Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Steak and Kidney Stew

This Primal eating thing is going really well... mostly.
I started out eating quite a lot. Now I find I'm not eating that much at all...
Because I have some weight to lose (and a holiday involving swimsuits coming up), I'm trying to keep the carbs to a bare minimum - which means I'm eating quite a lot (compared to before) of meat, fish, poultry and eggs.
I think it might be going easier for me because I was already gluten-free, and because I don't really eat a lot of grains at the moment at all.
I had a headache last week, so had a quiet day. The headache passed and apart from that, I have been feeling very much better.
I made steak and kidney stew in the slow-cooker.
I cut some beef (blade steak I think) into cubes, added some onion, garlic and tomato paste, added some gluten-free stock (home made) and cooked it all on slow for about 4 hours.
Then I chopped up some kidneys and put them in, stirred it all around and added some sliced leeks too.
I cooked that for another couple of hours.
I seasoned it with salt and pepper.
It is really good - I froze some and have eaten the rest over a few days.
I'd take a photo, but... it's ... brown.... I need to figure out how to make brown stew look as good as it tastes :-)

Last night we ate out. We were careful to make sure it was gluten-free.
I ate a small meal, but it did include sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots and peas.
I woke this morning with severe cramps and an upset gut.
I've been reading some of the primal people's blogs and they suggest that too many carbs can do that to a person. In my 'old' life I would regularly have eaten as  much (which is perhaps why I have weight to lose???) , but I have learned my lesson and won't do that again! LOL
It's all a learning curve - but I really am feeling good so far...
PS This blog started as a place to put all my many recipes, but has skewed off in a different direction... My Mum (who to the best of my knowledge has never seen any blog - let alone mine!) tells me that all bloggers are self-absorbed...  are we? ... and is that necessarily such a bad thing? What do you think?


inag said...

Self Absorbed...I think not. Most bloggers are lovers of food. Most bloggers have wonderful recipes to share. Add in a special diet, gluten free or otherwise...all the more reason to share! For me it is about great tasting food, and sharing...I love to share...and so glad you share too! :)

Janet NZ said...

Thanks Ina! That makes me feel much better.
I love the sharing (and caring) that I have found through blogging.
It is lovely to make contact with people all over the world - whom I will probably (sadly) never be able to meet, but with whom I can have a real

Bodacious Boomer said...

I think most bloggers, are probably self-absorbed. Why else we would write about our lives and expect anyone else to give a rat's ass?

But that's OK. Some of my BF's a self-absorbed bloggers.:)

Janet NZ said...

Mine too! x

Bodacious Boomer said...

Yes I think we're all self-absorbed. Otherwise why we would put our blogs out for others to see? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Some of my best friends now are people I've never shared a meal with. You're in that group BTW. :)

Janet NZ said...

Lovely, lovely people! :-)

plasterers bristol said...

Can't beat a nice stew this time off year, thanks for sharing this recipe.