RTT: The Halfway Point, Trolls, Star Trek and The World Versus Breakfast

I’m running a little late today, and it’s been awhile since I’ve participated, so today we’ll join in on all things random with Stacy.

Random Tuesday Thoughts

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Today marks the halfway point of the Whole30.  How am I doing?  Pretty well, actually.  I’m a little surprised, since I’ve tried twice before and failed miserably.  I don’t know, really, what’s different this time – maybe I just can’t bear the thought of the razzing I’d get from my Young Diabetic Friend if I wimp out. 🙂

As promised, I’ve cut back on the dried fruit, nuts and fried foods (the one exception being the fried green tomatoes Beloved made for breakfast on Sunday), and I’m still exercising every day.  My mood has evened out (well, somewhat) without the, um, expected conclusion.  I’m not particularly tempted by things forbidden on the plan (see yesterday’s note about the chocolate cake) – in fact, I’m pretty happy with the diet so far.  Yesterday I had scrambled eggs and coffee with coconut milk for breakfast, leftover chili dogs and some watermelon for lunch, and roast chicken and sweet potatoes and leftover melon salad for dinner.  Tonight we’re having pot roast.

I’ve noticed some positive things happening, but I think I’ll leave documenting those for when it’s all said and done.  Except for this – about three weeks ago, I bought a new pair of shorts. Today, they’re loose on me.  Very loose.

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I was beginning to feel kind of lonely in my little corner of the internet, but it seems I’ve finally arrived:  I was trolled by a vegan the other day.  Normally, I don’t have problems with other diets – different things just work for different people – but please, don’t take me to task for a post that is 1) almost a year old and B) you didn’t even bother to fully read.

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I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I collect Precious Moments figurines.  In my defense, they are all “relevant” to me or my interests and none (that I’ve personally chosen, anyway) are overtly religious in nature.  I haven’t bought one in awhile – so much of our time and money is devoted to the purchase and preparation of food these days – but I could hardly turn this down:

Kirk

Yes, that would be James Tiberius Kirk, and he is the first in a series that will include Spock, Uhura and who knows what all else.  To say I’m giddy is an understatement.

Beloved says I need two of any red shirts that come, since one of them is sure to break.

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There are two bits of ludicrous news out there concerning everyone’s favorite breakfast foods:  eggs and bacon.

Eggs:  According to a study conducted by Western University in Canada, eggs are almost as bad for you as smoking.

The Toronto SUN reports, “The Western researchers studied 1,231 patients, using ultrasound to measure the plaque build-up on the inside walls of their arteries…Patients in the study filled out questionnaires about their lifestyle and medications, including their consumption of egg yolks and cigarettes.

“While the build-up of plaque was a straight-line increase for people after age 40, it rose exponentially for smokers and regular egg-yolk eaters.  Researchers also found people eating three or more egg yolks a week had significantly more plaque on their artery walls than those eating two or fewer yolks a week.

“Eating yolks triggered plaque build-up at two thirds the rate for people who are smokers.”

There are so many things wrong with this, it’s hard to know where to begin.  But for starters, this is an observational study with a tiny demographic dependent on food questionnaires – they might as well have pulled the results right out of their asses.  They may have, for all we know – when the researcher in charge published the results of a similar study in 2010 linking eggs to health problems, a major donor pulled funding from the university where he is employed (his house was also, amusingly, egged).

As for bacon, the president of Paul Quinn, a small, private university in Dallas with a predominately African-American student body, has banned “all pork and pork related products” – yes, including bacon – from the menus of every eating establishment located on campus “in an effort to steer his student body into more mindful food choices.”

I guess “mindful choices” excludes exercising both your mind and your choice.  Since the president of the university has also cut the football program and turned the football field into a huge garden, donating its crops to those in need and using the surplus in the school’s cafeteria, one wonders how long it will be before leaving the campus for a bacon cheeseburger will be grounds for expulsion.

