Posted on : November 13th, 2018
“Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things . . .
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad.”
Well, comfort food and remembering ALL the things we cherish—family and friends, in particular—takes on increased meaning when so many people you know have just lost everything they owned in a horrific fire! Locally, all our eyes have been focussed on the nearby Camp Fire and rightfully so. I, personally, have lost track of how many people I know who have lost their homes and narrowly escaped with nothing more than the clothes on their backs! Many of them also lost their livelihoods because so many businesses went up in flames as well. More than 50,000 people have been evacuated, and that number could rise even higher if the winds push the flames further across the lake and into Oroville or down the hill and into Chico and surrounding areas. Trust me, we’re all glued to our television sets or social media these days, praying for everyone and trying to figure out how to come together to comfort friends, family and strangers and plan for the days, months and, possibly, years to come.
I’m probably going to be gaining weight because we’re all being told to stay inside to avoid breathing in too much of the smoke. I’ve gone out anyway to help at the closest evacuation shelter—something I highly recommend because nothing is more comforting than seeing people mobilizing to help and feeling the love of the community around you. And there’s no way to get that without participating. But when I get home, I’ve been cooking up a storm.
Before my waistline gets too far out of control, however, I’ve decided to rein in my carb consumption! And so began the search for low-carb comfort food. Schnitzel with Noodles, for example. You could just leave out the noodles but there are low carb alternatives such as the eleven yummy choices on this page. I’m going to let you decide how you want to handle that part of this dinner idea. Cabbage with lots of butter was often served at my house (and is quite traditional) so I’d be quite tempted to go with that, probably with another green vegetable like green beans or broccoli on the side.
A recipe for the Schnitzel part is what I want to share today. If you’re not originally from Austria or Germany, chances are you heard about Schnitzel with Noodles from Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music. I always assumed Schnitzel was a specific food but it turns out it’s a cooking method. You could make it with any meat you enjoy: chicken, veal, beef, pork, even reindeer is traditional! (My favorite is chicken so that’s what I use in this recipe.) The meat is pounded flat, dipped in a batter of flour, eggs and bread crumbs, and then fried in oil or some kind of fat. But I want to make it low carb so I’m using almond meal. And guess what? I actually like it better that way!
I always have some almond meal on hand but, if you don’t, don’t fret! It is super easy to make. Simply put 1/2 cup or less at a time of Maisie Jane’s Roasted Almonds into an electric coffee grinder or food processor and pulse several times until you have a medium-fine textured consistency similar to cornmeal. (Don’t grind too long or you’ll have almond butter!) Put the ground almonds into a container and do it again until you have at least 1 cup of ground almonds for this recipe (or make more and keep it stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for the next time you want to use it). You might want to sift your almond meal to remove the pieces that are too large and grind those a little longer.
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