Home Food is a collection of 55 carb conscious recipes for comfort eating. It’s written by Trish van der Nest a mother of four, lawyer and homoeopath. Trish grew up in a family of cooks and foodies and has been collecting recipes for years. Her focus is creating dishes with fresh ingredients, real food and she has an eye on what is healthy. The recipes contained within Home Food are some of Trish’s favorite dishes, many updated versions of old family recipes and all with a connection to someone in her life.
The recipes are uncomplicated to make with easy to source ingredients. She includes starters, sauces, salads (I love the broccoli salad), vegetarian dishes, fish and seafood (I’ve bookmarked the braid snoek with apricot glaze), mains and desserts. It also includes recipes with a distinct South African feel like the braaid snoek and mielie bread. There’s something in here for everyone, but I think it’s a recipe book that would be particularly useful for those following a carb-conscious diet, especially those with diabetes. She uses sweetener sparingly, only in the sweet recipes and chooses to use xylitol not sugar. Xylitol is a sugar substitute safe for diabetics as it does not raise blood sugar. I found her dessert section particularly useful as it is hard to find desserts that are gluten and wheat free along with being made with a diabetic friendly sweetener.
I chose to share her recipe for a wheat and gluten free Carrot Cake, a recipe she adapted specifically to be both wheat and sugar free. It’s flavourful, manages to be perfectly moist and not crumbly and is delicious alone or with a cream cheese icing. It’s a recipe I’ll be remaking again and again. The only changes I made was using fructose rather than Xylitol. Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruit and is diabetic friendly and my preferred sugar alternative. I used her same quantities so you can easily substitute it for xylitol if you prefer. I also omitted the crystalized ginger – if you want that add in 75grams chopped crystalized ginger to the batter before baking.
Home Food was given to us by LAPA Publishers a division of Penguin Random House South Africa and is available here. LAPA Publishers nor the author approved or reviewed this piece prior to publication. Opinions are our own. The recipe is reprinted with permission, images are our own.
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