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    in no particular order: smokin' meat, fermenting, cooking, preserving food, music, hiking, gardening, biodynamics

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  1. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Argh! I'm still having email issues. I didn't get the notification of your last post until this morning and, even then, it had been flagged as spam. I adjusted a couple of things so hopefully it won't happen again. SPAM isn't compliant! Holy Mackerel Cakes are a winner! I had them with some leftover grilled veggies and half of an avocado. I finally just smashed the avocado on top and ate them like a tostada. I just sent the link to my Mom so she can try them out, too. I stuck to Mel's recipe but I didn't have Old Bay so I added a little diced celery and used creole seasoning as a sub for the OB, paprika and black pepper. I will definitely keep those in my regular rotation. I'm definitely interested in those shrimp cakes. I have cilantro and mint in the garden so I'd just have to get some basil. It sounds so deliciously summery and fresh! I haven't run across her Cleopatra book but several years ago I read Mary Queen of Scotland And the Isles and enjoyed it. It, too, was a tome. The concept of artificial doesn't seem like it would have existed in Cleopatra's lifetime so maybe some artistic license was utilized? Late 1400's is what I ran across but its use as "anything made in imitation of or as a substitute for" wasn't in use until 1600's. Our etymology trivia of the day! Simple ferments are super easy but there are a couple of things that make them almost mindlessly easy: fermentation weights and an airlock and both are inexpensive. Other than that, all you need is a mason jar, veg & salt. To make sauerkraut you just thinly slice your cabbage and start massaging salt into it to let it start releasing water so it creates it's own brine. Add salt and keep massaging and tasting it until it is pleasantly salty. Unless it as an old, storage cabbage it should make enough brine so the cabbage is completely submerged when you pack it into the jar. Tuck a big piece of a cabbage leaf on top to hold all of the little bits down then put your weight on top to make sure it doesn't float up. Some people use a zip bag filled with brine (not water in case of leakage) as a weight. Let it ferment for 2-6 weeks or more depending on your taste preference. The longer it ferment, the softer and sourer it gets. I usually let my kraut go 2-3 months. I have a workout rest day today and am not sure I want to rest. Maybe I'll do some yoga and stretching. I rowed 3 miles in 30 minutes yesterday and was doing fine until the last 5 minutes when I started really feeling it. The last 2 minutes almost killed me but I did it. I was afraid to walk up or down the stairs for a little while because my legs felt so rubbery but I recovered pretty quickly and made Cuban meatballs, the kimchi cauli fried rice and cauli tortillas. I was pretty much done after that! Happy hiking!
  2. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Yeah, gotta have balls you can count on! The new workout sequence is good but needs a couple of tweaks and the rain dance worked! Thanks to you, I've had a pleasantly fishy weekend. Saturday I sautéed the kippers in a little brown butter ghee then scrambled some eggs to go with them. I was very surprised that they weren't salted but the were pretty good. Costco had smoked salmon on sale so I got some even though it has a little added sugar. I love smoked salmon and it makes a nice change of pace for breakfast but it's almost impossible to find any without sugar. I had some this morning with eggs scrambled with arugula and onions. I made Holy Mackerel Cakes yesterday but haven't tasted them yet. They smelled great and looked gorgeous when I pulled them out of the oven. I'm having them for lunch with left over grilled veggies. Can't wait! My husband was thrilled that I made a big bowl of potato salad for him when I cooked the potatoes for the cakes. It's funny but I was totally not expecting whole pieces of fish to come out of the can, though. I'm OK with it but it was surprising. Love the $2 price tag on the mackerel. I also found a can of smoked sardines but haven't tried them yet. I don't have any of Mel's cookbooks; I just use what she posts on the blog. My sauce came out really good but I messed up the eggs. Instead of leaving the sauce in the skillet, I put it in individual baking dishes, put the eggs on top and baked them. The eggs are hard as a rock now. I was worried about them being undercooked and I turned them into concrete Hopefully they'll still taste good because I'm not throwing them away. I didn't get the kung pao chicken