Thursday, December 29, 2011

London Broil salad

One of the items I usually cook on Sunday for meals for the week is a London Broil. Actually, I often cook 2 of them since my Big Guy eats them for lunch during the week.
This week some thinly sliced London Broil made its way in to a salad comprised of romaine lettuce, radish, grape tomatoes and a drizzle of Magic Sauce. Fantastic! As if Magic Sauce isn't magical enough, the weather has been so warm here that I was still able to make it with rosemary, oregano & thyme from my garden. Link

Roasted chicken salad

I usually roast a chicken on Sunday while I am cooking for the week. Once it's cooked off, I pick all the flesh off and store that in the fridge for use during the week.
This salad was roasted chicken, romaine, carrots, radish & red pepper with a touch of home made japanese style mayo and a squeeze of lemon juice.

"Thai" style chicken

Monday, December 5, 2011

Testing phone blogging

Here's a batch of sauerkraut made with red cabbage & red onion. 2 days in and its getting sour & fizzy. Onion taste is mellowing somewhat. Beautiful, tasty & full of probiotic goodness!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Rutgers AG-Field Day

Last Saturday was Rutgers AG-Field day. It's sort of a celebration of all things relating to Rutgers University fantastic Agriculture department, their lovely Farmers Market and all of their nature/earth sciences departments. They have a huge plant sale, with most of the plants being grown in their own greenhouses. I scored a couple of beauties for a very low price - Motherwort, Comfrey,(which the lady was kind enough to remind me "don't eat this, it's dangerous" Never mind that that's the magic plant that enabled me to get out of the hospital in record time after my surgery...)  Borage, this beautiful Red Veined Sorrel and a different type of oregano than we have now. Also scored was 2 bunches of the first NJ asparagus of the year. I cooked one batch with poor girl's panchetta (read: BACON!) and had that with dinner. Leftovers, not that there was a lot left over.... were eaten for breakfast with sunny side up eggs and bearnaise sauce. Yummy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter weekend.

Nice 3-day weekend for me. We got permission to start construction in our yard, so I spend Friday ripping out our old patio so that I could level it off and re-install it before we begin the rest of the construction. I didn't hit the gym at all because my work outs consisted of lugging around 75 lb bags of sand and gravel, running relays with them on my shoulder from the car and though the house to the yard. Nice, functional strength!

I was planning on drying a bunch of crispy almonds and a batch of jerky in my new L'Equip dehydrator....I soaked the nuts, I marinated 8 lbs of thinly sliced beef....I loaded the dehydrator with nuts, plugged it in and.....a few hours later the fan stopped working and part of the machine melted! whoa! Not fun. Still deciding what I should do. Return and refund or return and get a new one.....

Sunday's dinner was great. We went to a local Italian place where I usually just get a steak and veggies. Their calamari salad caught my eye so I got that as an appetizer. Yum - it's the best dish I've ever eaten in this restaurant! My main course was a green bean salad with sliced steak. This was the 2nd best thing I've ever had here. Winner! Enough left over to have again for tomorrow. Calamari for breakfast! I'm going to try to recreate this dish as I think it would be fantastic to have during the hotter months. Stand by for recipes....

L'Equip Dehydrator = epic FAIL.

I was planning on drying a bunch of crispy almonds and a batch of jerky
in my new L'Equip dehydrator....I soaked the nuts, I marinated 8 lbs of
thinly sliced beef....I loaded the dehydrator with nuts, plugged it in
and.....a few hours later the fan stopped working and part of the
machine melted! whoa!

Not cool. The scary thing is I usually run my dehydrators overnight. What if this thing had melted down while I was sleeping? Do I need to stand there watching it the whole time it's working? If I get a replacement, do I have to unplug the darn thing every time I leave the room to use the bathroom? I did a lot of research and this unit gets great reviews, I thought I was getting a good machine.

Now I've got a pile of soggy nuts and a bunch of marinated beef that needs to be dried pronto. I'll have to dig out my old dinosaur dehydrator and fire up my oven on low to get all of this done before it all spoils. I am pissed.

I hope the replacement that I ordered from Amazon works correctly but to be honest, I'm thinking of returning the replacement and getting something else because this experience left a really bad melted plastic taste in my mouth.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

grumbling and not grumbling

Well, apparently Windy has a defective front tire that won't stay inflated. Grumble.

