Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sukuma Wiki from The Ancestral Table

My last recipe review before I do my full cookbook summary review from Russ Crandall's The Ancestral Table is Sukuma Wiki.  There is a version of this recipe on his blog The Domestic Man, but it is slightly different from the cookbook version.  I chose this based upon what I had in my refrigerator ready to cook.  I had ground beef ready and all but one of the spices in my pantry.  

I completely messed up my meal planning this week, so I actually made this in the morning post workout before work.  I was glad to see the pictures I took weren't all shaky from the workout (lots of assisted pull ups were involved).  I quickly gathered my ingredients and started to prep them. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rogan Josh from The Ancestral Table

When I first got Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed, her Rogan Josh recipe intrigued me but I never made it.  I think it was a fear of lamb which I had not tried at the time.  While deciding what recipes to review from The Ancestral Table, I saw Russ had his own Rogan Josh recipe and as I now know I like lamb and Sprouts had a sale on lamb, there was no reason not to give this recipe a try.  He has a version of this recipe posted at The Domestic Man, but it is different from the book's.  

I gathered my ingredients and got to work.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lemongrass Pork Chops from The Ancestral Table

While looking through Russ Crandall's The Ancestral Table, his Lemongrass Pork Chops stood out to me.  He talks about lemongrass pork chops being one of the identifiable Vietnamese dishes, but I'd never had them before.  I had some close friends growing up that were Vietnamese and I had many a traditional Vietnamese meal with them and never had a pork chop with them, so I was curious.  He has a version of this recipe at The Domestic Man, but it is quite a bit different from the recipe in the cookbook that I will be reviewing.   I gathered my ingredients, and got to work.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Salisbury Steak from The Ancestral Table

After trying the Japchae from Russ Crandall's The Ancestral Table, I was excited to give another recipe from the book a try.  I decided upon the Salisbury Steak.  He does have a version of this recipe on his blog, but it is a little different than the book version that I am reviewing.  It had actually been quite a few years, like 30, since I last had Salisbury Steak.  It's not a story for the blog, but I'll say my avoidance of the dish started with a T.V. dinner.  I was ready to see if Russ could bring this dish back in to my paleo life.  I gathered my ingredients, turned my oven on to pre-heat and got to work.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Japchae from The Ancestral Table

This year at PaleoFX, I had the pleasure of running into Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man in the cooking demonstration area.  We've met a few times and he was super nice as always.  He asked if I had a copy of his book, The Ancestral Table, yet and I did not.  He then says that he thought I was on the list to get one from his publisher.  A couple of Whoa! moments here: 1.  Russ Crandall actually remembers who I am.  2.  I was thought of to be on a list.  3.  I'm getting a new cookbook to try.  Whoa- indeed!  Well, within a few days, I found a lovely copy in my mailbox.  Thanks, Russ!

Those of you who have been readers of the blog know that Russ and I approach a paleo lifestyle a bit differently and well that's just fine.  Just as I can take a non-paleo recipe and make it fit my needs, which are more on the Whole30 side of the paleo lifestyle spectrum, I can make Russ's recipes work for me and they, hopefully, will be tasty.