made and went off on a different tangent. iHeart had a recipe for a quick gochuchang (Korean chile paste) and kimchi fried cauli rice to use it on. I've been wanting to make real gochuchang but it has a lot of rice flour in it so I decided to give hers a whirl. I was a little disappointed in the way it came out. She called for 6 dates and I decreased it to 5 but still found the predominant flavor to be sweet. I added a little more vinegar and chile flakes to it and I'm hoping that it mellows out a bit. Real gochuchang is fermented so I left it out last night but by this morning I got nervous about it and stuck it in the fridge. We'll see! By the time I did the fish cakes, 'tater salad, shakshuka and gochuchang plus laundry and miscellaneous house work I was too tired to start the kimchi "rice". Tomorrow is a workout rest day so I think I'll make it then and also make a batch of cauli tortillas since I'll be running cauli through the food processor anyway. Tacos on the menu this week. Now I just need to think of something for dinner tonight- maybe Mel's Cuban meatballs. It sounds like you had a good and productive weekend. Glad your hubbie made it out of the creek without injury. Mine tends to barrel off at times without thinking as well. I can't say my house is clean but it's on it's way. The last couple of weekends spent in the garden racing incoming weather was no bueno for housekeeping but the kitchen is clean, laundry done and the basement got vacuumed. It's such a relief to see the to-do list get shorter and have a good cook-up for the upcoming week. Your sister's house in Greece sounds divine. Greece is the only country in Europe I've visited and it was amazing. It was a million years ago but the food was terrific, the people were kind and generous and it was so beautiful. My Mom's coming for a visit next month and I want to make moussaka while she's here. Now that white potatoes are acceptable, I'll make the béchamel with arrowroot instead of flour and will just plan for a bit of off-roading so I can have some dairy that day. I'm really surprised how much I've decreased my dairy consumption and I really don't miss it. Yaaay!
  3. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Haha! I'm TRYING to learn to count better; I failed at garden math. We usually plant 3 rows of tomatoes and 3 rows of pepper, about 50 plants each but when I got home I realized I had gone nuts with the pepper plants so we have 4 rows this year (68 plants!!) and that's without the shishito peppers that I love. We have a total of 11 rows so I usually have one left over for miscellaneous stuff like okra, chard and whatever else tickles my fancy but not this year. Maybe simplifying is better this year: peppers, cukes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, herbs and flowers. I like cucumbers but they definitely don't like me unless I pickle them or make tzatziki. The yogurt in the tzatziki must help me digest them. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for rain today; so far the forecast has been WRONG!! The new roof is still a rain virgin but, unfortunately, it rained inside. One of our A/C units is in the attic over our bedroom and I noticed a big wet spot on the ceiling- never good. Always something, huh?! We're in a hollow and have a little over three acres but it's a hundred feet (or so) swath straight up a hill with the house built into the side of the hill. It's a giant money pit but it IS pretty up there and we have a nice deck that has a hole cut in it for a big maple tree to grow through. My husband cleared a trail going up the hill behind the house but it's gotten overgrown after he battled tendonitis in his elbow and had surgery on his neck. I think he's ready to get to work on it again, though, so that'll be a nice way to incorporate more movement into my day. Walking the driveway is pretty strenuous but it's boring. With the trail cleared out, I can walk to the bottom of the driveway and back, up the stairs and around the house then up to the top of the ridge and back down again. I'm pretty sure I won't have to worry about my husband breaking into a tin of kippers unexpectedly. I found some yesterday at a little neighborhood-type store. They had a really nice selection of various canned, smoked seafoods. I haven't tried them out yet and think I might save them for a breakfast this weekend. I'm not sure the people I share my lab space with would appreciate the aroma! Those fishcakes sound great. My husband would be thrilled if I made him some potatoes so I think I'll grab some on my next grocery run and make sure he leaves me some for Holy Mackerel Cakes. I have a couple of different fish cake recipes depending on whether the fish is pre-cooked/canned or raw but both are easy and