Yay! I got to see Lindsey again! AND I got to meet her precocious daughter, Ella, and her husband, Evan.
Lindsey and I had followed each other’s blogs for a little while before getting to in person this past November at the Weston Price conference in Santa Clara, CA.
I was so excited to get to see her again on my way through Austin, TX!
I arrived in the late afternoon, just in time to accompany Lindsey and Ella on their raw milk pick-up. They get milk from Sand Creek Farm & Dairy, where they can also get eggs, cheeses, yogurt, maple syrup, veal, wild caught salmon, and more!
For dinner, Lindsey took me to one of her favorite restaurants: an Indian place called G’Raj Mahal Lounge and Cafe. Did you catch that play on words? ;) The restaurant is run out of a food trailer, with tables and chairs set up outside and under big shelters. It was such a neat atmosphere, and the weather was perfect!
The dishes we tried were Kashmiri lamb, chicken tikka masala, beef saag, mushroom and peas with paneer, aloo gobi, lamb samosas with chutney, and potato-stuffed garlic naan. And we did BYOB (bring your own ‘bucha)!
After dinner, we walked around downtown Austin, TX, and got a couple drinks at a cocktail bar called Péché.
We also walked down 6th Street, and it was pretty wild!
Once Lindsey explained that Austin’s slogan was, “KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD,” it ALL MADE SENSE! ;) Hehehe.
Just check out these cowboy hats being sold next to hipster fedoras. Haha. Awesome.
Breakfast the next day was a kefir strawberry chocolate mint smoothie, Stumptown equal trade coffee, pastured eggs fried in butter with fermented ketchup, raw Gouda cheese, sauerkraut, and a glass of raw milk. My belly was SO happy. Felt like home. :)
We visited the farmer’s market on Sunday morning. It was inside this old airplane hangar.
And on Monday, I got to spend Passover Seder with Lindsey and her family! It was really neat to see all the symbolism of each dish/food on the table.
I also got to try Lindsey’s chopped liver recipe with homemade horseradish garnish. And OMG, on top of some matza cracker, that stuff was ADDICTING. I never thought I’d say I was addicted to liver (fo’ real), but this recipe literally has me craving more as I write this. The horseradish really made it, I think. I’ve never added that element before… YUM!
Lindsey made a delicious roast chicken, fried potatoes, and greens. Simple but delicious.
And we also made a sweet potato chocolate cake. (Recipe here.)
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How long have you been blogging?
I started Homemade Mommy right before I gave birth to my now 4 year old daughter.
What topics do you blog about?
I love to cook so I mostly post real food recipes. I also focus on encouraging my readers to listen to their bodies when it comes to figuring out what is best to eat.
Describe your family for us.
I am married to a very supportive husband who sells residential real estate in Austin, TX. We have one daughter together who just turned 4 years old. We also have a dog (a Papillon) named Chili.
How did you find real food?
I started my journey about 15 years ago. I suffered from many food intolerances which led me to start reading ingredient lists and to eliminate dairy, gluten, eggs and soy from my diet. Of course, I started to feel much better. This opened my eyes to the evils of processed foods. However, elimination diets alone didn’t heal my gut. I didn’t fully heal from my asthma, allergies and food intolerances until I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation and the cookbook Nourishing Traditions about a year and a half ago. It was only then that I had the courage to eat more healthy saturated fats, make my own fermented foods like kefir and sauerkraut, and focus on traditional preparation of grains and legumes.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Homemade Mommy is my hobby. I have a day job at a software company. I obviously love to cook and would have no problem cooking for everyone in the city of Austin if I had the time!
If it was your last day on earth, what would you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Junk food totally counts!
I don’t see junk GMO foods as treats anymore. That is why I have so many real food treat recipes on my blog! If you take a look you will find many chocolate recipes which are very popular! But if I had to choose one food to eat all the time, I would pick a perfectly fried over-medium egg with my favorite salsa on top!
What are some posts on your blog you’d like to share with my readers?
How/why did you start blogging?
I started blogging mainly to share recipes with my friends and family and this is still my mission to this day…my group of ‘friends’ has just expanded! I want people to be inspired to learn to cook real food and to have the courage to experiment in their kitchens. I want them to not just follow my recipes but also learn to cook. I see cooking real food as a revolutionary act!
What’s the biggest challenge about running a blog?
My biggest challenge is having the time to do everything I want to do. I have a day job and I am raising a young child so I just live in the moment. If I have time and am inspired to post, I do it. If I don’t, I don’t sweat it.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love encouraging others to do things they never thought they would have time to do. I try to debunk the myth that you can’t cook if you have a full time job and are raising young kids. You can make time and it can change your life.
Do you have any eBooks or classes that readers might be interested in?
I have just released my first eBook! It contains real food cooking tips, techniques and over 60 recipes!