Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snow Day #2 Doughnuts and Chinese Food!

Yes another snow day and another day to sleep in  YES!!!  I love that 6:30 am call…”Go back to sleep Shannon, it’s a snow day”  Then I hang up and smile and cozy in deeper to my bed and pillow and then *BOING!*  My eyes pop open and I scream Nooooooooo!  I can sleep, mind go to sleep!  Anyway…

This was supper and this is the first time I have ever seen my 10 year old daughter bounce and eat at the same time.  Pure sign of enjoying her food.

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Chicken Fried ‘ahem’ Rice

In a pan with olive oil I fried up 1 head of riced cauliflower.  After 5 min or so I then pushed to the side and scrambled 2 eggs and then mixed it with the cauliflower, I then chopped up 1 carrot and nuked for about 2 min in the microwave (yes I know this kills our food)  Then I mixed that all together with some gluten free soy sauce.

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Curried Shrimp and Veggies

After I cleaned the pan with the rice, I then put more olive oil in and chopped up a small onion, red pepper, green pepper and sauted until the onions were translucent.  I then threw in some cooked shrimp and sprinkled curry over it all then I put a few splashes of soy sauce and let that fry for a bit (till all the water from the shrimp was gone)

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Beef & Broccoli and Chinese 5 Spice

Chris then arrived home with the few ingredients I was missing to finish this meal.  Then after cleaning the pan *again*  another splash of olive oil and threw in broccoli and while that was cooking I soaked the thinly sliced beef in Tamari Sauce with 1 tbsp of the 5 spice and tossed and then threw in with the broccoli and then I put a splash of Tempura sauce ( I know..that’s Japanese!)  Then of course I made everyone try each dish without anything on it and then after they all said it was good we drizzled on cherry sauce and sweet and sour sauce to make it feel more like take out…oh and chop sticks!!!

I got big thumbs up and like I said…to watch my 10 year eat and tell me it was the best dinner she ever had…put a HUGE smile on my face ❤

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And yes I made more doughnuts!!!  I will have to learn how to make fortune cookies next!

 

 

 

Snow Day = Doughnut Day

In my house anyway!  Wished you lived here don’t ya!?

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This past weekend we did a road trip to see my family and Chris’s family.  My sister took me across to the states and we hit Sam’s Club and the only regret I had was that I wasn’t filthy rich and my husband (if I had one) was working the border.

So yes I am stocked up on my grass fed butter and I bought a Wilton Doughnut pan!  We got home late last night and this morning we woke up to SNOW DAY!!!  Perfect day to try out the doughnut pan and of course my kids agreed!

My girlfriend and fellow Primal eater Jane posted this great Breakfast Paleo Bread and I wondered if it would make a good doughnut batter.  So from Elana’s Pantry (google her cause she has some amazing recipes)

So I whipped up the batter and poured it into the pan!Image

It was kind of hard not to eat the batter this recipe made 6 perfect doughnuts! YAY!

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I took some Xyla through the coffee grinder to make powdered sugar for a sugar doughnut, and then mixed the xyla with cinnamon for the cinnamon doughnuts, then I melted 70% chocolate with butter and a bit of water to make a glaze and then topped some with hazelnuts, coconuts and silver candy.  The girls preferred the powdered Xyla the best because it reminded them of sugar coated doughnuts I used to buy a million years ago (or so that is what they believed the time frame to be)

Paleo Breakfast Bread (source: http://www.elanaspantry.com)

  • ½ cup creamy roasted almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey (I didn’t have honey so I put 2 tbsp xyla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia (I don’t use stevia so again another tbsp xyla)
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix almond butter until creamy
  2. Mix in eggs, honey, vanilla and stevia
  3. Add salt, baking soda and cinnamon
  4. Mix well with hand blender until all ingredients are combined
  5. Transfer batter into a well greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish (of course I put into doughnut pan and I cooked it for the 12 min)
  6. Bake at 325° for 12 to 15 minutes

For the chocolate glaze I took a handful of 70% chocolate chips and a tsp butter and melted in microwave and then added 2 tsp hot water.  dipped the doughnut and decorate.

For the others I dipped the doughnut in melted butter and then into the sugar and Cinnamon mixture, then took the extra chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the corner and drizzled on.Also I just crushed hazel nuts
I got a thumbs up for the doughnuts from the kids and I LOVED them too.  There are 3 left for Chris to sample when he gets home.  ❤

 

 

The Calzone Diet

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One of the Joys of the internet is the access to millions of wonderful ideas floating around.  When I saw this posted by http://www.mariahealth.blogspot.ca Resistance was Futile!  I mean like SERIOUS!?!?!  CALZONES!!!