good. I'll send them your way and you can let me know what you think. I haven't made any of iHeartUmami's recipes yet but saw some that looked good. I subscribed to her blog but just unsubscribed because she was blowing up my in-box. Her Kung Pao Chicken looked good, too and I think I have all of the ingredients. Cool, now I have two new things to add to my cook-up this weekend. Have you tried shakshuka? I found a jar of shakshuka sauce at that same little grocery yesterday and needed something quick and easy for breakfast today and tomorrow. I rarely buy pre-prepared sauces but all of the ingredients were compliant and I figured I had earned a little cheat. Holy cow that was delicious! And different. I'm going to make this one this weekend: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/09/shakshuka-north-african-shirred-eggs-tomato-pepper-recipe.html. I've read different people raving over it but I've always had a weird relationship with eggs and wasn't as moved by the idea as other people. If you told me even 10 years ago that I'd be eating eggs in some form or another for breakfast almost every day, I would have seriously doubted your sanity. The whites kinda gross me out; that's why I don't do hard boiled eggs and if I put them in chicken or tuna salad they get mushed up within an inch of their slimy little lives. My brother blames my Mom on my egg aversion. She likes her scrambled eggs "soft" (that's not how I describe them!) and that's the way she fixed them for us when we were kids-bleh. Come on rain! I start a new work-out sequence today and I think I'll sub a rain dance in for one of the aerobic pieces.
  4. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Whew! Technical difficulties! I really lean on our thread here and look forward to your humor and inspiration. But then I wasn't getting email notifications and couldn't log in! Houston we have a problem!! I tried everything I could think of then finally managed to send W30 an email explaining my woes. I got an upgrade on my computer to Office 2016 and I guess it messed up...something. All of my other emails seem to come through with no problem but these notification didn't. Not sure if that part's fixed yet but Shannon fixed my log-in pronto. She said she recognized my username so I got priority! OK, I feel better now. Wheat thins ARE crack and so are Triscuits; I can't even have one or you'd find me with my face stuffed in the box. Back before I knew better and thought whole grains were the healthy way to go, I ate them a lot because they were salty, crunchy, delicious and healthy, right? Tell me about your mackerel cakes! Did you do anything special to them or pretty much made a standard fish cake? I'd love to have another healthy, delicious option for my lunches- thanks. Since you're flying, a short trip will be so much easier to manage. If you can offer to help with meals and maybe make an extra veg or two, maybe you could skimp on the amount of beans and save grains for that special loaf of bread if you decide it's worth it? We did it all AND I did both of my workouts Saturday and Sunday morning! Three hours with a shovel and a bucket spreading some very precious compost on Saturday then about 2 1/2 hours of squats and bending over to plant a jillion pepper plants on Sunday. Planted about a half jillion tomatoes yesterday afternoon- sorry no workout. My workout was tomato planting squats (51) and hauling 5-gallon buckets of water so I lifted heavy things, too. All of that in over 90 degree heat but the humidity wasn't terrible so it was tolerable as long as we had plenty of cold water to drink. We let someone else feed us Saturday and Sunday but it was a place that we go to often and they are used to my bunless this and broccoli-instead-of-fries that so I was able to refuel well without having to cook. I did suck it up yesterday and fixed a little sirloin steak with a giant pan of roasted okra that we ate all of. Now if some elves would come do some dishes, laundry and, of course, vacuum, that would be amazing. I guess I shouldn't complain, though, some other elves put a new roof on our house! Wooohoo! Starting tomorrow, it's going to rain every day for a week so I guess we'll get to test it out. Just a few more plants to get in the ground and some mulch to put around the tomatoes before it goes to raining and we'll get a break. My cook-up was pretty skimpy but I got a little bit done. I figured if I could get enough things made to last until the rain starts, I'd be able to do a mini cook-up tomorrow to get through the rest of the week. Thank goodness I have falafels in the freezer for my lunch tomorrow. Strawberries are in season! Yuuuum! Gotta fly! 9 cucumber plants, 2 tomatillos and 4 parsley plants are calling my name.
