July 2011

eggs and cheese
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I just completed my first ever elimination diet! It definitely won’t be the last. Mostly because, unfortunately, the results were somewhat inconclusive. And also because I think it’s a healthy reset button that can be beneficial every once in a while.

This is the third post in my elimination diet series – you may want to read the following first:

1. Elimination Diet, Paleo-Style

2. Elimination Diet Update

Without further ado, here’s how the re-introduction phase went…

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Another elimination diet friendly recipe, from Epicurious: Braised Beef and Onions. Simple to make, only 5 ingredients including the beef, and pretty impressive results considering how little effort goes into it. Lots of flavour, without using nightshade spices. The dry rub actually had this cool texture to it, quite different from other meat seasonings. Also, the braise is quite interesting in that it doesn’t use any liquid – all the moisture comes from the onions once they cook down. Keep reading…


In South Korea, you can grocery shop while you wait for your subway train. You scan items of a Tesco’s Home plus virtual storefront using your smart phone, and the groceries will be at your door by the time you get home.

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Novak has taken the tennis world by storm, and is considered one of the top athletes of 2011. He won 43 straight matches, including 41 in 2011, which hasn’t been done since 1984. By advancing to his first career Wimbledon Final, he was guaranteed ATP’s number one ranking, replacing Rafael Nadal as the world’s best tennis player. And now he’s won at Wimbledon.

How’s this relevant? Last year, Djokovic went gluten-free, after his nutritionist discovered he was allergic to it. Keep reading…


Tarragon Chicken Salad

July 1, 2011

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Salads make a great lunch. But I find it hard to eat salad for more than a couple of weeks in a row (batch cooking). Most salads, even when you vary the ingredients, tend to taste pretty similar. You have your greens, your protein, and you try to “accessorize” to add variety. This chicken salad is different enough to really stand out. The chicken, rather than the greens, is drenched in the dressing, and the fresh tarragon lends an unusual, distinctive flavor. The grapes and dried currents add an unexpected twist, helping to differentiate this salad from others.If I want salad for lunch, yet I’m tired of salad for lunch, this is the salad I make. Keep reading…