June 2016 - Buttered Side Up

What I Ate Wednesday (6-8-16)

It's been a little while since I posted a What I Ate Wednesday (not since last year!), so I thought I'd show you guys what I ate in a day. I shot this a few weeks ago, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details of some of the food. 

What I Ate Wednesday- Breakfast
BREAKFAST:

Omelette filled with cheese, spinach, and I *think* bacon. I had some leftover bread (toasted with butter) and some tea



What I Ate Wednesday- Lunch
LUNCH:

Canned wild-caught tuna, kimchi, avocado, leftover (over-cooked) broccoli with butter, and kombucha.



What I Ate Wednesday- Snack
SNACK:

Homemade pumpkin seed butter (made with sprouted pumpkin seeds), dark chocolate chips, and a glass of milk.



What I Ate Wednesday- Supper 2
SUPPER:

For some reason we didn't feel like a big meal, so we had a snacky supper instead. I recently purchased some sprouted popcorn, so we gave it a try. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't create as much volume as "normal" popcorn, but it still tasted great.

I DO put a lot of butter on my popcorn, but this popcorn is so yellow because we cook it with red palm oil. It's the best. 



What I Ate Wednesday- Supper
We also had strawberry smoothies. They help to balance out the saltiness of the popcorn.

NOT SHOWN:

We went to my family's house after supper, and I snacked on a few things: mango, gluten-free Triscuit, and I *think* I had some frothed milk as well.


So that's what I ate in a day! What did YOU eat yesterday?


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Paleo Tortillas/Crepes (Grain-Free)

Paleo Tortillas
This week is going to be all sorts of crazy for me. 

Reuben's grandpa's memorial service is on Thursday, and it's over 2 1/2 hours away. So we'll be driving for over 5 hours in one day. With kids. Plus Reuben is playing violin and singing, so I'll have to wrangle the kiddos without him.

Then we're planning on making a day trip to the family cabin for the 4th of July weekend, which will be another 3+ hours of driving. Oy.

So, wish me luck, and pray that I don't have a nervous breakdown!


Paleo Tortillas
But about these tortillas.

Lately, for health reasons, I've been trying to avoid grains. But sometimes I still want a wrap or tortilla for a quesadilla (or banana + sprouted nut butter - yummy!). So I searched for a recipe that uses coconut flour instead of wheat or corn. 

I must admit that I'm usually pretty skeptical about gluten-free recipes turning out well, but these are quite good! Of course they have the signature coconut flour flavor/texture, but I think they're a great substitute. 


Paleo Tortillas
They're very easy to whip up as well. Simply whiz up the ingredients in the blender, and cook them crepe style. I was even able to make this recipe while I was still getting back on my feet after giving birth, so I know you can do it!

I've provided 2 recipes: one that's neutral (for using with either savory or sweet fillings), and one that's savory-flavored. If you want to make these Mexican-flavored, you could add some cumin, cayenne, etc.

The original recipe included black pepper as a spice. I don't prefer this, but you could experiment and add it if you're a big pepper fan.

A note about coconut flour and phytic acid: 
I'm still trying to do some research to find out how much phytic acid is in coconut flour. I've read conflicting things about this: Some say that is doesn't contain any phytic acid, others say that it DOES contain it, but that it's a form that doesn't block iron absorption like other phytic acid (like that in oatmeal, for instance). However, Ramiel Nagel recommends that if you're trying to avoid phytic acid, you shouldn't eat too much coconut flour and make sure you're getting enough vitamins/minerals such as calcium, vitamin C, and fat-soluble forms of vitamins A and D. 

So, if you have a big problem with getting enough vitamins/minerals, you may want to avoid/limit coconut flour (and any grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc.).

I'd like to come up with a cauliflower wrap recipe...




Paleo Tortillas


adapted from Primal Palate | Makes about 8-10 tortillas | PRINT

Ingredients:



For savory add:

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder,
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


Directions:

Place eggs and milk in blender and whiz until frothy. Add the coconut flour and blend. Add remaining ingredients (except for ghee) and blend until nice and smooth (you may want to scrape down the sides of the blender).

Preheat a medium-sized cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add some ghee/butter/coconut oil to the pan.

Blend the batter once more. Pour a scant 1/4 cup into the hot pan. Immediately swirl the pan (using a hot pad), or use the bottom of the measuring cup to spread it out.

Cook until the tortilla begins to brown on the bottom, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side begins to brown, about another minute. Remove to plate and cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining batter.

Cool completely and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


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3 Kitchen Tools You Can Never Have Too Many Of

OR: I Need Help, But PLEASE Don't Take Away My Kitchen Babies!


