The challenges of surviving the winter on wild food. And not just any winter... this winter! An update on winter foraging or the lack of it :)
this winter is hard, and I assume that experiencing the "hard" was part of your plan. but I feel that these experiences are "lessons" too (which for now I am absorbing from the comfort of my sofa, I am waiting for the sun to come out more to hopefully get that miner's lettuce patch I found into "better sizes" but overall you seemed "ahead" of this area of Germany for most of the year. I guess the "color" is one of the reasons why - where it grew - chilis became such a staple for winter food. (kimchi being a traditional winter food, even if there is plenty of fermented side dishes around the year): I wonder if condiments could be rendered with an eye to color and keeping-ability, to supplement the "delicious looking browns" I am so torn, stuck here in my comfort, planning and dreaming about that project that we sort of postponed and postponed until the husband's work will allow for it (and we still do not know if it will be in Ireland (rep.) or Brittany. sigh) to envy you both your independence and surroundings but also trying to enjoy to the fullest the comfort and ease in which I am allowed to pass this crisis. I wish you best of health and am so grateful that you let us peak. Thank you
Although further north we have had much less snow and I have been able to wander out and find some things to add to the salad. Bittercress is such a cheery little plant and now having added sow thistle to my creeping knowledge store of edible wilds I feel options are widening. Ground elder growing through fallen leaves is an exciting shade of green. Let me know if you need more acorns.
Your Snow on Toast post has me chuckling though. I'm in a drafty wooden cabin on the windy Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall but wouldnt be anywhere else at this time! Hot infusions of dried nettle or Rosebay Willow herb is helping to keep me warm and I make a mean Hedgerow pesto. Thanks so much for your inspirations x
Fascinating read Monica! 💚
Such a joy to read you. You keep a good sense of humour. I enjoy very much your Instagram post too...thank you for sharing your stories, they are inspiring
A very uplifting post at this frightening time foe everyone.
Monica's knowledge is amazing and hopefully there will be a time when we can vist the Bathgate shop again.
Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, you are amazing. Your writing is comforting and encouraging, just what is needed right now.
Fantastic. How the other half live! Bracing yet joy ringing.