Newsflash: I’ve started another blog that will be devoted to my take on Paleo cooking. (Short and over-simplified Paleo definition: A diet that does not include grains, dairy, processed sweeteners or legumes. It’s all about the meat and vegetables, baby. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Really.)
In this earlier rant I bitched because there are hardly any quality recipes for people who like to cook. Many Paleo disciples lack enthusiasm for entertaining, food, and the preparation thereof…..essentially some of my favorite things in life. I refuse to feed the people I love underseasoned and poorly cooked meat and vegetables as if they were a herd of neanderthals huddled around a fire in their cave. I am not satisfied throwing five ingredients into a crock pot before I go to work. (Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with that…it’s just not how I prefer to cook.)
I’m going to feed my darlings not just feed, but cuisine. There’s a lot of paleo-friendly food out there, and there are thousands of recipes of familiar food that can be easily converted to Paleo without resorting to a — dare I say? — barbaric and simplistic repertoire of poorly-paired raw ingredients and dishes. Some of Julia Child’s masterpieces? Totally Paleo already. Dolomades? Can be tastily tweaked. Curry khormas? I’ll make them Paleo in no time. I’m doing all this work to feed my family well, so it’s my duty to give people who get all hot and bothered about food (like I do) my experiences and recipes.
It is possible to eat healthy AND well if ya put a little effort into it. You don’t have to lose joy and pleasure in the kitchen.
Just so you know, I’m not a saint. If you have read any other post on this blog, you know I love — no, LOVE — cheese, pasta, chili with 3674 different kinds of beans, chips, pastries, [insert other naughty food item here]. As I go, recipes will occasionally incorporate a teeny-bit of the bad stuff, just enough to keep us on the mostly-straight and narrow. Don’t like that “close enough” approach? Fine — skip that recipe and go on to the next. There will be loads of 100% Paleo stuff on here.
I’m not going it alone, so my overused “I” will be replaced by the royal “we.” This new blog-and-hopefully-book scenario will be a joint project with Tom, a man who is simply f’n exquisite. (I don’t get it. I still can’t figure out why he’s with me either.) He got me to look into the whole Paleo thing in the first place, so now I’m going to subject him to my culinary experiments and hope to hell he gives me honest feedback for my benefit and yours. He does Crossfit, a training regimen that is often paired with the Paleo lifestyle. (Yeah, he’s hawt.) I may give Crossfit a shot too, if for no other reason than to say I was a baddass enough to subject myself to that kind of torture. At least once.
To that end, our new blog is www.palatablepaleo.com. It will be a diary-style site where you will be privy to our triumphs as well as our (hopefully rare) food failures. This blog will continue to live on, outlining exceptional naughty recipes and restaurant experiences. And the personal stuff that’s been floating to the top like virtual flotsam lately. It’s my blog and I can do that if I want, dammit.
Thanks again for reading, and I hope you give Paleo a try.