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7 Oct

Grokfeast in Austin, Texas

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


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


  • 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

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. mmmm i love primal pie

    MeatMe216 wrote on October 7th, 2010
  2. Looks awesome. I want some of that pie.

    Garth Whelan wrote on October 7th, 2010
  3. A TRAMPOLINE?!?! Oh, man. Now I’m jealous!

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on October 7th, 2010
  4. Mead! I hope you served it hot and spiced, and if not it’s a must-try

    Mason wrote on October 7th, 2010
  5. Another one in Austin that I didn’t know about! Grr! That Primal Pie looks amazing

    Ryan wrote on October 7th, 2010
  6. 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?

    Peggy wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • 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 wrote on October 7th, 2010
  7. Oooooo, more Grok-love in Austin! That place just keeps looking better and better! :)(gotta try making that pie!)

    Larry wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • Just watched the slide show. Those sandbags look pretty cool!

      Larry wrote on October 7th, 2010
  8. another fun looking grokfeast

    Marti wrote on October 7th, 2010
  9. Your food looks awesome.. baked apples, sausage, that amazing pie, cooking meat on rocks… fun stuff!

    mayness wrote on October 7th, 2010
  10. 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!

    Kris wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • 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!

      april wrote on October 8th, 2010
  11. mmmmmmmpiiie:)

    mike wrote on October 7th, 2010
  12. Hey guys I would love you for to join the Austin Primal Living Group on I wish I had known about your group! We could have teamed up!

    Bryan Barksdale wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • We wish we had known about your group too! We just found your meetup so hopefully we can all get together soon!

      Lory wrote on October 8th, 2010
  13. Pretty pie! And meat, haha.

    Ryan wrote on October 7th, 2010
  14. The pie looks great!

    Cindy Hanna wrote on October 7th, 2010
  15. 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!

    Julie wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • Yes, that’s Bonita! She’s told us about that riding trip!

      Lory wrote on October 8th, 2010
  16. 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.

    Sharon wrote on October 7th, 2010
  17. Yeah to eating with your bare hands.

    christie wrote on October 7th, 2010
  18. That pie looks amazing

    Whitney wrote on October 7th, 2010
  19. Bulgarian sandbags rock!

    Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  20. Another Great time. Good work.

    Mark wrote on October 8th, 2010

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