On the non-grumbling side of life, I scored some large plant pots for cheap and I loaded up on a bunch of herb plants to fill them up with. Rosemary, Mexican Tarragon, Oregano, Lavender, and a couple of others. I also picked up a bunch of Swiss Chard plants. I love the way it looks and I so want to like it, since it's so darn good for you. But...I think it tastes like...dirt. I can't stand it. Actually, I had it once in a restaurant, cooked with bacon and it was delicious. I've tried to recreate the recipe and it still tastes like dirt. With bacon.  I'll keep trying though.

Fingers are crossed that the townhouse association will give us permission to re-do the backyard again. We've spent a ton of money trying to get grass to grow back there but it fails every year. Not one house on our side of the court has grass, they've all put in decks so I'm pretty sure that grass just won't grow there. We want to make it more of a stony patio situation which will enable us to use it more and give the dogs more space. (The mud pit has been fenced off from them in a pathetic attempt to spare the grass) I had to resubmit the plans with some spiffy CAD drawings. Hopefully this will pass muster with them.

If they give the go ahead, then I can also install a pull up bar - I mean a trellis, disguised as a pull up bar. Which will mean I can start working on my pull ups and using my set of rings. Like this:

Power Clean and Ring Pushups - CrossFit Oldtown


Monday, April 18, 2011


Introducing my brand new bike. Her name is Windy.

I was really doubtful that I'd still be able to ride. You know, the old adage "it's just like riding a bicycle!" I was sure it wouldn't apply to me, because I am a unique snowflake. :-) Well, a few minutes of floundering around in the parking lot and I was zipping around the neighborhood like an old pro, like a little kid. What a blast. I loved the feeling of freedom and wind in my face. I loved the feeling of my body moving - not effortlessly, but rather with a nice, sustained effort.

I did also pick up a helmet, never used one of those when I was a kid and I wasn't happy that my Big Guy was so insistent that I get one. I was sure I'd look and feel like a dork. I got over that pretty fast - after all, I'd look and feel like a dork if I cracked my skull open.

I picked up a bike rack, which totally didn't fit this style of bike., It was enough to get Windy home from the store but it was a scary ride. Apparently you need an adapter to fit this type of bike on a standard rack. I have one on order so I can use the car rack so I take her for rides along the Henry Hudson Trail.

I also got a bell for Windy. Why? Just because.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Quick update

Just a quick update -  the tonsillitis is clearing up. I'm actually happy that all I got was plain old penicillin, not some super antibiotic.  I'm still laying off they gym for now since my ear is still feeling funky from the tonsils being inflamed.
Tomorrow the Big Guy and I will be attending a local body building contest. Fun! I love taking photos at these shows.
Sunday I will hopefully be shopping for a bicycle! Hurray for me! I have my heart set of a cruiser type bike. Very retro looking, not to mention a nice (wide!!!) comfortable seat. If I'm lucky I'll be able to find one that meets my specs and my budget.

Huffy 26-Inch Ladies Cruiser Newport Bike (Blue)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Egg Coupon

One of those rare paleo foods coupons is available.

Last week was a rough one. This week I have tonsillitis! Oy, I am off to the Dr. this afternoon to get some antibiotics. I haven't needed any of them in over 2 years, so I am bummed out that I got sick. However, I am not at all surprised since there was such a large quantity of low spirits in the past 10 days.

Friday, April 8, 2011


We lost a friend and family member this week. One of the strongest and gentlest men I have ever known. Brave and so proud of who and what he was. A man I was proud to call a brother, or a sister, depending on what shoes he was wearing at any given moment. In boots or in heels, Spanky was the very definition of a beautiful spirit.

Obituary from the Asbury Park Press.
Mark F. Bialous

AGE: 44 • Neptune

Mark F. Bialous, 44, of Neptune, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at his home of complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Affectionately known as "Spanky", Mark was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and has resided in the Asbury Park area for many years. A licensed practical nurse, Mark had worked in the Monmouth County Correctional Facility and was Pharmaceutical Manager for the last three years. In 2008, he earned the title of Mr. NJ Leather. He was also a friend of Bill W.

Mark was predeceased by his mother, Viola; and his father, Henry. He is survived by his brother, Henry "Hank" Bialous of Lindenwold; his sister-in-law, Linda (Mini Mom) Bialous; and his external family of choice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in Buckley Funeral Home, 509 Second Ave., Asbury Park. A Memorial Celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's name may be made to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties or a charity of your choice.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

$1.00 off sunbutter coupon

It's pretty rare that there's ever a coupon for a Paleo type food, but here's a link to a good one! It's a PDF, so you can print as many as you need. The expiration is October 2011.
We go through about a jar every 10 days here as we are on a mass gain crusade for the Big Guy. (I, on the other hand, have to keep the sunbutter to a dull roar since I'm on a leaning out crusade myself. Sunbutter is like delicious pasty crack cocaine to me.)

