Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy

THESE ARE THE COOKING ADVENTURES OF JEFF NIMOY, AN LA WRITER WHO, WHILE DOING RESEARCH FOR A SCRIPT, STUMBLED UPON WHAT’S CALLED THE CAVEMAN DIET, ALSO KNOWN AS THE PALEO DIET. BASICALLY, IT’S EATING WHAT THE CAVEMEN ATE. HE TRIED IT OUT, AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN STAGGERING! THIS BLOG SHOWS EXACTLY HOW AND WHAT JEFF EATS. IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE BLOG, PLEASE START WITH THE “ENTERING THE CAVE” PAGE TO GET A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

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Bad Photo, Delicious Meal

I threw a bunch of eggplant into the slow cooker the other day, hoping for a delicious dinner when I got home from work. I used a bunch of mediterranean spices, but the dish was just bland. So I did what any great quick thinking home chef would do. Threw a ton of overpowering Indian spices in, and turned it into Eggplant Curry! I served it over broccoli rice. The photo didn’t look great, but it was yummy. Take a look:

See? I used tomatoes, jalapeños, swiss chard, onions, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock, and spices. So to make up for the bad photo, I thought I’d repost about the first time I made this, and not on accident. Enjoy!

November 12, 2012

Eggplant Curry

Needed to use up some eggplant and parsnip, and this was a great way to prepare them!  Pretty much just a stir fry with Indian Spices!  Served it over Cauliflower Rice!  I used chicken stock in the sauce, but substitute with vegetable stock (or leave it out) to make the dish vegan.  Ugga-Bugga!

Eggplant
Parsnips
Coconut Oil
Celery
Onions
Red Bell Pepper
Green Jalapeño
Garlic
Cilantro
Chicken Stock
Coconut Butter
Water (you can substitute coconut milk for the coconut butter and water, which is what coconut milk is)
Curry Powder
Turmeric
Coriander
Cinnamon
All Spice
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Black Pepper

In coconut oil, sauté the parsnips first, since they take the longest to soften (mine was roasted first, so they were already soft), followed by the eggplant, celery, bell peppers, onions, jalapeño, and garlic.  Then add spices and liquids, and serve when warm.

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Work, Work, Work

Sorry my postings have been light lately, I started a new job and it will keep me extremely busy through the holidays, so unfortunately I won’t be posting much for the rest of the year. But I’ll still be around from time to time. I even have a post prepared for tomorrow, so look for it.

But I did entirely miss the Jewish New Year the other day, a traditional posting for me. Then again, how many times can you read about me making brisket? Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything, I was too busy to cook this year. But I want to belatedly wish all my Jewish readers a happy and healthy new year! I’ve often said, I’m into Judaism for the food and the funny. All our holidays seem to have the same theme: “They tried to kill us… They didn’t… Let’s eat!” That’s my kind of philosophy. I think it was Friedrich Nietzsche who said, “That which doesn’t kill us makes us hungrier.” Or was it his younger brother, the owner of a kosher deli? Whatever, pass the brisket!

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Bronx Paleo Grass Fed Beef

I want to let you know about a new CSA I found in the New York Metropolitan area for pasture-raised meat. It’s called Bronx Paleo. I’ll let Grace from Bronx Paleo (pictured above) tell you all about it, and how to order. THESE are the companies we should be supporting! Local peeps, who are taking our health into their own hands. Take it away Grace:

"We work really hard to raise our animals as best as possible because we know there’s no other way. And I do the best I can to reach out to as MANY people as possible because I trust, and I know that what I am sharing with you is the best. Heres a little info on us… Chaljeri Meats raises grass-fed and finished beef, Grass fed and Grass finished lamb, and pork (we are not yet certified organic but we still raise our animals organically) in New York state. We refuse to use any hormones or other chemical growth accelerators and employ holistic planned grazing to prevent overgrazing and to ensure the maximum efficiency in water, nutrient and energy cycling. Our cattle are moved from one paddock to another as frequently as once or twice a day to ensure the quality of feed available to them and to also provide adequate time for the grass to recover before being grazed again. The Herds are out on pasture most of the year, but in winter they are fed hay and bail-age. All the cows and lamb are 100% grass-fed. In winter months they are given bail-age that is harvested right off the farm. They are finished on special second cutting hay and chopped sorghum. The result is more diversity in the pasture, better health and condition of cows, plenty of grass to share with wildlife, and a significantly longer grazing season.

