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2 Aug

4 mountain miles of obstacles.  It’s on now.


Paleo Sketti

2 Aug

I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on paleo lately, getting some good ideas for recipes I want to try.  One thing I read about yesterday was alternatives to pasta.  Of course we all know about spaghetti squash, so named because it mimics spaghetti in appearance.  But, some other bloggers and posters mentioned using raw broccoli slaw as the base upon which to pile their favorite pasta sauce.  This sounded sufficiently delicious and weird, so of course I had to try it.

Here’s what I did:
1 Tbs olive oil (would have used coconut oil, but le jar is empty. Boo!)
1lb ground pork
1/4lb ground beef

  • Heated the oil until shimmery in a medium saucepan.  Added the ground meat and cooked until well-browned, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat into crumbly bits.

Minced garlic
Crushed red pepper
Fennel seed

  • Added these herbs to the browned meat, to taste.  I didn’t measure.  You can add however much you want, or swap these out for different herbs altogether.

Freshly ground black pepper

  • Stirred in some fresh coarse-ground black pepper and about 1/2 tsp salt, give or take.  Add a little salt, taste the sauce, and add more if you need to.  Remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out if you add too much salt. Simmered the sauce at this point for about 25 minutes on low.

Raw broccoli slaw mix

  • Put 1 cup of broccoli slaw mix (raw, plain) in a bowl and microwaved it for about 30 secs to warm it up (hot pasta sauce on cold vegetables?  Blech).  Scooped 1 cup of meat sauce onto the slaw mix

Grated parmesan cheese

  • Okay, not totally paleo, but I have a small wedge of parm left that I need to use up, and I don’t want to waste food.  I put about 2 Tbs of grated parm on top, where it got all melty and delicious

Verdict?  Seriously yummy, filling, and does not leave my stomach feeling like I ate a brick, the way a heap of pasta does.  This will become a regular meal for me.  Paleo or not, it’s just delicious!  🙂

(p.s. Sometimes I might post pictures with meal ideas, sometimes not.  This isn’t a “food blog” really…I already have one of those, and taking photos of everything I cook gets tiring.  So, I just gobbled up my dinner this time around…maybe I’ll get a photo next time!)

Wednesday LinkDump

2 Aug

This is why I’m going paleo.

This is what I’m training for.  And also this.

I have to make these cookies ASAP.

Here is Maru playing with a box:

OmNom: Crazy Superfoods Oatmeal

29 Jul

I’m working toward a nearly-paleo diet, but so far the one grain I am still unwilling to give up is my morning bowl of oatmeal.  I’ve had oatmeal almost every morning since I first started Bob’s Rules on June 30th, and it is working really well for me.  I get a hefty dose of carbs and fiber with the oats and calcium with the milk, then I focus on protein, veg, fruits, nuts/seeds for the rest of the day.  This morning it was just one of those days, the kind where you wake up and you know you need to do something crazy in the kitchen to snap yourself out of whatever you woke up in.  My usual oatmeal is just plain oats, 1%milk, and plain frozen berries…nothing else.  Today though I got to thinking about a fellow Rebel’s post on NF, re: add-ins for oats, and I decided to change it up.

“Mama Said There’ll Be Days Like This” Crazy Superfood Oatmeal: in a large microwave safe bowl, mix 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats and 1 cup milk or water (make sure your bowl is big enough to handle the boil-up effect).  Microwave until oats are cooked and at desired thickness (4mins 30secs in my micro).  Stir in: 1 tsp flaxmeal, 1tsp cacao powder, 1/4 cup frozen plain mixed berries, and 1/4 cup coconut milk. Stir until well-combined, making sure the cacao powder does not have any large lumps. Enjoy the heck out of your bowl of hearty superfoods goodness.  🙂

The Road to Mount Doom

28 Jul

Name: The Road to Mount Doom
Description: a .78mi hill next to my house; loose, crumbly gravel road and an incline with a 9% grade (300ft change in elevation). A lot of critters rustling about in the tall woods on either side, as well as hordes of goblins, err, horseflies.
Time: 00:29:55
Distance: 1.56mi (Started at the top, walked down to the bottom and back up)
Elevation change: 300ft
Terrain: Loose, dry gravel – almost harder to navigate going down than up, thanks to gravity wanting to pull my feet out from under me.
Achievement Unlocked:  Burning Calves of Amon Amarth – oh, the fiery pain!
Post: Basic stretching

At the top, looking down…

And going up, up, up.

April 18, 2011 – June 1, 2011

1 Jun

Title:  Postage Stamp Series 3

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application)

Guess what?  I graduated!  Here is what may be the last postage stamp collage, at least for awhile.  Now that my schedule is much more open, I am hoping to do more daily crafts with actual stuff (paper, dirt, my hands, etc.) as a break from all of the digital art that got me through the semester.  Happy day, all!  🙂





The Owl and the Pussycat

17 Apr

Title:  The Owl and the Pussycat & Colors

Medium:  Paint (Windows 7 Application) & Microsoft Word (Office 10)

Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” is my favorite childhood poem.  I remember that I had an illustrated copy of the book, but I have not been able to find the same copy since.  All I remember is that the water was very blue, the owl was brown, the cat was grey, and her dress was pink.  The boat was, of course, pea-green.  I also remember that her dress and parasol were very frilly, and they sat on a blanket on the beach eating quince.  I really wish I knew who had done those illustrations.  Poem by Edward Lear can be found here.