(Our first glimpse of our new baby)
This blog is mostly for sharing recipes and thoughts on food, but I know that many of you have both wanted an update from me on my pregnancy as well as asking me how I try to continue a nourishing diet while pregnant. I thought I would answer both of those questions in one post.
I am now (drum roll please) 28 weeks pregnant! I only have 12 more weeks to go. Life never goes as planned, or so I have found, and that has certainly been true for this pregnancy. I definitely knew to expect morning sickness as that has been the case for my other two pregnancies. There is always the vain hope that if I just got “healthy enough” I wouldn’t experience it, but after three years of rebuilding my health after Elena was born and eating very well, I still had pretty harsh nausea the first few months.
I was just starting to feel like a normal human being again when we found out about Sono’s cancer and then the next two months, until her death, was really focused on spending time with her and helping her in anyway we could. I was really thankful this all happened in my second trimester as it was when I had the most energy and was able to most engage with both her and the family. Those were precious times, though hard. Pregnancy is a special time and a lot of work for your body and having that stress and sorrow during this time has been hard on me and my body. I’ve taken this last month to try to rest, reconnect with Joel and Elena as our own little family unit, spiritually rejuvenate, and to eat as well as possible for this little one coming.
About 6 weeks ago we went in for our ultrasound and found out that this baby was looking great (such a huge blessing) and we also found out that we are expecting another little girl! We are thrilled and Elena is especially excited that this new little one is a sister. As soon as we told her she started making plans for what we needed when the baby came (a carseat, a bed, etc). It’s been so fun to be able to start planning for this new little daughter of ours. We were also able to tell Sono the news before she passed away, which I am thankful for.
My plan for the next 12 weeks is to eat as well as we can afford and as well as my energy allows. Now that I am in the last trimester, I am started to slow down and get fairly sleepy at inopportune times. Here are my priorities for how I eat (and how I feed the rest of the family too. They need to get “built back up again” too).
1) Protein: My understanding is that protein is what really helps grow your baby and the placenta. I’ve really been trying to concentrate on getting adequate protein. This has generally meant eggs and toast or turkey sausage and zucchini for breakfast and some type of meat and/or beans as part of lunch and dinner. I don’t normally eat this much animal protein, but I really feel like I need that much when pregnant on most days right now. And without dairy in my diet right now (having too many reactions to it), I am a little more limited on good protein options. We’ve also have been enjoying quinoa, a higher protein “grain” in the form of chilled salads. Delicious!
2) Healthy Probiotic Food: Since the baby receives her first “dose” of probiotics from you when she is born, it’s important that you have a healthy gut (which is what populates the birth canal with health flora). I am taking a good probiotic as well as really starting to concentrate on probiotic foods. Homemade sauerkraut, coconut water kefir, lacto-fermented salsa, and recently lacto-fermented green beans, are all on our menu right now. I try to eat or drink one of these food items once a day at least, preferably once a meal. There are so many important things that lacto-fermented foods does for you that I can’t even list them all, but suffice to say it’s one of the top priorities for me.
3) Cod liver oil: I have continued to take my fermented cod liver oil for important omega 3 fatty acids (very important for brain development) as well as vitamin A and D. (If you are pregnant, make sure you ask your health care provider about this supplement.) I also plan on continuing to incorporate low mercury seafood in our diets as well.
Other then that, I am trying to eat lots of fresh vegetables (I am craving them, and I take cravings as a sign that I need something) and also trying to incorporate as much bone broth as I can. It’s a little harder since it’s summer right now, but I am going to try out some new chilled soup recipes this week. We will see how they go! If any turn out well, I will be sure to share them here.
Resting, getting the house ready, blogging (and continuing to lead my ecourse), eating well, and spending time with my family is what’s on the agenda! I have plenty to do for sure and I know that next 12 weeks will zip past.
I would love to hear from you too! Each pregnant woman is unique (and her pregnancies too). What was your last trimester like? How did you try to eat well? I know that many of my readers are pregnant right now. I would love to hear an “update” on you too.
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Hi Kimi, I’m a long-time reader but a first-time commenter! Thanks so much for the pregnancy update! This is mostly a “food” blog, but more importantly a health blog, and making healthy choices is so important in pregnancy! And it’s great to see you sharing your thoughts and experiences on the topic because A) other women who are or may become pregnant stand to gain a lot by learning from you and others who are walking that road, and B) we care about you and how you’re doing!
