Brunch challenge passed.
It was actually really easy to do brunch on W30.
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, while the pumpkin thing is technically W30 ingredient compliant, I don’t think the creators of the program would approve of it in spirit. They don’t like when people “paleo-fy” dishes. This dish ended up reminding me of the filling of a pumpkin pie (with a decidedly greater banana taste). I felt okay making it since I didn’t think it would trigger me wanting more or actual pie. I thought it was just a nice idea for a side dish. End note.
I liked it just fine. I think it will be nice to have a bite or two with breakfast dishes this week. It’s a good dish, for me it’s just that: 1) I don’t love pumpkin pie, so not shocking that I don’t like something that is reminiscent of it. 2) I don’t love bananas baked in things. Love actual bananas, but not banana bread or anything. This recipe uses two bananas. I wonder if I used applesauce or something I might like it more. Next time.
This dish was basically a giant, baked frittata. I seasoned my own sausage, sauteed a bunch of veggies, added 8 beaten eggs and pour it all into baking dish.
I’ve loved this spice blend, called Dion’s Pork Rub, from North Market Spices. I’ve used it on pork roasts in the crock pot, but find I love it even more in sausage. I was once at the store buying more and waxing poetic about how much I love it and how it’s so perfect in all these things I made and the employee told me how great it was to hear. “I’m Dion,” he says. I shook his hand like he was the mayor.
I also roasted some sweet potatoes with the last of the garden rosemary and thyme. Then you may see in the pumpkin custard picture, there are scones in the background. I felt I couldn’t have people for brunch without providing some kind of sweet carb. We’re conditioned! I had no scones, but needed to have them for my guests.
Successful brunching was had by all. We shared vacation photos and stories. I learned all about Rap Battles, both the Epic History ones and the Princess ones. If you are not watching Epic Rap Battles of History, I do recommend checking some of them out on You Tube or their website. J & S always have something fun to share on You Tube. They’re how I learned about the Whine Wednesday guy and this really funny buffalo cowboy guy video… shoot… what is the name of that one. I’ll check. Watch Epic Rap Battle until I get that one to you.
I went for a walk after they left. I did some laundry. Then I thought I’d just heat up the last of the taco meet/ red pepper combo and throw it on some lettuce for dinner. But I wanted something warmer and yummier. I also knew I had some ground lamb that needed to get cooked by tomorrow, some celery that’s on it’s last leg, carrots and a few other things that would absolutely make Shepherd’s Pie! I’ve made this a few times and you can put almost any ground meat and veggies you’d like in it. I did onion, carrot, celery and peas. While the meat was cooking I went to grab the potatoes for boiling and found this:
I had to make a choice:
- Use sweet potato as a topper.
- Parboil the little potatoes and finish cooking them as part of the filling of the pie.
- Work really hard and make mashed cauliflower as the topper.
Since I had sweet potatoes for brunch I decided to make the little ones work. I was willing to cook dinner, but steaming and blending the cauliflower was more work than I cared to do. I ended up with not quite a traditional Shepherd’d Pie. Oh well. It wasn’t pretty, but it was good.
I didn’t follow a recipe for my Shepherd’s Pie, but I have followed this one in the past.
S asked if I was feeling better, if the W30 benefits were starting to kick in. I think they are. I say this everytime I do it: I never realize how just a little off I must always feel until I do this and feel so good. I feel like my body works better (and let’s face it, it’s because it is). I can already tell I’m sleeping better. Let’s check in with the timeline, though…
Day 8-9: For the love of Gosling, my pants are TIGHTER.
You’ve made it through the Hangover, and managed not to kill ALL the things, and you’re starting to feel like things are back on level ground again. Then, you put on your pants. They’re just pants, completely normal pants. In fact, they’re the pants you wore just three days ago. (You were too tired to wash them. It’s okay, we understand.) And three days ago, they fit. But this morning you had to take a big deep breath to get that button where it ought to be. What gives?!
The same processes that ran over you like a truck a few days ago are still working their magic in your body. Your body composition is not actually changing for the worse, we assure you. The enzymes that digest your food and the millions of bacteria that live in your gut are adjusting to your new intake of meat and vegetables, and the lack of easy-access sugars. This is something they do naturally, and these adjustments have contributed to humanity’s ability to flourish throughout our history. However, these adjustments can be a bit… uncomfortable as your gut starts to heal, rebalance, and process this new food effectively. The good news is that most people find this phase passes relatively quickly, and their pants are easy to button again within a week or so.
I didn’t have this problem today, and I even put on actual pants for brunch instead of my sweatpants. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow morning when I get dressed for work, I suppose.