Well okay my day wasn’t Tea fueled, but I did get my order of Organic Peppermint tea from David’s Tea today. Along with it came 3 samples. Genmaicha, Blue Lagoon, and Organic Pure Vanilla Rooibos. The first two are out for Brown Rice and Cane sugar respectively, but the third one seemed legit until I read ‘With Natural Flavoring’. David’s Tea FAQ was rather vague about what Natural flavoring were. So I did what I do best and googled Whole30+Natural Flavoring. This brought me to the Whole30 discussion boards and the okay was given for tea with Natural Flavoring. I’m quite happy as this Rooibos is quite delicious. Although I really want to buy a bag of it, I’m reminded of the last time I enjoyed a sample and bought a pouch. I was a little disappointed with the purchase, it didn’t taste quite like I remembered. My dad assured me this was a marketing scheme but would little ole David do that? I can be very naive sometimes. Other than the obvious telemarketer or peddler on the street I don’t believe that people are out to ‘get’ me! So maybe I will buy 50 g of the Organic Pure Vanilla Rooibos! Take that!
I was up before Z this morning and I’m happy to report that she slept all night!
Boiled eggs, mayo, Kale and bacon. I used 3 slices of bacon this morning which was way too much. The dogs got about half a slice each and were quite happy. They spent the rest of the day running to their bowl every time I threw something out.
Left over Chilli from last night. It was a little spicier than I’d like, and I did omit half of the cayenne when I made it yesterday. It was very good though.
While Z slept I got tonight’s supper together. Those grape leaves I was looking for? They were to make stuffed grape leaves., another recipe from Well Fed 2. I wasn’t too keen on the smell of the grape leaves, soaking them for 15 minutes helped wash out the liquid they were preserved in. The grape leaves were a lot easier to roll than cabbage and made nice little ‘packages’. According to Wikipedia this dish is considered a Sarma, but can also be called a Dolma. Dolmas are middle eastern dishes and usually contain Lamb. But after my experience with Lamb on Day 2 , I substituted it with ground beef for the recipe.
Since this is Paleo the rice was substituted with cauliflower. I have to mention now that making cauliflower rice takes me a lot longer than it probably should because I don’t own an actual food processor. I have a mini one that I use all the time to finely chop an onion or previously to make bread crumbs, but not an actual full size food processor. So when I make cauliflower rice, I have to do it in about 10 batches to get it all done. This recipe called for pulsing all the ingredients together to form a paste. I omitted the meat from this process but put everything else in. The results were still great.
The stuffed Grape Leaves were all done by 4 when Z woke up, which worked out perfectly because you need to refrigerate them as they are generally eaten cold or at room temperature.
I think I could have rinsed the grape leaves a little better to get the preserve liquid out, but otherwise these were really good. I had (quite a few of) them with Tabbouleh and some garlic-stuffed olives. My breath was really wonderful after supper!! I unwrapped them for Z, and let her have a piece of olive. She seemed to quite enjoy it too. I know my husband will turn his nose at them, but more for me!
After a short 15 minute walk out in the cold Z went down like a dream and I have the rest of the evening to relax!
Yay me! Another day completed!