A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
So after my daughter’s mini-drama of last week, Isla has fully recovered.
This week it was parent-teacher meetings, done online of course.
I have this thing about being on time. I call it being respectful to others, being prepared, or a bit of an obsession depending on my state of mind at the time. But, I must turn up 15 minutes before anything, be it a meeting, work, appointment, or whatever; I must be there 15 minutes before. I start to panic if I think I will be later, even if later is still on time. Since coronavirus started, many meetings moved online, and I have discovered I am even worse. I set everything up so far in advance just in case there is a technological issue. Then, I run to check on the computer set up every few minutes because something might have gone in that short space of time which will need time to fix and I don’t want to be late to the meeting trying to fix it. This time was no different. I set up the computer almost as soon as I woke up in the morning.
With the school closed due to parent-teacher meetings all day, both Isla and Taran were obviously at home with me. I gathered both together and explained I had important discussions with their teachers. When I told them they had to be quiet just for a few minutes, heads were nodded, and promises were given.
The first meeting was with Taran’s teacher.
“Miss ‘… teacher’s name here…’.” Taran shouts from across the room.
With a big bright smile, he ran over to see his teacher. For the rest of the meeting, he sat on my lap waving enthusiastically and occasionally shouting “Hello Miss … teacher’s name” at regular intervals. He had to shout because his teacher was in school and might not hear him if he didn’t shout.
The teacher informed me my son was very clever. He learns things very quickly, and he understands both Maltese and English very well. My head swells with pride – my son, the clever one. But then…
“He throws a lot of tantrums.”
Zzzzzzzplat! The sound of my inflated head deflating just as fast. My husband and I had hoped Taran’s contrary nature was a bit less at the school, but no. The teacher then went on to explain something my husband and I know only too well about littlest one. To make Taran do anything, he must always be given a choice of doing it or a time out. We were left with the teacher and I commiserating with each other and hoping he would grow out of it sooner rather than later.
Next, it was Isla’s teacher. Isla hid behind a corner listening in. Taran wasn’t so interested in Isla’s teachers but kept coming over to interrupt on a regular basis. However, all reports were that Isla was doing well. The constant crying over every little thing which had been such a problem at school last year was still there but far less of a problem this year. My husband and I breathed a sigh of relief over that one! And, she was a little too independent and seemed to dislike like asking for help. My husband and I weren’t sure about how we felt about that one. We actually liked that she was trying to solve things by herself a school. She is far too inclined to take the easy way out at home and say she cannot do something before she has even tried. Was it good, or was it bad? We are still on the fence with that one.
A Little About The Recipe: My Baddha Bowl of Beef Cubes for One
With the recent rise of vegetarianism and veganism, ‘the buddha bowl’ has been making the rounds of the recipes community lately. The idea for this is that all veggies get piled together in one big round bowl. Let’s make the carnivorous version! I am sure someone has done this before and named it something far more impressive. However, I couldn’t find the name while researching, so I made one up. I made up The Baddha Bowl. Meet The Baddha bowl, The Buddha bowl’s meaty older brother.
These kinds of meals are the ones I like to use when I have a long day or will be working late. The last thing I want to do after a long day and a late night is to set about making dinner; especially if everyone else went to bed hours ago and there is only me. Sometimes a salad will do, but sometimes it’s nice to have something hot. A healthy meal that can be pre-prepped and ready for when you get home is sometimes priceless. If you work shifts, or work late and don’t already have a slow cooker I seriously recommend getting one. It really is worth it.
I Recommend This For: My Baddha Bowl of Beef Cubes for One
This particular recipe was developed to be a meal in itself, so it doesn’t need a side dish at all.
This is something to keep in mind for keto and Atkin’s Induction. While 10.8g of net carbs might sound like a lot for one recipe, it is the only recipe you will need for a whole filling meal. This would leave you around 9g carbs to spend for the rest of the day. The protein adds up to 65g, which is also, I feel, within acceptable boundaries for the main meal; but, you would need to watch your protein content for other meals just in case. A good dollop of Easy Homemade Mayonnaise would add in a little fat to this dish at no extra cost to your carbs or protein. (It makes it taste even better but can look a little weird.)
The total carbs are 20g. Again, this is for an entire meal by itself, and so you won’t need to consume any more carbs for that meal. I think this makes it a good choice for use in Atkins’ Maintenance lifestyles as well.
Should you use home-made stock, this recipe is completely paleo and whole30 compliant. Paleo-ish can, to save some kitchen time, use store-bought stock easily enough. If you want it more creamy, remove 100ml of stock and add in coconut cream instead.
And Here It Is: My Baddha Bowl of Beef Cubes for One
Baddha Bowl of Beef Cubes
- 200 g braising steak (about 1/2 lb) braising steak is called chuck or blade
- 100 g cauliflower (about 1.5 packed cups)
- 50 g broccoli (about 1 loosely packed cup)
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp lard
- 250 ml beef stock (1 cup)
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 4 small cherry tomatoes
- Turn the slow cooker on to low.
To Prepare the Steak
- Cut the steak into small cubes or about 2-3cm or 1inch squares.
- Mix the almond flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Add the beef to the flour mix. Make sure each cube is covered with the flour.
- Melt the lard in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat (I use 7).
- When the lard is shimmering add the beef cubes. Make sure they are spread out. Fry 30 secs, turn them over and fry another 30 secs on the other side.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool a little.
- Add half the beef stock to the pan and use it to scrape the bottom of the pan.
- Pour everything from the pan into the slow cooker. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and mix together.
- Cook on low a minimum of 6 hours. (Personally, I leave it for about 8 hours while I work.)
- Pour the contents of the slow cooker into a large bowl.
- Slice the avocado and the tomtoes and add them into the bowl.