Posts tagged ‘steak’

February 2, 2012

Clarified butter is awesome

I tend to cook with olive/coconut/walnut oil or bacon fat. I never liked cooking with butter because it would always end up burning or make things taste too buttery. Well I made clarified butter for baking and hollandaise sauce, then I realized that it wouldn’t burn at higher temps due to the removal of dairy solids. I felt stupid for not having thought of this sooner. Clarified butter also has a much milder, yet still buttery flavor. Steak and veggies were both waaaay tastier with clarified butter!

It’s super simple to make clarified butter/ghee. Take unsalted pastured butter and bring it to a simmer in a saucepan. You’ll see the white dairy solids and foam (from the water in the butter) come to the top. Continuously skim them off with a spoon or ladle until all you have left is clear, golden butterfat.

It will be solid and look like regular butter when it cools.

I have been using it to cook my steak and veggies! It really brought out the delicious flavor of my grassfed beef and my veggies tasted richer. I’m still doing most of my cooking with coconut or olive oil, but this is a nice alternative to have on hand. Eggs were pretty good fried in clarified butter as well.

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August 31, 2011

Hello, September!

I was originally planning on posting about my weekend adventure in Molalla for the All of the Above Boogie at Skydive Oregon, but decided to hold off on that until I edit some video! Since I ate so much crap and took very few pictures, there really isn’t much to show other than skydiving footage. Hopefully I’ll have time for that before the long weekend – I’m planning on going camping! YAY!

The past three days I’ve been challenging myself to be strictly paleo. I’ve already failed. It is incredibly difficult to be 100% compliant to all the paleo rules in this modern world. I actually find that striving to be 90+% paleo is much more conducive to success. That way I feel like I can eat something where less than 2% of the ingredients might contain a little evaporated cane syrup. Or I feel like it’s ok to have one tiny wedge of a pita and a couple tablespoons of hummus when the only even remotely paleo thing on the item is a hummus veggie plate – this is what happened last night at a local comedy club where my friend made her stand up debut. I hate feeling RESTRICTED. It makes me feel like I’m on a DIET. I am not on a diet, paleo is just how I prefer to eat. It’s a LIFESTYLE that I choose to live on a daily basis. So while I’ve failed at 100% paleo, I have succeeded at 90+% paleo which is much more sustainable for me! I definitely do have 100% paleo days frequently though!

August has been a very rocky month for me in so many ways. I’m really happy it’s over. A new calendar month, a new beginning, a chance to reset my life and set the tone for the rest of the month. Although August started out amazingly well with me being in the best shape of my life, other factors just got in the way of maintaining that. I’m ready for a fresh start. I went to cardio kickboxing yesterday and thought it was way too easy. It was only 45 minutes long. I need several hours of intense exercise to feel that crazy endorphin body high that I love so much. Today I plan to go to hot yoga, boxing, MMA workout, and capoeira. I’m actually excited about it and feel really motivated. It’s nice to have motivation back! Let’s hope it stays this time.

We’ve been having gorgeous sunsets lately. Here are pics that I took from our deck on Monday and Tuesday. I like thick clouds, except on the days I want to skydive.
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After kickboxing, I went to Whole Foods for some light grocery shopping. Too bad I was hungry because it turned out to be a rather costly shopping trip! Healthy food is way too expensive.

  • Grassfed NY strip steaks
  • Buffalo ribeye steak
  • 1lb ground buffalo
  • Prosciutto
  • Applegate organic thick cut uncured bacon
  • Smoked wild sockeye salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Avocados
  • Merry’s Miracle Tart
  • Theo 91% dark chocolate
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut cooking oil

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Wednesday is CSA bag pick up day!

  • Jupiter Donut Peaches
  • Snow Leopard Melons
  • Yaya Carrots
  • Dapple Fire Pluots
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash

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Steak and a dandelion salad

I still had carrots, cucumbers, and dandelion greens left over from last week’s bag. Being away for 3 days, I didn’t get a chance to eat everything! I made myself a salad with dandelion greens, carrots, red onion, cucumbers, and peaches. I don’t use salad dressings or even balsamic vinegar if I can help it. I like to try to put together veggies and fruits that taste good together naturally. I discovered that I hate raw dandelion greens. They’re way too bitter. The natural sweetness of the other ingredients weren’t enough to counter how bitter the greens were! I still have a lot left, I’ll have to find a good recipe for them. I did very much enjoy the cukes, carrots, and peaches together though! I ate the salad with a delicious medium rare grassfed NY strip steak. I made sure to watch it very closely this time, since my last steak was a disaster, and it turned out perfect.

