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Food on Friday ~ Paleo Diet

save power and protect the planet
eat raw meat

from Delicious Magazine ~ Beef Carpaccio

There is solid evidence that that ‘people’ were using and controlling fire at least a million years ago, so Paleolithic man undoubtedly knew how to cook, even if it was only toasting a haunch of bison over an open fire.  Unless you’re very keen on sushi and carpaccio you won’t be eating a lot of raw meat on a Paleo Diet, and because of the possibility of parasites there is no way I would eat raw fish.

The Paleolithic Era lasted from about 2.5 million years ago until 10,000 years ago, just after the last ice age.  (lithic means stone, so our ancestors were using flint tools)  Theoretically the Paleo Diet is based upon what our stone age ancestors were eating.

So, going forward my diet will be:  fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, lean meat, (especially good quality from grass-fed animals or wild game), fresh fish, (especially salmon, mackeral, pilchards, and tuna).  For cooking we should use oil from fruits and nuts like olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.  Having said that, as our paleolithic ancestors were cooking and eating lots of meat I see nothing wrong with using lard and dripping.

The foods to avoid are things that our ancestors would never have had access to; grains like wheat, oats, barley, rice, (anyway grains are all drenched in poisonous Roundup / Glyphosate), legumes like beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas, any and all dairy products like butter, cheese, yogurt, cream, milk.  On a Paleo diet there is no refined sugar, (which lets out cakes, candy, chocolate, and sweetened drinks), root vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, turnips, and not too much salt, (right up until the middle ages salt was a very precious commodity).  Neither would Paleolithic man have access to processed food, canned food, breakfast cereals, chips, crisps, pies, microwave meals, and ready meals ~ all of which are full of crap.

Booze is mostly out too ~ the earliest known beer dates from about 5,000 years ago ~ but perhaps hard liquor sneaks in as evidence for that dates back at least 9,000 years.

The main reason I’m going onto the pretty strict paleo diet are that all through lockdown I’ve been putting on weight, and now I want to get my trim body back.  Other benefits of a Paleo Diet are; better resistance to diabetes, improved cardio vascular health, more energy, and better resistance to all the diseases linked to inflammation.

Some say that modern life is injurious to our health.  And that wheat is so unhealthy we should probably stop eating it.  All I know is that lockdown is the unhealthiest way of living I know.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

best easy baked salmon

from Creme de la Crumb

Food on Friday ~ Paleo

for most of human prehistory
carbohydrates were extremely scarce

The real birth of farming, and therefore an abundance of carbohydrates, was probably after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.  Before that, and before mankind learned how to store grains and nuts, carbohydrates would only be readily available in the harvest season.  More than that, most carbohydrates would come from nuts rather than grains and seeds, and most nuts contain far more fat and protein than they do carbohydrates.

Some would say that eating carbohydrates is unnatural, and the number of wheat / gluten related illnesses would seem to prove that; celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten ataxia, dermatitis, bloating, and wheat allergies.  Anyhow, modern wheat is so drenched in Roundup / Glyphosate that it’s poisonous over time.

A paleo diet is based on the food eaten by early humans; meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts ~ completely eschewing dairy products, cereals, and of course no processed foods at all.  And, that’s what I’m now following ~ So Help Me God.

First up this Friday, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have Easy Chimichurri Shrimp.  One benefit of a Paleo diet is that most dishes are quick, easy, and clean.  Chimichurri is a tangy quite hot dressing.

Easy Chimichurri Shrimp

Not everyone likes pork chops, but from Holly at Spend with Pennies I like the look of her recipe for Juicy Baked Pork Chops.  So many people cook pork chops until they’re dry and tasteless.

Juicy Baked Pork Chops

The usual extremely pretty dish from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri.  One of the good things about a paleo diet is that I can eat just as much steak as I want.  This is a super cilantro heavy chimichurri dressing, and another 30 minute recipe.  Fabulous!

Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, how about this Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.  Not your same old dull salmon dinner at all.  Simple, quick, and very tasty in a different way.

Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb also has a super 30 minute salmon recipe; Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon.  Cooked just with lemon and garlic, what could be easier or better?

Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon

The collection this week is from Delish magazine; 40 Paleo Recipes That Will Make You Forget You’re On A Diet.  Well a Paleo meal shouldn’t make you feel as though you’re on a diet, protein is very filling.  The dish I’ve chosen to feature is another fish recipe; Baked Swordfish Steak ~ and swordfish is fabulous served any way.

Baked Swordfish Steak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Delicious Rabbit Stew

a true Paleo Diet should include game

 

Food on Friday ~ Californian Style

healthy eating is a way of life

Deep into lockdown and I am not feeling at my best.  The edict here is that we should stay at home, not going out at all except for ‘essential’ purposes.  Well, for me shopping for food is an essential reason to get out of the garret.  And face it, when one can’t go anywhere nor meet with friends, then cooking is one of the few real pleasures left in life.  Ergo, the dishes this week are things that look and sound good.  Maybe all these recipes are healthy and very nutritious, but this week that’s all secondary to simple pleasure.

Not only that ~ these recipes remind me of warmer and better times spent in California.

From Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest we have 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles.  I like easy thirty-minute recipes. Turmeric is supposed to have lots of interesting health benefits.

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

Another 30 minute dish, this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker; Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella ~ how very Californian.  This is quick, nutritious, vegetarian comfort food.  Rosemary is another herb with lots of health benefits attached to it.

Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

At Cooking with a Wallflower one of Andrea’s top ten recipes is this Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles.  I enjoy making a stir fry and this vegetarian dish looks so very easy for a lunch or dinner at any time.

Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles

Here in England, in the depths of winter, a hearty soup is always welcome on the dinner plate.  Holly at Spend with Pennies has something that would remind me of warmer and better times vacationing in California.  A Crock Pot Taco Soup ~ and almost everyone has a crock pot tucked away in a kitchen cupboard.  Allegedly this soup is so easy it practically cooks itself.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I’ve realised that the recipes this week all have some kind of Californian connection.  So, how could I not include something like these Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw and Roasted Pineapple Sauce.  From epicurious.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Our collection this week comes from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 20 of My Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter.  From this fabulous list I’ve chosen to feature this great looking Chicken Tortellini Soup.  If you buy a rotisserie chicken this dish is so quick and easy.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Santa Monica, CA

Food on Friday ~ In the Bleak Midwinter

when water is like a stone, drink hot rum punch

Cool salads and iced tea might be fine during the heat of a Californian summer afternoon, or maybe a glass of chilled chardonnay is your tipple of choice?  But in the bleak midwinter’s darkness you are going to want something more calorific, something that will warm the cockles of your heart and put a fire in your belly.  Well these recipes may just fit the bill.

It’s a cold winter’s evening and you want something easy, warming, tasty, nutritious…..  Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has an idea for you; Smoky Potato and Kale Soup.  Just look at the photograph.

Smoky Potato and Kale Soup

Next up I can do no better than quote from Holly at Spend with Pennies; ‘Colder weather calls for hearty and healthy soups and stews, just like this satisfying 15 Bean Soup…..

15 Bean Soup

This is still very easy, but we gone upscale a little with this Crab Topped Salmon, from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats.  Allegedly this is The Perfect Holiday Meal ~ who could disagree as a change from all that turkey.

Crab Topped Salmon

I like one pot recipes, and I like Chungah at Damn Delicious, add the two and some chicken and we get One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo.  Chungah avers that this is quite possibly the easiest dinner one can ask for…..

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

Another chicken dish, this one from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; Chicken and Potatoes with Dijon Cream Sauce.  This one pot recipe was posted in May this year, but what the hades, I like one pot dishes and I’d make this in the depths of even our North of England winters.

Chicken and Potatoes with Dijon Cream Sauce

After all that, something lighter for a snack to go with some hot cider perhaps.  From Popsicle Society; Savoury Cheese and Veggies Muffins.  Ribana says these would make a perfect appetiser for your Christmas table.  Who could disagree?

