“Cancer Cuisine” for Everybody

Rebecca Katz has an addictive recipe for salmon salad with caper salsa. It uses canned wild red salmon, minced onion, lemon juice, dill, pepper and capers. I’ve gotten hooked on the salt-packed (vs. brine) capers. It’s in her book, One Bite at a Time, another “cancer cuisine” cookbook. All I know is, it tastes great.

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First time to try it, I hollowed out a 5-grain Italian roll, smeared on a little mayonnaise, and stuffed it with the salmon salad with cucumber slices sandwiched in between. I was much too impatient for such folderol today, though, and simply spooned some into a white ramekin, grabbed a bag of Naked Pita Chips and ate at my desk.

Oh Yum, It’s a Pond Scum Smoothie

Okay, so I admit to failing so far in getting Tom enthusiastic about drinking a glass of something that looks like concentrated pond scum, which is what my Vitamix smoothies made with a base of Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw  look like. Using myself as a guinea pig is working out well, though. In fact, I’m starting to feel like Queen Kong or Sheena of the Jungle, if not Wonder Woman. It’s a work in progress.

Tom’s concept of a smoothie is milk, (he’s good with almond milk), a package of Sweet ‘n Low (the vile pink stuff), a frozen banana and some strawberries. Any recipe that veers too far from this formula become suspect.

“Green” smoothies are a different animal altogether. I just made lunch of one that contained filtered water and ice, a quarter cup of the aforementioned Perfect Food Raw, one third of a seedless cucumber, a cup of organic red kale, and a handful of frozen mixed berries and frozen strawberries (both ends of packages hiding out in the freezer that needed to be used).  Looked horrible. Tasted great. I can live with that.

I started this whole smoothie jag thinking that Tom may need to use them as an adjunct to the post-chemo nausea, as a way to be sure he gets a full supply of quality nutrients every day. Fortunately, the nausea has been fairly mild so far, and whole foods, such as a baked sweet potato and mild collard greens, seem to really hit the spot for him. Or if his tummy is a little tender, I’ll fix what we’ve always called “chicken in the pot.” It’s simply a whole chicken, onions, celery, carrots, and chicken broth simmered and served with whole wheat noodles in a soup bowl.

Rebecca Katz’s books, shown below, would be excellent resources for anyone’s kitchen, but she and Mat Edelman provide depth and perspective on what works and why when someone is being treated for cancer. I’ve taken her comments on kombu  and now use it to cook not only Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth, but in every pot of dried beans and greens I cook.  Daily digital magazine The Kitchn has an excellent discussion of the Japanese dried kelp called kombu here.

 

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