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Not all onions make you cry : The flavour secrets of onions

I’m a little crazy. I took a perfectly good Saturday morning and used it to conduct an onion tasting experiment. There was much tearing as I sniffed at each of the 10 specimens, my partner was snickering at me from his computer the whole time. Onions are a culinary staple across cuisines, so why don’t…

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January 17, 2021

Avgolemono soup with Truffles

One of my all time favourite recipes for featuring black or white truffles; a simple soup with truffles.  This recipe calls for fresh truffles, but you can use a good truffle oil if you don’t have access to fresh.  It’s important when using truffles that you don’t have too many competing flavours.  Truffles are expensive…

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December 30, 2020

Savoury Chanterelle Stuffing recipe for a drool worthy Thanksgiving

Chanterelle mushrooms start popping up in October just when Thanksgiving rolls around, so what better way to use your harvest than in a savoury wild mushroom stuffing for your turkey.  You can cook this in a baking dish or in the bird as you wish, I’ve left instructions for each below.  You can make this…

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October 9, 2020

How to catch & cook crayfish in BC

A really fun summer activity around streams and lakes in the Pacific Northwest. Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) are large (up to 16cm nose to tail) and tasty, I like them better than lobster actually. Northern Crayfish (Faxonius virilis) is another species of crayfish that has been found in the Kootenays mainly. Crayfish are almost too…

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September 6, 2020

How to make an osoberry shrub cocktail

Osoberry (Oemleria cerasiformis) is a native coastal berry shaped like a small deep purple plum. They are perfect in recipes for shrubs or vinegar syrups which are made with very ripe fruit. Add a soda water if you want a non-alcoholic version or Prosecco if you want to start the party. One really neat First…

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August 5, 2020

Seasonal foraging chart for BC & Washington

A lot of guests on my wildcrafting tours in Vancouver have been asking me to put together a seasonal foraging chart to tell them what wild plants to pick in which month. So here you are:) To come out on a foraging instructional field trip with our guides or join one of our online foraging…

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July 13, 2020

What to do if you eat a poisonous mushroom…

If you think someone may have eaten a poisonous mushroom: stay calm. In British Columbia, call the 24h hotline of DPIC (Drug and Poison Information Center) at 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911, and contact your physician or local health care provider. Elsewhere, search for your local poison information center. Make a note of where the mushroom was…

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June 23, 2020

Dandelion marmalade recipe

I love wild twists on old favourite recipes, this one is spectacular. This recipe was passed on to me from my friend Chef Eddy. The original recipe was radicchio marmalade from Cin Cin Restaurant in Vancouver. Our twist is to use foraged dandelion greens and flowers instead of radicchio. Serve with duck or on buttered…

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June 22, 2020

Wild mushroom ratatouille recipe

This is a great recipe for any wild mushrooms that you find from chanterelles to wild oyster mushrooms. It’s particularly great with morel mushrooms too. And it’s vegetarian of course:) The recipe I make isn’t true ratatouille really because I add the ricotta, you can make it without the ricotta mixture but you’ll be missing…

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May 19, 2020

Oyster mushrooms

Wild oyster mushroom growing on alder wood in BC in Spring… the hunting begins:) Notice the fine gills that run down the stem and how the mushrooms don’t have much of a stem, these are defining traits of Pleurotus ostreatus.

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May 7, 2020