Posts tagged ‘eggs benedict’

December 5, 2011

Paleo Crabcake Eggs Benedict

Guess who has time to cook and blog again! I just have a presentation and take home final left!

You may be familiar with my love for eggs benedicts and all my experiments. This one was ridiculously tasty! It’s definitely not a breakfast you can eat regularly because it’s so rich, so save it for a day where you feel particularly gluttonous special. It’s paleo except for the tablespoon of pasture butter in the sauce.

Links to “recipes” (more like general instructions):
Crabcakes
Poached eggs and hollandaise sauce

My other eggs benedict experiments can be found here.

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I slightly overcooked my eggs this time, but that’s ok!
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Enjoy!!

 

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September 16, 2011

I’m in love with iFly Seattle!!

Last night was AMAAAAZING!!! I had way too much fun flying at iFly Seattle!! The tunnel itself seemed huge, being 14′ in diameter instead of the 12′ that I’m used to at SFBay. It was also very white and bright in there! And so powerful! Plus the entire facility is amazing in general. All of you in the Seattle area should check it out! I did 15 minutes of 4-way RW with three great friends. For non-skydivers, RW stands for relative work, though the term has been replaced by formation skydiving. Basically, you make a set series of formations by docking on each other, i.e. turning points, as many times as possible. I’ve been mostly freeflying and don’t have much experience with RW, but managed to not suck and I miraculously remembered all the points! It was definitely a different kind of challenge from freeflying, but super fun too. I just love to fly. My lower back is sore today from arching and wearing a 15lb weight belt. Thanks DB, DZ, and JS for flying with me!!! I was also able to sitfly with EDS for a minute at the end of that session after hastily changing. Of course 16 minutes wasn’t enough for this crazed addict, so I did 4 more minutes of some 3-way sitflying with two people I met there! Then wine night with a bunch of skydivers after our tunnel sessions! I love my skydiving family!

Yes, wine night. I did have 1.5 glasses of red wine. But I avoided the CUPCAKES that were a foot away from me all night and ate fresh strawberries instead. I was tempted when I first saw them, then they stopped being appealing to me. I ended up convincing a couple people to try eating paleo. I feel like a paleo spokesperson because 1. I always end up talking about it and 2. people end up wanting to try it. I want everyone to feel and eat as great as I do!

I made up new food again! That’s always exciting!

Rosemary ham and granny smith apple eggs benedict
Out of all the eggs benedicts I’ve made, this may have been my favorite! Trader Joe’s rosemary ham lunch meat, fresh slices of granny smith apple, poached eggs, and my hollandaise sauce (now made with pasture butter). NOMMMMM. If you can’t find TJ’s rosemary ham, I’d still recommend sprinkling some rosemary on this. It’s lighter than my other bennies and not hot. All the flavors work really well together and you I love the textures. Seriously good.

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Balsamic veggies and ground lamb on fresh arugula
I started by cooking the veggies in a big pan – I used onions, red bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms. Then stirred in a bit of minced garlic and the ground lamb. When everything was cooking in the lamb fat, I added balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning until the lamb was cooked to my liking. Served on fresh arugula! Super good, super easy, and super filling.

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Pan-fried pork with leeks and radish kimchi
I can’t really explain the leeks and radish kimchi since they’re just Korean sides made by my mom that I usually have in the fridge. But I love snacking on Korean side dishes with a small amount of meat.
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Rice cakes
Not paleo, but gluten-free and Perfect Health Diet compatible! This is what I am obsessed with eating whenever it’s made at my house. I feel like I keep mentioning these rice cakes on my blog and I finally have a pic to share! I finally made my own yesterday, single serving (my mom usually makes a big batch and I end up eating too much). I will make another post today on how to make it. Ingredients: dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice, unsweetened dried mango, raisins, walnuts, pecans, sweet rice flour, water, and sea salt. If you include rice/gluten-free starches in your diet, this is a wonderful snack. After making this one single serving, I ended up making one more, a little bigger, haha… that’s the problem with something that’s super easy to make in 5 minutes.

