....the woods are lovely, dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep *Robert Frost* Picture taken at the Ancient Forest, British Columbia
It's a cool and crisp September morning. Birds still lay warm in their nests. The sun rises silently. It feels like it's greeting me personally, saying a quiet hello. "Hello" I whisper back. I wait patiently for the world to come alive. Silence
Dread. Fear. Excitement. Hope...I feel all these things as I lay in bed 5:00am this morning. One week. One more week until the trucks and trailers are loaded to head North for seven days. Yep. I can feel the pressure. I can feel the sweat along my hairline start to creep in. I shed a... Continue Reading →
If I got my hands on Chicken of the Woods, I would so do this!
This is such an amazing mushroom. It’s gorgeous, incredibly nutritious, and best yet…tastes just like chicken. I’ll get into the nutrition side in another post. Right now let’s talk about how freaking huge these things can be. Seriously, 8-15 lbs of mushrooms at one time is no laughing matter…well, maybe. Like hysterically laughing with glee or something like that is completely acceptable. Drawback…what do you do with that much mushroom?
Well, there’s the obvious first answer…share that chicken. If you’re a frugal family like us though or another broke joke like the rest of us then you may want to consider ‘putting it back’. You can dry it but it just doesn’t do it justice. You could freeze it temporarily but make sure you have room in the freezer for deer. My favorite is pickled. It’s fairly quick, incredibly tasty and will be a special treat when you are dreaming…
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Lost and Found If I felt alone before, I was really alone now. Curled up in a ball on the lake shore of Eulatzella Lake, I wept for myself. I wanted to get so close to that fire; see the flames and feel the heat. I wanted to feel alive as I felt so... Continue Reading →
Learn how to identify, harvest, prepare birch polypore mushrooms to extract their medicinal value. via Birch Polypore – Medicinal Wild Mushroom — The Village Plate I had to share this article as I use this mushroom a lot. It's always in my pantry and added to my teas and even soup broths. It's a great... Continue Reading →
Sometimes it is cool to know people. I happen to know Hank, he is a good dude. That said – the man has launched an ambitious new book, backed by a Kickstarter Campaign, on cooking venison called Buck, Buck, Moose. Take a gander at the interview below – or on the Stands with the new... Continue Reading →
This is the most personal blog I'll probably ever write about, so read and take heed. I’m a hostage to the Ash. I was out in the forest the other day, to the 'burn' as I call it. I was mushroom hunting for Morels. Two years ago, a forest fire raged through hectares and hectares... Continue Reading →
I sit here and sip my afternoon coffee and reflect. Oh! The many miles this train diner car has traveled until it was put in its resting place. Now, it sits out of work and out of time. As a diner car, I'm sure it listened to conversation upon conservation about its passengers travels, dreams,... Continue Reading →