Hey, look! A new Paleo Eats! Remember when I used to post every single day about what I ate? Things have been more than a little crazy over here (and you’ll find out why soon enough!), so photographing and editing daily posts about my meals has taken a backseat to family time. But yesterday, I whipped out the trusty camera again to capture a few food-related Kodak moments.
We were already behind schedule by the time we woke up. Henry was dashing off with power tools to Lil-O’s co-op preschool for a mandatory maintenance day, while I stayed home to help Big-O with his science project. So for a quick, hearty breakfast, I made everyone fried eggs over leftover Pressure-Cooked Kale & Carrots.
While Lil-O busied himself with his Lego collection, Big-O and I turned our focus to his second-grade science project: Making a poster to show how he made yogurt. (Yeah, I know it’s not Paleo, but for you dairy-abstainers, you should definitely check out this recipe for this Simple Coconut Milk Yogurt.)
Want to see how we transformed a liquid into a solid with the magic of bacteria?
Wow! Henry and I were tickled pink this morning after reading The Kitchn’s wonderful review of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app. More than anything, we truly appreciate that Emma, the reviewer, took the time to explore every little feature that we lovingly and painstakingly crammed into the app — many of which are impossible with a physical cookbook.
(Image courtesy of The Kitchn)
Today is an especially somber day, and I’m feeling a bit conflicted about posting a Forky Friday. I’m doing it because I made a promise to stay on schedule, but I totally understand if you want to skip today’s post and keep your eyeballs on Twitter instead. Admittedly, I was riveted by the rapid-fire #breaking tweets that were populating my feed last night.
If you’re looking for a bit of distraction from the heavy news of the moment, here’s what’s in store: An in-depth article about one of my favorite rancher, cool videos featuring spicy rabbit heads, coconuts, and amazing food art. Plus, you’ll get a peek at a couple of new Paleo cookbooks on my crowded kitchen bookshelf.
Ready? Come along, friends.
No, I’m not calling this dish “Asian Chicken Thighs” solely because I’m of Chinese ancestry. (Though come to think of it, I call dibs on putting the prefix “Asian” on every one of my recipes. They sound more exotic that way, don’t you think?)
Rather, this simple weeknight chicken dinner hits all the notes that you’ve come to expect from Asian comfort food. It’s savory, sweet, tangy, and packed with umami. And did I also mention that the marinade can be ready in just minutes?
Here’s what to gather to feed 4-6 people:
- 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into thirds
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 slices of fresh ginger, each approximately the size of a quarter
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons macadamia nut oil or fat of choice
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon Red Boat fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey (or ½ small apple, peeled, cored, and diced)
- ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 4 pounds chicken thighs
Here’s how to make the chicken:
Dump everything except for the chicken into a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Then, bake the bird parts for 40 minutes at 400°F. The end!
What?!? You want to see step-by-step pictures? Man, you guys sure are demanding. But if you insist…
I know what you’re thinking: What the FEENA FOO?!?! (BTW, that’s Lil-O’s favorite made-up curse phrase of the moment.) Wasn’t your trip to Austin over TWO weeks ago?
Yes, grasshopper, your observation skills are very strong indeed. But I did tell you that I was gonna milk this trip for as many blog posts as possible. Before the gull wing doors lock on this modified DeLorean, gulp down a chill pill ‘cause we’re talking one last trip to Austin.
Bright and early Easter morning, our posse met up with Melicious…
….her hubby Dave….
….and Danielle for brunch at 24 Diner. See? We do eat several meals at this restaurant every time we’re in Austin. As luck would have it, a bunch of other like-minded Paleo food bloggers had the same idea and we ended up dining in a booth next to Julie, Charles, and baby Scott…
…and waving out the window at a whole mess of other Paleo pals brunching al fresco.
In today’s edition of Forky Friday, I’m throwing link love at posts that defend the healthfulness of eating meat, stress the importance of knowing where your meat comes from, and help you choose the best blender for your buck. And as a bonus, I’ve included a video to a crunchy brunch idea that I’m guessing you’ve never tried before.
Let’s dive right in!
So let’s pick up where we left off: Day 2 of PaleoFX.
Last Friday morning in Austin, we all popped up bright and early despite being “on vacation.” Before Cathy, Diana, and I left the house, we downed a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage and bid adieu to the boys — who were still lounging around in their jammies. I’ll admit it: I was a wee bit nervous about my two cooking demos, but Diana and I had made a pact that we’d accompany each other onstage during our respective demos. Sidekicks!
We were kinda like Cagney and Lacey. Laverne and Shirley. Kate and Allie. Ann and Nancy Wilson. Salt-n-Pepa (pre-Spinderella). (Sorry for the 80s flashback. My teenage years were formative, as you can see.)
Because my cooking demo was the first one scheduled, we hurried to the green room to check with the volunteers to see if there was anything else they needed from us. There, Diana and I were greeted by Brittanie Duncan, the head of the PaleoFX Food and Beverage Team. When she assured us that everything was all set, we shifted our focus to the FREE FOOD.
The green room was filled with yummy and nourishing swag like Primal Pacs…
…SeaBear Wild Salmon packets…
…Taza chocolate, Chameleon Cold Brewed Coffee, and steaming carafes of bone broth.
It’s Forky Friday again, which means I’ve compiled a bunch of this week’s tastiest links for your reading pleasure.
What’s on tap, you ask? A couple of great recaps of PaleoFX, myth-busting articles from two of the top Paleo experts, a review of the best-rated Dutch ovens on the market, a cool new Kickstarter project, and some rib-sticking recipes!
Guess what we did for spring break! Nope, we didn’t pile into an RV bound for a booze-soaked Florida beach to shed our inhibitions, clothing, and sobriety. Instead, we hightailed it to Austin so that I could attend (and do a couple of cooking demos at) PaleoFX — and where Henry and the kids could roam around town doing whatever it is that boys do.
On Wednesday, after hurriedly chucking some clothes and toiletries into our luggage and hustling our children out the door, we caught a flight for Austin.
This post’ll be a quickie instead of a longie ‘cause I’m pooped after finishing another week of night shifts. I’m off a day early, but six consecutive 10-hour graveyard shifts in a row is still no walk in the park.
On Monday morning, I was ready to face-plant into bed as soon as I got home. Instead, I walked Big-O to school and pressure cooked a pot of spicy collard greens…