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Sourdough Bread Recipe – 100% Whole Wheat

I highly recommend the following items: - Heat resistant gloves (can withstand up to 500 degrees) - Heavy Duty Baking stone - Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (this is critical in my opinion) Making Sourdough Starter Makes 4 cups What You Need Ingredients Whole wheat flour Water, preferably filtered Equipment 2-quart glass or plastic container (not metal) Scale Mixing spoon Clean kitchen towel Instructions Making sourdough starter takes about 5 days. Each day you "feed" the starter with equal amounts of fresh flour and water. As the wild yeast grows stronger, the starter will become more frothy and sour-smelling. On average, [...]

By |2017-12-26T11:52:52-05:00December 26th, 2017|Food, Recipes|15 Comments

Three Ways I Make Coffee in the Woods

When I am camping, whether it is on a canoe trip, with my family at a campground or in the woods, I often make coffee instead of tea, my preferred hot beverage. Watch the video to see the three methods I use.  You will see me use a few different pieces of gear, including a Trekker Kelly Kettle Aluminium 0.6L Camping Kettle and a CoffeeSock Drip #2 Cone- GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Reusable Coffee Filters. I am very satisfied with the performance of each of these products, and I suggest you click on the links provided and check them out for yourself. [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:44:37-05:00January 11th, 2017|Camping, Food, Gear & Advice|1 Comment

Wild Game Meat for Self Reliance

Your self reliance is substantially measured by your ability to source healthy, readily available and economical food that has little or minimal impact on the environment and, ideally, does not consume a lot of your time and energy to acquire.  Wild-crafted foods can be an ideal method to accomplish this, with the not-insignificant benefit of the reconnection and participation in nature and it’s natural cycles.  Maintaining this connection is critical, in my opinion, to mitigate the effects of nature deficit disorder, and to remind us that our independence is actually critically tied to our dependence on nature in all of [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:56:12-05:00January 10th, 2017|Food, My Self Reliance, Self Reliance|3 Comments

Venison Loin Fondue

After a successful big game hunt, the choicest cuts of meat are often consumed almost immediately. Besides the organs, which are often eaten on the day of the harvest, the obvious choices are the tenderloins or the backstraps. These are so tender that they don't require ageing, and as such, almost any cooking method renders this meat succulent and memorable. And since it doesn't require long, slow cooking to tenderize it like some cuts require, I really like to eat it fondue style. Though some people may associate fondue with fruit and chocolate, the term fondue refers to dipping meat or [...]

By |2016-12-23T19:44:42-05:00December 23rd, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

Venison Liver Paté Recipe

I have to admit, liver from wild game or domestic animals is not my favorite meal, but venison liver paté is another story entirely. Paté served on warm bread or on  crackers with some old cheese and a glass of red wine on the side is one of the great pleasures in life. I like just about any kind of paté, but the recipe below is one of my favourite. Feel free to substitute deer liver with liver from any animal. I have made it successfully with beef, pork, chicken and others, - my favorite is probably duck liver paté Ingredients [...]

By |2016-12-21T18:29:32-05:00December 21st, 2016|Recipes|0 Comments

Stuffed Trout: Trail Food Recipe

Stuffed Trout The recipe below can be used for any type of fish or game.  I have used it here to stuff rainbow trout, and on a trip to Algonquin Park, to stuff perch, brook trout and fallfish.  This recipe is enough for 2 fish and serves 4 people. Stuffed Trout Recipe 2 - 2lb fish, scaled and deboned 2 cups - bread, cubed in 1/2" pieces 1 cup - diced mushrooms 1/2 cup - diced onions 1/2 cup - diced sweet and hot peppers 1 cup - chopped spinach or arugula 1 - medium tomato, cubed 2 tablespoons - Braggs [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:13:49-05:00July 27th, 2016|Food, Recipes|0 Comments

Purslane – Noxious Weed or Super Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies purslane as a "noxious weed.", but in fact, it's a superfood high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and beta carotene - it has the highest level of Omega-3 fatty acids of any other green plant. Known formally as portulaca oleracea, and informally as little hogweed, purslane is a succulent herb, but most people only see it as the weed taking over their garden or growing out from cracks in the sidewalk or driveway. Purslane is fresh and crunchy, with a tang and a faint citrus undertone. The leaves, tiny yellow flowers, and seeds of [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:13:49-05:00July 10th, 2016|Food|1 Comment

Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe

I'll be bringing these on my next trip rather than Clif bars, which are fine in small quantities, but I find the preservatives a little much to consume every day for 7 days in a row. I may even substitute my oatmeal breakfast with these for a few days. Ingredients 1-1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats 1 cup shredded coconut flakes 1 cup dried cherries ½ cup dark chocolate chips 1 cup cashew butter or all natural peanut butter 1/4 cup honey ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Instructions In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, shredded coconut, dried [...]

By |2016-05-03T08:50:19-04:00May 3rd, 2016|Recipes|1 Comment
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