Pig Party ‘11

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Warning: If you don’t want to see photos of a cooked pig, you might want to skip this post.

Thumbs up to a fantastic pig roast!!! :mrgreen:

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It truly took a village to put on yesterday’s Pig Party. Mike, Jim, and Erin spent countless hours prepping, cooking, and helping Mal and me with anything and everything that we needed. Additionally, our guests offered to bring side dishes, desserts, bottled water, and other items to the party. Yesterday’s event was definitely a team effort! Many thanks to everyone to helped!

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Yesterday morning, the five of us were up and ready to go by 7:00 AM. The guys got the pig ready for cooking while Erin and I went in search of breakfast. Naturally, we decided on bagels and Marylou’s iced coffees.

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Once we ate breakfast, Erin and I got busy in the kitchen preparing State Fair Potato Salad and Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Olives for the party. (FYI: The pasta salad was awesome. I will definitely make it again in the future.)

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At one point, it started to downpour, but, thankfully, the rain cleared up and held off for the rest of the afternoon.

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Several hours later, just as our guests started to arrive, the pig was finished cooking. Hooray!

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While the pig cooled, we enjoyed Round 1 of eating.

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We had lighter fare, including fruit salad, Greek salad, chips, pickles.

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And pulled pork sliders! Yummmmm!

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(The pulled pork sliders were from a different cut of meat and prepared separately.)

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Doggie piranhas.

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Once the pig had a chance to cool, we prepared it to present to our guests.

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But, before we brought it out, the guys made a slideshow that showed the whole process from start to finish– how we deboned, stuffed, and cooked the pig for our guests.

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I think they liked it!

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It definitely made the experience seem all the more special to us.

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Then, it was time to cut open the pig. Mal did the honors.

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Inside was deliciousness: sausage, apples, fennel, carrots, onions”¦ mmm!

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Round 2 of eating!

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Round 3 of eating!

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At this point, I stopped documenting the Pig Party and drank copious amount of White Sangria and socialized with friends instead. Things went well into the evening with the last of our guests leaving around midnight. It was quite the event!

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I’m off to TechMunch later this morning. I’m speaking on a panel about marketing your blog. Wish me luck!



  1. That apple in the watermelon pig’s mouth kills me! tooo cute!

    Also the apple swans by the roasted pig are pretty cool as well. Nice presentation!

    I love your shirts! (Mal and yours)

  2. Love the watermelon piggie, too cute!
    I guess stuffing the pig is the same as stuffing turkeys for Thanksgiving, seems so much more laborious, but I bet so worth it.
    Everything looked amazing and like everyone had an awesome time! I hope the dogs got to try some meat too. Mine would have been going crazy!

  3. I guess I am the only person who is extremely turned off by this blog series? I never expected to see roasted dead pigs from someone into fitness and health. I don’t see anything cute in these pictures and it all seems rather cavalier. I look forward to a return to more traditional discussions.

    1. @Kathleen: I don’t understand why people seem to think that Tina’s pig party is a contradiction to her healthy lifestyle. I always have gotten the impression that Tina believes that to her healthy means not being afraid to have an indulgence every now and then. Why is it that when she eats a cupcake we’re fine, but when she eats pork we are shocked? Just because someone chooses to have some roasted pig doesn’t mean that she is no longer healthy. I think this was a very interesting post, and Tina should be proud of what she did 🙂

    2. @Kathleen:

      I don’t like it either but at least she put up a warning. I scrolled through quickly. I’m not a big fan of animal sacrifice. If there hadn’t been a warning, I would have been really upset.

    3. @Kathleen: I am a meat-eater and feel it works best for me and I have pork on occasion. I don’t see how someone who’s into “health and fitness” isn’t allowed to eat that stuff? That’s really unfair to say.

      With that said though – I still was disgusted at the sight of the actual pig and could have done without that.

      But it’s her blog and people way over-think stuff and get uptight.

