Wild Turkeys and Camel’s Milk

I have a great soup recipe coming up soon, but my schedule of late has meant very little time in the kitchen.  We took a mini-break last week to enjoy the last of the fall colors up in Rocky Mountain National Park, where we did some easy hikes and saw a good amount of wildlife.

Rocky Mountain National Park

In addition to the ubiquitous elk, which are currently near the end of their rut season, we saw a number of yearling does, as well as a couple of flocks of wild turkeys–video of the turkeys here.

Rocky Mountain National Park

We hung around the park until a little past dusk, then headed into Estes Park, which had been jammed with tourists earlier in the day. Because lunch was a really filling and delicious meal of a shared elk burger and a gyro from Baba’s, we did not want a full meal.  Also, we wanted sugar.  So we headed downtown to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to get a fix that would sub for a real dinner.  We veered directly towards the dipped apples–because fruit.  So it must be healthy, right?

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

We settled on a Tiger Butter apple and split that for dinner.  It was not the healthiest food weekend, but it was all delicious.  I swear I have been making nothing but healthy food since we got home, including a low-carb pizza that I am pretty sold on.  If I get the crust down I will post that recipe soon. I also whipped up a batch of my Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Saffron Pesto so I could do a re-shoot of the photos, which is a process I am just starting for some of my older posts.  It should only take a few years to update everything…

We love the park and go up several times a year.  When I am feeling overwhelmed there is nothing more soothing.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Beyond the mini-break, we have continued to spend a lot of time with our new pets: Gertie, Mabel, Buffy, and Lightning.  They are endlessly entertaining and have far more comedic value than we had ever imagined.  If you are considering getting some backyard chickens my advice would be to do so, but realize that 1. they poop everywhere, 2. they love to “help garden” (which means they like to dig up and/or tromp your plants), and 3. they are wonderful pets.  We are still eagerly awaiting our first egg, which will likely arrive next month.  Here are the chickens, plotting out new places to poop on the deck:

Adorable Chickens

Finally, I had the opportunity to try an interesting new product, camel’s milk.  Yeah, I was surprised too.  Desert Farms sent me some free samples of their raw and their “lightly pasteurized” milk, which is produced in the U.S. at eight different family farms–farms that raise milk camels.  So, that’s unusual.  Camel’s milk is interesting in that it seems to be beneficial in relationship to insulin sensitivity, a claim that I checked out myself via Science Direct.  There are indeed some promising studies regarding this health aspect of the product, and Desert Farms has links to a wide variety of studies on their website.

Desert Farms Camel Milk

We were expecting the milk to have a gamey flavor but it does not–it tastes really similar to cow’s milk, if slightly sweeter.  It is naturally lower in fat than cow’s milk so also tastes a bit lighter.  If you have interest in a food-based way to deal with insulin sensitivity issues you might want to check it out.  It’s pretty pricey, so do your own research to see if you think it is worthwhile.

Thanks for reading,

Angela

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4 Responses to Wild Turkeys and Camel’s Milk

  1. Karen Harris October 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    I am so stressed with our move and the World Food Championships, which I am not at all prepared for, that I think I need to head up to the park for a little wildlife watching. That always brings things into focus. We have a road that leads up the back way to our neighborhood and if it is a lucky day you can spy the flock of turkeys that live there. It is always such a thrill to see them. If I didn’t have my crazy dog Jack, I’d buy a couple of chickens. He’s about all the entertainment I need right now.

    • Angela October 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      Oh, I’ll bet you could use a wildlife break! I had no idea you were doing the WFC while you were moving, Karen–you are amazing, my friend. I’ll be rooting for you.

  2. Nancy October 23, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    A hike in the national park to see fall colors sounds dreamy. I’m with you on the chocolate-covered apples — it’s fruit! Eagerly awaiting news of the first egg!

    • Angela October 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Nancy, I go out every morning with high hopes for an egg…soon!

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