FROM THE WILD – S1E3 – BEAR

KevinBig Game, Black Bear, Charcuterie, Food Politics, Foraging - Other, From The Wild, Greens & Stuff, Hunting, Sausage, Smoking w/ Fire6 Comments

Don’t think I wasn’t apprehensive about tackling this one. When the prospect of bear hunting for From The Wild first came up, I scoffed. I’m now firmly on the opposite side of that fence. Rationale: Spring bear is not in fact fatty at all, which many claim is what makes it ‘gross’. Bear meat is far from ‘gross’, and in … Read More

1867 – Joy Road

Kevin1867, Backyard Chickens, Charcuterie, Cheese, Dry Cured Meats, Foraging, From the Cellar, From the Garden, From The Wild, Greens & Stuff, Kevin TV, Spring Veg, Vegetables5 Comments

On a recent [amazing] trip down to the Slow Food Canada national meeting, I happened to end up in a restaurant for dinner in Penticton, Cam and Dana happened to be there as well, and the restauranteur happened to introduce us. They’d just been back from foraging, and had a van full of watercress and nettles destined for the dinner … Read More

Mmmm…pesticides.

KevinBlossoms, Food Politics, Foraging, Foraging - Other, From The Wild, Greens & Stuff, Mushrooms, Wild Fruits8 Comments

Dear whoever will read this, [this letter has been sent to the mayor and a number of city councillors] I would like to add my voice to all the others asking the city for a non-essential or cosmetic pesticide ban. I’m a local food writer heavily involved in the urban agriculture and foraging communities. I lead groups of Edmontonians to … Read More

Blanched Dandelions

KevinForaging, From the Garden, From The Wild, Greens & Stuff, Shoulder Season Gardening, Spring Veg, Vegetables6 Comments

I’m starting to see dandelions as the single-most misunderstood wild food. People spend much time eradicating their robust roots from their monoculture of lawn. They spend money on toxic pesticides and various pieces of equipment designed specifically aimed at waging war on the dandelion. As I have in the past, I will offer the ultimate solution: eat them. Only this … Read More

Cream of Lamb’s Quarter Soup

KevinForaging, Foraging - Other, From the Garden, From The Wild, PhilosoFood, Soup, VegetablesLeave a Comment

Another cream-of-veg-soup, I know. This time, however, featuring an edible native plant that is generally considered a weed to be destroyed – lamb’s quarter. It’s been growing everywhere in my new gardening beds, regardless of the drought. I’ve been using young leaves, and will use some of the stems shortly, along with some more mature leaves as the plants, um, … Read More

Tisane of Labrador Tea and Lemon

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Me. A herbal tea guy. Really? No. Well…maybe. But I’m going to use the french word – tisane – cause it sounds so much more awesome than ‘herbal tea’ which makes me think of any dime-a-dozen box of whatever people have stashed at the back of a cupboard somewhere. I started mucking about with making teas out of various blends … Read More