Recipe: Thai Green Chicken Curry


Serves 4-6

1 kg Chicken thigh (Diced into bite size pieces)
1 Tbl ground coriander
1 Tbl ground cumin
1 Tbl Tumeric
1 Stalk lemon grass
1 small red onion
½ tsp ground white pepper
1 clove garlic
1 red chilli( more if you like it hot)
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp coconut oil
2 tbl fish sauce
2 kaffir lime leaves
½ tsp shrimp paste
a few sprigs of basil
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup water

Toast ground cumin and coriander in a small dry frying pan until fragrant over a low heat.

Roughly chop onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, basil and lemongrass (white part only) Add to the bowl of a food processor along with the ground cumin and coriander, white pepper, shrimp paste and fish sauce and blend for several minutes until the mixture forms a thick, smooth paste.

In a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the coconut oil and brown the chicken thigh, add the curry paste and continue cooking over a moderate heat, stirring frequently until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened slightly and chicken is cooked through. Season to taste and serve with cauliflower rice, Paleo flatbread or seasonal green vegetables.

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Meet the Team: Jackie from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington


Jackie from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington


The Paddington Paleo Cafe store was one of the first franchises announced earlier this year, so we are very excited to be able to advise the tentative opening date of October 16. With just over a month to go, we had franchisee Jackie in Cairns this week in preparation of the grand opening.

When and why did you start living a Paleo lifestyle?
It was while I was in preparation for a fitness model competition in early 2012  that I came across the Paleo Lifestyle.  It just made sense to me and as I delved a little further into it, I found that it was extremely beneficial to the functioning of my body and also increased my energy levels.  It’s so fun being creative in the kitchen and sharing clean and tasty versions of dishes we already love with friends, family and facebook, allowing others to get an insight of the Paleo lifestyle and hopefully begin their own journey towards achieving optimal health and relinquishing the myth that there is a need to count calories.

What made you want to open your own Paleo Cafe?
After having discovered the Paleo lifestyle, I found that although I was able to prepare Paleo meals at home, it was impossible to eat out  without it being just plain meat and veg or salad without dressing.  I love food (who doesn’t?) so I was constantly scouring Brisbane food courts in the hope that ‘someone must have by now opened a pure paleo fast food’.  It was when I was on a very unexpected random trip to Cairns in April this year, that I came across Paleo Café on Grafton Street.  My first thought was “In Cairns? Of all places!”, my second thought was “Hell YEAH!”.  It was perfect timing as the opportunities of owning a franchise had been released only a few weeks earlier, so I took a pamphlet back to Brissy and everything just fell into place since then…we have not looked back!

What is your favourite quick & easy Paleo meal to cook at home?
SAVOURY PALEO CRACKERS!  Omgosh!  The recipe triples up as a quiche base, pizza base and crackers of course.  2.5 cups of Blanched Almond Meal, 1 egg, 1 egg white and get creative with the herbs and spices.  Make a dough, roll out, cut into desired shapes and bake in a 180 deg Cels oven for 20 mins…Voila!  Yum!
(Editor’s note: Jackie’s savoury crackers recipe has been a Paleo Cafe staff favourite since she posted it on the Paddington Facebook page!)

How do you like to keep fit?
I love all sorts of training that combines cardio and resistance.  Crossfit and tabata are fabulous as they provide the best of both worlds but I do like to also immerse myself into a relaxing yoga routine or go for a long jog with my head phones in.

What do you like to do in your down time?  I adore spending time with my family…I have two gorgeous children and an amazing husband.  Our downtime is usually spent out and about at the park, the beach, at a cafe or in our common room (lounge room) watching movies.

You can keep up to date with the latest news from Paleo Cafe Brisbane – Paddington on their Facebook page.

Meet the Team: Erica from Paleo Cafe Brisbane CBD


Erica from Paleo Cafe Brisbane CBD.

Ever since our flagship Cairns store opened in 2012, we have had so much support and demand from South East Queensland so are very excited to have not one but three stores underway in the Brisbane region. This week we are introducing you to Erica from Paleo Cafe Brisbane CBD who has been in Cairns this week learning the ropes with the Head Office and original cafe team.

When and why did you start living a Paleo lifestye?
I started living the Paleo lifestyle about 2 years ago after I had been Crossfitting for about 6 months.  My oldest son, Ryan, who is a Crossfit coach in Sydney introduced me to the idea and I have probably been about 80/20 for the past 18 months.  The difference in my energy levels and general well being have been fantastic.  I love it!

What made you want to open your own Paleo Cafe?
I am passionate about my lifestyle choices and I want to share my experiences.  I want everyone to have access to great clean food and information to support their choices.  In the perfect world everyone would come back to eating this way just as Mother Nature intended.

What is your favourite quick and easy Paleo meal to make at home?
It is a Civilised Caveman recipe – Chocolate Expresso Pork Belly which I have with root vegetables and something green.

How do you like to keep fit?
I Crossfit 5 or 6 times a week.  I know, I am just a little addicted! Along with changing the way I eat, the introduction of Crossfit has had a dramatic effect on my life.  I am fitter and healthier now than I have ever been.  I also have a thing for obstacle courses, I have done 5 events this year…something about the mud.

What do you like to do in your downtime?
I like to watch movies and read.  I also love to cook and often spend Sunday afternoons just pottering around in the kitchen.
Paleo Cafe Brisbane CBD is scheduled to open in October/November 2013. We know there are quite a few Paleo Cafe fans who are extremely excited we’ll be right in the city, so make sure you like their Facebook Page to stay up to date with all the local news and specials.