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October 07, 2010

Grokfeast in Austin, Texas

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

We are the Tribe. The Tribe gathers nearly daily to do primal workouts that train us for the triumphs and hazards of life. This night we gathered to have a primal picnic.

Equipped with conch shells for tribal alerts and drinking mead (the most ancient of celebratory libations), plenty of food, and a machete for good measure, the Tribe split up the night’s tasks, as all well-delegated tribes do. Some Tribe members grilled up meat, others jumped on the trampoline, others made feather necklaces and painted faces with tribal colors, and the rest made Bulgarian sandbags. The lighter sandbags were filled with pea gravel while some of our stronger Tribe members doubled up bags and packed in the sand to optimize the weight to size ratio. The Bulgarian sandbags, also known as “sand-filled slugs,” will come in handy when lifting heavy objects, an important part of our Tribe’s rituals. They are perfect for slinging around your neck before practicing form-perfect backsquats or going for a barefoot run.

The conch horn was blown and the Tribe gathered for a primal feast. While we had been making our sandbags, one of our Tribe members had been heating up river rocks deep in the heart of the fire pit. These were taken out (carefully), and we grilled the meat from the beast we had speared earlier in the day directly on the rocks. The sizzling aroma of that day’s prize crazed us into a ravenous bunch, and we devoured the meat with our bare hands. It was so delicious that we almost forgot that we had also just eaten a veritable mountain of veggies, nuts, shrimp, a variety of sausages and skewers, and a primal pie.

But let’s be serious, we didn’t forget that pie. The recipe is below.

The sun was quickly setting. We still had to clean up to avoid getting ransacked by hyenas at night, and also so we could get to our favorite primal activity: sleeping. We danced one last dance around the fire pit’s meaty smoke and called it a night, with visions of primal plums dancing in our heads.

The Feast

Recipe: Strawberry Peach Primal Pie

Crust:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 egg

Pie:

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup dates, soaked about 10 minutes
  • 3 cups fresh peaches

Blend the raw nuts in a food processor until they become small crumbs. Add the dates and blend again until you end up with a crumb-like mixture. In a mixing bowl, combine the nut-date mixture with the egg and stir.

Put the crust in a 9 inch pie pan. Use your hands to press it into crust shape. Pop it into a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Let sit while you make the filling.

Blend 2 cups of strawberries, the dates, and the lemon juice into a smooth liquid. Chop the peaches and remaining strawberries into smaller than bite size pieces. Place the chopped fruit in a bowl and pour the fruit liquid over it. Mix it together. Pour the filling into your pie crust.

TA-DA! Pie! You can store it in the fridge or freezer for 1-2 hours to let it set if desired.

The Tribe

Bonita Thomsen, Jonathan Smith, Sarah Smith, Aaron Winning, James McMullen, Leila McMullin, Berni Porter, Paidia Porter, Sarah Ostlyn, Stephen Davis, Erin Ammon, Alexa Tang, Lory Conte, April

Dogs: Tank, Hobie, Lucy

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MeatMe216
MeatMe216
5 years 11 months ago

mmmm i love primal pie

Garth Whelan
Garth Whelan
5 years 11 months ago

Looks awesome. I want some of that pie.

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
5 years 11 months ago

A TRAMPOLINE?!?! Oh, man. Now I’m jealous!

Mason
Mason
5 years 11 months ago

Mead! I hope you served it hot and spiced, and if not it’s a must-try

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

Another one in Austin that I didn’t know about! Grr! That Primal Pie looks amazing

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 11 months ago

I have been TRYING to come up with a pie crust – I am going to try yours next. Can we make a whole other cookbook out of all these Grokfeast recipes, please?

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

I agree with Peggy, all of these Grokfeast recipes need to be compiled. There are so many that sound good that it’s getting hard to keep track of them!

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

Oooooo, more Grok-love in Austin! That place just keeps looking better and better! :)(gotta try making that pie!)

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

Just watched the slide show. Those sandbags look pretty cool!

Marti
Marti
5 years 11 months ago

another fun looking grokfeast

mayness
5 years 11 months ago

Your food looks awesome.. baked apples, sausage, that amazing pie, cooking meat on rocks… fun stuff!

Kris
Kris
5 years 11 months ago

Trying to decipher the bison cooking method – did you heat up the rocks in that pit then put the meat on them, or is that concrete surface hot? Looks cool though!

april
april
5 years 11 months ago

That’s right. We heated the rocks in the pit. The concrete surface was used so we didn’t mess up the front porch and could move them around. None of us had done this before and weren’t quite sure how it was going to turn out. It turned out DELICIOUS!

mike
mike
5 years 11 months ago

mmmmmmmpiiie:)

Bryan Barksdale
5 years 11 months ago

Hey guys I would love you for to join the Austin Primal Living Group on meetup.com. I wish I had known about your group! We could have teamed up!

Lory
Lory
5 years 11 months ago

We wish we had known about your group too! We just found your meetup so hopefully we can all get together soon!

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

Pretty pie! And meat, haha.

Cindy Hanna
5 years 11 months ago

The pie looks great!

Julie
Julie
5 years 11 months ago

I am totally making those sandbags! Been searching for a cheap method – thanks! And BTW, the lady with the ripped abs and the glasses – she looks really familiar to me. By any chance did she do a bike ride across the US with a bunch of ladies for “Pedal for the Cure” back in 1999? If so, we were riding buddies!

Lory
Lory
5 years 11 months ago

Yes, that’s Bonita! She’s told us about that riding trip!

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 11 months ago

Great idea for a pie crust. Gonna have to try that.

Sounds like if all the primals in Austin get together you will have quite a tribe.

christie
christie
5 years 11 months ago

Yeah to eating with your bare hands.

Whitney
5 years 11 months ago

That pie looks amazing

Fatkid
5 years 11 months ago

Bulgarian sandbags rock!

Mark
Mark
5 years 11 months ago

Another Great time. Good work.

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