Tuesday, March 31, 2009
You will probably be hearing more about compost from me than you really want to over the course of this blog. It's one of my favorite ways of being a little more eco-conscious, and incredibly easy to do, even for us city-dwellers with no backyards or compost bins of our own!
I have been making a concerted effort to eat more seafood -- a current favorite is wild sea scallops (the big ones), cooked until slightly brown and caramelized in a pan coated with melted butter and plenty of fresh lemon juice. I add a little sea salt, too, of course, and cook on both sides, only for a few minutes. Also enjoyed some whole wheat spaghetti (a special treat as I try to eat pasta only occasionally), tossed with shallots sauteed in olive oil -- yum! Steamed carrots with butter rounded out this meal. The scallops and shallots were from the Union Square Greenmarket. These particular scallops were some of the best I have EVER tasted. Not too shabby for a Monday lunch!
Monday, March 30, 2009
You know what they say: let sleeping cheeks lie! Okay, that's my silly comment of the day.
Today has been a day of many foods for the Popper: he started with 3 oz. of raw milk mixed with 1/2 tsp. high-vitamin cod liver oil (from Radiant Life) in his little bottle. I like to give him this while I'm preparing my breakfast - he can hold the bottle on his own and is quite content, despite the fishy taste, which never ceases to amaze me (I still have to take mine while holding my breath). Later he had the pears, and then he filched some of my carrots at lunch time (mashed of course). Dark orange veggies seem to be a big favorite of his - he opens his mouth wide for sweet potatoes and carrots (always mixed with butter, of course, so that he can absorb all the vitamins). This evening he had his first "square" meal: pureed turkey from last night with mashed potatoes and carrots - all mixed together into an enticing orange-ish...mush I guess, is the only way to describe it really. Hugo put the remaining blended food into an ice cube tray for freezing (covered with plastic wrap). Other parents claim it is easy as pie to defrost one cube for dinner any time! We will see how that goes.
To top it all off he tried some lacto-fermented sauerkraut, which I was enjoying before dinner (because it's tasty and to guarantee good digestion). I was shocked that he actually seemed to really like this! He even seemed to eat it with some relish - after making lots of dubious faces first of course.
- put one cup Scottish oatmeal in a bowl (this is enough for 3 breakfasts)
- add 2 tbsp. whey (you can also use yogurt, vinegar, or lemon juice)
- mix in 1 cup warm-ish water
- cover with plastic wrap and let sit at least 12 hours or overnight
In the morning it cooks quickly, tastes delicious, and provides a wonderful array of easily-absorbed nutrients! Best of all, it also gives you lots of energy. I have a fast metabolism so I usually need to eat often (and have a tendency to hypoglycemia), but oatmeal sticks with me at least 4 hours and I feel great that whole time. I cook my oatmeal with plenty of raw butter, raw milk (or water), and usually raw honey, organic shredded coconut (unsweetened), some golden ground flaxseed, and sometimes walnuts. I like to serve it with additional butter and raw yogurt, or lots of raw milk. This is especially great for breastfeeding, as it provides lots of nutrition in the form of complex carbs, excellent fats, and plenty of protein and fiber!
Back to the turkey. This was a BIG meal - I could only eat about half of my drumstick. However, Hugo (a former vegetarian of more than 15 years) ate everything and was actually full for once. Usually after he finishes he asks me what else there is to eat, and I have gotten pretty tired of hearing this question. I figured it was time to start serving bigger meals. This did the trick!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Oliver is 7.5 months old now and becoming ever more (ahem) helpful in the kitchen. Today he helped me prepare string beans for two of my favorite dishes that Hugo and I will enjoy this week: garlicky sauteed string beans and beans with Dijon dressing. Granted these crunchy delicious beans are totally out of season, but I had a hankering. After a long winter of root veggies, winter squash, and dark leafy greens I just thought string beans would be a great treat! Oliver thinks so, too. He's having a good nosh on one here.