Paleo Eats: 11/16/11

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My vacation is officially over but I’ve got another one coming up in December so I really can’t kvetch. Plus, I gotta make some money to pay for playtime, nosh, and gadgets. Hey, no one is giving me a free SousVide Supreme Demi package

This morning I had a ton of crap to do so I didn’t have time to eat breakfast. Before I headed to a parent-teacher conference for Big-O, I threw a tray of braised cabbage in the oven

…and assembled the ingredients for slow cooker lemon grass coconut chicken drumsticks.

After I came back from school, I took the cabbage out of the oven…

…and made myself a big omelet stuffed with frozen broccoli and merguez sausage.

As a treat, I mixed some pumpkin puree with coconut milk and cinnamon and ate it for dessert.

After lunch, I retrieved my eggs and box o’ meat from my neighborhood Marin Sun Farms CSA pick-up site. I did some laundry when I came home and dumped the chicken, a couple of yams, and sliced onions into the slow cooker.

I set the timer for five hours on low and went to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, the chicken was finished cooking but the yams (which were an impromptu addition) were still kinda hard. Argh.

I ladled out the drumsticks onto a serving dish and topped them with chopped cilantro…

…and transferred the spuds, onions, and some braising liquid to a sauce pan.

I covered the yams and simmered until they were soft (about 10 minutes total) and pureed them with my immersion blender.

After I reheated the braised cabbage in the microwave, I summoned the family to the dinner table.

Since I had to skeedadle to my writing class, I packed my dinner in a LunchBots Thermal before zooming out the door. It was bittersweet attending my last food writing class with Tori Ritchie. On the one hand, I’m excited that my future Wednesdays won’t be so damn hectic but, on the other hand, I’ll miss learning from my talented and generous teacher and peers.

After my class, I headed to the hospital and started another seven nights of work. Thankfully, I spy a Paleo Turducken Jr. at the end of the tunnel…

Paleo Eats: 9/28/11

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It’s my last work shift of the week! Woohoo!

Just like the last six nights, the hospital was filled to capacity, which meant I was working non-stop ‘til the clock struck 8:00 a.m. Luckily, I managed to find enough time to eat everything I packed, including a grass fed PaleoKit, coconut flakes, and a container crammed full of leftover Kalua Pig and braised cabbage

When I came home in the morning, I took a nap for a few hours before transitioning into full-time mommy mode for the week. Unlike one of my typical flip days, I slept a little longer than usual and gulped down an espresso with cream when I got up. 

I was a little apprehensive about getting too much sleep and filling myself with stimulants, but I knew I had a long day ahead. For the next eight weeks, I’m taking a course taught by Tori Ritchie about food writing for mainstream media and blogs. Sitting in a classroom on Wednesday evenings immediately after getting off a 7-night stretch of overnight hospital work is gonna be a challenge. I’m sure I’ll be a total zombie, but the sleep deprivation will be worth it.

Before tonight’s class, I spent the afternoon shuttling the kids to activities before coming home to make dinner. I pan-fried a batch of Turkish slider burgers that had defrosted in yesterday’s meatastrophe

…and served them on a bed of nuked green beans.

After dinner, I sped over to my class and spent three hours learning how to properly structure a recipe. Lemme tell you: There’s a ton I’ve been doing wrong all these months! HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STAND THE SHEER CRAPPINESS OF THIS BLOG?

Even though I was super sleepy, the hours sped by and I left my class super-duper inspired. I can’t believe I’m enjoying school — let alone a writing class. It’s so damn ironic because my recurring panic nightmare since childhood is being in English class and being told to write an impromptu essay. 

Good night!