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http://www.grassfedgirl.com/5-minute-healing-pumpkin-pudding-egg-and-dairy-free/

Dairy and egg free. AIP friendly (well, except maybe for the nutmeg). I think I may have doubled the cinnamon and added a couple of dashes of mace and cloves to the spicing. I also used fresh-made coconut milk, so the fat content was nice and rich. Oh, and I used butternut squash instead of pumpkin because that's what I had.

Anyway, it was really, really good. Really good.
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Really exciting decisions, too, like, do I start my homework with catching up or on my paper that's due in five weeks. Do I rejoin BJs or go back to Costco? Do I dare go for a walk in the beautiful weather and risk aggravating my stupid leg or not?

And these oh-so-exciting options are why I'm on here, of course. Because the answer to all of them is "Don' wanna."

However. There are good things. Such as... )

ETA: Oh, and it seems I'm not alone in my attitude today! Daylight savings time's first Monday is generally a bad day, it seems:

Increased sleepiness on the first Monday after switching to daylight saving time leads to a "dramatic increase in cyberloafing behavior" (i.e. surfing the Web when you should be getting work done), at least in Singapore, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Varia

Jan. 9th, 2013 09:18 am
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Yep.


Unfortunately...

Another to do list. Because the end of vacations are like that. )

I hope to have the energy/ambition to try out the recipe for almond flour, squash gnocchi tonight, even if that means I need to go shopping for fresh herbs. Granted, fresh herbs would also be nice for stuffing the chicken(s) with, so that's not a bad thing.

I don't think Urban Poser bakes her cookies enough, for the most part, but overall, I have been quite pleased with her recipes. However, since I can eat eggs, I have been substituting most of the oil for an egg (and a bit more flour) in her recipes, as that way I can eat more of the results. ;-) (I still have trouble digesting fat. Even yummy fat, like coconut oil. )-:

Now that we're home, I really want to try out her recipe for sourdough bread. However, that can wait until all our tummies have recovered from the travails of travel. Because there were travails. Nice thing is, we seem to have survived the travails intact without too much indigestion. Yay for better digestive health! *cheers*

ION, Geoff and I started watching "Kingdom" the other night. What a lovely, low-key mystery series! If one can even call it a mystery series... There is a mystery, but, well, the series is much more about the characters than the mystery, isn't it? Granted, I've only watched the first three episodes, so I really don't know what's going on yet. :-)

Anything else?

I've been enjoying reading the exchange pieces. I'm being picky about what I read (I'm avoiding things that are likely to be all angsty, dark or otherwise weighty), but what I have read has been fun. I must say I especially enjoyed "Worlds Enough, and Time," though the others I read yesterday were also good. If you'd be so kind, I would love recommendations on the pre-holiday hiatus stuff.

But, I think that's that. Need to go start the day. Hope Wednesday is or was good!

Good things

Jan. 8th, 2013 08:41 pm
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Because this morning's post was way cranky, a list of goodness:

1. Hot showers are wonderful. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Not only did this morning's wake me up a fair amount, it helped clear my sinuses a bit, which helped my overall feeling of well-being tick up into the positive section of life.

2. Before my shower, I managed to not only clear a path for the trash bins, but also clear enough of the driveway to be able to move the car up, should we choose to. The snow was heavy, but also nice and clumpy. With little ice on the bottom. I think it took me a total of 12 minutes to clear the 20 sq. foot area. If that.

3. Coconut flour, chai spiced muffins. Really, really yummy things, those. And they only use 1/2 cup of coconut flour! For realz! (The mashed cauliflower cottage pie I made was also pretty darn yummy.)

