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Grain-Free Game of Thrones Feast

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Husband and I are huge fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I read the first book when I was 18, and Husband read it before we were married, on my suggestion, and got even more into the series than I did. And then, lo and behold, they go and make it into an HBO series. Ever have a wish granted? For (getting to be well) over a decade, I’ve been picturing how this series would go if they brought it to the screen, and last night, it happened.

Two weeks ago, I came up with the crazy idea of finding foods mentioned in the books and making a feast for Premiere Night. And I did it. Six hours of cooking, and here’s what you get:

feast

Clockwise from top: Goat cheese served with baked apples, Rack of lamb crusted in garlic and herbs, A roasted onion, dripping with gravy, and Mashed yellow turnips swimming in butter. All titles of the food come directly from the books.

Not pictured are fearsomely strong cider, flagons of mead, and a grain-free version of the book’s ubiquitous lemon cakes. For those, I added about a tablespoon more lemon juice than it called for, and the zest of the lemon I’d squeezed. I’d say stay closer to 3 tablespoons of honey than 5–they’re pretty sticky-sweet with 5. I also made a fried bell pepper salad from my friend at Paleo Middle Eastern, but I forgot and left it in the fridge and we didn’t remember it until we started putting away leftovers. I added a few spicy peppers and some hot sauce to the mix so it would approximate Fiery Dornish Peppers.

Some notes about the recipes: Rutabagas (yellow turnips) may have been the best thing on the plate. A bit high in carbs, but it’s a root vegetable and not a nightshade and it makes a really good mash–the texture is velvety smooth and not at all watery, and the flavor is mostly a good approximation of a slightly sweet potato–like potato blended with caramelized onions. I’ve already decided that this recipe is making the Thanksgiving rotation. The lamb is excellent and not at all difficult to make. We grilled them instead of roasting them so as to free up the oven for the onions and apples. The apples were the weakest link (in part due to the fact that I don’t like fruit), but if you’re an apple person, I’d imagine they’re quite good. The onions? Well, keep in mind this is a Cooking Light recipe. I modified it a bit–used about two tablespoons of olive oil at first instead of whatever ridiculous CW amount they asked for. I also used my homemade bone broth rather than prepackaged beef stock. I should have used a cup rather than 2/3–toward the end it was a scorched syrup on the bottom of the pan, very difficult to baste with. It took lots of time and elbow grease to get that pan clean–perhaps more liquid might have helped. But oh, were they good. Like eating French onion soup on a plate. And if you’re dairy-free, the cheese is entirely unnecessary for its goodness. Pretty sure the rutabagas would have been fine with coconut oil instead of butter, too, if you need them to be.

So that’s what I did yesterday. All told, it took six hours of kitchen time. I was sore until this morning, but I managed to stay awake for the premiere!

Oh, and yesterday I also took measurements. These are my 4th, so it’s been 3 months since I started taking them. In those three months, I’m down almost 20 pounds, and 3 inches each on my waist and hips. 2 inches on the chest. This stuff works.

So maybe it’s working after all…

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I woke up this morning, and like I do every morning, went to pee and then got on the scale. I was up THREE POUNDS from yesterday. This just…doesn’t happen. I’ve been in a three-week plateau, and every time I think I’m going to break through it, I don’t. Yesterday morning I finally weighed in at a slight bit lower than my lowest weight, and I thought I was moving in the right direction. After all, I’ve been walking a bit more and eating right. And my pants are still shrinking. So why am I not losing weight? I was in quite a funk.

Last night I measured my hips, just because I was curious to see where I was with my measurements. I “officially” take my measurements once a month, and have done that twice since I started eating Primally. I was down an inch in the hips since my last measurements, taken February 18th, which meant I was down a total of 2.5 inches in the hips since January 17th when I took my first set of measurements. This despite not really losing much weight at all since February 18th. I think overall I’ve lost a pound since then (not counting this morning, when I measured two pounds OVER). A definite plateau. I was really pissy because I didn’t even have a glass of wine last night, and yet here I am gaining weight.

I decided to check my waist. The first month, I only lost a half-inch off my waist. Since February 18th, I’ve lost an inch and a half off my waist. Crazy, huh? I still have a week and a half before I’m even supposed to measure myself, and I’m already down two inches on the waist and two and a half on the hips, in less than two months. That makes the crushing scale fail a little easier to deal with. Clearly, my body is now efficiently using fat as fuel, rebuilding muscle with protein, and while I’m not losing weight, I AM losing fat. The weight will eventually come off. The key is that I LOOK thinner, and feel better.

Mind you, none of this will help me at the weigh-in for my work’s Biggest Loser competition on April 4th, but hopefully the weight loss will kick-start itself by then. ;)