OMFG – Met “Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations”, George Bryant

So I cyber stalk some foodie bloggers, don’t act like you don’t too! That’s what their blogs are there for anyway lol I have followed  Civilized Caveman Cooking for a few months now. So when George posted on Facebook that he was going to host a cooking demo in Temecula at Williams Sonoma, I was on that shit right away!

George made his amazing Paleo Banana Bread! I got to help because, well, you know, I’m not shy in the least lol so when asked for volunteers, I may be short but my hand is raised the highest 🙂 He made several variations to this base recipe. We sampled chocolate blueberry (my favorite of the night), pumpkin pecan (really tastes like pumpkin pie), and he also made a chocolate marble mix.

This dude is so down-to-earth and incredibly warm-hearted that it really felt like you were cooking with him in his kitchen.  George shared some very personal things about his journey to Paleo; one in particular which resonated tremendously with me (there will be a future post about this!).  He shared a wealth of information on local, organic, non-GMO farms. We are super excited to take a tour of Cooks Pig Ranch on June 29th, all because of his info share. Mike and Krys’ story is so incredible; from what I understand she has kept the business growing and thriving while he was deployed! We also learned of Primal Pastures, a local source for pasture raised, free range, organic chickens. In the midst of our demo were several local business owners, like the owner of a macadamia nut farm in Fallbrook! Darn, I didn’t catch the name of the business (bad blogger, I know!) but I will find out about this gem and update this post.

Another thing George shared with us is his effort to make a difference, and help save the life of Mike O’Brien. Mike is a 29 year young man who was born with a congenital heart defect and is in need of a heart transplant.  George doesn’t know Mike from Adam, but HIS huge heart has lead to this amazing initiative to help Mike live, and help him fund his journey to obtaining his new heart, and sustaining it. George told us something like Mike can’t even get on the donor list until he can prove that he can afford all the meds, and care, he will need AFTER the transplant. I am fucking floored by this! I mean, we give kidney’s and all sorts of shit to elderly people who have ravaged their bodies from ailments like diabetes, etc., and what’s the prognosis there? Another 5-10 years for them? Are you kidding me??? This is a YOUNG man!!! You can read all about George’s efforts in his blog here, Do you have a Paleo heart?, and learn about Mike’s story here, Man Survives Childhood Heart Defect, Seeks Transplant. If you can find it in your heart to make lunch this week, instead of buying it, or cut some other cost to help Mike, I urge you to donate anything you can! But please, at least share these links somewhere, Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook, ANYWHERE! There is strength in numbers! And you’re probably bullshitting on line anyway…do something that can make a difference!

Here is the Civilized Caveman – Facebook page.

Here are my pics from the night

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My friend Nancy (who is a great source of support) and I with George 🙂

Xo,

TJ

YES! SUCCESS! Chocolate chip banana bread conquered!

This weekend I bought all the items needed to conquer banana bread.

I used this awesome recipe by Gluten Free-Jenny: Gluten Free Best Ever Banana Bread

Now…I never eat banana bread without chocolate chips. It’s just not the same kinda dessert like, satisfying experience, for me if it doesn’t have chocolate in it.  Well guess what I forgot?

This is me sulking in the kitchen Sunday morning (Don’t you love the pub height chair I use as a stool in my kitchen? They made these cabinets for amazons I tell ya! I’m only 5 feet tall!!).  My wife laughed at me, took the picture, and then went all the way to the supermarket (that’s just across the street! lol) to get me chocolate chips. She says I should tell everyone that I’m spoiled and not try to hide it hahaha

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I quickly set out to beat this bread bitch!

Now this picture requires a correction. In my haste, I left the white rice flour in the pic BUT it’s not for this recipe…not included at all.  I was overly eager as you can tell. Notice the empty ramekin? That was for chocolate chips.

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And WAH-LA…they appeared 🙂

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Here is Jenny’s recipe:

  • 1/2 cup organic butter, softened
  • 4 medium ripe organic bananas
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
  • 2 tsp Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional, I didn’t use) – I also didn’t use nuts, but added chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 5 x 9 inch loaf pan.
Mash bananas in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream your butter with sugar.  Add in eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas.

In a separate bowl, combine flours, ground flax, salt and baking powder.
Add dry ingredients (about a 1/4 cup at a time) to the wet and beat until combined.

If you add nuts, gently fold them in at the end.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

SO NOW AFTER POSTING THIS HERE I REALIZE THAT I BAKED THE BREAD ON 375, NOT 350 😦 I’m telling ya, I’m terrible at this baking shit! But it didn’t affect it, or at least I don’t think it did.

Here are my pics:

Mix the wet ingredients

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Then mix the dry ingredients
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This one needs an explanation…I pour half of the batter into the pan and then I take the chocolate chips and chuck them at it one by one…like “BAM”, “POW”, “TAKE THAT”! It’s kinda like a superhero thing…I know, I have issues.

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Then I add the rest of the batter and once again, beat it down with chocolate chips!

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And then, magically, from the depths of my despair…THIS BEAUTY CAME OUT OF THE OVEN! I cooked it about 1 hour and 15 min total.

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Success!

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I did it, I did it, I did it hooray! (OK, my kid is 12, but we loved some shit outta Dora!)

The one thing I would do differently next time is to NOT add the layer of chocolate chips in the middle. It wasn’t necessary and I think it baked a little weird from that level down to the bottom of the pan…seemed more chewy, maybe too much moisture? Not sure! But it tastes amazing!

Thank you Jenny! I’m so happy you found me and suggested your recipes. Next one I’m trying is your Gluten Free Soft White Bread!

Xo,
TJ