4. Central heating, slippers and sweaters. And not-too-strong tea. All very warming things.

5. Research that adds weight to my belief that it would be better to wait till 2014 to move, even if we both (all?) want to move now now NOW. Waiting two one and a half years would put us in a better situation overall, though. I think. And it's good to know that there are benefits to waiting, the clincher being that I don't think my New England community college credits would transfer to Colorado community colleges with ease. Hopefully they will transfer to a Colorado university with ease... Although, if necessary, I can always do online courses at SNHU. (bleh.)
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For reference:

6 small carrots (about 3/4 - 1 cup roughly chopped)
half a head of garlic
3/4 cup mushrooms (double handful of small whites)
1/2 - 3/4 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 lbs hamburger (I used 85% lean)

Use food processor to puree veggies and spices into a mush; mix in meat. Grill till cooked. (Would probably be fine cooked in oven on a rack above pan.)

Was most excellent with grilled zucchini/summer squash slices, steamed cauliflower and a simple salad.

*contented sigh*
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The icicle lights I put up in the kitchen have been pleasing me no end. They cast quite a bit of light, so we can eat, effectively, by candlelight but without the toxicity of burning paraffin. They're also really, really pretty. I'm not sure when I'm going to take them down, but I suspect it won't be until late February, when the days are getting noticeably brighter.


Cut for long windedness )

Oh, and have I mentioned how happy, nice and polite Page has been since break started? I don't know whether to list that as a joy, though, given the implications...

'*' is a recipe )
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Things are getting done. I will remind myself of this tomorrow when I start panicking for real, but things are getting done.

We're leaving on a jet plane Wednesday morning, and there's still much to do. The most onerous item on the list is moving big rocks to form an arc on the walkway. I will be getting up early tomorrow to do that while it is still a reasonable temperature out, because I fried myself today, and I had quit before 10.


I made scape pesto today. Very yummy. Needs more cheese, but in lieu of cheese, peas work quite well. I used about a cup of whomped scapes, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/8 cup parlick fell (cheese) and 1-2 Tbsp olive oil. And then, after getting bitten by the garlic, added about 1/2 cup frozen peas.

All whomped up, it was lovely. As I said, I think more cheese would have been nice, but even so, it was nice. It would make KILLER garlic bread. Oh, how I wish I had the time and energy to make some garlic bread...


I finished "Shelter" today. When I quit for the night the other night (Friday, I think) because I was tired, and the words were like blood being drawn by gnats, half a drop at a time, I knew I was close to the end. I was guessing about 500 words.

499 words (and two days) later, and it is done. (I so would have won at Price is Right!)

I have issues with bits of it, but overall I am satisfied. I love the Patronus I gave Snape (Geoff thought of it a couple weeks ago), I like Neville, and I shudder to think what some of you are going to say when you see who I've killed.

But anyway, I'm rather pleased and relieved, as that's something that's been on my plate for... oh, 4 years? Yeah. Good to get it done.


M&M came over yesterday, and it was a lovely visit. Their daughter is about 10 months old, so she's at that uber cute stage. And she is uber cute. Poor Page was trying to get attention all throughout their visit, resorting to wilder and wilder moves as attention, naturally, kept going back to the baby. *jealous!boy is jealous*

M is also the most relaxed I've ever seen her. Parenthood obviously suits her. I am so happy about that.


A side benefit of M&M's visit was that the three of us (yes, Page helped!) did a rush job of thoroughly cleaning the living room level of the house. Floors were disinfected, moldings cleaned, corners de-cobwebbed... Seriously! I did not clean behind (or under) the couches, but otherwise we got it done.

So that just leaves the rest of the house to do... ;-)


And, that's about it. Internet was down earlier today, so I'm a bit behind on things, and I can't promise I'll get caught up as I expect to be super busy tomorrow. Lots and lots and lots to do. *shrugs*

Hope all ya'll are happy and hopeful. Talk at ya later.

Yum

Sep. 7th, 2010 08:34 pm
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So, even though it was a lot warmer than I thought it would be today (not having glanced at the forecast for a few days), I made stew for supper. Kim chee stew. It was really, really good, even though the kim chee was used in stew because it was not good at all (though not bad bad).

And I also made wheat and dairy-free biscuits that were a success despite my experimentation!

