Wild Arkansas

October 10, 2011

No-fat cookies

Filed under: baking, cooking, fat free, recipe — WildArkansas @ 2:44 am

No fat cookies

Our family tends toward kitchen experimentation; that is, cooking and baking with whatever materials are at our disposal.

Sometimes we take it further than just experimenting with what we have. Sometimes the product is just a test of what can be done with limited resources.

Tania conducted one such test, by eliminating eggs, baking powder and baking soda from oatmeal cookies.

Her ingredients:

2 cups of low-fat baking mix

1.5 cups of oatmeal

water (enough to make it all sticky)

3 small pkgs sweetner

That’s it. She mixed it all up and made it into cookies. When done the end product really tastes more like oatmeal bread with a hint of sweetness.

Though the cookies are great, I personally think this would be an excellent muffin mix.

October 7, 2011

Disappointing Maitake hunt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — WildArkansas @ 3:06 am

We have been hunting for the past two days and still have not found maitake or chicken of the woods.

This is a first in the past four years. I always find maitake.

The forested areas we’ve been hunting in are quite dry, probably because we’ve had such little rain in the past few months.

Nevertheless, we’re going to keep looking.

If you happen to find maitake or chicken of the woods in this area (Siloam Springs) please send photos to us. Boast and let us know how much you have found…

Is it an egg?

An amazing find during today’s forage; the nest egg gourd aka curcurbita pepo var. ovifera.

The plants took up an amazing amount of space right in the middle of the forest. We gathered several of the “eggs” and brought them home for research and to show others the incredible find.

October 6, 2011

Filed under: video — WildArkansas @ 6:44 am

October 3, 2011

Autumn Picks

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 5:52 pm

My first video. It’s set to music, showing some of the local autumn diversity. Edible plants, herbs and nuts. Very short.

September 29, 2011

Steps to Wellness Summit

Filed under: wellness — Tags: , , , — WildArkansas @ 12:13 am

If you are in the Siloam Springs area, please sign up for the Steps to Wellness Summit for a more walkable community.

The Summit will be held in Siloam Springs on October 20th.

Here’s the link: http://bridgestowellness.org/wellness-summit-registration/

September 20, 2011

First Earth: Eco Architecture

Filed under: video — WildArkansas @ 12:03 am

June 1, 2011

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Filed under: arctium — Tags: , , , — WildArkansas @ 10:25 pm

The proliferation of burdock in NW Arkansas has some scrambling to rid the field via chemicals; and though I sympathize with the plight of the farmer, I also know that if the same energy to rid themselves of plant were put into harvesting it, some may actually find they like it. It’s edible.

And it’s palatable.

Steve Brill has a couple of videos on identification and some great recipes.

If on a foraging expedition in the area, try helping some of the local farmers out and offer to harvest the plant for them.

Right now the larger plants may be too tough to harvest, but if you can find some smaller specimen, the stems should be fine.

Harvest before the flower stalk appears.

Here are a couple of recipes from Gardenweb:

1 burdock root
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons mirin(optional)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

1. soak burdock (thinly sliced about 0.25 inch) in water enough to cover all the burdock.
2. drizzle 2 table spoons of vinegar in the water.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan over high heat.
4. Add burdock to the pan until cooked through-a bit transparent.
5. Reduced to low heat. Add 3 tablespoons of soysauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of mirin. Cook until the sauce is reduced.
6. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds.

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My mother raised us eating a burdock recipe that is delicious. Collect young-ish leaf stems. The white ones are better but if they have that touch of red which they will acquire as they mature, they are still fine. Boil stems with baking soda for 5-10 minutes to rid them of the fuzziness and make them tender and then dip them in flour and egg and saute as a sort of vegetable tempura. My mother comes from an old yankee background (she got the recipe from her mother) but soy sauce is an excellent addition for dipping. This is actually my favorite vegetable of all. I am probably the only person here that would be happy to have a yard full of burdock.

May 3, 2011

Filed under: foraging, organic greens, trails — Tags: , , — WildArkansas @ 5:31 pm

For locals ready to get out and gather, our wait is finally over.

Spring is here. Right?  After this last bout of bad weather I’m hesitant to say we can “Spring” into action once again. But I’m ready to make a go of it.

I’m currently in Siloam Springs (awaiting the asparagus) and have started walking along the Dogwood Springs Trail again. All kinds of green beings are poking their heads out.

This morning’s observations:

Poke greens, curly dock, sheep sorrel, wild carrot, lambsquarters, dandelion, chick weed, chicory (greens), lady fingers…

I know there’s more to come soon. Someone mentioned wild plums this morning (which I’ve never collected) so I’m on the lookout.

An added note: I’m not currently having the regular walks, but if you happen to be coming by Siloam in the coming weeks, shoot me an email and if there’s time we can take a stroll around the area.

Safe foraging.

January 4, 2011

Bird & fish kills in NW Arkansas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — WildArkansas @ 11:41 pm

Mysterious bird and fish kills in NW Arkansas appear to be a mystery to most authorities–at the moment.

The estimated five-thousand birds appear to have died New Year’s eve (in a one mile radius of Beebee) just before midnight and though some have embarrassingly suggested fireworks or weather as a stressor causing the mass night flight of (non-predatory) birds that are not nocturnal, that does not explain the massive trauma and blood clots suffered by the birds just before they dropped to the ground dead. (more…)

January 2, 2011

2010 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — WildArkansas @ 9:08 pm

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 93 posts. There were 48 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 109 views. The most popular post that day was Downloads.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, fayar.craigslist.org, flickr.com, statistics.bestproceed.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for leaf identification chart, epazote, chestnut, edible plants in arkansas, and rumex acetosa.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Downloads December 2008

2

Re-post: Toxic Plants in NW Arkansas February 2009
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3

Wild Arkansas: Pine Needle Tea November 2008
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4

Arkansas is Full of Nuts! September 2008
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5

Wild Arkansas: Sassafras–the underdog October 2008

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