Journal entry for Tuesday, September 11, 2012
CW 192.2 (Still can’t understand why my body went up 2 pounds over the weekend and stayed there!)
Today was the day I would finally learn to cook duck! I had bought a couple of frozen ducks several months ago, having been inspired by the cookbook *Nourishing Traditions.* However, I never got around to preparing them, and then Lent rolled around when we couldn’t eat meat, and there they sat, abandoned in my basement freezer.
So I finally let them thaw out on Monday, and followed Sally Fallon’s instructions and cut up the ducks, rendered the fat, and made cracklings from the skin (amazing!) and cooked her wonderful duck breast with plum sauce recipe – only I couldn’t find any plum jam, so I used some fruit-only Apricot Jam (you only need a little bit to flavor the sauce). My goodness! It was one of the best meals I have ever cooked! I served it with riced cauliflower, and mashed sweet potato (DH is on a soft foods diet, otherwise I would have made salad -- I had a huge salad at lunch though).
Now I have duck legs marinating in salt, lemon juice, and mashed garlic, for Duck leg confit – I think I’ll use Mark’s recipe rather than Sally Fallon’s because Mark has you cooking the duck legs before preserving them, and in Sally’s recipe you just preserve the marinated duck legs. See http://www.marksdailyapple.com/succu...#axzz26GGzfA5q
The rest of the ducks are simmering as I write, turning into rich duck stock! Mmmmm I can hardly wait! I’ll freeze most of it in wide mouth pint size jars. Each jar equivalent to about a can of broth.
The cracklings turned out crispy and golden – better than bacon! They are now in the fridge awaiting being warmed and added to eggs or salad.
And here are my Sparkpeople notes for the day:
Nutrition Notes for Tuesday, September 11,2012
2 cups coffee, one with coconut milk, one with H & H
3 Brazil nuts
Leftover Low Carb Pizza
1 cup coffee
1 string cheese
3 cups water and supplements
Romaine Salad with green pepper, onion, carrot,tomato, cucumber, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano
Tuna with mayo and mustard
1 glass water
1 cup of coffee and 1 square 70% dark chocolate
3:00 took dog (with DH) to the dog park
4:30 3 cups water
1 Brazil nut
MUST. STOP. PUTTING. NUTS. ABSENTMINDEDLY. INTO. MY. MOUTH!!!!
3 oz. duck breast
1 duck liver
Sauce that included about a teaspoon of apricot jam
cauliflower rice (with a little butter
about a half cup of mashed sweet potato (with a little butter)
1 glass of half Kombucha and half selzer
1 square 70% dark chocolate
1 cup mint tea
THEN, I snacked on some duck cracklings, since I was rendering duck fat today. But the calorie counter has no listing for duck cracklings so my calorie and fat
total is actually higher than listed below:
9 cups water
Fat: 83 +
Percentages: Fats 52.9%, Carbs 19.6%, Protein 27.5%