  5. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    That's big news! I'm so glad for you. Wow, though- veg/vegan is going to be tough. Are you flying or driving? And how long are you staying? Maybe some cold options might work so you don't have to cook meat/fish. A big batch of chicken salad could get you through several meals. There's always Epic bars but those get old in a hurry. At least I was able to have a hot meal with real food for dinner when I was in BB so it made having bars for breakfast & lunch OK. A variety pack of salami/prosciutto was great also. I had cherry toms, olives and berries with it. That could work for breakfast, too. When I went on that week-long fermentation intensive I had the same dilemma. I knew most people would likely be veg and that meals would also likely be grain heavy. Thankfully, my group was pretty easy-going and not everyone was veg. I've heard of other groups that had militant veg people that wouldn't allow anyone to have meat. There wasn't a lot of meat but I tried to stay with mostly veggie options and away from the grains/beans. The homemade sourdough bread was a worth-it indulgence since I don't have adverse reactions to wheat. I made some "granola" bars and jerky for breakfast since I figured that would be hardest meal to avoid carbs and that worked well. Yes, the collard wraps are delicious! I've had them raw, too but the fermented ones have more flavor. I've never tried to freeze them. I think it would work but it would also kill off all of the good little organisms that worked so hard to make it tasty. They hold up well but are messy to eat. If you weren't lazy like me, you could dry them off thoroughly so they'd be less drippy. I have a couple of tiny (6-inch) silicon spatulas and they work almost as well as a lizard tongue for getting the last molecule of mayo out of the jar. I've had a 'possum eat a chocolate cake and a pack of raccoons had a cliff bar/peanut/granola feast in our van one year but NO bears raiding the fridge. I left the garage door open a couple of nights ago, too. Holy cow, I can't even imagine... Much to my disappointment, today is NOT Saturday. I slept all night (yay!) and woke up around 5 but, thinking it was Saturday, I went back to bed. When my alarm went off, I thought I had just forgotten to turn it off for the weekend and went back to bed! My husband woke up and asked me if I was going to work or not so I politely informed him that it was Saturday so, no. LOL! I'm not sure why I wanted it to be Saturday so badly because it's going to be wildly crazy. It's going to rain all next week so we need to get plants in the ground Sunday, which is totally do-able except for everything that has to happen before >100 plants go in the ground. We have to make that drive to pick up the compost (and apply a shovel to it) but first the truck needs something manly done to the differential and we have to pick up the motorcycle from the shop and buy the actual plants and my Amish farmers are leaving the farmer's market so I have to run downtown to get chicken from them on their last day. Not sure when I'm going to cook-up but that has to happen, too. Waaah! I'll be looking forward to Monday so I can come back to work and get some rest! Have a fabulous weekend!
  6. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    You have to let me know how your first date with Holy Mackerel Cakes goes! I like pickled stuff so much that I think I'd like pickled herring; I just have to find it. Do you have a Sprouts in your area? We got one not too long ago and, after hearing people in other parts of the country raving about how wonderful it was, I was pretty excited. Meh. Not that different from Whole Food but it's easier for me to get to and they have Usinger's brunschwager that has no sugar and no crap! I've been craving some so maybe I'll swing by and see if I can find mackerel and herring. 4 freezers is kinda nuts but it works for us especially when we make big volume stuff. When we remodeled our kitchen several years ago, we had to get a counter-depth fridge so the 20 year old one we brought with us from New Orleans went in the basement kitchen. It's a mother-in law apartment that is my husband's work-from-home office and my butler's pantry plus a futon and workout/yoga space. Then we needed a deep freeze so we stuck one in the garage. It stays pretty full and then I got a half of a pig but had no room to put it so we got a small chest freezer that has been dubbed the pig freezer. Mmmmm I love Russian kale- both the red and the regular green variety. I love all kale. And collards and mustards and pretty much anything green and leafy. I stuck some big collard leaves in brine on Sunday to ferment for a few days to make wraps with. It's messy but delicious. I can't wait until they're ready. I'm cooking collards with a big chunk of country ham tonight. I got them all washed and trimmed up on Sunday so I just have to sauté some onion and throw them in the pot. I'm going to get a giant bag of spinach and make that soup. I'm thinking that some small shrimp might be pretty tasty in there Sounds like you're in for quite a week. Isn't it great to have food prepped and ready to go in the fridge? It would be so much more stressful if you had to scramble to put together meals too. Hang in there!
