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Hunter-Gatherer?

Gatherer:

I opted out of gym time today in place of…oh yes….chocolate almond butter. I think both are beneficial for my figure, no? I was inspired by a beautiful recipe from Oh She Glows (again!). Where does the “gathering” come into play here? Well, I’m filing “gathering” the almonds from the grocery store under my gatherer instinct. Unfortunately, I don’t have an almond tree to pick from (or any tree for that matter), so my gathering capabilities are pretty much limited to the grocery store.

First up for the almond butter, was “gathering” the ingredients (yep, I’m going to keep throwing that word in here…I would have been an awesome cavewoman). Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips- I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips. I’m sure any dark chocolate, or probably regular chocolate chips would work.
  • 1 tsp. canola oil-original recipe calls for coconut oil…but as you may have guessed, I don’t have that.
  • salt to taste

First, I put the 2 cups of almonds in the food processor. I turned it on and let it pulse for about 15 minutes or until it was smooth. Throughout the 15 min., I stopped it multiple times to scrape the almond off the sides. It gets pretty clumpy so you’ll have to do this quite a bit.

pulse pulse pulse!

Keep pulsing…

little clumpy...

Keep it pulsin’

nice n' smooth

Finally, the almonds were lookin’ good and creamy. Once they reached that consistency….I microwaved the chocolate chips.

the best part

As tempted as I was to spoon this out and eat it….I poured it into the almond butter mixture along with the canola oil.

how can this not be good?

I pulsed the mixture for a couple minutes until it was blended.

amazing!

Remember the Chocolate Dreams peanut butter I was obsessing about a few weeks back? Well, obviously I ate the entire thing already. I still had the jar and decided to use it for the almond butter.

Notice the scrape marks on the bottom of the jar? Cliff did that I swear :).

I poured the almond butter into the jar and stuck it in the fridge. This turned out really tasty (again, how could it not?). It made quite a bit too…almost filled the whole peanut butter jar. Hopefully this will last me more than a week!

Hunter:

So, I’m going on a weekend trip with Cliff to Wichita Falls, Texas. He wants to go hunting again and asked if I’d like to go too. Well, I’m definitely going on the trip. I’m pretty sure I will go hunting with him too (because why not, I’m there?). Will I shoot anything? I haven’t decided.

The question I had for myself was, as a meat eater, could I hunt my food? Obviously, I am okay with eating meat that other people “hunt” (although I know it’s more complicated than that these days) so, could I do it myself? I think since I do eat meat, I should be able to hunt my dinner.

I’m thinking at this point I’m going to give it a try. This is easier said than done, so we’ll see what happens. Besides the fear/discomfort with killing an animal, I’m also nervous to shoot one and not kill it. I’m thinking that would be something that would haunt my dreams.

I firmly believe not to knock things until I’ve tried them. If I try this, IF I shoot something and it’s not for me? Then so be it, at least I tried. I remember in Spain a couple years ago we went to a bull fight. This is obviously something very important to their culture and I appreciate that. Midway through the fight I started crying (I know, not a good sign for hunting). The stabs over and over into the bull’s head were pretty much horrifying. But, I’m glad I went. It was a new experience….although not something I’d want to watch with a bag of popcorn.

If you’re a meat eater, do you think you could ever “hunt” your food? Or do you prefer not knowing how your dinner got to your plate?

Hunter-Gatherer or Gatherer-Gatherer? I’ll let you know which one I am after this weekend.

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