Even though I am on this new quest to lose 10lbs nothing was going to stop me from trying this out last night.  So I followed the recipe and at the end where it said to add the 1 cup of boiled water I was thinking…”something is wrong here!?!”  I knew that if I added water to this dough I was going to get slop and I stood there for a moment processing what I knew.  Psyllium seed husk do gel up and there are 5 tbsp in there…so I closed my eyes and added the water…I started turning and so did my stomach with disappointment because I was looking at slop….but then it started…the psyllium seed husk started to work and sure enough I ended up with a  pizza like dough.  YAY.

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Topped this puppy with cheese, pepperoni, mushroom, bacon, and hot peppers.  I used the parchment to fold over and removed the top parchment and pinched the side together.  Then I cut the parchment around the calzone and transferred to a cookie sheet.  It said to cook for 45 to 55 min.  So I put it on for 55, but because I rolled it out a bit thinner it was ready at 45 min.  Store bought gluten free Marinara sauce and my family members gave two 9.9’s and one 9.  When I asked why not just give it a 10, my quite literal daughter said “Well you said a number BETWEEN 1 and 10.”  *sigh*  They asked it be made more often for supper !   Are you not just IN LOVE!?!

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CRUST:
1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour (or 1/2 cup coconut flour)

5 TBS psyllium husk powder (no substitutes)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 eggs (4 if using coconut flour)
1 cup BOILING water (or marinara sauce)

FILLING:
1 cup mozzerella cheese
Favorite Pizza Toppings: olives, artichokes, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the almond, psyllium powder (no substitutes: flaxseed meal won’t work), baking powder and salt. Add in the eggs and combine until a thick dough. Add boiling water or salsa into the bowl. Mix until well combined.

Separate the dough into 2. Place the dough onto a piece of greased parchment paper (I used THIS coconut oil spray). Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out in a circle shape with even thickness throughout, about 1/4 inch thick. Place desired pizza fillings in the middle of each circle. Fold the circle in half and pinch the edges closed with your fingers. Place each calzone onto a cookie sheet about 3 inches apart from each other.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

I hear Bone Broth is going to make me Dead Sexy!

I hear Bone Broth is going to make me Dead Sexy!

Funny how things happen…I was in Whole Foods on Monday and picked up a few things…one being beef bones for broth. I have chicken coming out of the yingyang and was craving beef broth. Now because I am trying to limit or avoid some FODMAPS, this called for a whole head of garlic and I was a bit nervous about putting that amount in…if I am trying to heal my tummy and I know FODMAPS kind of mess it up…I limited the garlic to 6 buds as I know that won’t bother me. Then today as I am surfing my favorite bloggers didn’t I notice a few were putting their bone broth in the crock pots. So out came mine and here we go!

Now why drink bone broth this magic elixir you ask?

1. Bone broth makes your joints feel smooth as silk as it is loaded with glycosaminoglycans.

2. Makes Your Hair, Skin, and Nails Look Dead Sexy (well I hope so anyway…)

3. Bone Broth Heals Your Gut! (the second reason I am doing this…the first being I want to be Dead Sexy! *huh?* lol yes Gelatin is a great gut healer.

4. Bone Broth Reduces Your Need for Meat and Protein (But I LOVE Meat and Protein!!!..I love organic grass fed as well and maybe buying less would be healing for my wallet too…just a thought!

5. Bone Broth gets rid of toxins! The liver i capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. And guess what is abundant in bone broth??? yep.

Bone Broth (high in minerals)
– Bones of any kind of meat really (1/5lbs to 2lbs)
– 16 cups of water (mine is drilled well)
– 2 tsp sea salt
– 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
– 1 whole head garlic (optional) minced.

In a slow cooker bring to a boil and then put on low for 8 to 24 hours (longer the better)
Turn off and strain and put in fridge
chip off layer of fat and heat and drink or use as broth for dishes.

Brainstorming with my sister

Brainstorming with my sister

I am sure I bored my sister to death yesterday talking about food….all day. But by last night I had her on track and we started talking perogies…I could hardly sleep last night waiting to try our idea. This morning I woke up and started peeling the yam and dicing it up and baking in the oven. Then I baked the bacon…then we put the cooked yams in the kitchen aid mixer and I chopped the bacon and she shredded the cheese. It all went in the mixer. Then I made the hand pie dough recipe and had NO IDEA if this was going to work at all or not. So we only made six in case it was a bust. Into the boiling water they went for roughly 40 seconds…and then out and drained and into the frying pan with the onion, bacon and butter…so far so good…then we did some food stylin to take some pictures and then we got out the fork for the REAL TEST. OMFG!!!! We both *GASPED* and had the chill up the spine feeling of “WOW NOT ONLY DID IT WORK….TASTES AWESOME!”

We had 3 each and honestly they are rich and filling and so we made up the rest and froze them….so I just have to pull them out, boil for a minute and fry up. Can’t wait to eat them again. One day I am going to have a perogie making day….Care to join me?

