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November 2012

Recipe: Coconut Chips

November 30, 2012

Coconut-Chips

Forget popcorn and potato chips. These are now my go to movie night snack. They’re salty, savory, crunchy, and completely guilty free (AIP-friendly!). Every time I have these, I can’t believe how good they are. And so simple and quick to make, too. You can flavor them however you’d like. After trying several different variations, my favourite is still the classic: salted.

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What's-In-Your-Cart-Nov.-29-2012

In addition to the stuff needed for a proper turkey dinner, I also picked up a few other items like:

  • pastured eggs (I wish we had these at Canadian supermarkets!)
  • sardines (so much cheaper than here)
  • raw sauerkraut (beet and kimchi flvaours)
  • coconut aminos (for the rare time I need to sub soy sauce)
  • butter (Kerrygold and Organic Valley, plus Vermont Creamery)
  • cheese (brie, camembert, and Truffle Tremor Goat cheese)
  • hard cider: 3 types of Crispin plus another type (forgot to include in picture)
  • a sheep’s milk yogurt
  • a few dark chocolate bars
  • organic avocados (5 for $5 !?)
  • Vermont Creamery Vanilla Crème Fraiche
  • Vermont Creamery Quark
  • Hail Merry Macaroons (I had heard so much about these online)
  • Hail Merry Chocolate Tart (made with almond flour)
  • 100% Italian extra virgin organic olive oil (slightly cheaper than here)

Honestly, shopping at that American Whole Foods was one of the highlights of my trip to Portland :P And all the other Portland stuff rocked. What can I say, we’re a little deprived up here in Canada ;)

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Batch-Cooking-Nov.-28-2012

Belated Thanksgiving? Certainly by Canadian standards, and even so by US. I didn’t get to have a proper  Canadian Thanksgiving because I was on an elimination diet. Although the Cornish game hens were quite the stand-in act. Tracking down a fresh turkey appears to be a near impossible task unless it’s either Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I picked up an organic one at a US Whole Foods. If turkeys were more commonly available, I would batch cook them more often. They’re pretty easy to do and taste phenomenal. As for lunches, keeping it simple this week – bought some roasted chicken and will have it with some kraut or a simple salad of sorts.

Now I have food for most of the week (this will feed 2 for dinner and one for lunch) – such is the joy of batch cooking :)

What’s on your menu for the upcoming week?

Thanksgiving-Turkey-2012

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French-onion-soup-with-Scotch-eggs-and-squash

“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

I visited Portland this past weekend, so I sampled a few of their restaurants – Portland’s got quite the food scene. Reviews to come.

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2-Ingredient-Banana-Pancake

These lovely banana pancakes will surely satisfy that lazy Sunday morning pancake craving.  And I love the simplicity of banana + eggs = pancake. I make these two ways. One is the quick, no-fuss way for those of you who don’t have the patience of a saint or are feeding more mouths than just your own. They’re fast and delicious. The second way is slightly self-indulgent in that it can take almost 25 minutes for one pancake. Is it worth the wait? Personally, this is how I make them when I’m only making one for myself. I don’t mind having some time to tidy the kitchen while I wait. I find these slow-cook pancakes have a more fluffy texture, more akin to actual pancakes.

You really can’t go wrong either way. And regardless which method you choose, singing along to Jack Johnson is highly encouraged.

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