There is Never a Lessor Weevil

My husband is my hero!

While he was gone, I decided to clean out the cabinets only to discover a massive weevil infestation!

They were everywhere!

I freaked… like big time, and threw out everything that was opened. Everything.

I even discovered the little buggers in bags of noodles that had appeared sealed!

Weevils also apparently love gluten free orzo because that was the one bag I thought was sealed and didn’t toss. I found them today.

Anyway, when Namon called that night and I told him my weevil horror story he first made the obvious lessor of two weevils joke and then got online and ordered me a kitchen cabinet organizer set so this will never happen again.

I have never been so happen to get a massive shipment of empty bins in my entire life.

Being gluten free (by nature not by choice, I love bread to an unreasonable extent… it is an unrequited love I fear) means I have to have an unusual variety of flours in the house at all times. 

Seriously, at all times. You never know when the baking muse will strike!

They were, pre-weevils, in bags tied down with rubber bands. Now, however, my plethora of flours all have their own bins, and I even have washable chalk markers to handwrite what they are on the sides!

It feels good to be organized and weevil free.

Never settle, folks, cause there is no such thing as a lessor weevil!

Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

Beef with Beets Borscht

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This turned out wonderful!  Namon agreed, I wouldn’t have posted otherwise.  We were already in jammies so Namon didn’t make an approval appearance, but he really liked it. 🙂  Which is good, since this meal was celebrating his return home!  I miss him when he is away.

Anyway, for this rather hearty meal you will need:

Chuck roast – about 1 1/2 lbs

2 large carrots

4 medium beets (I used five small ones)

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

3 cups of broth – I had to use chicken cause we didn’t have beef

6 slices of thick bacon

I used about 1 tablespoon of dry dill (the recipe called for 6 sprigs fresh)

2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons honey (I used raw)

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

3 cups of cabbage (I measured, Namon laughed!)

And here is the video!

We may improve upon this recipe soon!  Namon has some ideas.  He still really liked it just as it is, but I LOVE that he is always able to change things up and make them better. Me, I’m a recipe girl through and through. 😉  And that’s okay!

Let us know what you think, and how you would improve the recipe!

 

One of those days

Guess what I’m having!

I forgot to set my alarm, so I got a late start to my day. Normally this isn’t that big of a deal when Namon is out of town, but today I was planning to make a crockpot meal to celebrate his return.

I love the crockpot because usually it is very easy.

This meal was not. At least, not when you are fighting the clock because it needs six hours to cook and today was a long workout day!

Eccentric Lower, and Ab Ripper X3. 

I didn’t even shower, I just started to prep in my workout clothes!

I made a HUGE mess in the kitchen! It is pretty much covered in grease, I will have to mop, and I made a ton of dishes. I even broke a tablespoon while trying to get my honey out of the jar. This had better be the best meal ever.

We all have those days, guys! All of us! I’m gonna do my best to shake this off, clean my kitchen, and turn this day around.

If the meal turns out I will glad share my video (I look so over everything in the video, but hey!) and post the recipe.

Good luck out there! I’m gonna shower!

Poached Egg on Toast with Mushrooms and Bacon

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This is the most amazing breakfast ever! It is also very impressive. 😉  Just saying!

Okay, so this recipe is a little more complicated, but with a little practice poaching eggs, you’ve got it.  Here, just Namon talk you through it:

For this you will need:

Eggs

Bacon

Bread, toasted

Mushrooms

Butter or olive oil

Salt and pepper

I know it looks a little complicated, but the hardest part is poaching the eggs, I promise!  It IS delicious. Probably my favorite breakfast.  It may not be the healthiest breakfast, but everyone needs a cheat day.

Let us know if you tried it!  How did you improve it?  Comment below!

Homemade Risotto Bianco

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This was delicious!  I love risotto!  I thought this was a more difficult recipe, but you will see that Namon claims it is easy just time consuming.

You get the extra video tonight because I have a breakfast video to post for tomorrow, and then I will be making a stew on Thursday. Hopefully! 😉

For this risotto Namon used the chicken stock he made in another video, white wine, rice (he will tell you which kind), salt and pepper and parmesan cheese.

Actually here, just see the video:

This is gluten free, but not dairy free.  We discuss a little about how you can maybe make it dairy free.

Let us know if you try it!  How did it work for you? How would you improve this? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!

Making Your Own Chicken Stock

No photos for this one, but before Namon made that lovely risotto from a few posts ago, he made his own chicken stock.

Making your own stock doesn’t have to be difficult, it  just takes a little time.  Namon will show you how to carve a chicken, and then how to use what’s left to make a very rich and delicious stock that you can use in your soups, or risotto.

I promise that I will also post the risotto video so you can make your own risotto bianco!

Becca’s Not-Quite-Jambalaya Jambalaya

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Namon had to work late, so I wanted to help out by having dinner ready for him and he returned home.  I basically typed in “chicken, tomatoes, zucchini” into AllRecipes and got a lot of things I just couldn’t make, and one thing I could make IF I substituted… a lot.

Here is my healthy “Not-Quite-Jambalaya Jambalaya”!

For starters, click here for the original healthy jambalaya recipe.

I didn’t have the right kind of sausage, the shrimp, or the green peppers.

What I had, was hot sausage, spicy hungarian peppers, and hope. Here is the video to see what I did and how it turned out. Sorry for wearing jammies, it was a Sunday! Also, sorry for scolding the cat! She was clawing up the rug!

This recipe was Namon approved, even if it wasn’t “Cooking with Namon”! 🙂 I’m just happy he liked it!

Let me know what you think, if you made it, and how to improve upon it!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Umbrian Chicken

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Tonight, Namon was amazing and made three videos for me. He has to go out of town soon, so he wanted to make sure I had a few more videos to post while he is gone.  He also made a bunch of Umbrian Chicken for me to have as leftovers. 😀  I am spoiled.  Here is a photo of the recipe he used to make this:

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Complete with Namon notes! This can be found originally from this website: New York Times Cooking: Umbrian Chicken

Namon never sticks to a recipe fully.  But thank you New York Times for posting such awesome recipes for free. Y’all rock!

Okay, so here is the video of Namon making this dish:

We LOVE this dish! It is amazing!

I will post the video for the risotto tomorrow, and the chicken stock recipe I’ll post on Monday!

Happy Saturday night, y’all!

Chicken and Mushrooms!

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And we are back!

Sorry no post yesterday. It’s been kind of a busy week, and so we did a meal that I had already blogged about because it was easy. Steak with Leeks.  It is VERY good, and very quick.  Anyway, today we have a Chicken and Mushrooms dish served over gluten free pasta! This too is a pretty easy dish to make.  In fact, here is the video:

So, let me see if I can remember everything.

You will need:

2 Chicken thighs (or breasts, but the dark meat stays juicy)

mushrooms

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Oregano

Chicken stock

Dry red wine ( optional, you can use more stock)

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Noodles (with or without gluten)

You see the steps in the video!  This one is really all Namon. I have NO clue what he does. Tomorrow will be chicken too, and one of my favorites!  I hope you enjoyed the video, and let us know if you try the recipe, what you think, and how you would improve upon it!

Happy Friday!  I’m off to watch Riverdale (or as I call it, Dark Archie) while Namon plays Battlefield One with friends! 🙂