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Paleo Eats: 6/30/12

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My work-hubby is off for a couple of nights to attend a wedding, so I was on my own after 2:30 am. The last time he disappeared for vacation,  the pharmacy was out-of-control crazy busy. Steeling myself for more of the same, I brought my meal in a LunchBots Clicks so I could gobble it all up straight from the fridge: sous vide tri tip, roasted broccoli, and napa cabbage kimchee.

Luckily, my shift at the hospital was non-eventful, and the work was slow and steady. Before I knew it, the sun was up, and I was peeling out of the garage on my way to the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers’ Market. There, I picked up beaucoup veggies, spices, seafood, and stone fruit.

I was still peckish when I came home, so I pulled out some chicken gizzards and hearts from the fridge.

What? You don’t have organ meat lying around? Shame, shame!

Just joshing. I rarely have any at the ready. But when I roasted a couple of chickens the other day, I made a conscious decision to keep the odd bits that came stuffed in the cavities. I froze the livers and neck bones, and threw the gizzards and hearts in the fridge. I know gizzards are best confited or braised, but I was HANGRY and short on time.

I decided to simply season them…

…sauté ‘em in melted butter…

…and toss in a handful of cherry tomatoes at the end.

The hearts were mighty flavorful, but the gizzards were too crunchy. Note to self: there’s a reason why sautéing isn’t a preferred method of cooking gizzards. My jaws were sore from masticating muscular bird stomachs.

Next time, I’m gonna sous vide the gizzards or follow this recipe from uber hunter-gatherer Hank Shaw. In the sage words of the Beastie Boys: Slow and low, that is the tempo.

Before heading off to bed, I tinkered with a new recipe for a Paleo cookie.

The recipe requires some additional tweaking, but Lil-O didn’t seem to mind gobbling up the test batch.

I passed out for almost eight hours and woke up later than normal — which is both a good and bad thing. I was able to chip away at my sleep deficit, but I had to scramble to get dinner on the table before the Double-Os’ bedtime.

Tabil Seasoned Sautéed Shrimp to the rescue!

I started by rendering bacon grease…

..to which I added the seasoned shrimp…

… cherry tomatoes…

…and a chiffonade of basil.

Then, I stir-fried kale and bacon in the same pan.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, I fished a flap steak out of the SousVide Supreme and seared it for my packed lunch.

Yep, the same dirty skillet for all three dishes. I hate washing extra pots and pans.

Once my kitchen chores were finished, I tucked the kiddos in bed before sneaking into our newly-cleaned garage gym (thanks, Fitbomb!) to practice double-unders, Abmat sit-ups, and push presses.  I need lots of practice.

By the way, how many of you are heading to the CrossFit Games in a couple of weeks? Fitbomb had a blast last year (check out his multi-part recap of the 2011 Games here: Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4/Part 5), but I missed out on all the fun.

That ain’t happening this year, ‘cause the Nombomb clan’ll be there in full force! If you see a couple of harried Asians dragging along their sweaty and exhausted spawn, come say hi!

I promise I won’t bite. Much.

Paleo Eats: 12/24/11 

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Today, the entire Nombomb clan was dressed in our pajamas until the late afternoon, and all of us had a bad case of bedhead. When you come back from vacation, you get a free pass on looking slovenly.

Lil-O was embarrassed to be related to us, so he went incognito…

…trying on several different guises.

The kitty-cat PJs were a dead giveaway, though.

Despite my ghastly physical appearance, I was super-productive in the kitchen today. For breakfast this Christmas Eve, I fried up a frittata with grizzled, wrinkly veggies I found languishing in our crisper. I stir-fried some Brussels sprouts, onions, and mushrooms, and seasoned them with homemade Tabil…

…before binding it all together with some eggs.

I also made a quick guacamole and spooned some on my slice.

Afterwards, I blitzed up a bowl of salsa roja asada (fire-roasted salsa)…

…fried some crispy smashed chicken breasts…

…and started a batch of haupia.

As is customary on days we’re doing recipe development, we didn’t really eat lunch; instead, we just scarfed down everything we cooked.

My pants are getting TIGHT.

As the sun was setting, we all changed into street clothes and combed our scraggly hair. We were celebrating Christmas early at my parents’ place tonight and had to look somewhat presentable.

My mom, who also happens to be my culinary idol, made us a delicious Paleo-friendly spread. For starters, we had smoked salmon, roasted marinated bell peppers, avocado, nuts, and cheese.

At dinnertime, we were served a hearty soup filled with veggies, dried scallops, tender pork shoulder, and shrimp balls….

…roasted lamb chops…

…sautéed mushrooms, steamed Japanese yams, and roasted marinated bell peppers.

Here’s my dinner plate:

When we got home, I downed half a dark chocolate bar because I’m a hopeless cacao addict. I had more discipline when I was on vacation because I was thousands of miles away from all the macadamia nuts and dark chocolate in my pantry. That stuff is dangerous, yo!

I’m planning to kick off another Whole30 on January 1st and will definitely be working my way through Melicious’s Well-Fed cookbook. Who’s with me?

Paleo Eats: 12/10/11-12/11/11

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This post will be short and sweet because we were BUSY this weekend and I want to get some sleep.

Yesterday, we had our hands full with Big-O’s birthday party. We herded a group of his buddies to see The Muppets followed by a late lunch at The Patty Shack.

My bunless Midnight Burger hit the spot, but trying to herd a dozen small children around was a bit of a challenge. Let me just say that I don’t wish to trade places with Michelle Duggar. Ever.

Last night, we dined out at Michael Mina to bid farewell to our good friends H & D who are moving to Los Angeles (the horror!). The meal was fantastic but I definitely strayed off the Paleo reservation and made sure that there was no photographic evidence.

In between the parties yesterday and all day today, we made a big mess of our kitchen tweaking and developing recipes. Some of the grub we dreamed up included spicy tuna cakes…

…reverse-engineered LÄRABARs…

…shrimp and bacon stuffed mushrooms…

…crispy mushroom chips…

…Dukkah-crusted roasted lamb sirloin topped with mango salsa…

…and strawberry ice cream.

Dear readers, as I mentioned before, new recipes will be few and far between for now. That means no bread recipe just yet because I’m still hard at work on that side project, remember? 

Check out my big ass recipe index if you’re looking for something to whip up. With two whiny boys of my own, I’m pretty immune to any and all begging and pleading. 

Instead of the bread recipe, how about a cool giveaway instead? Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the details…