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Send in the cheese

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Pepper jack cheese even.  And it tasted great.  Since I’ve been using eggs without too much of a problem, I decided to try some cheese.  Not to excess…just a little snack on the side with my chili.  So far, so good.

I’m having body pain but I think it might just be from the shingles.  I’m still doing better than I did before the Diet Experiment even with the shingles.  Go figure.

I’m tired and worn out today but still managed to do some errands and work in the studio.  For dinner, I just threw some chicken thighs in a pot, ditto quartered onions and drizzled olive oil spiked with spices over the whole thing.  It will make a lot of high protein dinner served with some fresh green beans that arrived in our Community Supported Agriculture produce box from Fresh Abundance. Ahhh…nothing better than fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies delivered right to your door.  I love it.

So it’s a short one for today.  Still tired but always hungry.

Story of my life.

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Let me eat cake

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Still in the battle of the shingles here at the Putnam household.  That and hunkering down for this godawful flu epidemic.  I keep going back and forth on Jacob getting the vaccine…yesterday I was sure they were rushing it and today I’m sure he needs it.

So what do I do when worried?  Besides breaking out in shingles, that is.  I eat.  Yesterday, I started off with a cold pork chop for breakfast.  I needed the protein!  And I also needed some cake.  I’ve got my new gluten free oats from Bob’s Red Mill.  A oat and applesauce and cinnamon cake sounded pretty healthy to me so I started looking for the recipe online.  What did I do before the internet?

Here’s what I found; Oatmeal Applesauce Cake from someone’s gluten free oats site.  For the GF flour mix I used:

  • 2/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot flour

That (hopefully) makes 1 and 1/3 cup.  The only other thing I changed was just dropping the white sugar and using 2/3 cup organic brown sugar as the only sweetener.  The cake baked up nicely with a lovely tan color.  It may be a little undercooked but I’ll just call that “extra moist”.

Mmmmmm….good for shingles.  Ha!

Little bitty pity party with treats

October 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Nothing too extravagant.  Just p*ssed off because I want to feel well every day. I’m doing all this diet stuff and getting a huge benefit from it…and then I get shingles.  And it’s back to AcheyVille.  Argh….

I’m trying to feel compassion for my immune system instead of anger and rage.  There is a long story about the split I have between “me” and “my body”.  But suffice to say that I need to feel more integrated.  I am my body.  This may not be a weird concept to anyone else (though I bet I’m not the only one) but it is to me.  In my fifth decade and I’m finally getting the drift…hey, it’s all me.

So on to food.  What does one do when one feels like crap and can’t eat one’s old comfort food?  Make some new comfort food.  Today I was missing potatoes; chipped, french fried.  Something salty and warm and crunchy. Here’s what I did.  Got out the remaining mochi and sliced it lengthwise in about 3/4 inch strips.  Then I sliced each strip into little 1/16 inch pieces.  This made…uh…many little bits and they went into a small mixing bowl.  I tossed the little mochi bits with olive oil, sea salt, chili powder, and paprika.  Really you could put whatever moves you into the spice blend.  Just for funsies I also crumbled up a rice cake (the ones that are like puffed wheat smooshed into a perfect little wheel).  And last but not least, sprinkled in some sesame seeds.  The oil makes all the spices and seeds stick together.

The oven was preheated to 450 degrees F (I guess I should have said that earlier).  Spread the seasoned mochi and rice cake bits out on a parchment covered cookie sheet.  Stick it in the oven for about 8 minutes.  When it’s ready it’s got a beautiful salty, crunchy, warm, this-is-better-than-popcorn-anyway, satisfying taste.

I gobbled it up. And now it’s my favorite snack.