A short walk yielded not only a pheasant for dinner but a big bundle of mistletoe to decorate the house with ready for Christmas.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Friday, 1 December 2017
Todays dinner with wild ingredients; one pheasant, some spagheti, a jar of carbonara sauce and about 750grams of blewits and horse mushrooms fed the whole family. We've got plenty more mushroons left to cook in the camp kitchen tomorrow as well 😋
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Monday, 27 November 2017
Roast pheasant for Sunday lunch was delicious.
I'm glad my children appreciate where their food come from and understand the work that goes into putting food on the table. Celophane wrapped, battery farmed chicken can't compete with this.
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Friday, 17 November 2017
Friday, 10 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Saturday, 4 November 2017
My oldest boy; Michael, was very excited about the wood blewits and field mushrooms he found for us today, he brought them home in his flat cap and had them strait away for lunch. While we were making lunch we also got our venison chilli ready for our bonfire celebrations tonight. We'll warm it up on the camp fire thisevening.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Apple-of-peru, shoo-fly-plant (it has insect repelant properties) or nicandra is one of the nightshade family which is often planted as an ornamental in gardens. It is reportedly eaten in some regions of Nepal and it certainly wouldnt be the only nightshade which is edible; tomatoes, chillies, black nightshade (huckleberry) to name a few. But most of what I've read indicates that most parts of this plant are poisonous so this is one I'm going to pass on for now until I get more reliable information.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Spotted loads of sea-buckthorn today, its a great source of vitamin C as well as fats and although sour to the taste when fresh that can be lessened by bletting. It has a long history of use all over the wold in food products such a juices and jams but also in the preparation of skin ointments and creams.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
We collected some apples from a few roadside trees the other day, it was a fairly motley assortment; some looked like russets, some were crab apples and there were a few other varieties too. We juiced them up and spiced them with some cinamon, cloves and star anise, sweetened with honey and drank it by the fire. We'll be making more for Christmas.
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Monday, 9 October 2017
The parasol mushrooms, and sweet chestnuts that acompanied some recently harvested venison (see the recent butchery post) for yesterdays Sunday dinner were harvested less than two hours before they were eaten. Delicious; and the children love helping with the foraging.