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August 25, 2011

Food from last week

It has been a while since my last post! I’ve been tweeting, since I started using twitter again as a companion for this blog. Posting a tweet takes sooo much less work than maintaining a real blog! I went to Oregon for a boogie (skydiving event) on Friday, totally unplanned. The next post will be all about how impossible it is to stay paleo at those things! I’ll have to edit some video to share with you guys as well. I started a 30 day paleo challenge yesterday after 3 days of really crappy eating at the boogie. I feel like the entire month of August has been a struggle for me, so I think it would be great for me to commit to a month of eating fully paleo. Let’s see how long it lasts. Day 1 went great yesterday.

Before the boogie, I was doing pretty well getting back to normal and making paleo meals for myself. So these are some food pics from last week.

Grassfed ribeye with 4 different kinds of squashes and onion
I’ve decided that my greatest cooking tragedies always involve overcooking meat because I’m so easily distracted. This was the first time in a very long time that my steak didn’t come out perfectly medium rare. It was well done! Hardly any pink. What  a complete waste of meat, right? But it was tender enough that I could still enjoy it. Just not as much as if it would have been red-pink in the middle!

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Beefalo bacon burger
W/grilled onion and avocado.One of my favorite meals! I could eat this every day.
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Korean food without rice– bulgogi, kimchi, and banchans
So this isn’t fully paleo because there is soy sauce in the marinade for the bulgogi (Korean marinated beef), but I don’t mind having soy sauce here and there. Banchan = side dishes. Here we have kimchi, cucumber onion salad type thing, zucchini, and eggplant.

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Lavender duck, turnip, blackberry and hazelnut saladPoppy, Seattle
This was a salad from the bar at one of my absolute favorite restaurants. I don’t even know where to start with describing how delicious this salad was! I particularly enjoyed the turnips. The turnips!! Who would’ve thought! I’ve always loved their lavender duck and the hazelnuts were perfect. Definitely try this if you’re in the area.
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My CSA bag from last week contained nectarines, pluots, peaches, cucumbers, squashes, cherries, apples, carrots, and melons!
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August 18, 2011

SFBay trip eats, part 1

I’m posting from my phone, so apologies in advance if there are lots of mistakes.

I’m pleased to say that I am back to eating fully paleo, even though I am currently away from home in the bay area! This is the longest trip yet, away from my own food and my birds! 4 nights, 5 days.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I use fasting as a means to reset my body and eating habits when I feel sick from eating a bunch of crap. I fasted for 40 hours, drinking only water and some green tea. I also did two Bikram yoga sessions within 15 hours of each other. The result? I felt completely cleansed of all the toxins I had consumed in the four days prior. I also lost the 5lbs of water I had gained in those four days. You forget how uncomfortable it is to be constantly bloated when you eat paleo and don’t retain so much water.

I broke my fast with some fruit, then made myself a proper meal. I roasted pork with onions, yellow squash, butternut squash, and garlic. I love roasted veggies and they’re even better roasted in pork fat!

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I had an early morning flight to Oakland the next day. Because I didn’t want to deal with finding paleo friendly food at the airport for breakfast during my layover at PDX, I took some prosciutto and cherries with me as snacks.

I also made sure to stop by Whole Foods after getting to Oakland so I could have snacks for the week. I picked up more prosciutto, blackberries, coconut water, and some Coconut Bliss.

Dinner the first night before flying in the tunnel was a ribeye steak with steamed veggies from Texas Roadhouse. Not grassfed, but the steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I had two sides of veggies – just broccoli and baby carrots. It was dark and I forgot to use the flash.
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I had a delicious burger at Chop Bar, as you can see in the pic. No bun, add cowboy onions. I loved the arugula salad. I definitely need more arugula in my life. Soooo good!!
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I’ll try to blog more tomorrow, I’m keeping this short. I feel like so much more has been going on! I’ll post properly when I return home on Saturday night.

