Paleo Eats: 9/10/11

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It’s Friday night (or waaaaay early on Saturday morning) and I had nothing going on except for work, work, work. How come everyone else is drinking and driving and/or falling off horses? If everyone else stayed home and caught up on sleep, I’d have a nice, quiet shift at the hospital. Some people are so damn self-centered.

Er…I guess that includes me.

My first meal at work was close to the end of my shift: leftover emergency protein and veggies.

When I got off work, the family and I went to the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market to stock up on stone fruit, veggies…

…and spices.

I spent some time grilling Tammy, the friendly and spice-obsessed owner of Spice Hound, about her latest and greatest blends and exotic salts.

Stay tuned…there may be a spicy giveaway in the near future!

After our trip to the market, I bid the boys adieu before heading to bed.

Apparently, I missed out on a fun trip to San Francisco filled with spooks…

…train rides…

…and sleeping demons.

They even brought me a present!

As an additional treat, Fitbomb fed the boys dinner and let me sleep in until close to 7:00 p.m.

For dinner, I made a quick frittata

…filled with chard…

…sliced Walla Walla  onions…

…and leftover emergency protein.

I sprinkled on some Aleppo peppers…

…before finishing the egg pie under the broiler.

Here my dinner plate:

I had intended to sous vide the black cod fillets from Siren SeaSA for dinner but I didn’t have enough time. Don’t fret! I stored them in a bowl of ice in the fridge for tomorrow’s dinner.

Then, I packed my stuff for work and went to the garage to practice for Fight Gone Bad 6. Yes, that means I spent some time in the garage getting bonked in the head with a heavy medicine ball. Over and over and over again. Ouch.

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Stock Your Pantry with Spice Hound Spice Blends

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I love to eat but am incredibly lazy. Good thing I’m willing to pay through the nose for items that make me seem like a good cook without any actual technical skill (e.g. SousVide Supreme).

In all seriousness, I think if you use high quality ingredients, your food will taste awesome without too much work.  And you don’t have to spend a ton of money.  For example, I love the spice blends from local spice purveyor Spice Hound.  They’re all really fresh, unique, and tasty and they cost ~$6-7 per half-cup container. I’m always on the look out for new spice blends because they’ll help you save so much time in the kitchen.

I bought these three sugar-free blends at the farmers’ market last Saturday:

Tabil is a Tunisian spice blend with a spicy kick made with coriander, minced garlic, crushed red pepper, and caraway seeds.  I cooked up some ground beef and diced onions tonight and seasoned it with some Tabil, salt, and pepper.  The dish took minimal work but tasted amazing.

Fajita & Taco Seasoning is a fantastic blend with ancho, Mexican oregano, garlic, thyme, tomato, sea salt, Worcestershire.  The crap you get at the store always has tons of sugar. I know you can make your own (and I have) but I’m lazy, remember?

 

I am really excited to experiment with Dukka.  It’s a traditional Egyptian spice blend with hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin. 

The owner, Tammy Tan, is super nice, informative, and helpful. They have a new storefront in San Francisco and stands at a ton of farmers’ markets in the Bay Area.  I can’t wait to try more of their spices, salts, and blends!