Restaurant-Style Margaritas

When I started to piece together my recipe for Keto Restaurant-Style Margaritas, I started by asking myself, "What is the lime all about?" I have a basic philosophical difference on this question with virtually every margarita recipe I see online. If you spent a lot of time reading margarita recipes, you'd think it was face puckering acidity and not its flavor and scent essence. We have lime flavored candy and baked goodies of all kinds, both keto and not. Are they inedibly acidic or do they ...

Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea is a great example of a drink that so perfectly reflects its origins that it is hard to imagine it coming from anywhere else. In a lot of ways, it is a bit of a kissing cousin to the Vietnamese Iced Coffee I posted a couple of weeks ago. The formula of strongly flavored caffeinated beverage + sweetener + tropical climate friendly shelf-stable dairy is hard to go wrong with. It's also similar to Vietnamese Iced Coffee in that it is a little surprising to me that it hasn't caught ...

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

For as coffee obsessed as we all are, it's astonishing that Vietnamese iced coffee has not caught on in a more substantial way. All of the key components are there for it to be a smash hit in the western hemisphere, and yet it hasn't. I love it enough that I created my Keto Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk with it in mind in order to be able to enjoy it on my keto diet. To their credit, keto and low carb dieters do seem to be more open to trying food that is outside the mainstream. I think ...

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

Have you ever had sheer laziness paralyze you in a task only to find out later how easy it actually was? Felt a little silly, right? I've been considering the idea of an artificially sweetened condensed coconut milk for some time, but dismissed it out-of-hand each time as likely not feasible. I don't really have a good explanation for why I thought that. Perhaps it was because I felt that perhaps sugar was key in the dense consistency of it and I'd need an emusifying agent like xanthan gum to ...

Roasting Your Own Coffee

For as much overlap as there is between keto diet culture and coffee culture, I've always been a little surprised that roasting your own coffee has never caught on in a bigger way. It's something I've been doing for about eight years, so it is very much a sustainable project, especially if your morning coffee is a key part of your day.   Here is my thesis. If you care deeply about your morning cuppa whether it be a bulletproof or "black as night" like mine, roasting your own coffee is ...

Carolina BBQ Sauce

"Your Keto Carolina BBQ sauce is a great salad dressing!" That's not really what pitmasters want to hear from their wives when they unveil a new BBQ sauce recipe they have spent countless hours perfecting, is it? One of the really interesting (and humbling) aspects of any sort of creative work is the realization that once you put something out there for the world to consume and hopefully appreciate, it's not really yours anymore. Now, I don't mean that it's "not mine" in the sense that ...

Thai Coconut Curry Cauliflower Rice

In my Madras-Style Mild Curry Powder post, you first heard me discuss the idea that we don't have to re-invent the wheel when it comes to creative ways to flavor our food in the absence of carbs and commercial processing. There are ready-made flavor combinations and dishes just waiting to be adapted to the parameters of a low carbohydrate diet. For this post on Thai Coconut Curry Cauliflower Rice, we will follow the same theme but will move east across the Bay of Bengal from India to Thailand...

Creamed Curried Baby Greens

One of the things that I try very hard to convince everyone of on this blog is the notion of a foundational model of home cooking driven by the quality of the end results. As much as we shouldn't let what we see on Pinterest and the food media affect our self-esteem about what we put on the table at mealtime, we still do. It's easy to forget that almost everyone has staff in the form of assistants, food stylists, professional photographers, and the like. That's not to say that you can't compete ...

Tajin Smoke Roasted Sockeye Salmon

As a food blogger, I often feel a lot of (mostly self-applied) pressure to create recipes that are overly produced and done up. There is a lot of reward for visually impressive recipes with long, drawn-out ingredient lists and eye catching headlines. Or perhaps, I just assume there is because of how much of that I see floating around Pinterest. To be honest, the tendency to overly "gourmet-ize" everything is an aspect of food media that I have always been uncomfortable with. I have a formal ...

Madras-Style Mild Curry Powder

One of the frequent complaints from people starting any sort of a low carb diet is flat out palate fatigue. When you consider the degree to which the standard diet in the western world is centered around abundant carbohydrates of all types, it makes sense that a new low carb dieter would feel like they had been set adrift. To a certain extent, it also results from our heavy reliance on "convenience foods" -- things out of a box. If you truly want to keep your carbohydrate intake low, it ...