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Aug 202013
 

Syrop z mirabelką / Mirabelka syrop

The first day at the Now Port Festival at CSW Łaźnia in Gdansk, we made some drinks — Sumac-ade (Sumakiada), Blackberry juice, Mulberry juice, and we also used some Mirabella plums to make a syrup.

Mirabella can be yellow, orange or red. I’ve never been to place in Poland where I haven’t seen dozens and dozens of this tree. The fruit ripens all through August and sometimes even into September. They can also be rather tart so it’s best to pick them when the fruits are quite ripe, perhaps even those that have fallen on the ground are best! In Gdańsk, there were lots of red plums, so that’s what we used.

In the end we decided to add in the leftover blackberries and mulberries leftover from our juice-making. We combined this mixture with agar to make a sort of jello! It tasted FANTASTIC)

INGREDIENTS / SKŁADNIKI
mirabella plums / mirabelki – 1000 g before pitting
sugar or honey / cukier lub miód — 500 ml sugar or slightly less honey or to taste
maple syrup / syrop klonowy – 1/4 cup
vanilla / wanilia prawdziwa – 1 tsp
balsalmic vinegar / ocet balsaliczny – ½ tsp
lemon / limonka – a few squeezes

Cut plums and put into the pot.

Pour the sweetener over the fruit.

Add maple syrup. vanilla, vinegar
Add 240 ml clean water

Cook on high, crushing the plums, about 10-30 minutes.

Strain and cool. What falls through is the syrup.

Remove the pits from what’s left behind –– > from this you have jam!

Aug 192013
 

Last week at CSW Laźnia’s (Center for Contemporary Art) fantastic Wandering Festival, Agata Bielska of Miejska Kuchnia Roślinna and I had a great time hunting down and cooking and eating all sorts of fruits and vegetables with some residents of the beautiful former fishing-port neighborhood of Gdańsk known as NOWY PORT.

One thing we made was soup featuring my new favorite plant: Mallow (Ślaz [SHLAZ] or Prawoślaz [pra VO shlaz]). I found a recipe in John Kallas’ great book Edible Wild Plants, but I didn’t think it was gumbo-y enough, so I modified it.

Here is the recipe!

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  • ½ cup sunflower oil /olej słonecznikowy
  • ½+ cup emmer wheat / pszenica płaskurka
  • 1 green pepper / papryka zielona
  • 1 onion / cebula
  • 3 celery stalks, with some leaves / celer naściowy
  • 2 carrots / marchewki
  • 2 tsp cumin / kumin
  • 2 tsp paprika / papyrka
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano / oregano
  • ½ cayenne, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves / wawrzyn szlachetny
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped / pomidory
  • 1+ cup mallow peas / groszek prawoślazu
  • ½ liter+ mallow leaves / liście prawoślazu
  • 1 liter+ sorrel or dock / szczaw
  • 1.5 liter vegetable stock (I used celeriac, carrots, parsley, parsley root, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper) / wywar warzywny
  • 1.5+ liter water / woda

DIRECTIONS
Add flour to warm oil and cook until thick and dark brown. This is the ROUX.

Chop and saute green peppers, onion, carrots, celery in olive oil. Add cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne.

Add vegetables to roux. Cook a bit.

Add vegetable stock and water. Add bay leaves. Heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes and mallow peas. Heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Chop up sorrel and add to soup. Cook.

Serve with fresh mallow leaves & fresh mallow peas in the bowl.

Aug 132013
 

MEANWHILE in the continuing saga of mapping the area around CSW UJAZDOWSKI (Center of Contemporary Art) here in Warsaw……

WHEN: SUNDAY NOON AUGUST 18 — NIEDZIELA 18.08.2013, 12.00
WHERE: MEET in the CSW Courtyard — Spotkajmy się na podwórku CSW

Let’s see what sort of useful or edible WILDNESS is growing in the UW BOTANICAL GARDEN. There is a big empty spot on our MAP that lies behind a gate in a very cultivated place known as a Botanical Garden, but what sort of interesting things and adventures await us there? Come and find out! (Please note that it will cost 6 PLN to get in, unless you are very young, very old or a student — then it’s 3 PLN).

