A hearty venison soup based off a classic Scotch broth, with barley, turnips, carrots — and an ingredient dear to the Scots, fresh chopped nettles.
Of all the things I hunt, fish or forage for, nothing requires as much effort as shelling black walnuts. But it’s worth it. Black walnuts are to regular walnuts as a diamond is to cubic zirconium.
Most of the olives I cure each year are done in a brine. But this year I tried curing green olives with lye. I was scared at first, but after some experiments, I’m now a believer.
Year after year in my new home here in Northern California, I feel myself sinking down roots and developing new traditions. One of them is curing my own olives, which begins for me in early October. On some crisp autumn Saturday, I will head out into one of the many public parks near my home