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the nice misanthrope ([personal profile] kat_nic) wrote2014-10-15 05:48 pm

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I just want to know what jackass thought up food-scented candles.

I remember a couple years ago I walked in my parents' house and it smelled like LOVE and DELICIOUSNESS. I thought I was about to get a treat, but noooo, mom was burning a sugar cookie scented candle. :[

And then my mom bought me a scented candle for my birthday. A pumpkin pie, harvest spice, and maple sugar scented candle. Gee it's not like I'm trying to quit eating sugar or anything. (I didn't even eat cake on my birthday, I can't believe it either. And they made one, too.)

I'm probably going to make this instead of the gluten/dairy free pumpkin pie for the Thanksgiving Shindig. It looks cheaper to make, why must grain free baking flours be so fucking expensive. Plus there will be approximately 15,000 pies there anyway (did I ever mention how fucking gigantic my family is?) I found a recipe for green bean casserole that contains ingredients I can eat, and pureed cauliflower is a fucking delicious substitute for mashed potatoes, with clarified butter and roasted garlic. So that's the holidays sorted. I have sort of been worrying about that, because I am really commited to No Grains and Real Food but do you realize how much stuff is made with grains and processed mystery ingredients? LIKE EVERYTHING. And then there was belated realizing that I can't have cornbread dressing. That was always my most favorite, I could seriously just eat a huge plate of dressing and call it Thanksgiving. Did you know that 90% of corn is GMO? It is on my do not eat ever list. Rice is negotiable. Why isn't rice more delicious?
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[personal profile] chomiji 2014-10-16 12:19 am (UTC)(link)

What about things like farro? Or buckwheat?

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[personal profile] chomiji 2014-10-18 01:50 am (UTC)(link)

So Bob's Red Mill, which is a brand carried in Whole Foods (at least around here, anyway), says their stuff is GMO free. They do corn meal in several grades of fineness. Here is a store locator for finding places that carry their products.

I imagine it's pricy, but we're talking a once-a-year occasion, yes?

As I diabetic (diagnosed 2 years ago), I am eating much less of that sort of stuff than I used to, but I don't intend to give it up entirely. However, I do eat whole grains when I can (especially for breakfast, which is usually my big carb meal).

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[personal profile] thene 2014-10-16 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
I sometimes have phases of cutting back on sugar but........no. I know it's possible to cold-turkey a sweet tooth but why would I do that to myself.

Yeah, grain-free flours are ugh money and some of them aren't even that good. I like using almond flour if the texture is going to wind up remotely viable, because nomm almonds, but even the cheapest I've found it is comfortably 10x the cost of bulk wheat flour. Strongly suspect that irrespective of other health & wellness benefits, the reason people lose weight by going grain-free is because IT IS IN EVERYTHING so eating becomes a GREAT CHALLENGE and one may as well GIVE UP.

I've done a mashed potato substitute with cannellini beans, shallots, bacon and carrots that I adore. Tragically my housemates hate beans, so I never get to eat it and can't find the recipe.
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[personal profile] thene 2014-10-16 05:03 am (UTC)(link)
for a moderately skilled cook there are still plenty of delicious and filling meals to be had <--truth. A lot of really flavourful things can be had pretty cheap...garlic, chillies, ginger, lemons. I am fortunate in that there is a store in Cambridge that sells spices by weight rather than in dumbass stale jars, and their minimum buy is only 25 cents. In ATL, I knew a place that sold fresh thai chillies loose; they were literally a cent each. Also, wild mint is rife around here.

I've honestly had a hard time keeping a balance since I reached the point where I could afford to eat whatever I wanted. I do eat a lot of veg and almost no grains, but apart from that I would never pretend to have a healthy lifestyle. It helps a lot if I avoid drinking more than once a week tops, and use tea/coffee in lieu of snackfoods, and I go count calories for a while if shit's got out of hand.

I need to try grinding my own almonds sometimes. I am blessed with many kitchen gadgets that K's mother bought and never used, including a p vicious blender.
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[personal profile] thene 2014-10-17 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
CHICKEN LEGS OMG. Unbelievably, when I was at college the going street-market rate for chicken legs was 4 for a quid (about $1.50) - I just used to wrap them in tinfoil with a bit of garlic & butter or whatever and I ate little other meat. My asshole husband doesn't like dark meat, much to my rage.

I use LoseIt for calories; the food library's a mess but it doesn't bother you with warnings... Last time I was really neck deep in words (September two years ago, ahem) I had one spate of averaging under 1300 calories/day for 3 weeks, which DID make my weightloss flatline until I started eating more again - but I was at about 140 by then and had been running a deficit for 3 months.

It is so deeply unfair that frozen veg is more expensive than fresh, and for many things not as good... wish I could do all veg from frozen, aghhh. I p religiously throw at least 3 types of veg into each meal (more often 4) and most of it is fresh from Haymarket. I've never done the cook-once-a-week thing...just feels like it would be weird somehow.