It’s lovely to hear about your pregnancy plans; it’s such an exciting time! I’m still a way off from that stage in my life, but have realised that one of my favourite things to do is read about nutrition for pregnant women, and different people’s experiences… Congratulations and good luck with the rest of it!
I have 8 weeks left. Congratulations on your little one. We are having boy #4! This pregnancy has been soooo different. So much morning sickness and it really leveled me. It has been hard to keep up on all the great food because an extreme tiredness accomanied this pregnancy as well but I have been doing the best I can. I like your simple list. It sums up the important things for the next several weeks. Good luck getting ready!!
I’m in my last trimester as well (29 weeks as of tomorrow). I’ve been concentrating on making sure that I’m getting a variety of good foods and especially fruits and vegetables. For me, a daily dose of yogurt has done wonders for my heartburn.
Are you taking a probiotic supplement as well? There is a specific one for pregnancy, by a UK brand – http://www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk/shop/item.asp?itemid=10 . I think these little magical bits of bacteria are marvelous!
Congratulations on the pregnancy, what a lovely blog.
I was blessed to never have morning sickness. Unfortunetly, with both pregnancies, we weren’t concerened with eating healthy (at least not in the way we do now with “real” foods). With the first, we ate out almost daily. Very bad. And my oldest likes more junk food than her baby sister. The youngest gave me a gestational diabetes scare, so I ate decently (lot of lean protein and fruit, decently for what I knew at the time). She is also more into good food. One day my husband went and got pan dulce, as a special treat we get it still once in awhile, and Jasmin wanted the pastured eggs I scrambled for myself as I didn’t want to eat pan dulce. Made me proud. She also loves raw onion, lettuce leaves, and sucking on lemons and limes (lol, such a mexican, Graciela like sucking on limes too lol).
I’m 33 weeks with baby #4. The first trimester was hard for me too with all-day nausea, and I followed my cravings for milk, grains and potatoes (things I don’t normally eat in quantity). Since then, I’ve read that potatoes are high in folic acid!
I am eating similarly to what you’ve described. I eat lots of protein (grass-fed beef, pastured eggs) and whole foods (joined a CSA), and hardly ever indulge in treats made with white sugar.
I take extra iron supplements since I get anemic easily, as well as vitamin C, fish oil with folic acid, vitamin D, and a good probiotic. Oh, and two kids’ daily vitamins from Trader Joe’s.
I didn’t know much about nourishing food during my two pregnancies, but I did take Bradley childbirth classes, where they recommended 80-100 grams of protein during pregnancy. I was told at this level things like pre-eclampsia were virtually non-existent. I did follow this suggestion during my pregnancies and I think it helped build a good foundation of health for my children. Protein also helped me with morning sickness. Now, if only I’d know about liver and probiotics!
I’m also 33 weeks with #4 (our third girl), and this time around I’m actually NOT craving dirt for the first time! I take that to mean that I’m better nourished than I was with my other three babies.
I’m eating hemp seeds like they’re going out of style, with at least 2 tbsp. per day. Typically I have eggs for breakfast with 1 tbsp. chia seed, as well. Had salad for lunch today and a ww tortilla with peanut butter. Dinner, sigh. I think we’re having lentils and brown rice, but it’s too hot and I’m too tired to decide just yet!
I really need to get back to more lacto-fermented foods, I just don’t seem to have the energy to make them right now. Much of that is pure laziness (well, and our first week of homeschooling my oldest, in kindergarten this year) because I have kefir grains in the fridge ready to go.
so happy for your new daughter & family.
very encouraged about your realism – the theme of doing what you can runs through your post. such a healthy perspective – instead of being a slave to the “oughts”
WOW! Lot’s of babies coming real soon 🙂 So excited for this new little addition to you families. I am almost to the 12 week mark with baby #2. I can now come home from work and not fall asleep. I never had morning sickness with my daughter (12) or this time around. I have been craving a full breakfast every morning though. I need a meat, dairy, grain to be satisfied. Other than that I have been wanting nothing but veggies and fruit the rest of the day. GI problems which were from before the pregnancy have been hard to regulate without the use of medicine. I think just changing my diet a bit has helped and since I started my lacto-fermented foods I am hoping this will solve most of the issues.. My biggest thing that I need to do now is meal plan-more for my husband and daughter. This helps us stay on track and not eat out/bad. I also plan on setting aside a night to make healthy snacks/quick meals just in case I revert back to the tiredness of weeks past.
