Bibliophiles' Lunch

Sisters share paleo recipes, books, and DIY

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns

imageThese were simple and delicious.

The original recipe was on Epicurious, but I modified it by leaving out the red pepper, and reducing the onion, to suit my diet which has to be low in nightshade plants and onion.

Two pounds of sweet potato, diced
Bacon I use four to six slices depending on my mood
1/4 onion chopped, I reduce this because really I shouldn’t have any
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt and black pepper

Chop the bacon into small strips. Fry bacon, remove from pan, fry onion in bacon fat. Add sweet potato, cover and cook until soft. Add bacon, thyme, salt and pepper.


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Kielbasa with Sauerkraut

imageI started with a recipe which I had been longing to cook.  Then it turned out that I didn’t have all the ingredients, or two hours plus of time to cook it. So I just winged it.

I had a can of Choucroute Speciale, rather than regular sauerkraut which I couldn’t find in the supermarket near me. It’s probably there somewhere, but I couldn’t find it. I did find the choucroute at a specialty supermarket, it had goose fat, white wine, juniper berries, carrots and smoked bacon in it. Coincidently white wine, juniper berries, carrots, and smoked bacon were in my recipe. To compensate for the wine in the sauerkraut I cut the wine I added in half, and left out the chicken broth. Next time I will add more liquid, or perhaps try the slow cooker.

First I browned my pancetta, then I added the choucroute, wine, and sliced kielbasa. Then I baked it for forty minutes, since it was getting very late.

it was good, but it’s probably better if you take more time and stick a bit closer to the recipe.


Pork Stew


The original recipe called for beef, pork, and lamb. When we make it we use beef or pork (lamb is almost impossible to find in my neighborhood).  The most important ingredient is the pork belly.


pork stew cubes

pork belly cut into cubes

2 leeks sliced fine

1 onion chopped

1 large carrots

potatoes peeled and sliced

white wine

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. juniper berries

1 tsp. peppercorns

two bay leaves

Tie up the juniper berries, peppercorns and bay leaves in cheese cloth.  Place a layer of potato slices in the oiled bottom of the pot. Then add a layer of the sliced vegetables, and meat cubes, followed by another layer of potato, and another layer of the other ingredients. Add the bouquet garni, and the wine cover and bake at 350 for three hours.  The pork cubes will be tender, and the pork belly will almost have melted.

When I cook this I divide it into two parts and cook one without the potatoes, since I cannot eat night shade plants without having horrible arthritis.