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First Successful Homemade Mayo.

Successful is the key word here. I’ve tried my hand at homemade mayo half a dozen times by now and it never turned out right — that is, until yesterday.

Up until now, I’ve always been impatient. Gotta use a machine, make it fast, don’t wanna hand whip… It never worked. And let me tell you, I had a revelation yesterday. The hand whip works. It may have taken me over an hour of whipping. But it worked! The emulsion didn’t break. (And I didn’t accidentally use a whole egg instead of just the yolk like last time!)

To make this mayo, I used one egg yolk, a half cup of organic olive oil and a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. I mixed together the yolk and the lemon juice and then proceeded to add the olive oil one drop at a time, whipping in between. I’m honestly surprised the emulsion didn’t break because I did at one point whip out the Vitamix. And the food processor. But then I returned to the hand whipping method and the rest is history.

Mustard powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper. The mayo still tasted a little funny to me but perhaps that’s because I’m not used to an olive oil-based mayo.

I used it to emulsify-ha! a batch of curried cherry chicken salad. It worked wonderfully. Of course, before I destroyed my mayo I had to show my dad and stepmom how beautiful it was. I was seriously freaking out.  I will never again subject my homemade mayonnaise to the whirring blades of a Vitamix. It may take me two hours, but it will be well worth the wait.

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Back to School.

Today is my first day back to school. I’m already done classes for today, as they were three in a row back to back. So far, things have been pretty good. I’m already getting the sense that this semester will be a lot less enjoyable than the last (no English writing courses), but I’m willing to make the best of it. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at school right now because I still have work to get through, which starts at five thirty. My school is about five minutes from work so it would be pointless to go home. Not to mention a total waste of gas.

In approaching the school year, I decided that I would start batch cooking my dinners and breakfasts to make the transition from summer a bit easier. With homework, class and work I will have little time during the week to cook and so I’ll (hopefully) be cooking my breakfasts and dinners for the week every Sunday. What I ate today is essentially what I’ll be eating all week, with variation among sides and snacks.

This week on the breakfast menu is a crust-less mushroom and onion quiche, which will last me four days.

To keep it from getting boring, I’ve been switching up the sides. Yesterday I had quiche with avocado salad; this morning I had quiche and a banana!

For lunch this week, I finally cracked open my can of Bar Harbor Wild Caught Herring Filets in Cracked Pepper and made herring salad for herring salad sandwiches. Yes, I am eating bread again. Every few weeks I’ve decided to indulge in a half loaf of sourdough bread, as I have no gluten intolerance and have found no bad reaction from reintroducing it into my diet. Plus, I really missed toast. Like, a lot. I plan to continue following the paleo principle of consuming a whole foods based diet, but I’ve found that labeling myself as “paleo” is too restrictive for me at this point in time.

Herring salad made with celery, onion, a small pickle, greek yogurt and mustard, topped with fresh sliced tomato. To drink I had some diluted 100% cranberry juice. On the side I enjoyed some fresh cherries and cucumber slices. Yes, I am that girl with the extremely stinky fish sandwich. No, I don’t care.

For dinner this week, I made a huge batch of chili. My phone’s been really weird lately and won’t let me take pictures (it says the storage is too full even though I know I have space left, since I’ve deleted apps and everything), so unfortunately you only get a crap-quality picture of all the ingredients that went into my delicious and extremely spicy chili.


Recipe coming soon!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Beach Eats.

Although I failed to blog at the beach, I took lots and lots of pictures. Of course, most of them were of food.

My favorite breakfast down the beach was probably the above; a plate of eggs sandwiched between a small sliced tomato and some leftover, warmed blue cheese balsamic potato salad. So good! I really enjoyed the potato salad, which I made by loosely following a Bobby Flay recipe from Southern Living. My grandmom always has tons of magazines and I took one to the pool with me every day to scour for recipes.

A typical post-breakfast scene.

