Monday, March 23, 2009

Wealth of Knowledge

Just want to share the wealth of knowledge the I've gotten from different magazines.
I have 28 binders, so far, of articles, from '06 to present, that I cut out from various magazines listed below.

Wilderness Way
Backwoodsman
Backwoods Home
Countryside & Small stock journal
Mother Earth News
Grit
Hobby Farms
BackHome
National Geographic
Western Horseman
The Trail Rider
The Old Schoolhouse
The Herb Quarterly
The Herb Companion
Herbs for Health
Dog Fancy
Discipleship Journal
The History Channel Magazine

And
Birds & Blooms
Ranger Rick
for animal & bird info.

There are other magazines that I buy if the articles hit me, but these above, I get often

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More on Cattails

Note: I'm thinking of getting a scanner, cause I have LOTS of good articles from various mags that most of your guys would love.
I have 20-25 binders mostly full of clipped articles.


Cattail

Exerpt from Harvesting the wild: greens-Jackie Clay
March/April 2003 Backwoods Home Magazine

Nearly everyone is familiar with the
cattail, especially its round, cigarshaped
fuzzy seedheads. Besides being fun to whack each other with
(as kids we would watch the fuzzy seeds blow about in the wind,) the cattail plant is a storehouse of good
eating. From the very top (the yellow
pollen), to the mucky bottom (fleshy
roots), the cattail provides a wide
variety of edibles for the wild forager.
And you don’t have to get very
“wild,” either, as the cattail is common
in farm ponds, along streams
and lowlands nationwide.
Do not pick cattails from polluted
bodies of water, or those having high-
nitrate run-off from farm fields. Also
be careful about harvesting from
heavily traffic areas, due to auto pollutants.
Be sure of the plant you pick, as the
wild flag or wild iris, which has a
blue-purple flower, is toxic to consume,
lives in the same habitat as the
cattail and has quite similar leaves.
Generally, the cattail leaves are wider
and more hollow. The wild flag’s
leaves are iris-like and flat down to
the bottom, where the cattail shoot is
rounded right down to the root.
Like many other wild foods, the
cattail is extremely nutritious in all
forms.
Our first spring foraging trips
always include a side trip to a remote
mountain marshy creek, where abundant
cattails grow. As a child canoeing
with my parents, we would pull
tender white cattail shoots from the
water to eat as a snack on each trip.
These taste just like a mild cucumber.
Simply grasp the green cattail leaves
of young plants and pull upward. The
shoot comes up easily, with the lower
portion being a very succulent, tender
white.
Dipping these in your favorite vegetable
dip or simply sprinkling with
vinegar dressing as you would a garden
cucumber, and you have a wild
salad deluxe. I’ve even made wild
pickles by using sliced cattail shoots
in place of cucumbers for fresh
refrigerator pickles, from dill to bread
and butter types.
This same blanched, tender shoot
can be steamed for ten minutes and
served with butter or a cream sauce
and you have a tasty vegetable that
tastes kind of like mild parsnips.
Likewise, in the spring for a short
period of time, the spike on top of the
plant above the more familiar green
“hot dog” that later becomes the
brown seed head, can be eaten for a
delectable treat. This is sometimes
called cattail corn on the cob. Like
corn on the cob, you prepare it by
dropping it in boiling water for about
five minutes. If not tender at this
point, simply let it sit in the boiled
water for five or ten more minutes
until it is. Then dribble butter over the
spikes and sprinkle with salt and you
have an excellent vegetable.
This male spike quickly goes from
green (corn on the cob) to yellow.
This yellow powder is the pollen, and
once the spike loses its green color, it
is no longer good as corn on the cob.
But this yellow pollen is quite easily
collected and is a flour substitute (use
about half domestic flour and half
pollen). To collect the pollen, simply
stick the pollen spike into a paper
sack and shake or beat the head
inside to release the pollen.
You will get quite a bit of chaff as
well, but this can be sifted out with a
common flour sifter or fine screen.
Once you have sifted your pollen, it
is ready to use as flour. We often
make pancakes or cornbread using
cattail pollen, especially when out
camping. It is a bit slow to absorb
water, so you need to make your batter,
then let it rest for half an hour,
stirring occasionally, until all is evenly
moist.
And finally, the root can be dug to
eat as a starchy flour substitute. This
is a messy job, as you can’t simply
pull the cattail plant. You need to get
down and dirty. We wade barefoot in
cattail marshes, digging down around
the base of the cattail with bare toes
and a pointed digging stick. The toes
locate the rhizomes and the digging
stick helps pry them out of their
mucky bed.
Once cleaned, the rhizomes can be
slowly roasted until dry. Then grind
the roots between two smooth large
stones to release the starchy powder.
These roots contain a net of fibers,
which can be picked out and the flour
sifted. This flour is good to add to
stews and soups or to add to your
bread or pancakes. As well, they really
aren’t too bad roasted and eaten
with salt and butter, mashed with
your fork or fingers and the good part
sucked off the fiber.
Not bad at all, for this common
weed of marshy places.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fizzgig Rant

I'm really getting fed up with people that scate by or get stuff for nothing. I just saw that the Octomom is getting a new house AND getting round-the-clock care FREE. Can you believe it?! I swear.....She had no reason to have all those kids, being a single mom. Six was enough.

Another one.....ex(63) is getting disability because he can't deal with life and drinks....alot! recently I found out someone helped him get retirement....retirement?! for what? he's been working under the table most of his life and very little for the past 6 years.
So, he's getting more money then Im working my tail off for.

I guess I can go for disabilty too, I do suffer from wanderlust and I have curmudgeons disease and NDD(nature deficit disorder) :)

I sacrifice my sanity for Russ. I can only work M-F during the day because of bad day cares. It took me a year to find this good one that he's at now. But, the hours that I choose to work cut down the kinds of jobs. The job I have now(BK)...most of my shift I do 2 jobs, sometimes, depending on who I work with, I do 3 jobs. because these young people don't like to work, they come to work to socialize. I get so angry sometimes, but I don't like making waves.

My blood pressure is too high, 172/90 when I last checked last month. It's going down slightly due to herbal meds.

Well. enough of the complaining. I'll be out of this flat, boring state soon enough.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

two wolves

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son,
the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."