Christmas Kraut

 

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This spicy, tart and juicy Christmas Kraut is a match made in heaven for your plate, throughout the holiday season.

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Traditional Christmas foods are naturally rich in fats, nutrients and, of course, sugar! Many of us will also be enjoying a tipple or two at parties over the coming weeks. Adding a fermented aspect to these meals, this Christmas Kraut may help the body to deal with and digest all these excess foods and drinks. Hopefully lessening the fatigue, bloating, hangovers, sugar highs (and lows) and of course the noxious fumes that generally comes with turkey, sprouts et al.

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Perfect on the plate at the main event or served with cheese, this Christmas Kraut will totally change some of your Christmas traditions!! It will certainly be on the menu for me for years to come.

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So simple, if you are in a warmish climate you could ferment this in a week and have it ready for your Christmas table this year.

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To find out how to make a basic sauerkraut see here and for my beetroot and ginger flavour see here.

Christmas Kraut
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Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 whole green cabbage thinly sliced
  3. 1 whole red cabbage thinly sliced
  4. 1.5% Salt
  5. 250g of fresh cranberries cut in half
  6. 1 orange (zest and segments cut in 3)
  7. 2tsp Pumpkin pie spice (or use a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and star anise)
Instructions
  1. Retain 1/2 of the outside cabbage leaves for later.
  2. Make sauerkraut by mixing the cabbage with the salt. Massage the cabbage until it starts to wilt and release water.
  3. Add and combine the cranberries, orange and spices.
  4. Press the mixture into a fido (airtight sealable jar) jar and keep pressing down to release liquid.
  5. When the mixture is all in the jar and there is liquid covering the top, press down the outside cabbage leaves to keep any stray bits of cabbage from floating to the surface of the liquid.
  6. Seal and leave to ferment on the counter for a week-28 days. Keep tasting the kraut every few days.
  7. Put in the fridge for an additional week.
  8. Enjoy, Merry Christmas
Notes
  1. This recipe is especially nice with cheese or an alternative to cranberry sauce.
Adapted from How to Ferment: Sauerkraut
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How to Cook Christmas Dinner

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How to Cook Christmas Dinner

Cooking Christmas dinner can feel like such a daunting experience. It is actually pretty simple (she says!). It is all about the timing. I have put together some lists that help me to get through the day smoothly (it really helps to appoint a chief washer upper- or have your dishwasher on constantly!).

Christmas Vegetables Loula Natural

These lists are downloadable and printable to make it easy for you to cook christmas dinner. All recipes are made with whole food, nutrient dense ingredients and you can substitute where needed to suit your dietary needs. I have based my time line on eating a 13lb 12oz (6kg)Turkey at 180C/375F,  which will feed 6 adults easily. You may need to adjust your timings using this conversion cooking chart; (source)

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 Happy Christmas Diner Loula Natural

Here is the Christmas Menu   Christmas Menu

Christmas Starters Loula Natural

The shopping list is based on half of the party not liking smoked salmon (like mine!) Some of the items on the list may already be in your store cupboard but I have included absolutely everything to help you. Before you go shopping print the list and strike off what you already have. Now its time to cook christmas dinner!

Turkey Ham for Christmas Loula Natural

I have listed some amounts so that you have an idea of how much you have to buy but please use your own judgement! I prefer to buy organic, local, fresh food however it depends what is available for you and within your budget. 

Christmas Menu Shopping List Loula Natural Here is your printable Shopping List;  Christmas Menu Shopping List Loula Natural   

 Gravy and Cranberry Sauce

Here are the To Do Lists;

Christmas Menu To Do List Loula Natural

Christmas Day To Do List Loula Natural

This is the printable version;

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Merry Christmas xxx

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Holiday Giveaway $400 Amazon Giftcard

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Holiday Giveaway $400 Amazon Giftcard

I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us. I don’t know about you but I like to buy christmas presents through the year so that I don’t have such a large amount of money to fork out once a year!

Its also my daughters birthday in December and so a $400 gift card would be so nice right about now! Which is why we have call come together for you for this christmas. The holiday giveaway ends on the 15th December so that you have enough time to still buy your gift and have it sent in time.

