It’s been a crazy old start to the week here at JFC so I’m e x t r e m e l y tardy with this post detailing our most recent Sydney Autoimmune Protocol picnic. I am sorry.
And, I’m especially sorry if you were one of the fab’ people who came along on Sunday.
Because you made my day!
First, a little background for those new to my site – our inaugural experiment in meeting some of the local AIPers was back in late February. (You can read all about it here.) It came about when Rory from The Paleo PI, Kirstie from The Nutritionista and yours truly thought we’d put the call out and just see what happened. We really didn’t know if anyone would show. We figured that if nobody turned up, at least we would have had a good catch up.
We were pretty chuffed at the response. It was so great meeting other people committed to improving their health through adopting diet and lifestyle changes. AIP can be a pretty isolating experience – so, connecting (in real life) with others who ‘got it’ was a pretty great experience.
So, you can imagine how disappointed we were when we had to postpone our last picnic due to crappy weather. We had to reschedule to last Sunday and we prayed to the weather gods…
The weather gods heard us! This last Sunday dawned crisp and clear. Perfect picnic weather!
I have to say, this time around, the AIP picnic bar was raised even further.
Our June picnic was held at Bronte Beach. We had an awesome turn out and the food was seriously impressive. The only real disappointment was that I didn’t get more pics to share with you.
I promise to make a more concerted effort to stop my chin-wagging sufficiently to get more photos at our next catch up…
“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”
― Jim Henson, Favorite Songs from Jim Henson’s Muppets
I have to say, the food really was fabulous on Sunday. Anyone who doesn’t think they can dine well on AIP needs to come along to one of our picnics!
We dined extremely well on such things as marinated chicken drumsticks, roasted root veggies, prosciutto wrapped broccolini, a most impressive pork and chicken liver terrine served with spiced apple compote (guest recipe on Autoimmune Paleo by Kate Jay of Healing Family Eats), a superb berry version of cherry pie bars by Alaena Haber of Grazed and Enthused, carob bombs (for which I don’t have a recipe) and I made honey vanilla marshmallows care of the lovely Martine Partridge of The Paleo Partridge.
The opportunity to meet fellow local AIP peeps is such a lovely experience. Sure, social media platforms make it easy for us to find other autoimmune sufferers online, but nothing beats the shared experience of connecting with someone face to face.
A huge thank you to all of you who took the plunge to along on Sunday. I thought it was a very special day.