There are certain things that I never put much thought in, but was sure that they would never purposefully find their way into my shopping card. With starting the journey to switch my eating habits towards a ketogenic diet (I love it but it is not for everyone), that meant learning to cook and bake differently. Some things I had never heard of, like MCT Oil. Other things, I had heard of and seen, but couldn’t imagine anyone actually eating them, like pork rinds. Typically anything that’s got “rind” in its name is something you don’t eat – orange rinds, melon rinds, lemon rinds… you get the picture. Well the first try of these supposedly edible rinds, was a spicy bag that got half a piece nibbled and then chucked. I didn’t even offer them to my chickens. I was glad I got the cheapest bag I could find, because there was no way I was going to ever buy them again.
Then I found other recipes that used them as ingredients. Usually they were for things like chicken strips and used as breading. Breading and I have never really got along, even when following directions. Then I decided to at least keep a bag of pork rinds in the cupboard JUST in case I actually needed them. It took awhile, but after a day of baking (and sampling) no-keto approved sweets yesterday, I knew I needed to clean up my menu or I was going to be back down with the headaches and blah feeling I get when I eat too much processed and refined stuff. I had some ground beef that needed cooked up and I had already planned to make taco seasoned meet so I could have taco salads etc through out the week, but I REALLY REALLY wanted a taco. Soft shell, hard shell, I didn’t really care – so I turned to the all knowing, all wonderful Pinterest! I seriously get 99% of all my recipes from there. I found this recipe for tortillas . Oh my gosh, I had my doubts, and I’m sure I made the crushed pork rinds too course and not fine enough, but I only have a little mini chopper and not a food processor as was recommended. They ended up smelling great and with much hesitation – I decked a tortilla out with my meat, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and lettuce and took a bite. I was doubtful. I was totally expecting to chuck the tortillas to the birds and end up with a salad. Two tacos and I was stuffed. I was a little sad I couldn’t eat more. They were so delicious. Understand that I didn’t NEED to eat more. I’m sure I had the calories and macros I needed in those two tacos, but they tasted so good I wanted to eat more, but was stuffed.
I also never thought I would be in the position to have to be part of a chicken foot operation. Apparently there really is pretty much a first time for everything. Two of my hens, Olaf (yes she really is a hen), and Drumstick (like the icecream cone – don’t know what you were thinking;) had what’s called bumble foot. It’s a nasty staph infection and can be deadly if untreated to the birds. Now Olaf is not my favorite bird. It’s not her fault. She and her 3 sisters (Sesame, Dumpling, & Marsala) are White Leghorns. They aren’t the most chill of chicks and I didn’t raise them. I got them from a local on Facebook when they were moving and the birds were already 3 months old. They are amazing layers though. So – Olaf needed surgery. Upon examining the other birds, I noticed Drumstick (who I have had since she was a sassy chick) also had a similar sore on her foot. Thank goodness one of my friends is a chicken pro (she may not agree, but she and her hubster totally saved me) and had pretty much everything we needed to take care of the nasty foot. Sparing the gory details, I knew that I wanted to show my appreciation for their help. What better way than to bake goodies? Especially when I’ve wanted to bake but need places to dispose of them so I don’t scarf them all myself (I know me too well.) I decided to make my favorite soft batch chocolate chip cookie. Guess where I found it? … If you didn’t say Pinterest, then you didn’t read the previous paragraph. What I love about the recipe is that with a couple substitutions I was able to make it a keto friendly recipe – but I didn’t do that this time. Real sugars and traditional flour and dark chocolate chips (soy free though because my friend’s daughter has an allergy), the whole deal. I also made sweet rolls. The first pan was regular cinnamon rolls. The second pan though – oh my gosh…. I impressed myself. A few weeks ago I made raspberry, rhubarb, plum jam. It was a HUGE batch. I didn’t can it all because I was running out of jars and time, so I put it in a bowl and was using it for various things – filling my mom’s birthday cake… and then a brilliant idea came to me. Raspberry Jam Rolls!! At first I was a little worried because the jam was starting to ooze everywhere, I was afraid it would all come out on the cutting board and never make it to the pan, but I managed. Once they raised and were baked… and topped with a cream cheese frosting? My mouth is just watering thinking about it.
I of course, have to share the hilarious picture i took of my dough. As it was kneading in the mixer, I noticed it appeared to have formed arms. So I used my stickers on my phone to fix it up and shared it with my family.
I am now tempted to refer to my kitchen as my lab for making monsters…
But the finished project is much more tempting…
I used my sister’s trusty bread recipe that only requires one rise time after you’ve shaped it. Then I modified a cinnabon frosting recipe for the top. This picture was of my test taste. I had one and a half more before bed last night and I was stuffed but in an unpleasant way. I am totally trying them again. I was going to do it tonight, but I had no powdered sugar left so I saved myself from that.
Now I get to go check the chick-a-doodle feet … oh the joys of having poultry pals. 🙂