Salad, when you have no lettuce

Does a salad need need to have lettuce?

When there is no lettuce in the house, I gather together what I have and will still make a salad bowl. Even when there has been so much travel, and I have only begun buying more vegetables.

Despite our travels the last weekend in May and the first weekend in June, I had bought cucumbers and tomatoes.

I am loving spiralized European cucumbers.  To make it company worthy, I chopped up a Roma tomato, and added some chopped pecans.  I topped it off with some Wishbone EVOO Caesar dressing.

With some crazy colors ftom my iPhone 8 Plus, here is a pic of what we didn’t eat.


After not eating the fluorescent version above, these were the leftovers, that I happily ate the next day.


I have learned to line the bowl of leftover salads with paper towels, which did take away the Caesar flavor of the dressing, but the pecans still had some snap.

Years ago, whilst in a new relationship, I remember the salad contests.  Who could put the most unusual ingredients in the salad bowl?

What is your favorite salad?


What I have been eating for breakfast

Eggs.  Like them, hate them, they are a constant in our lives, as in, they are the same now as they were when I was born, and will probably be the same when I am gone.

I have inherited high cholesterol, and can have 4-5 eggs per week, one at a time.

One thing I love to make is a fried egg, over refried beans.  These are the refried bean I choose:


I fry an egg and plop it on top.  Then, I start eating before rembering to snap a picture.


For some reason a fried egg tastes more decadent to me.

What is your favorite way to eat an egg?

We said our goodbyes

This year has not been an easy one at Casa de SpecialK.

In February, we said goodbye to SpecialK’s cousin, someone I had known from summer camp.

Mid February, we said goodbye to SpecialK’s Dad.

End of April, we said goodbye to my father.

In less than 3 months, we, SpecialK and I, both became orphans.

At a recent doctors appointment, the doctor felt the need to remind me to eat.

Going forward, Y’all best take care of yourselves.  Just saying… Love to all.

Why I am back to eating gluten free

84A7EA03-A4BE-44D4-86D7-97EDB1F25DBCIt’s not so bad.  My nutritionist, seeing how my blood work came back, asked me to return to eating gluten free.

I know what works for me and what doesn’t.  While it is a bit limiting, I know she has my best in her intentions.

I returned to gluten free a week and a half ago. Since then, my dryness issues resolved and I lost the three pounds of bloat I carry from eating wheat.

SpecialK has been very gracious to me about the money spent buying things that I then gave away.

I returned to stores what I could and our household is now strictly gluten free again.

Life goes forward.

What are you up to this weekend?

The world is turning..

I went to visit my father last week, and since, I was in S FL, I had an appointment with my nutritionist.

We talked about my personal health history, what I do and don’t eat, and how much I work out.

I feared she would take dairy off my plate, but she didn’t.  I can have one meal a day of dairy per day.

The most surprising part of this visit, she asked me to return to gluten free.  I previously claimed that eating gluten free eliminated my allergies.  I have been struggling with a few allergen concerns, so I get to see if they disappear.

Our cleaning lady went home today with bags full of all the gluten I had here.  I told her it was Christmas.

SpecialK got a case of gf gefilte fish, so I will have some of that.

What’s new with you?

No more cookbooks

Why will I never buy a cookbook?

There are so many recipes including ingredients I/We will never consume.

No coconut anything.

Too much sugar.

No fatty cuts of meat/seafood/poultry.

Vegetables one or both of us won’t eat.

The list goes on.  I came to this realization in a secondhand store,  where books were 10/$1.

My Pinterest boards are overflowing,  so it’s not that I will never make a new-to-us recipe.   Stay tuned,  that may happen soon.

What’s your favorite cookbook!?


No more sugar

Hello everyone.

I have shared with very few people about my one per year Cadbury egg. Now,  I broke up with Cadbury.

It was time to take my sugar restrictions seriously. Previously,  I would be sugar free for 3 months,  then indulge for three months.   I was warned about doing this year’s ago, and I am finally taking it seriously.

Goodbye to you my trusted friend.



What I ate for breakfast

When I was younger, I went to an overnight camp, where they had us write home 3 times a week. Since I started at that camp at age 9, sometimes content would be hard to come by.

My Mom figured she would solve that for us; she told us to tell her what we had for breakfast.

Dear Mom,

Today I had a buckwheat crepe, with 1/4 C part skim ricotta cheese and a cup of blueberries.  A teaspoon of maple syrup sweetened the meal.



My Mom would have loved this detail.  Unfortunately, my Mom is gone, and my ability to include details has been greatly enhanced through the years.

Now, I will share with you that I heat up the crepe.  A small frypan does the honors, no oil necessary.  I smash the ricotta down with the bottom of the 1/4 measuring cup I use to measure the ricotta.  I rinse off a cup of blueberries, then I put them in the pan too.


I add a teaspoon of maple syrup once the meal is on. A plate.  Don’t bother trying more maple syrup, it wil see through the crepe and line the dish underneath.



This is the recipe I found, which delighted me in its simplicity:

This is the buckwheat flour I bought:

Does that look yummy to you?


New Pizza crust

Hello to all!

I wandered around Costco’s bakery one day to see what I could find that I could eat.  Since I can eat wheat now, I wanted to see what they had that would help me stay low carb.

This is what I found!

So I defrosted one of the flatbreads,  put a bit of sauce down on it,  ground some Italian herbs over it,  and maybe a pinch of Basil,  and topped it with handfuls of shredded Mozzarella,  and some Parmesan  cheese.   I added my final topping,  some small tomatoes,  eaxmxh one cut in half.   I baked it in our toaster/oven/convection machine.


So,  I may have over heated it a minute or two, but no complaints.   Having grown up with pita pizzas,  this seemed like a lot of food,  for 12 g carb as a base.

My two left feet

In January, I learned that I had a stress fracture in my right foot.  I was given/bought an orthopedic shoe to wear.

Five days after being told I didn’t have to wear that shoe anymore, I slammed my left ankle getting out of bed in the morning.  SpecialK took me to the ER, as the pain wouldn’t abate.

Nothing broken, rest, relaxation, Advil for the pain.  Ten days later, pain was still bumming a ride with me, I went back to the Orthopedist.  I now wear a corset like contraption on my left foot (aka ‘a brace’).

There is hope for the future.  I am no longer allowed to walk more than 5 miles a day, there is hope I will have both feet working again soon.