Sunny-side up... poached... hard boiled... soft boiled...easy over... scrambled... steamed... baked.... How do you like your eggs?
Did you know that eggs are often referred to as "nature's multivitamin"? I absolutely love eggs, especially when they are sourced from farm-fresh and free-range chickens. I used to worry about consuming too many of these gems and raising my cholesterol levels.
Little did I know that one egg contains an amazing range of nutrients. We're talking vitamins, minerals, high quality protein, good fats, nutrients essential for the brain and eyes, and the list goes on.
So what about the dreaded cholesterol? Just because food contains this important component doesn't mean that your bad cholesterol will increase. Cholesterol is actually created by our own liver and when you eat cholesterol, your liver produces less of it; and when you don't eat it, your liver produces more. Crazy, hey? There have been a ton of studies that show eggs to improve your cholesterol profile - raising the so-called good "HDL" levels and lowering the supposed bad "LDL" levels. ** Who would have thunk?
And don't dismiss the importance of the yolk either, since the majority of these nutrients are found in the golden middle - the white only contains protein.
But are all eggs created equal? Just line in the picture above, not at all! If you're buying eggs sourced from hens that are raised in factories, caged and fed grain-based feed, this affects the nutrient composition your eggs. It's best to buy free-range or free-run, pasture raised, farm fresh eggs whenever possible. You can even look for eggs that are Omega-3 enriched to get your best value.
I tried a new recipe today and I couldn't be happier! In all my years in the kitchen, never once have I attempted to put together a quiche. I'm not sure why because it really was not that difficult.
It was even easier with Rémy doing all the hard work - he started off by weighing the ingredients needed for my crust, then mixed them up to create the dough. The only job I had was rolling out the dough and putting it into my pan, then into the fridge to rest while Rémy made the filling.
To make the filing, he first chopped the herbs and then combined them with the eggs, cream, salt and pepper. Time for me to take over.
I layered the crust with some wild smoked sockeye salmon and some very ripe and creamy brie cheese. The egg mixture got poured evenly on top and into the hot 400˙F oven for 15 minutes. The temperature was reduced to 350˙F and baked for another 30 minutes.
I definitely enjoyed a slice or two of warm quiche with a bowl of hot creamy tomato soup - a perfect combination for a cold autumn night.
"Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, and you don't need an appointment." ~ author unknown.
How true is that? And it gets even cheaper and better when you get the satisfaction of making the most decadent and delicious chocolate creations yourself! Thankfully, with the magic of my sous chef Rémy, making these amazing show stopper creations is a synch.
This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a virtual cooking experience and I showed my guests how easy it is to make Chocolate Coconut Caramel Custard and Chocolate Syrup. Would you believe me if I said that both desserts were made in under an hour? That includes the clean up at the end. I particularly enjoy eating both the custard and the syrup on top of goat's milk yogurt. I also shared some tried and true tips for making these dishes low carb and some of my favourite ways to enjoy them as well.
Check out some other mouth watering desserts made using my Thermomix TM6!
I'd love to share the magic that is Thermomix and host a virtual cooking class for as many of you as possible. We can customize the menu to you and your party's needs and desires. With the holidays coming up, we need more reasons for social interactions. So, let's get together virtually and have some fun, laughs and share a glass of wine or two together.
Even if we're not in the same room, we can still make the most of it. You can message me for more info! And feel free to share with all of your friends as well.
You can also click here for more information about Thermomix.
I still remember the day I wrote this:
"Sometimes, things don't go as planned. You may be aiming for two birds in a bush, and end up with not even one in your hand. There will always be times when things don't go your way. You toil hard, give it your best and end up crying. In the end you think maybe it was just because you didn't pray. But after all is said and done, and you grow older, and you find yourself in a place that is happier, you realize the universe never gave you a cold shoulder!" (Despicable Me).
I had just spent 5 weeks suffering through the most excruciating time of my life ~ Kidney Stones! Don't let those itty bitty little stones fool you. Think of them as little pebbles covered in minuscule razor blades, sitting comfortably in your kidney(s) until the day they decide to dislodge and take an unwelcome trip down your ureter and to your bladder, and then out! I have no idea how long my little mining operation of 10 stones had been forming, but the day they dislodged themselves will never be forgotten!
I will spare you the details, but it started with pee the colour of coca cola and lower back pain that was so debilitating, it felt like I tried to lift a 1 ton truck without success.
The next 10 days were spent in and out of the local ER and 2 emergency trips to the OR to blast those suckers out. It turns out I had about 10 stones in my left kidney that were ranging in size from 2 mm to 10 mm. Unfortunately the back pain would continue to linger for several months and my energy was non existant.
The year 2020 was going so well and I had plans to go on several hiking adventures this summer. I guess it's true when they say that you don't realize how much you miss things until they get taken away from you. Not being able to work out let alone being more or less housebound all summer is not what I had in mind. I love being active! Thankfully, by the time school started back in September, I was starting to feel somewhat back to normal in terms of my energy, minus the lingering back pain. Things were starting to look up! I was back to coaching and training Flying Trapeze and I eased back into my workouts.
Then came mid-September and another scare - my back pain was back with a vengeance. After spending another day at the ER and third trip through the CT Scanner, I was happy to hear I was clear of stones. It appears the back pain was more muscular and most likely residual from the stones. Just my luck! And so the next month was spent taking it slow, following up with my massage and physio therapists, and going on gentle walks with the pups.
I also had to revamp my diet and limit foods that I love, which was the hard part. People can form a variety of types of stones, the most common being what I had, calcium oxalate stones. I have since learned that oxalate is made daily by your liver or can also be absorbed from the foods you eat; foods such as spinach, nuts, rhubarb, sweet potatoes and even chocolate (not happening). My urologist also told me I need to drink at least 3 L of water a day, which has not been an easy feat for me and took some bladder training. Not only that, I am at a very high risk of developing more stones in my future, so I really do need to make sure to follow doctor's orders. We will find out in March sometime if my kidneys have decided to cooperate (fingers crossed).
Happy to report that I am finally feeling back to my old self. My next challenge is to get back into my old routines of working out almost daily so that I can get back to working on my strength and fitness goals. Through all of this, I do feel like I've done a pretty good job at sticking to my nutrition goals - sticking to a LCHF and moderate protein lifestyle has been great for my gut health. In addition, the scale hasn't budged and my clothes are still fitting great. Sure, my abs are not where they were at the beginning of summer, but I know they will come back.
For me, the most important aspect is getting my health back to normal levels so that I can come back stronger and better than ever!
It's a good thing that I'm such an optimistic person because when life throws me curveballs, I'm definitely one to throw them back and prevail!
This is me
Just a simple gal living on the West Coast of Canada, sharing her love and passion for food and fitness... and her puppy dogs.