Elevated Eating with Private East Coast Cannabis Chef
If you were asked to think about the best meal of your life, what would it be? Really think about it. We would assume it would be the kind of meal you walk away from feeling, not just full, but completely satisfied, and even in some cases, impressed. For us, many of our most enjoyable memories are at a booth in a restaurant, our table at home, or even a rock ledge overlooking one of the local beaches in Barbados, just a block down from the small shack where we bought the best fish sandwiches we’ve ever had in our lives!
Our point is, for us, as for many people, meals are memories. We love to enjoy a terrific meal together, and we love cooking together! The two of us have a deep passion for food, and we like to try to new things. We’ve recently been experimenting with some meal delivery services, which we will be reviewing in the coming weeks, but they fare in comparison to this week’s feature, a private cannabis chef on the East coast, The Cannavore.
We’ve got to be honest, we’ve been really excited to speak with you! Your dishes look amazing, and we’re excited to learn more about cooking with cannabis. How would you like to introduce yourself to our audience?
I’m just me! Everyone calls me “M,” yes, like from 007. I’m a one woman show, passionate about teaching others how to combine proper nutrition, fitness, and cannabis - and how all three can work together to help you achieve a healthy and successful life. My work is primarily centered around private dining events and cooking classes.
Personally, I’m a cancer survivor, and fitness enthusiast, who loves to eat! I don’t specialize. I love Powerlifting, as much as I love my SoulCycle classes!
Congratulations on your good health, and we commend you for wanting to teach such a positive message. What you’re passionate about teaching is everything we’re passionate to learn more about!
What can you tell us about your private chef work?
I’ve always loved cooking but am not classically trained. However, I am an entertainer, an artist, and a big eater, which is what truly brought me to being a private chef.
I prefer to cook with foods and cannabis that I personally grew or hunted. Being connected to your food is important, especially as athletes. We must be vigilant about what we put into our bodies, and how that food will run our engines properly.
Being connected to our food is important! We have experience gardening and growing cannabis, but not with hunting. What are some of your favorite cannabis strains to grow?
Great question! My favorite CBD-heavy strains to grow are Charlotte’s Web, and Sour Tsunami. Both help control my seizures, and they’re wonderful for some SMFR (Self Myofacial Release) work or yoga. For THC-dominant strains, Mr. Nice is my hands-down favorite strain to grow and work with. It’s excellent for anxiety, insomnia, depression, even treating sexual dysfunction in women. Lemon Haze is another favorite to grow, but also to pair with dishes, and as a nice Sativa for a weekend day hike.
We love a nice Sativa like Lemon Haze on hikes! What food do you like to grow, and what do you hunt?
I have a small urban garden, but it’s a garden, a rare find for us East Coasters. I don’t have a terribly green thumb, but I can grow some decent peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and spinach. I’m still waiting on my asparagus to blossom in a few years. I also have a small herb garden in my kitchen - basil, rosemary, that sort of thing. Even caring for one herb plant can help you feel more connected to your food.
Wild boar and deer would be my favorites to hunt. Muscovy ducks are pretty neat as well - nothing like some Muscovy bacon for a keto-friendly breakfast.
When I’m in the kitchen, I’m calm and focused, and it’s my show. I like having full creative control of my work, and full control over what ingredients I consume. Some say I’m a wee bit neurotic ;)
You said you feel calm and focus in the kitchen. How do you feel about the idea of cooking as a form of elevating your mind, or mediation?
Cooking is absolutely meditative. It’s centering, and it grounds me. My full time job has me working from home most of the time so when my day is over, nothing pleases me more than to shutdown my laptop, smoke a bowl, and cook up a storm in the kitchen. You don’t have to get fancy - many of my dishes are made with only five ingredients!
It’s so important for people to find a way to meditate in some way, to rest their mind, and escape from life’s daily stressors. It’s nice to see you’ve found it above the stove and a cutting board!
What are your thoughts on how people can incorporate cannabis it into their diet?
I use both CBD and THC in my diet. I typically start my day with a CBD smoothie, and end the day with a bit of THC oil stirred into some cottage cheese, or protein “sludge.” The neat thing about cooking with cannabis, is as long as you don’t reach too high of a heat point, (keep it under 300 or so), you can use oils as you normally would in your cooking.
It’s the primary source of fat in my diet. Cannabis is so very easy to extract into almost any type of oil and it’s so versatile! You can make a salad dressing with an olive oil base, coconut oil to stir into your oats...there’s just so much to do with it!
If you’re interested in incorporating cannabis into your diet, I recommend folks start with a small dosage of CBD oil. Take it consistently for a week or so, and you’ll quickly feel the benefits. For me, those have included ceasing of epileptic symptoms, decrease in anxiety, insomnia, depression symptoms, and faster workout recovery times.
It’s spectacular to hear how this plant helps improve the quality of your life, as it does so many others! Do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share, so our readers can have an exciting way to medicate?
Lemon Chicken Piccata with Infused Lemon Haze Olive Oil
Note: This recipe includes a small amount of flour for dredging. One could use coconut flour, or simply skip the dredging step.
1 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chicken stock
Splash of white wine, optional
2 tablespoons brined capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons cannabis-infused extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. When butter begins to sizzle, add chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate.
Add remaining tablespoon of butter to pan. Over medium heat, sauté mushrooms until browned. Transfer to plate.
Into the pan, add the lemon juice, stock, white wine, and capers. Bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Reduce heat to low, add olive oil and stir to incorporate. Add mushrooms to sauce and allow sauce to gently simmer for two minutes.
To serve, pour sauce over chicken, and garnish with parsley.
This sounds amazing! We can’t wait to make a memory with it! Thank you so much for sharing with us! For those wanting to contact you to set up a private cannabis dining experience, cannabis cooking classes, or just to get in touch, how can we reach you M?
Folks can contact me through my Instagram page @The_Cannavore, or via email, at email@example.com
5% of all profits from private dining and cooking classes, are donated directly to the Navy SEAL Foundation. They’re a wonderful organization, and I’m so very proud to support them!
We want to again thank M, for sharing her passion with us all! Our mouths are still watering from the Lemon Chicken Piccata! We wish her all the best in teaching others how to combine proper nutrition, fitness, and cannabis, and how all three can work together to help you achieve a healthy, and successful life. With this passion being something M, and MJFITNUT both have in common, we are so happy to have met another like minded individual, who hopes to share what they know to help others.
We learned a lot today, but there’s always more to learn! Next Tuesday, we will have the honor of learning from a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, who smokes a lot of trees, and believes in living a pharmaceutical free life. He will be giving advice on how he focuses on his physical, mental, and spiritual fitness!
This is a reminder we won’t be posting this Friday, but will be back next Tuesday. We’re deep in the trenches putting together our 4/20 Week recaps and reviews! It was incredible, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it! We’ve got an amazing line up of events we attended, and participated in, like World Cannabis Week, Bend & Blaze Yoga, and even a CSU cannabis and fitness study, just to name a few!
Until next week, eat well and be well, friends.