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Sometimes it snows in April…

…but, geez, this is a little much.  Prince, who happens to be a big deal here in Minneapolis (for good reason), wrote a beautiful song entitled, Sometimes it snows in April.  This has become our mantra recently, though the song has nothing to do with snow or weather.  Har!

Welcome to my reality:

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This is depressing.  Not warm enough today for any of it to melt, and more sleet/snow forecast for tomorrow night!  Instead of crying, I decided to roll with the punches and enjoy being inside.  So I made quiche!

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Asparagus Spinach Quiche (made with mostly almond milk and a little bit of whole cow’s milk, and goat cheese); the crust is a pre-made gluten free pie crust.  One of the tastiest quiches I’ve made so far!

Despite the warming powers of the quiche, my mind is still firmly set on Portland and a more temperate climate!  Check out the difference, while not great, it’s a least preferable.

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Consciousness raised!

So I spent the weekend immersed in a little consciousness-raising movie marathon, inspired by my viewing of Food, Inc. last week.

First, the playlist:

King Corn:

I loved King Corn.  Really interesting to hear that nearly all the corn grown in Iowa is turned into either HFCS or animal feed.  This has just validated my hesitancy about corn.  The hard part is that corn is in so much…found this cute image online:

One thing is for sure: any corn products I eat will have to be non-GMO.  So, so sad to see the following snacks have to go from my pantry: Pirate Booty foods, Food Should Taste Good products…and the list will no doubt grow.

Food Matters:

Honestly, I found this one a little boring but still useful information.  Maybe I’ll give it a second viewing another time.  I could have been on overload by then.

Forks Over Knives:

I really liked this film as well.  This one was recommended by a few friends. So I just jumped in without knowing much about it.  I, again, learned a lot.  Funny enough, the themes of both this and Vegucated (see below) were the same: promoting a vegan diet.  The doc seemed to be more focused on the health benefits of a vegan diet.  Meanwhile…

Vegucated:

…Vegucated took a more sort of in-your-face style, which I appreciated. This doc reminded me of my days in college radio.  I became a vegetarian in college (and stayed one for 10 years…and all it took was one cute boy to lure me back to meat…har!).  One thing that helped was going to a Consolidated concert (anyone remember them??).  Awesome band that were radical activists/vegans.  They would attach huge television screen to the scaffolding behind them that showed footage from slaughterhouses, all while they played along.  I’m not sure how anyone could stomach meat after going to one of their shows.

Needless to say, I have a very veggie filled weekend.  And while I’m not ready to stop eating animal products, these doc certainly left me committed to being very mindful of where those product are produced and how.  I don’t envision that I’ll get to this point:

Even though Portland may, in fact, be my new home in a few months!  More details on that later.

Food Inc.

Whew.  Long time with no posts.

But I’m back.  Just wanted to share this trailer for Food, Inc.:

It’s a documentary from about three years ago but I just watched it a few nights ago.  I’m actually glad that I made some rather dramatic changes to my diet, it made watching the film a bit more palatable.  I feel equally proud of my ability to be educated and aware of what I eat and foolish as I think avoiding all the pervasive ingredients totally would be tough because of how well hidden they are.  Pervasive ingredients meaning: wheat, corn, and soy.   When I first embarked on the elimination-challenge diet, I complained about how much I had to cook vs. using convenience foods.  Boy has that tune changed.

I was still left feeling a little sick after watching the film.  I learned a lot though.  Like did you know that e-coli has been a bacteria present for years but it was only when we introduced corn to cows that deadly, resistant forms of e-coli developed via mutation?  And apparently, the simple act of eliminating corn from a cow’s diet almost completely eradicates the e-coli (reduced b 80% in five days!!!!)?

The other thing that struck me is that my view of farmers shifted quite a bit.  I really, really feel for the ones who are inextricably tied to big food corporations.  Being essentially forced into purchasing upwards of $500,000.00 in equipment and getting $18,000.00/year!?!?  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This is a “must watch” if you haven’t already!

