We are a young family of hunter-gatherers living in south-eastern Ohio. In preparation for our Grokfeast, we undertook our usual Saturday morning outing to the farmer’s markets, natural food store, and the local butcher. On our way to the feast, we stopped by the orchard that has been in my mom’s family for almost a century to get our “daily apples”.
Let’s just admit it. The kids are good foragers. They hunt and gather things that the rest of us don’t see. Like seasoned professionals, they rummage their surroundings for anything interesting. Unfortunately, these items are often dangerous and never elusive. Also unfortunate is the fact that they often end up in their mouths. (Why is it difficult to get my kids to eat kale, but not dirt?)
Taking a cue from our children, we were inspired to take their enthusiasm for foraging and turn it into an educational experience on two fronts – in our bellies and in our trash cans.
When my buddy Dani and I read about Grokfeast 2012 on Mark’s Daily Apple we thought: Primal food? Friends? Running around and playing like the 10 year olds we are? Sign us up!
So we rallied the troops. We are all at different points on the path towards health and wellness, but all are committed to eating clean, being fit and following the Primal Blueprint to the best of our abilities.
Our Grokfeast celebration was a delightful celebration of all of the finer things in life! The preparation was simple. We wanted the preparation to be pretty simple because we also wanted to spend time together playing in the sunshine with our new-found friend Grok. We spent a little over an hour getting our roast beast dish ready to cook in the morning (see recipe above) and we also cut up vegetables for a delicious green salad and a fruit dish. We then spent much of our day outside with Grok in the various Primal activities that he enjoys. We joined him and Grandma (who is 92) doing T’ai Chi. We all enjoyed doing the slow movements and just being together in the warm sunshine. We tried to video the activity but realized that the person who was holding the camera had forgotten to push the button. Grandma was willing and able to do another take.
Well, Mark’s Daily Apple, I am writing to tell the tale of an intimate double Grokfeast that took place this past weekend. Unfortunately, due to last minute cancellations, ours was a fest of only 7, thereby disqualifying us from the contest. However, this is a Grokfeast that should not go unnoticed, if for no other reason than our completely original game of “Flesh Eating Bear”.
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