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    So - a batch of carnitas is brewing up in the oven and smelling divine. I have a cup of KE tea here, and I just finished a knock-out salad of greens, pears, blue cheese, onions, bacon, walnut oil, and balsamic vinegar.
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    Once again paleo woman has attracted male by emitting attractive cooking aromas. My landlord was downstairs in his workshop and knocked on my door to ask what on earth I was cooking that smelled so good. I'm going to take him some pork lusciousness later on. This time I added smoked paprika and instead of water I added broth. I think I will be happy with the result.

    I'm having a terrible tussle with myself. I want a pair of those slipper things I found on etsy, and I also want some expensive face creams. Now that I am no longer struggling with breakouts and nastiness, I would love to use some lovely nice-smelling potions and lotions. I've never been able to use anything like that, not since age 13 or so. I had some samples I've been using over the past week, it has been so nice. But all that stuff is expensive. I mix coconut oil with Aveeno moisturizer as a rule, it is the best stuff I've ever used. CO on its own is too greasy and doesn't absorb well in my experience. My skin is completely normal, not greasy and not dry, just soft and smooth. WOOT! And I'm reading Mark's book about transitioning to minimal shoes/barefoot, which is leading to lust for such things. Feet are another subject dear to my heart as I suffered, and I do mean suffered, from foot problems most of my life. The last three years have been good. I would like to keep it that way! I went outside and walked around barefoot in the snow for awhile. It is really cold today, in addition to being snow-covered. Brrrrr! But it was good. I left bare foot prints in the crusty snow. I wonder if anyone will see them?
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    Okay, I'm going a little nuts on the primal stuff today. The carnitas are the best yet. I was going to hold off on making/eating any more pork goodness for awhile out of fear that I will get tired of it, but I can't help indulging. It is just so good. In addition to using broth and paprika, I used a cheaper cut of pork butt that had a bone. No surprise this batch is very, very tasty.

    I cleaned and defrosted my tiny freezer last night, so I can put half away. Very happy about this.

    In my other bout of primal craziness, I put on my Ininji toe socks and then my VFFs. Ran around in the snow for awhile. Major fun. Got this idea from Mark's book.
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    Went to see Lincoln. I give it a firm 'meh.' The thing about films like this is that people see them and think they are documentaries or actual fact. It's a movie, folks. It's based on real stuff. Based. Not real. Daniel Day Lewis is great. He is also British. I couldn't get over the fact that Lincoln is being played by a Brit. The film is also way too long. The theater was freezing and the sound was muffled. Maybe I should have stayed home and read a book. No, I'm glad I saw it. Meh.

    Came home and had an old treat that I haven't had in a long time. Almond butter, honey, coconut oil - nuke for a few seconds. Try not to make too many yummy noises while you eat.
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    Went to see Lincoln. I give it a firm 'meh.' The thing about films like this is that people see them and think they are documentaries or actual fact. It's a movie, folks. It's based on real stuff. Based. Not real. Daniel Day Lewis is great. He is also British. I couldn't get over the fact that Lincoln is being played by a Brit. The film is also way too long. The theater was freezing and the sound was muffled. Maybe I should have stayed home and read a book. No, I'm glad I saw it. Meh.

    Came home and had an old treat that I haven't had in a long time. Almond butter, honey, coconut oil - nuke for a few seconds. Try not to make too many yummy noises while you eat.
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    Whirlwind of a day. Went to the Met opera live broadcast. Started off with the pre-opera talk and then the opera. Before all that a boatload of chores and a little shopping. The opera was fantastic! Unbelievable, really. I seriously cannot believe the vocal ability displayed today. My friend and I, who both sing in the choir, were astounded.

    Hit the grocery store, came home and cooked up a storm. I've just had a bit of a primal binge. Made some tapioca bread. Probably don't need to tell you much about that! Serious food porn. Carnitas, crispy roasted brussels sprouts. Finished with a coconut macaroon. There is a gourmet shop near the theater that has the best ones ever. They are usually a good choice as even CW macaroons are gluten-free - no flour. Of course they have sugar, but everything else is okay.

