Saturday, August 4, 2012

Whole30 Day 3: Homemade Mayo & Macadamia Crusted Cod

I lived to see another day. Ok, I'm being a bit dramatic. But this first part really does suck. The constant headache has lessened in intensity but I woke up feeling so groggy and foggy in the head. I'll get to that later.

Breakfast: black coffee and leftover curry. I've been craving curry more than brownies. That's a good sign, yes? Please tell me it's a good sign. Just don't put a brownie in my face because sh*t will get serious real fast.
 Headed to the shooting range to sit in the car watch Chuck shoot. Was in a complete mental fog. Almost like I was drunk! Weirdest thing ever.

Lunch: I was hungry but nothing really sounded good so I found some leftover steak, sweet potato and roasted broccoli & bacon. Steak is nasty microwaved. Gross! But I choked it back and my tummy was happy afterwards. It looks like there is some beautiful brown sugar on top of that potato. *drool* It's really just cinnamon.
 A bite of sweet potato has become my ambrosia during this Whole30 thing. Listen to me. I make it sound like I've been doing this for years while stranded in a desert (omg, desert looks so much like dessert!) with nothing but dirt to eat. It's really not that bad!! I'm just being a diva. Ha! I literally just laughed out loud. The strangest things make me laugh lately. I was laughing so hard yesterday about a description for a chicken sandwich. I'm not joking! I really do feel slightly drunk.

OK, moving on......

I made mayonnaise!!! I simply could not find a single mayo that didn't have questionable ingredients. Problem solved. This is just way too easy to make. Got a blender? You can do this too. I put it in an empty coconut oil jar.
 Real mayo! I made that. It's the little things that make me proud of myself. Hahaha!  Here is the RECIPE.  I saw in the comments of the recipe that she has kept it over a week but said she would tell you it lasts a week just to be on the safe side. I'll just sniff it, I guess.

Let's play a game with my mayonnaise. You know that splat test where you look at a splat and say what it looks like? What does this look like to you? I'll tell you what it looked like to me at the end of the post.
 Then I made up some mango mint salsa. Chuck helped with some chopping. Kitchen help is always appreciated!
 Dinner: Macadamia crusted cod with mango-mint salsa over coconut cauli-rice. One of the best fish dishes I've ever made!! Really. Definitely a 5 star recipe.
I adapted this from an America's Test Kitchen recipe. I'll include the original recipe below and tell you the adaptations I made at the end. The coconut "rice" is something I made up myself! Go me!

Macadamia Crusted Cod with Mango-Mint Salsa
America's Test Kitchen Simple Weeknight Favorites

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
1 Tbs olive oil
3 Tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp sriracha sauce
1 tsp grated lime zest plus 3 Tbs lime juice (2 or 3 limes)
salt and pepper
4 (6-8 ounce) skinless cod fillets
2 large mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4" dice
1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and minced
2 Tbs minced fresh mint

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine nuts, panko, and oil in medium bowl. Whisk mayo, sriracha, lime zest and 1 Tbs juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in small bowl.

2. Pat fish dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper, and arrange in 13x9" pan.  Spread mayo mixture evenly over top of each fillet. Sprinkle macadamia mixture evenly over mayo, pressing lightly to adhere. Bake until fish flakes apart when gently prodded with paring knife and registers 140*, 12-15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, toss mangoes, jalapeno, mint and remaining 2 Tbs lime juice in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with fish.

***My adaptations*** I didn't use any panko crumbs. Only macadamia. Sriracha sauce has sugar so I substituted the chili-garlic sauce that has a rooster on it. I forgot to buy 2 mangoes and only got 1. It worked out just fine.

Coconut cauli-rice:
1 head of cauliflower
2-3 Tbs shredded unsweetened coconut
2-4 Tbs coconut oil (or ghee)
2 Tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste.

1. Shred cauliflower florets on grater disc of food processor. Place in microwave safe bowl and heat for 5 minutes uncovered. Stir. Microwave for 5 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Soooooo good!!

Feelings: Tired as if I drank some Nyquil. But I also feel drunk and like I've been partying all night. No nausea though. And I had trouble thinking all day as if I was walking through some mental fog. With a headache. My memory was shot and I had some cravings. Did I mention that Rachel baked a cake for Charlie's birthday that day? Yeah. I was also feeling like this:
I asked some folks on Facebook how they were feeling (we have a little support group going on over there) and most people were also feeling tired and cranky. It's just one of the phases. And if you're wondering, I was very nice and didn't snap at anyone.

**Splat game** OK! What did you see in my mayo splat? I saw a heart. Thanks for playing. 

Alright, I'm going to admit something here. We're not supposed to weigh for 30 days but I hate being told what to do. After two days I've lost 2.2 pounds. I know, I know: Water weight, yada, yada, yada. Don't burst my bubble. I need that little boost right now. It make me happy.


  1. That sounds SO good. I wish I could eat dinner at your house. I saw a cow running away with its tail flying one way and its head the other.

  2. Your food pics are becoming food porn to me!!! That mac crusted fish looks amazing! I have been meaning to try making my own mayo. How long does it last in the fridge?

    1. The mayo lasts a little over a week. Mine is almost gone already! LOL It's really good. And so easy to make.

  3. the whole 30 does get better. I promise. The fogginess goes away eventually...well for most people. You are doing great. I haven't tried to make mayo yet. Most people I know have a hard time making it so I haven't tried yet...of course, the fact that I really do not like mayo probably helps. I use avocados when I need that creaminess.

  4. xoxoxoxo hope you wake up feeling better this morning.


  5. I've just found your recipe and I'm very happy with it. I'm gonna enjoy it tonight!
    Thank you!


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