Archive for November, 2011

November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving food is evil!

I had originally planned on making some paleo Thanksgiving food, but I was voted down by the rest of the family. I love traditional Thanksgiving food so I didn’t complain too much.

Let’s just say I should have stuck with my initial plan.

After a huge dinner and leftovers for breakfast, I noticed I was sleeping a lot. That was fine, I knew I was going to feel lethargic since I always feel lethargic after eating a lot of non-paleo food. Plus it was turkey. Turkey makes you sleepy! And then the stomachache started. Worst stomachache of my life, hands down. Nausea and vomiting accompanied by a massive headache, weakness, and fatigue.

And somehow I made it to the tunnel to fly later that night. Now that’s dedication addiction right there. Doing something that makes me so happy helped me forget about being sick, but it was still rough trying to find a balance between drinking enough water to stay hydrated but not enough to make me puke.

Two days after Thanksgiving and I am still sick. No more throwing up, but that’s about the only improvement. I’ve been able to eat some prosciutto and oranges today.

You know why standard american diet = SAD?? Because it makes you sad. Super sad!

If we have Christmas dinner at home this year, I am cooking. Maybe I’ll roast a whole suckling pig. Who can turn down a whole pig?! People that I wouldn’t invite to dinner, that’s who!

Anyway, I feel awful about not being able to blog much these days. Only 1 paper, 2 presentations, and a take-home final exam to go! I only have to write 8 versions of a statement of purpose and I’ll be ready to submit all my grad school apps as well. Then I’ll be back to blogging all the time, I promise!

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November 19, 2011

Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

Wow I haven’t posted in a long time! What have I been up to? Well unfortunately I haven’t been cooking much and haven’t had any time to exercise. After midterms, I went on a short weekend tunnel trip to iFly Utah, flew more at iFly Seattle, started a research paper, worked on grad school apps, took the revised GRE (did awesome), and tried to catch up with my life. But I’m only going to go into detail about the wonderfully non-paleo gluttonous dinner I had on Thursday night at the Columbia Tower Club for the Celebrity Chef Tour! Dinner was between tunnel sessions. Fly, eat, fly… my favorite combination!

This was my second Celebrity Chef Tour dinner in Seattle, I went for the first time two years ago. I’m a foodie turned paleo foodie. But for this event I was a paleo foodie. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had countless amazing fine dining experiences. The Celebrity Chef Tour is definitely one of my favorites for the food, the absurd amounts of wine, the interaction with the chefs, the gorgeous view at the Columbia Tower Club, and the great company.

All the chefs were local:

Celebrity Chef Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s – one of my all time favorite restaurants in Seattle. How can you not love the Chef in the Hat? I highly recommend going for the Grand Menu Dégustation, impressive every time!
Celebrity Chef Jason Wilson of Crush – another one of my favorites, always go for the tasting menu!
Celebrity Chef Jason Franey of Canlis – this place has magical (MAGICAL!!) service.
Host Chef James Hassell of the Columbia Tower Club.

I’m missing pictures of the hors d’oeuvres and the geoduck course. My favorites were the two from Chef Thierry. Definitely visiting Rover’s soon!

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YUM. Hopefully I’ll have more time to blog again soon… about paleo food! I definitely have several other things to share from the last couple weeks. Flying in the tunnel late tonight, time is going by way too slowly!

November 5, 2011

Absolutely delicious lamb meatballs

Just a quick post because I’m super busy with my two take home midterms. I’ve been working nonstop since yesterday morning! It probably wouldn’t be taking this long had I actually kept up with the readings… but this way I know what I’m looking for and I just have to skim most of it! When it’s a take home exam with a week to complete it, I find that I spend WAY more time perfecting my answers. Obsessing over them, really. I feel like take home means you’re held to a much higher standard and I stress so much! I am very much enjoying my classes. I am so glad I decided to take two classes this quarter because I’m now 1000% positive that public health nutrition is my path in life. Once I have time again, I will try to post some of what I’ve learned about metabolism and nutritional epidemiology.

I haven’t been outside in over 30 hours. I probably won’t be leaving the house until at least tomorrow night. Sitting for long periods of time is unbelievably difficult for me. I NEED TO MOVE!! I’m craving a loooong, strenuous trail run like nothing else right now! Get me to a mountain, STAT! Speaking of mountains, I am BEYOND excited for snowboarding season to start!! *SNOW DANCE!!!* Hopefully I get a lot of work done so I can be free tomorrow.

I’ll stop rambling and get to the awesome food. I just had to post today to share these amaaaaazing lamb meatballs with you all!! I didn’t have time to make a complete meal with all sorts of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern inspired veggies and sauces, but the meatballs by themselves are DELICIOUS and super quick and easy to make! Even my mom who hates the smell and therefore the taste of lamb thought they were really good!

I loosely followed this recipe, using most of the ingredients and ignoring all the directions. Instead of using 3TBS of semolina, I used a tablespoon of coconut flour. I might try using almond flour next time (finally restocked it). I didn’t measure the spices, just sprinkled them in pretty evenly along with a few shakes of sea salt. I also added some coriander and minced garlic (like a heaping teaspoon). Omit the vegetable oil! NO OIL! Why the recipe would call for oil when ground lamb is so deliciously fatty is beyond me! I was too impatient to let it marinate for an hour and cooked them immediately. Oh the wonderful aroma of the spices and the lamb that fills your kitchen… Be still, my heart!

Make sure they’re brown all over without actually overcooking them. This ensures a slightly crispy outside and a soft melt-in-your-mouth inside. Perfect meatballs! SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!! Noms. I think this would be great with a balsamic vinegar or maybe an apricot based sauce. Or even marinara! Or something with mint. Lots of possibilities!

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Ok, maybe not such a quick post. It was way too fun to freely ramble on about food instead of working on my midterms. Time to get back to work! Wish me luck!

November 2, 2011

Paleo chocolate cookies, Rattlesnake Ledge

 

 

Continuing on with my paleo baking experiments, I made some chocolate cookies! I think I found the recipe on a random website and now I don’t know where it is. I did cut the amount of sugar and change a few things though.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened, of course)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350. First mix cocoa powder into warm, melted coconut oil. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Form into balls and press down on them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 14 minutes.
These were just ok. Definitely satisfies your chocolate cravings, but texture wise they’re awful and not very cookie-like. They’re too fluffy due to all the eggs. I definitely prefer cookies that have a mixture of coconut and almond flours. I also should’ve added chopped walnuts to these for additional texture.

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I had an awful weekend of being super hungover for like 3 days after drinking way too much for Halloween on Saturday night. I can’t even look at liquor without wanting to throw up right now… Ironically, the lecture on Monday was all about alcohol metabolism. Moderate consumption (1-2 drinks a day) apparently lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease. I’m just going to stick to wine pairings when I eat amazing multi-course dinners, like the Celebrity Chef Tour dinner coming up!

Yesterday I had a very healthy day after finally feeling better. I went hiking with a friend after class to Rattlesnake Ledge. Only 4 miles round trip and 1160ft elevation gain, this is a super easy hike. I will probably come back here to trail run by myself. The views are breathtakingly gorgeous at the ledge!!

 

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After hiking, we went out to dinner still in our hiking clothes. It was a 3-course meal, a part of the Dine Around Seattle 3 courses for $30 promotion this month. I’ll post about the food in an upcoming post. We also went climbing at Seattle Bouldering Project after dinner. Note to self: climb BEFORE a big meal!