04 Mar Nobody knows…lamb is special to me
Yes it’s been a while since the last time I wrote. So much has happened since last we spoke. Its 11:31 in Monday evening and I’m watching the biggest loser. I had to catch up on my DVR. I’ve realized that this is going to be the most emotional blog written to date. I’m very emotional and vulnerable at this very moment. Fighting my tears as I write because well…No one really knows my story. I needed to write. I feel that my story will encourage some one else. I’m not “obese” how ever I’m not where I use to be. I hate looking in the mirror. I am the heaviest that I’ve ever been. What people don’t understand is that people that are overweight aren’t always lazy, and we don’t always eat everything we see! I went through a period in my life where I just didn’t want to eat. Not eating is just as bad as eating garbage.
I didn’t realize that it was very unhealthy to NOT eat. But ” life” continued to happen. I was in a terrible accident and I had to get spinal epidural injections that contained steroids. I went through this for a period of 10 months. If I didn’t get the epidural I would have done more damage to my spine, nerves and my neck. I was left with no choice. At the age of 11 I was diagnosed with PCOS. A disease that I’ve grown to know that a lot of women have it but don’t speak about. PCOS makes women gain weight, it causes infertility, hormone imbalance, hair loss, you name it.
Between the epidural steroids, and the birth control my doctors prescribed to keep my PCOS at bay I gained weight. And I gained it fast. I was depressed and angry because gaining weight was far beyond my control at this point. I kept it to myself, I suffered quietly. I let people talk and ridicule me. I didn’t feel the need to have to explain to people why I gained weight. I didn’t have support from family that I should have even though I tried explaining how this made me feel. They didn’t seem to care. So I was left to deal with it on my own. I cried a lot, I wrote a lot and I didn’t eat. Ignorance is bliss. I had no idea that not eating was causing damage to my health. I felt trapped in a corner, in a box that I was wrapped inside of. Screaming to get out but I wasn’t really making a sound because no one would hear or help me. Afraid for more than one reason. If any of you ladies reading this has PCOS you know what I was and am going through. I believe that half the battle is having a crappy support system or no support at all.
I was very athletic, I was a ballet dancer and I ran track. In fact I ran for the women’s Colgate team. Boy oh Boy I was GOOD! I weighed no more than 105 pounds, for my height that was an ideal weight. When life happened the weight came. For years I’ve done research to get my PCOS under control. But to no avail, all the doctors want to do is prescribe medication. They don’t really want to hear you out. For me the hardest part was falling in love with someone and explaining just exactly what PCOS was and expecting the person to understand. They seldom ever do.
So once again I was left to deal with it on my own. I was very determined to get all of this under control, between the PCOS and the steroids I gained 65 pounds. Again I was NOT a crappy eater. Weight has always been a touchy subject for me, people misconstrue the fact that I’m a chef I eat everything I cook. That is so far from the truth. Society paints this picture of people that are over weight. Without knowing all the facts. People don’t take into consideration that people suffer from hyperthyroidism, medications, stress, you name it. I have NOT given up on my fight against PCOS. I’m still researching better way than birth control. I decided to create this meal for you. Its healthy, fast and it taste great!
Don’t judge a book by its cover before reading it. I truly hope you all enjoy this meal. From my stove to your belly, let Kandii Komfort you.
What your sexy self will need…
1-2 packs of lamb rib chops
3tbs of fresh rosemary
3 tbs of chopped garlic
1 tbs fresh thyme
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
4 red or purple potatoes
1 package of corn on the cob
4 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
For my tangy Tzatziki sauce
1 1/2 cups of plain greek yogurt *because I’m different I used vanilla Greek yogurt* chives it that sweet tangy thing going on 🙂
2 chopped garlic cloves
2 tbs fresh dill
2 tbs fresh mint
Lets make our sauce first:
Peel and cut the cucumber. Sprinkle a little salt on the cucumber and place the chopped cucumbers in a strainer, let sit for 15-30 mins to allow the moisture to drain from the cucumber. Once the cucumber sits, add the yogurt to a bowl, add your chopped cucumbers, chopped mint and dill. Add your lemon juice from the lemon (yes the whole lemon). If need be, you might have to add a pinch more of salt to the sauce but if you added the salt to the cucumbers you may not have to add more *taste your sauce before adding more salt less is more*. Stir and mix well. Cover and place in the fridge to get cold *you can only keep this sauce for 3 days* after that discard.
Its potato time baby!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and cut your potatoes into cubes. Place in a baking dish, chop your thyme, season with kosher salt and black pepper. Add the thyme, drizzle with 2 tbsp of extra virgin oil, bake in the oven for 35-45 mins depending on your oven. In the last 10 mins turn the oven up to 400 degrees. your potatoes should be roasted and soft not mushy. keep warm.
OK Lamb TIME!
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Season your lamb to taste with the salt and pepper. Mix the chopped garlic and chopped rosemary in a small bowl together. Make sure those ingredients are stuck together. Now take a small amount of the garlic mix and rub it on the lamb. both sides. pat it in. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil -make sure the oil is HOT! Sear both sides of the lamb about 2-3 mins per side. or until both sides are a golden brown color. Be careful you don’t want the garlic on the lamb to burn!. Once browned place on a baking rack. Bake for 5 mins. 5 mins will give you a medium rare lamb. If you like your lamb cooked well or medium well bake for about 8-10 minutes more.
Boil your corn on the cob in a large pot. Boil for about 10-15 minutes adding salt to the water is totally up to you. I add salt to my water and boil for 10 mins. If you like a softer cob add sugar to the water instead of salt.