This year my daughter has asked for this– what little girl hasn’t right!  elsa's castle We are getting my son one of these   Dinosaur Train For the family we are getting this  magformers For my hubby (who loves his cycling) I was thinking something like this  

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(yes its a helmet with a built in camera!)

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And for me? well I am not keen on stuff for no reason so I am hard to buy for but maybe this  mediteranean paleo or this might go down well!

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I would love to know what you would buy? Add it to the comments!

But on to you having a chance to win your own $400 Giftcard in our holiday giveaway.

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How to enter the holiday giveaway: the entry is free- do each of the following for more chances to win!

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Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados Loula Natural

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados

I make my own cranberry sauce every year it couldn’t be easier! You could also use the slow-cooker or make a fermented version (see here and here). However this is how I made mine this year- Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados.

I really like the combination of cranberry and citrus (see my Cranberry and Kumquat Water Kefir here) so the orange is a nice sweetener and also adds a nice zest to the sauce. The Calvados serves a dual purpose- it works as a natural preservative whilst at the same time adds a deeper dimension which makes the sauce taste richer- just perfect for the Christmas Table. This will work well with pork (ham), chicken or lamb too not just with the Turkey.

I used fresh cranberries for this recipe but you can also use frozen.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Calvados
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A deliciously tart, zesty rich sauce. Gelatin takes this recipe to the next level
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Ingredients
  1. 500g Fresh Cranberries
  2. Juice and zest of 1 Orange
  3. 1-2 Tbs Calvados Brandy
  4. 1tbs Water
  5. 1-2 tbs Gelatin
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan (or the slow cooker). If using a saucepan- use a low heat and keep stirring until the cranberries breakdown and become the consistancy you like. Add the gelatin right at the end and jar whilst warm. Keep the lids off the jars until the sauce is cooled and store in the fridge.
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For Your Christmas Breakfast Table

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For Your Christmas Breakfast Table

 

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Christmas is a very special time for me and the family. I spent my first Christmas without my family in 2010 when I spent it with my husbands family. It is really strange experiencing other people’s strong traditions. For example we always decorate the tree on Christmas Eve- but we haven’t had a Christmas in our own home since 2009 so that tradition has kind of been forgotten.  However I guess that means as a family we are developing our own traditions- ones our kids will learn to love.

This post is about giving you some ideas of recipes to use on Christmas day (and before and after if you so wish!)

For Your Christmas Breakfast Table

My brother and I had a deal with our parents- they could have ONE cup of tea and ONE biscuit before they would get up and we could start opening presents! It lasted well into our late 20’s! Except towards the end it was them trying to get us up as we would be terribly jet lagged from the long trip home (London to Hong Kong!). We are yet to establish anything with our kids but here are some great options for breakfast before wrapping paper starts to fly off in all directions!

Veggie Converter
For your Christmas table Loula Natural from Veggie Converter http://veggieconverter.com/2011/12/spiced-cranberry-pistachio-muffins-vegan-this-weeks-cravings-christmas-baking.html

Be Food Savvy

For Your Christmas Table http://befoodsavvy.com/blog/christmasmorningwifesaver

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Blueberry Kefir Muffins
Blueberry Kefir Muffins

http://loulanatural.com/nates-kefir-blueberry-muffins/

Beauty and the Foodie

For Your Christmas Table Loula Natural from Beauty and the foodie

http://www.beautyandthefoodie.com/quick-paleo-english-muffins/

Jules Fuel

For Your Chrismas Table Loula NAtural from Jules Fuel easy-egg-mcnothinhttp://julesfuel.com/2013/11/24/grain-free-egg-mcmuffin/

Dont Mess With Mama

For Your Christmas Breakfast Table Loula Natural from Dont mess with Mama

http://dontmesswithmama.com/gluten-free-bacon-buttermilk-pancakes/

Here are some others;

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2013/12/healthy-gingerbread-pumpkin-bars.html

http://thepaleomama.com/2013/09/make-ahead-oatsmeal/

Hope this gives you loads of ideas for your christmas breakfast table. Coming Next are recipes for the main event… Mains, Sides and Veggie options

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