Day 1. And so it begins!
“If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin.” Ivan Turgenev
Day 1. Here we go! I definitely took advantage of the last few days to relax a little bit. I had ice cream over the weekend (good stuff, made by hand) and a little cheese last night as a snack. And, like clockwork, I woke up this morning REALLY congested. Nothing debilitating, but I definitely noticed it and it was unpleasant. So that’s interesting, and now the desire for ice cream is out of my system, and I actually craved greens this morning. (Seriously, what am I, an alien?)
I enjoyed one really delicious cup of coffee today – I’m officially finishing up my bag of high quality whole beans, and then I’m cutting myself off. I haven’t quite come up with an exact game plan for this, but off the cuff I’m thinking that the coffee I have will last me two or three more days, then I’ll either switch to a really good quality decaf or start drinking this (I ordered a bag to try it out). I’m hoping this will allow me to enjoy the ritual of coffee drinking while getting me off the caffeine. In advance, I’m apologizing to anyone that may have to deal with me during week two.
Then, because I’m a compulsive procrastinator, of course the next thing I had to do was organize my pantry – below are some of things that are pretty much always around, if anyone needs some suggestions for keeping things stocked!
Unsweetened coconut flakes from Iovine Brothers in Reading Terminal Market. Great for snacking as is or for making THIS RECIPE (great for movie watching or if you’re craving something toasty and sweet/salty).
Boneless & skinless sardines in olive oil – these are from Trader Joe’s but I also found them at Whole Foods AND Superfresh, so we’re talking a pretty decent range of prices here. These are great to stash in your desk drawer on days you forget your lunch or just to toss in your bag when you know you’ll be away from a fridge/microwave all day.
Coconut Milk (Arroy-D brand has no additives at all. I got this at the Superfresh on 2nd and Girard – it’s actually in the produce area on a shelf near the bananas). Coconut milk has a bajillion uses in cooking and is a great fat source.
Diced Green Chilis – can be found in every grocery store. This is my favorite turkey burger recipe ever! The chilis give it great flavor and a nice kick.
Kasandrinos Olive Oil – no explanation needed, once you try it you’ll never go back to the store brand stuff. Visit www.kasandrinos.com and use discount code CFCC!
Coconut Oil – I picked this up at Trader Joe’s but you can find it at Whole Foods and pretty easily online. I use coconut oil CONSTANTLY as a cooking fat (it’s liquid because it’s still warm in my kitchen, but when it’s cold it will solidify). It works in almost any recipe from scrambled eggs to stir fries and is great for roasting vegetables if you want to bring out the sweetness rather than the savory flavor. I also use coconut oil on my face in the winter instead of store bought lotion.
White Rice - BECAUSE I’ve experimented and cut this out for a month and added it back in with no digestive issues, I’m going to use white rice as part of my carbohydrate arsenal. And to allow me to eat sushi, because then I’ll be a happy camper.
Powdered gelatin – I grabbed this from Whole Foods so I could experiment with the tea-infused gelatin from Practical Paleo. It was delicious when I made it, so I’ll work my way through this supply and see about grabbing this kind instead in my quest to ingest more gelatin/collagen.
The state of my fridge:
True confessions. My fridge really, really REALLY needs to be cleaned. So, ummm, I may or may not have staged things strategically in this photo. You get the idea. IT’S ON MY LIST OKAY??
Sun Ja’s Brand Kimchi (Whole Foods, in the refrigerated section) – delicious and spicy, and a good way to change things up from sauerkraut. VIVA FERMENTED FOODS!
Homemade mayo courtesy of Melanie. Want to try your hand at homemade mayo to avoid the nasty oils that are in the storebought kind? Here’s a great recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl. Don’t be intimidated, it’s not so hard!
Wasabi powder, horseradish, salsa, brown mustard, FRANK’S RED HOT – all crucial for keeping meals exciting!
Pastured lard from Wyebrook Farm (that’s the white stuff in the tall tupperware container on the left). I’ve literally met the pigs at this farm and I know they’ve lived a happy, healthy life. Lard is a great option for cooking due to its extremely high smoke point – it also tastes very neutral.
Bacon fat (not pictured, cause I was cookin’ with it) – we reserve the fat from all of our bacon (we only get it from Fair Food Farmstand, so it’s really high quality). It lives in a jar in our fridge and gets used for all sorts of things from potatoes to veggies to pate!
Unsweetened cocoa – is actually a great spice for stews and earthy dishes (and brownies, but that’s neither here nor there).
Apple cider vinegar – I throw a little in the crockpot with any meat I cook to help tenderize things.
Natural Calm (magnesium powder) – one of the few supplements I take, Natural Calm can be really helpful to getting better sleep. Many people are deficient in magnesium, and I find that it helps me relax at the end of the day (not in a dependent groggy sleeping pill kind of way, but just in a sleep-really-deeply kind of way).
Bacon from Wyebrook Farms, because I ran out of bacon from Fair Food Farmstand. No explanation needed.
Pequea Valley yogurt from our CSA. This IS delicious yogurt from grassfed cows, but I can’t really tolerate it that well. Angel usually eats it.
Pastured butter and lots of it.
All the eggs. From Fair Food Farmstand.
Veggies from the CSA and the farmer’s market – zucchini, fresh dill, 2 ears of corn, and a bag of mixed greens (I get this blend from Superfresh). Eggplants, bell peppers and kale (and possibly an Asian pear?) are in the crisper.
And more. Dear Self, THERE ARE TWO OF YOU IN THIS HOUSE. But in my defense, the apples and the pears and squashes were in our CSA box, and the potatoes were frigging cheap (plus that means you guys get to learn how to do homemade potato chips pretty soon!) And the tomatoes were just pretty.
So that’s the state of my kitchen right now. Here’s what I ate/am planning to eat today. Coincidentally, the brunch is one of my go-to speedy meals for any time of day when I don’t have the energy to deal with anything else. Bacon+eggs+greens in the fat, 10 minutes later, you’re stuffing your face. Boom. Planned dinner is another fast/delicious option that’s in been in our rotation a lot this summer, simply because it was 115 degrees in my kitchen the second I turned the stove on EVERY SINGLE DAY – sashimi grade tuna with avocado, wasabi and possibly a little white rice, I’ll add a photo once it’s made.
(Not pictured, a small handful of cassava chips before dinner – ingredients were cassava, palm oil, salt). Yum.