Wild Food Lunch w/ Friends

The leaves are still tucked tightly in their casings on most trees here in the High Country but a few have uncoiled themselves and are sporting that Spring green that is so iridescent and alive with joy. Yet closer to the earth’s skin the wild weeds are joyously erupting saying …”pick me!”

Dandelions are simply carpeting the ground with the urgent reminder of our need for them at this time of year to clean out the old with it’s bitter properties stirring up our juices. I remember back when their appearance was annoying as it marred my neatly kept lawn. Now I blow their seed heads purposely seeking to spread the goodness!

Spring roots are viable and I’ve been doggedly harvesting them to pickle or freeze as well as enjoy now in my menus before the energy is forced up to make the stalks and flowers.

The boys dug up Burdock root

Violet leaves are still small but their purple, yellow and even white flowers are poking through the forest floor strewn with last Fall’s fallen leaves.

And Chickweed is in abundance due to our cooler climate.

Chickweed growing in my compost bin, early Spring

Wild food feasts is my idea of a good time, but this one was particularly fun because children were involved!   We got together to learn a bit, forage and then cook a Mexican wild feast.

I took pictures of the digging, picking, garbling, preparing, cooking and eating but photos don’t capture the bird song, the Spring breezes, the warmth of the sun or the flavors of eating wild.

Mentally, I will always remember their happy hands plucking blossoms as if they were finding hidden Easter eggs. Baskets were filled to overflowing with all of our wild ingredients, ready for the kitchen.

Josiah and Caleb picking Mustard flowers

The JOY of foraging!

None of the children had eaten wild before, yet they ate everything and loved it! Perhaps because they had picked it, cooked it and felt vested!

Mexican Wild Food Feast

Wild Foods Mexican Menu

Wild Salsa with chips: Chickweed added into my favorite salsa recipe
Nathaniel harvested handfulls of it’s wild abundance from my compost bin where it is growing in perfusion.

Dandelion Blossom Fritters: Dandelions dipped in egg and flour and fried up to perfection THANK YOU Sydney and Hannah for cooking these!

Fried Dandelion Fritters

Beans with wild onion, wild mustard
Bethany flavored these to perfection

Crockpot chicken breasts with taco seasoning, salsa. The wild ingredients were several cups of Dandelion buds, 2 cups of steamed and sliced Burdock root, 1/2 cup of Dandelion roots, 1/2 cup of Fiddlehead ferns, wild onions.
When all was cooked al dente we added sour cream to the juices to make an amazing sauce to enjoy all the wildness in!!!

Wild Frittata, egg casserole with Shitake mushrooms, wild onion, chickweed and spices

Wild Frittata, Caleb's masterpiece


Wild Salad, chickweed, violet leaves, dandelion greens and violet and dandelion flowers to decorate
London made a delicious dressing for her salad

Dandelion & Violet Flower Salad

Violet Scones decorated with Violet flowers
Victoria followed incomplete instructions to pull off these delicious treats.  Well done!Lemongrass and Monarda iced teas with Violet flower ice cubes

Wild Beverages, so good!

While digging Burdock root the boys found a huge patch of Catnip and after I told them how their cat would love it if they harvested some to take home.

Everything was delicious! and best yet is the knowledge that these children have been reconnected with their rightful wild heritage. I told them that what they were doing today was common place to their ancestors.
Not only did their great grandparents eat from God’s garden but they knew how to use it for medicine.

I feel like a fire was relit.  I am thankful!

 

Comments

  1. Oh! A recipe for that fritatta recipe would be heaven!

    • I’ll be posting it soon. Working on my New York Style Chopped Wild Salad wild food feast recipes right now. This is going to be so much fun! We’ll be making 4 different wild salad dressings and foraging for the plethora of tender greens that are popping up all over. Wish you could come!
      Oh and I will finally get to meet Linda Runyon THIS weekend. So excited!

  2. Hi Holly – spring in your part of the country looks delicious. I am enjoying discovering your website.

    Are you still advising people on their land – showing them what is edible? I found a comment of yours on an Of The Field forum – it sounds very interesting. I hope you are charging now 🙂

  3. I am sure everything was perfectly fresh!

    • Today is December 18th and Chickweed is growing all around in lush sprawling bunches. It particularly loves leaf piles and fallen debree from last year’s growth. If you know where to look there is abundance in different forms all year long. Praise be to our Creator! We are blessed indeed!

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