Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bad Blogger, Bad!

Wineberries (a tart relative of the raspberry) are a at their peek right now

So. . . remember how I said I would try to do a blog post a week? And now it's been over a month and no posts? Ugh!

Blurry pic of blueberry abundance
Well while I haven't been blogging, I have been continuing to experiment with wild foods. It's just that nothing has been earth-shattering enough to share. I mean, do we really need another wild greens pesto recipe? Or me telling you to boil a plant and serve it with olive oil and parmesan cheese? The thing is, I really want this to be as much a food blog as it is a foraging blog, and I really want the content to be both original and, (hopefully), exciting. 

It's also that June-July is a great time for wild fruit. I got lots and lots and lots of wild fruit--first juneberries, then mulberries, now wineberries and blueberries are coming into their own. There were pies, but you really don't need me to tell you how to make a pie, you probably have a great recipe from your mom or grand mom. 

Juneberries cooking down with shallot & wine as a sauce for lamb
I did do some really great things with fruit, but they weren't original enough to share. I did a variation of this "Lamb with Blueberry Beurre Rouge" from Food Wishes.  I used juneberries (serviceberries) in place of the blueberries. It was fantastic, but not exactly my original content. Still, if you are out berry-ing right now, I highly suggest you try it. 

Other than that, I have been keeping up with Pinterest. I am really trying to maintain a comprehensive reference of wild, foraged recipes from all over the internet. I also have boards that focus on medicinal uses for wild plants, and even crafts. I have a board dedicated to the poisonous and the deadly. Finally, I am trying to pull together a comprehensive list of really good plant & mushroom ID sites--but ONLY if I have eaten the plant/mushroom myself and I feel that the ID information provided is 100% accurate, and satisfactorily handles toxic look-alikes. If you haven't checked it out yet, please visit my Pinterest here.

I also started a Facebook page, though I am not much of a FB person, even in my personal life. Please friend me, even though I am not much of a poster, I love hearing other people's foraging stories, and FB is a great resource for sharing articles and other trending information. 

I will have some posts up this week, and I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has continued to visit my site despite me being missing in action!

I also went on vacation in the fingerlakes, where it seemed like ever tree was a wild cherry, simply laden with ripe fruit.


  1. Duly friended :) I use Facebook for my own social life but I'm still not sure what to make of it as a blogging/discussion platform. I'd rather have blog comments, like back in the good old days of aught-four... but people seem more willing to chat on FB so I'll probably give in eventually.

    I hear you on wanting to keep things original, too. Though I usually enjoy reading about people's food routine process - how they've tweaked their favorites over the years, what hasn't worked, how they make certain prep work fit their schedules - even if the product itself is old hat. But it's just not as fun to write about that stuff as it is to write about the shiny new experiment!

  2. Thanks! Sorry about the delay in getting back. I have been pretty overwhelmed at work. It is trade-show time and I was getting all the materials prepared. Now everyone is at the show and things have slowed to a craaawl. I guess that's how it always is--from crazy overtime to boredom.

    Sometimes I think there is nothing new under the sun, then I see somebody make something fantastically original and I am just blown away with the idea. I like Pinterest a lot though, as an archive/database of information. There are a lot of bloggers who make lists (like "top 40 dandelion recipes) and then relink to other sites. While this is kinda cool because it shares information, I feel like a lot of bloggers just do it to drive traffic to their own site. But Pinterest allows you to share and archive the same info without being a traffic hog.