Of the farm’s total pasture, each field gets broken up in to 5-10 acre parcels that are grazed for 1 day each. All the pastures have natural watering holes and access to free-choice minerals. The grasslands the cattle and lamb are raised on are not degrading, but instead are measurably improving without the use of chemicals, and excessive equipment. We constantly monitor and reevaluate the ranch in all aspects. We are adaptive, and are constantly trying to improve the land, the cattle, pork, lamb and the quality of life of all people, however connected with our operation.

Our pork while not certified organic (yet) is raised just the same. They are given a wonderful quality of life and at the moment we are actually working towards creating the same rotational grazing paddocks for our hogs. We are also working on increasing the number of heritage breeds we raise. Allowing the hogs to forage gives them better health but also creates the best and most succulent meat ever!

We’ve been asked- What is Grass finished? Well when the animals are a few months away from being sent to processing (slaughter), spend their final weight-gain stage on grass. They are allowed to just relax and eat to their content, never given any grain at any stage of their lives. Some farmers raise beef on grass, but finish them by giving them such things as grain, soy, molasses and other high calorie feed to help their animals gain weight more rapidly before slaughter. We DO NOT ever do this. This is unhealthy and completely undermines the whole process to begin with.

We offer Grass fed and Grass finished beef, Grass fed and Grass finished lamb. Organically raised pork (we are NOT yet organically certified BUT that doesn’t stop us from raising them organically). We will have pastured eggs soon, just waiting on the hens to decide when they will start laying. They too are pastured raised, they are allowed to roam freely, to forage for what ever bugs and vegetation they want. As a result we have happy, content hens.

How does it work? Email me at BronxPaleo@gmail.com and I will send you my inventory list, which includes pricing, weights and quantity of each cut. I send the sheet the week before dropping. Place your order via email to me. We deliver (drop) on the First Tuesday of every month. It is a CASH only service, you pay the farmers directly.

We deliver to:

White Plains…36 Cleveland St, White Plains NY 10606

The Bronx…1016 Bronx Park South Bronx, NY 10460

Queens…20-30 43rd street Astoria Queens

Mid Town Manhattan 45th street and 5th ave.

We are looking to expand and if we find an area that has a large demand we can open another drop site there. Please share us with your family, friends, business and butchers!!! NO CSA fee NO Delivery fee!

Thank you so very much Jeff for giving us this opportunity. Hugs!

Grace Rivera Roman
Chaljeri Meats
Bronx Paleo”

You’re very welcome! As you can see, like all quality farmers, they LOVE talking about the high quality of their product and have nothing to hide from scrutinizing paleo shoppers like me! I hope if you’ve been having trouble finding organic pasture-raised meat in the NY area that Bronx Paleo solves all your problems!

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Hamburger Salad. Also known as, “I’m too much of a lazy bastard to bake buns, but I still want a burger for dinner.” I think Hamburger Salad has a better flow as a name.
I tossed the arugula in my Italian vinaigrette salad dressing, only instead of olive oil, I used the pan dripping from the burger! All that delicious fat from grass-fed beef! Very healthy for you.
And I topped the grass-fed burger with a dollop of my homemade Caveman Ketchup. I have it stored in the freezer, and just defrost it whenever I need it to keep it fresh.

Hamburger Salad. Also known as, “I’m too much of a lazy bastard to bake buns, but I still want a burger for dinner.” I think Hamburger Salad has a better flow as a name.

I tossed the arugula in my Italian vinaigrette salad dressing, only instead of olive oil, I used the pan dripping from the burger! All that delicious fat from grass-fed beef! Very healthy for you.

And I topped the grass-fed burger with a dollop of my homemade Caveman Ketchup. I have it stored in the freezer, and just defrost it whenever I need it to keep it fresh.

