Day Seven: A wild Thanksgiving

Together, my forager friends and I spent five hours preparing our wild Thanksgiving feast. We sipped lemonbalm tea as we worked, crafting a colorful spread of nourishing foods that were totally local, money-free, and produced 100% compostable waste. Most impressively, our dinner actually tasted good!

I never would have guessed it, but boiled rose hips are even better than cranberry sauce. The red-orange dish is a similar texture and flavor, yet naturally sweeter. To make it yourself, wash the rose hips, then remove the seedy core and little hairs surrounding it. Put the sliced berries in a pot, add water, boil and simmer until the mixture is soft and thick, and voila!

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2 thoughts on “Day Seven: A wild Thanksgiving

  1. hey one-n-all,
    what a ‘treat’ to see so many smiling happy faces.

    last may during survival challenge one,
    made ‘deeelicious-sahweeet’
    chestnut rose hip ‘pudding-porridge’.
    a little went a long way.
    lasted for several meals.
    it was the meal!

    one possible time-and-effort-saving-nutritional approach follows.
    prep the two separately.

    no need to ‘core’ the seeds and fuzzy stuff in the rose hips.
    (the previous year’s
    thoroughly-dried-on-the-bush-gathered-‘whenever’-before-they-mildew-and-stored-in-glass-jar rose hips are at least twice as sweet)
    simply wash crush and then soak-warm them up without boiling.
    mash-swish them around with a ‘tool’ in the pot.
    of course, the fuzzy stuff is no longer fuzzy!
    and the seeds separate out on their own.
    you can swallow the seeds whole and/or chew them up.
    if you chew them, they are bit bitter;
    but remember “bitter is better”.
    besides, the fuzzy stuff and the seeds contain ‘high magics’
    and who knows what else,
    (e.g. grape seed extract, citrus seed extract, et al..).

    similar prep for the shelled and peeled chestnuts.
    (the previous year’s ‘harvest’
    thoroughly-dried-and-stored-in-paper-bags-if unpeeled,
    –either way,
    both checked regularly for any mildew and/or rotting–
    we be talking survival —
    again, like the previous season’s rose hips are at least twice as sweet.)

    the fuzzy inner chestnut ‘skin’,
    more often than not, does not come off easily;
    but they separate easily when soak-warmed up without boiling.a bit longer and a bit more effort to mash than the rose hips.

    for treats ‘one-n-two’,
    ‘taste test’ the prepped ‘hips’ and the ‘nuts’ separately,
    before you mix the two together for treat number three.
    all three treats are very ‘addicting’.
    “a taste of something good,calls for more.” —john trudell

    with a little advance notice,
    will plan to join you
    from wherever
    for survival challenge three!
    whatever that may be…

    much love to one-n-all.
    it for now.
    keep squirreling

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