By Mimi Thorisson
While Mimi Thorisson and her family members moved from Paris to a small city in out-of-the-way Médoc, she didn't really be aware of what used to be in shop for them. She discovered great ingredients—from neighborhood farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most vital, time to cook dinner. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal foodstuff and existence in an outdated farmhouse, all photographed via her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes—such as Roast fowl with Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets, wintry weather Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Crème Caramel—will carry the heat of rural France into your home.
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54 During our visits to the store, we tend to stock up on food so that it will last until our next trip. Try to break this habit when picking weeds. Harvest plants where they grow in abundance and do so selectively instead of uprooting everything in your path. When you pick crops from your garden, do you collect all of them at once? I don’t. I take just enough for my meal. If I need more, I know where to get it. The same concept applies to wild edibles. Another thing I am very selective about is harvesting roots.
Stems are long, slender, and woody at the base. Leaves are shaped like teardrops and follow an alternate pattern. Fruits look like small tomatoes and grow in little clusters. Flowers range from purple to white. A. Nightshade fruits resemble tiny tomatoes. Photo: Warren Lynn B. Flower color may vary, depending on species. Photo: ayjackson, Flickr 45 C. Fruits grow in clusters. Photo: ayjackson, Flickr D. Leaves are fuzzy. Photo: ayjackson, Flickr Poison Hemlock—Conium maculatum Family Name: Apiaceae/Parsley Family Poison hemlock is a musty-smelling plant with hairless, purple-blotched stems.
47 C. Stems are smooth, with purple blotches. D. Poison hemlock is in the carrot/parsley family, and its leaves are proof of that. Poison Ivy—Toxicodendron radicans Family Name: Anacardiaceae/Cashew Family Poison ivy is a common three-leafed vine that grows in many parts of the United States. Leaves are typically almond shaped and resemble green bean leaves. Leaves contain oils that give them a natural shine. Poison ivy leaves are mostly green in color, but can develop yellow or red tints. Do not touch this plant, as it can cause an unpleasant rash.