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Fish And Fruit – The Matrix Had Me

Fish and fruit

Fish and fruit

Yesterday, I finally found my long-lost collection of DVDs. Hurrah. Great joy, etc.

It was only then that I realised that we possess but one functional device capable of reading said disks with a non-busted sound output jack – my old Win-XP era desktop system, which for rather complicated reasons now lost in the mists of time is named “Greg“.

Belgium!

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Masala and Honey Baked Sharon Fruit

Masala and Honey Baked Sharon Fruit

Masala and Honey Baked Sharon Fruit

One of the things I love about Paleo is the way that once you have your head around the idea that the old rule book has been, in the words of Douglas Adams, “buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters” , anything goes.

Eat what you like, when you like. Chicken curry for breakfast? Go for it, amigo.

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I DO give a fig, actually…

Fig, nuts, grapes

Fig, nuts, grapes

I’ve just spent a frustrating couple of hours persuading a bathroom door and a bathroom door handle and lock that seemed from the outset doomed to hate each other until the end of time that they were in fact destined to live happily ever after.

Negotiations were not proceeding well, so I was forced to play my trump cards – a large hammer and an enormous drill.

Mission accomplished.

A prolonged work session in a small, hot, cramped space does tend to take it out of you. I was in need of a quick, nutritious snack.

Enter stage left – A fig, accompanied by a handful of walnuts and cashew nuts, and a few handsome grapes.

That should keep the furnace well stoked until breakfast time, and no mistake. Needs a cup of tea, though. Positively screaming out for one, truth be told.

Tea, Earl Grey, hot. Don’t mind if I do, Captain.

Time to get the kettle on…

Let’s have a nice little chaat…

Chaat Masala

Chaat Masala

Chaat Masala is an Indian spice mixture, or masala, with a unique kind of sweet and sour taste, that can be used to add depth of flavour to otherwise potentially bland dishes.

I, for example, add it in generous proportions to ordinary salads, and they are instantly transformed into mouthwatering delicacies.

You can also find chaat masalas that have been blended to be more suitable to fruit salads – I use one below to create a quick and insanely delicious tropical fruit salad.

After trying a few brands, I have to say that my preferred one is Shan. If your luck’s in, your friendly, neighbourhood Indian or Pakistani grocer will have them in stock.

One word of warning though – chaat masala is similar to Marmite in one important aspect – you are going to absolutely love it, and go to any lengths thereafter to ensure that you always have some in at home, or you will despise it on first taste, and go to your grave cursing the name of Paleovirtus for suggesting that you ever try it in the first place.


 

Tropical fruit salad, made with fruit chaat masala

Tropical fruit salad, made with fruit chaat masala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical fruit salad

Might stretch to 2 servings

Ingredients

Method

  • Mix the prepared fruit in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle over about ½ a teaspoon of fruit chaat masala. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle over another ½ a teaspoon of fruit chaat masala. Mix again.
  • Give a good dusting with dessicated coconut. Serve.

Indoor picnic

Indoor picnic - salad

Indoor picnic – salad

Today, because of some outstanding pre-move chores, I found myself back at my soon-to-be-former apartment at lunchtime.

I’d walked several kilometres up hill and down dale. I’d also heaved a removal carton weighing exactly 20.82 kilos up and down stairs and in and out of taxis. I was in serious need of nourishment. 

My route Back to the Old House took me past our local supermarket as well as a nearby greengrocer. I had a small chopping board, a plate, a fork and a spoon, one large plastic mixing bowl, a half-sharp kitchen knife, and a colander to play with, so a salad of some description or other was looking like my best option.

Luckily for me, not to mention my poor, suffering finances, my haul  included an on-offer rocket, baby spinach, and watercress salad bag, as well as similarly discounted apricots and grapes, which were complemented by bananas, a small bag of baby peppers, spring onions, a half cucumber, cherry tomatoes, radishes, and a lemon, which together with what amounted to the fumes from a bottle of olive oil took care of the dressing. 

Indoor picnic - fruit salad

Indoor picnic – fruit salad

So there I sat on the living room floor, enjoying what was more than likely my last meal ever there, contemplating the meals that had been prepared and eaten there in the previous 1 year and 8 months, the culinary triumphs and the tragedies, the successes and the failures, the tasty and the thankfully few near inedible results.

As a finale to the time spent there, as well as a prelude to the Paleo inspired delicacies as yet to come when I am safely relocated to the Home Kitchen, this meal just seemed to work. No more really needs to be said than that, to be honest. 

So I wont.

Back to the grind – a dinner date.

After a busy day at work, followed by a somewhat stressful 5 mile bicycle commute home where the same bike path that was deserted and calm in the early morning has been transformed in a corridor for the transportation of 1001 maniacs, I often simply want to eat, do the dishes, and relax, with a minimum of fuss involved with food prep. 

To this end, I usually have something very similar to this…

  • ½ a red onion, finely chopped
  • a variation on the pre-prepared “washed and ready to eat” salad bag theme. They mostly contain stuff such as shredded red cabbage, lettuce leaves, rocket, watercress, that sort of thing
  • either 150g-ish cooked prawns, or a similarly sized tin of tuna
  • any other veg that’s to hand / on offer – radishes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, chillies (always a favourite!), etc.

I usually omit salt, but go heavy / long on the black pepper front. Dressing is more often than not freshly squeezed lemon juice and a tiny sploot of some good Paleo friendly oil or other – extra-virgin olive of legend, or maybe if I feel nutty sesame.

Dessert fruit is always good – pineapples, mango, pears, bananas – take your pick. Extra bonus points come in the form of a sprinkling of whatever chopped nuts I have handy – this very evening I just happened to have walnuts available. 

Factor in mineral water with frozen berries in lieu of ice cubes, and the job’s a proper one indeed.