    I've just cracked open a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. Can't let a year go by without tasting the BN! Since I have a new rule of not sipping wine while I am on the computer, it is waiting for me in the kitchen.

    Hope you all had a great day!
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    Good rule Siobhan about not sipping wine whilst on the computer ... potentially disastrous near the keyboard but also lends itself to mindless 'quaffing' ... and probably more of it too!!

    I am currently off the hooch, I always give it up from Epiphany to about mid-February, mainly to get out of the habit of thinking (over Christmas) that it is perfectly OK to have a sherry or whatever at 11 am if someone offers it! Also saves lots of money and gets my sleep patterns back on track. I always seem to be so much more restrained after this period of abstinence. My husband always joins me in this but since his father sadly died over Christmas he will have something this week at the funeral.

    Your carnitas sounds amazing ... did you use Mark's recipe? I'll think I'll cook one up next week. We are snowed in here in the south of England, so have been making lots of thick vegetable soups with homemade meat stock and hearty stews to keep the cold out! Looks pretty though and they cancelled school on Friday so was able to catch up on all my planning.

    The live opera sounded amazing ... I just missed out on a live coverage of the Bolshoi Ballet at my local Art's cinema - it booked up sooo quickly so must check the website more regularly ... such a shame.

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    Yes, I use Mark's recipe, with the addition of paprika and broth instead of water. I don't use cinnamon stick but add a pinch of ground cinnamon. I'm on my third batch in two weeks and I'm finally getting tired of it!

    I also find that going on the wagon helps greatly with restraint when I start popping corks again. I think it has to do with simply breaking the habit of walking around with a wine glass much of the evening. And too-fast consumption of wine and too much internet time seem to go hand-in-hand. So I instituted my new rule and am happy with it.

    I was going to see the Bolshoi but it was cancelled locally because of technical difficulties. There are getting to be more and more of these things - symphonies, ballet, recitals in addition to the Met broadcasts. I do find them to be a great experience and like so many of these activities in a small town, am getting to know the regulars and enjoy seeing the same faces and talking about opera on these occasions. Ah, life is grand!

    Co-worker called in despair late last night and asked me to work for her. Of course I said I would. $$$$$$$$$$

    Just had a cheese bread with smoked salmon and roasted up the last of the asparagus. Now I am off to the store to get some provisions. I go from loads of food to hardly any food at light speed. I guess that is just what it is like when you eat lots of fresh stuff. Raw veg takes up lots of room but is consumed very quickly and also cooks down rather dramatically. Like an artichoke that takes up a lot of room but isn't all that much to eat.

    The wind is howling! Lots of howling wind this winter, although it is not that cold. The snow is all gone again. Maybe it blew away?
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    Inspired by Mark's post on turmeric tea, I investigated the spice cabinet and came up with a jar I bought at the farmers market last and decidedly did not like as a rub for meat. Contents: Black peppercorns, cumin seeds, turmeric, coriander, cardamom, cloves. All organic. Made my steak taste like gym socks. So naturally I decided to try to drink it. Heated up some almond milk, grated in some ginger, added a regular old teabag, and maybe 1/4 teaspoon of the noxious but life-enhancing spice mix. Let it simmer for five minutes, strained it, and very tentatively tasted it. Interesting. Added a little stevia. I emphasize little, because it is hard to explain but too much sweetener would be horrible. Very interesting. Very drinkable. If you're going to try something like this, you have to put aside all preconceived notions of what it is going to taste like. But I will be drinking this with some regularly for the health benefits. I am relieved to find a use for this expensive little jar of spice.

    Bundled up like at Eskimo to go to the grocery store and was surprised to find that, despite the howling wind, it is 40 degrees outside. Balmy even. Felt like an idiot with my heavy coat and hat. I need an outside thermometer.

    I'm actually kind of glad to go to work tonight. Been hibernating too much lately.
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    I've done the turmeric tea as per the recipe several times, and rather like it. Super rich though, with all that coconut milk. Pretty much takes the place of a breakfast or lunch meal. Not really conducive to a work day, unless in the evening.

    Interesting rule of no wine with computer. Hmm. Would that cut the wine consumption or screen time . I suppose either would be a good thing.

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