Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hatching Evil Pumpkin Carving Plans


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Primal Salted Carmel Apple Crisp

I had to post something to distract you all from my horrible Oly lifting form in the vids from my last postings.  Ooo and this is a fun one.  Food folks!  My PC is dead so I am hitting the internet and email with my iPhone and an old, old, boat anchor laptop.  No iTunes or camera connectivity.  I posted a pic just before this post directly from my iPhone.

Good gravy the circumstances of my life are a cluster right now.  But I'm optimistic. It's just circumstances.
My house is back on the market as a result of the potential buyer's backing out.  My life has just changed trajectory - again. There's a huge water main break -- but turns out it's on the City's side of things!  Woohoo!  Now I won't have to spend $10K, I don't have, to fix it!  To celebrate a break in the "fog" and turn of events of my life into the black, I was inspired to create!  My paints and fabrics being stowed away for the move, I had food as my palette and canvas.  I made paleo banana muffins with shredded carrots and pecans (wow, pecans are the dessert of the nut world).  Inspired by their smell, I chopped up my last Gala apple and made a heavenly concoction; apple crisp with salted caramel cream topping.  I must admit, the stricter paleo you are, the less of a sweet tooth you have.  I don't even care for chocolate much anymore.  I haven't been the strictest Paleo girl - but I've held it, reasonably, together considering my circumstances.  Being a part of this blogosphere helps me focus - especially the gang at  I will go out with a bang and gain some ground.  I'm just overjoyed to have created.  Such a small, small thing and not even ingenius.  Just an idea. But it felt good to have that control again.  I need to dig out the paints, palette and brushes.  Sigh.

I kicked the day off with a planned crock pot lemon chicken for dinner.  Prepped it and let is sit all day stinking up my house with aroma of a solid autumn supper.  I added some roasted sweet potatoes at supper time to add more to the chicken.  Plus I love roasted sweet potato fries.

Here's the apple crisp with caramel cream toppping I whipped up on the fly.  This is my first go so it could use some tweaks.  If you try it, let me know what to add more/less of. 

1 Gala apple - sliced in thin strips/wafers

Crumble topping
1 tsp melted coconut oil
1/3 cup Almond Meal/Flour (is there such a thing as pecan flour?  I'd try that in a heartbeat)
1/2 tsp apply pie spice (use cinnamon to sub)
3 chopped dates

Chop above ingredients in food processor or mini chopper

Melt coconut oil in ramekin in microwave and then mix in a bowl with other ingredients, except apples

Place apples in ramekin you just melted the coconut oil in
Add crumble topping
Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until apples are fragrant

Salted Carmel topping

1/2 cup of coconut cream
1 hot date (microwave 30 seconds) (skip if you like less sweet)
dash of vanilla
1/8 tsp or less - melted bacon fat
Mix in food processor or whip by hand (the texture of cream thinned out in processor - I put in freezer)

Primal Apple Crisp w Salted Caramel Topping