Melicious has a recipe for Sunshine Sauce that rocks and makes me not long for Thai Peanut Sauce so much...

Sunshine Sauce

The coupon is here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


In the quest to add new and exciting vegetables, I tried Yucca at a restaurant over the weekend. I loved it! I found some at my local veggie market and cooked it up (peel, cut in to chunks, boiled 25 minutes) Score! It's a nice replacement for white potatoes which I am trying to limit since I think they make my sore joints flare up.

We're still loving the tostones (plantains) and since we had a few plantains that got ripe, we made the "other" version called maduros. They were tasty but sweeter. I'd make them again if we had ripened plantains but maybe not as a dinner side dish.

Here's the video Yucca Man, by Love/Hate. They were my favorite band and were/are an all round swell bunch of guys. True rock n roll gentlemen. The drummer, Joey Gold, sigh....that boy made my heart go pitter pat in the 80's and early 90's.

Love/Hate Jizzy Pearl 1993 Long Beach, Ca Yucca Man

Thursday, March 10, 2011


While I was at the veggie store picking up some ginger to make tea for the Big Guy's cold, I saw some Plantains. They looked good. I've never cooked them before but decided to give it a try. I found this video on Youtube, followed the directions, except that I used some luscious extra virgin coconut oil to fry them in, rather than the not-good-for-you-at-all vegetable oil that's recommended in the video. They came out amazing! Don't be put off by the use of the tostones tool that's shown, you can just flatten these little critters using a saucer or as I did by using my tortilla press. (I'd been wondering what on earth I was going to use the tortilla press for since I've given up grains!) Amazing tender, crunchy, salty, savory morsels of paleo happiness. They went well as a side dish to some homemade chicken soup.

How To Cook Plantains Platanos -- Puerto Rican Style

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

not for the squeamish

On my way home, I spotted something along the side of the road. Luckily I had my camera with me, so I turned the car around and got some amazing photos! I am so pleased with these. Red tailed hawk is special to me, near and dear to my heart.Apologies to the seagull.

A few weeks back I got some fantastic shots of 2 turkey vultures eating the remains of a hare outside our doorstep. I seem to be attracting a lot of raptors lately.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Paleo + Chiropractic = Motorhead???

For the past couple of years, when ever we went to a concert - which was fairly frequently - i would end up being practically crippled by the end of the night. My hips and knees would seize up, shooting pains all over my body, etc. I'd have a hard time getting out of the car at the end of the night, limping in to the house in agony. I chalked it up to wearing big stompy boots on uneven wooden floors in crappy night clubs. Or arthritis. Or whatever. It just became a way of life. Normal for me to be so uncomfortable.

That's been getting better since switching to a paleo diet, but after months I still wasn't having full relief.

A couple of weeks ago I had my first chiropractic adjustment. Turns out my hips/sacrum/back are a mess. After a few adjustments I feel so much better that it's shocking to me.

Last night we got to rock out the mighty Motorhead. I stood through 3 bands, danced all night, fended off stage divers with my newly strong arms, walked out of the club pain free (though deaf!) got out of the car when we got home. Wait, where's the pain? I ended up doing a couple of squats next to the car, just to see what I would feel like. Nothing, no pain. Amazing.

To think I lived with this for years when all I needed was a change in what I eat and a couple of adjustments. Now I am officially ready to rock even harder than ever!

3 new Veggies

Adding variety to your way of eating is key for good nutrition and to stave off boredom. Looking at the way I eat now versus the way I ate when I was a vegetarian, I have to admit with both horror and humor, I eat WAY more vegetables now that I am a meat eating cave girl than I did when I was a "striving-to-be-a-v*gan-but-can't-give-up-butter-or-I'll-die-vegetarian".