Trust your instincts…

Man, I was starving after my second class this morning.  I ran us through Salutation G, this morning.  I love that one, but it mixed with other flows left me so hungry afterwards.

And I had the most incredible craving for pancakes.  Well, I think the cravings were induced by a story I heard on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday this morning about a Russian Pancake Festival taking place this weekend.  It’s so funny that all the brain needs is a little hint to bring about a full-scale craving.  So, I set about looking for a (hopefully) yummy grain-free pancake recipe.

I decided to make coconut flour pancakes.  The recipe I picked looked and sounded good.  Heck, even the pancakes looked good, see…

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Buuuuuuut, the recipe called for way too much salt.  Hence the title of this post…every fiber in me said, “This is tooooooo much salt” but I wanted to respect the recipe as is.  Crap.  They are too salty for pancakes.  They’re not salt bricks but the salt is noticeable.  Also, the texture was, hmmmm, how to explain?  Not dry, they are moist…but a bit crumbly.  I’m used to the doughy, slightly stick texture that I suppose is the domain of wheat flour.  I’m not going to give up though.  I gotta find a good recipe!  Anybody got a good grain-free pancake recipe?

(On the side, egg white and turkey sausage.  Before I went wheat-free, I bought a box of Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches.  Not wanting them to go to waste, I just have the sandwich sans the flatbread.)

Cooking the blogs

In an effort to find good recipes that fit within this more restricted food plan I’m following, I’ve taken to my fellow bloggers for inspiration and frankly, help.  Enter this fabulous soup; the recipe, from a fabulous blog aptly titled, Organizing with a side of Fabulous!  Check it out!!

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Three ingredients or less is healthy, right?

I wish that were true about last night’s dessert.  It has only three ingredients: lemon, heavy cream, and sugar.  What a great combo.

I made Lemon Posset, last night and it is heavenly!

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I had this with a gluten-free shortbread cookie from the Wedge Co-op.  Yum!  I’ll have to find a good gluten-free shortbread cookie recipe now.  I’m envisioning a lemon tart.

For dinner last night, I made a spinach salad with a great Maple Mustard Dressing from the Wedge, and made lemon pepper tofu to top!  It turned out great!

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Aaron came over and hung out last night.  He gobbled his salad up quickly.  I sent him home with about half my freezer.  All those yummy gluten filled treats that had been staring back at me every time I opened the freezer door.  Rather than being tempted, or mocked depending on my mood, I decided to give them away.  It’s good food and he can use it so I feel good about it.  Now I have room to store all those darn gluten-free flours I’ve been accumulating.

I can see the finish line…

Whew.  It’s been a while since I last posted.  As I last noted, wheat day (and the following days) was horrible.  That was then followed by nightshade day.  This, and the days that followed it were, sadly, no kinder to me.  I was moving and thinking through mud and still in a lot of physical pain.  I’ve never had sciatica hang on for this long.  But I do believe that the wheat and nightshades are the main culprits.

I had a lot of fun, initially, on nightshade day.  Even though as the day went on I felt more pain, I made this amazing dinner:

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A bacon-covered Yellow Bell Pepper (nightshade) stuffed with crushed tomatoes (nightshade), olives, basil, garlic, and hot peppers (nightshades)!  I paid for it the next few days.  Not as badly as with wheat though.  So I think that I might allow myself nightshades occasionally and be careful not to mix them or eat a lot in one day.

Yesterday was corm day.  The last of the food challenges!  And I’m happy to report that it went well.  I was worried! Funny enough, all I really had yesterday was corn.

Corn Bran cereal for breakfast, Food Should Taste Good Tortilla chips and Pop’d Kerns (a yummy popped corn snack) for snacks during the day.  And frozen corn for dinner.  As an aside, I was also supposed to have leftover roasted pork…oh, it smelled so good.  Well, I dropped it on the floor before I could even get a bite.  😦

The most amazing part was getting to eat this gluten-free cupcake, with cornstarch and xanthan gum (corn-based)!  It was really good:

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Here’s a pic of the Pop’d Kerns:

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