Irena Macri, the blogger behind Eat Drink Paleo has launched her first cookbook!
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
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.
Niulife coconut sauces and vinegars
Niulife coconut caramel and creamed coconut
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
Pepe Saya butter