Fried Chicken from Willie Mae’s Scotch House. A New Orleans institution. Not the absolute best fried chicken I’ve ever had, but pretty damn close, and it’s still something you should experience if you’ve never had it. When you don’t eat salt in your regular diet like me, this is a great fried chicken tasting salt lick. I’m still glad I ignored the locals and tried it (many claim there’s better, despite the fact they all eat here), because my meals were limited this trip, and there’s always next time. It’s a place I wanted to hit before I die, and now I can scratch it off the bucket list. You can skip the fried okra and macaroni & cheese (both VERY disappointing), but do NOT miss the red beans & rice!!!! I wish I had taken a photo, but I devoured half of it before realizing I should have taken a picture. It was the star of the meal!
I’m starting to crave green salad! But knowing this town, they’d fry it!
If any of my readers are in New Orleans for Jazzfest and want some FREE FOOD from one of the best food trucks in town, La Cocinita, we’ll be at 3472 Esplanade, corner of Esplanade and Carrollton, right outside of the Fair Grounds, on Saturday May 4 (tomorrow) from 11:30-3:30! And along with the free food you’ll get to be in a commercial! You’ll also get to meet the Caveman himself, so come by if you can! And please re-blog to help spread the word, thanks!
Welcome to New Orleans! There’s gonna be a few cheat meals, I’ll tell you that right now. At the foodie hot spot Cochon (which is French for pig). The top pic is fried boudin with pickled peppers and mustard. Boudin is a pork sausage with rice, which they deep fried (sometimes it’s blood sausage, which I would’ve been into as well). These were just so-so (as in tasty, but not mind blowing by any means).
But that bottom picture is one of the best things I ever ate. Wood-fired oyster roast. Oysters flash cooked in a wood oven, topped with some kind of light tomato/parmesan sauce. You’ll see one oyster is suspiciously missing, because I couldn’t resist before remembering to take a photo. I would travel here just for this dish again. There may or may not have been a second order of this to end my meal (ok, there was).
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip “Ice Cream!” I never liked this flavor much before I went paleo, because the mint always tasted to me like chemical food dye and perfumed “mint flavoring.” But I love this, using fresh organic mint, raw organic cacao nibs, and frozen organic bananas, all whipped up in the food processor until smooth. Check out MY VIDEO on how to create any paleo “ice cream” flavor using frozen banana as a base. Perfect for those who are lactose intolerant too!
Tuna on Paleo Toast. Topped with guacamole, and sitting on a bed of arugula, lightly dressed in paleo Italian dressing.
What is it about tuna on toast that makes me drool?! And this paleo almond butter bread toasts up so nicely! But watch it close or the edges will burn (I kind of like a little burned flavor, even though I hear that’s where all the carcinogens are)!
After falling off the caveman wagon almost daily since starting this new job at the beginning of February, I have definitely noticed some weight gain, so rather than buy a whole new wardrobe, I am re-dedicating myself to paleo, which makes my whole life better. I’ve written this before, it’s about control. When my life feels out of control, it reflects on my diet, and I eat whatever I see. But when I take control of my diet (and you can’t get more control than strict paleo, where you shop, cook, eat, and clean for every scrap of food), my life seems like it’s in more control too (whether it is or not), and it calms me down. It also seems to provide me with more serotonin, so the less depressed I am, the better chance I won’t be cheating. ”If you’re a control freak, maybe paleo is the perfect diet for you!” I wouldn’t consider myself a control “freak,” I love nothing more than collaborating with competent people, but as a writer/director/producer, you do have to be comfortable being the person in control, and I definitely fit that description.
These recipes change with my mood and what’s in season, so here’s the recipe for this version.
Wild Caught Albacore Tuna packed in Spring Water
Homemade Paleo Mayo
Chopped Red Spring Onion (in season now at the farmer’s market)
Red Spring Onion
Crushed Red Pepper (jalapeños aren’t in season yet, and you can taste the flat difference)
2 parts olive oil
1 part lemon juice
All Ingredients, All Organic, All the Time! That’s a lot of work for a little old sandwich, so I had about 12 of them. Not all at once, you fat bastards, just one (or 3) at a time. Baking the bread, making the mayo, making the tuna salad, making the guac, making the Italain dressing, on top of shopping for all the ingredients, and the massive clean up afterwards, was exhausting… but therapeutic. I feel like Captain Caveman once again! Ugga-Bugga!