Congrats! I’m 26 weeks pregnant with our second son. 🙂
I just posted a blog a few days ago about eating while pregnant: http://www.realfoodmommy.blogspot.com.
I’ve had a hard time, because meat and veggies gross me out while I’m pregnant. So, I’ve been trying to be creative with my protein. Fish, eggs, and cheese have become some of my best friends. 😉 I’ve craved homemade bread too, but I lather it with butter and eat a big chunk of cheese with it.
Congratulations on a new baby sister for Elena!
My last trimester was when I ate the worst during my two pregnancies, but I ate pretty badly throughout them also. I always wanted to eat out because nothing in the fridge sounded good and I didn’t feel creative enough to think up new tasty recipes, plus I craved sweets and liquids constantly.
Now that I have been learning more about old-fashioned foods and all the junk that is in the standard American diet, I am focusing on getting my body healthier than ever before we try to get pregnant again. I am hoping to be able to stay away from sugar as much as possible when I am pregnant and keep up the healthy eating habits I’m starting now.
Thankfully, my kids love all the ‘weird’ foods I have been introducing to them, as they are still very young, so I can at least know they’re on the right track nutritionally now.
You are doing well it sounds like. 25 years ago I had twins, and before they were born the nurse at the obstetrician’s office gave me some very good advise. She told me to eat a lot of chicken livers (I was anemic). And I did. I think she was very wise. my twins were born 3 weeks early and they weighed in at 5 pounds 8 ounces and 6 pounds 12 ounces. So, I recommend chicken livers in as many forms as you can come up with–my favorite is chicken liver pate (simmer livers with onion, then mix with chopped hard boiled eggs and mayonaise and a pinch of curry, salt and pepper to taste) spread on crackers, toast, celery, etc.
Are you making your lacto fermented foods without the addition of whey? If so, I’d love for you to share some tips on that. I am on a dairy free trial for a few weeks and I am bummed that I can’t eat a lot of the fermented foods I have made in the past few months b/c I used whey. I’ve made a few without it, but I find that I get more consistent and better results when I do use whey. I’ve read about “salting to taste” and I think the recommendation in NT to add a whole additional tablespoon of salt is just too much.
Also, do you use recipes from elsewhere or do you have any tips for choosing spices and vegetable combinations to make tasty ferments? (I winged a few and was not overly impressed with my results! :))
Thanks for the update! Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy!
“Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz has tons of fermenting recipes and info and he rarely uses whey (maybe not ever, but I can’t recall exactly). I actually prefer most of his recipes to Sally Fallon’s. Good luck!
Congrats!!! Looking forward in hearing all your baby plans. I have less then 10 weeks to go. We are very excited to meet our new little girl.
I will continue to pray for all of you. Blessings on the last 12 weeks.
I’m so glad to hear an update from you. I feel a lot closer to you since I found out you were from “that” Harris family! Josh and I were internet friends way back when. Anyway getting enough protein into meals besides dinner was a challenge for me the last pregnancy. I forced down eggs when I had to (eggs are not my favorite – but we do get pastured eggs) but then I thought, I could eat steak anytime of day or night and enjoy it! So I would defrost a large grassfed round steak each week and cook up a 4 oz piece of it every morning for breakfast. That was my best idea. I also did a lot of smoothies with raw pastured eggs, frozen fruit and a little honey or stevia, maybe some yogurt or raw milk as a lunch or snack.
I am 23 weeks along with my 4th child. I am taking cod liver oil when I think of it or when I can stomach it. It is not fermented though. I have read about fermented cod liver oil but just couldn’t pay for it right now. Do you think this is good enough? I’m also taking New Chapter Organics prenatal vitamens.
taryn kae wilson
I am pregnant right now too, almost 7 and 1/2 months! This is my first and I am really excited.
I had major cravings for dairy throughout my pregnancy, but had allergic reactions to them as well. Most dairy from the store was completely ruled out. I waited patiently for milking season for our goats. At last it arrived! We’ve been milking three goats every day and I am so grateful to have the milk! I am not able to drink the milk straight (allergic), but I discovered that if I make it into kefir, than my body loves it! I am so happy to realize this because I am needing the calcium so much and craving it like crazy. I’m experimenting with grass-fed ghee, wondering if my body likes that.
Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and thought I might share my dairy adventures in pregnancy with you.
Lots of Love, Taryn
I just gave birth two weeks ago to a healthy baby boy! I did all that you did, but I also religiously drank my red raspberry leaf/nettles tea blend, incorporated dark leafy greens into my meals, and I found a recipe for chicken liver pate that I actually like (I hate liver, but this is actually delicious!). I also made sure to get some sushi and drink a good amount of raw milk… such a no-no, but I know it was good for us. 😉
I drink raspberry leaf and nettle tea too!
Would you mind sharing your chicken liver pate recipe?!
My 3rd and 4th were gestated on “real food” and it made such a difference! Turkey sausage for breakfast was a must – we also like chicken sausage (still one of my kids’ faves). Homemade from ground chicken. I also loved to roast a whole hen in the morning and eat it all day, crispy skin and all. It was the one thing I truly craved. With #3 I was slightly anemic, and really loved my Floradix supplement (I credit Floradix with a very strong amniotic sac for that pregnancy). If you struggle with bloating for high blood pressure, look into magnesium oil – I have a friend expecting #7 who has had great luck with it!
Another girl…how exciting! Congratulations, and I wish you a peaceful and healthy third trimester.
I am a grandmother now but I love to hear about other’s pregnancy stories. What a wonderful, exciting, miraculous time.
I was wondering where you get your raspberry leaf and nettle tea from? I am almost 11 weeks pregnant with my first and haven’t tried any of that tea but would love to. Congratulations to you!!
Congratulations on another girl! I’m 35 weeks right now and we’re waiting to find out. I think it’s harder waiting than it was last time!
I’ve been so tired throughout this pregnancy. I’ve turned a lot of the meal planning and cooking over to my husband recently. We’ve been eating a lot of salads with hard boiled eggs. I keep having to remind him that two eggs for a family of three + baby is not enough — I need at least two eggs for myself! I also try to eat plenty of seafood. Usually it’s sardines because they’re inexpensive and super easy. I open the can and my daughter and I have “little fishies” and crackers (I always ate it Scandinavia, the cracker bread) and carrot sticks if I’m energetic enough to cut up the carrots. We also eat a lot of salmon because we’re in Vancouver and it’s everywhere. I eat lots of yogurt for calcium and probiotics. Oh, and cherries. I think I’m going to bankrupt us because of the amount of cherries I eat everyday. I just can’t stop!
I wish I could keep away from the baked goods and bread more but I keep reminding myself that I have far more good things in my diet than bad. Now I think I had better brew myself some raspberry leaf tea!
We are expecting our 2nd daughter in about 8 weeks & I am so ready! I am trying to eat healthy foods & I am taking your e-course currently. I forget to take my cod liver oil regularly, but I do take Perfect Prenatals. I have been eating more whole foods this pregnancy and we joined a co-op locally to give us great produce and meats. I also drink red raspberry tea daily too.
Thanks for your great site!
Congratulations! I enjoy your blogs and this is a lovely one. I am a nutritionist and from what you say you are eating – you are doing everything right! What a lucky baby!
Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home
I find that I also need to eat tons of protein, especially animal protein, as well when I’m pregnant. I also focused a lot on raw dairy, but of course I know you can’t eat that. Same with lots of fish. And tons of cold fruit smoothies, because I was pregnant in the heat of summer last time. 🙂 Oh yes, and your iced rooibos tea recipe.
I’m just so excited that you’re having another girl! How fun!!! Yay!
How exciting for a new baby! And another girl to boot… fantastic!
