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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!

How I’m feeling

These days I get asked how I’m feeling a moderate amount, most likely because some folks know about my health challenges I faced earlier in the year. I’m actually feeling quite well physically as well as most “other” ways, but this is about my current physical status.

The way I’m judging my physical status is basically two ways. The first is just how I’m thinking about my physical status. Are things working OK? Do I have adequate energy? Sleeping well? How am I feeling compared to a prior timeframe like last year or the year before or some other timeframe when I thought things were really, really good. Basically it’s just some sort of overall internal evaluation of how I think I’m doing and generally the answer is “good’.

The other primary way is by my cycling capabilities some of which is how I feel about the various rides and the other measure is the analysis provided by the various bits of technology that I use while riding like a heart rate monitor and a power meter. 

Today, I had an experience with both on my ride.

While doing the ride I noticed that I was able to hold 225-250 watts with a moderate amount of effort. Only a very short time ago this was not possible. Granted, I’ve been riding more frequently to improve my fitness, and it seems to be paying off. While riding I was thinking this was the kind of pace I could hold a couple of years ago while cycling around the Kenora area on the Bypass loop. Feels good to be getting back into better shape. Hopefully, in the summer of 2019 I won’t be hanging on for dear life to the back of the pack on group rides and back into taking my full turns pulling on the front like the “old” days. This internal personal assessment was backed up by the Strava stats. This was one of my better rides in quite some time.

Up Early

I’m awake in the early hours. Thoughts of all kinds are zooming around in my mind. After a while I get out of bed. It’s 5:00 am.

After the usual morning routine I settle in with a coffee to read the Bible. Today is a bit of a big day for me, it’s day 365.

Today is the day I’ve completed reading the entire Bible for the first time. Certainly being retired has helped with setting aside the time and I know I should have done this a long time ago, but here I am. I’d say the daily reading habit is now firmly entrenched.

On occasion I’d miss a day or two, but always managed to catch up in short order and get back on track. The YouVersion app has been a really big help. Some parts of the Bible were tough slogging (might have skimmed through parts of Numbers and Lamentations) and with other parts I found myself looking forward to the next day to find out what happens next! (Job, Daniel, Revelations).

So now what? What will I read now? Well, it’s Advent and focusing on the coming of Jesus into the world seems quite appropriate. I actually miss the Advent traditions from my days in the Anglican church, so this will be good.

I scan a few reading plans and pick up on two that seem good for me. I’m sure one or both of these will stick.

The first one is this.

I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘The King Is Coming’. Check it out here:

The other is this one.

I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion plan ‘One On One: 100 Days With Jesus–ADVENT’. Check it out here:

Now I’ve read John 1 before, several times in fact, but it’s never impacted me like it did today. So beautiful, powerful, profound and more, beyond words

Word for today

The end of the last verse of Psalm 142, “for You are good to me.” just rang so true for me today.

Really caused me to stop and re-read it several times and reflect on God’s goodness and mercy towards me, especially over the last 10 months. So thankful.

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