  7. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    This week is shaping up to be a busy one, too. I hardly had time to look up yesterday! I've never heard of S.M.A.S.H.; you're always turning me on to something new- thanks. I want to like sardines but I just don't. Costco has some really good ones so I thought that might sway me but it didn't. My Mom was thrilled, though, because she loves them and I gave them all to her. I was trying to find some mackerel or herring to try before my Big Bend trip. A friend had suggested it as a portable protein for me to take but I didn't find any. I think I need to look harder. I'm with you on puttanesca! I'm baking a chicken tonight and I have everything to make puttanesca so I might have it as a sauce for my chicken and my husband can make some pasta for his if he wants to. Your spinach soup sounds fabulous. Is it just aromatics, spinach, chicken stock and coconut milk?I have discovered that if I don't add something chewable to my soups it doesn't hold me as well. For me I think it's like the W30 position on smoothies; chewing sends signals to your body about satiety and such. I love soup so I just make sure I have something solid to include with it- and I don't mean saltines either! We always ate buttered saltines with split pea soup and chili when I was a kid but I'm not a fan of soggy breadstuffs so croutons in salad and crackers in soup were always a turnoff but that's not an issue any more now is it? I made a hash of sorts for my breakfasts this week, too. Ground beef, onions, red bells, brussels and the tops from some radishes and baby turnips topped with a couple of fried eggs. I was perusing a couple of fermenty web sites this weekend and found a new way to use kimchi. I chopped it up and added rice vinegar, sesame oil and coconut aminos (instead of soy sauce) then massaged some finely chopped collards with it. I just realized I forgot to add the sesame seeds- oh well it was still really good with my leftover fish cakes. We have 4 (!!) freezers so blue tape and sharpies are my best friend; I keep a roll in the kitchen and one in the basement as well as another one in the garage. Every now and then I don't label something thinking I'll be able to recognize it-haha not so much! It only works if it's something I plan to eat really soon or I totally forget what I did. Yeah, the vacuum. It definitely need to get dragged around our house. It would be so lovely to have someone else do it! We actually discussed that recently so maybe we'll splurge a little and hire someone. It makes me feel like a slacker to pay someone else to clean MY house.
  8. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Done! Workout, grocery, cooked dinner and hubby moved that last little bit of compost. I even slept pretty well so it's been a pretty good and very productive week. I found wild, line caught cod yesterday for a great price so I got a small pack to try out. There's not much cod in south LA and Nashville is landlocked so I've never cooked it before. I made fish cakes out of it and it was really good. I usually use a whole egg and a little mayo as the binder in my fishcakes but I was out of both so I had to wing it. Thankfully I had some egg whites in the freezer so I used that and a drizzle of olive oil for moisture. I ground up the fish in the food processor and added preserved lemon, horseradish and green onion. They were a little hard to flip but came out really good. Now I have to go back to the store to get more cod since I don't know how long they'll have it for such a great price. I wanted to make broccoli salad to go with the fish cakes (have to really work to use up a 3 lb bag of brocc florets for two people!) but all I had was a little blue cheese dressing that needed to get used up anyway. I know blue cheese is not the recommended flavor to go with fish but, too bad, it was what I had. It came out great with almost no effort and I got it used up before it went bad. I feel your pain for having to toss food. I get really annoyed with myself when I let it happen but sometimes it just happens. I quit buying spring mix because it goes bad so quickly. I'm totally feeling the need for some rest this weekend. The weather is shaping up to be worse than predicted so I don't know if our trip to pick up compost in Red Boiling Springs is going to happen. Just being able to chill in the evening is usually good enough for me but every now and then taking a whole day to recharge is what it takes. I definitely need a good cook-up this weekend. I agree that it's no longer "if" I have time but "how". Saturday morning tends to be farmer's market & grocery store (if needed) and Sunday morning is cook-up time. If I put it off until later in the day, my day goes sideways and it doesn't happen. I have some of nomnom's green chicken marinade https://nomnompaleo.com/post/7486821187/my-sisters-phenomenal-grilled-green-chicken in the freezer and my husband isn't crazy about it. I think it's just the green-ness of it because I think it's delicious so I'm going to do a big batch of chicken for my lunches for next week. I've been really trying to use up the bits and pieces of things I have in the freezer. If it's something really good or special I tend to want to save it for a special occasion. Next thing I know it's been in there for a couple of years! Not sure what else I'm making but at least I have a starting point. Are you trying anything new this week or staying with tried and true? Happy Friday!
