Quail Eggs

Posted on May 27, 2014. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Just Fun | Tags: , , , , , |

quail egg

Keeping with the egg theme, I thought I’d show you a quail egg I bought at the farm the other day.  This was a new food to me.  They are adorable little orbs, tan with brown spots and flecks.  They are hard to crack with tough little shells, but once you do you have a perfectly miniature little egg complete with yolk and white just as you’d expect.  They are quite tasty too!  It’s fun to find and try something new.  The lady at the farm sniffed a little when I asked her if she’d tried them and if so, how she liked them.  “I would never pay that price for eggs, usually just people who are allergic to chicken eggs buy them!”  Oh for goodness sake, you sell them at your farm stand and you have never had the curiosity to try them?  I find that very strange!

By the way, just the other day one of my former students told me he had taken to heart my advice to make friends with beets.  Beets are so good for you, especially your liver.  I used to hate them too, but I told the class that you can decide to change what you like in the food department.  The French are famous for giving their children 10-20 tastes of something new without expectation so that their palates can develop a familiarity with the new food.  Having learned this I started eating a little bit of beets over time.  Grated raw beets and apples with balsamic and olive oil became a new favorite.  Also, scrubbing, making into wedges, coating in olive oil and salt to spread on a pan and roast in the oven for about an hour makes beets delicious.  Even steamed and then just served with olive oil and balsamic drizzle is pretty good.  Well, anyway, the graduate thanked me for the tip because now he eats them all the time.  That was pretty gratifying, maybe someone is listening to me!!

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Vegan Raspberry Pancakes for Charlie

Posted on May 4, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

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Our dachshund, Charlie, is allergic to eggs.  If he gets any he will scratch his ears nonstop for 24 hours.  Once I figured this out life was better for all of us!  This morning I wanted to make pancakes, and I have definitely given up veganism especially since I’m reading The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith who makes a good case for clean eating instead.  But Charlie and eggs don’t mix.  So, here I did these pancakes studded with frozen raspberries.  Wow!

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Above is Charlie waiting for the pancakes to cook.  He dragged himself out of bed but the waiting got too long so he had to collapse on the rug in front of the stove!  On right are the two dog dishes.  Hudson, who is older and eats less gets the plate on the left.  Charlie inhales his food so this bowl with the knob in the middle really slows him down.  He can handle a whole pancake for breakfast because during the day he is a much higher energy dog.

Pancakes, Vegan

2 C. flour (.5 white, 1.5 mixed buckwheat, oat, etc.)

3 t. baking powder

.5 t. salt

2 T. turbinado sugar

1.25 C.  or so almond milk

2 T. chia seeds plumped in water for a few minutes

3 T. melted coconut oil

Mix together and plop into hot cast iron pan coated with butter and/or good farm lard.  Stud each pancake with 3-4 frozen berries of your choice right after putting into pan.  Then flip, finish cooking.  Use real maple syrup and enjoy!

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Vegan Pancakes Made Simple

Posted on March 30, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

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I wanted something a little special for Easter weekend here. I also wanted to try out chia seeds as an egg replacer.  My third reason for making these was to try to include my little dog, Charlie, in our breakfast.  He is allergic to eggs so if I could pull these off he could take a break from his usual oatmeal breakfast.  So I took a simple recipe I already had and adapted it.  I was not expecting much, but these were really excellent!  I am amazed at how well the chia seeds stood in for eggs.  I only ate 2 of these and I’m satisfied.  I have lost 5 pounds in the last month and I wouldn’t be surprised if chia seeds have a lot to do with that!  I’m fuller longer and I don’t crave sugar.  I see how they help stabilize the blood sugar.  Charlie was impressed!  His pancake disappeared in a flash!

2 C. flour (.5 white, 1.5 mixed buckwheat, oat, etc.)

3 t. baking powder (buy the good stuff without any aluminum in it)

.5 t. sea salt

2 T. turbinado sugar

3 T. melted coconut oil

1.25 C. rice milk or so, keep adding until it makes a nice batter consistency

2 T. chia seeds plumped in water for a few minutes

Put first 4 ingredients in a bowl (the dry ingredients).  Drizzle oil all over in the bowl, add chia and rice milk.  Stir until everything is mixed.  Add rice milk if necessary.  Heat a cast iron pan on medium-high.  Coat with coconut/olive oil.  Use a big cookie scoop or heaping teaspoon to spoon batter into pan.  Turn after pancakes puff up a bit.  Enjoy with fruit, real maple syrup, etc.  Reheat leftovers in a toaster oven for a quick breakfast the next day!

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