Hey coconuts! I wish it were more. I'm getting bright red feet lately, ESPECIALLY at night, and I'm wondering why, so I Googled it, natch. I mean these babies are SUNBURN bright red, but I haven't been out in the weak sun at all lately, so logically that can't be it. I now realize that it's a combination of FOUR things:
1) I'm older now and
2) my (now) "PRE-diabetes" still can slow circulation to my feet and
3) I AM SEDENTARY!! I usually SIT all day (computer or TV) and
4) I have gouty arthritis in both feet and probably my ring finger on my right hand (which has been misdiagnosed TWICE now!) and that can cause redness.
The cure? EXERCISE! I need to get up and MOVE MORE. Today I have already cut up a ton of cardboard boxes in my front room which were stacking up like teetering towers in there. Good. DONE. Right now I'm taking a break from making (are you ready?) Collard greens and ham hocks!! A white girl from CA has the hots for collard greens! I must get this yearning from another life or something. I used to make Lima Beans with smoked ham and tomatoes (and of course onions - LOTS of onions) and take it in my thermos for a hot and filling meal on my end-of-the-line 10-15 minute break while out driving my bus. One of our mechanics came over one day and saw what I was eating and asked me, "Hey, what color ARE you, anyway? That sure looks good!", so I gave him some. He told me that it was soul food and that it needed some heat, but otherwise was perfect! Who knew? It just sounded good to eat. BTW, I now throw in some red chili flakes because he was right. It's WAY better with some heat.
Now I find myself in the kitchen trying to figure out how to thoroughly wash and then strip and cut a collard leaf because Walmart is all out of the prepackaged ones, so I got the real deal fresh out of the field, stems and all. For some reason, every store is out of the prepackaged ones, already washed, cut, and in a bag: easy peasy. Hey, it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, is it?! I never knew what a collard was until I was 17 and my best friend moved out here from N. Carolina. I never made ham hocks and threw in some collards until into my retirement years.
AND IT'S KETO FRIENDLY!! The ham hocks (when cooked until the skins are soft and falling off the bones, which the dogs LOVE) makes a bone broth that actually gels when chilled due to the amount of collagen in it. That's Keto gold! Add some ACV (apple cider vinegar), more smoke flavor, seasonings...oh, I'm drooling!!! But I had to learn how to fix up the collards properly without just dumping in a bag or two of them. Enter Google and youtube videos!
Collards - in fact BEANS as well - are NOT "elegant" foods. But they ARE tasty (read: VERY VERY tasty!!). Growing up, we ate well. MD was a good cook. Macaroni was ok, as was the occasional rice dish. But she never strayed too far from CA housewife cuisine. We sometimes bought Chinese food or 15¢ McDonald's hamburgers, but it was usually the (uncomfortable at our house) sit down dinner of the 1950s. It was one place where she could ridicule me in front of my father without fear of retribution, and she took FULL advantage of it under the guise of "teaching me table manners". She would unmercifully mock me and my eating habits, shaming me with "this is what YOU look like" while opening and closing her mouth in hugely exaggerated form. UGH.
ANYWAY, we never EVER ate beans. In her mind, they equated with poverty and lowlife people. She MIGHT open a can of VanDeCamp's Pork and Beans to go with hot dogs...MAYBE...but that was it and that was rare. SHE LIKED ELEGANCE! And the more "elegant" the better! I was never like that, and in retrospect, that made me more well rounded and open to new ideas and ways of doing things. I don't have to make another person feed like "less than" to make me feel like I'm BETTER than them! Pondering this, looking at this since she's been dead, I'd rather be me than her any day. I'm still glad that I did NOT go to see her before she died because it would have just irritated her, caused a pointless argument, and yet changed nothing. So why bother? I need to work on me more IN THE NOW.
And speaking of which, those collards are whispering my name from the kitchen. They just need a bit more washing...and then cutting up and dumped in the pot with the ham hocks. OMG!!! YUM!!!