Between news like this and the mud-slinging presidential candidates, life is never boring.  Frustrating as shit, but never, ever boring.

Wasabi Cheesecake With Maguro

I was going to do a Random Tuesday Thoughts post, but the only random thing I could come up with was this:

Darling Daughter is teaching herself to play the ukulele.  If you knew Darling Daughter, you’d know how entirely appropriate that is, which is why I bought her the instrument when she expressed an interest in it.  The only question left to ask is how long it will take her to learn to play Black Dog.

You laugh.

Anyhoo, the first “outdoor” farmer’s market of the season was last Saturday and while Jeanie, The Fabulous Goat Cheese Lady was not there (her son got married last weekend), a friend was kind enough to come to the market in her place.  There is always a lovely variety of cheeses there to sample and that was really my only plan – until I saw the new flavor.

Wasabi Sesame Chevre.

I let out a squeal that could shatter glass and immediately bought two 4-ounce rolls of it.  It has the perfect balance of wasabi heat and just a touch of sesame flavor, all in Mackenzie Farms award winning cheese.  After our purchase, Beloved asked, “What are you going to do with it?”

“Make a cheesecake, of course!” I replied.  ‘Cause who wouldn’t want a savory wasabi cheesecake topped with maguro sashimi?  Well, besides The Young One, who would rather eat barbecue chicken.

A couple of notes – while this is a very simple dish to assemble, it’s very rich so I’d serve it as an appetizer or perhaps as part of a buffet.  It’s taken me and Beloved several days to go through half the cake, and it’s really not very big (but it is oh, so delicious).  My cheesecake also came out a vivid yellow, because of the pastured eggs – the yolks of those babies are a deep, deep orange this time of year.  If you use conventional eggs, I’m sure the results will be a little lighter.

Of course, I know not everyone has access to wasabi sesame goat cheese, so I approximated what seemed to be good amounts of wasabi powder and sesame oil for the recipe – if you make it, please let me know if either should be adjusted.  The crust is just the nuts and coconut; I was going to add some melted ghee to it, but macadamia nuts are so high in fat that it seemed unnecessary.  The crust is still a bit crumbly, so take care when serving if you’re going for presentation.  I’d also added about half a teaspoon of salt to the crust, but between the saltiness of the cheese and the saltiness of the tamari I served with it, it just seemed a tad too much, so I left it out of the recipe.  Feel free to add it back if you like.

Maguro is simply the Japanese name for a type of tuna sashimi – usually Ahi, which is a species of bluefin tuna.

Wasabi Cheesecake with Maguro
Wasabi Cheesecake with Maguro
Wasabi Cheesecake With Maguro
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces chevre or other soft goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons wasabi powder, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, roasted
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces raw sashimi-grade tuna
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Process the macadamia nuts in a food processor until very finely ground, almost a nut butter; scrape into a medium-size mixing bowl. Add the unsweetened coconut to the food processor and pulse several times, until it is very fine. Add the ground coconut to the bowl with the ground mac nuts and mix with your hands until very well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of an 8″ pie plate. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the goat cheese, wasabi powder and sesame oil on high speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to medium and beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue mixing on medium until the mixture is smooth and lump-free.
  4. Pour the cheese mixture into the macadamia crust and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. With a sharp knife, slice the tuna as thinly as possible. Cut the cheesecake into 12 wedges and carefully plate. Top each wedge with 2 or 3 slices of the raw tuna; serve with fish roe, gluten-free tamari or soy sauce and additional wasabi, if desired.
  6. Nutrition (per serving): 237 calories, 20.7g total fat, 46.9mg cholesterol, 92.8mg sodium, 157.9mg potassium, 4g carbohydrates, 2.5g fiber, 1.4g sugar, 10.5g protein

Random Tuesday Diabetes, Scrambled Eggs, and Nutritional Crisis

Good morning, y’all.

Yes, it is a good morning – I, once again, have exercised GREAT restraint and allowed a teenager live.

That’s number 5.  Where’s my damn medal?

