"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Dreams And Food Inspirations

As the snow continues to fall outside we find inspiration in the thoughts and ideas of others, and are able to keep the dreams of spring alive. Huddled in our little cabin in the woods, last night we turned our attention to one of our favorite pastimes...dinner.

We subsist, no, flourish on a diet of mostly raw fruits, vegetables and salad greens with nuts and eggs added for good measure. Once a week however we treat ourselves to a cooked meal, but one that still incorporates some nutritional benefits. Last week Mrs. H was able to make a most palatable spinach quiche thanks to the chickens egg production being almost back to normal...thank you girls.

This week we were inspired by El to try a new bread recipe On even quicker real bread, and by Rob Bless the British weather! to have that most wonderful bread with wild mushrooms on top. Thank you.

After the bread was baked we soaked the last of the morel mushrooms, that we picked last spring, in milk to rehydrate for an hour.

Upon readiness they were added with onions to the cook pan for a good fry.

Potatoes were fried also as a good winter salad with black beans was prepared.

Fried potatoes were added to the salad. Mushrooms and onions over the bread, a quick broil to melt the sharp white Cheddar cheese, and we were ready to enjoy.

Now all that is left is to wait with abated patience for April to bring with it another, hopefully, abundant mushroom hunting season. Until then we will continue to seek inspiration and ideas from this remarkable, newly found community of people with similar interests.


el said...

Wow Mike that all looks SOOO fabulous. My spinach is getting its 3rd sets of leaves so very slowly I might be joining you in quiche! And yes, after this rough winter, mushroom season can't come soon enough, can it?

warm green thoughts, and warm tea too

Chiot's Run said...

MMMMMMM, mushrooms. We eat all of our morels before we can even get them dry. I can't wait to them to pop up this spring.

Mr. H said...


No, mushroom season can never come soon enough. First come the morels and then we look for shaggy manes after rainy days throughout the the summer...that's about as brave as we are when it comes to mushrooms.

Soon we will both have more greens then we know what to do with...soon.


Mr. H said...

Chiot's Run,

I always enjoy the fresh ones the best. The trick is not to look at them to closely, if you know what I mean.

We have been hording ours this past year as we did not find that many last spring do to unfavorable weather conditions.

Who ever finds the first one had better post a picture.


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