  9. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    I can't even make mayo right now. I'm out of eggs, of all things! Also out of almost everything else, too. Our cupboard is looking pretty bare right now. A few carrots and cauli florets are about it for produce so if I don't stop at the grocery on the way home, dinner is going to be pretty bleak. I was able to scrape up stuff for my lunches today and tomorrow- chili from the freezer, a piece of leftover sw potato and half of an avocado. Well, Lisbette, I learned a couple of things yesterday. 1- apparently three hours on the business end of a shovel is great for sleep and, 2, a piece of steak and some asparagus is not enough food to refuel from said shoveling experience. I was really dragging this morning and thought it was just because we worked our butts off yesterday afternoon but I was also really hungry so I ate breakfast a little earlier than normal and feel so much better. I'm glad I have some starchy veg for lunch; I think that'll help, too. We made it about halfway through that load of compost when our neighbor drove by and asked if we wanted him to bring his tractor down to spread the rest. Yeah! Heck yeah! Now we just have a little cleaning up left to do this afternoon so I actually have time to go grocery shopping. The big question is: Can I do my workout this afternoon?! I'm tired and sore and ibuprofen is my friend right now but I'm going to give it a whirl. I'm hoping the hubs takes care of the garden and I can take care of the groceries and myself. I think that's a good division of labor, don't you?
  10. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    It sounds like a lovely day of rest. I have never tried Vietnamese food and really want to but when I look at it all I see are noodles and sandwiches. What did you get? "Super spicy Vietnamese" made my mouth water! I had to wing it last week and it was a pain in the butt! I felt like I was scrambling all week long. At least I got my breakfasts done Sunday while we watched the Formula 1 race but I don't know if I'll be able to pull it out this weekend. I'm going to try. We are getting 8 yards of compost delivered this afternoon and it's supposed to rain all day Friday & Saturday. Ideally we would have it spread before the rain starts but I'm not sure if we're up to the task. Monday morning it was 37 and now it's supposed to be around 90 every afternoon until the rain starts. Quality time with a shovel in the sun in 90 degree heat is not so much fun. I actually like shoveling but shaded and in the 70's makes it way more enjoyable. Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather, we're supposed to drive to a friend's farm in Red Boiling Springs, a couple of hours NE of here (don't you love that name?!), and pick up a load of biodynamic compost but we're thinking that it's going to be too wet to get it spread. I have to try to figure out how I'm going to do my workouts AND shovel but I'm going to find a way. I haven't missed a workout yet and I don't plan to. Good for you with the new summer clothes. That's always fun especially when they fit so well. I need to go shopping but I'd like to slim down a bit more before I do. I have 3 pairs of jeans I can't wear because they're so baggy but I also have 2 pairs that I haven't been able to wear for a couple of years that fit now. They're a little snug but they fit so I'm trying to wait until those are too loose before I get any more. I don't wear jeans much in the summer anyway and prefer nice, cool skirts. A friend of ours was having a CD release party last night so we drove in to town to support him and actually ate out! Not having to cook was a nice treat. It was a kinda crazy taco place and they use flour tortillas so I was a little limited on what I could eat. They do a Peruvian roasted chicken that sounded good so I got that and had enough for my lunch today. I had some fried plantains as one of my sides and they were so good. It's been ages since I've had them but I think I need to fix them at home every now and again. I also found out that you can order any of their tacos as a "bowl" so now I know and that open up more options. It's always good to have options, right?
