Friday, July 27, 2012

Allergy to Fowl?

Have you ever heard of such a thing?  I'm allergic to fowl.  Any and all fowl.  What is fowl?  Chicken, turkey, duck, etc.  One of the lowest cholesterol, lowest fat meats you can eat and I have to be allergic to it!!  Talk about a frustration!!  I didn't even know I was until they did blood work and tested me.  I was having so many health issues and stomach problems, I would have never known!!  Anything you eat that has a 'protein' molecule in it, you can have or develop an allergy.  However, I'm NOT allergic to eggs.  How can that possibly be?  Well, when eggs cook it 'denatures' or 'changes' the protein molecule and makes it slightly different.  So, I can eat eggs!  I know, it's really weird.

So, what does one possibly do when you're allergic to so many meats?  You find alternative meats to eat!!  Some of my friends often are afraid to eat at my house or try my foods as they just don't know what to expect!! hahahaha!!  But, it is often very, very good and we eat very healthy!!  Tonight we enjoyed goat!  Yes, goat.  I found it in a little Mexican Cantanina (grocery store) that I go to to purchase unusual fruits and vegetables or spices that I can't get in many of my local grocery stores or even the farmer's market (like tomatillo's, guava's when the store is out, Mexican oregano, etc.).  They also can be far less in price on Lamb.  These stores have to pass the same inspections that every other grocery store have to pass so don't be afraid to try one!!  We've also tried alligator, venison (deer), frog legs, shark, and more.  Alligator is actually quite good!  I use the frog legs and fry them like I would if they were chicken legs when I am 'craving' something absolutely fried like a chicken leg (which is pretty rare).  We do venison whenever I can get my hands on it!!  My future son-in-law's father does deer hunting so he often provides that to me and I will can it up to save it!  It is one of the tenderest meats you could have and far healthier than beef.

My daughter prepared dinner tonight and it was fabulous!!  She roasted the goat in the oven with wonderful spices on a low set oven most of the day.  Goat can be tough and it came out quite tender.  We also picked up purple potatoes and Ruby Red Swiss Chard to make a wonderful salad.  It was a fantastic dinner.  So, don't be afraid to try 'unusual' things or shop in different places!!  You would be surprised what you can find when you look!!

Roasted Goat
2 lbs goat roast
¾ cup Grape Juice
¼ cup Vinegar
1 tbsp dried Rosemary
4-6 juniper berries
½ tsp peppercorns
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp oil

Put all dry ingredients into a coffee bean grinder or spice grinder and blend into a powder.  Rub dry mix over goat.  Put oil in a pan and get pan hot.  Place goat in pan and pan sear it.  Mix grape juice and vinegar in a bowl.  Deglaze the pan with the grape juice/vinegar mixture.  Place goat and liquid mixture in an oven safe roasting dish and roast in oven at 250 degrees F. for 5-6 hours.

Purple Potatoes with Shitake Mushrooms

1 ½ pounds of Purple potatoes (they’re small so no need to peel), chopped in pieces.
3 slices beef bacon
½ package Shitake Mushrooms
Smoked Salt & pepper to taste

Using a non-stick pan, brown bacon in pan until crisp, remove from pan and chop the bits, set aside.  Add the potato pieces to bacon grease.  Add smoked salt and pepper.  Cook until just tender and add mushrooms and bacon until fully done.  Serve.

Ruby Red Swiss Chard Salad

½  head of Ruby Red Swiss Chard
1 pear, cored and chopped
½ pint strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 handful of hazelnuts lightly chopped
Dash of salt and pepper
2 oz of Goat Cheese, crumbled
Dash of oil
Dash of lime juice

Chop Swiss Chard, pear, strawberries and hazelnuts.  Put in a bowl and toss with oil, salt and pepper.  Add the lime juice, toss again.  Add the goat cheese and toss again.  Serve.

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