Dough
2 Tsp Whole Psyllium Husks
1/8 Tsp Xanthan
1/3 Cup of Warm Water.
1 3/4 Packed Cup of Blanched Almond Flour
1/2 Packed Cup Starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
3/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbs of additional water.
1. In a small cup or bowl combine the Psyllium, Xanthan and 1/3 Cup of Water. Mix and set aside for a few minutes so that it can thicken.
2. In the bowl of a food processor combine the Almond Flour, Starch, Salt and Baking Soda. Process to combine. Add the thickened Psyllium Mixture to the food processor. Turn on high and process- then add the last Tbs of water and combine until dough becomes a thick ball. It should be just slightly sticky and hold together really well. * If your dough is at all crumbly add a little bit more water ( 1 tsp at a time) until it starts to hold firmly together.*
3. Remove dough from food processor. Place between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to desired thickness.

Filling
1 large sweet potatoe peeled, diced baked at 350 for 30 min
1/2 lb bacon, baked at 350 for 30 min
1 cup shredded cheese.

Mix filling ingredients together, cut out dough in circles and fill with less than a tsp of filling, fold over and pinch edges.

Boil for 40 seconds and fry in butter with onion and bacon and top with sour cream. Hope I am not missing any steps.

*another option* before boiling, lay out on cookie sheet and freeze and then put in freezer bag for future use.

YUMMERS!

The Stark Girls Create this Springy Sunday Morn

The Stark Girls Create this Springy Sunday Morn

January 13th, 2013 and we woke up to just about all of the snow gone. WHA! We live in Muskoka…nuts!

Anyway the girls and I started our morning looking through the Practical Paleo book we have. I was actually reading them a section on POOP! Yep…poop…they were mostly grossed out, but like in normal Stark Fashion the giggles took over and I knew right there I had produced two well rounded Stark girls. Us Stark women do laugh about poo…but that will be another post.

This post is about being creative…so we were looking through the Paleo cookbook and our tummies started grumbling and we wanted food! So I said “Hey! Why don’t we create our own recipe?!” So we did. I am sure it has been done before somewhere on the planet. But here is what we did.

First we decided it would be an eggy casserole dish with BACON of course. I then thought of maybe sweet potatoes as well and then we add onion and tomato and CHEESE! The end result? Everyone LOVED it!

10 eggs
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and dash pepper
2 yams (sweet potatoes)
½ lb bacon
1 small onion
1 small tomato
2 cup cheddar cheese
sour cream
(after we ate I thought salsa might have been nice too!)

Preheat oven to 350

-Dice yams and microwave on potato setting till done
-Cook bacon till desired crispness (crumble to desired size)
-Sauté onions
-Dice tomato

Mixed together yams, bacon, onion and tomato in frying pan.

In a large bowl beat eggs, cream and spices then add 1 cup of shredded cheese and the bacon mix.

Grease casserole dish with bacon fat and pour in the egg mixture

Cook for 30 min – add remaining cheese and cook till melted.

You can also put these into muffin cups for fast easy egg muffins on the go.

Bakin Bacon!

Bakin Bacon!

Well it’s a school day, no it’s a strike day, no it’s illegal, no it’s legal, no school…yes school…

ARGH…We all stayed home and are bakin bacon!

I grew up eating bacon (was it grass fed, grain fed…heck if I know!) All I knew was that when I ate bacon or pork of any kind I would get an upset stomach and if it wasn’t cooked beyond death I would be down right barfing my brains out thinking it was food poisoning. Now I know better.

A couple of years ago I signed up for a CSA Local Farm and when I was doing up my profile for them I checked off *NO PORK* Well I got a call from the farmer and we talked for a bit and he suggested that I just try their bacon. We are talking organic, grass fed, free range yada yada…so I said “OK fine!” Well the first thing I tried was their bacon (in the above picture) and OMG!!! Then I tried their other pork products and I was sold on the whole grass fed pork. I felt great after eating the pork.

Then once I was at Whole Foods and picked up some Organic, grass fed, free range pork sausages. I was cooking them in stew type dish and I served myself some and ate a few bites of the sausage and then I looked and realized the pork was not fully cooked through. I was so upset…I just KNEW in 6 hours on the dot I would be spending my night hanging out in the washroom with a barf bucket. I was really angry at myself for not checking. The next morning I woke up and realized that not only did I not wake up with pork poisoning…I had a really good sleep.

My family loves bacon so much we can’t keep it in the house. I love cooking with the bacon fat (like we did as kids) as everything tastes soooo good!

But if you are one of those people that thinks bacon and bacon fat is bad for you…please keep believing that and send up your grass fed bacon PLEASE!

Also if you are like me and not going to take some freaky deaky’s word for it…here are a couple of links to read and try for yourself. 🙂

Dr.Mercola
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/03/eating-bacon.aspx

Mark Sisson of Primal Blueprint
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/monday-musings-new-grass-fed-study/#axzz2HgZnN52r