  11. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Tiger blood! Not sure if it was the rowing session or the fact that we have actual SUNSHINE or what but I feel great today. I walked as slowly as I could from the garage to my building so I could soak up some rays for two blocks. N=1! I love finding out what works for ME. I find that it lets me tune out the noise from other "experts" (as well as those that profess to be experts) that want to tell you what & how to eat/exercise/sleep/whatever. We are all unique creatures and what works for me may not work for my husband or my mom or you. My husband has commented before about how carb consumption affects me so differently that it does him. He also told me last night that I was looking really good! Yes! Thank you Melissa Hartwig and W30 for giving us the tools!
  12. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Thank you! I rarely eat carb dense veggies and don't plan for them at all. That may change as I am able to ramp up my workouts, though. If I bake a sweet potato or we make carrots or white potatoes for the hubs, I'll have a couple of bites because I love them but that's it. I have been bringing a ½ cup of mixed black & blueberries with me every day and eat half of them with my breakfast and half with lunch. It's definitely off-roading but one of the side dishes I made last weekend is kind of a Louisiana version of succotash (so corn, limas, butter and cream!). Since I was W30-ing when I made it, I made my husband taste for seasoning. Now that I'm not officially W30-ing, I had a very small spoonful for dinner a couple of nights and it was SO good. Aside from the 4 borracha beans I ate in Texas, those were my first legumes so I guess that counts as my reintro even though there was dairy in it. I know dairy doesn't give me trouble and I noticed no untoward effects from the beans so I guess I'mm good there digestive-wise if I want to indulge periodically. I have a killer recipe for refried beans and my husband would probably swoon if I made them so maybe I'll make a small batch and I can indulge in a little taste, too. They have a bunch of lard in them so they can't be all bad, right? The paleo crowd is even allowing some beans these days. I'm dividing my work day in two so I'm only working a few hours today and then going in for just a few hours tomorrow so even though I'm going in on Saturday, it feels like a treat to keep banker's hours! I'm being real ADD about what to do with this gift of extra time alone in the house. My workouts have been leaving my major muscle groups pretty exhausted so I haven't been taking the stairs at work or rowing at home. I'm thinking I'm going to do a short rowing session so I start getting a little movement back in my workouts. I'm loving what my daughter has set up for me (just to keep things confusing, her name is Melissa!); it's a great combo of stretching, weights and foam roller myofacial release work. My shoulder feels better, I already feel stronger and I've definitely released some fat into the universe. Added bonus: I talked to her last night and both of her kids decided to join her in her W30 (they're 7 & almost 12) and her husband is going to start Sunday when he gets back from a business trip! She's working on her Dad (my hubby) to start but I don't see that happening. I need to get them on the phone together and let her work on him. Aside from beer, I think cream & sugar in his coffee is one of his big stumbling blocks. And bread. It would REALLY increase the amount of work in my weekend cook-ups but I'll make it happen if he'll commit. Oh I forgot, you asked about Primal mayo and I never did answer you. I bought a jar super on sale from Vitacost to take with me to Big Bend along with some tuna packets and packets of olives, thinking that I'd stir up a little tuna salad for my lunches. It wound up being so blistering hot that I decided warm tuna salad just didn't sound that great so I carried it to Texas and carried it back unopened. If I had had on my thinking cap I could have brought my little food thermos that I use sometimes to pack my lunches and all would have been good. Next time. Ok time to do little rowing, fix my lunch, wash my hair, mix up a batch of toothpaste, get some stuff in the freezer...
