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« on: December 10, 2014, 03:07:21 PM »
Nice looking salad. But I'd replace the peanuts with cashews or pignolas.
« on: December 10, 2014, 02:11:24 PM »
Thought I'd share this since the one time I attempted to made tree nut "cheese" it turned out disastrous. But then I didn't soak the nuts first either so that may be where I went wrong. This recipe is by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (one of the authors of the Veganomicon). She uses the recipe for making Mac and cheese, but it could also be purposed for a grain-free recipe of course. The cheese recipe is done at 2:15, so you can stop watching at that point. Video is right here.
Only thing I think I'll change is substituting the corn starch in the recipe with a non-grain thickener. Perhaps a root starch like tapioca, or maybe a tiny pinch of agar-agar.
This morning, as I was sitting in the local coffee-shop drinking my black coffee, it occurred to me that I really ought to start secretly recording people's food orders. I'm seated next to the counter and a middle-aged lady came in and just ordered a cheese danish, a chocolate scone, and a non-fat latte. Because, you know, clearly the fat in the latte is the unhealthiest part of that order.
She was overweight. Not morbidly so, but I imagine that may be in her future. I think there needs to be a new common sense rule made: if the breakfast item you are eating could, in a different context, also be dessert then it probably should not be eaten for breakfast. Or ever, really.
Sorry for the rant...
Ah, that was a distinction I was unfamiliar with. Regardless, I recommend making your own bacon from pork belly, or even better, wild boar if you can get it. Boar are an invasive species, and they destroy ground nesting birds habitats and crops so there's no season or limit. Literary the most difficult part of making your own bacon is slicing it (I sadly don't own a rotary slicer). I have a buddy who hunts them on his family farm and literary kills so many that they just roll their corpses into a ditch and leave them for the crows.
Making your own bacon means you can control salt/sugar content and can add any other favors you want.
The amount of sugar in bacon is negligible compared with most cold cuts or imitation crab meat. Still I would avoid candied bacon or maple or brown sugar flavored varieties. It was said once already, but pork belly also called "uncured bacon" is a good option if you want to cut out all sugars.
I live in the socially regressive state of Alabama and I assure you that the Paleo diet is well off everyone's radar here. Many of my co-workers eat white bread or pizza or pasta everyday, gush enthusiastically about the fact that a Dunkin' Donuts (forbidden Yankee cuisine) opened across the street, and say that they wish they had motivation to exercise, but consistently fail to do anything about it. I swear the administrative assistant/webmaster goes up a jean size every year. And when I bring in food like lamb, shrimp, or game meat they call it "weird stuff". One female coworker of mine brags about how she is the same size as she was in college. Of course that's because she's anorexic and her complexion is so terrible she has to hide behind a quarter inch of makeup. I'm sure in some places the Paleo diet is gaining traction, but in my part of the world, I assure you that sales of Mountain Dew are not suffering.
Yeah, I've run into the earth-can't-support-the-human-population-if-everyone-ate-paleo argument before. The solution those who make this argument usually suggest is universal embracement of a vegetarian diet. The key problem with that is that population growth forecasts typically show a point where famine hits even if we are all eating our veggies, so to speak. The assumption is that cutting-edge agricultural technology and innovation will keep us ahead of the curve so that we can avoid world-wide starvation. Or if not avoid it indefinitely, then at least for our lifetimes, creating another problem (like pollution) that we get to dump on the next generation.
The thing to remember is that it is this very move towards an agrarian grain-based diet that has allowed for explosive population growth. Now that (thanks to a heavy vegetarian diet) humanity has hit the point where we are literally too big for us all to return to a hunter-gatherer diet then... that means no one should eat a hunter-gatherer diet? The people who make those arguments are obviously misguided.
However the other side of the argument is this: the goal of paleo maybe shouldn't be to convince everyone of the need to go back to a hunter-gatherer diet. Clearly the vegetarians are right about one thing: the earth can't sustain a hunter-gatherer population the size of the human race. But they do need to be reminded maybe that it wasn't the eating of meat that led to human overpopulation, but instead the eating of grain.
And again this is tough because it was the agricultural revolution that started us on the path we are on, giving us our current level of technology and our repository of human knowledge. Who's to say that without the agricultural revolution we ever would have developed the combustion engine. Or hell, even writing? It's a mixed bag, but here we are. I guess the take-away is that we should be informed and make the best decisions for ourselves individually, being aware that trying to make dietary decisions for the whole population is a very complicated notion.
This past weekend I took a very extended vacation. road tripping out west, arrived back exhausted but glad I did it. On the way I was listening to a bunch of CDs including a couple Beastie Boys albums (R.I.P. MCA). Curious about their catalog I did a Wikipedia search and while reading Adam Yauch's entry I came across these sentences under the "illness and death" section:
Yauch became a vegan under the recommendation of his Tibetan doctors. At the time, Yauch described the cancer as "very treatable".
Needless to say, he did not survive his cancer, and died soon after.
It reminded me a lot of the circumstances revolving the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who famously became a vegetarian and spokesperson for PETA, and then died shortly after from a heart attack.
I don't want to suggest that veganism or vegetarianism is what killed these stars (that could get hostile rather swiftly). But I am curious about the extent to which our society views plant-based, carb-heavy diets as being a healthier alternative to diets that include animal protein. The idea that veganism is healthy is so accepted by our culture that it strikes us as a sensible notion that a man literally dying from a serious illness, should eliminate an important macronutrient such as animal protein from his diet, in an effort to improve his health.
It's sad that the ideas of human health and veganism are so associated that we don't bother to question the wisdom of abandoning omnivorism in favor of a purely vegetable diet in order to conform to religious dogmas or shady moralistic philosophies.
So random thought: there's the guy who frequents the same coffee shop/juice bar that I do in the mornings. He's a professor at the local university. He's hard to miss. I see him biking all over town. He's an outspoken vegetarian... and he has to be almost 300 lbs. Certainly over 275. He's a large guy. One of my friends who knows him, told me that he's one guy you never want to engage in a conversation about diet with because he is militant in his vegetarianism.
Anyhow he came in to the coffee shop/juice bar this morning just ahead of me and ordered a 20 oz "paradise" (pear, orange, and ginger juice blend) and a blueberry scone. I got my usual black coffee.
It just makes me ill because clearly he's someone who buys into the 6 servings of grain a day bullshit that the FDA puts out there that is literally killing America. And apparently he's so sold on that crap, that he literally can't see what it's doing to him. So sad.
Saw this article on buzzfeed called "14 Vegan Cheeses That Will Make You Forget About the Real Thing". Not into veganism, but I looked and it turns out that many of the recipes have a tree nut base so are worth considering, at least in small amounts.
Here's the link
The author shows his bias against the diet by calling it "bullshit" in the title, the "latest faux-hippie, fitness-addict trend" in the article, and calling those who adhere to the diet "fanboys" in the comments. Makes me so angry...
Manitoba law fines parent who sends kid to school with a lunch that is lacking in grain. Here's the article:
Beans are not Paleo... however green beans and string beans are way better than most beans like butter beans, kidney beans, or black beans. My rule is that I eat green beans or string beans a couple of times a month at most, and avoid the rest entirely.