I'm trying to add at least 1 new vegetable to my circle of veggie friends each month. The latest 3 are:
Chayote SquashChayote! Looks like a wrinkled old lady, tastes like...well, a bit like zucchini, with a much more sturdy-when-cooked texture. It also stores well in the fridge (unlike zucchini, which always seems to go to mush before I can get to it) Great in stir fries, curries and allegedly can stand in for apples in baked dishes if you add enough cinnamon. Haven't tried it that way yet, but if it works that would be a nice way to get the taste of an apple-filling without the sugar since I'm trying to lean out. Chayotes are also supposed to be easy and super prolific to grow. I have 3 of them sprouting on the window sill now, waiting for warmer weather so they can go outside and take over the neighborhood.

(Cooked) Arugula. Yup, just like the kind you put in your salad. I scored some 2 lb bags at my local produce market for a dollar. If you've had it in a salad, you know it can be peppery and downright sharp and pungent if the leaves are older. Not necessarily they type of green you'd want to make an entire salad out of. I quickly stir fried it with fresh garlic, red pepper flakes and a sprinkle of lemon - wow! That 2 pound bag was done in 2 days. Delish! My new favorite deep green vegetable! The key is to cook it quickly. Get your garlic going in the pan first then when the garlic is cook to our satisfaction, add in the washed arugula, with a bit of moisture still on the leaves - that'll make enough steam to cook it beautifully. Stir it around for about 10 seconds and you are ready to dig in.

TomatilloTomatillos. They scared me for a long time. That weird husk....would they taste all puckery like green tomatoes? I finally bucked up and bought a little pack of them and whipped up a super pico de gallo with them that I served with a grilled skirt steak. Let me just say, I have no more fear of tomatillos, unless it's the fear that I will run out of them! I haven' tried them cook yet but I hear they are great on the grill. Can't wait for it to warm up here so I can try that.

Those are my 3 new vegetables - any suggestions for something I should try next?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Missing your morning oatmeal?

I accidently came up with an oatmeal replacement. I've gotten mighty tired of eggs in the morning and a girl can only eat so much tuna or sardines for breakfast before she becomes known as "the girl who eats stinky fish for breakfast in the office". Today i had a small portion of baked, cubed sweet potatoes, topped with a bit of coconut milk and cinnamon, heated in the microwave. Wham! It's almost like oatmeal. Delish, it totally hit the spot on such a chilly morning. Next time I think I'll add a bit of grated apple or a couple of raisins. Fantastic post workout meal along with some US Wellness Meats Pemmican.

Grassfed cheese, on sale

If any one has an Aldi's grocery near them, they have Kerrygold cheese on sale for $2.99 for a 7 oz block. I know, I know...cheese isn't Paleo. :-) But if you're going to eat it, go for the grassfed. Aldi's doesn't generally have a lot that i can eat. If I do got there it's for some spices (though their cinnamon sucks) and olive oil. Occasionally they have real maple syrup and honey (i know, i know....don't even say it.) If i go through even a cup of either of those in a year, that would be a lot.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mastering the Art of Paleo Cooking: Coconut Flour Breaded Mahi Mahi with Coconut Milk-...

I was looking around for a recipe for some crispy Mahi Mahi and found this wonderful website! I can't wait to get home to make this for dinner and I am looking so forward to checking out MORE recipes....Please go check out this website!

Mastering the Art of Paleo Cooking: Coconut Flour Breaded Mahi Mahi with Coconut Milk-...: "So I’m really really sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I hope no one starved for lack of recipes. But I am back with a bang! I have all so..."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

oh SNOW!!!!!

So, my Big Guy has to head in to work tonight. Actually, they're putting him up in a hotel around the corner so he can be there in the morning since the snow is supposed to be so bad but he's needed there.
In addition to making sure he has all the usual stuff packed (toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, etc) I made sure that he has the food that he needs to have with him. Luckily, most of his meals are prepped on Sunday when we do our bulk cooking for the week. All I needed to do was bag up his protein powders & creatine and put all this in our favorite (and sadly discontinued!!!) e-bags crew cooler.
In the bag is the following:
A.M. protein powder (2 scoops) + creatine
P.M. protein powder ( 1 scoop) + creatine
2 shaker bottle of milk to mix the shakes
Shredded wheat cereal
a mozzarella cheese stick
london broil & sweet potatoes with cinnamon & grass fed butter
grilled chicken breast
Knife, fork and 2 squares of 85% chocolate.

This is actually his normal day to day meal plan, not including dinner. (Except for the chocolate. You gotta have chocolate in an emergency, right? That's just there to show the love and make up for a small bit of the shoveling calories he's gonna burn off tomorrow!)

