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Friday, April 21, 2017

Hickory Nuts

Last fall I gathered a bunch of Hickory Nuts when I went to visit my inlaws in Arkansas.  I had good intentions of cracking and eating them so I kept them around for about a month and forgot about them.  When I was cleaning the back room up I thought , " I need to crack these things and eat them." so I set about w a hammer and cracked a bunch of them and set them by my chair in the living room, again, with every intention of eating them.  Well, they are hard to get the meat out of!! and not worth my trouble so I decided to give the squirrels and opossums a treat and threw them out in the back driveway.  One day later I was switching channels on the TV and came across some Oklahoma Native Americans showing how they use hickory nuts.... the easy way! so I will share this with you and hope that I remember next year to check my own blog before casting them asside ( of course, they were totally gone from the driveway) So here's how our native ancestors used the nuts:

Wash the shells/nuts

They put a hand ful of them in a carved out hole in a rock and ground them shells and all with a big stick that looked like a baseball bat

Throw everything into a pot and boil

strain the milk into a container

add water to the original pot of nuts and boil and strain again

It is the milk that you will use, not the actual nuts.  The woman on the show cooked her rice in the milk as a staple meal.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weeds? Maybe not...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Food right under your feet



Within just a few square feet in my back yard are multiple, edible plants.  There have been no poisons added, no genetic modification, no fertilization.  They grow here and are available to feed me.  We talk about biodiversity in places that are far away from us and fret over destruction of rain forests.  We might look at ourselves first.  Ever wonder how the native people survived without a grocery store?  Their world was the grocery store and it is still here and will be for a long time if we choose to protect it.  We might consider not poisoning our yards and instead eat what is there.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Picking Berries

I belong to a wildcrafting group ( think wild food) and one of the girls in the group sent me a pic of her grand daughter picking berries at a nearby creek.  She graciously allowed me the use of the photo to create this painting.  She was actually interested in the very tall Mullein plant to the left and asked her granddaughter to stand nearby so that we could get perspective on how tall it was.  ( Mullein is used medicinally.  To visit this painting and many others in my ebay gallery, click here   To visit my artist blog ( where you can also order my books on painting and my children's book on foraging ) , click here

Wild berry crumble

                                                                                                                                                                    Throughout the summer I picked fruit and berries from my own small serviceberry, goji berry, huckleberry bushes and also some apples and plums from the neighborhood garden apple trees.   My goal was to save enough for some sort of a pie in the cold weather.  ( I kept adding them to my freezer bag throughout the summer) and today is the day to make a fruit/berry crumble.  ( think apple crisp)
                                           

Live Forever plant

I have brown a little patch of these flowers for years after getting a cutting from someone's garden. They are perennial and I just found out they are also a prized spring salad edible. from the net...
Orpine (sedum purpureum) is a wonderful, tasty wild plant that is also grown in gardens and as an ornamental plant. If you are lucky enough to find it growing wild and in abundance, you'll have found one of my favorite salad greens. At least the young and tender leaves are great in salads or raw as a trail nibble. But you can also boil the older leaves for 5 to 10 minutes, and its tubers are edible as well, cooked for 20 minutes or so.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Red Bud Blossoms are Edible.... And pretty!

Redbud blossoms are edible and tasty... hidden in this salad are finely sliced dandelion greens and dandelion buds.  I have to hide them from my husband... he doesn't know what he is eating half the time ;-)