Recipes )
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Flemish Beef Stew

1 & 1/2 lb lean stewing beef cut into 1" chunks
2 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
3/4 pint (that's 15 fl oz!) Guinness or other dark beer
1 beef stock cube, crumbled
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
pinch of ground cloves
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Use a large, preferable cast iron casserole.

Coat the beef cubes with the four
Brown the meat on all sides in the oil. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the onions and garlic to the casserole and fry gently for five minutes (I usually find a bit more oil is necessary) until soft. Add the sugar and fry for a further minute
Combine the ale, stock cube, vinegar and mustard, and add to the casserole. Stir and bring to the boil.
Return the beef to the casserole, add the cloves, and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook in a preheated oven (300 degrees F) for about 3 hours.

The recipe book suggests serving with hot buttered noodles and broccoli.

Random

Aug. 10th, 2010 04:21 pm
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  • After trying to read chapter 46 of Semantics three times and zoning out each time with a shrug, I think I'm going to give the rest of the story a miss.  Snape is too... unremittingly unreasonable AND pathetic.  Way too close to the worst of DH canon for my taste.  And Hermione is... she just is.  She isn't the main character and although she seems fairly reasonable and likable, I just can't bring myself to care, except to think that she's better suited to Draco and deserves a hell of a lot better than that Snape.  Assuming coffeeonthepatio ever does put them together.  Draco was the only one worth reading about, and he's off the charts OOC now that he's gone all sappy with Aideen.
  • This is worth checking out.  It's a talk on TED by a brain specialist about her personal experience with a stroke. Very moving.
  • I made brownies to go with my tea today.  I overcooked them slightly, so they would be better with whipped cream and berries, but they're still mighty good alone.  (I know I posted a link to these previously, but it seems I didn't tag it, and I can't be bothered looking for it.)
  • I really need to start exercising again.  I hate, loathe and despise the chest-and-leg raises - which I term the quartered-airplane (exercise 6).  The full airplane is even worse, and that's basically what I've got to look forward to as I progress.  Should that ever happen.  (/well founded cynicism)  Instead of running in place, which is one of the many ways I've injured myself over the last ten months, I do heel lifts (walking in place without foot leaving the ground).  Or, at least I will, next time I actually start exercising.  I also do squats instead of hops, for the same injury-reducing reasons.  (It's actually a lot more difficult to fit all of those into the *checks* 3 minutes allowed? Hell.  That's easy.  For now.  (I thought it was 2 minutes)
  • I have been indulging in Ezekiel 4:9 (which Babe can eat) toast this past week, and my skin is a mess because of it.  Itchy, nasty eczema for the fail.  I suspect the lentils even more than the barley.  I shall abstain henceforth.
  • I had an intuitive math win yesterday at the store. It was a cash only store (Costco), and while I had counted up the cost of the bigger ticket items (meat) in my head (2/3 of my cash), I just estimated the rest.   I had four dollars to spare when all was said and done.

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnd, considering I just spent an hour and a half on this post when I should have been exercising, sanding, cleaning, napping or playing with Babe, I think I really ought to go.  *sheepishly waves*

Cheers!


ETA: Quote of the day: "We are investigating all our options - including legal ones," [Rand] Paul spokesman Jesse Benton told Politico
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I'm battling to convince myself that even though I may never reach the health level of a normal person, it is better to eat healthy and stay away from foods I know aggravate my immune system because I do feel better when I do.

But it's hard...

It's especially hard when I can't find the nutrients necessary to support my health (and curb my cravings) nearby. Like powdered vitamin C. My body seems to operate best if I get at least 2 grams of the stuff a day. That's a LOT of kiwis, strawberries and other expensive fruit (I can't eat oranges). Right now I have buffered C powder, which is the most disgusting thing ever (think baking soda and ascorbic acid... that's basically what it is). The only way to take it so my stomach doesn't ironically revolt is in a smoothie.

Which brings me to the very interesting thing.

Strawberries (frozen), acai berry pulp (frozen), kiwis and parsley all blended together.

The parsley is the interesting bit.