August 1, 2011

Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

On Saturday, I took my friend on her very first hike. I chose Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls because it sounded like a beautiful, moderate day hike to me (7.2 miles round trip, 2000ft elevation gain) and it was only about an hour away. As usual these days, I was overflowing with energy the entire time. I started at a brisk pace, but could not help but run every so often because I LOVE trail running. Then I would wait for my friend to catch up as she gave me death glares. It was really challenging for her on the way up, but I was so proud of her for trekking along at her own pace and not giving up. SO PROUD! I was probably super annoying with how happy I was running and skipping around. Several people on trail actually commented on my fitness and my speed as I passed by. I guess it’s pretty noticeable when most people are huffing and puffing slowly up the hill. I just have SO. MUCH. ENERGY. I get anxious going slow. My heart rate and breathing stayed moderate the whole time and the hike was easy on my body. No soreness whatsoever. I feel like I’m in better shape with each passing day. I consequently feel like I have to push myself to go further and faster, to lift heavier, and to do more than the previous day in order to just keep up with myself. Where is my limit? Is there a limit? I’m constantly impressed by my body’s ability to meet every challenge by becoming stronger each time. I’m not just living anymore, I am THRIVING. I’ve blogged about how incredibly amazing I feel eating paleo every day. I think I’ve reached a new level of amazing now that I’ve added exercise into the mix. It’s an everlasting natural high feeling this healthy and happy, inside and out. My one wish would be for everyone to attain this level of vitality and happiness – I’m pretty sure we’d have world peace as a result. Unfortunately, I realize that such a lifestyle is impossible for many people. I am incredibly lucky to even have the option to move and eat the way I do.

I took water, coconut water, raw almonds, a banana, 90% dark chocolate (higher the cocoa content, lower the sugar – I think this one only has 3g of sugar per serving and it has no soy or dairy), hot coppa, and prosciutto! Perfect snacks for a hike.
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And now lots of pictures of the hike!  I live in such a gorgeous state! I wish pictures could better convey the beauty of nature, but nature is really something you should see for yourself while out in it.
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Bridal Veil Falls
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That’s me! I had fun on all the big boulders.
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Silliness on trail.

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Lake Serene – the water is SO clear.

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The start of the falls and the valley below.

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The cold water felt sooo good on my feet on the way down. Have I mentioned how much I love my Vibrams?!? I can just go in the water, no problem.

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Post-hike meal: grassfed rib eye and a fried egg with sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, and onions

I was ravenous when I got back. Steak with a runny egg yolk is my new favorite thing!

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A peach for dessert… I also had some Coconut Bliss!

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I slept wonderfully on Saturday night and went to Bikram yoga the next morning. It was my last day at Hot Yoga of Woodinville since my Living Social voucher expired. I made sure to tell Sandy how much I’ve appreciated her guidance this past month and that I will definitely be back after I use all my other hot yoga vouchers. I saw so much progress in my yoga practice thanks to how much she cares about each student’s practice. I’ve mentioned before how she always shares words of wisdom during class. Yesterday she said that people who are attracted to Bikram yoga and practice regularly are very hard working people, that it’s difficult to teach them to relax. Now, I don’t know if I’d describe myself as “hard-working”, but I definitely have a hard time relaxing. My last post was about how I force myself to take rest days and how bored I am staying still. I started this post with how I always have to push myself harder and do more. My idea of relaxation is Bikram yoga, which certainly is challenging as well. I think it’s time to add meditation back into my life. A balance between relaxation and activity is key to a sustainable lifestyle and I am definitely skewed towards activity right now.

Ground Elk and Veggies

I have a lot of ground elk in my fridge.I had no idea what to make yesterday, so I threw a bunch of stuff in a pan and made myself something that looks like gourmet dog food.

  1. Chop up onions,mushrooms, zucchini, butternut squash, and garlic.
  2. Add veggies into sauté pan with olive oil and cook until squash is softened.
  3. Add ground elk until brown.
  4. Crack an egg into the pan and stir everything around.
  5. Tear up some fresh basil and add at the last moment.
I started eating it when I felt like it was missing something. One swirl of balsamic vinegar later, it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making this again. Nothing I love more than 5 minute meals!

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June 11, 2011

Lazy saturday = minimal cooking

Preparing your own food is the most convenient way to stay paleo. That way you know exactly what you are putting into your body. This basically means you have to cook a lot, especially if you like having a lot of variety. But it doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming! While I enjoy cooking with a lot of ingredients using multiple pans in multiple steps over multiple hours, sometimes I like being lazy and making something in 10 minutes.

