Wednesday, March 30, 2011

rabbit coq au vin, carrot mash and more

Ok, next, last week we got a rabbit from the farmers market and i had my first try at cooking it! i was very excited as ive never had it before :) i chose to make rabbit coq au vin.

here's a picture of the little guy:

tongue sticking out at you! :)

the rabbit was already gutted, they just left what was edible

i split the rabbit up for cooking

look how cool the heart and lungs look!

for cooking rabbit coq au vin, i used the arms and legs and save the rest for rabbit soup

i browned the arms and legs then set aside

caramelizing onions

add chicken back to pan, add red wine, and some rosemary, thyme and bay leaves

to go with the rabbit, mashed carrots with garlic, green onion, ghee and smoked salmon

rabbit coq au vin with mashed carrots! 
craig says the carrots were amazing - i think it was the taste of smoked salmon - tastes like bacon ;)

Craig and i made whole citrus juice by peeling the orange, tangelo, blood orange and blending in blender. turns out very tasty, plus, you get all the pulp and other goodness ;)

Last, but not least, i made one of my favorite paleo dishes saturday night: paleo fajitas! instead of tortillas, we use cabbage. the steak tasted soooo yummy! i marinated it in pepper, garlic powder, cayenne and lime, then grill - love it!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

more food creations

here are my latest food creations:

grilling pork chops on our in-door electric grill (love this thing) ... craig made easter island pork chops haha

 dinner! pork chops with stir fry bok choy, red bell peppers, carrots, garlic, ginger, red peppers, white wine and little soy sauce

lunch salad! spinach, arugula, micro greens, bella mushroom, red bell pepper, jalepeno, blood orange, tangelo, cashews, hard boiled eggs, squeezed lime, squeezed blood orange, olive oil, a lil sprinkle red pepper, sprinkle dried garlic, and lots of ginger powder - was super yum!

italian flavor ground beef (ground beef, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, italian spice mix, red pepper flakes, olive oil cooked in crock pot for 5 hours) on top of orange cauliflower pan fried/steamed

Monday, March 14, 2011

food creations

here's some of my recent food creations!

korean style salad! cooked pork belly, 2 hard boiled eggs, baby romaine, chopped scallions, red bell pepper, mushrooms, squeezed lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, dried garlic, garlic powder and sesame seeds

baked ahi tuna with a little pepper and salt, pan fried cauliflower

coconut soup with shrimp, calamari, scallops, bok choy and swordfish sashimi

grilled mackerel and stir fry baby bok choy, white mushroom, maitake mushroom, garlic, ginger, red pepper, white wine, and tiny bit of soy sauce

cooking brussel sprouts in bacon fat and bacon! yummmmm :)

grilled chicken with brussel sprouts and bacon with some guacamole on the side (pic below)

one of my favorite things: guacamole! 2 avocados, 1 tomato, 1 jalepeno, 2 garlic cloves, 1 shallot, some cilantro, and 1 lime

grape medley for desert!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

breakfast for dinner!

raw king salmon steak, 3 sunny side up eggs cooked in left over pork fat (from pork chop last night) and salad made up of chopped up kale and chard, tomato, white mushroom, maitake mushroom, dried garlic, garlic powder, squeezed lemon, and olive oil. add pepper and salt to eggs and enjoy! yummy!

farmers market fun!

this last weekend i had my first farmers market experience and i loved it!! if you're into food as much as i am, then you know what i mean!! so much fresh produce, meat, seafood and the smells of food being cooked and sold, the enjoyment of being outside ... great experience :) what made it even cooler was my hubby, craig, put together a cool cart for carrying our goodies around easily. Take a look at me with the cart!

farmers markets are great because you can get local food that is very often picked the same day or the day before which means least amount of nutrient loss and carbon footprint from farm to you, you're supporting your local farmers, you can talk to the farmers and find out how they grow their food so you know what you're getting is organically grown whether its certified or not, supposedly seasonal produce is a better deal, and you can usually get a good deal pricing wise.

we got lots of great goodies! i love challenging myself to get foods ive never cooked with before, the variety of foods at the farmers market makes that really easy - plus it adds variety to my diet and its fun!

here are some of the fabulous meals ive made from this farmers market picking:

local farmed mussels cooked in ghee, lemon, white wine, garlic, tomatoes, asparagus, and cilantro

grass-fed beef tri-tip seasoned with lots of garlic powder, some paprika and cayenne placed in crock pot with half an onion and a few cloves of garlic for about 6 hours

steamed artichoke with melted ghee, garlic, a bit of garlic powder and salt dip

beet salad! beets sliced and pan cooked in coconut oil and cinnamon, then tossed together with beet stem greens chopped up and mixed with walnuts, pine nuts, raisins, one blood orange, cinnamon, and balsamic vinegar 

grilled pork chops from local farmer

all these meals were enjoyed with a glass of white wine of course! and now its about time for me to move on to my next culinary creation ;)