Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
A couple months back erstad17 started a forum thread. With a simple question (“Wondering if there are any others in the Pacific Northwest?”) and a little leg work the first Primal Blueprint meet-up event was held. It brought people together that hardly knew each other to share Primal stories, food and each other’s company. And by all accounts it went swimmingly. (Last I heard they’re planning on doing more in the future.) I was thrilled to hear about the event and even more excited to learn that they’d be taking and sending in photos and recipes from the party (see below).
I’ve discussed the importance of forging relationships for social wellness and the power of connecting with others in the past. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that Mark’s Daily Apple is in some small way encouraging people to get together, learn from one another and have a little fun in the sun. We all know the benefits of play. What better way to do it than with other Primal Blueprinters?
As my post last week stated, this is just the beginning. Because no matter how much fun all this virtual stuff we do is, it pales in comparison to actually meeting and spending time with people face-to-face. This is why I am looking forward to holding a meet-up here in Los Angeles at some point and why Primal retreats are a dream of mine. In the meantime I encourage all readers that are interested in connecting with other PBers to drop a line in the forum (Meet and Greet section) and form your own local meet-up. If any future meet-ups do take place I’d love to hear an account of it. Send in your stories, photos, recipes and video footage and I’ll publish it on MDA.
Many thanks to everyone that participated in the Seattle Primal Blueprint Meet-Up – for your mouth-watering recipes, your photos and for showing us all how it can be done! Thank you.
Here is the email I received from the group:
The BBQ went from noon till 4pm at Westcrest Park in Seattle. The day was warm and sunny. Time was spent eating tasty food and discussing our history with the Primal Blueprint, workout tips and how the Primal Blueprint has changed our lives. The kids stayed busy flying kites. Wendy1 was “converted” the night before with the help of sofiawahaj and was excited to learn more from the group. Wolf (umuhk) talked about the benefits of his Vibrams and answered all our questions, no matter how silly they were. Overall, we had a good time getting to know each other and share our stories. Sorry no video was taken but we do plan on having more meet ups in the near future. Thanks Mark for helping us live longer, healthier lives.
The Seattle Primal Blueprint Group
The people that participated were:
erstad17 with wife and son
SassaFrass88 with husband and two sons
SeanBissell with wife
sofiawahaj with two daughters
umuhk with friend
Wendy1 with daughter
(Click the photo above for a full-size view.)
I used about a kilogram of wild boar saddle (double loin), or four small loins. Strip the silver skin (thin, fibrous fascia) from the large end of the loin. Prepare the marinade:
Place the boar loins in a zip-top bag and pour in about half a cup of the marinade; reserve the rest for later. Add to the bag:
Squeeze out the air and seal the bag, then massage the meat a little to work the marinade and chiles around to all surfaces. Leave the meat marinating in the refrigerator overnight, at least.
When it’s time to cook, put the reserved marinade in a small saucepan, and add:
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened (by water reduction). Grill the boar over hot coals for about ten to fifteen minutes, depending on size; turn the loins every couple minutes to cook evenly. Even with the marinade, wild boar will dry out quickly if you overcook it, so be careful. Remove the boar from the coals, rest, and then slice. Serve with the coconut sauce. Enjoy.
Grill pork on slow heat for 5-6 hours. To make sauce, combine ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer until dissolved. Strain in cheesecloth.
Process roasted garlic in food processor, adding lemon juice. Then cashews and process. Then add sun-dried tomatoes and enough water to achieve consistency.
Mix all ingredients together and place on top of organic mixed greens for an excellent well-rounded salad.
These will be heavier than traditional wheat-flour varieties, but still very nice. I like them best after they’ve cooled. The combination of coconut and almond flours makes them moist.
Add ½ cup of chopped pecans and ? teaspoon almond extract.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Omit the vanilla and add 2 teaspoons of lemon extract. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top of muffins just before baking.
Add ½ cup of fresh berries and ? teaspoon almond extract. Berries should be very dry. Baking time will increase slightly.