This is, as I said, going to be really quick. In my real life, I teach English writing classes at several local colleges, which will remain nameless. But I try to infuse my love for food in as many classes as possible. When putting together one of my classes, I found this lovely article on food and ritual, which I wanted to share with you all, as I feel it gives a broader context to what I hope this blog is all about. So without further ado, here is "Food and Eating: An Anthropological Perspective" by Robin Fox. Please feel free to leave comments here about the article and how the concepts may apply in your own personal practices.
Phew! It's Mabon! And I'm thinking about apples. My daughter and I recently went picking at a farm local-ish to us, so I've had plenty of apples to play with. So for Mabon, the first sabbat I've been able to post on, I'm going to give you two recipes that are Whole30 compliant, and they both feature apples. The first is a main course of Apple Pork and the other is a side dish of fruit.
1 lb of pastured pork kabobs/loin, whatever cut you have 2 medium apples (I have Empire from our picking) 1 large onion 1 teaspoon of cinnamon salt and pepper to taste
The beauty of this recipe is that it is so simple. Chop up the apples and onions and put them in a slow cooker with the pork pieces. Add the cinnamon, salt, and pepper, and mix it up well. Then let it cook on low for about 6 hours. If it starts looking dry, add a half cup of water to the pot. You could even let it go longer, if you need to. Start it after breakfast, and it'll be done by dinner!
Baked Cinnamon Apples
Measurements are per ramekin, so plan accordingly! 1 medium apple , chopped 2 tblspns of raisins 1 tblspn of coconut flakes 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients except the coconut oil, and place into a ramekin. Melt the coconut oil and drizzle it on top of the mixture. Place into an oven at 350 degrees and let it bake for about 20 minutes. Delicious without added sweeteners!
So there you have it. Please enjoy your Mabon, the Harvest moon with good food and people, and Blessed be!
Now the focus of this blog is NOT about weight loss or health or what have you, but I am doing a Whole30 this month. What's that, you ask? It's a very strict protocol that I have done a few times before as a way to learn more about what my body likes and dislikes, to get away from sugar, and to drop a few pounds that have crept up. You can find out more about the program here: http://whole9life.com/2013/08/the-whole30-program/
I always call August the month of cake, as it's my daughter's birthday at Lammas, and then gets spread out throughout the whole month. So I really need a reset. I'm also trying to quit coffee this month, as I have adrenal fatigue, and I'd really like to nip that in the bud, too. I spend a lot of money on my health, so I should really see it through.
So I'm hoping that I can come up with something for Mabon that is Whole30 acceptable. Their philosophy is that you shouldn't make Paleo-fied "legal" treats during a Whole30 because it defeats the purpose. I'm not 100% sure I agree with that, but I'm fine with doing it. But I'd like to post for Mabon and have it not be something sweet as everything so far on this blog has been.