It’s officially fall. The weather is blustery and wet. The leaves are turning, and cluttering the sidewalks and gutters. This is my favourite time of year. It’s time to start foraging for mushrooms, stocking up on summer preserves, and filling the freezer up with food for the winter. It’s not like we can’t go to the store, of course, but it is nice to save all the wonderful foods that have grown up around us. So this morning/afternoon, I’m hunting around for inspiring ideas, recipes and new ways to make the most of this season, in the kitchen.
Last night, I had a lovely dinner with some dear friends at Vancouver eatery, Burdock & Co. Seasonal, fresh, locally sourced foods. Outstanding flavours and gorgeous plating. We had some beautiful pickled vegetables, Farmhouse cheese and honey, seared halibut, and a grilled beef brisket ramen, served with seasonal vegetables. I felt really inspired afterwards, and spent the morning clearing out the fridge to make way for all the fresh vegetables that I’m going to pickup later today. If you’re in town, I’d highly recommend Burdock & Co.
I’ve never been to Fäviken, but I devour the book like it’s a sacred tome. It is one of my greatest passions to go out into the woods and forage for foods. The earthy smell of the wet forest, the all-consuming quiet… it’s an intoxicating and exhausting quest. Reading of Fäviken Head Chef Magnus Nilsson’s hunting and foraging, and how he prepares the meals for the restaurant, is tremendously awe-inspiring. He creates dishes using ingredients that only one who is so connected to his environment would dream of using. One day, I will make the journey. Until then, I can live vicariously through the written word, and the stunning photographs in the Fäviken book, and online.
This coming week marks the first Chanterelle hunt of the year. My intrepid explorer friends and I will pack up our Laguiole knives, cameras and field guides, and head out into the wild woods to find our beloved Chanterelle mushrooms. I’ve been snooting around the internet to look for more resources on foraging in the Pacific Northwest. This ain’t our first time to the rodeo, but it never hurts to learn as much as you can about what’s out there. Northern Bushcraft has some great tips, and notes on preparation, on everything from blackberries to snails. Mmmmm, snails.