George Bryant is the man behind the blog Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. Civilized Caveman Cooking is about creating recipes that are fun and nourishing for our bodies. George is a self taught chef who likes to break the rules and deliver mouth-watering gluten, grain, and dairy free recipes to the world.
Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations was chosen as FriendsEAT’s Best Food Photography Blog of 2013. Check out the rest of the winners here.
What was your inspiration to start a food blog?
I had to adopt a Paleo Lifestyle while I was deployed to afghanistan to combat some serious food allergies. When I returned home I realized I had no idea how to cook. So I started my blog and started documenting my journey to learn how to cook, overcome eating disorders, losing 100 pounds and just learning to love life.
What was your inspiration to start a food blog?
Success is measured differently by different people but to me success is finding a way to share lessons I have learned in life in a manner that others can use them to benefit their life. I knew my website was successful the first time I got an email stating that my story or recipes helped change someones life.
What’s your personal advice about food blogging to new bloggers?
My best advice would be to just keep blogging. You should be blogging because it is something you are passionate about. If you can always maintain focus on the reasons you started, naturally your passion and excitement will shine through in your work. There isn’t a secret to having a viral blog, it’s just doing your best and being yourself and that is what people resonate with.
What was your readers’ most favorite blog post? What do you think is the reason why the post got people’s attention?
This Paleo Banana Bread recipe is my most prized creation to date. This recipe uses no sweetener outside of bananas and only takes 5 minutes to get in the oven. You can make it as a loaf, muffins or even waffles in a waffle maker. My personal favorite thing is to make french toast with it. I believe people love it because it is simple to make, the possibilities are endless and they can use it for quick food on the go.
What’s the craziest recipe you ever cooked or baked? Why?
Sometimes I am called out for having odd taste buds, but I love that I am excited about trying combinations of food that most won’t. These Chocolate Bacon Almond Butter Bananas are AMAZING and they were a mistake. I was baking and had all these ingredients out on the counter. In true cooking fashion, I had to taste everything which involved dipping the banana in the almond butter and then adding chocolate and finishing with a bite of bacon. Once that combination hit my palate, my life changed forever so I had to make it a recipe. People absolutely love this recipe and it can be made ahead and frozen or even put on popsicle sticks for kids.
Where do you see food blogging in five years?
Hopefully bigger and bigger. One of my favorite things to do is search through instagram and find new food blogs. I am always taken back by all the amazing food bloggers that exist that we don’t know about. I want to be friends with them all so they share their food, but instead I just settle for following them online and drooling over their delicious work. I think it is an amazing community and we should all keep working to support each other so every one can have their slice of dessert shared with the world.
Your favorite photo on the blog that you shot yourself. Why do you like it?
These are paleo chocolate cake pops that I didn’t have to style. I made them on the paper they are on and that is the mess they made. This is one of my favorites because it only took me 5 minutes to get this photo and they turned out AMAZING.
What’s your favorite Restaurant? Why do you love it?
Russell House Tavern in Boston. Every time I visit my home town of Boston, I LOVE to eat here. Mainly because every time I return there are new items on the menu I have never tried before and I can always be adventurous. This restaurant is responsible for a lot of my firsts when it comes to trying food and I have loved everything I ate.
What’s their best dish you could recommend? Why?
Last visit I had the Octopus “Mortadella” and the Duck Confit. Why, because they are both AMAZING!!!!
If you do not like a particular dish at your favorite restaurant, what will you do?
I won’t eat it. Seriously, I have a lot of food allergies and most restaurants always do their best to accommodate. In the unlikely event that they can’t, I just find something else or eat the bacon I normally carry around in my pocket.
Name your favorite food blog and tell us why.
My dear friend and role model Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo. In my opinion, her blog, book, and app are all perfection. I love her and her family and I see how much hard work they put into their projects on top of their full time jobs.
Another favorite photo on the blog that you shot yourself. Why do you like it?
This is a mouth watering grass fed burger topped with sweet potato fries. I love this photo because it makes me hungry every time I look at it. The combination of beef, goat cheese, avocado and sweet potato in one heavenly bite just makes me smile.
If you could banish any food from the earth, what would it be? Why?
Soy because I don’t believe anybody should be eating it or drinking it in any form.
What’s your food guilty pleasure? (Something you love to eat, but feel guilty right after)
Almond butter and dark chocolate on a spoon together. I get a little out of control.
What’s the most exotic meal you’ve had?
While in Africa, I ate zebra, crocodile, antelope, and camel. It was all delicious
Who is your favorite celebrity chef? Why?
Gordon Ramsey. He is a food genius, absolutely hilarious and I just want to hang out with him for a day.