When the beautiful GOOD + SIMPLE cookbook by Hemsley and Hemsley arrived at our post box, we were instantly and equally both intrigued and in love. It didn’t matter that we didn’t know much about the authors, we were completely captivated by the beautiful photos, the inventive recipes, and the overall message of healthy, nutritious, sustainable eating. This book is heaven and the perfect addition to your bookshelf – whether you’re paleo or not, this book will inspire you to think about the food you’re putting into your body and encourage you to use whole foods in clever and creative ways.
Hemsley and Hemsley is made up of sisters Jasmine and Melissa and started as a catering service in 2010 and has since grown into cookbooks and utensils. In their words, “Our cooking is all about creating natural, satisfying and easy to digest meals that make you feel vibrant, strong and healthy; recipes that are full of flavour and goodness and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. We believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.”
So while not all the recipes in this book are paleo, you can guarantee every single one focuses on beautiful, nourishing food that is kind to your body and as far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty amazing.
The book covers a lot in its 352 pages – as well as all the daily meals you can also find recipes for drinks, dips, dressings, soups, sauces, and stews. There’s also some really interesting reading on their food philosophy, a one-week reboot plan, advice on eating well on the go, and tips on how to plan ahead (which we LOVE, as you know!).
The sweets section is filled with amazing-looking, clean eating treats, but sadly most aren’t paleo. However, when I found this Tahini Fudge, I knew I had to give it a go! It. Is. Amazing. Treats like this are something to avoid on the Whole30, but when you’re eating paleo there’s nothing wrong with getting creative in the kitchen and making something with paleo ingredients to eat when you have cravings. Just keep in mind that these are treats and you should be fine!
- 1/2 mugful of pitted dates (chewy dried dates)
- 1/2 mugful tahini
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature
- Sea salt flakes
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds or desiccated coconut
- Line a small baking tray or tupperware with baking paper.
- Slice one of the dates finely and set aside - use this to decorate the top of the fudge.
- Place the rest of the dates in a food processor with the tahini, coconut oil and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.
- Blend to a smooth, thick paste - this took a few minutes for me.
- Taste, and add more salt if desired.
- Transfer the mixture to the baking tray and press down the mixture gently
- Freeze in the fridge or freezer until firm - about 30 mins for the fridge and 15 for the freezer.
- Slice into squares.
- Keep chilled and eat straight away.