Figs, Arugula, Brie and Chorizo – A Walk On the Bone-Friendly Side
A Market to Table Fabulous Lunch
I’m writing this from Valencia – one of my favorite bone health destinations. Here’s a meal I put together in no time after a trip to the Central Market.
Here’s what we brought home for today’s lunch … which was tiny open sandwiches of melt-in-your-mouth Brie topped with a few arugula leaves and a thin but not meager slice of chorizo.
We sliced the bread into thin rounds before warming very slightly and froze the figs before serving to counter the chorizo. Not a hint of health food in sight, so delicious you’ll find your eyes close spontaneously as if to say your taste buds must be center stage here to savor the flavors, and an almost perfect meal for bones.
The cheese is Brie leche cruda – made from unpasteurized milk – locally-grown arugula, chorizo and sourdough stick. Calcium galore – plus minerals and vitamins to accompany calcium to bones – in the figs; raw-milk cheese provides calcium and enzymes to accompany calcium to bones, and arugula rich with calcium, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants; and all this with MK7 in the chorizo – the essential form of Vitamin K needed to help absorb and transport mineral to bone.
When it’s time for breakfast I will consume what was left. Along with a cup of dark Classic French Roast coffee – order it from the Castro Cheesery in San Francisco and finally you won’t have the bitter brown stuff – this is my go-to breakfast. Oh, and this is the time I take my Jarrow MK7 pill as insurance for mineral absorption and transport. Then, since it’s Valencia, I go for a walk in the strong sun to supply the calcium with vitamin D, naturally.
Valencia Central Market is a food shopper’s paradise with vendors selling everything from skinned whole rabbit, the elusive fatted duck liver pate, every fruit and vegetable grown in Spain including such as freshly-dried tamarind – one of the best bone health foods in the worlds that we didn’t list in the book because it is not generally available – and the prized local Kefir lime, every cut of meat from pig, cow, goat and horse, a plentiful selection of freshly-dried fruit and nuts, cooked versions of the ever-popular pumpkin and squash, and a fish counter like no other that offers copious amounts of fish heads and bones for Spanish fish stews and of course for bone broth. Is it any wonder I love visiting Valencia and why I call it a true bone-health destination?