Savoury Cheese and Veggies Muffins

Well, I said it at the top of this post, now is the time to enjoy a hot toddy or three, and what could be better than a hot rum punch.  This powerful recipe, (rum, cognac, and sherry), is from Delicious magazine.  Or you could go for a hot spiced buttered rum…..  You can even buy your Woods Navy Rum from Amazon.

Hot Rum Punch

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a classic hot toddy

from Cookie + kate

Food on Friday ~ Cookies

a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand

Except, here in England we call them biscuits.

If you want something really Christmas themed, then Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest offers us The Santa Clause Cookies, (I once saw a Tim Allen movie called The Santa Clause, wasn’t half bad for a Christmas film).

The Santa Clause Cookies

Well now, Joy the Baker has posted these colourful Chocolate Peppermint Black and Marble Cookies on her website.   Joy says these are tender and caky, and I believe her.  (Is caky a word?)

Chocolate Peppermint Black and Marble Cookies

Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has a fantastic 2020 Holiday Baking List.  I really like the look and sound of these Bourbon Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.  And not just because of the great name she’s given these alcoholic gems.

Bourbon Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Dana, The Minimalist Baker how about 27 Easy Vegan Cookie Recipes, perfect for holiday baking, including these Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Marvelous.

Perfect Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I happen to like chocolate chip cookies, so from Alanna the Bojon Gourmet we have her recipe for Magical Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)…..  Perhaps they only exist in our zero calorie imaginations.

Magical Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our big collection this week is from Good Houskeeping; 90 Irresistibly Good Christmas Cookies to Make this Season.  From which I’ve chosen to feature these very festive Chai Trees and Snowflake Cookies.

Chai Trees and Snowflake Cookies

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

woof!

Thanksgiving

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL

The turkey.  The Sweet potatoes.  The stuffing.  The pumpkin pie.  Is there anything else we can all agree so vehemently about?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Happy Thanksgiving

 

 

Food on Friday ~ Thanksgiving

there is always something for which to be thankful

Well, it’s Wednesday not Friday, but there wouldn’t be much point in my publishing some Thanksgiving recipes the day after the event.  So forgive my erroneous title, it’s for a good cause.

You know that we don’t have Thanksgiving here in England, and that some of the things you serve make no sense to me; candied yams for one.  Yet, part of me wishes we did have a Thanksgiving feast in the dark months before Christmas.

There is at least one earlier Thanksgiving post here, you can click on the link of you’d like to see last year’s dishes.  Also check out my November 13th post Food on Friday ~ Mid Autumn.

Have a very happy day tomorrow.

So, first up this week we have a Candied Yams recipe from Lena Abraham at Delish magazine.  (I don’t believe I’ve ever had yams…..)

Candied Yams

This is another dish I really don’t get, but I understand goes down very well on the Thanksgiving board.  From Gimme Some Oven; The Best Green Bean Casserole.  This dish is also really healthy. Enjoy.

The Best Green Bean Casserole

All great meals need a light appitiser that one can also use as a snack with drinks if friends call around.  Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats has this very easy recipe for Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Twists.  I just know these will disappear fast…..

Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Twists

One of the most critical things about a turkey dinner is the gravy.  Ergo from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have; How To Make the Best Turkey Gravy.  Looks good to me.

How To Make the Best Turkey Gravy

To start off your Thanksgiving day with a very seasonal holiday breakfast we have these Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  These would also go well as a dessert with coffee after dinner.

Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Our collection this week is from Country Living magazine; 68 Easy Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas the Family is Sure to Love.  From this collection I have chosen to feature their Ginger Pumpkin Pie.

Ginger Pumpkin Pie

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

oh yes, cook a second turkey for the dog

but where are the trimmings?

Food on Friday ~ Mid Autumn

autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower

It’s the middle of fall, Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, we’d like to make a start on Christmas shopping, and most of us are trapped in one sort of a lockdown or other.  But there is nothing to stop you going grocery shopping, and then honing your chef skills.

