Joie de Vivre

La joie de vivre – the joy and passion of life and living.  A few years ago I read a friend’s copy of Mireille Guillano’s ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat‘ and then I purchased the follow-up book ‘French Women For All Seasons‘.  FWFAS is predominantly a cook book but there are lots of great suggestions on how to eat well, live well and be well.  It was only after a recent re-read that I realised how closely Mireille’s French Women philosophy aligns with many primal/paleo philosophies.  Granted, the French eat waaay more bread and cheese than you’ll see recommended by any primal/paleo aficionado, but the fundamental principles are there: Continue reading

Food Rules

Food does indeed rule much of my life.  I love food.  I love reading about it, talking about it, cooking it, photographing it and eating it.  It is a pleasure that I truly enjoy but sometimes it can get a little out of hand.  Not because it’s an obsession (though some friends and family may beg to differ) – the issue is what I’m actually eating and drinking.  Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1 – WINNER!

I did it! I made jerky!

It was a little touch and go there for a while.  As per my earlier post, forgetting to cut up the meat before marinating was the first hiccup.  Having NO idea how my dehydrator would work was another potential problem, but IT’S ALL OK! I HAVE JERKY!  AND IT TASTES GOOD! Continue reading

The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 1

Today is the day I attempt to make jerky for the first time.  Well, technically I started yesterday armed with my copy of “Just Jerky, The Complete Guide to Making It”. I began with step 1 – marinating the beef strips.  How card could it be?  Oh wait; that says strips doesn’t it?  Continue reading