Coconut~Poached Halibut & Turnips with Greens (AIP & low-FODMAP)

Turnips & Mahi MahiQ: What food would you drive through rain, fog & rush hour traffic for?

A: Turnips~

Even as I was crawling my car across the Bay Street bridge, posing as a commuter on my way to the grocery store to fulfill my craving for turnips with supper, I thought it was funny.

Pre-paleo I’m not sure I ever, even once, ate a turnip. But now I have a deep & abiding fondness for them.

I revere them above any other root food.

Halibut & Turnip 2They’re lovely when they’re young & fresh (they can even be sliced into salads then), and remain friendly even when they’ve been over-wintering for  awhile.

And they’re low-FODMAP, which has been a consideration at our house for over a year.

Turnips inspired this recipe.

As delicious as this dish is for supper (or breakfast), every time I make it, I dream of leftovers:

A salad of cold cooked halibut & turnips with generous amount of chopped cilantro and a dressing made from the leftover coconut milk & some lime~.

Coconut~Poached Halibut & Turnips with Greens (AIP & low-FODMAP)

 from petra8paleoHalibut & Turnip with Greens 3

  • 4 cups Turnips, chopped in bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt (or similar)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped (green part only for low-FODMAP)
  • 2 large or 3 medium bunches chard
  • 1 1/2 cups no-additive coconut milk
  • 4 portions Halibut
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
  • 2 more teaspoons Himalayan Salt (or similar)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro

Place chopped Turnips, Water and 1 teaspoon Salt in a large frying pan with a lid. Turn heat to medium-high and simmer, with the lid offset slightly, until the turnips are softened and the water has evaporated.

Meanwhile, prep the green onions and chard. Use scissors to cut the thick sections of chard stem from the leaves. Chop the chard stems finely. Add the coconut oil to a second frying pan on medium heat and sizzle the chard stalks gently with the chopped green onions.

Cut the chard leaves into manageable pieces. Once the chard stalks have softened, add the leaves to the pan with the Coconut Aminos and 2 teaspoons of salt. Stir to wilt.

Once the water has evaporated form the turnips, turn the heat down to medium, and add the coconut milk to the pan. Nestle the fish portions in the turnips and place the lid on tightly. Cook for 10 minutes, slightly longer if the portions are very thick.

Plate the greens first, then the Coconut-Poached Halibut & Turnips. Garnish with chopped Cilantro.

Low-FODMAP: Coconut is low-FODMAP in small quantities. Moderate consumption of the poaching liquid.


The holiday & the cell phone tower

The cottage & the cell phone towerA modern-day Grimm’s fairy tale~.

We went on holiday.

Booked ourselves a sweet little cottage in the middle of an orchard for a week.

The cottage was billed as remote & off-grid. It had solar power. Propane for the stove & hot water.

We were excited about going off-grid. Particularly about observing the effect on Matthew, as he has proven himself to be highly sensitive to electromagnetic radiation.

To the point where, at home, we have all our electrical outlets filtered; pay extra monthly to retain an old analog electric meter (to avoid a smart meter); have wired internet; and don’t use portable phones.

These adaptations have tangibly improved Matthew’s quality of life.

In fact they enable him to once again spend periods of time in the city, which he couldn’t do before.

Even with these precautions, our home environment isn’t perfect. We are flooded with wifi from our neighbors and my #3 kid & I both have mobile phones, so I can track her teenaged meanderings.

Cell Phone TowerThe holiday & the cell phone tower~

As Matthew and I drove through bright green fields & forests on our way to the cottage, we were looking forward to a week alone together even more than the reduction of electromagnetic radiation. In fact, the electromagnetic part had kind of fallen out of our minds.

Until we saw the cell phone tower.

Right. Next. Door.

After years of living with chronic illness, we are adept at navigating unexpected & adverse circumstances. So we tried to just accept the tower & enjoy ourselves anyway.

The symptoms~

In the four days we stuck it out at the cute little cottage…

Matthew experienced:

  • Reduced appetite;
  • Disrupted digestion & elimination;
  • Distorted sense of the passage of time;
  • Reduced ability to manage his autoimmune symptoms.

We both experienced:

  • An inability to focus and remember;
  • Sleep disruption;
  • Impaired vision;
  • Anxiety.

I experienced:

  • A sensation as if the outer surface of my brain was hot.

Ironically, the worse Matthew felt, the less inclined he was to go out to do things, resulting in even more time in the cottage & more exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

We noticed that all the adjacent properties in this otherwise bucolic rural area were for sale. The hosts of our cottage had just bought the property. When we explained our reason for leaving early, they insisted that they’d read the research before they bought and that cell phone towers are perfectly safe.

Despite the soothing words from the researchers, the effects were sufficiently problematic that we found somewhere else to stay for the final three days of our holiday. Though our next ‘cottage’ was a converted garage with wifi, all the symptoms we’d experienced when we were neighbourly with the cell phone tower abated.

Of course, to be sure, we’d want to continue the experiment with an ABAB time series, ideally without knowing when we were being exposed to radiation, but in this case, as nerdy as I may otherwise be about rigor in biohacking, we’re not going to.

Cell Phone Tower invertedWe went on vacation and all we got was this lousy blog post~

It wasn’t the holiday we were hoping for, but we managed to get a couple of good days in the converted garage. And we got further confirmation of a hypothesis we long ago confirmed.

In effect it’s been a years-long ongoing ABABABABABA time series experiment~.

According to Health Canada (the same government department that endorses the Canada Food Guide):“Scientific evidence has failed to demonstrate that the EHS [Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity] symptoms are caused by electromagnetic fields.” While we’re waiting for the evidence, I can direct you to some really cheap (& truly beautiful) land right next door to a cell phone tower.