MD and I would like to wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous 2008. Thanks for hanging in there with me for the past couple of years and putting up with my dilatory answers to all your comments.
Speaking of comments (of which there are now about 30 stacked up on me), one of my new year’s resolutions is to try to be more diligent in getting all the comments dealt with. You can help me do so by not asking specific medical questions related to your own health or that of a friend or family member. If I weren’t a physician I could answer these questions all day long, but since I am a licensed physician all kinds of medico-legal issues are involved. I hate to just blow people off when they ask these kinds of questions, so I simply procrastinate and don’t answer.
An example of the kind of question I’m talking about is one like this:
I just got my lab back from my doctor and my total cholesterol is 220 mg/dL, my LDL is 140 and my HDL is 60. My doctor wants me to go on a statin. What do you think I should do?
Here is my whole list of recent lab tests. Do you think I should stop my statin or do you think I should take krill oil or …
You get the picture. I can’t give specific medical advice, so please do me a favor and don’t ask.
Having gotten that little bit of administrative detail out of the way, let’s look at some photos.
In a previous post you got a look at our granddaughter. Below is a photo of MD and me roughhousing with the two grandsons.
I’ve got to brag on my wife a little. We had a small get together with some friends to ring in the new year last night. Take a look at this table setting from a couple of different viewpoints. MD did it without any help from me – not that I would be much help in such an endeavor. I’m an appreciator of beautiful tables, not a creator of them.
Here is a close up of one of the table settings with our favorite holiday dishes gifted to us by our agent for giving her a bestselling book.
While I was at it with the camera, I took a photo of our library showing my cave bear skull that I wrote about on page 1 of The Protein Power LifePlan. You can get some sense of the size of this skull by comparing it to the bear skull and the mountain lion skull just to the right of it in the picture. The brightly colored dragon in the forefront was a gift to me from MD years ago. On one of our trips to Mexico I found a place that sold the things by the zillions, and I was mesmerized by all the detail in them. They are made of papier maché and are phenomenal in their color and minute detail. I don’t know that I would have ever bought one myself, but shortly after we returned home, here came one with my name on it. Because of its wild colors we don’t really have a good place to put it, so there it rests in its temporary home.
Speaking of The Protein Power LifePlan when all the dust settled, it looks like we gifted over a thousand copies last month. I hope those of you who got a copy, enjoyed it or gave it to someone who did. I got in big trouble with our able assistant Kristi, who told me in no uncertain terms to never, ever again do such a thing to her right before Christmas. She had to package, address and send each and every one. Big Kudos to her for getting them all out on time and still speaking to me.
MD is going to post on the entire meal we had last night, showing how a truly elegant meal can be low-carb and no one will be any the wiser. I’m going to focus on just one element of the meal: the seared foie gras.
I posted on foie gras a couple of years ago, describing how it is created. It’s worth reading if you’re concerned about the treatment of the ducks and geese. It’s also worth reading to learn about how many of us are turning our own livers into foie gras.
This photo shows what a fatty duck liver looks like. A recent study on folks in middle America (Dallas, to be exact) a few years ago showed that a little over a third of normal adults (those without diabetes or any of the other obvious diseases of Westernization) had fatty livers. It’s reaching epidemic proportions nationwide, and is deserving of a post soon. At any rate you can see in this photo just how bad it looks. The bizarre thing is that the duck from which this liver came was functioning just fine – as are many of the seemingly normal people who are walking around with livers that look just like this one.
You can see the fatty infiltration in this photo even better. The liver has been sliced so that you can see the fat throughout.
Here the foie gras is searing in a hot, hot skillet, a tricky operation. Or so MD tells me. I wouldn’t have a clue.
And here it is plated out with a delicious sherry and sherry vinegar reduction.
As I say, MD will post on the entire meal in a day or two giving recipes, tips and more photos. All I can say is that it was absolutely delicious. And we didn’t have any complaints from our guests that they were eating diet food. I love low-carb for this very reason. There would be no way you could serve an ultra-low-fat meal with multiple courses to guests without their thinking something was very wrong. With low-carb, no one notices. No one even asked for bread, which was conspicuously absent from the table. Serve a great meal like this one, and no one will notice.
Once again, have a happy, happy new year. And hang on for the ride as we continue to go after the never-ending idiocy that masquerades as serious nutritional science. I don’t think I’ll run out of material in 2008.