The MAGIC of Stone Soup

Remember the Russian folk tale of the three weary soldiers journeying home from war…hungrily they ask for food and shelter, the suspicious townspeople refused them any sustenance.  As a final request the men ask for simply a pot of water to cook a magic stone soup with. This they were given.  With curiosity the people watch as the men begin to cook mere stones.  “This will taste even better with a touch of onion” comments one soldier in an off-handed manner.  Eagerly, one of the townspeople runs off to retrieve some onions from their Winter stores.  The stones are really bubbling up a magical smell now.  Ingredients are subtlety suggested to add ‘just the right touch’ to the Magic Stone Soup.  Finally, the ‘stone soup’ is ready to eat, filled with herbs, potatoes, a variety of vegetables and spices.  A hearty brew for all.  Magic! [Read more…]

Italian Wild Foods Feast Fun

Foraging With my Faithful Collies

Tuesday afternoon I went shopping for some last minute wild ingredients for my wild food feast.  As I circumnavigated the pasture followed by my collies, Chippy and Skipper, I filled my baskets with many wild blessings!  Red Clover blossoms captured at the peak of their energy before the bees found em…. YUM!  Burdock stems upholding their fabulous elephant ear ruffled leaves are the latest surprise delicacy to my foragers plate, Milkweed pods in their cheese stage, Goldenrod for a blood cleansing tea, Queen Anne’s Lace flowers for fried chips and salad decor, Maple tree whirly gigs, Evening Primrose flowers and fruits…. and WILD GRAPES in crazy perfusion hanging just out of reach but not quite ripe. [Read more…]