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Lamb Madras

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I have been obsessed with indian food for the past month. I had Indian for the first time last month and I was hooked. I think I could eat Indian every day and not tire of it. I decided I would try and make some indian dishes. First I made Meatball curry, which was good but I wasn’t crazy about. Next I made Rogan josh which turned out okay, the lamb seemed like it was little over cooked. I’ve been looking for a recipe with coconut milk and found Lamb madras. It took me a while to prepare the ingredients but it came out really well. The recipe calls for two pounds of meat, I used one. I knew that it would be more of a sauce then what it’s supposed to be which is a sauce that sticks to the meat, and I was okay with that.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 TB of coriander seeds
  • 1 t of black peppercorns
  • 1 t fennel seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 hot dried red chillies
  • 6 TB of coconut oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3-4 hot green chilles. finely chopped
  • 1-2 lb. of lamb, beef or pork cut into  1-1 1/2 in cubes
  • 2 large tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 14 oz. of coconut milk

The first thing you do is put the spices and the red chillies into a pan, I used my cast-iron skillet and set it over medium heat. Stir the spices over the heat until they are a shade darker and give off a roasted aroma. I was busy doing other things so not sure if they turned a shade darker I figured 5 minutes was good and the spices smelled good. Let them cool and then grind in a coffee/spice grinder. I’m not sure if your supposed to grind the chilies also, I didn’t. Maybe next time I will grind one of them and see how it turns out. Pour the oil into a wide pan over medium heat, once the oil has melted add the onions and cook until they turn brown at the edges. Add the ginger, garlic and green chilies. I only had one chile but it was a large one so figured it would be okay. Stir for 20 seconds. Add the meat and cook for 5-8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, ground roasted spices, salt and coconut milk and bring to a boil. I added in the red peppers at this time also. Cover the pan, turn the heat to low and simmer gently for 40 minutes to an hour until the meat is tender. If you want it to be more of a sauce eat it as is, if you want to make actual Madras uncover the pan and boil away a lot of the liquid, until a thick sauce clings to the meat. I did uncover the pan and boiled away a lit bit of the liquid to make a thicker sauce. The meal is traditionally served over basmati rice. I’m off all grains right now so I used quinoa. The meal was not spicy but had a great flavor, so next time I might add more green chilies and try grinding the peppers rather then putting them in the pan to cook with the sauce.

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Anti-Fungal treatment

Posted on May 19, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Almost two weeks ago I started taking the anti-fungal supplements. I completed the supplements for the parasite, and once I finish the anti-fungal supplements I will be re-tested for the parasite. The first day I took the anti-fungals they kicked my A$$. I felt miserable, I was light headed I felt dizzy. The next day was even worse I felt like I was coming down with something I took my temperature and it was fine, but I felt really warm. Sunday I felt okay but I was exhausted, since I didn’t sleep well the night before. Monday I still wasn’t feeling well, and I e-mailed my heath care practitioner. What I was experiencing was called the “Herxheimer Reaction”, this reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances. Source: The Healing Crisis

After reading that I was excited, I felt like okay this is working! I’ve heard about this healing reaction before, and as awful as it was to experience it, I thought this is a sign, my body is healing itself.

For the rest of the week my nausea was pretty bad when I read, so I just took it easy. I’m taking the anti-fungals for two months along with a digestive enzyme and then I will begin the second part of the 4-R program the replace part. One of the most difficult parts of this journey, is that I still feel tired all the time, and part of me still wonders is this really going to work? Am I going to wake up one day and have energy, and not only have energy but have energy all day long? I have to remind myself I didn’t become ill overnight, and I’m not going to feel better overnight either.

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Meat Sauce

Posted on May 4, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

I just made this amazing meat sauce. It was one of those meals where I can’t wait until breakfast, when I’ll be eating it again. Before I started the diet I used brown rice pasta when I made spaghetti. Now that I can’t have rice, that’s out. This meat sauce was so good, that I didn’t miss my brown rice pasta. I decided to roast some peppers to add to the sauce. I’ve never roasted peppers before, and wanted to give it a try. The roasted peppers were simple to make and really added a nice flavor to the sauce. To make roasted peppers I turned the toaster oven to broil threw some coconut oil on them and watched them until the skins turned black and flipped them. It probably took 40 minutes until all sides were roasted.  Once the peppers have cooled down, peel the skins off. Next take the tops off and cut them into bite size pieces. I washed them off to make sure I didn’t add any seeds to the sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 3 roasted peppers chopped
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic diced
  • yellow onion diced
  • bay leaf
  • 1 lb. of ground meat( I used grass-fed beef)
  • Pepperoni (I probably used a 1/4th of a pound)
  • Pasta Sauce 24-26 ounces ( I used a jar of Garlic Marinara sauce, have I mentioned I love garlic?)

Pic taken w/camera phone so not the best

The first thing to do is dice the onion and put it into a pot with oil, I used coconut oil. Other options would be tallow, lard, and bacon fat. Next step is to dice the garlic and put that into the pot. Once the onions have softened add the ground meat and cook until it’s browned. Next I added in the roasted peppers. Once the ground meat has browned add in the pasta sauce and bay leaf. Next add the pepperoni. If you can’t find grass-fed pepperoni, try pork sausage, pancetta, or bacon. Once I added the sauce I cooked it for 35 minutes. Since I didn’t have pasta, I put it into a bowl, and it was great. I also made a little salad of sauteed kale and chard and put some grapefruit on top.

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