The farmer’s market was closed today, but the wonderful lady that I buy my meat from was kind enough to take my order by phone and deliver! How cool is that? I was nearly out of ground beef and the puppies have to eat. And I know it sounds crazy, but I can’t bring myself to feed them anything I wouldn’t eat. So only grass-fed/pastured for my four-legged children! The beef liver is much cheaper (and chock full of nutrients!) so I take a pound each of liver (and today it was on special buy-one-get-one-free!) and ground beef and mix it together for my furry babies. At least the puppies love it. I’ve finally gotten my chihuahua to eat mostly paleo, but she turns her nose up at raw food. I ask you, Queen Bianca, where is the wolf within?
“I am a higher being, you simpering human. Now roast me some sausages and feed them to me with those ridiculous looking digits on your paws.”
And sausages were on the menu today since I was making the homemade Jambalaya recipe from Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution”. It was indescribably good! The recipe makes a ton so I’ll be getting at least five meals out of it. I saved a couple of bowls in the fridge for this week and froze the rest. I also put a hunk of ham in the crock pot to cook all day. It should be ready…oh, right about now. I’ll be having some slices of that deliciousness with eggs around lunchtime tomorrow.
Andouille sausage and spicy shrimp – what’s not to love?!
So I spent the day peeling, chopping, prepping, and cooking and was feeling pretty darned good about what I had managed to get done. I even fit in a little snow “workout” by hauling the christmas tree back to the shed along with the many boxes of doodads necessary to trim the thing. I broke a little sweat and only fell once. I did end up with snow in the pocket of my sweater, but managed to retrieve my phone before any damage was done. This should have been my warning sign – sharp curve ahead. Word to the wise – when you’re feeling ahead of the game – STOP! I’ve never been able to do this. I may have a slow starter, but once in motion I am unstoppable. Well, until I head over the cliff, of course. The cliff always wins.
So after all that hard work, I sat down at my computer and thought I would relax and mess around online. My mistake was saying to myself, “Hm, maybe I should change the layout of my blog.” I’ve spent the last two hours trying to fix everything. Ugh. But hey, at least I got a post in! “Silver lining” – check.
Saturday is one of my favorite days of the week. No, it’s not because it’s the weekend. Ok, maybe that too, but today is grocery shopping day! I used to hate shopping, but going Paleo has really changed the way I look at food. You would think the fact that it takes me half a day to shop for food would make me despise it, but it’s just the opposite. I almost DO feel like a cave girl out hunting and gathering!
First stop: my local farmer’s market. And this morning I went earlier than I usually do and got a very nice surprise. In the stall next to the lady who sells the grass-fed beef and pastured pork and chicken was a guy selling fresh fish. Seriously. Like fresh off the boat. I was delighted and a little disappointed at the same time since I hadn’t planned for it.
My brain: who’s that? omg he’s got fresh fish. on ice. in a tiny little metal boat. how cute is that? hey, he’s cute too. hey there’s a cute chalk board with the list of the catches with the prices. it’s in all different colors! how cool is that!? that took some time to do. shoot, most of it’s gone. omg he’s looking at you – look away. crap I didn’t plan on fish. i want fish! hey, he’s still looking at you. he’s really cute. don’t make eye-contact. you can’t buy fish today. get your meat and go.
So I bought my grass-fed ground beef and stew beef, pork sausage and bratwurst, and two dozen eggs and headed to the produce stalls. There I bought spaghetti squash, green peppers, red pepper, jalapenos, cucumbers, the most beautiful spinach you’ve ever seen and the most delicious asian pears you’ve ever put in your mouth. YUM. On my way out though the fish guy caught my eye again (like I’m going to deny my eyes a little treat) and we got to talking. I learned that you can sign up for emails which they send out on Wednesdays with a list of the catches. He picks them up on Friday and brings them to market on Saturday morning. He says if I have something specific that I want that I can email him and he’ll get it for me. HOW COOL IS THAT?!
After I walked off I realized – I don’t know how to cook fish. You can be assured that I’ll be spending some time this week Googling Paleo fish recipes. 😀
Second stop: Trader Joe’s. Here I get the fresh veggies and various odd items that I’m unable to get at the farmer’s market. This week I purchased raw almonds, raw walnuts, 65% cacao chocolate callets, prosciutto, salami, mushrooms, and fresh mint and parsley.
Third stop: Earth Fare. I have to drive nearly an hour to get there, but it’s worth it. I just used the time to take lesson four of my French lessons on CD. 😀 (Je comprends un peu le français. Pero puedo entender espanol mejor!) At Earth Fare I got red cabbage, swiss chard, cauliflower, coconut flakes, pizza sauce (Trader Joe’s had corn starch in it – bleh!), and one rare treat – raw milk gouda cheese.
Fourth stop: Wal-mart. Here I got the basic cheap household stuff and finished my shopping for the day.
Thankfully, I had leftover roast with carrots and celery to re-heat since I was starving by the time I got home. Is there a better way to round out your day than with great Paleo food and an episode of The Big Bang Theory on DVR? I totally heart Leonard! I’m such a big geek. :p