This MooseBoots journey can sometimes be influenced by external forces ... timing ... seasons ... impulses .... I want to start foraging more of our food. I have talked about it for years, but (insert excuse) .... This week, we have taken a step forward. If any of you are interested in foraging, I highly recommend The Forager's Harvest as a good place to start. The guy who wrote this book forages a good percentage of his food and wrote this book based on his lifelong passion for foraging.
Our last outdoors class was a pleasant review of foraging some of the native foods in season now. So, since then, we have been eating dandelion greens with at least one meal a day. Most often, we eat the green mixed in with leaf lettuce and basil for a delicious salad. Tonight, we ate dandelion greens sauteed with butter and garlic, which we grew ourselves last year.
Yesterday, I told Wendy that we needed to go foraging. But, other tasks won out ... ducks need a house, the yard needs to be cleaned up, wood needs chopping. Tonight, while Wendy was preparing dinner, Little Fire Faerie, Precious, and I went for a walk with the dogs. It was a quick foraging trip. We walked and gathered some Japanese Knotweed and some dry, standing dead wood for a fire. Big Little Sister lit the fire by herself, including splitting some wood with a big knife.
The knotweed was washed and chopped up. This was added to some sliced apples and strawberries. Then, it was heated over low heat. Incredibly, it turned into some very delightful applesauce.
Who knew that this, my MooseBoots journey, could be so delicious and enlightening at the same time? This is a great time of year!