Brown Butter Fried Halloumi (Keto)

Everyone is making halloumi ‘fries’ (and many pubs and restaurants even offer them on the menu for those living low carb – which is great). However, I wanted to try it for myself. I never heat oils to high-frying temperatures, so I decided to fry my squeaky pieces in browning butter instead. Browning butter is just regular butter that is heated for a while: once the butter stops sizzling and foaming, the milk solids start browning. This process adds massive flavour to the butter. I use browned butter a lot in my dishes because that nutty flavour is indescribable! Anyway, I did this here and made super delicious little halloumi fingers. Dip them in some reduced-sugar ketchup for a quick snack or tapas idea, but if you are living clean keto, try my homemade tomato ketchup if you have some on hand. Macros here exclude any dips.
 

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 34g | Protein 21g
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Easy Caprese!

This is just a quickie post to remind you of the lovely, fresh and super easy Caprese salad you could whip for your summer BBQ. Only three ingredients are needed – and the dish is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to wolf down! Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves do most of the work, but don’t forget about the importance of a good-quality olive oil and a scattering of sea salt flakes to finish. And, before I forget – please do not store tomatoes or basil in the fridge: both should be stored at room temperature.

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Carbs 2.3g | Fat 19g | Protein 11g
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Fish Dugléré (Keto)

This simple, tasty fish dinner boasts massive flavours and can be served as either a piece of fish per person – with the accompanying creamy sauce, or you can do what I did and flake the fish in the sauce (after baking) and serve it over shirataki (konjac) noodles. Its a beautiful, beautiful dish! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 4.1g | Fat 31g | Protein 23g
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Caraway and Flax Crackers (Keto)

Funnyman loves the Mixed Seed Crackers I often whip up. They are ideal when mopping up guacamole, parfait or smoked mackerel paté for a quick snack. However, one day he reminded me of crackers he used to love when we lived back in South Africa many years ago (life before keto). I vaguely recall they were made with rye flour and had a very evident caraway flavour. So, I got to work adjusting my existing cracker recipe so that I could send him down memory lane with these caraway-flavoured ones. We were both delighted with the outcome! I even trimmed them in the long pieces just like he remembers. When trimming into even-sized pieces like I suggest below, you should be left with seven crackers, approx. 17g (0.6oz) in size and each one comes in at only 1.7g carbs! I store them in a sealed container for no longer than 3-4 days. If you find they lose their ‘crispness’, pop them into a hot oven for a minute or two to bring them back to life. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 1.7g | Fat 6.5g | Protein 4.6g
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Asparagus in Garlic Cream (Keto)

This is a rich and indulgent dish where I blanched trimmed asparagus before baking them in a rich, garlic cream. Please try and source the big, fat asparagus for this recipe – it makes it easier to trim for a more pleasant eating experience. A lovely, tasty side veg idea to your keto dinner… THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 3.6g | Fat 30g | Protein 4.2g
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BBQ Onion Skewers with Chilli Butter (Keto)

Our South African roots will be evident in the inspiration behind this dish. Firstly, you should know that Funnyman and I LOVE to braai (BBQ). We don’t use charcoal (shudder) and we don’t use gas (even bigger shudder) – we actually import our wood from South Africa via a fabulous company here in the UK that provides us with kameeldoring wood which is excellent. You see, South Africans don’t braai just to eat. We spend hours watching the logs burn down to coals while we chat with loved ones. And then, after everyone has eaten, we throw more wood on the fire and just watch the flames as we contemplate life! As you can imagine, coal and gas BBQs just won’t cut it for us.

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Chilli Compound Butter (Keto)

One thing I really want to achieve here on Fats of Life is to INSPIRE people. I love being in my kitchen and I am an artist at heart. My brain never stops working when it comes to creating exciting things to keep our keto journey exciting, so blogging about what I get up to in the kitchen was a natural next step for me. Be sure to follow me on Instagram too. Anyway… here, I used my Homemade Chilli Sauce to add to regular butter to create the most delicious little butter wheels which you can melt over anything you feel might benefit from it (like I did here). THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 0.1g | Fat 9.7g | Protein 0.1g
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Keto Chilli Sauce (for the brave)

