Friday, June 5, 2009

Mark Sisson, Lychees and a Spanish Chicken Recipe

Yesterday in the mail I received a gift. Since we don't receive personal letters anymore (topic for another post. I buck the trend and DO send personal letters)
Getting something sent to you in the mail is wonderful. Especially if you didn't order it yourself.
Mark Sisson sent me a signed copy with a very attentive and nice personalized inscription.

I have followed Mark's blog for quite some time and am a huge fan of the Damage Control Masters Formula. Mark is the real deal. It comes through in everything he does. Whether it's a tv interview, or a personal comment to someones question on his blog. For everyone starting out or considering the Primal Life Style, I don't think there is a better starting point then Mark.
And what's better then living visual proof that his approach truly works? If you get or have the book there is a picture of Mark and his wife. Age 55 and 53 respectively. I rest my case and say no more.

An older gentlemen that lives near me has a LYCHEE tree in his back yard. He gave me a bag full. Don't know why I laid them on the Primal Blue Print, but it was a nice contrast of colors ;-)

Here's another one. Have you ever tried fresh lychees? It's a very tasty little fruit and if you want something sweet, you can have one or two. It's a nice small portion as the pit is the largest part. Just suck the slimy part right off the pit. Sound good? lol

Here's the Spanish Chicken recipe I told you about, I will post a pic when I plate it.

In line with Feel Good Eating, this is a simple to do recipe with good for you ingredients and outrages flavor. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Chicken with Garlic (Pollo Ajo)

1 chicken (cut into pieces. You can use chicken quarters if easier)

4-6 tbsps evoo

24 garlic cloves (yes that's right...24)

2 cups chicken stock

4 tbsps dry white wine

sprig fresh parsley

1 bay leaf

1 sprig thyme

3 tbsps paprika (hot or smoked sweet)

salt and pepper to taste

Large deep skillet or casserole dish;

In the evoo add the garlic pieces and cook for about 2 minutes stirring frequently. This takes longer for me then others as I don't heat the oil very much. With slotted spoon remove the garlic. The oil is now nicely infused with MAJOR garlic flavor. Now add the chicken (sprinkle with your paprika salt & pepper) skin side down and brown it, Again this takes a bit of time for me as I don't let the evoo get very hot. (flip chicken pieces once skin is browned and cook another 5 minutes) Pour off any excess oil and return the garlic to the pan.

Now add the wine, chicken stock and herbs. Bring it all to boil, reduce the heat to very low and let simmer for 30 minutes. Take the chicken out, bring the sauce to a boil again and let it reduce.

Remove from heat, remove the herbs, poor off some of the sauce and add a few pats of organic butter to the pan. stir it into the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Sound good?

Happy Friday to all of you!!!!


Yummy Gatherer said...

Yum! I love lychees! They are delicious and I love the crazy red bumpy skins.
I haven't eaten them in a while - since I had a bad experience with too many lychee martinis. Argh. Lychees are so good.

Mark said...

Hi Marc -

Thanks for this post.

As you know, I've been debating about trying out the Master Formula but have been hesitant due to concerns of value/cost. Your post may have put me over the edge to at least give it a try - such a classy move by Mark. I assume it's b/c you have been a customer for a while. Anyway, the more I read/see/hear about him, the more genuine he seems. Trust goes a long way!

The book is good. You'll enjoy it.

Dave Clary said...

One of the things I'm looking forward to in my future retirement home of Thailand is the variety of exotic fruit that's available. Lychees are one--there are many more.

Marc said...

Lychee martinis don't sound to bad ;-)

I know you are going back and forth in regards to the DCMF.
Why don't you try it for a month and see how you feel. Again, it's one of those things I talked about earlier. We work hard, we do the right thing.....personally I don't need a porsche or the latest stereo. It's my little indulgence to buy the vitamins.
If you go out to eat with with your wife to a nice trendy restaurant and have a nice bottle of wine.....cost with tip is around $100. Make sure to let me know when you do buy them and and if you can feel a difference. Have a great weekend Mark!

How far off is retirement? Better stay in touch so we can all come visit.


Dave Clary said...


My granddaughter is starting 8th grade in the fall. The game plan is to attend her high school graduation, then board the flight to Bangkok the next day! You need to coordinate with Mark on one of his Thailand trips and we can make up a Primal Golf Threesome!! :-)

Mark said...

That's the plan my friend - after I blow thru my current multivitamin, I am gonna give it a rip. I'll let you know how it goes!

I think I convinced myself that a multi does make a difference based on my mood and how I felt after a while when taking something vs step is to try the big boy stuff. Like you, I'd rather feel good and enjoy life rather than have an a porsche or a, gasp, an iPhone.

Monica said...

GREAT recipe. Used it last night, really enjoyed by my fiance. I overdid the salt, pepper and paprika. Otherwise perfect. Recently trolled your blog for good recipes. Been doing "primal" for a year but getting tired of my cooking. :) We do a lot of grilling. Not a problem, but I need some new ideas. So thank you and keep it coming!