I have made an interesting discovery.  Since I began eating beef, this March - hormone antibiotic free beef, I have noticed some changes.  They were subtle at first, and it took about 3-4 months before I began to realize what these discoveries were.  First of all, I still want to "hoover" down when we eat Beef, 5 months later, although, not quite as intensely as the first few months.  Then as time went on, my hairdresser said each month "I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it, because this is the healthiest I have ever seen your hair".  I have been going to this hairdresser for 12 years. 

It used to be that when I washed my hair, there would be handfuls of it coming out.  Thankfully, I have quite thick hair, but when you have to clear the shower drain once a week, that is scary.  It does not happen any more.  My hair is the thickness I used to remember.  And it is soft and shiny. My only answer, is that I have re-introduced Beef into my diet.   There was obviously some vitamins and minerals I was lacking and eating Beef has helped to balance out what my system needed - sure am happy we are back to eating Beef!

This was a simple yummy dish:
1 1/2 -2 lbs of beef sirloin strips
1/2 a large onion sliced
olive oil (I used bacon drippings)
2 sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 sprig of Rosemary
1 large Bayleaf
minced garlic - I used two very large organic garlic cloves - did you ever notice that organic garlic is way juicier than regular?
Beef Stock - about 1 1/2 to 2 cups
1/4 cup capers, rinsed
salt and pepper to taste

Heat up a pan on medium high heat, adding in the oil, or bacon drippings.  Saute the sliced onions until they are nicely caramelized.  Remove to a bowl and set aside.  Add in the beef strips - a quick stir fry on higher heat- maybe 2 minutes, then transfer to the onion bowl.  Turn the heat down to low, and saute the garlic until fragrant.  Add in the beef stock, capers, Thyme, and Rosemary, salt and pepper, and simmer about 15 minutes.  Remove the Thyme, Rosemary, Bayleaf, and thicken with a cornstarch slurry, adjusting salt and pepper. 

We had this steamed fresh baby potatoes, and sauted garden veggies (the last remaining few):

I just sliced up these veggies, sauted on medium heat with a bit of olive oil, and just before they were eldent, I added in a splash of Balsamic Vinegar.

Here is a couple handfuls of green beans, 5 tomatoes, 2 cherry tomatoes, and a few zucchinis.  I still have huge red cabbage that is growing, and other than the remaining green tomatoes - the garden is finished. With the few fall/winter plantings a couple of weeks ago, my fingers are crossed the gardens won't get too drowned this year - so we can enjoy some winter greens.  Do you have success with a winter garden?

Ina Gawne
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  1. Hey, I tried my hand at a home veg garden. It is not working out too well . Can u help me with that ? Any words of wisdom ? Also I thought I'd share with u gf sites that help or Check them out. Helped me Wen I was stuck at a supermarketnot knowing wat to get 🙂 do u hav kids? mine hate this gf diet poor things ... Ur doing a great job btw 🙂 looking fwd to ur next post:) cheers.

    1. Hi Sam, our garden did not do too well this year either. We did not get the hot sunny days we normally do, which makes a huge difference to the garden - that and good soil, compost, and a good manure to help things along. My kids are grown now, and in the beginning, when I first started making GF food, I had a number of failures, so they did not like GF Food. Now, they love it, they like it better than eating Gluten. I can just suggest to keep at it, practice makes perfect, and soon your kids will be loving it too! Good luck, and keep trying!

    1. Erin - It has made a huge difference - I think with years of GI Tract healing, it took some time before I could eat Beef again, but now, I love it - can't get enough, and the benefits have really been good. There are so many wonderful recipes where you can use Beef, good luck!

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September 27, 2010