I tried to pack a good serving of vegetables every day at the beach by having massive salads for lunch. This one was my favorite, by far.

A bed of romaine and fresh tomato topped with leftover sauteed green beans and coconut roasted carrots, plus a hard-boiled egg. I made my favorite coconut oil spiced carrots for my grandparents one night and while my grandmom was initially skeptical due to the red pepper flakes (she hates spicy!), she and my grandpop both enjoyed them. I was happy to see my grandpop get some coconut oil in too, as I’ve heard that it can help immensely with Alzheimer’s, which he suffers from.

Of course, Jay was the first to find some fun in my food and I christened this salad Herbert the Happy Salad. How could you not want to eat that face?

On our last night down the shore, Jay and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I’d never been before but Jay had and he raved about it. I went for the Thai Curry wings and Jay ordered the spiciest dry rub that they offered.

These were definitely uniquely flavored and quite spicy! I didn’t really taste the spice at first but after my third or fourth wing I was chomping on celery like crazy to cool my mouth. Jay’s dry rubbed wings were really good too. Needless to say, we will be back.

Although I rarely drink, I decided to finally pop open the bottle of beer that my coworkers bought me for my 21st birthday. There’s a pub inside of the Whole Foods that I work at and a few of my coworkers are trained to work in there; thus, they have access to lots of specialty beers! I had no idea that they would actually buy me a beer and it was such a sweet gesture! Plus, I love owls. The decals were perfect.

I don’t have much of a taste for beer yet but I did enjoy the brew. I felt pretty buzzed halfway through and had to put it aside for later because I was making dinner! To my credit, though, it did have an alcohol content of 11.2!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Goodbye, July.

I just want to thank everyone who responded to my last post. You all had wonderful things to say and I’ve been taking in each and every word over the past few days. I’m excited to resume blogging after a week long hiatus that was filled with work, little sleep, and more work but no symptom use. That’s the most important thing.

I snapped this photo last Friday morning. It was my last day down the beach and I spent it relaxing, reading, and drinking coffee in the shade.

I’ve still been a bit obsessed with banana pancakes this week. This is the last square inch of a delicious stack.

For lunch on Monday I made a deli salad. I piled romaine in a bowl and topped it with some deli style turkey breast, tomato, onion, banana peppers and a hard boiled egg. Drizzled with some homemade vinaigrette, this bowl left me feeling happy and full. I’m completely broke this week (for a good, well worth it reason) so I’ve been relying on whatever meat my family has available. I did cave and buy the romaine though because I’ve been craving salads like crazy.

A delicious, pastured egg!

In addition to the romaine, I also picked up a package of Niman Ranch Bratwurst to go with the jar of Bubbie’s Sauerkraut that’s been sitting in my fridge. On Monday night I served up a bratwurst atop a bed of kale chips, sauerkraut, and topped the whole thing with some German mustard. Delicious!

My dad was super jealous of this meal. I love trying traditional foods and I love the good dose of probiotics (and taste!) that sauerkraut provides.

For dessert, I’ve been eating ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream. I can’t help it, it’s summer.

Happy Wednesday!

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I’ll Make You Banana Pancakes.

I woke up this morning to the sounds of an angry washing machine. It rattles everything around loudly with no regard for the bedroom to which it’s directly adjacent; mine. It wasn’t an entirely bad wake up call because it’s an absolutely beautiful day here at the beach. And also, I got to sit down to this wonderful spread not long after I woke up.

Three ingredient banana pancakes. One banana, two eggs, and a spoonful of almond butter. That’s it, that’s all you need. Plus some butter for frying and perhaps a drop or two of vanilla and a few sprinkles of cinnamon. But seriously, these are the best grain free pancakes I’ve had so far. Coconut flour pancakes are always too dry for my liking and while these banana pancakes are super thin, they’re super sweet and moist. You don’t even need syrup!

