I’m sure most of you already know and love Juli from PaleOMG - she’s freaking hilarious and has the most outrageously delicious recipes. And she was kind enough to let me share this chicken and apple sausage recipe with her readers. [Read more…]
Do You Count Your Blessings?
A terrific friend gave me this amazing book: The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. The magic of the book is practicing being grateful for what you have and for the people in your life.
Most of us say “Thank You” when we receive something, but feeling true gratitude doesn’t always come naturally (I know it doesn’t for me!). And feeling true gratitude is what will allow us to open our hearts and minds to other great things.
And so, here I am on Day 1 of my Magic Practice:
Count Your Blessings.
What’s in Your Shopping Cart?
I was in the grocery store a couple days ago, and a woman was pushing a pram (a stroller, for those of you who don’t speak British). Her son (I assume) – about 5 or 6 years old was sitting in it and yelling over and over and over again, “Can I watch TV when we get home? Can I watch TV when we get home? Can I watch TV when we get home?”
He apparently knew what he was doing, because the poor woman finally snapped out a very loud and emphatic “YES.”
During this entire time, the checkout assistant was silently scanning item after item of processed food (cereal boxes, frozen meals, sodas, etc.) from the woman’s cart. Beep. Beep. Beep. Barcode after barcode after barcode.
Yes. I was literally about to go insane.
And yet I feel kinda sorry for the woman and the kid, because I really do wonder how much better behaved and less hyper that kid might be with a bit of proper food and nutrition. I’m not trying to judge, but I do wonder.
My adventure didn’t quite end there, though. As soon as the woman left, the assistant turned to my groceries, and I could tell that something changed in his eyes (I think, in retrospect, that it was fear).
I think he was terrified that my food had no barcodes. Just a bunch of thin, clear, plastic bags.
“What’s this?” The assistant turned and asked me as he fumbled for his code book.
It was basil.
I decided to make a simple quail egg salad with soft boiled quail eggs, butter lettuce, grape tomato (because they’re the same size and shape as quail eggs), grated carrots, and bacon bits. You can essentially add quail eggs to any salad you want.
If you’re wondering what quail eggs are and why you should (or not) eat them, check out these 3 Little Known Facts About the Health and Taste of Quail Eggs.
“Your Mum is an Awful Cook!”
Ok, my aunt didn’t literally say those words, but she did give me a very funny look when I told her how much I love my mum’s cooking. My aunt then proceeded to tell me how my mum couldn’t cook anything when she was growing up (she was the youngest of 4 kids) but that she was great at dress making.
Somehow, I think 30 years of cooking three meals a day for my dad daily changed things.
This post is coming a bit late for Mother’s Day, but I have to say that I LOVE MY MUM’s COOKING.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then keep reading, because these are delicious!
What are salted duck eggs?
The photo above shows my own homemade salted duck eggs, but you can actually buy them from some Chinese grocery stores too. It’s duck eggs aged in brine, which makes the yolks turn oily, slightly salty, and amazingly delicious! And it’s really easy to make at home as I’ll explain.
Elana’s Pantry was actually one of the first Paleo blogs I recall reading. Elana Amsterdam already has several cookbooks under her belt, and she’s coming out with a new one (Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, which you can pre-order from Amazon) on June 18th!
And here’s one of the recipes from that cookbook (another one will be coming later this week):
I seem to learn all my egg cooking skills from Gordon Ramsey’s TV shows! Although Gordon can make cooking any dish look easy, this one really is remarkably easy, although it requires a tad more work than just dumping an egg into boiling water.
Kale for breakfast!
I was intrigued by the red kale at Whole Foods last night, so this recipe is made with red kale, but you can totally substitute for another variety of kale (I had no idea there were so many until I checked out wikipedia).
Here’s the red kale:
This is a variation (East meets West fusion) of the traditional Chinese carrots and eggs stir-fry dish. You probably won’t have come across this at any Chinese restaurants because it’s more of a home-made dish. I’ve modified the dish by using a traditional Western scrambled egg as the topping and adding in zucchinis to the carrots.
It’s a really simple and delicious dish for breakfast or brunch (and it gets more veggies into the diet!).
This is definitely a bit of an unusual dish, which was created after staring into the fridge for a long time! I wanted to marry Eastern and Western cuisines, and this is what I managed to come up with. It was so much more delicious than I had anticipated, and everything went really well together. And to top it off, it’s highly nutritious (with beef, veggies, and an egg) and easy to make.
This is another of George’s wonderful creations! You can find the full recipe at CivilizedCavemanCooking.com. How could I not make it when George kept telling me just how delicious this was, and rightfully so! I typically don’t buy bananas (they’re higher in sugar than most fruits), but I made an exception for this bread especially since there was no added sugar in it. I actually sent J out into the cold to buy some bananas just so I could make this recipe – totally worth the small effort!
Yep, it’s sweet potatoes and grass-fed beef all combined into one giant yumminess, a best of all it’s really simple. This came out of a fortuitous experiment. I had some sweet potatoes and some grass-fed beef but not much else in the fridge, so what better idea than to combine them together, right? You can eat these burgers by themselves or sprinkle some salt on them. I didn’t take many photos since I didn’t actually expect this to work, but it did, and it tastes really good! I’ll have to post more photos after I make them again.
Liver is so good for us, but the taste even gets me sometimes! So I sneak them into things, and burgers are great candidates. Then you add some great spices to cover it up even more. Of course, if you love the taste of liver, then there’s no need to do any of this!