Welcome to the Pulp Kaktus blog. Prompted by a recent viewing of the film, Julia & Julia, and for many other reasons, I have decided to commit to writing a daily blog about subjects that resonate, both personally and professionally. Each day of the week has its own theme, to provide structure to not only this blog but also as a way to create flow on a daily basis, and be consistent with my audience about what I write about.
Monday. The Patch. Week 1
Because I do my fruit and vegetable shopping on a Monday and a little on a Thursday at Replenish (which also happen to be the days they go to market), it makes sense to make Monday on this blog, “Produce” day. On Mondays, the intention is to share simple recipes, created from what’s available in my vegetable garden and supplemented with produce from my local, organic store, The focus will be on gluten (grain), sugar and dairy free foods, pasture fed meats and organically grown veggies. Yeah, it’s a bit of a health resolution, but I’m doing it with a couple of other family members to sort out some issues and mainly for my 20 year old son who currently suffers with very nasty, cystic acne. So, it’s a bit of a test for that too. I’ve signed up to The Paleo Way, which is now free, and it will be my go to resource for recipes, particularly, breakfast and lunch and knowledge, as they have a lot of great information on this site. I did the 10 week Paleo Way program a couple of years back with great results, number 1 being energy and much deeper sleeping and it also helped with my overall mental state. And finally, the hidden purpose, is to get us all on a insect loving, healthy living, pesticide free, sustainable path ~ a small grassroots movement for change that’s not going to happen at the top of the corporate and political tree in any foreseeable future.
Today, I did a fairly big shop at Replenish, stocking up on pantry items for the Paleo Way, as well as buying fruit and vegetables for the next few days. The first week of the The Paleo Way is actually a preparatory week, gearing yourself up and stocking the pantry so that you have all of the ingredients for recipes etc. I looked for products that I thought might help my son with his skin and included flaxseed oil (a friend also mentioned that this is good for menopausal symptoms), fish oil, aloe vera gel and tea tree oil soap. The oils I add to thicker coconut yogurt based smoothies to avoid emulsification where the oil pools on top (tip from Glyn at Replenish) and salads. On the fruit and vegetable front, I pretty much buy what looks good and keep an eye on the price. Organic vegetables are expensive so I don’t generally buy something that has just come into season and try to grow what I can, particularly in the summer months. Greens are easy to grow in the garden so I always have parsley, mint, rocket, lettuce, salad onions and celery growing. Pasture fed meat and wild caught seafood are expensive too, so I favour the cheaper cuts of meat and limit seafood to once a week. I buy fish that is abundantly available (ie: not overfished and preferably wild caught). On a sustainable note, I think it is important to have just enough meat for healthy living without being gluttonous. So, rather than making meat the hero, I treat it more as a vegetable in a recipe if that makes sense and use the whole beast: bones, organs (do struggle with this one), fat etc.
I planted vegetables seedlings late this year, mainly because we were travelling for much of Spring. Fruiting is, therefore, somewhat delayed but there are plenty of greens and today I was able to harvest silverbeet, some of which I tie up for the chook, rocket, butter lettuce, one tomato, one blueberry (should have been a lot more but the birds were up earlier than I was), parsley and zucchini, which is just coming on.
Tabouli is a salad that keeps in the fridge for a few days. Mine is a toss of 4 tomatoes, a spanish onion, a big bunch of parsley and spring onions with the juice of a lemon or two and some olive oil but no grains. The trick is to diced all vegetables finely, particularly the onions and parsley. I then use this to dress salad leaves, and mix through
Please feel free to start this with this journey The Paleo Way journey with us, if you feel it would be good for you. It would be great to combine health results, particularly, if you were thinking about doing this anyway, Anyway, off to my sister’s house for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy and jump on the bandwagon tomorrow.
Focus for the remaining days of the week:
Tuesdays = Plant Finds / Plant Focus / Succulents + Cacti
Wednesday = Pot Pairings: Ceramics / Terracotta / Concrete / Thrift / Retro / Handmade
Thursdays = What’s New / Pots / Accessories / Vessels
Fridays = Pop Up / Artist’s Date / Shop Visits + Finds
Saturday = Markets / Garage Sales / Open Studios
Sunday will be Travel / Daytripper / Adventure