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Not pictured: 2 pieces 91% dark chocolate, Coconut Bliss naked coconut bar, and the rest of the granny smith apple.

September 14, 2011

Cooked fruit is great for dessert

I started off the day with another chicken apple sausage and squash (this time green, tasted a lot like zucchini but was round) eggs benny! The yellow between the squash and sausage is heirloom tomato. It started out green and then it turned yellow, but tasted normal. I definitely don’t know enough about tomatoes!

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Then I started watching Top Chef Just Desserts and really, REALLY missed dessert. I decided it was time for me to venture into paleo dessert making. I’ll definitely be doing some paleo baking in the near future, but I started out simple.

Brûléed banana with cinnamon toasted pecans
Warm, mushy, crunchy, sweet, cinnamony… yum. I actually had two of these yesterday. The first one I drizzled it with a tiny bit of local honey, but on the second I omitted the honey because it really didn’t need any extra sweetners. I think my sweet tooth is starting to die and I’m going back to things being too sweet. You need a torch for this. You’re supposed to sprinkle the banana with sugar and then torch the sugar so it caramelizes. I obviously didn’t want to add sugar and found that torching the banana directly worked just fine. It burns the top layer, but it easily scrapes off and there’s caramel-y sweet banana underneath! This is my new favorite dessert, definitely tastes better than a Larabar!

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I did a quick 2.5mi trail run at Meadowdale Beach Park yesterday, it’s mostly downhill to the beach and mostly uphill back to the car. In my Vibrams of course! It took me about 20-25 minutes. I definitely prefer longer hiking trails for my trail runs, but it’s really convenient having these parks close by! I snacked on some Trader Joe’s Rosemary ham afterwards. I really need to go grocery shopping, I want my prosciutto! Even all natural lunch meat has too many ingredients, including sugar. Prosciutto is just pork and salt, plus it’s delicious as a post-workout snack.

I was super hungry afterwards and ate some Korean food. Some bulgogi (marinated beef, contains soy sauce and a little sugar) and musengchi (a grated radish kimchi) wrapped in lots of red leaf lettuce and sesame leaves.

Then I was off to a skydiver BBQ after stopping at the butcher’s and picking up this huge T-bone steak. The T-bone is quickly becoming my favorite cut, especially because you get a little tenderloin on it. Plus there’s a bone and you all know how much I love eating meat off the bone! Sooo good! I definitely gnawed all the meat off the bone in front of everyone. What, it’s not like I was at a Michelin 3-starred restaurant (they don’t even exist here)… pretty sure that wouldn’t stop me either. I also tried some of my friend’s albacore, which he caught himself this past weekend! Grilled organic zucchini from my CSA box!

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Another friend grilled pineapples to share! I ate several. I love grilled pineapple sooo much. It was the perfect dessert and I managed to stay away from all the cookies and edge-only brownies!

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Not a bad food day, right? But after the BBQ I went to see “Contagion” at a theater that serves food and beer/wine during the movie. My friend ordered some of my favorite junk/bar food – mozarella cheese sticks and buffalo chicken tenders… I had one cheese stick and a few small bites of the chicken tenders. I was full but the temptation was too great! Funny thing is, it didn’t even taste as good as I remembered. On the bright side, I had no problems stopping and had no desire to drink. I enjoyed the movie, but it made me want to wash my hands and take a bath in hand sanitizer. I also felt like I was in epidemiology and geography of disease classes again! I highly recommend it to public health people and don’t recommend it to those with mysophobia.

September 13, 2011

“Live the good food life”

Thanks to a Groupon, I signed up for two home deliveries of organic produce from Full Circle Farm. Before this I had 5-weeks with Tiny’s Organics. It’s too early to compare the two right now, but I like the home delivery option of Full Circle. You can also go on the website, log into your account, and check off which items you’d never want since they pack a box just for you! But I didn’t know what to expect so I didn’t do that for the first delivery. The box is on your doorstep by 6am on Mondays!

