Sunday, April 24, 2016

Beast Feast, Blue Dicks Corms (dichelostemma sp.), and Other Random Fun

Well, it has been quite an eventful month! Fun, to say the least! This post will seem a bit gluttonous...and that's just fine by me. We feasted on surf and turf and though some calories were gained, the content grins were well worth it!

In the midst of a rain storm Sassafras and I headed out into our preferred terrain...the woods. Nothing like getting out on the trail when everyone else stays home in the comfort of their homes. The wild experiences you have in such contexts are unforgettable!

Some of the early highlights of the day included incredible arrays of local vibrant wildflowers, banded slate, beaver-cut trees, deer, and local migratory birds.

By noon we fashioned an expedient digging stick from a less-than-straight oak branch and dug some soap root and edible blue dicks corms.

By late afternoon we headed down to the river bar and enjoyed fresh crab cakes from the Dungeness crabs I got a couple weeks back.

The next evening my roommate Nick, his wife Dana, and I cooked up one of the craziest feasts I have enjoyed in years!

Nick loaded up the grill with Wisconsin bratwurst and Italian sausages over a cast iron loaded with peppers, onions, and beer.

Meanwhile Dana and I cooked up another batch of homemade crab cakes, the lobster tail from the last weekend of lobster season this year, and some abalone fillets, fried to golden perfection. We also battered and fried a little Wisconsin cheese!

The next morning I headed our for a rabbit hunt with great success.

And I got to see a pretty rad young gopher snake on the way back.

The next day Sassafras and I headed out again to another secret spot and enjoyed a lazy afternoon by the creek.

I had gathered up some loquats earlier in the morning so lunch consisted of panko fried abalone with loquat salsa. It was one heck of a morning that turned into one hell of a day!

Recognizing a good thing when you find it can be an art. Sometimes one must get out of the everyday and out in the elements to clear the mind and rejuvenate the soul. Once you've got it together, enjoy a feast or three. If you go a bit overboard, that's all part of the fun!

Keep the old ways alive!

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