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VINTAGE RECIPE: My Great Aunt Ellen’s Chicken and Dumplings- MY NEW VERSION- Now w/saffron and truffle oil!!

Making this again for the first time since the original post in 2016- my nephew is here visiting from Palau and I wanted him to try the foods of his American ancestors 🙂

I added a new, modern twist to this recipe- a pinch of saffron and extra garlic in the chicken cooking water- and truffle oil to finish the thing off, to taste.

It’s incredible with the new umami flavor profiles! Photos below of my nephew rolling and cutting the dumplings- and the last batch of ‘sauce’

Miss Maisie and Me

TO SEE PART 1, CLICK HERE

My version

After I finished writing the last blog post, I started on the chicken and dumplings.

img_4133-1 The original version omits any thickener for sauce

right away I could tell that 2 tsp baking powder in one cup of flour was WAY too much- also, most recipes call for some form of fat, which I added.

Aunt Ellen used ‘chicken cooking water’ and canned broth. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make my OWN broth.


CHICKEN AND BROTH:

2 packages of boneless skinless chicken breast (3 breasts per package)
a couple stalks of celery, leaves on, broken up in large chunks
a couple unpeeled carrots, broken up into large chunks
UNPEELED onion, cut in quarters.
water to cover
handful of fresh parsley (do not chop)
tablespoon of chicken bouillon

Basically, I just dumped it all in a pot on high-…

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Breaking fast and keto and wasp stings- and going back to IF tomorrow

update on wasp sting HERE

So, broke my fast at day 6 and glad I did. I will also be doing a shorter fast tomorrow (1-3 days, depending on how I feel). Maybe I will just do an intermittent 24 hr fast. I am going to wing it.

Unfortunately, was stung on finger by a paper wasp this morning and had a weird reaction.

There should be no way in hell I have 1hr 37 min of cardio, but the fucking wasp sting- even with the Benedryl- elevated my heart rate insanely today. No wonder I am exhausted. My blood pressure is still lower than normal, hours after it happened.

I have less than 5k steps for the day. I slept a lot. I ate a ton today- all keto.

Asparagus, eggs, keto enchiladas. I made keto charsiu bbq pork in the instant pot with pork belly. IDK how it turned out, still cooking as I type.

I also experienced stomach issues, which are not a shocker.

Life goes on- and all in all, quite pleased with how things have progressed- except for the damned wasp issue.

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AU REVOIR, ANTHONY BOURDAIN

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He was a rockstar of the culinary world. Rest easy now, Bourdain.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-anthony-bourdain-dead-20180608-story.html

One of the few idols I had left is dead. I watched his shows religiously. Bourdain’s culinary adventures became my obsession- I was able to travel the world through HIS eyes. His show was my foodie porn. What a masterpiece it was!

A few years back, Bourdain filmed his Filipino episode at my former co-star’s flat in Manila. I was so star struck by this fact and pumped my friend for all the info I could get.

My friend said he seemed tired and overwhelmed- or something to that effect. I don’t doubt that at all. His shooting schedule had to be extremely grueling.

CNN reports that he was found dead by hanging, in an apparent suicide, by his friend Eric Ripert. He left 2 ex-wives, a daughter, and his current girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, to mourn him along with the rest of us.

I don’t understand suicide, I wish I could understand it more. This tragedy brings to mind all of those people who survived loved ones that died in this manner. The families who will weep forever over the loss. 

If you are contemplating suicide, I urge you, please rethink it. Get help, there is help available. Don’t let the world mourn what could have been. Don’t let your children grow up without a parent. Don’t let your parents have to bury their child.

When you kill yourself, you kill a bit of everyone around you.

We are all one, connected to each other through our joys and tragedies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5821039/Anthony-Bourdain-died-suicide-age-61.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5821861/Anthony-Bourdain-smiles-swigs-beer-Asia-Argento-final-video.html

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Keto Updates!! Son down almost 60 lbs and I am back to almost pre-preggo weight~

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I had a lot of stuff happen since I blogged re the keto.

My son has lost almost 60 lbs since November- he is about 220 from about 280- solely from keto and he does most of his own cooking!

I will post pics of him soon!

I am also finally back to my fighting weight, lost probably 25 lbs since my last update- gained loads of muscle- but I was in Southern CA taking care of a relative who was injured in a motorcycle crash for months. Mostly exercise, fitbit, and keto, IF thrown in.

Unfortunately, am back home now and I will need surgery soon. I see a cancer specialist next week. A MRI diagnosed adenomyosis, which causes a painful and abnormally swollen uterus- lots of bloating and discomfort.

They have to check it for cancer after it is removed. My sister currently has cancer, so I am a bit worried. I am always tired lately.

Below are the newer pics, many after workout. I am so happy with my progress! I will never be thin, but I can be fit and STRONG.

 

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Incredible keto chocolate soufflé!

today I rocked a keto chocolate souffle with freshly whipped cream- AND 2 NET CARBS! It tastes like a lava cake married a sponge cake… or a British steamed pudding.

Jess’ Keto Chocolate Souffle

  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder OR raw cacao powder
  • 2-3 tbs powdered erythritol or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tbs melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4th tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4th-1/2 tsp baking soda
    Mix everything well-
    Grease ramekin or coffee mug and microwave 1-2 minutes-
    Plate with freshly whipped cream.
    SOOOO GOOD and sooo easy!
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Keto Dinner Food Porn: Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs & Chocolate Mug Cakes w/Whipped Cream

Yesterday, we made mozzarella stuffed meatballs with low carb Marinara- and chocolate keto mug cakes with freshly whipped cream- they were a huge hit!

If anyone is interested in the recipes, post below and I will type them out after I recover from bronchitis.

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Keto Weight Loss Update! 12 lbs gone is 11 Days! (Pics and video vlog)

There is absolutely no way to make Lularoe leggings look flattering on me, but I am down 12 pounds in 11 days!

I am only 5’4 and a half, maybe, so I am not a tall, lithe person. I am extremely muscular and moderately active at the moment. I have not had the time I usually have to do yoga or get more than 10-12k fitbit steps in lately, so this is mostly from the keto diet and the ketone drink I started drinking less than 2 weeks ago. The drink helped me over the plateau weight I’ve been hovering at for a year.