It's not bad, but... Why do the real power foods (parsley, acai) have to taste so... interesting?
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I just treated Babe's legs for bugbite wounds. He reacts like I do, the poor kid. Two of the bites are weeping already, and one is looking scary, though it hasn't blistered (or the blister has been rubbed away). Fortunately, I managed to clean off the scariest looking bits, which means it was lint, not blood poisoning or gangrenous skin remnants. :-)

On the plus side, as I told him a couple of times, at least he has good circulation, so with the neosporin and bandages (humongous band-aids) his body should do its job and he'll be better in no time.

Sucks, though, passing this trait on to him as well all the others.

:-(



And on that appetizing note, I'd like to report a really nice couple of days of food. I've made two salads, so far, with at leasst half the greens coming from my beds. The mesclun is going gangbusters, though the romaine(?) is trying to take over by shading everything else to death. I'm not letting it, however. It's too yummy to get away with that.

So yesterday, I made an awesome salad for a potluck, though it is missing something, I just haven't figured out what. It was equal parts fresh mesclun, fully grown romaine and torn up red chard leaves (stems removed), tossed with cucumber, slivers of celery and almonds and crumbled up white stilton with dates and orange (OMG!YUM!). It needs a dressing, though I haven't figured out what, exactly. I'm thinking a yogurt based dressing, though I don't know what I'd season it with. Something subtle and spicy... and maybe middle eastern in flavor, like cumin and coriander. With orange blossom water? Nah, that would be lost.

Anyway, it was good, but not quite perfect. I'll need to play around with it a bite more. Aw shucks.


Tonight, I made madras veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, rutabaga, green beans, broccoli and zucchini) and chicken tikka, without the tikka. Or the grilling/broiling. Basically, it was chicken korma without the coconut. It was super yummy, too.

The recipe, though know that I adjusted or guesstimated on many of the ingredients' quantities )

I have a bag of this chicken mixture still marinating in the fridge. Probably I'll break out the grill tomorrow (it's supposed to be 93F tomorrow! EW!) and do a proper tikka treatment, but I'm tempted to add coconut and ground almonds to the sauce and make a(n approximation of a) proper korma. I love chicken korma so.

We'll see. It'll probably depend on how hot the house is. And if I manage to get a refill on the propane...

I also made some date bars, though I overcooked them a bit in the oven. (Fifteen-twenty fresh dates and 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut whomped in the whomper till blended, spread 3/8" thick on cookie sheet and baked in 350F oven however long (fifteen minutes? twelve?) then left to cool in oven another twnety minutes or so.) I need to experiment with them a bit more to figure out how to cook them in the oven (as opposed to the microwave, where I cooked them before) so that they turn out the same. Though, it has occurred to me that maybe the oven is the wrong way to cook them. Maybe they need to be steamed... Don't think so, though. Probably need to reduce the oven temp by fifty to a hundred degrees and only have the heat on for five minutes rather than twelve. Or however long it was. (Such a rigorous scientific method I use, eh?) Then let them set until the oven is cool. Ish.


And all this cooking because I couldn't do laundry (the manganese lining of the city's pipes is breaking down, so as the water company is flushing the pipes, the water gets extra dirty. Again, and again and again. At least I noticed this time beforehand :-P).


Aaaaaaaaaand that's my day. That and deal with Babe's few dramas. Gosh, he's become such a boy lately! He's no longer a toddler at all. He's thinking and reasoning and sneaking and rationalizing... It's great! I'm really starting to like him, even when he does piss me off or disappoint me.

:-)
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Since I've been a grump lately, I will try to balance it out now.

Good things; or, That Which I Am Grateful For:

Read more... )


There. I feel much better now. Yay!

OMG YUM!

Oct. 25th, 2009 02:37 pm
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Oatmeal (rolled oats, not quick, and cooked sloooowly), spoonful of coconut oil, two dashes of ground coriander, four dashes of cinnamon, a teaspoon of maple syrup and a splash of milk.


That is the best tasting breakfast I've had in a long time.


*looks at clock*

Shut up.

