Eat Drink Paleo cookbook launch

Irena Macri, the blogger behind Eat Drink Paleo has launched her first cookbook!

Eat Drink Paleo book launch

Eat Drink Paleo book launch

The event was held in an art gallery in Wooloomolloo, a very fitting space for a very visual cookbook. The book itself was, of course, on sale, along with cute black aprons.

Aprons and cookbooks

Aprons and cookbooks

Apron and cookbook

A couple of the sponsoring companies were present with products for sale/sampling: Niulife (coconut products) and OptimOZ (Bulletproof coffee, etc). I bought a bunch of coconut products, including a jar of creamed coconut, which has become my latest addiction. I tasted a cup of decaf Bulletproof coffee with butter and MCT oil, it was great, although a bit pricey for my budget.

Coconut sauces and vinegars

Niulife coconut sauces and vinegars

Coconut caramel and creamed coconut

Niulife coconut caramel and creamed coconut

Bulletproof coffee and MCT oil

Bulletproof coffee and MCT oil

The bar offered red and white wine, as well as Magners cider, another event sponsor.

We were treated with some of Irena’s creations. The meatballs with harissa sauce, made with grass-fed and finished beef from GRUB were great by themselves and even better with the slightly spicy sauce.

Meatballs and harissa sauce

Meatballs and harissa sauce

I bet the next “nibble” was very unexpected to most non-Paleo guests: bone broth, served on mini plastic cups. The broth, sold in GRUB, was way less fatty and gelatinous than the one we make at home, but delicious nonetheless.

Bone broth

Bone broth

Another liquid “nibble” was the lemongrass pumpkin soup, which I had prepared at home using the recipe in the blog. Delicious and perfect for this cold weather.

Pumpkin, lemongrass & coconut soup

Pumpkin, lemongrass & coconut soup

Next were the pulled pork tacos, served on lettuce leaves. A little messy to eat, but worth the effort. There was also a vegetarian version featuring mushrooms that was good but, not surprisingly, I preferred the meaty one.

Pulled pork tacos

Pulled pork tacos

On the sweet department, the chocolate banana strawberry smoothie was a bit hard to get out of the cups without some tongue action (not that I did that…) Good smoothie, tangy and not too sweet.

Chocolate banana strawberry smoothie

The final morsels were the terrific banana muffins with strawberry butter. Sadly, I could only score one of those because I was busy getting my book signed.

Banana muffins with strawberry

Banana muffins with strawberry butter

Irena gave a brief and honest speech to thank everyone who had made the project possible. She also drew the winners for the raffle that consisted in 3 boxes with sponsoring products and a set of measuring/mixing kitchen tools.

Irena

Raffle prizes

Raffle prizes

Finally, we got to sample Hunted and Gathered‘s Paleo jerky and chocolate, and left the event with a round of my favourite butter, Pepe Saya.

Paleo jerky

Paleo jerky

Pepe Saya butter

Pepe Saya butter

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