  13. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    I'll never think about yams the same way again! They will always be white girl yams now and I have a football-sized white girl white yam on my counter right now so I'll have to find something (in)appropriate to add it to. Chili comes to mind and I have some in the freezer, too. Not tempted by chips & salsa- now there's a big NSV! I made some guac a couple of weeks ago and had a couple of chips. They were delicious but it was easy to stop after very few. I enjoyed them then I was over it- kinda like your brownie. Enjoy, don't guilt, move on! Yeah! "Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent." -Epictetus via kirkor. I'm in a little lab mostly by myself but my Siberian friend in the outer lab is losing weight (successfully) and was talking about low carb and becoming fat adapted but when I offered him some homemade sausage, he said that wasn't on his "diet". I just said OK and went on my pork-filled way. I have mentioned that I don't eat grains or sugar but no one has really expressed any interest in the particulars so I'll just keep on keeping on in my little corner of the work world. It sounds like you ARE influencing their decisions, though. Now if we could do that to our husbands! I think your husband's comment was actually a compliment. He's acknowledging what you are doing and, like my husband, knows it's good but isn't ready to go there. Ummmm, tallow- fried potatoes. Yeah, that's why I don't have one of those fry-baby things. Homemade chicharrones is the other reason. Vacuuming is highly overrated. Cooking fabulous, healthy meals, on the other hand, is vastly underrated. I can live with little black kitty dust bunnies rolling around but can't live without my real food. Sometimes I get both I feel like I might be losing, too. I got on the scale and it had nice things to say but two days later not so much so I'm trying to feel the difference and not measure the difference. I'll let you know how long THAT lasts! Gotta fly!
  14. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    I have never seen Black Jeopardy before and that's hilarious, so thanks! Yep, keep the good stuff for yourself! You deserve it. Of course, you also deserve the appreciation for doing the brilliant W30 cooking, too. So there! Weeee that's a lot of exclamation points! I did my workout yesterday-yay for me. It hurt more because I'm a little sore everywhere but I was able to push a little harder and do little more so I feel like I can already see progress even though it's only been a week. Since I didn't do my cook-up this weekend, I need to get home and fix breakfast for the rest of the week and find something (besides pork) for lunches. Maybe burgers and sautéed veg of some sort. I really do feel like W30 eating is coming more naturally now and even my husband commented that I had been eating compliantly even when not doing a strict W30. I was shocked that he noticed. I think one of my NSV's is that even if we're out somewhere and I'm getting hungry, I don't panic about it. Even if I have to wait a while, I'll be OK and I really feel fine. Nice!
  15. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    I'm blaming it on the mayo! Yep, I fell off the wagon. Actually, I jumped! I was doing pretty well and all of our food was laid out so the bulk of our work was finally done. As I popped a piece of sausage in my mouth I realized that I had been dipping it in the sauce I brought for everyone else made with store-bought soybean oil mayo. Bye-bye W30! I could have stopped right there but made the decision that I didn't really want to. My funny husband mentioned that the wagon would be rolling back by our house and I could jump back on at any time but I really don't want to. I wasn't enthused about this W30 and was doing it because I felt like I should to help my (step)daughter. Our friend's beer was delicious and I indulged in a few. The picking was good and the friends were many. We hung out until 4 AM- that's CRAZY for us! By noon on Sunday, we were eating crawfish and drinking more beer. By 830 we were tucked in bed for a well deserved, long night's sleep. I'm still tired, though. From 730 Saturday morning to 4 Sunday morning I probably only sat down for a couple of hours. My daughter is doing OK on her W30. She's not saying much about it but, IMHO, she's not "owning" it. She opted for the RealPlans menu/recipe service which is a great convenience but it makes all of the decisions for you. She struggled a bit last week because she wasn't eating enough. She does lots of high intensity, chronic cardio and didn't know that she should be including pre/post workout meals. I am going to continue with the exercise plan and that was all I really wanted out of this W30. So far I really like them and am determined not to fizzle out. I'm still feeling Friday's workout in my abs so I'm glad today is lower body- yay lunges (I'm being facetious)! Definitely no cook-up this weekend but I found compliant, organic sliced turkey at Publix so I lined some muffin cups with the smoked variety, tossed in an egg and topped it w salsa so I'd have breakfast today & tomorrow. It's not my favorite breakfast but it worked. Leftover pork gingerbread stew and turnip soup for lunch- thank goodness I had some leftovers in the freezer because I didn't have another plan. Last week was so hectic that I can't tell if my sleep is improving or not. Hopefully this week will settle down and I can focus on my workouts and sleep a little more than on the pork Glad you found that funny. It was- in a weird porky kind of way!