After so many of your comments about the ‘horror’ of having bones in your meal – be it fish pie or other … I thought I really needed to address the goodness of ’dem bones!!
|Star Gazey Pie see here|
Most of the information in this post will have come from PaleoLeap … and really enlightened me … so please pop over and look at all the goodies found in ’dem (our) bones.
The classic statement … do not judge a book by its cover: is so appropriate to bones. Locked away inside that hard shell is a wealth of essential nutrients …
|You need more bones, onions, leeks ... for a good bone broth|
- Anti-inflammatory and gut-healing proteins
- Healthy fats, and
- A wealth of minerals just waiting to be used.
Wild animals always go for the bones … but we – after our evolutionary changes - need to utilise our clever human brain to devise ways to access the boney goodness.
|from the Colon Club|
Where bones went to after that – not on the compost heap, and we had no dog … perhaps into the chicken run … just not sure!
That broth made from the bones continues to help strengthen our skeletal system … and heals us in times of fever …
|T-bone steak .. with a|
The best roast … is the joint roasted on the bone ... all the goodness is sealed in … the resultant pan juices are an added luxury … while the bone will give that broth a rich dark glow of luxury.
We all know what Chicken Soup for the Soul can do … two years ago when I was malingering with a mighty virus and felt ‘frot’ … when I eventually got myself out to buy some fodder – the first thing I did was buy a whole chicken, some leeks, an onion, a couple of carrots, some potatoes … with the much needed goal of making Chicken Soup for the Soul …
… a one pot chicken wonder pot … and I did feel better! Whole chicken, all the veg chopped and added, half fill with water and gently simmer til done … the meat will come away from the bones … but there’s that lovely jelly-like stock … all good for the body system: lots of servings with no extra work …
Our digestion is helped with bone broth …
|Roasted Leg of Lamb with the marrow|
from the leg bone showing
As the site says ... bone marrow is criminally delicious – I’d agree … it wasn’t around much when I was growing up – but came back into fashion ... and is really so tasty. It’s also full of essential nutrients.
Minerals too are found in bones ... we all need calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, while fish bones also contain iodine. All these mineral goodies are in the bones or, on cooking, are leached out into the stock … which is why it is so good … or the roasting pan dishes are just superb and make excellent gravy.
There are other benefits … the proteins are anti-inflammatory … helping with wound healing … the fats are good too – we need some fat … it melts down and we can use it for thickening sauces, gravies etc …
Using those bones can save us money, and they stretch a joint into a few meals … or as in this verse:
Hot on Sunday
Cold on Monday
Hashed on Tuesday
Minced on Wednesday
Curried on Thursday
Broth on Friday
Cottage Pie on Saturday
Check out the Paleo Site … and any of those early cookery books where recommendations for invalid cookery always suggest chicken soup … and it certainly was what I craved when I was struck down two years ago with that very nasty bug …
|Fresh vegetables and meat bones ready|
to be made into stock
So those bones are essential to us – they keep us alive … while we can trace our early ancestors, as their bones reveal so much about their history …
This post I wrote nearly 5 years ago goes into the detail re the investigations made to establish the whys and wherefores of skeletons found in Stirling Castle … what they ate, where they came from, and their ‘job’ … from their muscle development …
|Roasting bones with marrow|
The questions asked in the comments were also very enlightening and I had to do some homework! But add to the post …
Positive Letters post: "Stirling Castle Skeletons - Who are They?"
Bred in the bone ... a saying "what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh". A natural propensity cannot be repressed ... it's a part of our nature.
|Chicken casserole - giving soup|
for the soul
Our bones make us ... yet we need the nutrients from those animals we’ve surpassed as our brain has become bigger … and we’ve moved from being hunter gatherers into the human beings we are today.
Do not contend with your bones …!!
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories