I know, every blogger and his dog has mentioned the wonderful animal photographs by Andrew Zuckerman! Even his website is stunning, and his book is on my wishlist. Take a few moments to look though some of his lesser known photographs.
How about we just pretend that I promised to blog everyday this month?
I know I know, where’s the commitment I ask myself while it takes me 10 minutes just to write this sentence – Kiki is an incredibly independent baby, but she’s still a baby and that means less time for Mummy to screw around on the internets (and apparently zero time for photo editing… a professional food photographer I am not!).
So we’re still plugging away at this Whole30 - I’ve said it before, we eat a generally “strict” Paleo diet as it is, it’s the junk food extras that start creeping in that we need to kick, and for that reason I’m starting to think that we would benefit from a 21 Day Sugar Detox instead… or actually in addition.
My plan! Spending the month of April getting us back on track with our food choices and eliminating the weekly processed sugar binge. Then May, oh May, that will be sugar detox time. It’s all good and well to omit processed sugars, but I’m most certainly abusing the moderate fruit intake limit of the Whole30… when a slice of red capsicum doesn’t taste very sweet to you, there’s something wrong with your palate!
Instead of copying the recipe here I’ll just link to it on the Jamie Oliver website, I made some changes even though it would be very nice as is. I used some leg of lamb, dicing it myself, tinned tomatoes instead of fresh and a few other changes including only marinating the lamb.
Tomorrow I’ll share the accidental chicken laab dish I made for tonights dinner… accidental? It was going to be thai chicken patties :)
I’m still feeling fine as we head toward the end of Day 4 of my Whole30… just wait though as we near the weekend! I’m sure to enter a “kill all the things” phase when I try to break my sugar. Not even necessarily crap processed chocolate, but also the habit of honey and maple syrup and “paelofied” desserts.
I have noticed that my tummy is feeling a little delicate, but I haven’t worked out whether that is from a slight sugar detoxification or completely unrelated.
On the menu tonight is lamb chops (again…) and an Indian inspired cauliflower, eggplant and tomato dish.
Yeah, sorry about the photo, nothing could make those veggies look attractive… good thing it was delicious! The veggies were cooked in tomato with a mix of ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and garam masala.
So I thought about getting a piece of cake or other little sugar-laden (but gluten free) morsel today, I seriously rubber necked the dessert counter at Code Black Coffee. I got my usual long black and forgot about the cake – it’s not like on any other day I would get something like that, but being conscious of the fact that I can’t have it, of course I start thinking I want all sorts of crap!
I ate leftover lamb chops with braised red cabbage for breakfast, some veggies and salad for lunch, a few handfuls of nuts throughout the day, and I have a “shepherds” pie in the oven… I was going to make my paleo version of lasagna but at the last minute I realised I didn’t have enough tomato. On auto-pilot I started creating my beef mince version of shepherds pie (it’s usually quite yummy) but of course I didn’t have the herbs I usually use because I kept those particular ones fresh and never purchased them dried (all of our plants had to be given away when we move) then I realised the only stock I have in the house is one that has some added sugar SIGH not very whole30 compliant.
Rest assured I will not be photographing my strange dinner this evening, I ended up concocting my flavours using tomato and paprika as a base… I think it tastes ok.
Which reminds me! This book has been on my wish list for sooo long, I think it would improve my ability to improvise in the kitchen!
There you go. Day 3 of the Whole30, uneventful (food wise) besides some random thoughts of cake and an interesting dinner resulting from my inability to plan! ;)
What a talented girl! I love watching the performances of musically gifted people, especially when they are young, it makes me feel excited for them and the excellence they might achieve in the future.
I can’t wait to introduce Kiki to different musical instruments and dance classes to see if she enjoys any of them, we already know she loves to bash on the guitar and ukelele :)