3 Kitchen Tools You Can Never Have Too Many Of
There are certain items in my kitchen that I *might* have a problem with collecting (please don't look at all of my (zillions of) bowls...). BUT there are some kitchen tools that are actually handy to have multiples of.

Take spatulas (or rubber scrapers, as my husband calls them) for instance: I'm always getting them dirty and needing a new one for various tasks - scraping batter into a pan, getting the last bits out of a jam jar, or removing grease from a pan.

I think I *finally* have enough spatulas, though I would like to upgrade a few.

BTW, that adorable utensil holder is from World Market.


3 Kitchen Tools You Can Never Have Too Many Of
I hate to pick favorites among my babies, but this spatula is THE BEST EVER. Reuben agrees. It's the one that gets used first. The shape and size is just perfect for so many tasks. We got it from West Elm years ago, and sadly they no longer sell it. I would buy 2 more if I could!


3 Kitchen Tools You Can Never Have Too Many Of
Another thing I like to have more than one of: measuring spoons! Sometimes I make multiple recipes a day, and one set of measuring spoons will get dirty. I'm almost always on a time crunch, so it's nice to have a fresh set ready to go.

I could actually downsize my measuring spoon collection (I guess).

If I had to choose my favorite, I'd have to say the long spice measuring spoons. I love that they have 1/8 and 3/4 measures!


3 Kitchen Tools You Can Never Have Too Many Of
Ah, spatulas, how I love thee.

These are THE ONLY thing to use for making eggs (scrambled, fried, omelette, you name it!). I detest plastic turners.

Now, I would actually like to own one or two more of these. They get used up so quickly, and egg is so hard to clean off of anything. Have any recommendations for a great stainless steel spatula?

So there are my 3 must-have kitchen items. What do YOU like to have multiples of?


NOTE: Some links are affiliate. The utensil holder was purchased using a gift card from World Market. All opinions are my own, of course!






How To Follow Me on Social Media



LET'S TALK A BIT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

I feel like different social media channels have different purposes and vibes, and therefore attract different kinds of people. For example, Snapchat is quite casual, but Instagram is a little more polished. 

Here's a quick guide to following me on social media:

Instagram

If you only like to see pretty, styled photos, this is the place for you! I'm a bit more selective with what I share here. I post about once a day on Instagram, so you won't be inundated with updates from me.
Username: @ericaleakastner


My Facebook page tends to be pretty much business-only. I occasionally share more real-life stuff, but for the most part I only do post announcements or share another blogger's recipe that looks yummy.



Snapchat
SNAPCHAT:

I'm just starting out on Snapchat, but it's really fun! You get to see snapshots of what other people's lives are like. I'm definitely more casual on Snapchat. The other day I talked about the haircut that almost made me cry. If you don't want to see me in my PJs, stay away! My username is: ericaleakastner



This one I run almost exactly like I run my Facebook page, except I don't really post things from my life like: ever. If you want just the facts, ma'am, this is the place for you!




Twitter

On Twitter I tend to let my hair down a little more. I'll post the occasional rant and share less stylized photos. Of course I always share when a new post is published. 




Pinterest isn't technically a social media channel, but you can still get updates when I post something new there! I share delicious-looking recipes from other bloggers, pretty clothes, awesome kitchens, cute kids, and much more. My favorite board is my Kitchen Wish List.


What's YOUR favorite social media platform? Why?


Sausage, Mushroom and Bell Pepper Breakfast Hash

Sausage Breakfast Hash | Buttered Side Up
Can I let you in on a little secret? I rarely eat this hash for breakfast (unless there happens to be leftovers). When I wake up from a night of nursing James, I'm STARVING. And I have about 5 spare minutes to make myself and Helen breakfast before the little man gets fussy.


Sausage Breakfast Hash | Buttered Side Up
So I make this delicious hash for supper instead!

I love all the flavors that it has going on: carby potatoes, sagey sausage, fresh peppers, and savory mushrooms.



Sausage Breakfast Hash | Buttered Side Up
Of course I eat it with a few tablespoons of butter. Because: butter takes a good thing and makes it sublime. Yessir.

Oh, and as you can see, I'm still perfecting my sunny-side-up game. Any tips would be much appreciated!

Don't forget, if you make this or any of my recipes, snap a picture and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #butteredsideuprecipe

Notes: 
Sometimes I add spinach to the mix as well. I didn't have any on hand, so it was left out.
If you have another favorite ingredient that you like in your hash, by all means throw it in!