I hope you love this spicy chilli condiment as much as Funnyman did (it lasted three days in our house!). Its a quick and easy method, but you will notice that I don’t cook all of the blitzed mixture. I still wanted some of that “fresh” element and I think it makes all the difference! The macros are calculated as one serving being 2 teaspoons which I weighed as 20g (0.7oz), so adjust accordingly if you decide to have less or more with your meal. Fold through mayonnaise or create a Chilli Compound Butter like I did – the possibilities are endless. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 0.5g | Fat 1.9g | Protein 0.6g
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Easy Smoked Mackerel Paté (Keto)

Super easy and deliciously creamy – this easy smoked mackerel paté / dip is an excellent way to increase your intake of Omega-3. I based the macros on a 50g (1.8oz) serving, which is a very generous amount spread over two large crackers, making it perfect to put out for the family as a snack. It kept well (covered) in the fridge for 3 days, and we enjoyed it over my Keto Mixed Seed Crackers, as pictured (cracker’s macros not included). If you have any smoked mackerel to spare, throw it in a lovely fresh salad like I did here. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 1.2g | Fat 11g | Protein 5g
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Sausage and Creamy Turmeric Spinach Bake (Low carb)

This was an accidental creation of mine which I then had to recreate for this blog! Dynamite flavours come from the turmeric cream sauce which bake away in cooked spinach and pork sausages. I labelled this low carb and not keto as many sausages aren’t entirely keto-friendly. They often contain potato starch, gluten and several other things we try and steer clear from. However, I would be lying if I said I don’t indulge in delicious porkies once in a while – but when I do, I always opt for Tesco’s Finest Sausages which are 97% pork and come in at only 1.5g per two sausages: not bad. If you like the idea of this recipe, be sure to also check out my Sausage and Cauliflower Bake on this site – its equally lush! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 3.9g | Fat 50g | Protein 18g
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Pepperoni Eggs (Low carb)

You will love this filling and rich little dish. It makes for an interesting breakfast, but we actually enjoyed this for supper with a fresh green salad on the site. I used spicy pepperoni, but thin slices of chorizo would also work. THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 1.1g | Fat 45g | Protein 19g
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Bacon & Chive Fat Bombs (Keto)

I rarely feel truly hungry (a quick high-five to the keto lifestyle), but I do still enjoy a quick, convenient snack. On days when my biltong or droe wors has not yet dried (or times in lock-down when we had no nuts or pork scratchings in the house), these little morsels made a fantastic high fat snack to satiate us until dinnertime. (Dinner is usually when we have our only proper meal of the day – and its usually something special that I take my time with – here are some ideas as to what I make at suppertime in casa de Palmer!). Enjoy these delicious balls of flavour – they freeze well making your once-a-week-effort worth the time and effort! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 0.6g | Fat 12g | Protein 5.6g
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Vegetable Gruyere Bake (Keto)

We always (and I mean ALWAYS) have broccoli, cauliflower and double cream in the house. I have played around with so many different ways to use those delicious vegetables and have made many different high fat cheesy bakes too. They are all equally delicious – we don’t even have a favourite. (Check out the SIDE DISHES category on this site to see them all.) Anyway, with this one, I wanted the beautiful, unique flavour Gruyere cheese to feature because I love flavour that slaps me through the face. I also added just a pinch of ground paprika to give a slightly different flavour dimension. Whip this out at your next Sunday roast – your family will love the rich decadence! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 5g | Fat 45g | Protein 12g
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Chicken Wings in Chilli Marinade (Low carb)

This is a spicy, fresh marinade that you can make yourself at home with only a tiny amount of effort. Despite the fact that there are 5 chillies in the marinade, the end-result is not as fiery-hot as you might think. I labelled this low carb (and not strict keto) because I include store-bought tomato ketchup (the reduced-sugar kind) in the recipe.  Either way, you will love this over the BBQ this summer! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 4.8g | Fat 35g | Protein 60g
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Blueberry Cheesecake Lollies (Keto)

Creamy, delicious with a sweet, tart element, these blueberry cheesecake lollies are a fabulous ending to your BBQs this summer! Funnyman loves them, so I bet this means the kids will too! THIS RECIPE IS ACCOMPANIED WITH A VIDEO. (Scroll down to see it, and be sure to watch the blooper reel Funnyman slips in at the end!)
 

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Carbs 5g | Fat 20g | Protein 2.3g
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