Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Omelette Show: Pasture-raised Egg, Ghee, and Raw Cheese Omelette "Julia Child Style"

One day, Jeremiah and I were YouTubing Julia Child's cooking videos just for the fun of it. Jeremiah clicked on her Omelette show and my life has never been the same. Since the glorious day when I discovered the Julia Child style omelette I've pretty much been cooking it non-stop. It is fast, easy, and delicious.This is perfect because tomorrow is Sunday morning. An omelette is the perfect breakfast for a leisurely Sunday breakfast or a quick whipper-upper before you're out the door to work. But if you love eggs as much as I do, you know that an omelette can be perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! My new favorite way to make an omelette is Julia Child style. She really knew what she was doing, because omelettes her way have become my favorite way to cook eggs. I have a couple of modifications to suggest for a Weston A. Price/GAPS legal version. I know it seems like blasphemy to modify a Julia Child's recipe but just do it. Weston A. Price would be proud.

1) replace butter with ghee (clarified butter)...I use about 1.5 tablespoons of ghee because it is so yummy and nutritious and makes the omelette a heavenly texture.
2) grate a fair amount of raw white sharp cheddar cheese into the beaten eggs and stir in well before you put eggs into your pan.
3) eat with a side of homemade sauerkraut (tutorial coming soon!) or some fresh, organic salsa smothered on top and voila! a breakfast bursting with flavor and nutrition!



Living is Astoria, we are blessed to be able to get local, organic, pastured chicken and duck eggs from friends and family. If you are in Los Angeles it may be a little more difficult, but if you do some research, you can probably find some good eggs! It is very important to make sure your eggs are organic and pastured (grass-fed not grain fed) Grain-fed conventional eggs are full of unbalanced Omega-6 and Omega-3s which can negatively affect your health and hormones. Eggs from pastured chickens (or ducks!) are a nutritional powerhouse. They differ greatly from conventional eggs you find in the grocery store in that they contain high amounts of GOOD cholesterol, have a significantly wider spectrum of vitamins including 2x the amount of Omega-3's and 4 to 6 times the amount of Vitamin D! click on the link for a comprehensive look at REAL eggs from happy chickies! It all becomes clear when you compare a conventional egg to a pastured egg. You will find the yolk of the pastured egg is a brighter shade of orange and there is a higher amount of egg white (yay, bigger omelette!) If you can get your hands on some duck eggs I highly recommend using them! Duck eggs are slightly larger, and have a little more punch in the flavor. Only two eggs are necessary for this omelette if using duck eggs.

Also, this omelette rocks because we are using Ghee. Grass-fed Ghee is a fabulous fat beneficial to your heart and can really make a difference in lowering cholesterol. It is great for cooking at higher temperatures because the profile is widely saturated fat. Throw your SmartBalance and Earth Balance crap away, use Ghee!
The use of raw cheese in this omelette will boost the nutrient level sky high. My body can only handle cheese from raw milk because it can easily digest it. When milk is highly processed or homogenized it completely transforms the molecular composition making it a foreign substance unrecognizable to your body. Raw cheese still contains the enzymes necessary for your body to absorb the calcium. Since it is unprocessed it contains enzymes, minerals, and beneficial bacteria for a healthy digestive system. It's Raw cheese or no cheese for me!

Bon Appetit!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hello, my name is Olivia and I love Olives.

Hello Readers!

I am a FOOD LOVER and this is my new blog! I love a lot of things about life. I am particularly enjoying newlywed-ism and being head over heels in love with my new hubby. I love that the sun is actually starting to shine in this godforsaken-500-shades-of-gray town. I love my family. I love my friends. I love Oregon. I love dogs and puppies, especially Poodles. Standard ones. I love YouTube for its wide array of adorable animal videos. I love dancing. Laughing is good, too. Traveling is brilliant. The view from my window right now is pretty grand.

But, when it comes down to it, food is what makes all of this madness happen for me. I no longer fear that it is a problem. I have officially surrendered to the obsession. In fact, I am going to USE this obsession and take advantage of it! Yes, obsession, I am taking advantage of you!! MUAHAHAHa. Anyway... I have used this obsession to better my health, knowledge, skills, and relationships. I do not know everything and I am not claiming to be a health wizard. I will grant you that I become over-zealous a lot and think I know everything...but just be forewarned and know that I told you "I know that I MAY BE wrong about being right." ;) It's called passion, and I've been told I have a lot of it!

So here goes this blog about eating. Because eating makes my world go 'round. Eating the wrong things took me down to the hell of this place called Rock Bottom. Eating the right things has allowed my body to heal in miraculous ways that I can only thank God for everyday of my life and talk about only if you allow me to cry my eyes out. I have come such a long way from the days when I didn't quite buy into the "you are what you eat" standard full-on. I have a long way to go before I can say I have healed wholly, but the progress I have made so far is already life changing. I want to spread the good word. You will be reading a lot about the philosophies of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions and of Dr. Natasha McBride of the GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). There will be a lot of fermentation going on here, a lot of weird stuff, and a lot of unconventional, salubrious health tips. Salubrious=health-giving! Ex. Sauerkraut is salubrious.

I just cannot move forward with this blog without shouting to the world about a few great people who have been especially instrumental and influential in the creation of my passion.

I can't say how thankful I am to my loving and lovable Mom, Rose, for raising me on good food. It wasn't easy, in fact, it was really hard. But she was determined and it worked! I love how seriously she took the importance of food in our house. And how dedicated she was to making sure I was eating things that would better my sometimes unfortunate health situations. She really cared and it really showed, and now I'm a better me because of it. We share an affinity for great taste bud sensations and I wish we could have more meals together! <3

My Aunt Mary who is a fountain of knowledge in all things health. I am so lucky to be her niece! Aunt Mary and Uncle Scott are a dynamic duo of sharp knives always on the cutting-edge! I'm counting on a trip down to Fairfax for some Ethiopian when I return to LA!! :) Thank you and Uncle Scott for one of the best gifts I have ever copy of Nourishing Traditions! Check out for a healthy home!

And third, but certainly not least, my perfect man, Jeremiah for unconditional love and support. For being the most interesting person to talk and debate with. For, even though we come from different backgrounds in the food department, being supportive always and open to learning about my weird ways. I love him I love him I love him!

Note to reader: In the future you may thank Jeremiah for the usage of good grammar on this blog. This post is an exception. I apologize for the word vomit. :)