Bone Broth 101 + recipe round

Warning: this post contains images of raw animal bones that might offend some. The purpose of this post is to inform people about all aspects of bone broth; it isn’t intended to offend people.

The highly revered, much spoken about liquid gold that is so celebrated in the paleo and primal world. Sooner or later on your paleo journey, you’ll find yourself comfortable and secure with the lifestyle and dietary changes you’ve made, and ready for the next step. You’ll find yourself ready (and willing) to take on the task of making your own bone broth. This was how I felt.

I knew that bone broth was good for you and could be incredibly useful in both one’s cooking arsenal and gut health, and so I took the leap and started making my own bone broth about nine months into paleo. Only, it wasn’t such a big and complicated step as I had expected and had built up in my head: it was actually incredibly simple. All I needed was the right equipment (which I had), and the right ingredients (which were easily bought, even in my neck of rural Scotland). Something that seemed so intricate and complicated, like something out of the kitchen of a Parisian, 5-star restaurant, was actually very easy and practical to make. So easy, it can literally be thrown together in 10 minutes.

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Have Yourself a Completely Paleo Christmas

Christmas + Paleo can seem like an impossible task when dinners of Christmas’ past were laden with sugar, bread and other wheat flour foods. Furthermore, scouring the internet to find good paleo recipes for you conventional Christmas favourites can seem like a tiresome and time-consuming task. That’s why, one week from Christmas, I’ve compiled one mother of a round-up of paleo recipes for all aspects of this year’s Christmas feast. Peruse the links below, and decide if you want a traditional turkey dinner with all the gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free trimmings; or, try an unconventional Christmas dinner of roast beef or lamb, and a chocolate dessert. Good luck and enjoy!

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Last year’s completely Paleo Christmas dinner

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Sometimes WIAW

Sometimes I write a post on a Wednesday, showing you what I eat on a daily basis, to celebrate What I Ate Wednesday. It answers the question I get asked often: but what do you eat?!?!

Sometimes, (on the weekend), I eat my fruit + Nutter Bomb + coconut cream as my only breakfast. Sometimes, I run out of Nutter Bombs, so I make a lazy one instead: a small sprinkle of nuts and seeds, with nut butter on top.

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What I Ate with my Coconut Friend

I know my blog has been a bit quiet lately, but for good reason. Last week, my very good friend, and Coconut Friend, Alicia, came for a visit. This was a most special visit because, after living in Berlin for two years, she is now moving back to Canada. Alicia’s visit was the last time we will see each other for a while. The two paleo friends were reunited, albeit temporarily.

Something I’ve always wanted to do in her last two visits is take Alicia to another part of Scotland. I got that opportunity last week. We went to the Cairngorms, the mountains in the centre of Scotland. We did some mountain biking, we hiked, we talked, we played some Farm Heroes Saga (aka Paleo Candy Crush), and of course, we ate paleo food! We were staying in self-catering accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen, which made staying paleo second nature. Below are some highlights of the delicious paleo dishes we enjoyed together.

Breakfast

Even though I was away, with my friend, I didn’t deviate from my usual creature-of-habit breakfast. How can you when it tastes so good?

My usual 3 fruit bowl of crumbled Nutter Bomb with Coconut milk instead of cream. I didn’t premake my cream like I normally do.

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Lazy WIAW

Does anyone feel like June just flew by? Does anyone feel like 2015 has flown by????!??! I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty hectic by choice right now: full time work, half marathon training, article deadlines, food prep every day and every week, and trying to have somewhat of a life. It is for all these reasons my blog has been bit quiet lately, and it is for these reasons today’s What I Ate Wednesday post is going to be lazy. I’m not linking up to anyone’s blog party, nor am I posting the usual WIAW logo. Rather than going to the party, I’ll stay at home, eat my food, lie in bed and watch live-streaming on my laptop. Graham Norton anyone?

Check out what this primal eater ate one Saturday a while back…

Breakfast

Weekends, I tend to eat slightly different. Because my fruit + coconut cream + crumbled nutter bomb is my absolute favourite, I will eat it first. Weekdays, I eat my eggs + veg first.

This was enjoyed at about 8 am.

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So lazy, I used a ‘stock’ photo

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{WIAW} Eggcellent Primal Eats

As a primal eater, a question I often get asked from many non-primal people is “But what do you eat?????”

What I Ate Wednesday posts are a way to answer that question and to be completely transparent with my meals. It’s also a resource for new meal ideas!

The answer to that question is eggs…. judging by today’s post 😉

Breakfast was my usual:

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A bulletproof espresso, made of 2 shots of Lavazza espresso, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp butter and a heaped tsp of xylitol to sweeten it. Have you tried the goodness that is a bulletproof coffee? This is what I get up for in the morning!

One egg fried over hard in butter, with salt and pepper. Served with stewed vegetables, (I will post the recipe soon enough).

I cut up my egg and mix it all together because this – besides scrambling eggs – is about the only way I’ll eat the yoke too. I just don’t like the consistency of egg yoke at all, but I know it’s a nutritional powerhouse, cholesterol included. Eggs aren’t nicknamed ‘Nature’s multivitamin’ for nothing!

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No breakfast is complete without a bowl of three fruits (mango, kiwi, plum) with coconut cream and a crumbled Nutter bomb. I will never tire of this. Ever.

20150506_072103 (2)Lunch consisted of more eggy goodness:

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A 2-egg omelette with mushrooms, kale, red pepper and green onion. Served with fried, sliced prosciutto on top! A bit protein heavy, but totally hit the spot and kept me satisfied.

Dinner was oven-baked chicken leg and thigh, cooked in ghee and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. I also baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions and peppers in the same seasoning. We had steamed broccoli on the side.

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Dessert was a bowl of sliced strawberries, more coconut cream and some stewed rhubarb I made, flavoured with vanilla and orange. It was so. good.

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{WIAW} The Primal Formula

As a regular contributor to Jen’s weekly What I Ate Wednesday link up, I have many people (women) comment that my meals ‘look so good!’ And while I tend to agree, that yes they both look AND taste so good, there is a certain simplicity behind each and every one. Using a given list of Yes foods and No foods, they all follow a basic formula that I, and many primal eaters, use for all meals: protein + vegetables + fat = success.

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{WIAW} SAD vs. Primal

Rather than a standard day of food, I thought I’d write about what I used to eat when I followed the usual food guidelines put out by my western world governments vs. what I now eat as a primal eater. Why SAD? It means Standard American Diet, another way of saying the Canada Food Guide or UK Eatwell Plate, aka the western world government recommendations.

Thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting this Wednesday blog party of looking at other women’s food… also known as What I Ate Wednesday 😉

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