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This may look like guacamole, but it’s actually tuna salad. Since I love avocado slices on my tuna sandwich, I went one step further and used avocado instead of mayonnaise. Came out fantastic.
My tuna salad is usually comprised of wild caught tuna and whatever I have in my fridge. This time was no exception, everyone into the pool! The only thing missing is the usual mayo I make, but I was too much of a lazy bastard this time.
All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time:
wild caught tunaavocadotomatored onioncelerycilantrored jalapeñogreen Serranocapers (rinsed free of any extra salt or vinegar)lemon juicelime juice

This may look like guacamole, but it’s actually tuna salad. Since I love avocado slices on my tuna sandwich, I went one step further and used avocado instead of mayonnaise. Came out fantastic.

My tuna salad is usually comprised of wild caught tuna and whatever I have in my fridge. This time was no exception, everyone into the pool! The only thing missing is the usual mayo I make, but I was too much of a lazy bastard this time.

All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time:

wild caught tuna
avocado
tomato
red onion
celery
cilantro
red jalapeño
green Serrano
capers (rinsed free of any extra salt or vinegar)
lemon juice
lime juice

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I finally watched this and it does a great job of explaining human evolution, and especially the evolution of the human diet. It makes complete sense to me why paleo works, and has worked, for 2 million years! It’s just in the last 10,000 years or so that we changed our overall diet with the introduction of grains and dairy through cultivation and agriculture, moving away from the hunter/gatherer template, and moving towards diseases that never affected us before.
It also offers an explanation to the argument, “But the science is always changing, paleo is just a fad.” The science has actually never changed, it’s the marketing of food to the public (by people who sell food) that keeps changing, in order to keep selling. If paleo is a fad diet, it’s a 2 million year old fad. Do you think they’ll still have Tab cola 2 million years from now? That was a fad. Paleo is science. We’re designed to eat a certain way, and that way doesn’t involve grains or dairy (sorry primal folks). Not that you couldn’t survive on grass-fed dairy (or grains for that matter), but it’s certainly not optimal for perfect health.
It’s also made me re-think eating meat. Meat, as long as it’s from a healthy animal that eats what that animal is supposed to eat, is good for us. Grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry and pork, wild caught fish, and especially wild game. We’re built to eat it. As the movie explains, it’s doubtful there were any vegans or vegetarians before 10,000 years ago. I don’t think this is a message to start eating plates of bacon, but I think if all you ate was wild game, along with a steady source of fibrous vegetables (and some occasional fruit), I think you would be extremely healthy. And that food also naturally contains all the salt we need to live, so I would throw away the salt shaker too, which does nothing but add sodium to your system, without the benefit of potassium that balances out the harmful effects of sodium.
Check out the film on iTunes, or Amazon (it’s free if you have Amazon Prime).

I finally watched this and it does a great job of explaining human evolution, and especially the evolution of the human diet. It makes complete sense to me why paleo works, and has worked, for 2 million years! It’s just in the last 10,000 years or so that we changed our overall diet with the introduction of grains and dairy through cultivation and agriculture, moving away from the hunter/gatherer template, and moving towards diseases that never affected us before.

It also offers an explanation to the argument, “But the science is always changing, paleo is just a fad.” The science has actually never changed, it’s the marketing of food to the public (by people who sell food) that keeps changing, in order to keep selling. If paleo is a fad diet, it’s a 2 million year old fad. Do you think they’ll still have Tab cola 2 million years from now? That was a fad. Paleo is science. We’re designed to eat a certain way, and that way doesn’t involve grains or dairy (sorry primal folks). Not that you couldn’t survive on grass-fed dairy (or grains for that matter), but it’s certainly not optimal for perfect health.

It’s also made me re-think eating meat. Meat, as long as it’s from a healthy animal that eats what that animal is supposed to eat, is good for us. Grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry and pork, wild caught fish, and especially wild game. We’re built to eat it. As the movie explains, it’s doubtful there were any vegans or vegetarians before 10,000 years ago. I don’t think this is a message to start eating plates of bacon, but I think if all you ate was wild game, along with a steady source of fibrous vegetables (and some occasional fruit), I think you would be extremely healthy. And that food also naturally contains all the salt we need to live, so I would throw away the salt shaker too, which does nothing but add sodium to your system, without the benefit of potassium that balances out the harmful effects of sodium.

Check out the film on iTunes, or Amazon (it’s free if you have Amazon Prime).

(Source: theprimitiveyou)

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Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA

Still thinks the FDA has your best interest in mind? Think again.