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List of contents:

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I ate the 2 nectarines and 2 of the apples yesterday. The apples could have ripened a bit more, but the nectarines were DELICIOUS! They were better than the ones from Tiny’s Organics, but were also a different variety so I can’t exactly make a fair comparison. The quality of the produce did seem to be better though. With Tiny’s, the greens I’d get would always be a little wilted. Full Circle also has a satisfaction guarantee so if something isn’t up to par, you can notify them.

Besides the 4 servings of fruit, I had a chicken apple sausage and a Ginger Snap Larabar. I was out of meat and all the seafood was frozen, so I didn’t have many options yesterday. Of course I made another eggs benny!

Turkey bacon and eggplant eggs benedict
The eggplant from Full Circle was beautiful! So I used it right away at the peak of freshness. Eggplant, turkey bacon, fresh heirloom tomato slices, sauteed mushrooms, poached egg, and my hollandaise sauce. Delicious! But I did prefer some of the other benedicts over this one.

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I had no idea what to eat yesterday since I usually plan my meals around whatever protein I have in the fridge. I only had chicken apple sausage! So I just ended up pulling various veggies out and cutting them up to cook everything in one big pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, mushroom, garlic, and one chicken apple sausage topped with fresh heirloom tomatoes. Pretty good and very filling!

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Great food day! I’m starting to run out of fruit and don’t plan on getting more for a while until my sugar addiction subsides a little. I’m also going to Whole Foods to stock up on meat today! Check out LivingSocial for $10 for $20 worth of groceries at Whole Foods, today only!

September 12, 2011

Adding starches to my diet

I did 2 more wingsuit jumps yesterday!!! I got 105 seconds of flight time on one of them. It’s funny because I have an internal clock for break off time, right around 40 seconds. So I’m flying and right around when my internal skydiving clock tells me it’s time to go, I look at my altimeter and I’m still at like 9k… Then I look again as my internal clock starts panicking and it’s just 7k! My audible altimeter FINALLY goes off when it’s time to pull at 5k, which was lower than the first day, but still high since I tend to pull around 3-3.5k on non-wingsuit jumps. That means a longer canopy ride as well. Kinda tiring, actually, but I absolutely love this whole flying thing.

Rough day yesterday in terms of food – definitely not 95% paleo! But before I get into that, I’d like to present another eggs benedict that I made for breakfast yesterday. Eggs benedict is my absolute favorite breakfast ever and I discovered I could make it without an english muffin. Prior eggs benny experiments:butternut squash and canadian bacon (description of how to make sauce is there) and smoked salmon and cucumber.

Chicken apple sausage and squash eggs benedict
Yellow squash that looks like a UFO, Aidells chicken apple sausage, avocado, heirloom tomato, poached egg, and my hollandaise sauce. The sauce was a little thin because I didn’t have the patience to let it thicken yesterday. I don’t know what it is about the squash and chicken apple sausage combo, but it’s fantastic. This was absolutely delicious! I can’t even rank which of the benedicts I’ve made have been my favorite because they all taste different, despite having the same sauce.
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Started off with a little butter, which isn’t that bad. Always choose full fat dairy if you’re going to have dairy in your own paleo diet. I really should pick up some pastured butter. Then came all the carbs.

I had a VERY carby Sunday.
– Apple Pie Larabar
– Fruit – 3 pluots, 1 yellow peach, 3 donut peaches
– LOTS of homemade rice cakes (sweet rice powder, water, dried mango, dried apricot, raisins, walnuts, pecans, and touch of sea salt) – I always forget to take a pic because I’m too busy stuffing my face with them. I’ve mentioned in a previous post how they’re like crack to me.
– 1 sweet potato
– Veggies, which don’t really count.

