Spring Comic Jam: Blueberry Battle

Look, I know I try and be pretty professional, but when you get a couple of comic artists in the same room and give them a couple of drinks, things get a little crazy! I’m lucky that I ended up with the most PG comic jam in MY sketchbook, so here it is for your viewing pleasure(??)! The basic premise is that each person draws a panel and then you switch and so on and so forth until it’s done-ish! There are some rules, but I can’t mention them here (Hi Mom!) and we break them anyway (but not in this comic). This jam was with Frances, Ben and Kristi! The best. If you can figure out who did which panel you win a prize*.

*The prize is my eternal admiration for your super sleuth skills!

Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason [Illustrated Review]


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Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason [Illustrated Review]

Gather is the type of cookbook that you’d proudly display on your coffee table. You’d want it in easy reach for inspiration, and to have out to make your friends a little jealous…and curious! What is this Paleo diet, and how come it looks so gorgeous and refined in this book? I heard it was about cavemen, what gives??

This is the second cookbook from Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, and I have to say that they’ve really hit it out of the park. This book is the full package and it does something that I don’t think has yet been achieved quite so well by any other Paleo cookbook; It makes Paleo look super classy. It’s perfectly laid out in a square format with fabulous full colour photographs. Each place-setting is immaculate and well-considered. The tables are groomed landscapes dotted with appropriate props and sumptuously arranged food.

Is that enough adjectives for ya?! Basically: THIS BOOK IS LOVELY.

Now, it’s not all about looks either. Gather is also solid in terms of menus and planning. Divided into 17 different set menus, 4 to 5 per season, each one is a well-balanced plan of action of how to feed and impress your friends and family. They all consist of appetizers, mains and a dessert (and sometimes a beverage!) It might seem overwhelming to create so many different dishes for one event, but Hayley and Bill have you covered. Not only have they crafted these special dishes, but they have also laid out exactly how you can shop and prepare in advance to minimize stress on the big day. Awesome! This book has looks and brains!

My illustration here showcases the Spring Time Tea Party, which includes recipes for:

  • Rooiboos Gingersnap Tea
  • Cucumber and Salmon Bites
  • Carrots with Olive Tapenade Trio
  • Orange and Cranberry Scones
  • Zuchinni Bread

That being said, even if you don’t make the full menu, any one of the dishes from the book would be a showstopper.  Gather is chock-full of vibrant images and tasty dishes. I’d highly recommend ordering a copy for yourself.

The Menu Cards are available for download here, and you can pre-order your copy online at Amazon!

Beef and Bacon Sweet Potato Pie [Primal, Paleo-adaptable, Gluten-Free]

This recipe came to me in a dream. That dream was the culmination of some of my favourite ingredients, which also happen to be the sweethearts of Paleo cooking land as well! Delicious bacon, tasty beef and super sweet potato. They all come together in this deceptively easy dish. It looks like more work than it actually is, don’t be fooled! Try it, you’ll see. Make sure you read the whole recipe through. This is a layered pie and you’ll be making the two elements at once. 

The Cow and Pig here are so proud of their excellent meaty collaboration. High five guys!

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Roasted, Boiled and Whipped Heads (of Garlic and Cauliflower)

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe. I’m not going to make too many excuses, but basically I’ve been busy, and short on time and inspiration. Well, no more! I don’t want my little food blog to fade away. Here’s a dish I’ve been making fairly often lately because it’s super easy and super delicious, and, to be honest, a great low-carb side dish. Also: it has a ton of butter in it. Can we say yum? Everyone’s got their own version of mashed cauliflower; here’s mine!

Roasted, Boiled and Whipped Heads (of Garlic and Cauliflower)

Ingredients

  • 1 huge Head of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Salt to taste

Directions
Take the head of Garlic and while keeping all the cloves attached, remove the extra papery skin, and cut off the tips of each clove. Drizzle with Olive Oil and wrap in aluminum foil. I like to roast mine in the toaster oven at 400 for 35 to 40 minutes. The toaster oven is great because I can put the timer on and then walk away and it turns itself off, voila! The garlic should be soft and golden brown when it’s done. Set aside to cool.

Wash the head of Cauliflower and remove the extra leaves. Chop into 4 pieces and put them into a pot of adequate size. Cover with water, and add a few shakes of salt. Bring the water to a boil and cook until soft. You can’t really overcook it, so I just check it every so often while I’m preparing the rest of the meal.

Once cooked, drain the water and return to the stove, which should be turned to low. Add the Butter and then squeeze the Garlic Cloves out into the pot. Using an immersion blender, whip everything into a smooth and creamy state. Add the Black Pepper and mix again. It should be evenly flecked with Pepper.  No immersion blender? That’s okay, transfer it to a food processor and process until smooth. Serve warm!

This works great as a side for pretty much anything, but it’s particularly good with lamb or steak. Enjoy!

Paleo f(x) 2013 Recap and Friday Foodle: Cherry

Well I’m back from my first ever Paleo Conference. Yes, I went to Paleo f(x) 2013 and it was extremely awesome! It was in Austin, which is a super excellent city, with plenty of great food and friendly people. Meeting all of the cool bloggers in the Paleosphere was kind of mind blowing, I must admit.

My roommate was the fabulous Kaila, of In My Skinny Genes! It was great to have a cheerful person to share a room with. Mostly I hung out with Russ the genius behind The Domestic Man and the ever friendly Tony who blogs at Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction. Very awesome dudes!! Letting little old me hang out with them, haha.

I also chilled with Stacy and Matt, The Paleo Parents, and occasionally Josh who is the Paleo Rapper, Slim-P*. Over the weekend I got to meet, for the first time, in person, all the most badass bloggers: The Food Lovers, Balanced BitesThe Urban Poser, Against All Grain, Civilized Caveman, FreeRange Human, Stephani Ruper, Ancestral ChefThe Spunky Coconut, and the incomparable Nom Nom Paleo, Fitbomb and family. I even got to have dinner with Paul Jaminet, author of The Perfect Health Diet! He is a very humble and gracious fellow, I appreciate his book so much! Please forgive me if you were overlooked, it all happened so fast!

It was a weekend chock full of learning new information, all crammed in between hilarious conversations and mouth-watering food. (Can we say smoked brisket and grass-fed ice cream?) I’d definitely go back again, and I am seriously considering attending AHS this summer as well…

Anyway, you’re not here to hear me gush about meeting famous bloggers, you’re here for illustrations! That’s my job, right?! Here’s my favourite fruit, the cherry! When I went to Vancouver in the summer last year I was eating them by the pound. NO REGRETS!! I think white cherries are the tastiest, but I’ll take them all.

Thanks for dropping by! Happy Friday!!

*Disclaimer: He may or may not be a rapper.