It’s up, live, online, published - the second short foraging film by Luke Rosen! Click on the great big picture with 'acorns' on it below, or YouTube here.
This time it has me tapping into the almost entirely unknown resource of tonnes of starchy carbs that fall within a few kilometres of the centre of Sydney every year – holm oak acorns in Centennial Park. Check it out, tell the world; the truth is that we are looking for it to find its way before someone who wants to fund ramping it all up to a paid gig.
In other news, I’m now a week into the Fat of the Land and Sea challenge. I’m not planning on posting any specifically regular updates, but while we’re doing a shout-out about the film, here’s one for now. It’s all going great and is mostly just a whole lot of fun so far – the real challenge, in terms of self-discipline, is actually leaving the work around the food and the films alone enough to do my actual job.
Major successes have been finding just enough time out of the kitchen to get into a perfect Sydney sea on the weekend; and while not getting any abalone, trading for some with my mate Alex. My salt making went well from a seawater collection at Clovelly’s Shark Point, and I am sorted for that for a while. That said, it turns out to be a good trade item as well and will need replenishing sooner than I first thought; and the quest to make some massive fleur du sel crystals has definitely got a hold of me.
I also struck a good deal with the neighbours who passed a big bag of mandarins over the fence from their laden tree in exchange for eggs, chillies and some sourdough. Gathering wild greens has been as easy as it always is with a big NZ spinach patch nearby and has also had me digging out the recipe for foraged banana flowers. And I love my chickens more than ever before – having a couple of eggs appear every day makes a huge difference (and will be great currency when they get back on the lay properly in spring). The herbs are going gangbusters in the rain – which matters, because next week the local vegie box scheme I trade them into starts up again; where I can turn them into some cabbage and root crops.
I’ve hooked up with kindred types who are doing a similar thing in Florida and will partly join in their August “Caught not Bought” challenge from the other side of the world. Check them out online or with @caughtnotbought on Instagram.
This weekend is a deer hunt down past Goulburn. It could be a weekend of freezing my tits off and coming home empty-handed; or perhaps a relaxing time out camping with some mates, returning with an esky laden with enough meat to see the winter out in style (last year's venture in the pictures below).