Some of the dried fruit in the rice cakes definitely had added sugars. I would really like to know what about the rice cakes make them so irresistible to me. They’re super filling and very high in calories, yet I can’t stop until they’re gone. Maybe it was because I didn’t have any meat in the house again. Then I started thinking that I might keep going overboard with fruit and with rice cakes because I just don’t do well on a low carb paleo diet. I think eating moderate carb might work better for me, especially because I am pretty active. I’m currently looking into the perfect health diet. It’s quite similar to the paleo diet except the inclusion of white rice as a safe starch and that starches in general are considered an important part of the diet. Important to note that it’s WHITE rice, not brown rice. I personally wouldn’t be able to eat a pound of starches every day, though I did yesterday with those rice cakes and sweet potatoes. So once again I’ve failed at being 95% strict paleo for 30 days at only day 6. However, I’m going to keep going with my 30 days of food logging. When I am “off-plan,” it will be like yesterday where I just ate a lot of starches.

I do feel that I need to cut back a lot on my fruit intake. This will be much easier now that my promotional Tiny’s Organics CSA membership is over. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much fruit until I started getting a lot of different kinds every week! My new CSA has way more veggies than fruits.

There is no one perfect way of eating for everyone. What works for one individual might not work for another. I’m having fun experimenting with what works best for me to be my happiest and healthiest self. I think this 30 days of food logging thing will be very helpful in determining that!

September 10, 2011

New food, including smoked salmon eggs benedict

I’m actually enjoying posting every single day about food during my 30 day 95+% paleo challenge. This is a paleo food blog after all! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed two things when it comes to what I make myself to eat. 1. I rarely follow a recipe and usually throw something together out of my head, which also means no real recipe to post either. 2. I tend to like eating the same things over and over again. I especially just like some sort of meat with a side of plain veggies because it’s so easy. Today was not one of those days!

I’m still a fruit monster. Today I had a big yellow peach, a small donut peach, and three nectarines. I had two Larabars: Banana Bread (yum!!!) and Carrot Cake (ehhh). I just picked up a pack of 18 Larabars at Costco! It has Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, and Peanut Butter Cookie (which I won’t be eating since peanuts aren’t paleo). I ate a bunch of cucumbers as well. And now for some new food!!!

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Sliced cucumber, smoked wild sockeye salmon, 1/2 avocado, 2 poached eggs, and my hollandaise sauce! I explain how I make eggs benedict here. So my only non-paleo item eaten today was 1 tablespoon of butter, definitely within my 95% paleo goal! Anyway, back to this benny. I don’t even know what to say. AMAAAAZING!!!! Possibly the BEST thing I’ve eaten for breakfast in a really long time, why didn’t I think of it before?!? I honestly think that my paleo/primal eggs benedicts are better than the traditional ones with english muffins. So much more flavor without the bread! I loved the crunch of the fresh cucumbers in each carefully stacked bite. And when my perfectly poached egg was cut open and the yolk slowly flowed down the layers… *drool* Did I mention AMAAAAZING?!?!?

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Sausage and Squash Lettuce Wrap
I cooked two pieces of turkey bacon and one chicken apple sausage in a pan, then added some yellow squash. The squash was from my CSA bag and was a funny looking shape, like a squashed squash or a UFO. It was actually really tasty! Much better than the normal looking squashes. I’ll try to find out what kind it was. Put it in two big pieces of iceberg lettuce with some heirloom tomatoes and avocado! Yum. I really enjoyed the combination of the squash with the sausage.
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You know what has been missing in my life? Nature. I haven’t been hiking/trail running in a while. I used to be a machine! Trails, crossfit, climbing, MMA, Bikram, skating… non-stop intense activity. What happened? Oh yeah, the highly unusual month I had of poor choices, food and otherwise.

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day! I am doing my first wingsuit jumps tomorrow! There will be a BBQ at the dropzone with 80lbs of meat in a smoker! How many times have I mentioned that skydivers have the best BBQs?? Then I’m going out to dinner with my family at one of my absolute favorite restaurants for my dad’s birthday. I’ll start moving again on Sunday.

