Gluten free - grain free - dairy free - refined sugar free - additive free
In May 2015 I visited my childhood home of Papua New Guinea to do a photography job. Spending 8 days in very remote villages, interacting with a completely different culture and lifestyle and LOVING it, made it a bit difficult to assimilate back into my 'normal' lifestyle on my return. Nothing came easy, and even my normal default to bake something when I need a pick me up just didn't appeal.
Until my friend Philippa posted this recipe on her blog. I realised I had all the ingredients sitting around waiting to be used. It sounded like a wonderful filling snack, or even breakfast (and I'm always looking for interesting, filling, grain-free breakfast ideas), and it inspired me to get back in the kitchen. Thankfully, it turned out as well as I hoped and totally hit the spot.
The other nice thing about this recipe, is that it has Papua New Guinea connection. Philippa and I lived together in late primary school (I will not even attempt to count how many years ago that was!) and were even room mates for a while in our boarding hostel in Wewak. Through the power of facebook we reconnect a few years back and discovered our shared interest in food, and more recently in Paleo-style food. Philippa is both a florist and a chef, and is wonderfully creative. She has 4 kids and a contagious fun and go-with-the-flow outlook on life. Her blog is 'Can't Clean Must Cook' and her recipes are mostly Paleo, and always yummy!! I'd encourage you to check it out.
Here's the link to the Paleo Pumpkin Loaf recipe. Thanks for letting me share it, Phil!
It makes two loaves, which is wonderful, because you can eat one straight away, and slice and freeze the other one for filling lunch boxes later.
By the way, it doesn't have a strong pumpkin flavour. My pumpkin-hating child quite likes it :-)
Here are a few pics of my time in Papua New Guinea (you can see more on my Photography site here...