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Remember my young diabetic friend?  He’s started a blog, where he writes about how he manages his condition. (Hint:  it’s NOT by doing what the ADA, AMA, FDA or USDA recommends.  That anecdotal evidence is beginning to pile up, isn’t it?)  Go pay him a visit – he’s a walking, talking, living testament to what a low carb, high fat version of the paleo diet can do to help control diabetes.

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Speaking of not doing what your doctor or some some government agency represented by a three-or-four letter acronym advises, Tom Naughton was recently invited to speak at a conference of the Office of Research Integrity on why more and more people are ignoring doctors, nutritionists and government health agencies and turning to blogs and social media for health and nutrition advice.

The speech, while only 21 minutes long, is informative, amusing and a great big slap in the face of an establishment that still would have us believe that a diet consisting of 45% to 65% carbohydrate (half of them refined), along with increasing doses of medication, is the optimal treatment for diabetics.  Please take time to watch it.

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Either later this week or early next week I’ll be reviewing a new paleo cookbook for kids, titled Eat Like A Dinosaur.  While I’m waiting to review the book fully (The G Man is coming over this evening and I’m going to cook 2 or 3 recipes from the book), one of the things that impresses me about it is that it encourages parents and kids to get them involved in the preparation of their food.  I forget where I read it (or perhaps I saw it in one of the many “real food” documentaries we’ve watched over the last few months), but kids are much more likely to eat a wider variety of foods if they are involved in the preparation of them.

But don’t take my word for it – listen to Nico.  He’ll tell – and show! – you that He Likes Cooking.

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That’s about all I have for you today, so go – visit Stacy and the other RTT bloggers while I drink another vat of coffee.  *yawn*

Random Tuesday Frustration

This morning, I walked in on the head of our development staff telling to the head of our support staff, “I can’t be responsible for dumb.”

Unfortunately, there are those who disagree with that statement.  But that’s okay – we can all just abnegate personal responsibility and…

Hey – YOU suggested it. 😛

Now would anyone like to debate on whether 53 is too old to be hoochie-cooing all over a stage in f@#$-me pumps, especially if the 53-year-old in question nearly falls off of said stage?

For less controversial Random Tuesday Thoughts, go visit Stacy.  It will be soothing, I promise.

(If it’s not, then please understand that all content on this blog is solely the opinion of the author and does not express the beliefs or opinions of any other Random Tuesday Thoughts participants or its host.)

Random Tuesday Beef Geekery and Such

I like Tuesday, because it’s…no longer Monday.

At any rate, it’s been awhile since since I’ve participated, so let’s link up to Stacy and get some random on!

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See G Man.

See G Man move.

See G Man move to Podunk.

MOVE, G MAN, MOVE!!

See Poppa and Meema be very happy grandparents.

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Any questions?

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This?  THIS is GREAT.

The guy has great taste in marital ringwear, too.

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And speaking of engagement rings, look what’s adorning Darling Daughter’s left hand these days:

Yes, that would be a honkin’ big opal and diamond engagement ring.  Apparently, Mr. FixIt has marvelous taste in marital ringwear as well.

This also makes Poppa and Meema very happy because it gives them another opportunity to, well, be Poppa and Meema.

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My last bit of random comes as a bit of a warning, so be prepared for photos in the near future (most likely a week from this Friday).

Friday we are taking a trip out to visit our butchers and watch them cut our next side of beef, to order.

Don’t worry, our heifer (her name is Patty) has already been killed, eviscerated and skinned, so you won’t be getting any graphic photos of that.  But what you will get to see is photos of Patty going from this:

to this:

I don’t know about you, but we are pretty excited about it.  We are, in fact, taking The Young One out of school early so he can come, too – sort of a “Where Does My Food Come From?” field trip.  (I think he’s mostly excited about getting out of school early, but I’ll take any enthusiasm I can get.)

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And that’s about all the randomness I can muster today.  Have a lovely Tuesday, y’all.