For breakfast this morning I enjoyed four of these thin, crepe-like pancakes served with a fresh sliced peach and some blueberries. Coffee on the side!

For lunch a few days ago I browned about four ounces of grass fed ground beef with onion, garlic, parsley and taco spices (cumin, chili powder, etc). Served atop some red leaf lettuce with a bit of tomato. I was super hungry but super stuffed after this gigantic bowl! It kept me going for hours.

On Monday night I made dinner for Jay and I. We started off with an appetizer of fresh mozzarella topped with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. So good. Jay doesn’t like tomatoes so I ended up eating most of them. I can’t complain.

For dinner I roasted a pastured chicken with lemon, garlic and parsley. We had some zucchini on the side but I didn’t snap any pictures of the actual meal because we were so hungry!

I hope you enjoy the rest of this beautiful day. As for me, I’m off to the beach!

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Soup & Salad.

Soup and salad is my go-to combo at House these days. Today Jay and I stopped by for a quick lunch before he had to go to work.

I ordered my usual; the King Khan salad, which is made of buffalo spiced chicken salad with charred onions and gorgonzola atop a bed of greens.

With soup on the side, of course.

If I could eat a variation of this meal every day for lunch, I’d be a pretty happy camper. You can’t go wrong with this combo.

Delicious and not overly filling. Plus, you can’t beat the price or the quality of ingredients at House. I simply love it.

On a completely unrelated note, I scheduled a deep tissue massage for my birthday present to myself this Sunday! I am so excited. I’ve never had a deep tissue massage before, unless you count the many times I’ve asked Jay to sink his elbows into my shoulder muscles. Although I’ve enjoyed the Swedish massages I’ve had before (not that I’ve had many, mind you) they never press hard enough to work out the tension in my shoulders and neck. And while I know that one sixty minute session will be far from what I need to remove all the knots in my back, I’m hoping it will give me some relief.

I think I really do experience some sort of chronic inflammation in my shoulders and neck, probably from all the self-adjustment (cracking) I’ve done over the years. Also, I just tend to hold my tension in those areas. I guess we’ll see how I feel after the massage. I can’t wait!

 

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Hot Hot Heat.

Now that last week’s craziness is over, I’m finally settling back into blogging and cooking like crazy. I have so many customers at work tell me that they refuse to cook anything because it’s so hot out. I know that it’s hot out. I’m standing next to an open door in long pants and socks. That’s why I cook at night! Inside! Really, it’s not that bad.

On the menu this week I’ve been eating eggs pretty regularly for breakfast. Case in point:

Two pasture raised eggs scrambled with some onion and green bell pepper. On the side, some fresh cherries and blueberries.

Lunch on Monday was a breeze, as we had some leftover salmon from Sunday night’s dinner. I had the last square inch or so atop a bed of red leaf with some leftover green beans, grilled artichokes, and cucumber.

For my birthday, Jay got me a beautiful Omega masticating juicer that pulverizes just about anything you put in it (except for bananas. Believe me. We tried.) Aside from providing raw nutrition, I’ve heard that green juice can help clear skin. Therefore, I’m all for it. So on Monday I cut up the above: beet greens + stems, a stalk of celery, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 lemon, and 1 granny smith apple and juiced it all, piece by piece.

Served in a reusable Starbucks cup, another birthday gift. The result was this dark, greenish red juice that tasted just a little too beet-y for my liking. I chugged it all anyway and think that it definitely helped…pass things along.  Not enough juice to have an lasting effect on my skin yet, though.

For dinner I’ve been eating a lot of homemade eggplant parm. As seen here, I tried one recipe using a coconut flour “breading,” and served it with a blend of sauteed green beans, onion, and bell pepper. I ended up simply frying my second batch with olive oil, garlic and basil. Much easier and tastier, in my opinion.

All in all, it’s been a week of good eats. I’m guessing that next week will look a bit different, but I’ll be posting the reasons why in a little bit. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

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