My sister had her birthday out in the country, and naturally, the nephews were there. Someone needed to watch them out in the front garden where they can play. I figured it would be a fun activity to try my hand at harvesting grasshoppers with them. In a few hours, we harvested a quarter of a ball jar of grasshoppers, most of which were fat from stealing kale from the garden. I brought them home and froze them to kill them, then removed the heads and legs. I fried them up in butter and chilli and shared them with my roommate ( seen below) because eating grasshoppers kind of freaked me out. But guess what? They were delicious, and honestly quite beautiful! Hooray!
My parents got married in the backyard of the house where I grew up and where they still live. We have always played in a park out back, and though many things have changed about this park, two giant trees with big red berries in the fall have remained. I remember my uncle Mark hopping out of that tree during a round of hide-and-go-seek, and I remember asking my mom if I could eat those bright red fruit, and she said “no”. Fast forward 10 years, knowing a little bit more about botany than I did then, and these red fruit, now identified as pommes, are in fact from a very much edible crab apple tree. So I went out with my mama ad harvested a whole bunch, despite my mom’s fear of bees. We then dehydrated them. My sister hates them, I love them, and they will make a sweet source of carbs for our summer adventure, plus a solid food source in urban spaces.
Whenever I visit my crew outside Seattle on the west coast I’m always excited and amazed at how much food comes out of big dumpsters we visit on Friday nights. This food goes to feed us, but also our chickens, ducks, and rabbits. With composting bins these days, it makes it even easier to grab rabbit food, though beware of stinky dumpster juice on your clothes, which Charlie whined about until it finally got wiped off on the side of the dumpster. The food we get is almost never expired, almost always wrapped in something, and organic. We’ve had whole paleo diet turkey dinners this way, free of charge. Better yet, we help feed other members of my community, and have to come up with new recipes based on the food we get. It makes life VERY simple, and helps us reduce our food waste, because we are eating… Ummm… Waste!
In one five hour trip, we have enough to feed a household of five and several animals for over a week!
My buddy luke and I are preparing for a full paleo summer, where we will go out with only food and tools we’ve wild harvested. In prep for this, we’ve been doing a lot of wild harvesting. So I went out with my friend Steve to harvest walnuts that look like tennis balls. It’s hard to find them under the trees but mic easier to find them in squirrel middens!!! (Like stealing walnuts from a squirrel). I filled a couple of bags and went to work, husking them, and turning my hands black. They are now drying in my laundry room, and are soon ready to crack.
Here is the food pyramid that I abide by. As you can see, a majority of this pyramid is dedicated to delicious, and nutritious fats. This is because fat is incredibly important to your body! Indeed, eating fats from animals provides our body with nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that are not easily absorbed from plants. Also, it helps us better absorb plant nutrients.
Furthermore, eating fats keep you full longer because its so nutrient rich, and thus keeps your from eating foods that aren’t so good for you. And, if you have your doubts about why fat is so good for you, because for years everyone in the world has told you that eating fat is good for your heart, consider this: we now live in a society where animal fat is considered bad, and has been removed from many foods. We have replaced it with sugar and vegetable oils heated on high, and yet our heart condition rates continue to rise. Yet folks who have recorded indigenous cultures have found that, when eating a traditional diet, they consume A LOT of fat (the inuit eat an almost 100% fat diet!) and have virtually no heart disease. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
The Key: EAT REAL FOOD. Grass fed, pastured, raw, and organic. Avoid processed foods such as sugars, margarin, etc. It worked for millennia! And it works now. Don’t knock it till you try it!
For more information on the faulty science that led to the widespread belief that fat is bad, click here
For more information on the nourish traditions diet, click here
Not just for kids. It’s really fun to make home made play dough and then do some sculpture. And you can make it with things already in your pantry!
1 part flour
1 part water
1/2 part salt
drop of oil
heat in a pot at low heat and mix until its at play dough consistency. Let cool, add food coloring, and model away!
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This week I also got 2 pumpkins in my CSA basket. So my roomy and I roasted the seeds and made pumpkin soup. Here are the recipes:
Roasted pumpkin seeds:
mix seeds, and some kind of fat (butter or olive oil the best), and some sea salt. Cook in the oven at 400 F until crispy.
1 1/3 cups of home made chicken stock
2 medium pumpkins
1/2 cup of fat (olive oil or butter)
Boil everything up, blend it, and serve garnished with sour cream and and your pumpkin seeds!
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