A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran
I have to make a private confession. I hate to just work out, I really do. It’s just so boring! I start with all good intentions and then within a few days, I find really great excuses not to do it. So, I find other ways to keep healthy. I wanted to work a bit on the abdominal area, which, after two kids needs some upkeep – ladies with kids, you know how it is. So, I laid claim to my husband’s playstation4 (he is currently saving up for the playstation5, so he is a little less territorial about his toy) and bought the latest Let’s Dance. This way I could jump about in my living room – with the curtains closed, obviously! I have fun, nobody knows (until now) and I feel like I am doing my bit to keep fit – Go, me!
My kids saw this and decided to join in. Let’s Dance has a bit specifically for the kids and it’s a bit easier for the more rhythmically challenged (who? me?), so we now have family work out time. My husband does his “breathe in, breathe out” yoga in another room or heads off outside for a run depending on the day. The kids and I prance about in the living room (I think the kids and I have way more fun!).
One of the dances Isla likes is called Coco Loco from the movie Coco. The main character is made up like a skeleton for the Mexican holiday of “Day of the Dead”. This led to an Isla question of “Why, mummy?”.
We try to encourage our kids to delight in different cultures, to take an interest and explore them, while also being accepting of them too. Malta contains so many nationalities from all over Europe and my kids have best friends from everywhere which are normally a better source of information then their English born and bred Mum. However, Mexico, being a little bit further removed is a bit of a mystery. Wikipedia to the rescue! Armed with this new information I set about explaining things.
The resulting conversation went like this.
I said. “It’s because in certain countries around the world people who have died come back to visit for a few days and because the living people have missed them they want to make them feel welcome so they try to look the same.”
Isla said. “Do animals visit too?”
Me. “Erm…” This was not mentioned in Wikipedia… What do I say? Pretend! “Yes, of course animals comeback as well!”
How good of an explanation this is I am not sure. If someone else can instruct me a little better please feel free to do so. My daughter, however, was quite happy with the explanation and even happier animals got to come back from the dead to visit as well.
I thought this particular day might be a good time to try guacamole – from Mexico where the animals come back to play! But no…
Isla. “It’s green!”
Me. “It has other colours.”
Isla. “But green is yucky!”
And that was that.
Carl and I, however, very much enjoyed this highly versatile Mexican inspired recipe which happens to be green.
A Little About Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs
This recipe is really versatile and I use it for all purposes. It’s light enough for a starter or a side dish but filling enough for breakfast or lunch.
Every ingredient is healthy, natural and paleo and whole30 compliant while the net carbs and total carbs are so low it’s a meal you can have on Atkins’ phases of ongoing weight loss and maintenance.
It is a usable recipe for keto but it didn’t quite make the keto page only because the fat content is one gram lower than protein – it’s not exactly a deadly sin, I know, but it was enough to get kicked off out of the keto category! However, any keto dieters wishing to incorporate this recipe could do so very well, but would have to make up the fat content somewhere else instead.
For breakfast, lunch and as a starter it’s enough of a dish all by itself and is unlikely to need anything with it. As a side, my recommendation is to pair it up with Garlic Lemon Chicken Goujons or Blackened Shrimp.
And Here It Is : Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs
Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs
- 4 x eggs
- 1 x avocado , peeled and de-stoned
- 1 x tomato , very finely chopped
- 1 x spring onion , very finely chopped
- 1 x garlic clove , crushed
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp lime juice
- pinch of sweet paprika
- pinch of salt
Boiling the eggs
- Place all 4 eggs in a saucepan of cold water. The water should cover the eggs.
- Place the pan on the hob and turn the hob up high.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- When it starts to boil, set a timer for 7 mins.
- When the 7 mins are up immediately run the eggs under cold water until they feel cool.
- De-shell the eggs.
- Slice the eggs, divide in half and arrange the slices on two plates.
- Sprinkle each portion with the pinch of salt
Making the guacamole
- Using a fork or a food processor make the avocado smooth.
- Mix in all of the remaining ingredients except for the sweet paprika.
- Spoon the guacamole over the boiled egg slices.
- Sprinkle the sweet paprika over each guacamole and eggs portion.
- Serve chilled.