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Rullu pylsa, or Rúllupylsa

The annual (sort of) tradition of making Rullu Pylsa is living on this year with a bit of a first ever twist.

In late November we called Thor’s Meats in Selkirk, our normal supplier of boned lamb flank, and were told it was unavailable and we should have called in September to secure this hard to come by cut of meat. This was a little disappointing, which led to some  googling which led to some “other” recipes where they used beef flank. So, that’s what we did this year, same recipe, different cut of meat. It will be interesting to find out how it tastes! So different, beef vs. lamb, lean vs. quite fatty, but we got them done and are now in the 5 day marinating period. Here is the prep stage.

I started with 3 beef flanks and managed to split two in half to make a thiner layer for rolling. The third flank had “issues” so its in the original thickness and resulted in a much fatter roll. End result, 5 Rulla Pylsa for Christmas.

The “official” recipe from my mom.

If all this is too complicated, time consuming etc. there is a Canadian made option! Order it from vinaterta.ca, and while your there get a Vinaterta too! My wonderful sister made me a Vinarterta and shipped it from Saskatoon for my birthday, yum!

On a more tech/blog note I was looking at the site stats recently and while the site traffic is very low, the most popular post ever is Rullupylsa in the Raw and visits peak in December, prime time to make your Rule Pylsa. Happy cooking!

This New App Is Like Yelp for Noise at Restaurants | Food & Wine

We recently went to Cafe Carlo and had a fabulous time and excellent meal. However, it was very noisy! The food was so good that the noise level wouldn’t stop us from going back but, I’ll be using this app to give them a rating. At the end of the evening, when we stepped out onto the street we all commented on the high noise level and how good it was to get back into a quieter area.

I really think restaurants need to get back into taking this into their design considerations. I like a good energetic buzz/vibe/energy etc., but there can definitely be too much of a good thing. Just sayin’

Source: This New App Is Like Yelp for Noise at Restaurants | Food & Wine

New Eats & Drinks

The Keto saga deepens. Bulletproof coffee is now a daily routine and I’m enjoying it! Actually, after you push by the idea of drinking butter, it’s very good.

Today’s breakfast (sorry no pictures) eaten after 11am as per the program, was three scrambled eggs and 1/2 a tin of sardines in olive oil! I like sardines fortunately but even I found the initial smell a little “rough”. Thankfully, the tase was much milder that the smell.

Next up on the new program was an exogenous ketone supplement.

This stuff is brutally expensive at almost $10/per serving so I’m not sure this will be a regular part of the diet. Today, as recommended, it’s 1/2 a serving to allow my body to adapt and avoid what Keto folks call disaster pants :-). Apparently a lot of exogenous ketone supplements taste pretty bad. While Pruvit apparently has the best taste on the market, there was one online comment that said it tasted like “death”! Fortunately, this seems to be quite an over reaction. The Raspberry Lemonade was quite acceptable, if fact I found it very tasty and surprisingly sweet. I considered the sweetness a “treat” because not much on the Keto diet is sweet. Learn more about the product here. It’s only been a few minutes but I have an inner warmth feeling in my stomach. Who knows what will happen next.

What’s for dinner? Pizza! S is making a cauliflower/rice crust and I’m going to make the Fathead Pizza Dough crust. Perhaps there will be a post later about how that went.

Keto Krazy?

Well, hopefully not too crazy, but I’m getting into the Ketogenic Diet and doing a lot of reading, listening & research in general. It seems to have some fabulous benefits with the usual problem of making a big change in eating habits, and this will be a big switch!

I’m not planning on jumping in hard core but more of a gradual adoption of a new way of eating. For sure there will be some major breaks with the plan over the next week or two. For example, we’re committed to an event at
DeLuca’s where it will be unlimited pasta, bread, desserts and wine, not exactly a Keto friendly environment. 

So, what have I been looking at and doing so far? Here’s a few lists:

Books

Web Sites & Podcasts

Web

Podcasts

Things I’ve tried so far

  • Bulletproof coffee
    • Butter in coffee!?! Sounds weird but tastes pretty good. Plus MCT oil. 
  • Keto Breakfast Taco
    • Proclaimed a success by my breakfast buddy. Chopping up the bacon makes it a little easier to eat without destroying the egg taco shell.
  • Stevia, well actually Truvia
    • Dropping Splenda & sugar for Stevia. Tried this a while back but the taste was uggg! They must have improved the tase or I’m more tolerate now.  Actually in the Bulletproof Coffee, a sweetener is optional for me, it’s good without.
  • Cut the Carbs
    • Bye Bye to bread etc. This most likely will be a little tough to get used to. So used to lots of carbs.

Planning or thinking about trying

Feeding Time

I’m up early and on the dock with two cups of coffee and it’s a sunny clear morning with a light south west breeze. After some reading and just sitting enjoying the view I’ve decided to take the kayak and get a closer look at the 7am feeding.

Most days during the summer a small aluminum boat comes out of Smith’s Camp at the end of our bay at around 7am. One of the staff is responsible for disposing of the fish remains from the filleting shack from the previous day’s catch. They have a plastic garbage pail on board that is dumped on an rock out cropping around the corner from the camp.

Prior to this at about 6:30am a flock of pelicans congregate at this spot awaiting their breakfast delivery. They are joined by dozens of seagulls that circle overhead in anticipation. Bald eagles are also perched high in the trees awaiting this event. Today I spot 5-6 of them. Some are easily spotted, others are tucked away in the branches and others fly back and forth along the shore line.

All of a sudden all the pecans take off and fly around the corner to Smith’s. Sitting in my kayak I can bairly hear the faint sound of the outboard motor of the “delivery” boat. Sure enough, a few moments later the boat rounds the corner and comes into view with all the pelicans following in formation.

As the staffer pulls ashore and dumps out the fish guts the pelicans eagerly land and then edge ever closer to their breakfast. They can hardly wait until the staffer gets back in the boat and backs away before they attack the fish remains.

Today, the eagles remain in the trees for some reason, perhaps it’s because I’m there. On other days I’ve seen them swoop in and the pelicans and seagulls scatter as they take over at the top of the pecking order.

After watching for a while it’s time to paddle back and rejoin the family for breakfast.

Rainy Day

A rainy day at the lake is still a great day.

I woke up to the sound of gentle rain and a light breeze rustling through the trees. It had been calm all night and as I drifted in and out of a dreamy sleep, I drank in the nature sounds.

Shortly, there was thunder in the distance and then closer as the wind picked up and a small storm rolled through our location. I went upstairs to check on the windows and then just sat watching the raindrops on the patio door form rivulets running down to the deck.

Time for that 1st cup of coffee and more gazing out at the magnificents of creation. It seemed like I was trying to lock it all into my memory, to preserve the feeling for as long as possible.

After a breakfast of corned beef hash with poached eggs on top, it was time to get busy with a small maintenance project.

So thankful to have this place to relax, rejuvenate and let the cares of life drift away for a time.