Breakfast
I heat the sausage and fry the eggs in one pan. Yummy 5min breakfast.
– Blueberries
– 1 Tomato
– 2 Eggs – I like mine over medium with a runny yolk.
Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage – I just found out that Aidells makes organic versions of their sausages, I will definitely be looking for those next time. I usually get handmade sausage from the butcher, but precooked, packaged sausage is so convenient! Aidells is awesome because they are all natural and free of nitrates. Always read the label on prepackaged food!
So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk – You definitely want to get the unsweetened kind. Though this does have additives, the ingredients looked ok enough to me. Except the carrageenan, a thickener, which has been linked to cancer. It’s bland at first, but it definitely grows on you! I would like to find some all natural coconut milk.

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MMMM blueberries!!! We have a blueberry plant. I can’t wait to gather my own blueberries!
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Lunch/Dinner
1.2lb T-bone steak with veggies (red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic)
I like my steaks medium rare, so it only takes 5 minutes to first pan sear and pop in the oven for a perfectly cooked steak. Cooking the veggies takes a little longer, but I start those while my cast iron skillet is heating up in the oven.

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I was super full after eating all of this in the mid-afternoon. Eating paleo is not about eating X number of meals a day every X number of hours. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. I did snack on a couple of oranges and had a little kimchi stew in the evening, but I was completely satiated for the day.

May 4, 2011

An active day and a lazy day

I was pretty active on Monday! I skated for 45 minutes. I hadn’t skated for over a week and was tired, but was happy with how I skated. I met an older lady on the ice who had “quit” back in ’81 who was tearing it up out there! I hope I will be able to skate well into my senior years. Right after skating, I did an hour of hot POWER yoga! That was intense!! I both loved and hated every minute of it. It was definitely a workout with every muscle burning at one point or another.

Yesterday was a super lazy day. I went shopping for a couple hours, but didn’t find anything I liked. I’m pretty disappointed in this season’s clothes. I napped, I ate, I watched tv… I was supposed to go to a BBQ but my allergies got the best of me.

Now for some recent eats!

Kimchi stew
Kimchi, water, pork, and onions – super simple! This would usually be eaten with rice and other side dishes. I just ate it by itself with some unsalted and unoiled seaweed (nori) to tone down the spiciness.
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Prime rib omelette
I went out to breakfast with a friend yesterday and chose the prime rib omelette – eggs, beef, tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I asked for no cheese, no hashbrowns, and no toast. I usually ask for a side of tomatoes or fruit instead.
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Grilled shrimp salad
Marinated grilled shrimp served on mixed greens with homemade dressing! I love shrimp this way. Ask for the recipes if you want it, I’m too lazy to find the links right now.
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T-bone steak
I went to Bill the Butcher to buy steak for the bbq. I was pretty disappointed in the selection yesterday, I must have gone on a bad day. I usually get ribeye or tenderloin, but they just had T-bone. The meat was excellent quality and had great flavor. I also cooked it perfectly medium rare and it turned out to be the best T-bone steak I’ve ever had!

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Of course I ate some roasted veggies since I am so obsessed with them.
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Ending with a super cute picture of my grey, Jasper, sleeping on my chest under a fuzzy blanket last night. He LOVES to cuddle like this and coos almost like a dove while sleeping.
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April 24, 2011

Salmon salad and my perfect steak

Lunch today was a filet of salmon atop a salad of mixed greens, red onions, and avocado. I sprinkled balsamic vinegar on the salad as I ate. I absolutely love Copper River salmon, like the good Pacific Northwesterner I am. I seasoned this one  it with minced garlic, Italian herbs, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper and baked it in the oven loosely covered with foil. There’s nothing worse than overcooked salmon, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

Is there anything I love more than all natural, grass-fed beef tenderloin? Probably lots of things, but not today!

How I cook my  steaks (I prefer medium rare):

  1. Buy great steak from a great butcher shop!
  2. Bring steak to room temperature. Season with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Put cast-iron skillet in the oven on 500 degree full broil.
  4. Move heated skillet from oven to the stove. Place steak in the middle and sear steak on both sides.
  5. Move to the hot oven for a few minutes. My 5oz tenderloin only needed 3 minutes in the oven today.
  6. Remove from oven, place steak on plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before eating!
With a side of roasted veggies!
So tender, I could cut it with a fork!