    4. @Kathleen: First, I think it follows that someone who is ‘into fitness and health’ would be interested in preparing food from the source, as shown above. Unless you are arguing that an omnivorous diet is not healthy, which would be a separate discussion altogether.

      Second, her blog, her rules.

    5. @Kathleen: Unless you are a vegetarian, I don’t see what the big deal is. Good for Tina in that she went through the process of actually cooking a whole pig instead of going through the niceties of buying butchered, packaged meat. Ppl forget where their food comes from. Cooking a whole pig is a good reminder of that.

  4. This is my favorite blog, and this has been my FAVORITE series you’ve written! I love seeing varied activities (not just the usual food/exercise stuff)!! Yours guys must have done a lot of research– the preparations looked extensive and authentic!

    Btw, did your photo loader change recently? Your pics don’t load in my google reader anymore, so I can only view them on the website :(.

  5. Definitely not going to be a reader of this blog anymore. A step-by-step video made the pig roast experience all the more “special” to you? Ew.

      1. Personally, I have no problem whatsoever if a blogger chooses to write a post about a pig roast. That’s her prerogative, and pork is yummy. I do think, however, that people should be able to reply with their own opinions without other readers responding with comments like “good riddance” …that’s just unnecessary.

      1. @Tina: I would love to see the video, Tina, but I understand you probably won’t be sharing the video on the blog, considering how many commenters have had so much “beef” about the pig roast posts!

        1. @Amy: Agreed – I would love to see the video too! My husband, friends & I are planning on doing a pig roast in September and would be interested in knowing more about the process you followed.

          I think there is nothing wrong with your post – it’s your blog and no one is forcing others to read it or view the pictures. It’s very thoughtful of you to put a disclaimer up for those who may be adverse to seeing the pig. All in all, thanks for sharing this!

  6. Looks like you guys really made it a fun weekend! I especially loved the watermelon pig & the apple swans 🙂

  7. Hey Tina – saw a few comments on this already, but thought I’d voice as well that your photos haven’t been showing up in google reader for the past few days. Any fix for this?


  8. Sorry Tina but this makes me sick…it doesn’t look like the pig had so much “fun” nor did he likely have a “fun” life.

    1. Hah! Fun? Define ‘fun’ for a pig? Presumably you’re an animal behaviouralist?

      Animals aren’t children. They have little concept of the human emotions we insist on projecting on them. They want food, water, procreation and sleep. Yes, some animals have some semblance of what we could define as ‘intelligence’ (more likely just memory) but they have little concept of ‘fun’.

  9. That watermelon pig is the best thing I’ve seen all day. I love it!

    I find it interesting that all these people are making comments about how its wrong of you to show the pig, but I havent seen any comments about the sausage. Thats meat too. People obviously just want something to get angry about.

  10. More on the previous blog’s comments, why should we judge people on their lives? Tina presents as a very well rounded person who makes decisions based on what makes her happy and feel good, not what other people think she should do. I love that you post on subject true to your life and don’t worry about what others may think, you did respectfully warn. Its YOUR blog! You makes decisions day to day based on what makes you happy, satisfied and feel healthy. I love how you embrace and enjoy all aspects of life. Keep it up Tina! I love your blog. You make me feel that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to be perfect, being happy and enjoying life is critical!

  11. Yay! Looks so fun and special. Mal cracks me up! What did his tank top say in the earlier pictures? He looks so into it- haha! Whoever did the other decorations is super creative too! At UNC the fraternities always had ‘Pig Pickin’ Parties’, but none of them had the cute girly touches 🙂

  12. That’s such a cute fruit salad!
    I’ve never been to a pig roast, but this post makes me want to try it. Glad you had a great weekend out with friends! 🙂

  13. The fruit salad was really adorable. I’m sorry to see all the negative comments, but it can happen. There’s always a lot of opinions on a topic like this. But it looks like the party was a great success. Glad you guys had fun!

  14. So when you deboned it, did all the port ribs get discarded? Or do you cook those separately? I was picturing one of those giant pigs on a spit, this was such a cute little one!

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