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Paleo Eats: 2/4/12

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I’m pooped after a long day of cooking and eating. But it’s a good tired because being with friends that make me laugh until I have a coughing fit is what life’s all about.

Before the rest of the house was awake, I checked on the barbacoa in the slow cooker. It had simmered on high for 4 hours and kept on warm overnight. When I poked it, the brisket was still a little tough. Argh. I added 1.5 hours on high to the cooking time and went back to bed.

When I woke up for reals, the brisket was perfectly tender and I shredded it up and stored it in the fridge to reheat later.

For breakfast, I slurped up a bowl of leftover Welsh Beef Soup and gobbled up a 4505 Meats merguez sausage.

Big-O and I both have a lingering cough and congestion so I brought out the pressure cooker again to make a quick and meaty bone broth filled with carrots, onions, beef shanks, and oxtails.

I spent the rest of the day preparing food for our impromptu dinner party. I’d already decided to make the barbacoa, but it wasn’t until late this morning that I planned out what we’d be serving. After sending my husband to the store to pick up some extra supplies, I roasted bell peppers on the gas range and marinated them in balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil…

…blitzed another batch of Magic Mushroom Powder…

…trimmed and seasoned a mess of Magic Wings…

…and formed some Big-O Slider Burgers.

I sneaked in lunch amidst all the cooking and made a big ass salad with Madras curry-spiced chicken, greens, cukes, apples, and carrots.

As a mid-day snack, I reheated a bowl of beefy pressure cooker bone broth. Soup just tastes so much better filled with tender chunks of beef, don’t you think?

Before our guests arrived, I baked off the wings…

…pan-roasted some Roasted Rosemary Almonds

…reheated the barbacoa

…fried up the Big-O sliders…

…and sauteed baby kale and onions in the burger grease.

We set out butter lettuce leaves, salsa, diced onions & cilantro…

…and homemade guacamole for everyone to assemble their own tacos.

Here’s one of my many plates of dinner:

Afterwards, I enjoyed a sweet and creamy cup of K’s homemade ice cream churned with raw whole milk, cream, and honey.

So good.

Time for some zzzz’s.

Paleo Eats: 9/18/11

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Today we threw a casual lunch party in our backyard with old and new friends.

You’d think I’d take it easy after Fight Gone Bad 6, but I always try to make use of every minute I’ve got off until my nightshifts start again. Hey, I’m all about cramming in as much good grub and guffaws with people I love.

Since I was still tired from the beat-down the morning before, I decided that our main chow would be meat and veggie kabobs from House of Kabobs in Sunnyvale. That way, I’d just have to make some appetizers and salad before the guests arrived and I’d be able to enjoy the festivities when everyone got here.

I didn’t eat an “official” breakfast but I was grazing on everything I was making for the party: a crudite platter with Aubergine and chimichurri dip…

…a salumi platter, bacon and guacamole sammies

…watermelon and mint salad, heirloom tomato and basil salad

…and a fruit salad.

Fitbomb also pan-roasted a batch of his rosemary almonds

…before heading out to pick up the grilled goodies.

Here’s my lunch plate:

Lunch was a blast! I had a wonderful time hanging out up with my buddies and catching some rays before autumn blows in.

Happy Birthday, Trish! 

After the last of our guests left, we cleaned up and I started making dinner. I roasted some bell peppers on the gas range…

…fried up some Turkish sliders, and made lettuce wraps again.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Man, is the weekend over already? 

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Here’s another video…

This time, I demonstrate how to use a SousVide Supreme to prepare a couple of 4505 Meats’ Cowboy Chops for a dinner party. Yeehaw!

The process I used to sous vide the rib-eyes was straightforward and simple; I seasoned the steaks the morning before the party, stored them in the fridge, and dunked them in the water oven the next morning.

We ended up serving just one of the gigantic chops because each was a whopping 2.5 pounds. I chilled one of the cooked steaks in an ice bath before storing it in the freezer. The remaining chop was seared on our gas grill before I evened out the char with my kitchen torch.

See? It really is like cheating when it’s so easy!

Paleo Eats: 9/4/11

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Sunday was jam-packed with cooking and good eats. Wanna take a peek?

As soon as I woke up in the morning, I dunked the two seasoned 4505 Meats Cowboy chops into the Sous Vide Supreme to soak for 8 hours.

I made breakfast for the family and chowed down on a fried spicy cilantro chicken sausage, sauteed spinach, and a chopped heirloom tomato.

After breakfast, the Double-O’s and I set to work making Paleo Comfort Foods’ poached pears.

Big-O has been bugging me non-stop to make this recipe (even though he’s never eaten poached pears) ever since we received the cookbook in the mail.

He’s one persistent bugger.

After we finished storing the poached pears in the fridge, I reached in the pantry for a new jar of coconut butter only to find I was out. WTF? Luckily, I remembered Melicious has an awesome recipe for homemade coconut butter on her blog, so I blitzed a batch in my Vitamix.

