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E-diet Recipes/Preparation

Posted by Phyllis A. on February 25, 1999 at 13:35:50:

I have really been amazed at trish's creative thinking in her food preparation. Since my e-diet journey (along with my friends) is about to begin in a few hours, and the fact that I have always required variation in food dishes (never just a plain jane turkey sandwich), etc., I thought it might be a good thread of discussion to share some e-diet recipes and preparation methods. We know the allowed ingredients, but I never would have thought of things like fish heads and boiling pears (and I'm sure she probably has some more up her sleeve). Does anyone have any elimination food recipes and food preparation methods that we might try?

trish, could you elaborate on the exact directions?

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Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation

Posted by trish on February 25, 1999 at 14:12:58:

In Reply to: E-diet Recipes/Preparation posted by Phyllis A. on February 25, 1999 at 13:35:50:

Wow, Phyllis...

Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm flattered! I must say that in reality, it was my desperation that drove the experiments, though. :-) It DOES get a bit old with only salt for seasoning, and such a limited store of foods to use.

And as far as exact instructions go - sorry, there just aren't any! I've been making stock from bones of various animals for years now, and it took me a long time to get the hang of it - used a lot of bullion cubes in the past!

Anyway, if you can get your fish with the heads on them, just cut 'em off before you freeze the rest of the fish, and throw them in a pot with some celery tops and water - I'd guess that I had 5 heads and used about half a gallon of water. (I want to warn you, it's quite gross- lookswise and smellwise!) I simmered it until the liquid started to look sort of golden colored - you can taste a small spoon of liquid with some salt to see if it's okay - it's very mildly flavored. Then I poured off the liquid, added some chunks of cod (I don't think you could use trout or mackerel for the meat in this broth - too hard to keep the bones out) carrots, celery and chopped celery leaves- and quite a bit of salt. That's it. I ate it the next day, though, because the smell and process were just not very appealing. That lasted me a few days.

Preparation wise - I had no steamer at that time (now I have one!) so I baked or broiled everything. Root vegetables were quite good cut into similar sized chunks, thrown in a casserole covered with aluminum foil and baked at 350 for "awhile" (can you tell I don't use a cookbook too often?). I just threw all of them in mixed together and checked it and took it out when the edges of the bottom vegetables just started to brown. This also released some moisture from the vegetables that ended up as almost a sauce.

The pear boiling came about because I had bought pears that were pretty green and hard as rocks. I was dying to have some fruit - so I figured a little steaming would soften 'em up. It worked!

There's not much to it - Just enjoy what subtle flavors you can while you're doing this. Fish can be baked, broiled or poached - I wrapped some cod in foil with celery stalks and baked. That was good. The trout and mackerel, being more oily, is better broiled in my opinion. It's just trial and error, I'm afraid. I had not cooked fish so much before, especially in the house (I love salmon on the grill) and the whole house smelled of fish for days. Some of my meals were horrible = overcooked fish, or mushy vegetables- I kept forgetting to bring my mineral salt to work. I just ate it anyway, and hoped for better next time!

Sorry I've gone on for so long, but I really want this to work for you guys - I'm wishing you all great luck with it and hope you don't have too many withdrawal symptoms! Again, feel free to email me if you want.

Good luck everyone!

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Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation

Posted by Johnelle on February 25, 1999 at 14:25:47:

In Reply to: Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation posted by trish on February 25, 1999 at 14:12:58:

Thank you so very much, Trish! At least now I have
something besides pure dread for the next seven days -- I
can be a little creative with limited resources. This is
going to be a huge hurdle, but right now, at least, I am

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Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation (and jitters)

Posted by Denise Wyrick on February 25, 1999 at 14:38:50:

In Reply to: Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation posted by Johnelle on February 25, 1999 at 14:25:47:

Hi all, I appreciate the food ideas...Trish did you leave the eyeballs in your soup :-)? I am having a bit of technical problems so I may not be able to tune in to this BB as much as I would like to. I will be limping along until Monday with a 486 machine. I have not been able to get to my mail since last I may be having more than just food withdrawal symptoms!

Right now I am using someone elses 'puter. Robert would you send me a private email, I don't have questions yet but if I should I would like to be able to get in touch. My addresses and bookmarks are all gone to the hinterlands... I think this will work if you write me back. I appreciate it.

Denise (in llama land without her faithful little puter)

Thanks trish, and Robert, are you ready for us?

Posted by Sara on February 25, 1999 at 15:41:53:

In Reply to: Re: E-diet Recipes/Preparation posted by trish on February 25, 1999 at 14:12:58:


Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us - I know it has been of great benefit to me.

Tonight's the big night - got all my food ready and waiting in the refrigerator & freezer. I plan to have a nice juicy steak for supper tonight, and think I'll have cheesecake for dessert (since I don't know when I'll be allowed to have it again, and I LOVE cheesecake).

Hope Robert is ready for us all - I'm sure he's going to get ALOT of posts in the next six days!


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