Two years ago, halfway through a WOD class at CFCL, Gemma told me that she was going part time at her perfectly fine job (that’s not true, she hated it) to open up London’s first primal food stall. I thought she was nuts. Sure, I would go along, I’m paleo, I NEED her! But at that time paleo wasn’t really a thing in London. We could only watch in envy as the West Coast of the US were getting their paleo food vans, their paleo restaurants, their paleo-friendly snacks. Back in Blighty: we didn’t really talk about paleo at our CrossFit box, the media hadn’t cottoned on, Perfectly Paleo didn’t exist. I mean, fat was STILL being demonised and sugar wasn’t yet seen as a problem. Guys, this was a mere TWO years ago, hardly ancient history. In those dark days of paleo-pessimism, I didn’t really think she’d make it, although I desperately wanted her to.
How things have changed. Despite the mass-media’s greatest efforts, paleo is gaining fans daily, judging by the increasing numbers of people on the Paleo-UK Facebook page. Even the street food scene in London is still going strong, again despite dire warnings otherwise.
Anyway, fast forward to 2014, and Gemma quit her job to run Feed Me Primal fulltime. She now has four stalls regularly at Camden Market, Broadway Market, Urban Food Feast and Startisans and she is looking to add more. Here’s why I love her food and her philosophy:
…it’s the only place in London you can get paleo-friendly food for under £10 where you don’t have to explain your craziness.
…her boxes are cardboard and her forks are wooden, meaning they’re environmentally friendly.
…she always has time to talk to her customers about paleo; in fact she encourages it.
…the food is freshly cooked every day and each portion is made to order. Meals can always be customised to suit the individual’s tastes and allergies.
…her meat comes from Devon Rose Gourmet Meats, whose website states: “We say“No” To Antibiotics, Additives, Water & Saline Pumping. We say “Yes” to Free Range, Natural Growth and Feed.”
…her vision: “I want to show people that paleo food doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, but instead is delicious, healthy and easy to make themselves.”
But is her food any good? Well, yes it is in fact. Right now her spring menu is grilled chicken or steak (or both, if you’re indecisive). The steak is freshly cooked in front of you; the chicken is pre-cooked (for obvious contamination issues) but on reheating to order it doesn’t go dry (trust me, this is important. I NEVER order chicken out for fear of dry chicken). It comes with a gluten-free flatbread made of three ingredients – coconut milk, tapioca flour and onion seeds. I love anything with onion seeds (kalonji to the South Asians among you) anyway, but I also love the chewy texture of the flatbreads. I know some people don’t like that texture, and I guess if you’re Whole30ing you’d have to do without. Added to the meat is a generous helping of cauli-beetroot-carrot rice and a spinach salad. If you’re primal you can have sour cream and grated cheese on top. The menu is kept simple, which I love since I’m so indecisive.
I highly recommend trying out Feed Me Primal: you WILL be back for more. Visit them at:
Startisans: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 12-2:30
Camden Market: Thursday-Monday 12-5
Broadway Market: Saturdays 11:30-4:30
Urban Food Fest: Fortnightly Saturdays 5-Midnight