I know, I know. You’ve seen my post, and you’re mad.
“Pat, what the $%#@ took you so long?!”
In the past few months, I married, honeymoon-ed, and moved into a new house. It was a stressful, but a very exciting time. Also, MOVING SUCKS. Moving is like ONE LONG CROSSFIT WORKOUT. We’re never doing this again.
Linda and I were unpacking clothing in our dual walk-in closets, cursing like sailors.
“$#@! WE’RE NEVER, EVER MOVING EVER AGAIN”
But wait. I’m sure you want proof that we got married. I’m the blonde. Linda’s the hotter one 🙂
At the end of July, I discovered I have a ton of food allergies. My naturopathic doc took a blood sample from me earlier in the month and shipped it off to Washington. I went in for a followup appointment the day after returning from honeymoon, which was in Los Angeles, by-the-way. We had an awesome time. I’d live there. Not permanently. The US lack of a health care system is ridiculous. Back to my insane food allergies. LOOK AT THESE FOOD ALLERGIES: Eggs…AVOID! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Dairy….moderate…but it may as well say AVOID!
Gluten….moderate…oh well. I’ve been avoiding it anyway.
Brewers yeast….no beer for me. This is only slightly upsetting. BUT COME ON.
Spices like cumin, ginger, turmeric, vanilla, paprika, nutmeg. Vegetables like kale! KALE! I very nearly cried in my doc’s office. What the %$#@ was I going to eat? After a few weeks, I got over it. Symptoms I’ve had for years and years started disappearing: dark circles under my eyes, post-nasal drip. Discovering these allergies actually made things a lot simpler for me. I started eating a lot more seafood: canned sardines, canned wild salmon, shrimp. An entire avocado is usually part of breakfast. In talking with my doctor, we realized I have a case of adrenal fatigue. Your adrenals are a major part of your overall health and well-being. They regulate your immune system and blood sugar levels. Food allergies, and being overly sensitive to certain scents are a typical symptom of adrenal fatigue. Never feeling well-rested no matter how much you sleep is yet another sign of adrenal fatigue. It’s a vicious cycle. For my readers suffering from candida, it usually arises because of adrenal fatigue. In fact, I’m confident in saying that if you treat the main source of your problem, which in this case, is adrenal fatigue, the rest should probably, well, EFF OFF. At the suggestion of an herbalist, I’m now taking liquorice root powder a few times a day in some water. My sleep has improved, and I don’t really feel the need to drink tea in the morning as I normally would. I do anyway, because I love yerba mate. Things are not perfect, but they are a step in the right direction. I’ll blog properly about the adrenals one day very soon. I have loads of ideas for upcoming blog posts. I promise I’ll behave.
Edited March 27th, 2015. OMG SO MUCH INCORRECT BS.
Now on to a stupendous meal. My cat Harry plays a part in the making of this meal. You’ll get to meet him. I sincerely hope you enjoy this as much as I did. It is intensely rich, incredibly flavourful, nourishing and delicious!
AHM SUCH A BIG DEAL MAMA MEATBALLS
2 lbs ground lamb
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons each: roughly chopped fresh oregano, fresh basil, fresh mint, plus 1 extra tablespoon each oregano and basil
1 whole head of garlic
1 700ml bottle pureed tomatoes (yeah, mine came in a BOTTLE)
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
Combine lamb, salt, pepper, garlic powder, 2 tablespoons each fresh oregano, basil, mint. Mix this up thoroughly so everything is evenly combined. Roll into large meatballs. You’ll make 6 big ones.
Fry in lard until your meatballs are nicely browned all over. Set them aside.
Melt some extra lard in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, stirring until translucent and lightly browned. Add pureed and diced tomatoes. That entire head of garlic? I want you to smash it all up, but no chopping. Leave the cloves whole, but SMASHY SMASHY. Add to tomatoes. Add your 1 extra tablespoon oregano. Bring to boil. Turn down to medium low and simmer for about an hour to reduce. This sauce will get thick and concentrated with flavour. It’s food-gasmic. Don’t forget to stir frequently. You can burn tomatoes!
Harry doesn’t like it when I smash garlic. He scurries low to the ground and vamooses out of the kitchen.
OH MAMA AH DO NOT LIKE IT WEN U SMASH DA GARLIK. WAI U GOTTA B SEW MEAN. DAT GARLIK IS SEW NICE LIKE ME U NO.
Add meatballs to reduced sauce. Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes. Add the extra tablespoon of basil at the very end.
Serve this on top of baby spinach; the heat will wilt and cook them nicely. Or spaghetti squash. Or even a roasted sweet potato. The possibilities are exquisite!