Jadalnia Warszawa Map 8

 

Jul 312013
 
Hen-of-the-woods in Łazienki Park

Hen-of-the-woods in Łazienki Park

Chicken-of-the-Woods

Chicken-of-the-Woods in Park Marszałka Edwarda Rydza Śmigłego

Even in a place that at first site seems to have nothing interesting to EAT, we will find amazing things. On the 7th JW walk in Lazienki, I’d say this amazing mushroom was the find of the day. What is it? Why it’s a “hen-of-the-woods”. Not as delicious as this “chicken-of-the-woods” which we found in May, 2012 in a different Warsaw Park. (the park with the most unwieldy name EVER: Marszałka Edwarda Rydza Śmigłego!!):

Jun 202013
 

Come and join JADALNIA WARSZAWA (Warsaw Canteen) this summer in exploring the area around the CSW (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej / Center for Contemporary Art) for wild fruits, nuts, edible greens, as well as anything else interesting we may find!

In a series of walks (06/23, 07/28, 08/25, 09/01) we will explore an area approximately ,5 km (.3 miles) around the castle.  The first walk is Sunday, June 23 at 11 AM.

And we are going to do more than explore — we will be also making and marking up a big beautiful physical map on the terrain of CSW’s summer pavillon Zielony Jazdów.

It’s summer! The days are warmer & longer — more time to enjoy the outdoors. But rather than take the usual beaten trails, let’s make the sidewalk our forest path and really take a look around our own city! Unquestionably, we are surrounded by life and summer is the time when it becomes particularly juicy and sweet. The flowering is behind us but still ahead is the fruit. Aaaah! Yes we can look, but we can also taste, break, crush, and pour the juice — whatever you like. Join us.

This Sunday, June 23, we will start our project by exploring where the Finnish homes stand (but may not for much longer). We invite all those who want to walk, explore the area and help create a map of fruit and nut trees, shrubs and edible plants growing around the Ujazdowski Castle!

Start: Sunday, June 23. 11.00 on the terrain of Zielony Jazdów / CSW.
Contact: Jodie (796 532 208) and Paulina (790 025 145)

More about Jadalnia Warszawa
More about Zielony Jazdów

Lato, lato. Nadeszły ciepłe dni i czas, gdy chce się być na zewnątrz. Zamiast chodzić utartymi ścieżkami, zejdźcie z chodników i rozejrzyjcie się wokół. Bujna roślinność osiąga fazę szczytowania. Bezsprzecznie otacza nas życie. Lato to pora, gdy staje się ono szczególnie soczyste i słodkie. Za nami pora kwitnienia, wciąż przed nami pora owocowania. aaaa! Jest na co patrzeć, jest co smakować, zrywać, rozgniatać, oblewać się sokiem – jak kto lubi. Przyjemnie jest spacerować alejkami targowisk i przyglądać się darom lata. Ale przyjemnie jest również samemu znajdować i zrywać owoce prosto z krzaków i drzew. W najbliższą niedzielę planujemy spacer w okolicach CSW, po terenie, gdzie znajdują się fińskie domki. Zapraszamy wszystkich tych, którzy chcą pospacerować, poszwędać się po okolicy i wspomóc tworzenie mapy drzew, krzewów owocowych i roślin jadalnych rosnących w okolicy Zamku Ujazdowskiego.

Start: najbliższa niedziela (23.06), godz. 11.00, ruszamy z terenu Zielonego Jazdowa
Kontakt: Jodie:796 532 208; tel. , Paulina: tel. 790 025 145

Po spacerze odpoczynek na zielonej trawce na terenie Zielonego Jazdowa. Będzie można napić się wody z owocowym sokiem lub skosztować dżemów z owoców z ubiegłego lata.

Kolektyw Jadalnia Warszawa we współpracy z Zielonym Jazdowem przygotowuje mapę okolic CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, na której zostaną zaznaczone drzewa i krzewy owocowe oraz rośliny jadalne. Mapę będzie można współtworzyć biorąc udział w serii spacerów/wypraw miejskich, a oglądać w wersji fizycznej (i nanosić na nią własne informacje) w Zielonym Jazdowie (projekt mapy powstał we współpracy z Maćkiem Czeredysem). Informacje w wersji elektronicznej tu: facebook.com/jadalniawarszawa oraz na stronie www.pixxe.org

Jadalnia Warszawa to kolektywne przedsięwzięcie zainicjowane przez Jodie Baltazar i Paulinę Jeziorek. Podczas serii miejskich spacerów/wypraw po Warszawie od maja do października 2013 powstawać będzie warszawska mapa roślin jadalnych. Prowadzone obserwacje poparte analizą dostępnych badań mają również na celu ocenę stanu zdrowia obszarów naszego miasta.

