Foraged food under the snow? Sure! After a recent snowfall, I walked down the road a bit to Magic Lake, where I found loads of bright green watercress ripe and ready under a fresh blanket of white stuff.
Watercress grows year ’round in aquatic and semi-aquatic environments. It is chock full of iron, calcium and folic acid as well as Vitamins A and C, and is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. Its slightly bitter taste is reminiscent of mustard greens or radish, which explains why it has fallen out of favour with our sugar-addicted pallets of today.
Unlike in love, a little bit of bitterness can be a good thing when it comes to taste.
IVTV is back! Thanks to everyone who watched and enjoyed Episode 1, Foraged Rosehip Syrup, last week — your positive feedback and hours of unusable footage (but I’m learning!) bring us to Episode 2: Thai Stuffed Wings — one of my all-time favourite street foods. In this episode, I debone a turkey wing, then stuff the resulting pocket with a mixture of ground pork and aromatics. Finished off in a wok full of hot oil, this is one serious street-side snack.
Turkey wings aren’t always easy to come by, so this recipe takes advantage of their availability during this Thanksgiving/Christmas time of year. Turkey wings are now available on their own in many supermarket meat departments, and since no one that I know of has ever reached across the table to snatch a wing from the holiday platter right under Aunt Gladys’s nose, I also suggest removing the wings from your bird before you roast it for the big day.
After much picking, videoing and (just a little) editing, I`m proud to present to you the first episode of Island Vittles Television from IVTV.ca!
Today we`re foraging for wild rose hips on South Pender, then taking them back to the kitchen to make Rose Hip Syrup, a traditional winter preserve that adds sweetness and all important Vitamin C to winter diets across Northern Europe. My Danish grandmother harvested rose hips every year from the bushes that grew in the ravine next to her apartment building. She waited until after the first frost, when the hips were bright red and the cold had brought out their sweetness.
The Mekong River in Vietnam is the source of much of the farmed catfish (aka basa) sold in North America, Europe and Japan. It is also one of the most overcrowded and polluted waterways on Earth — a place where cement plants and salt factories stand side by side with residential housing, agriculture and aquaculture. Where industrial pollutants, sewage and waste water drain freely from the river into the fish ponds and back again.
A short yet powerful video that may change the way you eat — at least I hope so. Continue reading →