Gordon Ramsay’s Salmon En Croûte


  • 1 side of salmon, about 900g, skinned
  • A little olive oil
  • 60 g unsalted butter, softened
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Generous handful of basil leaves
  • Small handful of dill leaves
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 500 g shortcrust pastry
  • Plain flour, to dust
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten



  1. Check the salmon for pin bones, removing any that you find with tweezers, then cut in half. Line a baking tray with a lightly oiled piece of foil.
  2. Mix the softened butter with the lemon zest, basil, dill and some salt and pepper in a bowl, to make the filling.
  3. Pat the salmon fillets dry with kitchen paper, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the herb butter over one fillet, on the boned side, and the mustard evenly on the other fillet. Sandwich the two salmon fillets together, in opposite directions so both ends are of an even thickness.
  4. Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, the thickness of a £1 coin and large enough to enclose the salmon. Put the salmon parcel in the centre of the pastry and brush the surrounding pastry with egg. Bring up the edges, trimming off any excess, and tuck them in before folding the rest of the pastry over to form a neat parcel. Carefully turn the whole thing over so that the seam is underneath and place on the prepared baking tray.
  5. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Lightly score a herringbone or cross-hatch pattern using the back of a knife. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover loosely and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400°F
  6. Bake the salmon for 20–-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. To test if ready, insert a skewer into the middle. It should feel warm for medium cooked salmon. A piping hot skewer indicates that the fish is well done.
  7. Rest the salmon for 5 minutes, then cut into portions using a serrated knife. Serve with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes and broccoli or minted peas.

Recipe: Recipe, Ramsay’s Best Menus, by Gordon Ramsay (Quadrille, £20)

Almond Flour Cheese Biscuits


  • 1 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 tbsp diced cold butter
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients. (Almond flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder)
  3. Mash your butter into the almond flour until it’s crumbly sandy mix. (Use a pastry cutter if you have one or a rubber spatula).
  4. Dig a well in the center and add the cream and egg.
  5. Combine the almond flour into the wet ingredients being careful not to overwork it.
  6. Fold in cheese.
  7. Form dough into 4 big balls (for sandwiches, make 6 regular size for dinner biscuits) and lay on parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 20 mins.

This recipe can make 6 medium size biscuits and the breakdown for that is

296 Calories; 27g Fat; 10g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 4 net carbs

4 large biscuits breakdown

443 Calories; 41g Fat; 14g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 5 net carbs

By Gourmet Girl Cooks Adapted from Gourmet Girl Cooks

Flourless chocolate fudge brownies

For the brownies


  • 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas (approximately 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (can sub for any smooth nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake or loaf pan and set aside.In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter. In a large mixing bowl, add the banana, nut butter and dark cocoa powder and mix very well.
  2. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, at the frosting and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up.

For the cream cheese frosting


  • Dairy free cream cheese, softened (can sub for any cream cheese)
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1-2 T cocoa powder
  • Dairy free milk if needed


  1. Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Using a tablespoon, add dairy free milk until a VERY thick batter is formed.

Orange Chicken


  • For the Marinade:
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (see note above)
  • 2 tablespoons 80-proof vodka
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch chunks
  • For the Dry Coating:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt



For the Marinade: Beat egg whites in a large bowl until broken down and lightly foamy. Add soy sauce, wine, and vodka and whisk to combine. Set aside half of marinade in a small bowl. Add baking soda and corn starch to the large bowl and whisk to combine. Add chicken tp large bowl and turn with fingers to coat thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.


For the Dry Coat: Combine flour, corn starch, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk until homogenous. Add reserved marinade and whisk until mixture has coarse, mealy clumps. Set aside.

Working one piece at a time, transfer chicken from marinade to dry coat mixture, tossing in between each addition to coat chicken. When all chicken is added to dry coat, toss with hands, pressing dry mixture onto chicken so it adheres, and making sure that every piece is coated thoroughly.

Lift chicken one piece at a time, shake off excess coating, and carefully lower into hot oil (do not drop it). Once all chicken is added, cook, agitating with long chopsticks or a metal spider, and adjusting flame to maintain a temperature of 325 to 375°F, until chicken is cooked through and very crispy, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain.


Taken from here: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/07/the-best-chinese-orange-chicken-recipe.html

Carrot muffins


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 Tbs xylitol
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon gound nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk



  1. Sift together dry ingredients.
  2. Stir into egg mixture, mix only till moistened.
  3. Gently fold in shredded carrots (I shred the carrots in my food processor).
  4. Spoon into well greased muffin pans about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.



1 Cup cornmeal (medium or course ground)

5 Cups water/stock/milk

Salt to taste



  1. Bring the liquid over high heat and sprinkle in the cornmeal, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  2. Bring to a boil stirring frequently and let boil until polenta thickens enough to spit.
  3. Bring it down to a simmer and cook for 45-60 min stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn. Add salt to taste.
  4. Stir in a couple of pats of butter or olive oil and maybe some parmesan before serving.

Swedish Pancakes


  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1  1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Pour a thin layer of batter on skillet (I use 1/2 cup), and spread to edges. Cook until top surface appears dry. Flip and cook another few minutes. You can either fill these and roll these up like crepes, or you can eat them like regular pancakes with butter and maple syrup – either way they’re great!

Yield: 11 pancakes @ 1/2 cup each

Pumpkin Sauce

I made this to go on top of the sugar free Cheesecake. I think it turned out pretty good. May have to edit this because I can’t exactly remember what I put in it…


  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C brandy
  • 1/2 C cream
  • 1/4 C Xylitol
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice


Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until warm.

Malted Milk Ball Cake

Got this recipe from here and made it for Dad’s 74th birthday. It’s essentially a giant Whopper cake. I think everyone agreed it was pretty much one of the best cakes ever.

For the Cake:


  • 2 cups malted milk powder
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for coating the cake pans
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1  cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup malted milk balls, coarsely chopped



  1. Heat the oven to 325°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat 2 (8-inch) cake pans with oil and flour, and tap out any excess flour. Set aside.
  2. Combine the malted milk powder, measured flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Set aside.
  3. Combine the eggs, sugar, measured oil, and vanilla in a separate large bowl and whisk until combined and smooth. Add a third of the flour mixture and whisk until just incorporated. Add half of the milk and whisk until smooth. Continue with the remaining flour mixture and milk, alternating between each and whisking until all of the ingredients are just incorporated and smooth.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cakes start pulling away from the sides of the pans, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  5. Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes. Run a knife around the perimeter of each and turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
  6. To frost, place a cake layer on an 8-inch cardboard round, a tart-pan bottom, or a cake plate. Evenly spread about a third of the frosting over the top of the layer. Stack the second layer and evenly spread another third of the frosting over the top and sides of the whole cake. (Don’t worry about looks at this point—this is just a base coat, or crumb layer, and it will be covered up later.) Place in the refrigerator until the frosting is set up and slightly hard, about 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake, ensuring it’s as even as possible. Press the malt balls into the frosting around the sides of the cake and serve.


For the Frosting:


  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup malted milk powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a paddle attachment, and beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated.
  2. Increase speed to medium high and beat until mixture is light and whipped, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and return to low speed until ingredients are incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and continue whipping until frosting is evenly combined and light, about 3 minutes. Use to frost cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.