Thursday, March 8, 2012

Food, self-reliance and more

10 different gardening ideas

10 everyday reasons to be a prepper

Easy cast iron skillet biscuits 

 Dandelion stir fry

Bacon grease or fat
2 trout, salmon or bass
6 handfuls of dandelion greens
3 wild onions, chopped
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
White sage
Lemon juice

Clean the fish and cut into long strips.  Wash and chop dandelion leaves. Grease metal frying pan with bacon grease and put on semi-hot coal, so the fish doesn’t burn. Place the fish in the pan and add onion, 5-6 slices, salt, pepper, and a few pinches of white sage. Cook about ¾  of the way and then add the dandelion leaves. Cook until the leaves are soft. Add more salt, pepper and sage. Add more grease, if necessary, to prevent sticking. Add lemon juice to taste and serve.

-Backwoodsman Magazine

Elk Wellington
Serves 8

8 elk fillets (about 4 oz. each)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp snipped chives
1 pkg(17 1/4 oz.)  frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg
1 tbsp cold water

Mushroom sauce

1 1/3 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1 med. onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 can(14 1/2 oz.) beef broth
1 tsp browning sauce, optional
1/2 tsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp pepper

In a large skillet, brown elk fillets in oil on both sides; set aside. In a bowl, combine the mushrooms, parsely and chives.; set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each sheet of  pastry into a 16-in square. Cut each into 4 8-in squares. Top each square with mushroom mixture and one fillet. Fold pastry over fillet; seal seams.

Place seam side down on a rack in a 15-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Beat egg and cold water; brush over pastry. Bake at 350 for 30-35 min. or until a meat thermometer reads 160. 

Meanwhile, for sauce, saute mushrooms and onion in butter in a saucepan until tender. Sprinkle with flour; until blended. Gradually stir in the broth, browning sauce if desired, tomato paste and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 min. or until thickened. Spoon over pastry.

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