Wild Things in February - Smoke
Welcome to Wild Things in February! If you are new to the Wild Things Round Up, have a look here to read what it is all about. The short version is that Wild Things is a foraging recipe challenge meant to inspire more people to get out there and wildcraft food and medicine with the plants that grow abundantly all around them.
Normally, a featured plant is selected for each month, and you are challenged to go find some, create something wonderful, then share your recipe. However, since the cold winds are still blowing, and it would be difficult to select a plant that is widely available in many climates, I've decided to go with another unusual theme for this month.
Like last month's alcohol theme, this month the challenge will be to make something great using a particular medium - smoke. This is a chance to get really creative! You could use a foraged plant or wood to add smokey flavor to a particular food. Or, you could use commercial wood chips to smoke wild plants or game meat. This month would also be a great time for my friends in the herbalist community to share plants which are medicinal as smoke. Finally, I would very much like for my herbie friends to share a recipe for the incense they've all been making this winter.