What have we learned here? If you plan ahead and follow through with making sure your needs are met you can face a minor change in plans, or a blizzard, with grace. If these meals weren't prepped ahead of time, we'd be running around here like crazy cooking and packing and I certainly wouldn't have time to do a blog post before he heads out the door!
So, think ahead and follow through. That's how great bodies are built!At last, a use for the giant Muscle Tech bag he got at Olympia!
(note: the Big Guy is NOT a paleo dude - please don't make remarks about the non-paleo foods he chooses to eat.)

Monday, January 10, 2011

How Eating at Home Can Save Your Life

I read a great article on the Huffington Post today. It really struck a nerve with me, since the Big Guy and i have been "complaining" to each other that since we eat so well and are both pretty darn good cooks - we now HATE going out to eat. It doesn't matter how fancy or plain the restaurant is.... we both end up feeling now so great or even flat out sick from eating food that isn't our own. We were wondering how bad people feel when all they do is eat out for every meal.... does it bother them? Are they affected? Do they not even notice that they feel bad because they ALWAYS feel like that? Is this one reason why every other commercial for drugs on TV is for some kind of stomach ailment? (Like that disgusting jingle for pepto? Yuck! " ... nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!) So sad....

Please read the article here: How Eating at Home Can Save Your Life, by Mark Hyman.
(and for all you die hard paleo peeps - don't be alarmed by mention of beans, etc in the article. Look at the bigger picture, please!!)

Friday, January 7, 2011

US Wellness Meats

Santa gave me a bunch of money for Christmas this year, so I ordered a giant load of meat (beef, pork, chicken) and pemmican and pet burger for the pups from US Wellness Meats. Happily, it all arrived on my birthday (Yesterday!)
The Big Guy is getting me a small freezer for my birthday so, for now, half the meat is living in the freezer at my job until we can go to pick it up. (which entails me clearing a spot in the house for it)
Last night for dinner we had a stir fry of ground beef, cabbage, orange pepper, yellow onions, scallions, ginger and garlic. Delicious! Really, their ground beef is so... beefy and delicious. I think there's going to be some chicken & apple breakfast sausage made very soon.
I also cooked up a batch of the pet burger for the pups and they went MAD! It's very...liver-ish but they really loved it.

In sad news, my dove, Norman, who was well over 25 years old finally died. He'd been sick for weeks and weeks. I thought he was going to die then but I coddled him with lots o fresh cooked foods - sweet potatoes, kale, soaked & sprouted grains and cod liver oil. He seemed to be getting better (he started cooing and doing his little bird man dance again) but I guess he was just too old. He had a good life and I feel confident that I did the best that could be done for him in the end. Sigh. I haven't been without a bird in the house for just about as long as the Big Guy and I have been together. It's sort of weird to notice now how many small sounds they make, even when they're being quiet. Now the silence in the house is deafening.

Tomorrow my doggie daughter goes to the vet for her check up to see if she is still cancer free. I'm fairly confident but still nervous. Wish us luck!

Catching up 12/2010 to present!

Blessed Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Oh....wait a minute... Did I miss all of that? Yup. Sorry about that.
I guess I got so caught up in he season I just never had time to post here.

Where to begin? It's taken about a month to recover from the Thanksgiving gluten exposure. I'm just now starting to feel better. That Thanksgiving debacle really made the Big Guy and I much more conscious of our food choices over the rest of the holidays, so we had no more bad episodes. Even The Aunt-in law was supportive and cooked up a gluten free feast that rocked. In fact, she went gluten free for the month of January, just to try it out and see if it helps her out. Huzzah!

Our usual junk food infested New Year's Eve was replaced with all home cooked, paleo treats: beef meat balls with fresh basil, garlic and home made sauce; skinless gyoza (pork dumplings) a la Mark's Daily Apple (there's a video of the recipe on youtube, just seach for 'skinless gyoza') and bacon wrapped chicken thigh pieces with honey mustard dipping sauce. Some hard cider for me to wash it all down. The Big Guy had 1 can of Coca Cola. He gave that up entirely this past year, so that was a huge treat for him.

We both felt great the next day, instead of bloated, gassy, tired and achy. So we hit they gym together and had a fantastic training session.

Also, I reached my goal for the 2010. I had decided at the beginning of the year that I'd shoot for a 1,000 lb leg press. I did a 1,038 lb press on December 19th! Whoot! Actually, I did a set of 10 presses. So happy! Then the Big Guy decide he should do a set also, and he did! Amazing!