There's a bushcraft expo on in early march in Co Meath, here's hoping to see a few new faces there
Sunday, 18 January 2015
When out with Davy recently he graciously produced a pot of Pheasant chilli which he finished with saffron rice over the fire, I didn't have a spoon with me so a simple bit of improvisation took place
a split piece of green ash, quickly and roughly whittled (and I mean quickly, less than 5 minutes!)
and the feast was ready to devour, as for the recipe, you best asked him yourself on the Buzzard Facebook page.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Animal Protein is always one of those things that's hard to come by on a survival situation, fish and birds being more numerous than ground game are generally what tends to be targeted first, but there is another source used by many indigenous people that we tend to ignore.. insects and their larvae. They tend to be plentiful and not require a lot of searching to find enough for a small meal
One of the best larvae types to look for are beetle grubs, they tend to be large and plentiful, find a rotten log and you can normally get a handful for very little work
the one thing I have problems with is people eating these raw, any insect or it's larvae should always be cooked before it's consumption otherwise you're just inviting sickness or disease.
Beetle larvae cook very quickly when roasted and with each grub providing between 10 and 20 calories depending on size you can see why they are a useful addition to the wild food larder.
The problem people have with eating them tends to be more psychological than anything, the thought of eating these critters puts people off but to survive you need to get over that, and actually, they are incredibly good..
They taste like pork scratchings!!
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
At this time of year a lot of tinders ( I suppose technically they should be called kindling) are soaking wet and hard to light, but if you find dead standing hogweed stems they tend to dry out exceptionally quickly in light winds and produce a very acceptable tinder for fire lighting.
what we are after are the tiny flower stems left on the plant after it has died back,
these are tiny and much finer than most people can carve feather sticks so it makes sense that they will easily produce flame.
and here's the trick, if you just try and light them with your ferro rod, the sparks tend to fall through and fail to ignite the tinder, but if you pick off the dead flower stems and make them into a birds nest then hit them with the ferro rod they will light very quickly, be warned they burn very fast so as soon as they catch light make sure you have the rest of the dead stems close by to throw on top to keep your fire going and get good flame.
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
This is often used in Northern England in Dock pudding, even though it's not a dock leaf as we know it, it is in the higher classification of polygonaceae, though it certainly looks somewhat similar.
you can see that the mature leaves are similar to dock leaves though the very pronounced heart shape and the ribs enable it to be distinguished,
The little spike of pale pink or sometimes white flowers are a simple distinguishing feature when the plant is in bloom
and the leaves... they are somewhat bitter at this stage though much more palatable when younger and narrower. They can be eaten raw but are better treated like spinach and cooked with a little butter, when I tried it I found the centre rib needed to be removed to make it easier to eat though this wouldn't be a problem when the plant is used when young.
Medicinally the root is a powerful astringent, and is used in the treatment of reducing inflammation in throat and mouth. It is also used in the treatment of diarrhoea and is an effective coagulant.
Thursday, 25 December 2014
We would just like to wish all our fellow outdoorsmen and women a very happy Christmas and a very peaceful new year
May old grudges be forgot and new bonds forged, and may peace and friendship find a way.
this years wreath was made from dogwood, yew, cyprus, holly, cotoneaster, wild rose and sequoiadendron.
Monday, 22 December 2014
It's Dave's newest book and I thought I'd give it a passing review.
For those of you who have been watching Dave's videos for years you're not going to find much new material, it's a condensation of some of his knowledge confined into paper format.
It follows the standard format for a bushcraft or survival book, taking about tools, skills and basic common sense practise. It's an enjoyable read though for those of us who have been practising these skills for years it's unlikely you'll find anything new or remarkable inside. What it does do well though, is go over the fundamentals that we all take for granted and we really should revisit more often than we do. It's well led out, drawings are clear though basic and information is concisely portrayed. It would be a great book for beginners or preppers who might want to carry one in their B.O.B..
For the rest of us, it's good to see him put his knowledge into the printed word and it will occupy an important spot in your bushcraft library.