Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Adventures in Paleo Photography

Last year I was on a pretty good roll with a low-carb health plan. I loved how much energy I seemed to have, and didn't realize how much I missed red meat until I started eating it agian!  
Of course my plan took a back-burner over the holidays, and was replaced by yummy Haagen-Dazs eggnog martini's and breads, pies, and cheeses.
Soy milk eggnog martini with sugar-in-the-raw rim.
The down side to low-carb was I missed Pasta, and I LOVE to bake, but my pans and bowls sat empty for a good portion of the year.
This year I stumbled across Paleo cooking, it's similar but I can have breads and treats made with almond flours, etc! They even "okay" Coconut milk in recipes and soups. Yeah!
Making almond milk in a blender, easy peasy!
Yesterday, I made Almond Milk. Yum!  I was frustrated with all of the fillers in the ones at the grocery store, and was quite pleased with how relatively easy it turned out.
(I even dried out the almond husks to use later for "breading" chicken or fish!)  
Drying Almond bits for future meals.
Tim was on board at the mention of slow-cooker Kalua Pork. (Which we made this weekend!)  After 16-hours of Crock Pot goodness the pork looked like this!
(Warning, you may wake up hungry at 4:00 am because the house smells so AMAZING!)

Tim wears gloves to shred the pork by hand because the meat is still hot.
We didn't have the proper red Hawaiian Alaea Salt for the pork, and I used Grey Sea Salt and Pink Himalayan Salt instead.  The pork tasted more like carnitas and had me craving avocados.  It was moist and delicious and had a hint of smoke.  But it was missing something to make it true Kalua Pork so we're going to try again, as soon as the new red salt arrives.
Cookbook fun!  So far I've made recipes from the bottom two books, the top one is for special occasions only! 
The three books I purchased for my culinary adventure are above in case you want to join in on the fun!
As many of you know, I tend to never follow a recipe exactly, however on the paleo ones I mention above (with the exception of the salt) I did.
As I vary the recipes more I'll be sure to share my favorites.
What is your favorite thing to make?


  1. oh, Oh, OH, that first shot is gorgeous. I love the bokeh light background. You always inspire me so much with your photography! Happy eating for 2014. Your selections look yummy.

  2. I have heard a lot about going Paleo, but have to read more about it. Hubby's doing the 5-2 thing --where, out of 7 days in a week, he eats as he normally would for 5 days and 'fast' (calories capped --not exactly a total fast) for 2 days (doesn't have to be consecutive). I can do the 5, but not the 2. ;p