First DSLR photo

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First DSLR photo

Success I think. Although I used the flash, and I learned that using flash is naughty. So I have to learn to time my cooking with the best natural light and probably play a lot with it. At this point I was just glad that my kitchen table was clean!

Asian Chicken Lettuce wraps and Eau de dead fish

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So yesterday for dinner I made Asian Chicken wraps. The hub said that he was up for an adventure and is considering going Paleo with me. Well I picked the WRONG dinner for his initiation into the wonderful world of clean eating.  I had a package of ground natural chicken breasts that I sauteed with grated ginger that I had in the freezer (thanks for that tip nomnompaleo!) chopped garlic, a smidge of sesame oil, sriracha, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, white wine, grated onion and a little coconut oil for lube. Well apparently I should have turned off the stove before I added the fish sauce because when I added it and continued to cook it to reduce the liquids, I infused the entire house with eau de dead fish.  It doesn’t bother me. Hell when I lived in California, in the early 80’s, there was a vietnamese family that lived next door to me and they did all their cooking outside so it’s a familiar smell to me.  Back to my story, the hub walked in and wrinkled up his nose and went to change his clothes.  When he came back in I asked if he wanted clean food or dirty (non paleo) food. He said he didn’t care, he would eat what was on his plate.  Knowing that while my husband likes sushi, fish roe and Jamaican food, he’s not actually all that adventurous with food. So I suggested that he try one little wrap and if he didn’t care for it I would give him regular dinner. I have to give him props he did eat it. According to him it tasted like fish.  He did not like it. Not at all. Not in a box. Not with a fox. OH wait… Sorry I went all Dr. Suess there for a minute. So he had what I fixed for the kids. I thought that the Lettuce wraps were divine!!! I had julienned some cucumber and added salt and pepper, minced some red onion, and sliced up some green onion for condiments. I also used some of the pickled daikon and carrot to top it all off. It was a really really beautiful dish.  Halfway through stuffing my face and defending my food to my husband, I realized that I DIDN’T take any pictures!!!!!!!  DAMMIT!!! Oh well, trust me it was delicious and beautiful. It was equally frustrating because yesterday afternoon, after posting my less than stellar iPhone photos, my son gave me a lesson with our DSLR camera and I found out that my laptop has this neat little slot thingy that I can stick the memory card into and VIOLA! my pictures will be automatically uploaded to my computer. Oh well. I will figure it all out. I’m new to all this. Tonight I am making Lemon, garlic, rosemary roasted chicken.  I need to find a better name for it than that, and the hub will eat this with a big leafy salad. I promise to take pics!!! Will post tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that when my husband puts his plate in the sink, that he doesn’t grab the bag of potato chips on his way to watch the ballgame!

Vegan Paleo Creamed Spinach

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Vegan Paleo Creamed Spinach

I thought I was waving bye bye to all things creamy when I started Paleo. We made creamed spinach, which is one of my favorite dishes of all time. We made it with Coconut milk (organic of course). The cook time was quite a bit longer than traditional creamed spinach, due to the need to reduce the coconut milk. It was worth it.