Archive | March, 2013

Beastcount update!

31 Mar

I nommed some bear!!!

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Maple-cardamom almond flour crepes

25 Mar

Maple Cardamom Crepes

A nice change of pace from the eggs, eggs, and more eggs I tend to eat for breakfast, almond flour crepes should be a staple for every paleo cook. They go well with berries, other fruit, cream, coconut cream, butter, honey, maple syrup, nuts, ham, bacon, cheese, etc. If you take the base recipe you can adapt it however you like, even using these as a stand-in for tortillas, pita bread, and more. I’ve been experimenting with crepe-like things for a while now and this is the best recipe I’ve found by a wide margin. These are also, obviously, gluten free, and they are a much tastier than any other gluten free crepes I’ve tried.

Almond Flour Crepe Recipe (makes four small crepes):

  • 1/2 cup very finely ground almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk (or just water)
  • pinch of salt

Whisk together all ingredients. Heat a non stick skillet and melt a little butter or coconut oil in it. Scoop a little less than a quarter of a cup of batter into the pan and let it spread out. Once the crepe has just started to harden, flip it and cook until done. Repeat. Flipping without breaking takes lots of practice, but luckily you can eat the ones that fail.

For today’s edition, I added:

  • 1 T maple sugar (from Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 pods worth of cardamom seeds, pods removed, finely ground

I served them with a bit of butter. This combination would have been especially good with pears and goat cheese, though!

New product discovery: powdered coconut electrolytes

24 Mar

Shortly after I first started getting serious about going paleo, my Better Half asked me “What is it with you people and coconuts?”

That’s a fair question. Look through any paleo or primal cookbook, blog, pinterest board, etc. and you’re going to find a disproportionate number of coconut-based foods. Part of this is that coconuts are FRIGGIN’ AWESOME and part of it is that coconut yields a lot of products that are good substitutes for very non-paleo foods. I eat a lot of “cookies” and “candy” that are just different combinations of coconut meat, coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, and sometimes chocolate.

I like coconut water to when I need electrolytes, like if I’ve been exercising particularly hard. Yesterday at the store Better Half spotted some pineapple-flavored powdered coconut electrolytes, and bought them for me. They’re pretty great! They do have a bit of sugar, so go easy, and they don’t taste as awesome as fresh or really high quality packaged coconut water, but they’re definitely a better option than conventional sports drinks.

Commemorating an Awesome Breakfast

23 Mar

Poached eggs, artichokes, obscene quantities of hollandaise:

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BeastCount update!

23 Mar

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On Friday I had Indian food for lunch including an awesome goat curry. For dinner that night we went out for sushi, and I managed a perfectly respectable four tasty species of fishes: salmon, tuna, amberjack, and mackerel. The sushi, incidentally, while not paleo (I opted to have rice instead of either getting straight up sashimi or asking if they could put it on cucumber), was incredible. Lots of tasty morsels!

This brings the total to 14. I have some lamb for Monday, but otherwise I think I need to start going out of my way a little to add additional beasts at a more regular rate.

Coconut Candy!

23 Mar

I made this coconut candy from Fast Paleo for St Patrick’s Day, using a heart-shaped silicone mold. By arranging three hearts plus one half-heart, then drizzling with melted chocolate, I ended up with a ridiculously cute shamrock treat:

Paleo Candy Shamrock 1

Paleo Candy Shamrock 2

BEAST COUNT UPDATE!

21 Mar

I know all three people who read this are on the edge of your seats to know: “HAS THE CAVE HEDONIST EATEN ANY MORE BEASTS? LIKE SERIOUSLY GUYS I CAN’T HANDLE NOT KNOWING OMG!”

Here’s an update:

I ate some crab over the weekend.

Now I’m up to nine beasts. (Chicken, pig, cow, yak, elk, anchovy, turkey, buffalo, and now crab.)

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