Today we stumbled upon a dumpster with just too much food. Bags and bags of perfectly nice produce, fresh grilled chickens, ... A part in us wants to save the food from being thrown away. In the past we ran around and hitchhiked with carton boxes full of food. Meeting only few people, if any, that are open in a way they except free food. This food saving thing became ridiculous pretty fast. So we thought of mixing it up and do a fun day project instead. Inspired by dumpster dive king Rob Greenfield, we made a food mandala giveaway near the beach.
Food Along The Way
Dumpster Food Mandala
I'm packed with a big bag of this home made wild bouillon (actually calling it bouillon would be like calling a lion a kitten, but hey) powder to top of my evening meals. It supposed to last a few months and will enrich cooked meals with some healty wild flora. It contains a multitude of herbs, from wild spinach, stingy nettles, dandelion, carrots, ground elder, ramsons and many many more. All dried and blended to an ultimate wild powder condiment to health up and spice up my meals. An easy way for me to eat (and become) more diverse and wild. Grooaawll!
Even in a country like Spain food can be found in dumpsters. Sometimes the loot is amazingly fresh and plentiful. From yogurt to veggies from slightly expired to not expired at all. Dumpsters have more than enriched our meals.
A typical meal, dry whole foods, such as brown rice and lentils, complimented with fresh picked wild greens.
Another very easy to spot wild edible. Goosefoot ("melde" in Flemish) gets it's name from it's goosefoot shaped leaves. The wild edible is easy to determine because of the particular white or purple (another but related plant) powdery stuff covering the top leaves. It's a good eating and tastes somewhat like spinach.
Another kind of food I stumbled upon along the road. Even though wild foods are something I want to eat more, it's not wild edibles and rice all the time. I'm not there just yet.
To my surprise I found a patch of ramsons ("daslook" in Flemish) when walking in the woods. Great garlic-onion-like wild edible to add to your dish. Crush the leaves, if you smell union/garlic than you are sniffing ramsons, or bear's garlic, indeed.
I find this one of my favourite wild edibles. Taste so great in pesto and in soup, and so abundant. In Flemish we call it zevenblad. It is very easy to recognise because of it's particular leaf formation. Munch away next time you see one!
A few days back a couple of friends got inspired by Philippe Gérard. They told me you could eat the leaves of the linden tree and that it serves well as a bulk for salad. I stumbled upon many during my first trip. One tree had particular sweet leaves. Almost like there was a little sugar coating on. Were it not ants that go for lice bum sucking? Could it be the excretion of the lice that make for a sweet thin layer on the leaves? Is that too far fetched? But if so, I love lice! They sure top of the flavour.
Literally, during my first walk, I ate as I walked. I nibbled on different plants along the way. There are plenty of greens being lush, fresh and at their best. This adds so nicely to this whole cart experience. Like puzzle pieces.
For the record I am no herbal guy or into the whole wild plants thing but I am getting more and more into it. It starts with a few plants easy to recognise and to eat. I will share a few of those plants here. This way, maybe next time your out, you'll be munching some wild strong healthy goodness too.