 

 

Jun 102013
 
Jun 062013
 

Mapping Mokotów
Our first two Jadalnia Warszawa walks were about the joy of being in city space and seeing it in a different way  — observing the lush spring greenery, finding and learning how to identify edible plants, and testing how we might map the space. Walk #3, in contrast to the fruit abundance of post-allotment terrains, will take place in the old blocks of Mokotów. On this walk we will focus primarily on refining our form of mapping. We will move quicker in an attempt to find and record the actual location of as many fruit and nut trees as possible. Of course there will still be exploration, fascinating discoveries, and great conversation. Let’s walk in space!

Start: Sunday June 9 12.00. Meet at the corner of Racławicka and Wołoska on the side of the allotment gardens.
Contact: 796 532 208 (Jodie), 790 025 145 (Paulina)

JADALNIA WARSZAWA (Warsaw Canteen) is an exploratory map-making project to investigate and mark sites for wild food, fruits, bioindicators, and the traces of land use by humans and animals as a means to understand and assess the health of our city. It is a long-term project originated and implemented by Jodie Baltazar and Paulina Jeziorek and consists of a series of urban walks/hikes which take place from May until October 2013. We use all means of data collection: marking directly on paper copies of maps, adding date through mobile phones to google.pl and fallingfruit.org, recording media information, such as audio, photographs, video etc. As the project progresses, we will store information on a website and develop new ways we to present the information/images as the project progresses.

Mapowanie Mokotowa
Majowe spacery  #1 i #2 to radość przebywania w przestrzeni, obserwacja młodej soczystej zieleni i kwiatów, poszukiwania roślin jadalnych, próby mapowania przestrzeni. Spacer #3, który dla odmiany po owocowej obfitości na terenach post-działkowych odbędzie się wśród starych bloków Mokotowa, będzie spacerem, podczas którego chcemy skupić się przede wszystkim na dopracowaniu samej formy mapowania. Będzie więcej przemieszczania się, skoncentrujemy się przede wszystkim na drzewach i krzewach, przygotujcie się na pracę z fizyczną papierową mapą oraz międzyblokową szwędaczkę połączoną z obserwacją oraz jak zwykle rozmową. Chodźcie w przestrzeń!


Start: Niedziela 9 czerwca godz. 12.00, zbiórka na rogu Racławickiej i Wołoskiej po stronie ogrodów działkowych.
Kontakt: 796 532 208 (Jodie), 790 025 145 (Paulina)
JADALNIA WARSZAWA to kolektywne przedsięwzięcie zainicjowane przez Jodie Baltazar i Paulinę Jeziorek. Podczas serii miejskich spacerów/wypraw po Warszawie od maja do października 2013 będzie powstawać warszawska mapa roślin jadalnych. Prowadzone obserwacje poparte analizą dostępnych badań mają również na celu ocenę stanu zdrowia obszarów naszego miasta. Metody zapisu informacji podczas spacerów jak na razie są dowolne: zaznaczanie na papierowych kopiach map lub na mapie cyfrowej za pomocą telefonów komórkowych, nagrywanie opisowych plików audio, fotografowanie, filmowanie itd. W trakcie trwania przedsięwzięcia powstanie strona, gdzie będziemy rozwijać metody prezentowania zebranych informacji.
więcej informacji (po angielsku / in English): http://pixxe.org/?page_id=79
May 182013
 

JADALNIA WARSZAWA WALK #2We had so much fun last week on our first walk, that before we’ve even documented it properly, we want to do it again. So, although it’s a bit late notice, please join us TOMORROW, Sunday 19.05, at 12.00 at the PKP Służewiec bus stop (north side). We’ll walk along the tracks and end up on Gimnastyczna street for some sweets, homemade jam and wild tea (black currant, mint). If you need to join in the middle of the walk, please call 796 532 208 (Jodie), 790 025 145 (Paulina)

We will be meeting here.

