Let's talk food allergies. While there are more than 160 foods that can cause an allergic reaction, 90% of all food allergies occur from just eight different foods. And if having a food allergy isn't difficult enough, trying to avoid said food in a foreign language makes it all the more complicated. Here is a quick guide, in Russian, to some of the more common food allergens.
1. Dairy: молочный
Cow's milk: молоко
Goat's Milk: козье молоко
2. Wheat: пшеница
Also watch out for semolina, манная крупа, which is a wheat by-product, often used in котлеты and pasta.
3. Egg: яйцо
4. Peanuts: арахис
5. Ground nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews):
Walnuts: грецкие орехи
Pecans: орехи пекан
6. Fish: рыба (This is the general term. There are obviously many types of...
Alright, so this post is for fellow expats and non-Russian speakers living in Russia. One of the most challenging things I faced after moving to Moscow was learning the names of the cuts of meat I was used to purchasing back home. As if locating grass-fed beef was not difficult enough, I quickly learned that literal translation was not going to get me very far. So the first thing I did was take pictures of the large posters that Auchan has hanging in the meat section. I now had diagrams of a cow, a pig, and a lamb. This helped a little. Even though XMan is proficient in Russian, we still had a hard time getting the right cuts. Thankfully,...
I have lived in Russia for about 17 months now and it has taken me way too long to write a post about fermented foods. Fermented foods seem to be the latest food craze in the U.S. Everyone is obsessed with kombucha, kvass, Bubbies sauerkraut and pickles, and kimchee. But these foods have been around for centuries in other parts of the world. And for good reason. In addition to just tasting great, fermented foods provide a host of health benefits. Traditionally fermented foods (not the pasteurized stuff you find in jars on the supermarket shelves) do wonders for those who suffer from IBS, ulcers, indigestion, recurring vaginal infections, chronic constipation or...
Last week I was all about experimentation in the kitchen. It was worth it! I found some great new recipes from the Harvest Your Health eBook bundle
that I plan to make again. This week I have a lot of school work to get done so I am back to the basics and even planning for delivery one night.
Monday- Roasted Turkey Breast
, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Fruit Salad
Tuesday- Salmon with Potlatch Seasoning
, Primal Chop Salad
Wednesday- The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat
, Roasted Broccoli, Baked Sweet...
FYI this will probably be the first of many posts I write about this book
. There is just so much useful information here not to. And to begin I'm not even going to talk about all the great recipes, the tips and tricks, or the napkin origami section at the end (if that doesn't get your kids into the kitchen I don't know what will).
Today I want to share a little bit about why Jami Delgado decided to write this book. It became clear to her as a young mother that most of society had no idea how to take care of their own nutritional needs, let alone...
This is hands down the best Paleo cookbook on the market. I only have the pdf version but as soon as I get back state side I plan to get my hands on a physical copy. Many of you are familiar with Melissa Joulwan from her website The Clothes Make The Girl
. You know her as a no-shit chick who loves
her food. Well, I love her food too. I can also relate to her obsession with shopping for spices.
I've been making Melissa's mayo and Turkish Chop Salad for over a year. We've had her Shephard's Pie several times and she doesn't call her chicken breast...
After two weeks of non stop rain here is Moscow the sun finally came out. This September was Moscow's wettest in 130 years! No joke. And now that the rain has stopped, the cold air has moved in. The last few days the highs have been in the low 40's. But the sun is out so I am not complaining. And if nothing else these cold temperatures give me an excuse to make more fall recipes.
So what's on the menu this week? Take a look.
Monday-Chicken Apple Stir-Fry, Veggie Sticks with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
Tuesday- Braised Beef Shoulder, Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots
I promised some info on an organic cosmetics stores in Moscow. I have not yet purchased organic cosmetics here so I can't make any recommendations, but I know that many expats miss their organics from back home. Here is a list of places where you can find organic cosmetics products in Moscow. This list is by no means complete, just the few places I have seen.
The Body Shop (both organic and non-organic products): Metropolis Mall, 1st Floor, Metro Voikovskaya; Okhotny Ryad Mall at the Okhotny Ryad Metro, several other locations though out Moscow
: Mozhayskiy Val, 1 by the Kievskaya Metro; Miklukho Maklaya St. 5 by...
it's time to make applesauce! We were gifted two bags of organic apples from our friend's dacha this weekend. They smelled amazing but I quickly realized that we would not be able to eat them all before they went bad. So I decided to make a large batch of applesauce. The recipe couldn't be simpler. All you need is a Dutch oven, apples, cinnamon, and some water. And maybe a tablespoon of coconut sugar if your apples are really
12-15 medium sized apples
1/3 c. water
2 tsp. cinnamon (I like the spicy kind, Vietnamese is best)
1 T. coconut sugar, optional
1. Peel, core, and chop apples.
2. Add all ingredients to the Dutch oven.
When it comes to exercise, the Paleo lifestyle often evokes images of Crossfit or Crossfit-like activities. In Moscow, there are open Crossfit classes in the woods near Gorky Park, but the dudes are pretty tough, and it’s rather inaccessible during inclement weather. And it’s always inclement weather here. How else can you really break a sweat with some decent intervals if you do not hang with the tricked-out-intricate-reverse-sideways-chin-up-practicing future Olympians? I like Body Combat, one of the Les Mills Franchises.
Body Combat's a 55 minute class incorporating a lot of boxing for the upper body, with intervening lower-body tracks that draw off Tae Kwon...