What to Eat: Occasional indulgences...
There are special occasions when it is nice to make ‘treats’ (probably not the best word to use) – birthdays, dinner parties, etc. – and there are a host of fantastic Paleo recipe websites that provide excellent ideas.
Civilized Caveman’s Lemon Pound Cake is truly delicious (I make an orange spiced version at Christmas) and his Banana Bread is also fantastic. Both contain eggs though so are unsuitable if you are avoiding them for autoimmune conditions.
Chocolate mousse is another great desert that we have tried many times. This recipe from MDA site is definitely the best. This also contains eggs.
We made these Chocolate Truffles from Nom Nom Paleo and they are just beautiful (no eggs, no dairy). We split the mixture and made half orange truffles and half brandy truffles. I can’t recommend these enough. Beware though of using chocolate with a very high cocoa content (85%) as we found that the mixture didn’t blend well. Not quite sure what caused this so we stick to 75%.
We do eat dark chocolate pretty regularly. For Richard’s birthday, I bought some 100% chocolate as a present. Our favourite was the Domori (red box at the front). It was wonderful and definitely the smoothest tasting.
We drink red wine occasionally but we have both noticed that it triggers headaches that we do not get with spirits (this affects me particularly badly). We like gluten-free spirit with no sugar-laden mixers and Richard makes a mean cocktail (often improvised). The NorCal Margarita is great and involves two shots of good quality tequila, the juice of one whole lime, and a splash of fizzy water. Check out the Paleo Solution for a great explanation of why this should be your drink of choice.
We do occasionally have natural wines, courtesy of our friends Kate and Marc and this is definitely something that we would like to explore further. See RAW out for further information.