’t even find rolled oats! They don’t exist here. So most of the recipes in my book were useless, as were the dozens of websites specialising in the Candida Diet. I have the same problem with websites that are full of sugar-free, gluten-free recipes that require boutique ingredients that can neither be bought nor shipped here.
So if you happen to find yourself plonked in the desert and you have an annoying restrictive diet like me, these recipes might help. For the most part they are completely sugar- and gluten-free. That includes honey people, ok? HONEY COUNTS AS SUGAR. Sheesh. They won’t necessarily be perfect for the Candida Diet though.
A note about structure: Since scouring the internet for recipes has become my latest addiction I’ve noticed that there is an increasing penchant amongst food bloggers to write some big long introduction to their recipe about what they did on the weekend and what their pet cat thought of their latest culinary triumph and you end up having to scroll down about 15 times just to get to the ingredients list which ends up using wheat flour and maple syrup. Annoying. I mean, I love food bloggers, but grrr. So my recipes will be backwards, with the introduction or ‘Preamble’ at the end. Enjoy!
You see I used to be sick and tired. Chronically. For about 10 years.
That was me, aged 16, failing French because I couldn’t focus in class. I was the chick who fell asleep in her Ancient History final exam when I was 18. The one who spent her uni years necking antibiotics; The one who used up all her sick leave last year; The one who knows all the receptionists at my GP’s office by name. I spent New Year’s Eve 2011 dragging myself out of bed at 11.45 pm to watch the fireworks over Tokyo Tower. My throat was so sore I couldn’t stay out in the cold for more than half an hour. In Tokyo City. On New Year’s Eve.
But most people probably would recognise me as the girl who always had to take a nap.
I was the one who was only half there. Who couldn’t commit and couldn’t focus. I once left a friend’s dinner party to go and have a sleep in my car because I had a headache so bad it hurt to smile.
My hair fell out. What kind of 28 year old can’t pin their hair back for fear of their scalp showing?
I’m a bit bitter when I look back. But that’s not me anymore. Cause I love lettuce now!
You see, I got over being sick and being tired. In a big way! So after some consultation with experts and some reading I decided to start an immunity-rebuilding ‘diet’.
I don’t like the word diet. I think people on diets are boring because they are often obsessive. Let’s be honest – they’re no fun to be around! But if there ever was a diet that fit the mold then it is this one! Ladies and Gentlemen let you introduce to you the world’s most boring and restrictive diet!
They call her ‘The Candida Diet’. And she’s my new best friend.
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