Sausage Breakfast Hash

recipe by Erica Kastner | Serves 3-4 | 40 mins | PRINT

Ingredients:
1/2 pound pork breakfast sausage (I used homemade)
2 tablespoons butter or ghee,
2 medium potatoes (I used Yukon Gold), diced small,
1/3 medium onion, diced small,
8 ounces portobello mushrooms, sliced,
1/2 large red bell pepper, diced small
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a medium skillet, brown the sausage until no longer pink. Set aside.

Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the potatoes and onions are al dente, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers and cook until everything is tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the breakfast sausage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately with lots of butter. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.




Mock Devonshire (Clotted) Cream

Mock Devonshire Cream | Buttered Side Up
When I was a teen, my sisters and friends and I were OBSESSED with tea parties. Now, if you read up about English teas, you come to realize that Devonshire (clotted) cream is a staple. But here in 'Merica it's not so easy to procure, and it's VERY expensive.

Thankfully, my eldest sister found a recipe for Mock Devonshire Cream. We became a wee bit addicted to it. We served it not only with scones, but with quick breads as well. I remember my dad asking hopefully, when I told him I had made banana bread, if I had made some of that white spread to go on top.


Mock Devonshire Cream | Buttered Side Up

If you're a scone lover, you definitely need to give this recipe a try. There'll be no going back.



Monday Lovelies: Copper

So.

I might be *mildly* obsessed with copper things. All the copper things. 

If I could replace every single one of my small (or large) appliances with copper ones, I'd do it in a heartbeat. 

Here's some lovely copper for you to gawk at this Monday!


Sarah Schiear's Brooklyn Apartment Tour #theeverygirl:
Look at all the copper in this kitchen! Ooooh, that copper KitchenAid...


Vitamix Pro750 Heritage Blender, Copper:
Well, first of all I'd like to own a Vitamix. And if I could, I'd make it a copper one. Yessir.


Mini Copper Planter
Aren't these mini copper planters cute? Makes me wish I wasn't a plant killer...


Copper Hario
Mmmm...a copper hario would be lovely. Photo from Adventures in Cooking.


Copper Nesting Prep Bowls (Set of 5):
I would love to mix up my batters in copper bowls.


Copper Faucet
What a lovely faucet.


Copper Sink
You GUYS...this sink! I can't even.


Copper Pendant Lights
Love these copper pendant lights. And this whole kitchen, basically.


Bodum Copper Coffee Collection
Awwww...look at this copper French press, mug, and sugar + creamer set!


Copper Measuring Cups by Brook Farm General Store
The wooden handles and shallow design of these measuring cups are purty.



Copper Kitchen

This kitchen is what dreams are made of...


Hope you have a lovely Monday! Or as lovely as a Monday can be.

Are you as obsessed with copper as I am? What item in your kitchen would you switch out for copper?

NOTE: Some links are affiliate. All opinions are my own.

Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
When I was a little girl, I didn't care for lemons. Whenever my mom would sneak a bit of citrus peel into a recipe, my dad would complain that it tasted like garbage pail. So I turned my nose up as well.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
My parents were friends with a couple that lived in the area. They had a lovely house and a little white dog. Sometimes when we went for visits, Mary Lee would make us a batch of lemonade. I didn't care if I was supposed to hate lemons, I loved that lemonade.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
It was the perfect amount of sweetness, and so refreshing.

"I usually don't like lemonade, but this is good!" I would tell her.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
I never did ask her for her recipe - I was far too young to be concerned with making food. But I decided to experiment with a homemade recipe (Reuben is a huge lemonade fan), and hit on the right combination first try.



Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
Most lemonades are a hair too sweet for my taste, so of course I reduced the amount of sugar right off the bat. It turned out to be just right.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
I've tried making lemonade with maple syrup before, but it brings me back to an illness I had where I drank lemon water with maple syrup and cayenne. Not a pleasant memory. 

Here I made it with organic cane sugar. You could also make it with any other sweetener you like (sucanat, palm sugar, maple sugar, etc.), just be aware that the flavor will be a little more caramely. 

Oh, and if you make this or any other of my recipes, make sure to share a picture on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #butteredsideuprecipe





Homemade Lemonade Recipe

adapted from epicurious | Serves 4 (about 4 cups) | 15 mins | PRINT


Ingredients:
3 1/3 cups cold water, divided,
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4-5 small lemons),
1/3 cup organic cane sugar,

Directions:

In a small saucepan, bring 1/3 cup water and sugar to a boil. Pour the simple syrup into a heat-proof 4-cup pitcher.

Add the remaining 3 cups of water and lemon juice and stir well. Chill before serving, or serve over ice cubes.


NOTE: Some links are affiliate. All opinions are my own.



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