When I was pregnant with our last baby (and still, since I’m nursing), I keep the magnet the WAPF gives out for Pregnant and Nursing Mother’s Diet on the fridge by the handle, and check each thing off with a dry-erase marker as I go thru the day. It was a nice reminder. 🙂 My husband complained the only meat we ate when I was pregnant was pot roast – it was so easy (crockpot), and I could eat an entire 3 lb roast by myself! 🙂
I tested GBS positive 6 weeks before birth, and rather than risk the anti-biotics and such, we did a HEAVY dosing of probiotics (I think my favorite ended up being the EmergenC mixed with Rejuvelac), and LOTS of raw milk. I tested negative at delivery, and our baby girl was fine. 🙂 The doctor was really surprised, and was amazed at the regimen we used (“You drink how much milk? And it’s RAW? Wait, are you going to eat that entire chunk of meat? And all those eggs? Aren’t you worried about your health?!” 😀 )
I’ve so enjoyed reading all the comments. Thanks for posting. I grew up on the Weston Price diet and so have always ate extremely healthy. When I got pregnant we were in between selling and buying another house. Though I was grateful to be able to stay with friends, we didn’t have access to their kitchen. It was incredibly hard not to able to prepare my own food. We ended up eating out a lot. The hardest part for me was living with the guilt that I wasn’t giving my baby the best I could. I had morning sickness through out the entire pregnancy (not as bad as I read here though!) and found Red Raspberry Tea and dark chocolate (90% cocoa) always settled my stomach. And oh yea, I ate at McDonalds for the first time ever: Fish Fillet and French Fries. Oh the horror. And, yes, it satisfied a craving. I felt guilty for awhile, but life does go on. My little girl is here, happy, healthy, and into everything.
Congratulations! It sounds like you are doing great and eating lots of great foods. Have you read Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck? She is traditional food based and gives lots of great food recommendations.
I’m 26 wks pregnant with our third little boy and have been doing my best to follow Nina and WAPF’s dietary guidelines. I was doing so great for a while and getting tons of protein (eggs every morning and meat for lunch and dinner) and calcium (raw milk and cheese) and then I had my fill. All of a
sudden, if I had another egg, I thought I puke! Lol! So, I’ll admit to being bad – I’ve bought some boxed cereals (booooo. Best I can say is that they are organic) just to have something different in the AM.
Each pregnancy I seem to eat better. With my first, drank soy milk, ate cheerios and burger king burgers. Awful, I know. Second pregnancy I did better but not great. I had a lot of cravings and gave into each and every one! The third time around, I still had heartburn, as with the first two, but discovered it was caused by unprepared grains. But also only a few cravings this time so I take it as a sign that I’ve been meeting my and baby’s needs better 🙂
Ok, totally rambling!!! I just love talking to other pregnant ladies about being pregnant!!!
Take care and best wishes and thanks for the great web site 🙂
I am 11 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and the morning sickness has been much worse than it ever has before. I am really struggling to eat even a semi-healthy diet because almost everything that I ate before makes me gag… and cooking has been really difficult because I can’t even stand the smell of food. I finally went to the store and stocked up on convenience foods…I know that they are terrible for us but I honestly don’t know what else to do. I can’t handle eggs or milk or anything with a strong flavor or smell like fermented foods, liver, cod liver oil, even Red Rasberry Leaf tea makes me sick. I’ve even had to stop reading most of the traditional food blogs that I normally keep up with because just the food descriptions and recipes send me to the restroom. Ugh! I’m hoping that after I reach the 12-week point, things will improve.
Congratulations, Kimi! I’m 36 weeks pregnant with our third boy. It’s funny reading all the cravings on here and seeing how similarly a lot of them align! I’ve been craving anchovies in various forms (Caesar salads, which I have never particularly liked, have become my favorite, but only with the anchovies and raw egg in the dressing) and I’ve suddenly become a huge chicken liver fan…weird. But I’m assuming it means something 🙂 I ate oranges like crazy in the first trimester, and eggs have been HUGE for me, though I always like them. Ha, and another reader mentioned buying boxed cereal, and I did too…I’d pretty much abolished it, but I figure some here and there isn’t going to hurt me or the baby and it tastes sooooo good!
Good luck with everything! I hope you have a wonderful rest of pregnancy, birth and transition into mothering two 🙂
For protein, don’t overlook soaked nuts. The healthy fats and abundant minerals in nuts make them wonderfully nourishing food. Brazil nuts need to be eaten in moderation, however, because they are such a rich source of selenium, but a couple per day is a delicious treat!
Sprout sesame seeds. They are a rich source of calcium as well as protein and healthy oils.
Soaking flax and chia seeds produces a gel that I love to use as a binder. For instance, replace a hamburger with a patty made of black beans, quinoa and cooked veggies, flavored with herbs and bound with flax gel. High protein, nutrient dense and delicious!
Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen
Congratulations Kimmi and family! 🙂
I’m 37 weeks pregnant and have not had any morning sickness or hardly any heartburn…I have had depression though. I think it’s because I gave in and started eating wheat again when I know it doesn’t treat me right. Hoping to go back to my better eating habits when the little guy gets here! Sad that I ate better before I got pregnant but like another commenter stated…I still think I have more good coming in than bad 🙂 Good luck with the next 12 weeks!
