Now that the freezer is back on, I can shop at Sam's again. I don't go there often during the summer because the quantities are too big for the little freezer in my refrigerator. There are lots of things I like to buy at Sam's, but perhaps my favorite is lamb. The lamb in other local stores is over priced and mostly fat. Sam's lamb is lean and no more expensive than a roast.
This afternoon I cooked a leg of lamb. To go with it I fixed parsnips (flavored with buttery spread and a little maple syrup) and spinach (flavored with raisins and a little olive oil). Spinach prepared that way is one of the dishes my son always requests when he comes home.
The As couldn't have lamb, so I fixed fish for them. No mercury, but probably some polyamines. (That's a joke - read yesterday's blog) I also fixed a rice and broccoli dish that they both like.
We had a long lazy dinner and laughed a lot. Right now I can hear my husband in the kitchen unloading the dishwasher. That means it's my turn to load.
I am by nature an easy-going person. I do not panic at every alarmist report I read. I do not forward frightening e-mail to all my friends. However I am somewhat concerned about conflicting reports about fish. It is especially a problem for my As, because many fish are beneficial for them and few other meats are.
I read articles that say eat more omega-3 rich fish. Right now I'm looking at a list that says salmon, mackerel, and trout are among the best choices. They are also good for As and Os. That should be good news, butâ€¦
There is a big controversy about farm raised fish having high levels of PCBs dioxins and other pollutants. Most of the salmon at grocery stores are not only farm raised, but also have orange dye added to them. Trout and tilapia are also commonly farm raised.
Cod isn't on the Omega-3 rich lists, but is listed as beneficial for As and Os. However, I've never seen fresh cod locally, and there is another controversy about polyamines and frozen fish.
Today I read an article in Reader's Digest (August 2003) about mercury in fish. A California doctor, puzzled by health conscious patients with hair loss, memory loss, and other neurological symptoms, traced their problems to mercury contamination from eating lots of fish. Some of the most beneficial fist for As and Os (like mackerel) are on the most dangerous list for mercury contamination. This article recommends farm raised fish because the mercury levels are known and safe.
In other words I need to eat salmon for the omega-3s, but I shouldn't eat farm raised because of dioxins, and I shouldn't eat wild because of mercury. My head is spinning.
I've got to readjust my thinking about fish. I want to be prudent, but not fearful. ( Did you know the Bible says "fear not" 63 times?)
My husband will be happy because sardines are high in omega-3s and not on any of the danger lists. Tuna, which my daughter likes, is also high in omega-3s. Canned tuna is safer than fresh tuna. Cans of cheap light tuna are safer than cans of expensive white & albacore tuna.
My daughter had a practice after school today. I thought we would get home about an hour later than usual. I brought my water bottle, but nothing else. However, tomorrow is the first pep rally of the year, and after practice she got involved with helping decorate the gym. It was 6:30 when we left the school, and she had to run one errand on the way home. I was hungry.
The store where she needed to go was two doors from a little health food store. Hurray, I thought, I can run in for a snack. All of that food, but nothing for an O! It wasn't surprising that the cookies were made from wheat. And it wasn't surprising that the frozen products had dairy. What was surprising was how many foods I could have otherwise eaten were sweetened with corn syrup. Green tea (sweetened with corn syrup), sesame bars (corn syrup - second ingredient), wheat free protein bars (with corn syrup).
I was feeling desperate! At last I found a cranberry/grape juice with no avoids. It was delicious. But I left feeling it rather strange that in a health food store there was nothing healthy for an O.
I cooked a roast today. I chose an eye-of-round for two reasons: first because it is very lean, second because it is fairly small, and I am the only O in the house right now.
I cooked it my mother's favorite way. I put it in an open pan in the oven and turned the heat up to 450Â° F. After 20 minutes I covered the pan with foil and turned the heat down to 250Â° F. The roast weighed 2.5 pounds, and I set the oven timer to go off after 3 hours. When I got home from school it was still warm, and so tender that in nearly fell apart when I cut it.
I usually try to eat beef at lunch and have food at night that both Os and As can eat. But tonight I made an exception. I fixed tilapia for the As. We shared vegetables: butternut squash, broccoli, and fava beans.
Why do I love my freezer? There are so many reasons. I like to buy fruit and vegetables when they are in season and inexpensive and freeze them for later. Our pecan tree yields every other year, but I can freeze enough pecans to last until the next yield. It's wonderfully convenient to have packages of frozen vegetables for those moments when I realize that someone in my two blood type family is about to be short changed at dinner. Hormone free meats are pricey, but when something goes on sale I buy one to cook and one to freeze. Sometimes I plan meals ahead of time, but sometimes I like to be spontaneous and fix what we're in the mood for. It's hard to do that without a freezer.
But most of all, it's really nice not to have to go to the store every 2 or 3 days.
When we had our second child, the freezer got bumped to the garage. It works out fine to have it there 9 months of the year. But July, August and most of September the weather is just too hot. The poor freezer motor has to work much too hard. So right after the 4th of July holiday I turn it off.
I still have the small freezer in the refrigerator, but it's not big enough for me to stock up or buy in bulk. Plus I have to keep flours and lentils frozen in the summer, and they take up a lot of space.
It's been two weeks since the thermometer hit 95 degrees, so today I turned the freezer back on. My daughter and I went shopping and began to restock.