Our day in Schlaitdorf began with a little bit of sleeping in (0700 for us) and we appreciate every extra minute! The morning was fog-laden but it has long since burnt off and the sun is shining gloriously. Breakfast was Beef Bacon slices, scrambled eggs, a morning Fruit Salad that I threw together (1/2 apple, 1/2 Asian pear, 1 banana, 2 tangerines, 8-10 strawberries, 3 tbsp. flax seed, a splash of 100% OJ, and a sprinkling of ginger & cinnamon - about 8 servings), as well as avocado & Brewed chocolate with coconut milk for the parents (I LOVE weekends!).
We FINALLY made it to real (ray-AL) today - for those of you that don’t know it’s basically Germany’s version of Wal-Mart, and a super Wal-Mart at that. I needed a knob of fresh ginger for the Nom Nom Paleo lemongrass slow-cooker drumstick recipe we’re having for dinner. I also wanted a head of cabbage for another slow cooker recipe that involves beef shanks. Got them both and a lovely bunch of radishes that I couldn’t pass up. The greatest procurement of the day, however, was the vegetable slicer that, with a few simple spins, turns carrot, zucchini, and similar vegetables into what we will use for spaghetti! I’ve been waiting weeks to get THIS. We also made another great discovery and that is the Filderstadt Saturday farmer’s market. The kids were already acting up so we skipped it today but we’ll definitely check it out next week. (I’ll take pictures!)
At the commissary yesterday I saw and snatched up a jar of Tahini (sesame seed paste used in dips, Middle Eastern cooking, and most notably, hummus!). We don’t eat chick peas so I made a nice (and super easy) dip just without the chick peas!
1/2 C. Tahini
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves smashed or super finely minced
~ 1/2 C. cold water (add until the mixture becomes your desired consistency - think thick for a dip or thinner if you want to use it as a sauce)
The Hubs and I dipped a finger and gave it a taste - SO GOOD! I can’t wait to dip my fresh radishes!! Mmm
For lunch I tried out the Sushi Nori (dried seaweed) I got yesterday with the turkey stir-fry leftovers from 2 nights ago. It was pretty tasty! The Hubs said it tasted a little fishy and I said, “Well, it IS seaweed.” He said we usually have fish in it so the taste is hardly noticeable - good point. I thought it was good for a change. I am trying right now to sample lots of different food items to find and use the tastiest and most convenient while at the same time adding variety.
Dinner today is Slow Cooker Lemongrass & Coconut Chicken from the Nom Nom Paleo iPad App. The worst part about this recipe is that you have to peel the skin off of the raw drumsticks - that ain’t easy, folks! (but I managed) The best thing about this recipe is EVERYTHING ELSE. The sauce was easy to make. It takes 4-5 hours on low (set it and forget it!). It smells AMAZING! It tastes just as good as it smells - think a delicious Indian curry without all of the SAUCE. You taste the chicken, the lemongrass, the ginger, a hint of coconut, and your mouth just waters the whole time!! We had radishes, bell peppers, and carrots on the side with the Tahini dip, which also went well with the chicken. DOUBLE WIN!
After dinner I decided to make Ghee since we found Kerrygold at real. Simmered those milk solids right out and made a lovely jar full of the fragrant oil. I can’t wait to cook with it tomorrow!
Today was supposed to be relaxing but the children weren’t on their best behavior and our trip to real ended stressfully. While the Hubs hit the books and the kids were in bed, I decided to soak up some Vitamin D the natural way and get my active recovery on! Fiji gladly came with me. It was hot, though (70s) and mid-afternoon. She is a French bull-dog, which is a flat-faced breed that has breathing problems and overheats easily. Her enthusiasm fooled me. She pranced through the grass and darted around my feet, panting happily … for about 20 minutes. Well, we were far from the house because we had just kept walking and exploring. Getting back turned out to be a problem. She got so hot and tired that she would just lay on the ground, gasping for air and look at me. I had to carry her part of the way home. Poor thing. No more long walks in the sun for that one.
With the dog fiasco excitement, the kids driving me crazy, and doing lots of cooking today - I’m beat! How about you? How did you spend your Saturday?
- eatdrinkbemary posted this