These recipes have a kind of mid-autumn, pre Thanksgiving flavour.  In one case I would strongly recommend serving a decent sherry or Madeira to go along with the cake.  In fact, why not treat yourself to a decent glass of something any way.  You deserve it, and you probably won’t be driving to work today.

(BTW for new readers, and if you just don’t know, if you click on the highlighted recipe name you will go right to that dish on the chef’s own website.)

First up this week, from Half Baked harvest we have this delicious looking 4 Cheese Sage Pesto Florentine Lasagna.  How great would this be to make ahead for your Thanksgiving parties?  (NB.  Women should be very careful of too much sage.)

4 Cheese Sage Pesto Florentine Lasagna

Another pasta dish from Diane at In Dianes Kitchen; a very warming Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole.  (Noodles are pasta too.)  This is a very easy dish, even most of my fellow single men could make, (and most single men cannot cook).

Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Now a really pretty midweek dinner from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; Honey Garlic Shrimp Farro Bowl with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette.  And how fabulous to serve this if you have friends over for a pre or post Thanksgiving lunch.

Honey Garlic Shrimp Farro Bowl with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb has a very seasonal dish in this Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole, (with marshmallows).  Being English I’m not quite certain if this is an entree or a dessert.  No doubt someone will enlighten me.

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Joy Wilson at Joy the Baker has come up with what has to be the longest recipe name ever, (and that’s saying something here), Dad’s Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie.  You have got to make this just so you can tell your guests what it’s called.

Dad’s Perfect Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie

And finally for this week.  As you would expect from Heather Christo we have an extremely pretty dish, this time a Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake, which is both vegan and gluten free.  How brilliant for afternoon tea around thanksgiving, although I’d serve this with sherry and not tea.

Pumpkin Pecan Coffee Cake

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you have never tried a good Maderia wine, then you have no idea the heaven you’re missing out on

Food on Friday ~ Lockdown

now that I’m in enforced lockdown I’ll be eating canned goods for another week

None of these following recipes are unhealthy canned goods.

First this week from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have delicious Parsmesan Pistachio Pork Tenderloin.

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Now from Tiegha Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust.  That looks wonderful.  Me I’m eating pie out of a can!

Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust

From Diane at In Dianes Kitchen, how about these Asian Pork Meatballs ~ I wish.

Asian Pork Meatballs

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us her Best Ever Beef Stew.

Best Ever Beef Stew

Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais has a wonderful recipe for her Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry.

Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry

And Finally for this week, Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl, from the Minimalist Baker.  I would make this if I was allowed out to the store.

Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke and I still have a little fresh food left

Food on Friday ~ Eat Hearty

autumn, a time for rich hearty meals

What with everything that’s happening in the world, and now that fall is upon us, perhaps the time has come to ditch our lighter diets, and instead fill our plates with rich and hearty foods.  And, let’s be honest, we could all do with some comfort food right now.

And, of course, autumn does mean apples.  And, piles of leaves.  And, Rose Hips.  And Pumpkins.

Although, please wear a warm scarf.

With all that in mind, first for this Friday we have Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats, and her Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice.  I don’t yet know what this tastes like, but it looks and sounds fabulous.

Cider Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions and Cauliflower Rice

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have a Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili.  This is a healthy, hearty, vegetarian, comfort food meal.  Switch the cheese and you can have it vegan, or add chicken for those who like that.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili

Another chili recipe, this time from Country Living; Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili.  This is one of Country Living’s 60+ Best Pumpkin Recipes to Delight Your Family All Fall Long ~ a very good collection.  Look no further for your pumpkin recipe ideas.

Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili

Autumn is a time for soups and stews, and Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a copycat recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.  I don’t know what this is like at an Olive Garden, but it looks great here.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Our collection this week is from Woman’s Day; 35 Delicious Fall Soups to Make on a Chilly Day.  From there I’ve chosen to feature a Corn and Potato Chowder.  How good does that look?

Corn and Potato Chowder

For Dessert, Diane offers us this Apple Pan Pie, which here we would call an apple crumble.  Fabulous served with cream or even ice cream.

Apple Pan Pie

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

kids and dogs love fallen leaves

so do we young at heart

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