Monday, May 4, 2009

Independence Days Challenge Update

Here is my first update for Sharon's Independence Days challenge.

1. Plant something
Jerusalem artichokes

(Not quite planting, but I did start some mung bean sprouts on top of my fridge.)

2. Harvest something

Stinging nettles

Day lily shoots

Chives, green onions, mustard greens, dandelion leaves

3. Preserve something

Dried nettles

4. Reduce waste

Carpooling to wild edibles course

5. Preparation and Storage

Bought hand powered food processor and antique hand powered food chopper/grinder from thrift store.

6. Build Community Food Systems

Gave one jar of dried nettles to a friend.
Chatted with garden plot neighbour.
Chatted with fellow wild edible participants.

7. Eat the Food

Sauteed fresh nettles in butter, shallots and garlic.
Made salad with greens, onions, chives and day lilies.
Drank nettle tea.

Ate homemade sauerkraut.


Kyaroru said...

Amber, you so ROCKED that challenge! Amazing stuff, congrats!

Amber said...

Thanks Kyaroru!
This time last year there is no way that I would have taken on this challenge, but now my life has shifted in so many ways that all of those things I did seemed to happen without me even trying. It wasn't so much of a challenge as a reflection and recognition of how far along the path I'm progressing and what is possible to accomplish by taking small steps. Plus it was a lot of fun!

Green Grrl said...

The hand food processor and chopper are awesome finds! Well done!

Amber said...

I really hit the thrift jackpot that day. They were just part of many great finds! I posted about the rest of my score today.