May 29, 2011

Climbing and my beloved eggs benny!

I had a very accident prone Thursday. I bruised my hip, hit my head, stubbed my toe, slipped and fell…all just at home in half a day. Just one of those days where I know I should be wearing a helmet and full body armor in a padded cell instead of out and about. But of course I had to go rock climbing with a bunch of skydivers instead, sans helmet and body armor. We first stopped by an Italian restaurant, my first time since switching to the paleo WOE (way of eating).

Italian restaurants are not impossible when there are carne (meat) and pesce (fish) entrees on the menu. But when your non-paleo friends pick a pizza and pasta specialty place, you are left with very few options from the insalate (salad) section.

Spinaci InsalataPalermo Pizza & Pasta
“Spinach, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, Gorgonzola cheese, Italian dressing” – It was one of maybe two paleofiable options on the entire menu. I asked for no cheese and got balsamic vinegarette on the side. I actually don’t like oil on my salads so I ended up asking for a bottle of balsamic vinegar by itself instead. It was huge and pretty good! Especially because I’m pretty fond of prosciutto and roasted red pepper. Expectedly not the most paleo-friendly place, but it worked out!

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After eating, we went to Stone Gardens. I’m unable to tell if eating paleo has helped my climbing as I haven’t been climbing much and I was a bit of a nervous wreck. I felt super anxious at the beginning because 1. I had been accident prone ALL day, 2. I was there with a bunch of people I had never climbed with before, and 3. I hadn’t climbed in forever. I had only climbed twice in the last 8 months and my climbing definitely suffered as a result. I calmed down as soon as I was in my harness top roping and realized I do still know how to climb. But then we switched to bouldering… I’m afraid of heights, I start to panic half way up when I’m bouldering. As if I trust those pads and spotters to keep me from breaking my neck! Strangely enough, my fear of heights completely goes away when I am harnessed to some sort of life-saving device – parachute, rope, bungee, etc.

See how I’m smiling in the second pic? I smile when I am having fun and I smile when I am panicking and/or miserable. The world may never know why I’m smiling there. Anyway, I hope to do a lot of climbing this summer. Both in the gym and especially outdoors! I love the feeling of real rock all warm from the sun and I love crack. As in cracks in the rock, not the other kind…

Back to food since this is a food blog:

Primal(?) Eggs Benedict 

I LOVE eggs benedict. It’s my absolute favorite breakfast and I think I make fantastic eggs benedict. But I no longer eat my beloved Milton’s multigrain english muffins, so what do I do? I use butternut squash! I may make paleo biscuits one day, but for now butternut squash discs work really well and are really tasty. I might actually prefer it! Some paleo purists may say that squashes are not paleo, but whatever, I’m keeping my squash. I will post soon about the various debates on what exactly is paleo sometime next week. The reason why I say this is primal and not paleo is because you can’t make hollandaise sauce without butter. (Or can you? hmm…) So the following is how I make eggs benedict. I do all the steps pretty much simultaneously to be as quick and efficient as possible. It took me a few tries to get the sauce to my liking and make perfectly poached eggs.

  • Fill a saucepan with water, add vinegar (crucial to make good poached eggs), wait for it to boil
  • Crack egg into a small bowl. Gently pour egg into boiling water, submerging half the bowl. Repeat with another egg.
  • Use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs onto a paper towel (so that it absorbs excess water) when the egg whites are white and firm, but the yolk is soft and runny.
  • Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a bowl in the microwave. whisk in an egg yolk. Add lemon juice (juice from a small wedge is enough) and sprinkle some Tabasco to taste (optional). Put bowl on top of cooling saucepan of hot water and whisk so that it thickens, but doesn’t cook the yolk.
  • Slice butternut squash into desired thickness. Cook in a frying pan, both sides until cooked through. Also heat up the canadian bacon.
  • Move the squash on a plate, pile on sliced avocado, canadian bacon, poached eggs, and pour hollandaise sauce over everything.

Voila! Noms!

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