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October 07, 2010

Grokfeast on San Juan Island, Washington

By Mark Sisson
27 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.

Read all about the Seattle Tribe’s 2010 San Juan Grokfeast (PDF)

About a year ago to date, the Seattle Primal Group had their ?rst picnic at a Seattle park. It was love at ?rst sight and since then, we have met up for a cooking class, a Cross?t class, and then a day at a trampoline sports center with a potluck dinner at Gigi Baker’s house. Eager to reunite with our fellow Groks, we had to plan our next trip….to San Juan Island!

We spent four days in Sean and Lindsey Bissell’s cabins right on the water with spectacular views. Our activities  included a tour through the mausoleum at midnight, dance parties, a primal pirate scavenger hunt, amiable wrestling matches, exploring tide pools, driftwood construction on the beach, and great conversations around the bon?re. The highlight of the trip was the incredible meals that everyone crafted!

Note from Mark: Read about the rest of their Primal adventures in the PDF above.

The Feast

Pumpkin Sausage Soup (serves 6)

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 a large onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small cooking pumpkin, peeled
  • And cut into 1-inch chunks (or
  • One 15-oz can of pumpkin)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Pinch of dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 2 t butter or some other fat
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Heat the butter in a heavy deep pot and saute the mushrooms over medium-high heat until golden. Remove from the pot to a small bowl, leaving the butter.

Add the onions to the pot and saute them until golden, then remove them to a separate bowl.

Add the sausage to the pot and brown it until it is cooked through and looks tasty.

Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.

Add the pumpkin to the pot and deglaze with the chicken stock*.

Add the onions back in and simmer until the pumpkin is soft, about 10 minutes.

Puree the soup (a hand blender is easiest, but a regular blender will do). Add in all the remaining ingredients except the coconut milk (don’t forget to add in the cooked mushrooms and sausage!), and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk.

* The easy way is to cook the onions, mushrooms and sausage all together at once and use canned pumpkin, saving some steps and a dirty blender. The easy way makes perfectly fine soup, but it won’t have the same layers of texture and flavor that the harder version does.

The Tribe


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27 Comments on "Grokfeast on San Juan Island, Washington"

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Mark
Mark
5 years 11 months ago

WOW! Seattle Rocks. Way to go guys, just fantastic.

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
5 years 11 months ago

There’s a Seattle Primal Group??? You guys should market better! I had no idea. How do I find y’all?

Gigi
Gigi
5 years 11 months ago

We will often post our activities on facebook –
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=309636315421

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 11 months ago

Why settle for a mere picnic when a whole weekend will do! awesome…
I love seeing how PB is infiltrating everywhere. mwahhahaha

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
5 years 11 months ago

Pumpkin sausage soup? OM NOM NOM!!! 😀

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

Oh, that soup, that heavenly sounding soup! My non-primal wife loves anything pumpkin. I think I’ve just discovered the “gateway drug” to get her to join the “tribe! 😉

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

I just watched the video. Your tribe DEFINITELY has “play” covered! 🙂

Kris
Kris
5 years 11 months ago

That cabin is just amazing.

Funny how many of these posts function well as ads for primal meetup groups – forming impromptu communities. Really is a great way to connect in a world that has pulled so many of us away from our roots and distanced us from other connections with technology.

Me216
Me216
5 years 11 months ago

4 days? I bet you all had a blast!

Sean
Sean
5 years 11 months ago

That PDF file is gianormous! 85 megs. But totally worth taking a look at.

Awesome job!

Here’s the PDF if you didn’t see it above.

http://cdn.marksdailyapple.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/PrimalSanJuan2010PDF.pdf

Sean
Sean
5 years 11 months ago

There’s a bunch more recipes in the PDF too. And pictures of them 🙂

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

Nicely done! Four days!

Cindy Hanna
5 years 11 months ago

That soup recipe looks great!

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

I have some pumpkin that I roasted yesterday. I was just going to eat it as is, but I might have to use it for soup instead!

Shawn
Shawn
5 years 11 months ago

I would move to Seattle just to hang out with these guys.

Julie
Julie
5 years 11 months ago

Hee hee! Our dance parties always morph into wrestling contests, too. Crossfit girls don’t give up easily. That really looked like fun, and now I want to do a treasure search with MY friends.

christie
christie
5 years 11 months ago

great video

Whitney
5 years 11 months ago

What an awesome setting for a Grokfest!

Fatkid
5 years 11 months ago

Gorgeous.

Audry
Audry
5 years 11 months ago

Wow, it looks like you guys had a great time. What a beautiful spot! When can I come visit?

That soup looks amazing too. I’m currently transitioning into soup mode for the winter, and that one is DEFINITELY on my list!

Audry
Audry
5 years 11 months ago

Ok, I just downloaded the PDF and looked at the REST of the recipes. You guys are awesome.

Sean
Sean
5 years 11 months ago

Baam! Good job on downloading that PDF!

It’s HUGE but totally worth it 🙂

MamaSofi
MamaSofi
5 years 11 months ago

Wow, one person actually downloaded the PDF?!?!?! I am amazed! And happy too! The post on MDA doesn’t do the same justice as the PDF.

Ely
Ely
5 years 11 months ago

jealous! can portland primals get in on this?? 😀

Eric and Sherrill
5 years 11 months ago

The soup looks amazing and so did the Island Adventure!

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 11 months ago

Nice blue sandals. (I have some just like them)

This tribe knows how to have fun!

King
4 years 11 months ago

Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a ceitrifed genius.

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