I started the day with black espresso. I didn’t die from not having a latte. Then I fiddled with the coconut pancake recipe and improved it. (added egg whites and used some baking powder). I’ll write it up later, in case you want it.
Yesterday I wrote out some transformational goals for this month. Afterwards, I thought about what it will take to achieve them and whether I was willing to make it happen. Actually the question was would I work hard for them. I thought I need to change this mind-set. This isn’t work so much as play. Encouraging excellent health is not hard work. It’s just a by-product of a series of good choices. I’m shifting to a happy mind-set, not a "struggle" mind-set. The road to heaven is heaven, says Teresa of Avila.
If you are collecting Paleo/Primal recipes or clipping ones I’ve written, let me suggest using Living Cookbook. The 2011 upgrade transforms the cookbook into a meal planner, complete with pantry and freezer inventories, nutritional information, integrated shopping lists, and so on. One thing that particularly impressed me about the shopping list is the recipe notation, which lets you know why the ingredient appears on the list. I am delighted. I particularly like the web clipper. Now I wish it had a phone app with which I could synchronise my own recipes.
Meat and Leafy Vegetables, supplement with small amounts of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and root vegetables.
Grains – Vegetable or Seed Oils – Sugar – Dairy – Legumes
Junk Free January
Lunch: a stir-fry mixture of leftovers (meat off two drums, carrots, celery and cauliflower bits, fresh spinach, and some grilled eggplant). Basically I cleaned out all the small containers in the fridge. I wilted the spinach in the water that clung to the leaves after I washed it, and threw in the rest of the gang. Then I added a heaping T of curry powder, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 coconut milk. The mixture needed a little something, so I threw in an egg.
Snack: chopped apple with 4 chopped walnuts and cinnamon, mixed.
Dinner: Osso Buco. Pictured here on its way into the oven, for two hours of braising. (I dragged all my cast iron to Europe, including two beloved Dutch ovens. I haven’t seen any Dutch people using such ovens and I had to check with the kitchen police whether it was a violation to use my favorite camping cookery in the oven.)
I eliminated the flour dredge and substituted a Japanese root vegetable thickener. Not wanting to ruin this New Year's Dinner, I did however use copious amounts of grass-fed butter.