It’s Movember!!  In case you haven’t noticed, there are many dudes sporting the ‘stache and since the ladies can’t (or at least we hope) we decided to throw a Mo’Meat dinner party.  I cannot take credit for thinking of this, as it was the genius idea of Sio, part owner of Crossfit Quantum.  There was Mo’Meat indeed with sausages, bacon, grass-fed beef and mo’bacon!  It was most definitely a meat-fest and all for a good cause.  Big thank you to Sio for hosting and providing the Mo’festivities!  Big thank you to The Healthy Butcher for supplying the beef (100% grass-fed goodness).   I cannot forget Fully Primal Husband, who spent Friday night peeling Rutabagas and Turnips with me….thank you!   Nothing like spending a night at the Peeler with your husband.  Thanks to FPH for grilling 20 sausages at 10am on a Saturday too.  Last but not least, thank you to everyone who came to support the cause and for everyone who sported a ‘stache! Ladies included (you know who you are).

I was busy in the kitchen and failed to take any pictures of the mouth-watering dishes.  If I can get my hands on some pic’s I will post them.  In the meantime, drool over this Burt Reynolds pic.  I have to admit that I’ve been very busy lately, so the dishes that I prepared are not my own.  I borrowed with pride.  Here are the recipes that I used:

Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms
– Assortment of Sausages (Hungarian and Chorizo) – from Green Gate Farms who are at local farmer’s markets around Toronto.  I see them at Appletree Farmer’s Market on Thursdays.  BTW, they also supplied the bacon… it’s from naturally raised pigs (hormone/antibiotic free) and it is the BEST bacon i have ever had!

Braised Beef Blade Steak – this was the piece de resistance.  Braising sounds so fancy, but it is actually a very easy cooking technique and it resulted in melt in your mouth beef that was so moist and delicious.  
– Roasted Root Vegetables with Bacon and Rosemary – this one was actually my own creation and I’ll post the recipe soon.
– Fall Salad – this was inspired by this recipe i grabbed from the Food Network – I used raw shredded fennel and peppers, with roasted beets on a bed of arugula.  I also changed the dressing by adding some white wine vinegar.

– Pumpkin Muffins – from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook.  Buy it!

Now onto the Day 25 update! HOME STRETCH!!!!! YES!!!!  I have to keep this short, but hope to write more this weekend.  Things have been going great!  I have to admit that pulling off Mo’Meat was not easy without my coffee or celebratory wine.  There were a couple points in the evening where I wanted to strangle FPH and Sio as they discussed the merits of a wonderful Malbec.  I ended up drinking so much Perrier that my stomach hurt from all the gas later (sexy).  How is everyone else doing??

Photo courtesy of Sara Salahub

Another successful Paleo Nights took place this past weekend and before I post the recipes, I wanted to send out some love and appreciation:

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to Paleo Nights #2 – I was thrilled at the turnout and positive responses.  And a special thank you to those who came back after Paleo Nights #1….it means you really did like the food!

Thank you to Sio, birthday girl and the best hostess ever, for hosting the event at her place.  A MASSIVE thank you for organizing the event, responding to all my emails and being my sounding board.  you rule.

Thank you to Crossfit Quantum for asking me to MC these events and for all the amazing support you guys have given me!  Check out their open house this Saturday Feb 27th!

Thank you to the Healthy Butcher for hooking us up with fabulous organic meats and custom coupons!

Thank you to Semi-Primal Husband who has to deal with my neurosis 48 hours before the event when I realize how much cooking I need to do.  He is there every step of the way – making me lunch/dinner, looking after our dogs, grilling 500 pieces of zucchini and eggplant, zesting lemons, running out to get me that 3rd head of lettuce or organic 100% vanilla extract, picking up all the wines and making me laugh when i’m about to lose my mind.   You are the best husband ever. 

The theme of the night was Comfort Foods.  It was all about taking traditional comfort foods and “paleo-izing” them – using substitutions for non-paleo ingredients.  Here is the menu and links to all the recipes:

Southwestern Sliders (mini-burgers)
Paleo Cabbage Rolls

Primal Italian Veal Stew
Grilled Vegetable Lasagna

Cocoa Hazelnut Mousse
Paleo Cupcakes 

Check out all the pictures on my Facebook Fan Page.  


Photo Courtesy of Sara Salahub


More Appreciation…recipes to follow:

Thank you to everyone who attended Paleo Nights – Meat Protein on Saturday!!  I am so grateful for all of your compliments (on the food, of course!).  As you know, we only wanted to cover the costs of the event – since the turnout was more than anticipated (yay!), we ended up with $100 extra which we donated to the Red Cross to support the relief for Haiti.  My company is doing a match, so that’ll be a $200 donation.  

Thank you to Sio for being the best hostess…as always!

Thank you to Crossfit Quantum for organizing this event and asking me to MC!  

Thank you to Sara for taking on the role of paparazzi extraordinaire!  All the pictures I have used are courtesy of Sara Salahub.  Check out her photo blog.

Thank you to my Semi-Primal Husband for being the ‘meat master’ and best husband in the world!

Lastly, thank you to The Healthy Butcher for supplying the wonderful cuts of meat and coupons!

Paleo Duck Hash on Crispy Lettuce Wraps 
Paleo Mini-Elk Meatballs in Sweet & Spicy Sauce 

Grass-Fed Beef Roast – used salt & pepper only. 
Paleo Rapini with Lemon
Puree’d Roasted Parsnips

Primal Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Primal Cocoa Balls
Primal Gingerbread Cookies

If I can figure out how to add a gallery to this site, I will post all of the pictures.  

Looking forward to the next Paleo Night – details coming soon!