I will never buy a jar again.

For lunch, I fried up a slew of mini Turkish slider burgers and roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon for the family.

After lunch, I started preparing food for the small dinner party we were hosting in the evening.

I roasted a bunch of beets

Portobello mushrooms, and bell peppers. Roasted veggies are the perfect side dish for a party because you can make them ahead of time and serve them at room temperature.

I also chopped some fruit for a salad…

…and sliced carrots and jicama for a crudite platter that I served with Aubergine and Chimichurri dips.

When our guests arrived (Fitbomb’s cousin, his lovely wife, and adorable girls), I put out the crudites & dip, roasted cashews, 4505 Meats chicharrones, fruit salad, and Yogavive apple chips for everyone to munch on before dinner.

To accompany the cold apps, I fried up some 4505 Meats pork and apple breakfast sausages.

After our guests were noshing on the starters, I sent Fitbomb to the gas grill with a package of 4505 Meats’ bacon-studded hotdogs

…”regular” Applegate Farms organic hotdogs (for the kiddies), the sous vided Cowboy chop (I stored the other one in the freezer), and some sliced eggplant.

When he was done grilling the dogs….

…eggplant, and steak, he brought them inside and I plated the grilled veggies…

…and evened out the char on the steak with my kitchen torch.

I sliced up the steak and brought all the eats to the dining table.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, the kids split the chilled poached pears for dessert. They LOVED the pears! Yay! Another winner of a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods!

Psst! If you’re wondering what to bring over to a Paleo pal as a hostess gift, the one we received tonight is hard to top!

D & T generously gifted us with a basket overflowing with organic veggies, eggs, and honey — all of it sourced locally from J.E. Perry Farms.  Seriously?! SO AWESOME! 

Paleo Eats: 8/21/11 (& MovNat Fundamentals)

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I spent my entire Sunday rolling around on the grass, crawling on all fours…

…climbing up poles (despite my daddy’s efforts to keep me off the pole)…

…swinging on the top bar of a swing set (albeit with assistance),

…jumping on picnic tables, and hurling heavy rocks.

Grrrrr!

I wish this was a typical Sunday in the ‘burbs, but it was actually an awesome one-day session of MovNat in Palo Alto led by  Clifton Harski. Although I usually deny that I smile while exercising, I KNOW I was beaming and laughing the whole day today with Fitbomb and our gaggle of barefoot/Vibram-clad MovNat-ers. 

I’m not gonna write a lengthy post because it won’t do Clif and the MovNat session any justice. Instead, please read the awesome ones already written by Dr. B G and Dr. Emily Deans (because I totally concur with their eloquent reviews) and also check out Worker Bee’s and Fitbomb’s detailed summaries of our MovNat experience here in Palo Alto. I HIGHLY recommend you seek out a MovNat session in your area because you’ll re-learn how to move the way you were born to move AND you’ll appreciate the importance of play again.

PLUS, if you’re lucky, Clifton will teach the 8-hour class shirtless.

I know it’s nice to see glistening pecs and abs instead of meat and veggies for a change, but since this blog is all about the Paleo nosh, let’s get back on track, shall we?

Before heading out to Mitchell Park for the MovNat session, I put the seasoned pork roast in the oven to cook while we were out (SCANDALOUS!)…

…washed and prepped two heads of cauliflower for curried cauliflower, packed a cooler for lunch, and threw together breakfast salads for hubby and me with leftover Turkish slider burgers.

At our lunch break, I took out our cooler and we split some hard-boiled eggs, nuked yams, a package of Applegate Farms organic roast beef, crudities and Aubergine dip, and a PaleoKrunch bar.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the sun and when it was over, I went home with tons of great ideas on how to incorporate MovNat into our family’s everyday lives. The kids and I will be crawling all over the place, picking up heavy stuff, and jumping on EVERYTHING.

After the session, we invited Clifton, Nick, and Badier over to our place for dinner.

The pork roast was tender and juicy when we got home…

…so I increased the oven temperature and swapped it out with  a tray of curried cauliflower

…and made a tomato salad with basil chiffonade, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel, and freshly ground pepper.

Hubby also helped out by making a yummy watermelon salad with fresh mint and lime juice…

…and his delicious guacamole.

By this time, the cauliflower was finished roasting so I plated the florets with a splash of lemon juice and a pile of minced cilantro.

I shredded the pork…

..washed some butter lettuce…

…and dinner was ready.

I laid everything out so people could make their own roast pork-filled lettuce wrapped tacos. 

Here’s my dinner plate:

Oh, one more thing… 

…take a looky here at this incriminating photo of a certain Lazy Caveman taking a sip of (gasp!) milk! (To be fair, it’s raw, grass-fed, full-fat Jersey milk from a local farm. And it came from our fridge. And I think he felt peer-pressured after the dairy-lovin’ Clifton downed an entire glass.)

Eat your heart out, Pedro!