I kind of love the idea that these pesky little nuts, while downright dangerous under foot, are actually a survival food. After foraging sumac a few weeks ago, I was flipping through Stalking the Wild Asparagus and became captivated by the idea of turning acorns into dinner. I was probably six-years-old the last time I tried this experiment, and there was certainly no salt, butter or simmering involved. Needless to say, my past taste tests were as discouraging as they were ill-informed.
I was recently at my two-year-old nephew's backyard birthday party (dressed as Paul Bunyan, of course) when, suddenly, I was surrounded by acorns. Far too enterprising to pass up the bounty, I fetched a grocery bag from the car and started scrounging. It's amazing how expressing enthusiasm, regardless of the focus, garners the attention of curious onlookers. It wasn't long before several of these onlookers, including 95-year-old Grandma Helen, joined in the foraging fun. After a few short minutes I had more than enough acorns for my experiment...maybe even enough to survive the winter...
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.