Najbliższy spacer niedziela 19.05 o godz. 12. Spotkanie na wiadukcie Marynarska/Sasanki, na przystanku autobusowym PKP Służewiec w stronę Żwirki i Wigury. Spacerując będziemy się posuwać wzdłuż torów kolejowych w stronę osiedla Marina. Spacer zakończymy w ogrodzie na ul. Gimnastycznej, dokąd zapraszamy na ciastka z dżemem z czarnych porzeczek i miętą.Kontakt: 796 532 208 (Jodie), 790 025 145 (Paulina).
May 162013
 

Jadalnia Warszawa MAP 01

We started the journey on a sidewalk of magic carpets.Carpet Sidewalk

Under our feet, a strange patch of red. Amaranth, perhaps? It seems to me somebody might have spilled her groceries here, but how many people actually eat amaranth seeds?Intentional Amaranth?

Behind a mass of growth looms a mysterious house, one of three pre-war houses in Rakowiec. This was and shall be known as My Dream House.Dream House

Before we even start walking, The Usual Suspects present themselves: Ground Ivy, Ground Elder, Chickweed, Clover, Nettles, Dead Nettles, Yarrow, Plantain, Dandelion. There will be more of these suspects later. I notice a strange red bamboo-like plant which I know now is called Japanese Knotweed, an invasive plant that came to Europe in the 19th century. I’m sad that it’s not real bamboo.Japanese Knotweed

We find a way to penetrate the impenetrable green. What appears to be an old orchard struggles to survive.

It’s pushed in on every side — a bank, apartment building, abandoned gardens — and on the last side, the remains of a greenhouse. The Dream House’s greenhouse.

We find gooseberries, cherry, apple, and the biggest walnut tree I’ve ever seen. In one of the trees someone has installed some stairs.

Dream House, Green House and now: Tree House.Dreamhouse Treehouse

Moving toward the abandoned gardens we find a way in. It’s been a long time since anyone tended this piece of land.

But so many plants remain. Lemon balm, mint, and a patch of wild strawberries. A few of us take a few of them.

Back on the tracks, we find something amazing — an oregano plant! It’s not a wild variety, just an ordinary oregano. How did it get there? It’s beautiful.

May 092013
 

JADALNIA WARSZAWA

We kindly invite you to help us launch a long-term project to create an alternative map of  Warsaw (in particular Ochota and Mokotów), focusing on its edible plants and trees, soil health, as well as on how public space is used for marginal human and animal activity. On this first walk we’ll experiment with methods of data collection and help identify the most edible/useful plants and trees one can find in Warsaw.

WHERE TO MEET:
The walk will start here, near where Żwirki i Wigury crosses the railroad tracks (the address is approximately 25 Żwirki i Wigury) between Ochota and Mokotów. We will walk here on the path (Mikołaja Drigały) towards Grójecka. After the walk, we’ll go to Pixxe’s garden and drink teas made from black currant leaves, and taste some homemade elderflower cordials and wine.

The walk starts at NOON on Sunday, May 12. It will last between 2-3 hours and is approximately 1.6 km. Please call 796 532 208 if you need to locate the group after the walk has begun.

WHAT TO BRING:
Paper, pencil, smart phone, camera, video camera.

JADALNIA WARSZAWA (Warsaw Canteen) is an exploratory map-making project to investigate and mark sites for wild food, fruits, bioindicators, and the traces of land use by humans and animals as a means to understand and assess the health of our city. It is a long-term project originated and implemented by Jodie Baltazar and Paulina Jeziorek and consists of a series of urban walks/hikes which take place from May until October 2013.

We use all means of data collection: marking directly on paper copies of maps, adding date through mobile phones to google.pl and fallingfruit.org, recording media information, such as audio, photographs, video etc. As the project progresses, we will store information on a website and develop new ways we to present the information/images as the project progresses.

The aim of walks will be:

Mapping the Neighborhood: Exploration of urban space; creating maps of urban food crops such as fruit trees and shrubs, edible flowers, herbs, medicinal plants, and plants used for dyeing fabrics. By identifying specific plants that grow on the land, we can assess the type and health of soil. We also collect information on unoccupied buildings, abandoned plots, as wells as temporary structures and signs and traces of consumption and human subsistence activity (trash, eating, fires).

Monitoring of soil: While walking, we will collect soil samples from selected sites and transmit it to the laboratory. We may also conduct other tests of the soil as to its structure and composition. In this way we will be able to assess which of the sites are suitable for harvesting crops. The data will be used to scrutinize the stereotypes about growing food in the city as well as urban consumption of edible plants.