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Warm Thai Beef and Radish Salad

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Paleo~~

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I’m back!   The restorations to my apartment are done…don’t the floors look great?

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and….I got a new stove!

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And…not least of all…A new look for the blog.  I think it’s a cleaner format and I hope you like it as much as I do.

Now about this recipe.  I’ve taken a booth at an end-of-season party at my CSA pick up location.  I hope to sell a few of the zillions of copies of my books that are taking up space in my apartment.  I was kind of sad to note that most of the recipes in my first two books are made with foods I no longer eat (grains & beans).

One of my favorite recipes in “The Complete Whole Grain Cookbook” is/was WarmThai Beef Salad – but it was made with beef and cooked rice.  I started wondering if there’s something I could use instead of the rice?  The inspiration of using radishes came because I happen to have three types of radishes in my fridge this week (I got black and watermelon radishes from my CSA and I had bought red radishes in the market because they were too beautiful to pass up).  I don’t remember seeing any recipes that call for cooking radishes, but I figured if worse came to worst I could always just throw out the dish and start again.

You must have guessed by now that it worked splendidly or it wouldn’t be the main feature today!  In fact cooking tames the radish flavor considerably.  Look for more cooked radish recipes in the future.

ENJOY!
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Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Cranberries

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free *  Paleo ~~~

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I don’t cook pork often but I’m very fond of pork tenderloin.  It’s quite tasty, not fatty, and doesn’t take too long to cook…but is it paleo?  There are differing opinions on that subject.  Clearly I am of the “it’s okay” school.  The thumbs down for pork is about the relatively high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to that of other meats.  On the other hand, compared to vegetable oils, pork is a real lightweight.  So my take on it is – okay to eat pork sometimes.  Aim for lower fat cuts.  Try to get pork from local farmers instead of mass producers…and when you do eat it…Enjoy!
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Suya (or Tsire or Chichinga) – Nigerian Grilled Meat Skewers

Wheat-free * Dairy-free * Gluten-free * Paleo ~~~

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Suya or tsire (also known as chichinga in Ghana) is a Nigerian street food.  The traditional recipe uses roasted peanuts to marinate the meat, but since peanuts are a legume and legumes are not allowed on paleo, I substituted roasted cashews which also gives it a wonderful flavor. On the other hand if you do eat peanuts, feel free to substitute them for the cashews and know that you are having an even more authentic version.  Speaking of authentic versions, although 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne sounds pretty spicy, the truth of the matter is most of the other recipes I looked at used at least 1 teaspoon cayenne – so feel free to increase the cayenne significantly (or decrease it if you are not fond of spicy).   Also, you do not have to limit yourself to beef for these skewers; they would be equally good with chicken, lamb, pork, shrimp, or even goat.

Now you might ask yourself how does a die hard New Yorker, who barely leaves her neighborhood, know of a Nigerian street food?  Good question.  I can’t imagine that I dreamed up the word Suya (or tsire or chichinga) and googled it, nor do I think I googled Nigerian street food – so how did I get there?  I don’t know, but I do know an interesting recipe when I see one and since I’ve been stuck at home with a cold and cough I had time to look for something that piqued my interest.  When I found Suya it struck just the right cord as I generally like to eat really spicy foods when I have a cold because:

a) they are the only thing I can still taste

b) cayenne is excellent to relieve coughs (my home remedy cough medicine starts with 1/4 cup red pepper flakes)

c) I had a defrosted steak and had to figure out something to do with it

So however I got to this recipe I can assure you it was a lucky (and delicious) find.  The salad is completely my own addition – I think spicy food goes so well with light and crunchy salads – and this truly is a dynamic duo (or if you add a beer it would make this a terrific trio).

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Beef Bone Broth

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One of the superstar foods in Paleo is beef bone broth.  When perusing the list of grass-fed meats available from my CSA (community supported agriculture – read more about it here:  Tahini Dip) I was delighted to find they sell dog bones for just $3 per bag.  I ordered my first bag for Bella but when they arrived they were really not suitable for the dog (because they were too small) but I was amazed at what a massive amount of bones it was.  Clearly I’m not above making broth for myself out of dog bones so my adventure in beef bone broth began.  Since my first order I’ve gotten them twice more and although the bags have not been as big, the bones have been bigger and are just what I need – knuckles and marrow (I did give one of the marrow bones to Bella

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only to find she did what she frequently does with something she really loves.  She hides it.  Unfortunately her latest hiding place is in the kitty litter box as opposed to hiding them in my bed or behind the pillows of my couch – which she used to to before Rafi moved in).

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This is a great and versatile recipe.  You can use the broth in any recipe calling for broth or just eat some by itself, perhaps garnished with chopped herbs.

Don’t be discouraged by this seemingly unimportant recipe – there will be 2 recipes following this that will use beef bone broth as the base.

Enjoy!
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