Lockdown Scavenger Hunt:Food Foraging with Kids - theHumm May 2021
Lockdown Scavenger Hunt:Food Foraging with Kids - theHumm May 2021
By Sarah Kerr
Lockdown has been an interesting experiment (that’s the nice way of saying it) for our family who travelled a lot pre-pandemic. Our kids collected a patchwork of stamps on their passports in their short lives — being toted along for work and leisure. But with that luxury screeching to a halt over 14 months ago, we’ve channelled this creative energy into our own backyard. Like many of our neighbours, our homesteading game is now strong — the kids are collecting eggs each morning and checking the garden for snow pea sprouts. Our spring chicks are nearly teenage birds, and the girls (aged 3 and 6) are teaching me bird names from their daily birdfeeder visits. And of course, we jumped on the pandemic puppy bandwagon to round out the farm. Some might say we’re clucking right along at friendly town mirco-farm!
Just Dandy: Dandelion Syrup
But despite the lengths we’ve gone to build garden beds and chicken coops, our girls really get excited about the magic of nature unfolding around us, naturally — case in point, the new dandelion sprouts! Now, you might think we’ve lost it as you’re battling back these weeds in your lawn (and you may be right), but we love them! We give our kids a bowl and send them out to the lawn to “harvest” these pretty flowers. In fact, we found a recipe last year from a Scandinavian blog that created a vegan honey using 50 dandelion flowers (yellow part only), 3 green apples, the juice of a lemon and a stalk of rhubarb (optional). Boil in 1 litre of water for half an hour and strain. Then add 500g of sugar, bring back up to a boil to thicken, and voilà — dandelion syrup! A perfect sweet treat to top your yogurt, pancakes, tea or lattes.
Red Clover Tabouleh
Another perennial spring green that pops up all over our lawn, for free, is red clover. This is not just fun for St. Patty’s Day! Yes, you can get the kids hunting for a 4-leaf leprechaun clover (which should buy you enough time for a cup of coffee). But you can also get them to pluck the fresh clover to throw into salads or make into a Red Clover Tabouleh, a recipe you can find on the “permacrafters” YouTube page. They do caution that too much red clover is not good for you and this is not a recipe for toddlers, nursing mothers or pregnant women due to the phytoestrogen content. But it does have traditional properties that make it good for menopause symptoms and is an anti-inflammatory. Just mix 2 cloves of garlic, juice of half a lemon, 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt with 1 heaped handful of washed and chopped clover leaves. Add to 4 tbsp of couscous, a quarter of a red pepper and half an onion. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and enjoy!
Spruce Tea with Honey
Now if you’re looking for something a bit easier, I suggest trying a good old-fashioned spruce tea. This tea is just hanging out in your backyard, and is filled with immune-boosting properties. Just snip 1–2 tbsp of needles and add to 1 cup of freshly boiled filtered water. Add honey (or dandelion syrup) to taste, and enjoy! You can also find recipes for spruce jelly or cookies if you really get into this.
As the season unfolds, the free food in our yard continues to pop up — we have wild strawberries that are the most tedious tiny berries to harvest, but when you have small hands they’re perfect for fairy tea parties. And if you’re lucky enough to live close to a berry bush, you might be able to find some raspberries (check along the rail trail) or blueberries. You can get really into this and search out the famous Valley fiddleheads that you can fry up with butter and a pinch of salt. I hope you get out into nature and find a little snack hiding in plain sight that you maybe never noticed before. And if you do, I would love to hear about your favourite food foraging treats and your secret spots!
Stay sane, families.
Yours in solidarity,
By Sally Hansen
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Close to Home - theHumm May 2021
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Protecting Our Pollinators CNL Youth Group for Climate Action Devises an Inspiring Community Project - theHumm May 2021
By Chandler Swain
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By Sarah Kerr
Lockdown has been an interesting experiment (that’s the nice way of saying it) for our family who travelled a lot pre-pandemic. Our kids collected a patchwork of stamps on their passports in their short lives — being toted along for work and leisure. But with that luxury screeching to a halt over 14 months ago, we’ve channelled this creative energy into our own backyard. Like many of our neighbours, our homesteading game is now strong — the kids are collecting eggs each morning and checking th......
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