Well our wild foods weekend was awesome, as always, even if I barely made it out of the kitchen the entire time. The food turned out great though, and I got to sample (more like chow down on) some of the most exquisite dishes imaginable, all created from wild foods hand-harvested in the midwest. It is so inspiring to know that no matter how much we seperate ourselves from "nature" in our daily lives, we really are designed to thrive within the natural world. The real world.
Here is a sample menu of some of what we ate. These are dishes made from foods readily available to anyone in the midwest who knows how to find them--simple information available in books like this one.
breakfast: wild rice with maple syrup and walnuts, dried berries and tea. (a 100% wild meal!!)
lunch: acorn chili with a salad of wild greens and mushrooms, cookies made from wild fruit, grains and nuts (okay, 80% wild, at least!)
supper: wild grape leaves stuffed with venison, wild rice, greens, onions, and hickory nuts--all wild, acorn bread and for dessert--ice cream sherbet made with wild berries. (again, almost completely wild foods. And so delicious!)
There were also many items that were mainly storebought ingredients with one or a few wild componants: Cream of morel mushroom soup, hickory nut mini-tarts, and an elderberry cheesecake among many others. All in all we must have had around 60 or 70 different dishes, containing untold variety of nature's brilliant bounty. It was incredibly encouraging to see so many different ways to nurture my family's connection to the earth through food, and to spend time with others who are interested in the same. It was a great weekend! And can you believe I didn't take the camera? Forgotten at home, poor thing. Oh well, next year there will be photos.