Several amazing people gathered at the Starship on Sunday, January 10, for our first CSK cook day of 2016! We started off by preparing a giant bucket of saurkraut. Saurkraut is an eastern European dish that involves fermenting shredded cabbage in a salt water brine, which encourages the bacteria lactobacillus. This bacteria is already naturally present (and highly beneficial) in our digestive systems, meaning that eating saurkraut is great for your gut!
Love & SG1 massaging salt into the gargantuan bowl of shredded cabbage (thanks for the donated cabbages, Love!).
Ah, you still want to hear more about the acorns, don’t you? After y’all did such a fabulous job cracking and shelling acorns, Frances Rose and I (with help from Geraldine) ground them into a flour and leached out the bitter tannins. The result was a wet lump of acorn flour, ready to use, dry, refrigerate, or freeze. We experimented with an acorn pie crust (created by simply adding maple syrup to the wet flour and pressing it into a pan). The attendees of Faerie Camp Destiny’s More than Annual Meeting got to enjoy an acorn apple pie, made from the very acorns we harvested from the Destiny forests.
Of course, we just had to save some acorn flour for the CSK! We defrosted it and made two totally different (but equally amazing) acorn flour dishes at the last cook day. Our savoury dish was salty, buttery acorn spaetzle (a small German dumpling). We used this recipe from honest-food.net, which involved combining acorn flour with wheat flour.
Spaetzle featured on our eastern European-inspired CSK dinner table.
For dessert, we whipped up a transcendently sumptuous, moist, lighter-than-air acorn chocolate cake. This was adapted from a flourless carob cake recipe found in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. We replaced the carob powder in the cake with acorn flour, and the carob powder in the icing with cocoa powder. This dish was free of any other flours besides acorn, which really allowed the spicy nuttiness of the acorns to shine.
The glorious chocolate-coated acorn cake.
The acorn flour really worked wonders for our dinner table!!! We’re very impressed with its rich flavour and versatility. It’s been so satisfying to enjoy the fruits (nuts?) of our labour, and to share it all with our CSK family. Thank you to all of you who helped us crack into this ancient culinary magic!
Are any of you feeling a little let down because you weren’t able to enjoy the acorns with us? Fear not! There is some more flour in the freezer, and we’re working on leaching a fresh batch of nuts right now. The CSK will play with acorns again!
Until next time!
With acorn-fueled ardor,
❤ Acorn & Frances Rose