Clarified butter just might be the single most important food I added to my healing diet, and it's also in the running for most delicious. I can't seem to handle dairy too well, but clarified butter is all of the fat with none of the milk solids--no milk protein, no problem.
As Dad loves to say, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to clarify butter and he eats fried fish for a lifetime." Alright, I might have taken a liberty there, but I think you get his point. Grab yourself a slow-cooker, and let's get started.
To me, there's no food more satisfying than a hearty soup. When I was a kid, Mom made 'em all the time and I had several favorites. From the old-fashioned potato soup to the classic chicken broth, I have many fond memories of returning to the house on a cold winter day to hunker down over a hot satisfying bowl.
Our bodies and our diets change, but we never escape those memories of comfort food--and why should we? The idea is sound: hearty ingredients, balanced flavors, soothing textures. This was my soup revelation and I'm here to share it with you.
The Clarified Self is my blog. Welcome! I chose the name because it best captures the set of ideas I'm accumulating and developing as I accept the limits of human knowledge, and advocate for my own health. There may be a pun in there, and I also think it sounds cool.
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis during my late 20s. It was a strange time, full of emotional stress, environmental stress, financial stress, bad eating habits, sedentarism, a concussion, two major sports injuries, denial, frustration, and lots of self-compromise. Which of these factors caused my sickness? Certainly all of them. Here are some things I learned along the way:
This household favorite is just about as easy as it gets. It comes together quickly, uses relatively common ingredients, and has a lively satisfying flavor. There's something to be said for a recipe with so few ingredients and, in this case, that something is "yum".
Since this soup is rather basic, it is also a great place to experiment. Fresh veggies are best, but you might start more practically by checking what currently lives in your crisper. You could substitute broccolini for broccoli or an onion for the leek. The version presented here is just our favorite incarnation.
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.