;-)


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So, I've been rather creative in the kitchen, lately. All in the name of economy, of course, but the results have been rather tasty.

It helps that it's been soup weather.

Last night's supper consisted of Thai(ish) leek soup. Sautee four or five cloves garlic, a teaspoon or two of sliced ginger, a teaspoon of coriander seeds (whole) in a couple teaspoons coconut oil, then add half a rutabega (diced into 3/8" cubes) and sautee till thoroughly coated in oil and starting to cook. Add 1 qt. chicken stock and let simmer till turnip is soft. Add six or seven mushrooms, sliced, and finely chopped stems of a bunch of cilantro (about 1/2 cup). Let cook for a minute or two, then add the rest of the cilantro (chopped or not, your choice) and let wilt before adding two leeks, sliced in half lengthwise and then into 3/8" slices.

Salt to taste (with salt or fish sauce). Serve hot with steamed sesame filled buns.

I added slices of Thai sausage after the chicken broth had melted and before the mushrooms. It was yummy.

Hungry

Sep. 29th, 2009 08:25 pm
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Waiting.

Babe's bedtime has arrived, but the smell of cilantro haunts the house.

Uneaten.

It beckons as it simmers slowly, waiting for us to lift the lid...
But bedtime intercedes.

Uncertainty is there, despite the hunger.

Red cabbage sauteed in butter, steamed with ground coriander,
adding sliced water chestnuts,
green onions,
grated carrot
and coins of spinach-feta chicken sausage... later.

Along with the cilantro.
It is an untested theory awaiting the test of taste.

Simmering, the cilantro overwhelms the smell of rice.

It overwhelms.

It tempts.

Even the coconut oil, melted in a saucepan, waiting for the peas cannot compete.
Yet.

Waiting.

Waiting.

Waiting.

Fish Tacos

Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:58 pm
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Final post for the night, I promise.

Saute 1/4 head purple cabbage, chopped relatively finely in a couple tablespoons oil. Add cumin (approx 1 T), pepper (three dashes), garlic powder (at least 1 T) and 3 or 4 chopped green onions. Cook till cabbage is starting to soften, adding 1 T lime juice and water as necessary. Add 1 fresh green chili, finely chopped, and a grated carrot or two. Cook a few more minutes. Place fillets of white fish (I used orange roughy) on top of cabbage mix. Coat with desired amount of cumin and garlic powder and salt. Turn over and coat other side. Cover, cook for ten minutes or so until it's all flaky and stuff. Break apart and mix into cabbage with spatula.

Serve in softened corn tortillas with lime quarters.


How I actually prepared it )

Could be better, but it was a good quick fix.
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Does anyone have a good, trusted recipe for knödel (that doesn't involve a mix I can't get)?

As soup season (slowly) approaches, I have a feeling I will be hankering for them. Not that I'll be able to eat them often (potato and wheat are verboten), but... mmm.

I think I'm hungry now. I shall go eat the leftover curry.

Meandering

Jun. 28th, 2009 09:37 pm
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First, I was playing with the cute name generator on the site that shall not be named, and for fun, I put in Severus Snape... or should we call him Moopsieface?

I liked Geoff's cute name: Schnookiecake.

I dare anyone to write a fic where Snape is called either of those names without killing the offending person. Perhaps even adopting the endearments? (Would that be possible?)


Rambling about projects and Babe, mostly )
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I do love the silly aspect of this season. Like this article, for example. Why do they do it? Because it's fun. And silly. And perfectly in tune with the season.

I also love the treats. Went out and spent waaaaaaaaaay too much on party fare today, and then came home, cleaned the fridge so there'd be room for most of it, and then proceeded to bake. So far I've only made one batch of cookies, but if only one batch was made, this is the batch that would need to be made.

I love Chinese chews. Luuuuuuuuurve them. And because I want to spread the love, here is the recipe:

Chinese Chews (no, I have no idea why they are named such) )

And now I need to go make the fruit rocks. The raisins should be pretty well doused with sherry by now. It's been a few hours...

;-)

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