WordPress apparently has a fancy new editor for media rich content! I will learn about it some other time. Hello again. How about I make no promises but try to jump in randomly, but more often. Our friend Margaret thinks I should write about my experiences with Keto. I see that I mentioned it in my last post… in March. Okay, I am not sure who will be interested but Keto gets a new tag. Or since I’m too lazy to go back and convert categories to tags and I have never really understood the difference, it gets a category. Maybe that’s something I can work on.
I am thinking about including letters in these posts. I have silly things I want to rant about and thought perhaps I could tone it down a bit into friendly letters. Since I think about something almost daily that I want to tell someone, it might help me spend a little time posting.
I still read, and thank you Snoskred for your links and information about your business! I am thrilled for you that it is going so well. I wish I lived down there because it sounds fun and I could use something creative to do.
It’s interesting, cooking has been a creative outlet for me for a long time. I have sort of eased my way into #keto starting last um, February? When I first met Dr. New Guy. I did the whirlwind tour of foods I was going to miss, like lasagna even though I almost never make it since it’s a pain. I have made it with zucchini before and I’ve made low carb pancakes and I liked those things. I gave away many things that I can’t eat on #keto and I ate the rest of some things. I have a little cream of wheat still in my cupboard for when my stomach is too upset for real food.
And I have read and read and listened and watched and read some more on #keto and all the different opinions and ways of doing this. There are the ultra strict “clean” keto folks that I’m not sure how survive. For me, that’s kind of like going vegan. I can eat a vegetarian diet, at least before #keto, but I refuse to give up dairy and eggs. And, there are those, many I guess, who insist you have to give up dairy on #keto. There is lazy keto and easy keto and dirty keto. I’m using an old AA plan here and taking what I can use and leaving the rest. Canola oil may be evil but it is still what I use to season my cast iron skillet. Chicken is still good for me even if I have to add fat – I live on chicken salad over the summer and now I am back to making my own mayo because all the grocery story mayo has canola and soybean oil in it even if the jar screams Olive Oil! at you.
And somewhere in the process of reading and learning, this pandemic happened and bam! I couldn’t cope with the stress and anxiety and figured I’d just wait on this whole #keto thing. So instead of giving away my baking cupboard I used up all my flours and sugars, except for a little brown sugar which I will probably just dump one day when it hardens into a lump. That lasted about three weeks and I was ready to give this a try again. So I am.
What have I learned? What recipes do I have? Erm. I’ve learned that mushrooms make a decent substitute for potatoes in many soups or stews. I’ve learned that you can bite me if you think I’m giving up carrots in chicken soup – but I am only putting a tiny bit in. Cauliflower is not “rice” no matter how you grind it up. I happen to like cauliflower just don’t ask me to pretend it’s rice or a pizza crust. I bought the America’s Test Kitchen Keto cookbook because I thought I could trust them and learned that their riff on the fathead dough for pizza crust was just as ridiculous as any of them. I have not tried them all but ATK’s recipe was like eating cheese on cheese on cheese and made my stomach hurt.
Oh, and I’ve learned that Ole! EXTREME! tortillas are actually very good. I think they’re mostly made out of ground flax seeds but I need the fiber anyway. I like the red ones best. They make me feel more normal when eating chicken salad and, I also learned that #keto chili is really taco stuffing. You can put it in a bowl and dump cheese and whatnot on it, but it’s best in a wrap. We’ll work on that chili thing again. This is a bad time since meat is really expensive. Who would have thought we’d see chuck roast at $7.99 per pound?
I have a variety of recipes for #keto bread which I haven’t tried yet because by the time I was ready to it got HOT outside. Like it’s summer or something. My AC is still limping along and has actually been pronounced healthy but it can’t keep up with both outside heat and oven running. Breads and other baked goods are waiting for cooler weather. This is getting long so next time we’ll talk about #keto ice cream. That may give me motivation to write again. If you have questions about my experience, leave them in the comments. Remember that I’m not an expert, this is all a learning process for me.
The good news is that some of my swelling is going down, even in the summer. My pain level is sort of decreased. It sneaks up on me around bedtime and likes to keep me awake but I sometimes forget to take meds during the day. That can lead to pain getting out of control so it’s kind of a balancing act. I don’t know if I’m losing weight and I’d rather stay away from focusing on numbers or using numbers as a means of defining success. That ends up freaking me out.
Letters to the Editor
When I moved, I forwarded my parents mail to my new address as well as my own because I was still in the middle of probate and was responsible for their bills and the house sale paperwork and whatnot. I don’t know how it happens but I know that my universities always find me when I move and I feel sure that comes from some kind of weird database or list that comes from mail forwarding. Unfortunately, the many sales junk mail and magazine subscriptions and charities all get that same update and my parents get more mail than I do. I may make jokes about how that new hearing aid must be fantastic if it guarantees that Mom can hear me, but honestly? It not only gets old it’s hurtful.
So, since I figure it’s your fault, USPS, I think you need a way of taking dead people off that list. But it’s not only you, it’s all those stupid junk mail lists that are sold around the country. Dead people aren’t going to buy your hearing aids, your medical plans, your magazines or your seeds. It’s a waste of trees and money and my time to constantly have to be dealing with all this. Mom has been dead six years and Dad five. It’s not funny, let’s get them off these lists.
Grateful for the good things that USPS does, especially delivering all these extra packages that we are all ordering during this pandemic. But please, get rid of the dead mail.