P.S. - I’m off to New Orleans this weekend, so let’s see how paleo I can stay. There will be two cheat meals I know of (an oyster po’ boy and fried chicken plate with my name on them), so I’m staying ultra strict this week especially!
It’s strawberry season! Picked up these organic babies at the farmers market today. Slice up, squeeze some lemon on, and toss with mint, or basil. Delicious!!!
On Monday’s Dr. Oz show, he had the founder of the paleo movement Dr. Loren Cordain, and my friend Nell Stephenson, the Paleoista, on to talk about the Paleo Diet! As long time readers of my blog know, I HATE Dr. Oz! Every time that quack opens his mouth about organic food or the paleo diet he sets our movement back 10 years! In the past he has said it’s not all that important to eat organic food, and that the “meat heavy” paleo diet leads to too much cholesterol, using bad study after bad study as his references. But I absolutely loved seeing Nell and Dr. Cordain shatter his misconceptions on national television, leaving him completely at a loss for words, which is how I prefer him (and that goes for his daughter too, who shat all over my dating site on national TV just last week).
First, Nell and Dr. Cordain busted the myth that paleo is all meat. This is a pet-peeve of mine since I first went paleo. Paleo is not all meat, folks, as Nell explained to him. She showed him what a typical meal should look like on paleo, and he was SHOCKED to find out two-thirds of a paleo plate should be filled with vegetables! And another myth was shattered too, in that, no, people should NOT be eating handfuls of Oscar Meyer bacon with each meal (I’m talking to you with the greasy fingers on his keyboard, Porky)! Dr. Oz thought paleo was like Fred Flintstone, but the only stone-age thinking was being done by him!
Then when Nell told him to avoid grains and legumes, Dr. Oz nearly shit himself. This guy preaches to people that whole grains and beans should be absolute staples in a healthy diet. You could tell he was completely thrown off his game and didn’t know what to say. Wait, it gets better.
The show moves fast, and I don’t blame Dr. Oz for that, it’s a TV thing, and he’s paid to keep things moving. So there was no long discussion on organic food, grass-fed beef, pasture raised poultry, etc. but these things were mentioned by Nell, even though they weren’t explained in depth. This would have killed his cholesterol theories, but hey, one victory at a time.
Speaking of which, finally at the end of the segment came the best victory of all! A woman who had been diagnosed with MS appeared. She explained she was paralyzed from the waist down and was told by doctors she would remain that way, as well as remain on drugs for the rest of her life. But that didn’t sit well with her at all, so she did some research, found the paleo diet, and soon she was up and walking again! Today she has NO symptoms of MS in her body, and she credits paleo with the recovery!
So here’s Dr. Oz, this man of science, and he’s more confused than he’s ever been in his TV life. He had no idea how to react when a women told him she cured herself without drugs, and by eliminating foods he claims are healthy for you! He just didn’t know how to process this information. Which just goes to show you, doctors have no nutritional training whatsoever! Dr. Oz only knows what he reads, and he follows the herd like the sheep he is, believing whatever the attention grabbing headlines say, without looking into matters for himself. He hears “paleo is all about meat,” so he goes on TV and tells people that. He hears “non-organic food is just as nutritious as organic food,” so he goes on TV and talks about it, without mentioning the dangers of pesticides. The man is an idiot, and if I ever go into cardiac arrest, I don’t want that shitty heart surgeon anywhere near me! I don’t care how beloved he is in middle America.
By the way, Nell looked STUNNING, so I hope that was a good enough ad for paleo right there. Relax boys, she’s married, keep it in your cave. I’ve mentioned Nell numerous times in my blog (even though that stunning bitch only mentioned me once in hers), and if you’re not following her yet, you should be. Visit The Paleoista today for paleo tips, recipes, books, and more! I’ve learned a lot from her about paleo and you will too! Ugga-Bugga!
Shrimp & Bok Choy over Cauliflower Rice. Sunday night dinner for many Brooklyn Jews means Chinese food, so I made my paleo version. Seasoned with garlic, ginger, and coconut aminos. All ingredients, all organic, all the time.
Grass-fed, Gluten-free, Paleo Meatloaf topped with Homemade Caveman Ketchup. Meatloaf recipe is not perfected enough to post yet, but you can see how I make the ketchup in my video.
I know many of you are marathoners, and I hope you’re all safe. My thoughts are with all of Boston today.