Jen @ Oh no! I really do need to eat my vegetables!
Have you heard of a tea called “Chiro-Klenz”? My mom was very sick with all of her pregnancies (3 months of laying in bed sick) and then was taking this tea to try it out just before she got pregnant – and was only sick a day or two! Silly me, I forgot about it and hadn’t taken many steps toward eating real foods either, so I was quite sick with my DD, but I’m drinking the tea now, and hopefully the combination of a gentle cleanse (this is very very gentle!) and eating lots of whole, real foods will mean the first trimester is a breeze 🙂
When you buy your eggs get omega-3 enriched!!! Since you cannot have too much fish, you gotta get those fats somewhere! Your baby’s brain depends on it! I am sure you already know this, but you do also have a lot of other things on your mind right now! 🙂
Congrats Kimi! I have just stumbled upon your site, and am encouraged by your healthy recipes and know-how! I have an 8 month old daughter (exclusively breast fed) who is allergic to soy and dairy (in my diet). Some people say that it’s because I ate too much dairy during my pregnancy. Prior to getting pregnant, I was a health-foodie, having just read and implemented The Schwarzbein Principle. But with the onset of nausea and the go-ahead from my “then” doctor, “Whatever you can keep down, you eat,” my healthy eating habits went straight out the window. I ate frozen pizzas 3x a week, McD’s on occasion, started eating sugary cereals, TONS of ice cream, cheese, butter, eggs every day. I craved grapefruits and cheeseburgers.
I developed a bad case of PUPPP rash during week 38 or 39, which lasted until I went into labor, and returned about 3 days post partum. I drank dandelion root tea, took flax oil, and used Aveeno oatmeal baths and Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap.
It took me a good 3 months to figure out that my diet was making my daughter sick, and I felt SO discouraged. Not to mention I had put on 60lbs! After cutting out dairy and soy, my little one is a completely different girl! She is so happy and sweet- the dietary changes are worth it for her! I’m also happy to say, I am almost down to my pre-pregancy weight, and my digestion has improved tremendously.
Best wishes to you and your new addition!
Is this the same diet you would recommend for someone in their first trimester?
Jen@oh no! You may want to reconsider a cleanse of any sort while pregnant. I say this only because my sister took a high quality multi-vitamin during her second pregnancy with mildly cleansing herbs and her second child had severe eczema and, even at 2 years old, has numerous food sensitivities. She had seen a ND prior to her first pregnancy and cleaned her system well of viruses, toxins, etc. Her first born, now 4, is very healthy with no apparent issues. The placenta has no sort of filter on it so anything that is in your blood stream is carried directly to the fetus.
There’s a great bean diet (I’m not kidding) that I have heard to help immensely with morning sickness, even hyperemesis gravidarum.
Kimi, here are a few pate recipes. I’ve made the first a number of times and both my boys and I gobble it up (because it tastes like bacon!). It is from what is now tfrecipes.com, back when it was just a blog (now a forum and excellent traditional foods menu mailer). The second is from Eat Fat, Lose Fat but I haven’t tried it yet. Enjoy!
6 slices bacon
2 tbs butter or coconut oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chicken livers
1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce
2 tbs mayo
scant 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a heavy skillet, fry the bacon until barely crispy. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving the drippings in the pan. Turn the heat to low. Add the butter and saute the onions and mushrooms for 15 minutes, or until completely limp, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring some water to a boil. Add the chicken livers, return to a boil, cover, and remove from the heat. Allow to stand for 15 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
In a food processor, pulse the drained chicken livers until ground. Add the bacon, onion and mushroom mixture, and remaining ingredients, and pulse until well combined.
EFLF pate recipe
2T olive oil or Mary’s oil blend
1LB chicken livers
1/4C brandy or cognac
1C chicken or beef stock
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 t dried rosemary
1t dried green peppercorns, crushed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4T butter, softened
sea salt to taste
Warm butter and oil over med heat in a sauce pan, add livers and saute until brown (10 min). Add remining ingredients-except softened butter-and bring to a boil. Boil hard until most liquid has evaporated. Process in food processor with softened butter until smooth. Cover and refridgerate.