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October 06, 2010

Grokfeast in San Jose, California

By Mark Sisson
34 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.

‘Twas the night of the Grokfeast, when all through the ‘hood
was a dozen or so Grok-wannabes hunting for food;
Their tummies were hungry and fridges were so bare, they foraged
together, because they care;
With Audra stoking the fire, and Frank roasting the meat, Cherry and
Robin busily cutting the veggies to eat;
Lindsay and Eden carefully weighing and measuring to ensure every
Grokee would get their fill,
As Joe watched the little ones, so Becca could bag the many meals;
After slaving away over hot, open fires, well over four and one-half hours,
though time quickly flew, enjoying each others’ company,
Then what to their wondering eyes could it be,
A week’s worth of primal food for each Grok family,
No, not just two or three small little snacks, but twenty-one delicious
cavemen dishes to develop a healthy heart and make strong backs.
As the clan separated to go their own ways, they knew in their tummies
and hearts it was a well-spent day;
Building good eating habits and maintaining their health, it’s teaching by
example that is much more than wealth!

The Feast

  • Chicken Fajita Salad
  • Slow Cooker Pork Loin
  • Easy Ceviche
  • Sweet Potato Hash
  • Almond & Dijon Crusted Halibut & Roasted Asparagus
  • Spaghetti Squash w/Ground lamb meat & homemade marina sauce
  • Tuna Cabbage Salad
  • Western Omelet
  • Chicken Apple Hash
  • Indian-?Style Slaw
  • Stir-Fry Beef
  • Spinach & Fruit Salad

(All 21 meals not listed above)

Recipe: Spinach & Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • Fresh spinach (about 1 bunch or a 9 oz package)
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced (we used kiwi chunks)
  • 1 package blueberries
  • 1/4 C slivered almonds

Dressing:

  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C grapeseed oil (or walnut oil, or olive oil)
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T poppy seeds
  • 1 T honey (optional)

Mix spinach and fruit together. Drizzle salad dressing over salad and toss well. Sprinkle slivered almonds over the top. Enjoy! (Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator).

The Tribe

Audra & Joe Soltis, Tommy Soltis, Sierra Soltis, Becca Makarova, Maks Makarov, Nadya Makarova, Cherry Sanders, Eden Ternian, Frank Mangisi, Robin N., Lindsay Pfeffer

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Peggy
Peggy
5 years 11 months ago

Rhymin’ Groks to boot!
very nice 🙂

Chris
Chris
5 years 11 months ago

Fun! Can you share the recipe for the chicken apple hash? That sounds yummy.

Becca
Becca
5 years 11 months ago

see below

Melody
Melody
5 years 11 months ago

21 dishes – that’s craziness! Wow!

Way to go with the dedication. 🙂

Mary Adams
Mary Adams
5 years 11 months ago

Love the rhyming! And making the planning and preparation a group thing. Very practical and fun at the same time.

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
5 years 11 months ago

Cute little Grokette digging in the cooler. 🙂

Garth Whelan
Garth Whelan
5 years 11 months ago

Looks great. A true feast.

Mark
Mark
5 years 11 months ago

Spinach & Fruit Salad looks fantastic. I love spinach, my favorite green.

anzy
anzy
5 years 11 months ago

+5 points for the awesome rhyme!
-1 point for no recipe on the apple chicken hash which sounds delicious!

Becca
Becca
5 years 11 months ago

see recipe below (+3 points)

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

I’d never considered this but without written language, perhaps Grok used all of those cave paintings to record his POETRY! Hey, why not?

tara tootie
tara tootie
5 years 11 months ago

The rhyming part is full of awesome! Thats love.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

Love the poem!

Lars1000
5 years 11 months ago

Great job fellow San Joseans…

Food looks great.

Kris
Kris
5 years 11 months ago

Sounds like the “activity” here was a bunch of people getting together to cook a week’s worth of primal fare for each family to take home?

Cool idea.

Becca
Becca
5 years 11 months ago

BINGO!!! (your answer is right, didn’t play it)

noah216
noah216
5 years 11 months ago

yay leftovers!

Cindy Hanna
5 years 11 months ago

Sounds like an awesome feast!

Ben
Ben
5 years 11 months ago

Ha, I love your poem!

mike
mike
5 years 11 months ago

21! its a primal thanksgiving practice run!awesome

christie
christie
5 years 11 months ago

Fun post to read!

Marti
Marti
5 years 11 months ago

looks like you had a rhyming good time….

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

Cool. Salad with blueberries is great.

Julie
Julie
5 years 11 months ago

Nice! I like the idea of making a bunch of primal meals together for future eating. Congrats on your success from a former San Joser!

Fatkid
5 years 11 months ago

Lovin’ the poetic presentation

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beka
beka
5 years 11 months ago

love it! hope this one wins!!!

Becca
Becca
5 years 11 months ago

CHICKEN APPLE HASH –

2 tsp. olive oil
6 oz. leftover chicken
1 apple
2 tsp either cinnamon or allspice (choose favorite)

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Shred and add the chicken. Grate (or finely chop) the apple, then add to the pot with your spice of choice. Cover and cook over medium-low, stirring frequently. Once the apple has cooked down and become soft, it is ready to serve. (courtesy of Robb Wolf)

Becca
Becca
5 years 11 months ago

Anyone know how to make our vote??

carol
carol
5 years 11 months ago

mad rhyming skills!

gilliebean
5 years 11 months ago

What a great idea! You’re so fortunate to have a community that shares your food ideas! 🙂

Alyssa
5 years 11 months ago

How do we vote?! I feel (even though I know there are more) like the only primal person in San Jose!! No one I know is primal or paleo!! Wahhh! All this looks uh-mazing!!

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RowanF
RowanF
5 years 16 days ago

Props from another San Jose grokette! Looks lovely and the poem is fun.

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