The winter blah’s have taken hold of me. Like most of the east coast, we had a major (for Maryland) dumping of snow on Tuesday. Maryland is terrible at dealing with anything more than an inch of snow. Wait, that’s not true – we are also terrible at dealing with amounts less than an inch. It is actually not uncommon to have schools cancelled for rain that “might” develop into a snow storm.
This time we got about 7″, so it’s been all out catastrophe mode around here. Schools cancelled, businesses closed, bread, water and toilet paper completely bought out of the stores. Things are only starting to return to normal. Did I mention that Monday (the day before this storm) it was 60 degrees? Yep it was. It was also MLK Day so I was home. I did a noon Crossfit wod and then took Dingo for a hike. It was muddy but glorious. Hiking is my absolute favorite way to get inside my head and spend a little quality time with my best girl. And I mean Dingo, not me… I hope she enjoyed the exercise because she refused to go out in the snow. She literally pooped today for the first time since Monday. Wait that was TMI. Sorry. Not everyone likes to talk about my dog’s bowel movements? Oops! Socially awkward blogger here.
The upside of my cabin fever is a did a little cooking/baking. I baked some cookies but I was too ashamed so I didn’t take a picture. They were delish. I have a good basic recipe for chocolate chip cookies and then I usually mix in whatever I have lying around. This time it was a little whole wheat flour (to make them chewier, not to pretend to be healthier) and some granola. I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, so I figured why not? They were so good. I think I ate the equivalent of 5 cookies in raw cookie dough alone. And then I paid for it with a belly ache. D’oh.
I also tried out the paleo “tortillas”. I originally got the recipe from roostblog.com, but that site is no longer letting me in, so I can’t reference it. Oh well, here’s the recipe, tweaked to my memories.
- 3 cups of “riced” cauliflower, raw
- 1 whole egg
- 4 egg whites
- 1 tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Steam the cauliflower over a pot of simmering water. When it is fully cooked, spoon it off into the center of a clean dish towel. Let it cool just enough to be able to handle it. Squeeze all the excess moisture out of the cooked cauliflower. I rolled the towel up and then squeezed/twisted the ends like I was wringing out a towel.
- Mix the dry cauliflower with the egg, egg whites and salt. Spoon about 3 T of the mixture onto a silpat lined baking sheet and spread out into a thin circle. You can also use a parchment lined baking sheet, but it is harder to remove the tortillas when they are done.
- Pop them in the oven and cook until they are shiny and dry. This took about 8 minutes but it would vary depending on how thin you spread the mixture.
- Let them cool slightly on the silpat and remove with a spatula.
- The original recipe called for browning them on each side in a little ghee in a pan, but I was feeling lazy and like the white color. You decide!
The best thing about these is that they don’t taste like much, so they could be used for a variety of different things. I filled mine with pulled pork and slaw. I might have done something else with them for dinner, but when I wasn’t looking, Dingo stole them right of the counter! She is learning some bad habits… but she’s eating well, so I don’t mind.
Ok last thing. Here was last night’s dinner. It was super fast and a total crowd pleaser. It was a modified cobb salad with deviled eggs instead of plain hardboiled eggs. Yum!
Mine had pomegranate seeds, bacon, avocado, deviled eggs, peppers, blue cheese, olives, dilly beans (I’m obsessed! Where have these been all my life?) and tomatoes. Oh and lettuce. I know Rob liked it because he took a picture of it and posted it to his friends on this online game he played. He likes to make them jealous.
Wait one more random picture of my food. This is what I made for dinner on Sunday night. It was paleo, delicious and a quarter of the price it would have been in a restaurant. How can you beat that?