In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Sara Bir, author of the book, "The Fruit Forager's Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond", about how you can safely forage fresh fruits and vegetables in your own neighborhood.
There is an abundance of edibles out there within walking distance of your home and you may not know it. So says, foraging expert Sara Bir, in today's episode.
Sara is going to tell us how she got started in foraging, how she was able to find plenty of tasty fruits within walking distance to her home and how many homeowners have edibles on their properties and don't even know it.
From there, she'll fill us in on some helpful foraging tips, debunk a few foraging myths that have been floating around, and tell us how she helps others overcome their fears of consuming edibles during the foraging process.
For a while, I only ate meat in the form of sausage. Though my diet of animal flesh is more inclusive these days, I still try to keep meat-eating to a minimum.
My past jobs run the gamut: donut shop counter girl, microbrewery fry cook, sausage cart vendor, wine country banquet server, magazine recipe tester, chocolate factory tour guide, cookwares store floor leadÖand probably a few others I forgot. Though oftentimes far from glamorous, such jobs give you the best stories, as well as a thick skin (literally and metaphorically).
I donít review restaurants. Some food writers do, but most of us focus on other areas, like recipes, essays, and profiles of interesting folks.
For about a year and a half I was the restaurant critic for the North Bay Bohemian in Santa Rosa, California. Any sane person would have loved it! Me, no. Driving home halfway buzzed with a belly full of beurre blanc and seared tuna, Iíd feel like a disgusting gourmand, and sometimes the food at these places was disappointing, and Iíd think to myself, ďThat meal was a lost meal, those calories wasted calories.Ē
Beets, goat cheese, chocolate, cacao nibs, asparagus, pawpaws, kale, shrimp and blue crab caught off the waters of Edisto Island in South CarolinaÖbut generally, itís easier to say what I donít like. I donít like frozen lima beans or tarragon very much. I donít think chicken belongs on pizza. Thatís a pet peeve of mine.