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Le Famished Cat

Since getting out of hospital & actually being able to swallow my food (one of the fabulous symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is constantly choking on food, & there would often be days where I would go without being able to eat properly) means that I have picked up quite a bit of extra weight.  In fact when I went into hospital to have my port & perm cath out, every nurse who saw me & knows me from previously commented on my weight.  It was rather embarrassing & has made me very self-conscious about what I look like.  I love my food & it has been 15 years since I was properly able to actually enjoy a meal so I have been making up for lost time in a big (excuse the pun!) way.

But, it has been a couple of months of going cray-cray & now I need to settle down & start living a healthier life.  So the very first thing I am going to do is start following a healthier eating plan.  I am not going to diet as such, as I dread those words & find it is so much easier to break a diet than it is to maintain a healthy way of life.

Whilst on my explorations of what recipes speak to me, & what I should go get to stock up my grocery cupboard (whilst trying very hard to avoid all the Easter eggs & others sugary treats).  And then, I found Le Famished Cat – & I was lost for a good couple of hours.  My tastebuds were tingling & I knew that I wanted to try some of these for myself.  Plus, you guys, she is in South Africa so doesn’t tell you about all these crazy ingredients that are nearly impossible to get hold of!


Your name: Cat Barker

Blog name: Le Famished Cat

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

How did you get into this: A pure love for all things food

What is the main focus of your blog:  As the name suggests, I am always hungry and thinking about food. I started the blog to have a space on the internet where I could write and share my recipes and love for all things delicious.

If you have any digestive issues, or are looking to lead a healthier life, then my blog is for you, because almost all of my recipes are either Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan or IBS Friendly.

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While I am not a vegan (cannot ever give up eggs), I focus on a healthier plant-forward approach to eating, as well as nourishing gut friendly recipes. Occasionally, you will find some naughty treats – because seriously guys, what is life without chocolate?

Healthy living should not feel like a chore, it should be fun and delicious and I hope to inspire you every day.

I also focus on travel here and there and love to provide my readers with as many practical tips as I can.

Have you always been interested in food:  Yes, since I was a little girl – I think my interest was piqued after watching countless Ready Steady Cook episodes on BCC. I would then go into the kitchen and see what I could rustle up with the ingredients on hand. It was only in Grade 11 when I started taking cooking classes at school that I realised I was in love with being in the kitchen. Thinking back, my first real food memory was watching my Sito (granny in Lebanese) make all sorts of Lebanese foods on the weekends – I would often help, but mostly I just wanted to eat what she was making because it always smelled so good.

Where do you get majority of your recipes from:  Because of the fact that I only eat certain foods – I create all my own recipes and if they are someone else’s I will credit accordingly

What is the one recipe that you love the most & that everyone should try:  My Gluten Free Malva Pudding 😊

What are a few ingredients that every household should have:  Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, A Mature Cheddar, Peanut Butter, Blueberries, Banana, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Fresh Herbs and Avocado.  Oooh also coconut milk & almond milk.

What is your favourite shop to visit to get yummy snacks:  Checkers have a new range called Simple Truth which is affordable, innovative and healthy. They make fruit gummies and reduced sugar cookies that I love. And their Salted Caramel Coconut Chips are like crack 😊

Fresh Earth also have some yummy healthy baked goods

Quote you live by:  Treat others how you would want to be treated & Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


Don’t these look absolutely divine?  And the recipes are really easy to follow as well – even for nerds like myself who can literally only cook the absolute basics.  Hopefully one day I can even show you pics of my amazing meals that I have learnt from Cat.

I really appreciate her taking the time to answer my questions & constantly bringing us delicious, healthy recipes.  I am a huge fan!


 

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Heavenly Apple Pie

I know that many people are not fans of baked fruit desserts, but believe me when I say that this will change your life!  This is a dessert that has been around in our family since I can remember, & it is my go to recipe that I use whenever I am making something for an event.

My family also loves this, & a memory that we all still chuckle about is my grandpa asking my mum to make her “um, delicious pudding.  What’s it called again?  Praise the Lord Pudding?”.  He knew the name had something to do with heaven/God & this is what his mind came up with!

So, here it goes!  Make sure you save this as it will be a huge hit – guaranteed.  Plus it is so super easy that you don’t need to stress about having to make something that people will enjoy.


Ingredients – Pie
1C Sugar                                         5ml Baking Powder
50ml Butter                                   2ml Salt
3 Eggs                                             125ml Milk
250ml Flour                                  1 Large tin Pie-apples

Ingredients – Caramel
250ml Cream                                250ml Brown Sugar

Method
Cream Butter and sugar.
Add eggs slowly, beating mixture well.
Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and milk to creamed mixture.
Pour batter into buttered dish.

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Spoon apples onto batter.

 


Bake at 180°C for *30min.
Meanwhile heat caramel ingredients for about 20min.

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Pour over cake after required time (test with a skewer) and bake for a further *10 min.
Delicious served hot with vanilla ice-cream or even just on it’s own.

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*Baking times will vary depending on your oven.  Please make sure your pie is baked through before pouring the caramel over the top of it.


I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!  Let me know  your thoughts 🙂

Please note, if you reshare this recipe, you need to tag Flowercrowns & Treatment in your post.  Please also tag me in your pics showing off your baking skills – I would love to see them.


 

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