Friday, August 16, 2013

hoo wants to save a sawbuck?

I haven't blogged since about the time we found and freed an owl caught in the netting over our chicken yard.

Getting so up close and personal with an owl was a thrill. 

These days, we are up close and personal with some other feathered friends...
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

shake, layer, & emulsify

Shake & Bake Pork Chops
wet: can of coconut milk, egg, squeeze of lime
dry: almond flour, garam masala, cayenne, ground mustard seed, curry powder, s&p 
Combine wet in a pan. Combine dry in a large plastic zip bag. Dunk chops in the wet then in the bag and shake to coat. Place in greased baking dish. Bake at 350 until done. Thanks MommieCooks for the inspiration!
Pigs on Dogs on Taters
  Put slices of sweet potatoes and red onions (optional) in a bowl with a little oil & vinegar and s&p, toss to coat and place in a greased baking dish...
top with grassfed beef hot dogs...
cover with nitrate free bacon... 

bake @ 400 until done...
serve with slaw...
which brings me to The Making of Mayo... 
During the making of mayo, if emulsification is just not happening, add more acid (vinegar, lemon/lime juice) and always make sure the egg is at room temperature.  
mayo method: In a wide mouth 16oz jar add ~4 parts oil (usually a mix of olive and sunflower) to ~1 part acid (vinegar/lemon/lime), 1 egg, s&p, herbs/spices and a squirt of Dijon mustard. Stick blend to emulsify.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

cincinnati chili the paleo way

Cincinnati Chili "Paleo Ways" 
Serving Code:
1 way- chili
2 way- chili and noodles (noodle prep)
3 way- chili, noodles, and red onions
4 way- chili, noodles, red onions, and grated cheddar
5 way- chili, noodles, red onions, grated cheddar, and sour cream
FrugalUpstate provides both a stovetop and a crock pot recipe. There are many unusual aspects to Cincinnati chili - the beef is boiled, the unique spices impart a bold taste, it is served over spaghetti, and cocoa is an ingredient. 
In pursuit of Paleoness, I made several tweaks to FrugalUpstate's recipe (availability of ingredients was also a factor):
2 lbs. ground beef
2 cups water
6oz tomato sauce
16oz picante sauce (pace)
2 tbsp vinegar
2 bay leaves
3/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 unsweetened baker's chocolate square

I placed all the ingredients in my crock pot and set it on low for 5 hours (which is equivalent to 6 hours in most other slow cookers).

I find that slow cooking tends to amp up the potency of spices, so I tend to use less with cock pot dishes. Even so, this chili still had a powerful flavor. It was eagerly devoured... I'll double the recipe next time. I went 3-way with mine.

Friday, February 1, 2013

me oh my it's paleo pad thai...

noodles included! 
How can this be?

gluten, carb, and calorie free... traditional Japanese noodles made from Asian yam
(not to be confused with Tofu Shirataki Noodles)

My inspiration

In pursuit of Paleoness, I made several tweaks to Nirmala's recipe (availability of ingredients was also a factor).

coconut oil in place of peanut oil
red curry paste in place of shrimp sauce
dried walking onions in place of scallions
powdered ginger and no brown sugar
pistachios (gently crushed) in place of peanuts
shirataki noodles in place of rice noodles...
the noodles come packaged in water and have a fishy odor, rinse and drain thoroughly to remove the smell
stir fry in butter
The different flavors and textures in this dish are distinct. Each bite had me wondering, "What makes this so fabulous... is it the sauce, the nuts, the buttered noodles, the cilantro, or is it the way they complement each other?"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

pen pal-eo

It seems that Brittanie, my November Paleo Pen Pal, is inundated with pecans in her yard this time of year. She sent me a sampling.

Pecans are the official nut of the Holidays- to me anyway. I am highlighting a simple leftover bird (chicken or turkey) salad and I'm using the pecans to impart a seasonal flavor


leftover bird
~4 parts oil (usually a mix of sunflower and olive) to ~1 part acid (apple cider vinegar & lemon/lime), 1 egg, Egyptian walking onion stalk, cilantro, parsley, squirt of mustard, pinch of dulse, sprinkle of turmeric and paprika, s&p. Stick blend to emulsify.  A 16 ounce wide mouth canning jar is used for both blending and storage.
chopped celery

A 2nd incarnation (suitable for a Holiday pot luck offering) included chopped tri-colored bell pepper, red onion, cashews, bacon, dried goji berries, and... more pecans.

Paired with purple sweet potato

In the Paleo Pen Pal exchange, Brittanie was sent a medley of our homegrown sweet potatoes. She made a pie!
Paleo Pen Pals
paleo pen pals

Monday, October 15, 2012

walk like an Egyptian...

All parts edible
Walkability: topset bulbs bend back to the ground and establish new plants
If you can dig in your garden (ground is not frozen), you should be able to successfully transplant Egyptian Walking Onions. My transplants, bought late this Summer on Ebay, eagerly established themselves and quickly began providing abundant stalks that I can harvest daily. Topsets will form in the Spring.

Cut cross sections of the hollow tube stalks and toss raw atop salads and other dishes. Use in stir fries, baked dishes, and crock pot offerings.

The stalks dehydrate well and the dried crisp stalks have a unique look stored in pint+1/2 jars.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

honey hooch

Tej (honey wine)


"The production of tej is an art passed as indigenous knowledge across generations over thousands of years." The Peace Bee Farmer

There is an appealing simplicity to the making of this traditional Ethiopian elixir and the use of gesho (sticks from an Ethiopian shrub), as the fermentation agent, makes the process and the taste all the more exotic.
How Do...
(featuring an article by Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation) 
 T'chen chen (Cheers)!